There's nothing like great lingerie to make a girl feel good, so why keep it hidden away? Underwear worn as outerwear has become a suprising emerging trend - from demure bras peeping from prim cardigans in the style of Chloe Sevigny, to sheer, sexy and exposed blouses and sequinned hotpants. For those of you who are feeling brave a la Rihanna, show some flesh with the sheer trend, or sport a lacy bra worn underneath a blazer for a smouldering night out. Taylor Momsen, Lindsay Lohan and Mischa Barton have all been spotted out and about flaunting their suspenders with pride - follow suit for a youthful, punky take on the trend.
If over-exposure is out of your comfort zone, follow the lead from the SS10 catwalks of Danielle Scutt, Giles and Dolce and Gabbana, with corset inspired bustiers and dresses, or for a completely subtle take on the lingerie trend, start with some lace up killer heels. Our favourite way to wear lingerie in daytime hours? The Stella lace detail slip - let it poke out from underneath a mannish blazer for a cheeky nod to sensual dressing. Spring has never been so sexy...
Model of the moment Gemma Ward has been M.I.A. for the past few months. Counting the likes of Chanel, Gucci,Valentino, Calvin Klein, Prada and Christian Dior, to name but a few, as previous clients, we were a bit surprised when the model and actress unexpectedly 'fell off the fashion radar'. That was, however, until today, when the 22-year-old model came out of hibernation to celebrate her birthday, which she shares with none other than Anna Wintour. Ward was photographed in New York's East Village with a couple of friends dressed in navy high-waisted shorts and a striped, nautical-inspired top, teamed with an on-trend leopard-print coat. We just wonder what a supermodel who ranked tenth in Forbes' 2007 list of the World's 15 Top-Earning Models will be getting for her birthday? Jealous?
Back in 1986 when I was photographing a very young Naomi and she was dancing to Prince in a bright red Yohji Yamamoto coat inspired by the collections of Christian Dior, I thought it was just so thrilling. It was a piece of contemporary theatre and it was seen by no more than around seven people. Fashion is such a fascinating world and if one could show the research that goes into a John Galliano collection, for example ... It's missed. Fashion is presented as something for the ladies or as trade. It's both scandalised and trivialised and it's a lot more interesting than that
The fashion crowd was left scratching their perfectly coiffed heads as to the whereabouts of Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, who had last been seen at the Christian Dior show last Friday.
Rumours have surfaced that the visionary editor was forced to return to Vogue HQ in order to deal with how she intends to cut the magazine's budget by 25% by next year. As yet, insiders are unsure of the form in which such budget cuts will take, but it has been suggested that as Wintour is against the clock, as she will be required to have a plan in place within the next few days, there is a possibility that Wintour may choose to implement the rebudgeting by laying off some employees. Either way all should be out in the open fairly soon, so watch this space........
Louis Vuitton’s in-house jewellery designer, the impossibly chic Camille Miceli, who was the brains behind the plastic paper-chain necklaces on Louis Vuitton’s A/W 09 show, has been named Artistic Director of Christian Dior’s Costume Jewellery and Artistic Advisor to the Management for Several Leather Goods Lines, as revealed by Fashion and Runway.
“My years at Louis Vuitton were a turning point in my life. Marc Jacobs gave me the opportunity to express my creativity through jewels and accessories. I have always had a profound admiration and attraction for the house of Dior, whose history, creativity and modernity are symbols of elegance. I am very eager to express my own sensibilities through the house’s codes,” Miceli said.
Miceli will be making the move over to Dior in October this year, joining the likes of John Galliano, Kris Van Assche, and Victoire de Castellane. We look forward to seeing what she creates this S/S10.
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As promised, we have pictures from the Christian Dior haute couture show to share. In the simple but chic confines of Christian Dior headquarters in Paris, models showed a range of wasp-waisted looks perfect for the brand's 'New Look' style from the '50s. Designer John Galliano took his inspiration from documentary photographs of Christian Dior dressing models for his shows decades ago, and visible stockings and basques were evidence of the half-dressed appeal.
On a wider level, the collection used a more sophisticated version of this season's bright trend to jazz up skirt suits, floret-covered A-line dresses, and higher-than-hip-level ruffle skirts. But our favourite looks? The dresses like this one, which should come with ladies in waiting in the purchase price.
It was hardly a suprise when we spotted Marion Cotillard sitting front row at the Christian Dior show for Paris Haute Couture Week on Monday. The actress is currently the face of the brand and became a firm favourite of the house after choosing a couture Dior dress to wear to this years Oscars.