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Day two of Style X got a bit, shall we say, passionate, as StyleCaster founder Ari Goldberg, and the mother-daughter team behind StyleLikeU, Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum, shared their not-so-subtle opinions on the fashion industry during the last panel discussion of the week.
Style X (pronounced Style by), the up-and-coming fashion showcase held during Austin’s once music-only South by Southwest fest, hit the ground running in its second year, touting a full line-up of panel discussions featuring emerging power players eager to share their takes on the evolving business of fashion.
One of the great things about covering lesser-known designers at fashion week is the chance to see firsthand some of the untapped talent popping up in the industry. Case in point: Falguni & Shane Peacock, whose show we caught earlier this week.
Earlier today, we spotted Real Housewives of New York’s Alex McCord slipping into the Zang Toi show, and caught up with her inside on her burgeoning modeling career, how she gets dressed for fashion week, and why she’s a fan of the beloved designer.
The lights were dim and the atmosphere posh. Decadent cocktails were passed in elegant champagne flutes and there was a quiet buzz in the air.
Last night Milk Studios they hosted not one, not two, but four designer presentations at once, along with a pop-up barbershop-meets-bar thrown in for good measure.
We weren’t at all surprised to be greeted by the eerie tunes and industrial vibe at Milk for this morning’s Wayne show.
After careful research and consideration –- and by research, we of course mean drooling over a plethora of looks and emailing runway photos to friends who may or may not share our same vested sartorial interest -– we’ve put together a summary of the biggest trends seen throughout 2011’s Pre-Fall collections.
Youthful purity seemed to be the running theme of Collette Dinnigan’s spring/summer 2011 collection. Skewing just this side of tween-set territory, Dinnigan presented a lineup of girlish frocks and cute silhouettes in spring-appropriate cottons and lace. Not only did her collection recall the carefree days of girlhood summers, but her collection also provided that bit of sartorial nonchalance so often coveted for warm weather wardrobes.
Sheer outrageousness and over-the-top extravagance are synonymous with a John Galliano affair, and, like his collection for Dior, the designer’s spring/ summer 2011 namesake show was no exception. Bright lights and eccentricity oozed from the runway at the grand Opéra Comique and brought the designer’s propensity for theatrics to the forefront of Paris Fashion Week.
Chic and ladylike are the words that come to mind for the DKNY spring/summer 2011 collection. Although a bit run-of-the-mill by this fashion week’s standards –- tailored looks and neutral colors sound familiar? -– Donna Karan’s trendier line includes go-to pieces that will no doubt be staples of any fashion darling’s spring wardrobe.
There is rarely a time that we’re not loving the latest and greatest from Lela Rose, and her spring/summer 2011 collection is no exception. The Texas native’s newest lineup has all the elements of the classic Lela Rose aesthetic, with a few surprises mixed in.
Leather seems to be the word on the street — er, runway — again at Cushnie et Ochs this season. Leather shorts, leather pants, leather blazers and even a winged leather dress grace the line’s spring/summer 2011 collection.
Cool classics, girly silhouettes and quietly sexy looks abounded on the runway of Rachel Comey’s Spring 2011 collection. Moving slightly away from her oft-eccentric aesthetic, Comey presented a warm weather collection overflowing with understated elegance and subtle refinement –- without being the least bit boring.
What do you get when you cross the classic prep of American fashion and the Parisienne chic of French lines? Organic by John Patrick.
It’s couture time in Paris, and kicking things off -– in a big way -– was John Galliano. Dior’s Fall 2011 couture collection is one for the records as nods to Mother Nature resulted in exquisite and undeniably imaginative takes on the flower.
You know summer has officially arrived when recaps of the resort collections start trickling in. At least that’s how you know if your world consists of designer daydreaming and couture coveting. As we previously reported, winter birds and cold weather jetsetters will be cruising and yachting this year in girly frocks and preppy ensembles on posh vacays around the globe.
With Sex and the City 2 opening in theaters this month (less than 10 days, people!), what better time to pay homage to the fashion greatness that is SJP and revisit some of her most memorable looks along the way?
When it comes to fashion frontrunners, we’re used to seeing our French, Italian, and Russian neighbors top the best-dressed list. But this Monday, the American style-setter will get to enjoy the fashion spotlight, as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala celebrates this year’s exhibition, American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity. In honor of this glorious recognition from the Met, Condé Nast and the CFDA, we’re revisiting some of America’s most notable fashion moments with our picks for the biggest style game changers in American history.
The Tribeca Film Festival, which came to a close on Thursday, is never one to disappoint in the fashion department. With its laid-back trendiness and cool attitude, the TFF is the festival to see some of the best fashion moments of the season. Silver screen stars never fail to entertain fashion fiends like us, and always offer an unexpected mix of high-end glam and downtown chic. To keep the thrill of this Manhattan mainstay alive a little while longer — we can’t bear to let it go just yet — we’re recapping some of the festival’s most noteworthy ensembles…