LONDON — On the penultimate evening of London Fashion Week, Samantha Cameron, Britain’s first lady and British Fashion Council ambassador, and Natalie Massenet, the council’s chairwoman, co-hosted a cocktail event at 10 Downing Street to celebrate what both women were careful to call “British fashion,” a.k.a. the “most successful of our creative industries,” according to Ms. Cameron — bigger than film, music and advertising. Continue reading “London Calling: What Does ‘British’ Style Really Mean?” »
No one does the seventies better than Tom Ford. It is his is claim to fame, the era that he best understand, encapsulates and refines into beautiful, expensive clothes…just remember the Gucci of the mid 90′s…it made him a star and a very rich man.
So for Spring, Mr. Ford, worked up an unapologetic homage to glam rock for spring — with the focus squarely on the glam. Models with Joan Jett-esque shags and kohl-rimmed eyes strode out on towering platform-soled sandals in a lineup of super lean, glitter-and-sequin-spangled designs.
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Spring was in full bloom as Christopher Bailey donned his rose-tinted glasses — and beetle-green, cornflower, and mimosa lenses, too — for a collection that drew on the joys of a country spring. There was no sign of mud, manure or mosquitoes in Bailey’s Eden, only gossamer fabrics, iridescent surfaces — and decorative bugs….
Citing the work of Josiah Wedgwood as one of his inspirations, Marjan Pejoski: the Macedonian fashion designer who lives and works in the UK and is mainly known for designing Björk’s iconic swan dress, reclaimed the classic cameo and reworked it in appliqué, lace and embroidery in a strong collection that recalled Eighties power dressing. Continue reading “Marjan Pejoski “High Art” for KTZ” »
Christopher Raeburn’s spring lineup had an effortless, cool-girl quality. Somehow this uniform like quality of the clothes, the easy footwear and thew simplicity of the cuts is the new statement of elegance coming on strong this season an antithesis to the nose bleed high-heels and the deluxe excess in the clothes of the last few seasons… The designer worked with breezy, billowing fabrics in shades running from pale gray to pink to swirls of painterly pastels, which meant his sporty, utility-inspired silhouettes felt resolutely feminine.
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He is the nephew of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, an actor, a accomplished painter: his works command upwards of $15,000, and yes a designer, obviously it is part of his DNA…the to go designer for the $500.00 plus distressed hoodies and fatigues… Continue reading “The new Bohemian at Greg Lauren” »
Indian-American fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra looked to writer and political activist Nancy Cunard as inspiration for his spring collection. But instead of reproducing Cunard’s Jazz Age look literally, the designer tried to capture her independent spirit — a smart way to update this brand’s elegant style. Continue reading “Bibhu Mohapatra and the elegance of rattan” »
Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy burst into fashion with a glorious knits and fabrics that in their various state of devore’ and decomposure created a peculiar take on romance, as dreamy as it was dark and sometimes dangerous. Since then, they’ve struggled to translate their vision commercially, a square-peg-round-hole situation. It has been a challenge, one played out on their recent runways as they resisted revisiting the motifs that made their early work so special. Continue reading “Sea creatures and the “fabulous eighties” at Rodarte” »
Origami, flowers and Japonaise (not the meringue cake), at Carolina Herrera for Spring 2015. Concentrating primarily on the garden palette of pink, iris blue, purple and yellow and some greige neutrals to ground the all presentation into the new romanticism of the season. New was a digital prismatic pattern for a twist of moderne. Herrera worked mostly in what she called “techno” fabrics — high-tech takes on piqués and jerseys as well as a Neoprene-like foam — and rendered her flamboyant blossoms in computer prints that were blown up, pixelated, diagramed into their color spectrum, and sometimes, cut into pieces and reassembled.
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Andreja Pejic, who stands 6-foot-1 in stocking feet, and a good deal taller than that in heels, looks every bit the model. She is possessed of bottle-blond hair that falls past her shoulders, full lips, a wasp waist and a pair of Cindy Crawford beauty marks just north of her upper lip. (Even Ms. Crawford has only one.)
On Labor Day, just back in New York from a vacation with her mother and grandmother in Italy, Ms. Pejic, 23, arrived at her agency’s office in a leather pencil skirt from Ports 1961 and a silk Calvin Klein blouse, a picture of elegance compromised only by the occasional glimpse of a peach lace bra. Continue reading “A turn of events: from he to she for model Andreja Pejic.” »
With one of the best and most elegant collections to come out of NewYork fashion week, Victoria Bechman set out to clinch once and for all a deserved spot as one of today’s best designers. You might ask Victoria Bechman, the ex spice girl footballer’s wife? Precisely…No one is doing it better when it comes to infuse practicality and sheer chicness into fabulous clothes. There I said it and it feels so much better….Unfortunately the world of fashion is highly prejudist and they will never let go of certain preconceived notions…but really who cares? Continue reading “The smell of Success at Victoria Bechman” »