'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' and 'The September Issue': these were the films that led Raf Simons to create an office-fembot collection for fall. The designer behind Jil Sander identified his new power woman as someone who'd fill her closet with simple, tailored suits (in a variety of checks and the occasional pinstripe) and formfitting catsuits or cut-out-effect jackets.
The combination was surprising, to be sure, especially since identifying a new form of power dressing has been a major conquest in recent years. Streamlined coats teamed with sheer black skirts and shorts are certainly a different idea of the answer. For now, we think most of the attention will go to Simons' choice of pattern. After all, Anna Wintour's dignified style could only be seen as powerful.
The Dsquared2 boys didn't take it easy on anyone for fall. Besides a Frankenstein's-laboratory undertone at their Milan Fashion Week runway show yesterday, Dean and Dan Caten sent out their models in '80s-vamp styles they said were inspired by Helmut Newton photographs. Put those points together, and the designers had their male specimens standing near the runway in metallic jock straps, supers like Chanel Iman stomping through in Elvira-ready evening wear, and overt anatomical references - specifically, spinal cords on the mega-heels of platform booties.
Dsquared2 aimed to sauce up the gory. See: a black column dress with a crystal-embellished spine over its cut-out back, no pun intended. Elsewhere, the designers added a single mesh sleeve, printed with faux arteries and veins, to an otherwise classic and hourglass-enhancing tuxedo. A palette of primarily black and red, amplified with red patent-leather leggings, the occasional blast of fur, and no-trousers styling solidified the va-va-va-voom factor. Was it subtle? No. But we expect nothing different from theme addicts like the Caten Brothers.
Sandra Bullock hit the red carpet of the 41st NAACP Image Awards in this 'interesting' black look. This is definitely not the best look we've seen from the actress, but you might disagree.
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Many left the Blumarine show feeling like the brand offered a much-needed breath of fresh air this season. More than anything else, the collection was all about having fun with clothes and had an air of humour, rather than taking it too seriously.
Animal prints were everywhere. Forget the rule about only wearing one piece of print at a time. Instead they were piled on full head-to-toe looks. Case in point: Abbey Lee strutted down the runway in a zebra-print dress, bag and boots to match! The collection was also predominately full of playful fringing, appearing mainly along the neck and hemline of dresses, as well as on leather skirts and jackets. What worked best was the strapless crystal-encrusted, bod-con dresses that came in dusty grey and peach.
The trick with this collection is to look at each piece on its own rather than part of a whole look. Otherwise, it can feel slightly overbearing.
Oh, I had this strange idea today, what do you think about it, that - I hate sales in shops, it’s degrading - to have a special shop in the street, only open with apparel for sale. People who had bought something for the full price should not be confronted with the people who buy the same thing for less later...If you cannot pay the full price, you go there.
via 'The September Issue'
Good news for fans of Daphne Guinness' always-intriguing wardrobe: She's putting 80 to 100 pieces from her own closet on display next year. From September 2011 to January 2012, Guinness will exhibit her clothes at FIT's museum in New York. Chosen so far are pieces by Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga, Comme des Garcons and Azzedine Alaïa.
We're planning to hit the museum, but for anyone who can't, don't worry. Yale University Press will publish a book to go along with the exhibition, co-curated by Guinness and the museum's chief curator, Valerie Steele. WWD reports that the spectacle will focus on Guinness' fixation on intricate sleeves, ruffled necks, ribbons, hats and veils. We certainly can't wait.
Believing that music and fashion are synomynous with one another, it is hardly surprising that the rumours of Lily Allen taking a break from music to focus on a career in fashion are true. Before you begin to panic about yet another celebrity fashion line arriving on the scene, however, Lily isn't going to be designing anytime soon. Her project 'Lucy in Disguise', with sister Sarah Owen, will instead be a vintage company and is set to launch at the Goodwood Vintage Festival in August before setting up home permanently.
“To me, the idea of music and fashion being separate is just not possible - one can’t exist without the other," Lily told Style.com. "Look back to the Sex Pistols and Vivienne Westwood. They’ve always had music, fashion, and design all mixed together.” The singer has been involved in fashion for some time now. Having modelled for and sang at a Chanel show and appeared on numerous front rows, she's certainly had the chance to learn from the best. “The thing I love about vintage is that it’s all incredibly well made, like Chanel - it lasts forever," Lily explained. "Hopefully, Lucy in Disguise will be an education as well, teaching customers there’s something other than mass-produced rubbish.”