Three days has passed since the big reveal of the the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress and we're still talking about it. Before the cermony had finished WWD managed to release a list of comments from the fashion elite about their opinion of the dress and, based on their comments, they loved the dress just as much as we did.
Mark Badgley of Badgley Mischka, speaking for himself and James Mischka: 'James and I have goose bumps! The dress is perfection; and will stand the test of time. It is a classic Grace Kelly look. The skirt is divine. We love the hair down and the veil. The proportion is beautiful.'
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Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are known for their theatrics, and this season, their dramatic take on men's sportswear could have the likes of Gaga and Rihanna clamouring over who'll get to wear some Viktor & Rolf lace first. It started simply enough, with the designers taking a riff on the classic men's button-up, and ended with a monstrously proportioned, multi-sleeved wedding dress that would be nearly as wide as most brides are tall.
For those of us who don't have pop concerts to throw, the most wearable pieces from the collection will be the duo's white satin shirt dresses, or perhaps the strong-shouldered blouses and simple trousers. Victorian-lace panels on dresses - of the wedding variety or otherwise - added a touch of the ornate, though among the collection, it was easy to find basic, everyday wear. By that, we mean the pieces that will make it to the shop floor will leave customers able to fit through the door.
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When Viktor & Rolf asked Elly Jackson, better known as La Roux to perform at their menswear show in Paris yesterday they knew what they were letting themselves in for. "She dresses in a masculine way, and she deliberately undermines expectations by doing so, which is why we thought it would be cool to dress her in our men's clothes," Rolf Snoeren explained.
Viktor Horsting revealed that they asked Jackson to bring with her only a keyboard - "we want our men's shows to be very intimate" - adding that the design duo tried to add femininity to La Roux's outfit, however she declined. "We asked her to wear high heels under her suit, but she refused" Horsting said, "We love that".
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As one of the first places to recognise Viktor and Rolf, the Hyéres Internation Festival of Fashion and Photography, which takes place each year in Southern France is known as the place to be for cutting edge talent. It should come as no surprise, then, that the winner of this year's award voted on by the public went to 33 year old Tsolmandakh Munkhuu. The Paris-based designer - who originates from Mongolia - painted the models for her show entirely black, for a collection of layering, volume and juxtaposed textures.
Walking away with a prize of 15,000 euros, Alexandra Verschueren won the L'Oreal Professional Grand Prize with a collection inspired by German artist Thomas Demand - impressing Dries Van Noten, Sarah Mower and Charlotte Stockdale, who all sat on the fashion jury.
The one-shouldered wonder dress is here to stay, and to keep on-trend through Summer to Winter, veer clear of black, opt for bright colours and either embellishments or billowing ruffles. The latest breed of asymmetric dresses are not for the shy - choose from short and sweet for cocktail dresses as seen at Armani, or a statement floor-length gown a la Valentino for the more sophisticated events.
Let's get a few things straight: 'Telephone' is no 'Paparazzi' or 'Bad Romance,' and it contains an overwhelming amount of blatant product placement. But does Lady Gaga - this time, with Beyoncé at her side - give us enough out-there fashion to hold us over until her next spectacle? Of course.
Gaga's highly hyped 'Telephone' video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, also the man behind Madonna's 'Ray of Light' music video, and Åkerlund pulled in heavy references to Tarantino flicks ('Kill Bill' perhaps most noticeably). The video is meant as a continuation of 'Paparazzi,' in which Gaga kills Alexander Skarsgård. This time, the Lady is sent to jail, where she has time for a brief lesbian encounter, is stripped naked to verify she doesn't have any male parts, and eventually is bailed out by Beyoncé, who takes Gaga away - for a mass murder - in Tarantino's iconic "Pussy Wagon" truck. (And by the way, the singer's brunette lookalike is her sister, Natali Germanotta.)
Now, for the clothes. We're obsessing over Gaga's Viktor & Rolf chain-detail jumpsuit, worn with Haus of Gaga cigarette sunglasses that actually blow smoke. We're equally in love with her vintage Thierry Mugler skirt suit and oversize hat, and her blue Fred Butler telephone hat. B also kills it in the vintage Thierry Mugler bra top and hat she wears to pick up Gaga from jail. Both Gaga's caution-tape bodysuit by Brian Lichtenberg and her animal-print Haus of Gaga catsuit seem a bit literal. But our favourite styles of the video? G and B's lavender and black free-flowing cowboy styles by Emile Pirlot.