A peekaboo of a different sort.
A peekaboo of a different sort.
Fashion is like high school — with more air kissing. In case you’re wondering how there can already be so much reading from the first day back, we’ve scanned all the reviews from major critics and other friends and bloggers, and have collected all the qualifying bon mots. Which designer made Eric Wilson question if he’d hit the snooze button a few too many times? Whose collection in 50 shades of talc, coral, black, white, and cream had harnesses as a dominant theme? Click through to see what controlled acts of ingenuity it takes to go to the head of the style class.
The Clothes: Sporty, cool and light as a feather. Chai took a Hamptons tennis court to the streets with little halter dresses in icy tones, paper-thin nylon windbreakers and the occasional dark denim trench coat. Some dresses appeared to literally float off the body and were a perfect contrast to heavier streetwear-inspired options. It was Read more →
Compared to, say, the 1950s, very little clothing (or anything for that matter) is manufactured in the United States. There are a few heritage brands holding on in the Northwest and the south; and brands that focus on weather-resistance and technologically advanced fabrics are often based here, where the technology originates. Additionally, many eco-friendly and Read more →
The menswear shows have overshadowed the women’s resort collections a bit, but that’s why we’re here–to make sure you didn’t miss anything good. After our last two roundups, resort month, we’ll call it, has started to taper off. You can decide whether or not they’ve saved the best for last, but designers like Karl Lagerfeld Read more →
Today, Nike unveiled 32 new team uniforms for the 2012 NFL season. We were quite impressed with the Seattle Seahawks’ fashion-forward jerseys: navy and white with touches of neon green–so on trend! Love that color combo. So BCBG pre-fall. Plus, having unintentionally taken in a little March Madness, we noticed that elite eight teams Baylor Read more →
It may have been the softest hit he ever delivered, but on Friday night at Milk Studios, Sean Avery took a shot at Tom Brady.
The topic was menswear, the setting a panel at Milk Studios, organized by Parsons, sponsored by Gillette and featuring hockey player Sean Avery, rapper/actor Common, creative director Timothee Verrecchia, and designer Richard Chai. The hit came as the panel was discussing the loosening of stigma on men caring about fashion and how they dress. Common had offered that celebrities, including famous athletes, publicly declaring in interest in fashion (from Kanye’s fashion line to Sean Avery interning at Vogue), has helped removed the stigma.
At this point, no one needs to spell out for you that prints were a huge trend last spring, mostly of the colorful, floral variety. But where spring was bright and sunny, fall has taken a turn towards the more staid and sombre, or at least as much as a digital print can be considered Read more →
Recently appointed creative director of American heritage brand Filson, Richard Chai presented a down to earth collection featuring somber stripes, neatly belted jackets and some very silly suiting. Maybe the latter was an attempt to liven up the former, kind of like bringing a puppy to a funeral; regardless, the balance felt off.
Fresh of the heels of his recent appointment as Creative Director of Filson, Richard Chai showed a strong collection of functional, utilitarian, minimalist (for him) clothes with a ’90s grunge feel that was very true to his aesthetic.
Backstage, in between air-kisses with Poppy Delevigne and telling models about the after party, the designer described to us the contrast from last season: “Last season was really eclectic and colorful and a real mashup and this season I really wanted to strip everything away and get back to the idea of really accessible, approachable clothes, [but] in areally aspirational way. I didn’t want to create looks just for the sake of it being a show. I really wanted to take clothes and make it things that people want to wear and look cool wearing.” I think he succeeded because I did want to wear a lot of those clothes–especially the striped dresses and plaid coats. What I really loved was that it felt like a true fall collection of clothes that, head to toe, are actually practical to wear in fall and winter.
We’re still waiting for our favorite up-and-coming rapper/fashion muse Azealia Banks to make her fashion week debut, but yesterday morning we got one step closer to her via her new fashion pal Nicola Formichetti, with whom she shares a birthday.
Formichetti is perhaps best known for his roles as Mugler‘s creative director and Lady Gaga’s stylist, but over the past few weeks, he seems to have also taken the “212″ singer under his wing. As we’ve ascertained through Twitter, he styled her for a V shoot and her forthcoming video for “Liquorice.” Banks also provided the soundtrack for his menswear show in Paris.
We chatted with Formichetti backstage at his friend Richard Chai’s show yesterday. Here’s what he had to say about how he and Azealia ended up working together, why it was meant to be, what to expect from the ‘Liquorice’ video and whether or not their collaboration will be ongoing. He seemed to really enjoy talking about her.