This afternoon, Luca Luca designer Raul Melgoza took us on a trip to the woods. Inspired by all things nature, he presented a collection with rich tones on juxtaposed fabrics like lace teamed with suede, brocade and leather. Rather than sticking with the traditional blacks, greys and navys, the designer opted for rich olive, fuschia and burnt sienna. As we saw at BCBG, it was all about layering. The collection opened with a bright green pair of wide-leg trousers teamed with a frilly, deep-red blouse styled under a camel coat.
Although some of the fur pieces didn't work so well, there was definitely something for everyone. The collection moved from floaty maxi skirts and airy dresses to structured, boxy jackets and skater skirts, which later developed into Mad Men-style tailored, knee-length dresses that tapered in at the knee and were styled with skinny belts.
This morning, Max Azria was amongst the first to show his fall offerings, presenting a collection that developed upon some of the themes that we'd seen in his S/S11 collection. As we saw in February, it was all about simplicity. Max and Lubov Azria sent models down the runway in functional, minimalist pieces and copious amounts of layering.
Maxi dresses appeared throughout in varying forms, ranging from sheer styles in black to drop-waist versions with asymmetric hemlines, but the pair created a level of continuity by teaming them up with uber-thin turtlenecks throughout. The colour palette featured all of the shades you'd expect for fall amongst unexpected (but welcome) flashes of bright orange and cobalt blue to break it up.
The past two months have been a good start to the year for Rachel Zoe. Aside from being heavily pregnant with her first child, last month the stylist showcased her first full collection in New York - which has since been picked up by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Despite the good reviews of the collection, Zoe hit the headlines after Teen Vogue's fashion news director Jane Keltner de Valle drew attention to the uncanny resemblance between one of Zoe's black and white vintage-style dress and a very similar version that she styled in the magazine back in 2007. When asked about the controversy, Zoe was quick to downplay the issue, saying: "I've been subconsciously building this collection in my mind for a long time. There are a million vintage pieces that have inspired me, and every other designer in the world."
Victoria Beckham might be following in Demi Moore's footsteps if recent reports are to be believed. According to sources, the designer has been tipped to pose nude while heavily pregant for the cover of American Vogue.
"Knowing Victoria, she'll do something completely unique with it. It's not a very Vogue thing to do, but the team can make it work and make it 'fashion'. Anna's apparently really keen on it. Everyone's expecting it to fly off the shelves. Victoria's a huge style icon," an insider said. "There's a real buzz going around about it. Although nothing's been officially signed yet, Victoria would want to be sure she's the sexiest pregnant woman to ever grace a magazine cover. It will be a huge boost to her career from a fashion point of view."
I like to patronize American designers, and the vast majority of the clothes that I wear are [designed by Americans.] But there are a lot of other designers that have cute stuff, too...I don't think that I’m any different from any other woman, other than the fact that people see what I wear and then they talk about it.
Thanks to Rachel Zoe, Anne Hathaway was - and is continually - the belle of the ball on the red carpet. With that in mind, it's hardly a surprise that the famous celebrity stylist demands a hefty fee to make sure her clients remain in the best dressed lists.
The Hollywood Reporter's Merle Ginsberg revealed that Zoe demands a hefty fee to get her clients red carpet ready and she's charging Hathaway an “astronomical” fee to style her to host this years Oscars. “[Zoe's fee] hovers near the expenditures of what designer and longtime Nicole Kidman stylist L’Wren Scott spent on the show in 2000 as Oscar fashion coordinator. Scott had orchestra trumpeters wearing custom Donna Karan!”
Kirsten Dunst seems to be having a comeback. We've seen a lot of her lately, paricularly at the couture shows, and this week Band of Outsiders released their S/S11 lookbook featuring the actress. But that's not all.
Yesterday, news broke that Dunst has secured a deal with Bulgari, and from April, she'll front the campaign for their new fragrance, Mon Jasmin Noir. Thus far, no details have been released about what we can expect from the scent.