Whether or not they plan a formal runway show, these under-the-radar talents bear watching. Some create their own fabrics, others work magic with knitting yarns, and still others combine street style and high style in strikingly inventive ways. Here, our picks for the season. Continue reading “New York Fashion Week’s Under-the-Radar Talents” »
Jon Stewart, the one voice of reason left on TV, is leaving, he made a brief statement on Tuesday at the end of the show.
He turned Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” into a sharp-edged commentary on current events, delivering the news in layers of silliness and mockery, with a sense and logic long missing from political commentary and satire.
Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lil’ Buck may hail from two different eras, but they coexist seamlessly in Rag & Bone’s fall fashion presentation.
There are few choices more personal than selecting one’s underwear. (They’re called “intimates” for a reason, right?) That being said, we’re picking up on a significant and stylish sway from the boudoir to the streets recently: from the glamour of the slip dress (Louis Vuitton Fall 2013) to the outré bravado of the new bra top (Prada Spring 2014) or the saucy sheer pieces on the spring runways of everyone from Fendi to Burberry Prorsum, Wes Gordon to Jason Wu. Continue reading “How to Wear Underwear as Outerwear: Jennifer Zuccarini of Fleur du Mal’s 5 Rules to Live By” »
High fashion is a world away from football and yet Jeremy Scott may have snagged the gold ring Sunday night…
We know that a few minutes of screen time during the Super Bowl are considered the most valuable commercial seconds on television, so just consider the potential value of exposure during the halftime show. Mega, right? Continue reading “High fashion is a world away from football and yet Jeremy Scott may have snagged the gold ring Sunday night…” »
PARIS — There are shows and then there are shows. As couture ran its course in Paris, the chatter runway-side had turned to another spectacle taking place in Bordeaux: the trial of 10 people accused of defrauding Liliane Bettencourt, the 92-year-old L’Oréal heiress and richest woman in France. Well, when you are whiling away the minutes pre-show, it helps to plug into the local gossip. Think of it as parallel views onto lifestyles of the affluent and almost famous. Continue reading “At Valentino and Armani Privé: Ateliers, Art and Arguments” »
PARIS — As the fashion crowd gathered at the Grand Palais on Tuesday morning, snowstorms were pummeling the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, closing airports and wreaking international travel havoc. But in the world according to Chanel, all was tropical cool.
An arboretum of white cardboard palms had been constructed under the glass ceiling, blooming via mechanical magic into a garden of mimosas, poppies and lotus flowers amid a sea of white pebbles strewn like so much pearlized sand. Continue reading “A Chanel for All Seasons” »
PARIS — The fact that the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, where great financial and political minds get together in Davos, Switzerland, to pontificate on the pressing problems of the day, traditionally falls at the same time, or close to, the haute couture shows in Paris, where the 1 percent (or, to be fair, the .001 percent) get together to shop for made-to-order garments, has always seemed like a particularly pointed cosmic joke, told at fashion’s expense. Continue reading “At Versace and Dior, Designing a New Couture Context” »
At a time when sex and censorship are on everyone’s minds, Rick Owens – fashion’s king of kink – has entered unchartered territory: male nudity. During his AW15 ‘SPHINX’ show, the designer sent models down the runway in oversized peep-hole garments that gave the audience a flash of bare skin beneath as they walked – and in a few cases, revealed their penises. Continue reading “Balls Out at Rick Owens” »
PARIS — Hoping to reverse a prolonged sales slump at Gucci, its marquee brand, the French luxury group Kering said on Wednesday that it had promoted Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s head of accessories, to creative director. Continue reading “Bringing Hippie back: Gucci Picks Alessandro Michele as Its Next Creative Director” »
MILANO— The idealized “eco-leader” Stefano Pilati described backstage after his Ermenegildo Zegna show is the sort who might turn up at Davos with a brilliant plan for dismantling the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
“I was thinking of an imaginary demographic with a broader spectrum of consciousness than fashion,” the designer said. Just because a guy is politically alert, he added, doesn’t mean he has to “look like a nerd.” Continue reading “Zegna, Calvin Klein and Versace: To Serve and Protect” »
The klieg lights went up on Act III of John Galliano’s career on a rainy Monday in London, on the fourth floor of a brand-new eco-sensitive glass and steel office tower just around the corner from New Scotland Yard and behind Buckingham Palace. In case you missed it: new building, new businesslike beginning. Continue reading “Galliano’s debut for Maison Martin Margiela” »