Runway Presentations Page 1
We’re not sure we’ve ever seen this happen before. Style star and star in her own right Carey Mulligan stepped out last week to celebrate the launch of Boutiques.com in a leopard print Lanvin dress. And while she looked gorgeous, we couldn’t help but notice that she also looked a little like Anna Wintour, who wore the same dress to Michael Kors‘ spring/summer 2011 show here in New York. It’s a great dress, but we’re not sure which lady it suits better — is it more fit for Mulligan’s eclectic style or perfect for Wintour’s wardrobe full of prints? You tell us.
Our countdown to this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has begun — well, OK. It started as soon as last year’s show ended. And word has it that this year’s performers will be Katy Perry and Akon.
Oh, how we long for 1996. We know better than to say this, but it just feels like a much simpler, more honest era. But maybe that’s because we were 7 years old. But even at that young age, we had a kind of fearful love of supermodel Naomi Campbell. And Naomi Campbell had most of the world’s designers wrapped around her little finger. Maybe that’s why Gianni Versace asked her to stand in the middle of the runway looking like a living statue, then take exactly one turn down the ramp during his men’s fall winter 1996/97 show.
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.
Anyone who’s been to Styleite more than once (or quite possibly just once) will know well that we are really unapologetic fans of Lady Gaga. So we’re a little miffed that John Galliano, who had a really successful show in Paris yesterday, seems to just abhor her and her music.
So-called plus sized model Crystal Renn walked in three major shows during Paris Fashion Week, and getting tapped by Zac Posen, Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld‘s shows would be a huge deal for any model. Renn says it’s a breakthrough, but we’re not holding our breath just yet.
The Wall Street Journal said there were “apparent fit problems.” The New York Times complained there were too many feathers. Women’s Wear Daily wrote that the models looked like showgirls. For Style.com, there were too many things going on. No matter where you looked, nearly every critic in the fashion industry had a problem with the spring collection Zac Posen presented in Paris yesterday.
Yesterday, 88-year-old designer Pierre Cardin showed over 200 looks in his spring summer 2011 runway presentation in Paris. And you thought the TPS report you handed in an hour early was impressive.
Eighty eight-year-old designer Pierre Cardin‘s name is on everything from ball point pens to luggage these days. But after dressing Lady Gaga, Pierre Cardin has decided that the time for a comeback is now.
Roberto Cavalli has been designing clothes for decades, but his sheer, shiny, fringed 40th anniversary collection shows not one sign of age — an uninformed admirer of the clothes would be easily forgiven for thinking that they were the work of a much younger man. Also, you’ll never guess what he paid just one of the models.
Elena Miroglio‘s plus-sized label has kicked off Milan Fashion Week every year for the last five years, but Agence France Press reports the presentation for her spring 2011 collection was excluded from this week’s official program. Why?
When you think about it, Henry Holland‘s approach to fashion is a little like the way Jeff Koons approaches art: make things that pay homage to mass production that are sometimes so bad or so kitschy, they’re actually really, really good.
Agyness Deyn probably has the most exciting hair of any model working today. It’s been short, it’s been long(er), it’s been a few different shades of blonde and brunette. This summer, when she chopped almost all of it off for Coachella, we thought for sure it wouldn’t get shorter. We were wrong.
It would feel a little superficial to laud a collection of staple pieces for something other than being entirely necessary in your wardrobe. But if you get them from Twenty8Twelve, the ultra cool line from sisters Sienna and Savannah Miller, maybe — just maybe — it’s OK to brag about who designed them. (If they can get Matthew Williamson to sit next to Jude Law in their front row to look at a bunch of cotton basics, they must be some kind of good.)
If you’re a milliner, the point of a runway presentation is to get people to look at your hats. But when Charlie Le Mindu sent a few nude models down a London runway yesterday, attendees of his show didn’t know where to look — or not look — first.
Asking whether Vivienne Westwood can do any wrong would be a little redundant — the answer is generally going to be no. For her spring summer 2011 collection, Westwood presented a strong set of well made staples, with a few grand flourishes thrown in for good measure.
It’s official: The 70s trend seen during New York Fashion Week has crossed the pond and landed at London Fashion Week. Topshop Unique‘s runway presentation spring 2011 featured afros, bell bottoms, fringe, platform heels, and no shortage of celebs.
Tara Subkoff‘s collection for Imitation was more statement than runway show, but her rough-edged ladylike clothes will doubtless have widespread commercial appeal.
Depending on who you talk to, deregulation in business can be a good or bad thing. But in the largely unregulated business of making Fashion Week happen, a few new rules to protect models working during the hectic fashion shows might actually be necessary.
Sophie Theallet started her last spring runway presentation off with a bang — and a full-length gown. So we were expecting something spectacular at the start of her spring 2011 show, held in The Box at Lincoln Center. What we got was two little white dresses.