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” »
Alex wore Nikes…. A collection inspired by athletic shoes? Alex would say that his infatuation with street culture runs deep. The line offered what one wants out of a sneaker: some fashion, flashy function and a baseline of comfort. Terrain all too familiar to Wang…For this season refined and distilled as one would expect by a designer now at the helm of two fashion houses: One International in scope and of vast pedigree as is Balenciaga the other his eponymous label eager to become the next American lifestyle brand….Wang thought of it, as he often does, from a generational perspective, his peers belonging to the group that grew up obsessed with iconic, cult-sneaker styles.
Building from strength to strength In six years, Altuzarra has forged a powerful foundation on which to build.
In the collection he showed on Saturday night, Joseph Altuzarra did fashion very right. His inspirations — Rosemary’s Baby and Barry Lyndon — suggested a sinister romantic world in which relationships are cloaked in darkness and perversions, where nothing can be taken at face value. However his approach grounded on beautiful clothes as adaptable to real life as they were provocative in procession, could not have been more straight forward…these are the kind of clothes for which the runway was intended. Simply elegant and chic… Continue reading “Simply Elegant and Chic: Altuzarra” »
The list of what the 30-year-old designer Alexander Wang does not look like is long.
He does not look, at first glance, like a symbolic figure. He does not look like someone who could change the prevailing wisdom of his industry. He does not look like the boss of a storied Parisian atelier. He does not look like a facile juggler of brands, people and responsibilities. He does not look like a lightning rod. And he does not look like a Ping-Pong ball, although he claims to occasionally identify with the concept.
As the United States Open winds down to its final chaotic days, another late-summer New York spectacle takes its place, one with its own crowds, prized seating spots, celebrity sightings and, of course, winners and losers. Yes, we are talking about New York Fashion Week. Continue reading “Getting ready for New York Fashion Week” »
London’s Conduit Street was closed off Wednesday night to make way for a lineup of longtimecelebrity crooners who were invited to the opening of John Varvatos’ first European store in London.
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Creative and former romantic partners Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott met in Hastings, England, in the mid-’90s and began working and living together almost instantly. Alas grew up in Turkey, studying classical music; Piggott is Welsh. While shooting campaigns for Calvin Klein or Louis Vuitton, or editorials for Pop, Arena Homme Plus, or Love, often at their seaside home in Ibiza, Alas and Piggott like to trade the camera back and forth—a sort of bonded binary entity—like Jaeger pilots in the drift. Here, they trade ideas and opinions with their friend, Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, on the heels of a grand bacchanal on the island in the Mediterranean to celebrate Tisci’s 40th birthday.
Continue reading “Riccardo Tisci speaks to Mert & Marcus…The rest is eye candy” »