Mark Fast has gained himself legions of fans since he was hailed 'size hero,' following his use of fuller-figured models for his SS10 collection last September. And now, in a bid to make his designs more accessible to all, Mr Fast, has added to his 'Mark Fast' range with a new 'Faster' line. The new all-black range will feature his ubiquitous cobweb knitted dresses, tights, bandage style skirts, bodysuits and crop tops - with prices starting at £70 (for tights). And if that wasn't enough, as the name of the line suggests, the pieces will be produced faster, thanks to Fast swapping his London atelier for what Grazia Daily calls a state-of-the-art knitwear atelier in Italy.
Fronting the Faster campaign are two constrasting models - the gamine supermodel Anouck Lepere alongside the buxom and bootylicious Hayley Morley who is fast-becoming somewhat of a muse to Fast, ever since she opened his show last season, dressed in a grey figure-hugging knitted mini dress with multiple cut-outs.
Both beauties sport various pieces from the line, which proves that Fast's creations are genuinely designed to suit any shape or size and unlike some other designers, are fashioned to enhance character. We are seriousy loving the bodysuits, as did Lepere and Morley, so head hereto peruse the collection, which is currently stocked exclusively at Browns Focus.
Acne, the denim turned lifestyle brand, has recently made an announcement that came as music to our ears: The Swedish brand will soon be launching its first London boutique. At present, London-based fans of the label can only pick up Acne pieces at Liberty, Matches, Browns and online; even though our American, Parisian and Australian counterparts have been lucky enough to already have the free-standing boutiques on their shores. The wait is almost over, as trendy Dover Street will soon become home to Acne's debut London concept store, which will be stocking Acne's Pop, Denim and Miniature collections, amongst others, as of this summer when Acne's boutique will open. Let the countdown begin...
"Hasn't everybody at one point or another had the fantasy of being a cowboy? A cowgirl?" Derek Lam asked backstage, whilst pondering the inspiration behind his latest catwalk collection. As inspiration from the Wild West could be seen on the SS10 runway shows of Chanel and D&G, it was just as present on Lam's AW10 collection, with fringed but tough black leather skirts, suede-heeled cowboy-esque boots and sheriff-style tailoring to be found on shirts and outerwear.
Lam juxtaposed the likes of suede, cotton, leather and jersey to make up a collection that although evoked a cowboy feel, still contained enough urban detailing - structured panels, biker style trousers and hardened shoulders - to make the pieces wearable, and not costume like, with favourites being the seam detailing skinny leather trousers, suede shouldered cotton shirt and the two finale draped floor length gowns.
Picking up army-surplus clothes after the Cold War ended motivated Marc Jacobs for his secondary line this autumn. Keeping with the military theme we've been seeing on the catwalks, Marc by Marc Jacobs offered olive-drab double-breasted trenches, simple army-green jumpers and a fatigues-inspired version of harem pants. Black fur hats and striped blanket dresses added touches of charm, which, as usual, won us over to Jacobs' lower-priced line.
None of this is to say the collection didn't haves ladylike flair. A-line, boatneck black dresses proved both sweet and sophisticated, and belted black wool coats cleaned up well. Models' satchels seemed perfect for carrying rations, and we're sure plenty of young, hip girls will be using them to carry their supplies in a few months.
Ever imagined how you'd respond if you were snubbed by a VIP, perhaps even Anna Wintour? Well thanks to Paulina Porizkova's blog, we got unexpected insight into how the ex-supermodel dealt with being snubbed by Anna Wintour at the recent AmFAR Benefit. Porizkova, who burst onto the modelling scene in the '80s, fast became a bonafide supermodel following appearances on numerous covers like Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Self, Glamour and Vogue - long before she was invited to sit alongside Tyra Banks and Nigel Barker as a judge on America's Next Top Model (until she was reportedly fired in May last year).
Halston has had its share of problems - and designers - lately, but it seemed that if anyone could get the label back in line, then it would be someone like Marios Schwab. The designer who cultivated his cult status in London is now designing for the iconic brand, and it seems he's found his niche already with his first collection. For fall, Schwab said he researched the Halston archives, plus took his colour palette from the Faye Dunaway flick 'Eyes of Laura Mars' and envisioned his powerful new woman as Diana the Huntress.
What that meant was a collection of rich, neutral-heavy leather dresses, shifts and gowns. Schwab draped his pieces with invigorated elegance and played with cut-outs, which spliced the bodices of a few of our favourite dresses. We bet Sarah Jessica Parker, who was recently named creative director of Halston Heritage and showed up at the presentation, had her eye on a piece or two.
An overriding sense of forgotten glamour could be felt throughout the Carolina Herrera runway show for AW10, with ladylike gloves, sweeping hats and waist nipping silhouettes collectively giving off an air of refined elegance. The Herrera lady - and she is most definitely a lady - has a keen eye for detail; eyecatching art-deco applique, shimmering embroidery, carefully placed ruffles and billowing gathers added a vampish twist to the very feminine collection.
The curve-enhancing silhouettes conveyed an ambience for old school Hollywood, and the floor length gowns that paraded towards the end of the runway will no doubt have a flurry of actresses queing for Herrera for the next awards ceremony. It was hard not to fall for the many one-shouldered wonders and seductively feminine shift dresses, from a show that altogether enduced an overwhelming desire to dress so elegantly. Carolina Herrera has brought the lady back to the runway.