Rick Owens knows how to build anticipation. The lights lowered to signal the start of his fall 2013 show and then–woosh–a wall of smoke came shooting out from stage left. Wagner blared through the severe cement venue at the Palais Omnisports De Bercy. Then–poof!–out came the models. And I do mean “poof” because their hair was styled into the fluffiest, frizziest puff balls. The smoke and wind blew the models’ hair over their eyes but they never broke character and brushed it out of their faces. They were stone faced and severe through and through.
For the last several years, our contributor Misty Sidell has braved the sometimes-harsh elements of the fashion biz while simultaneously attending classes full-time as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Now, the recent grad has done her time and lived to tell the tale–albeit with more than a few sob sessions in Conde Nast bathrooms and paper cuts inflicted by fashion week invitations. And with four years of FIT under her belt, in addition to several internships at Conde Nast and Hearst, she’s got more than a few helpful hints and hilarious anecdotes to share with anyone who’s ever considered swapping ‘real college’ for fashion school. Read on, little ones…
People, it’s time to kiss humanity goodbye. Folks are snacking on peoples’ faces, grilling their unfaithful lovers’ lips, and chomping on their roommates’ hearts. The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us, and our undead friends are hungry for limbs, organs, and of course, braaaains. But it’s not all bad–just because you might soon forgo chicken cutlets Read more →
Mark Zuckerberg is having quite a month. The Father of Facebook just turned 28, bought out Instagram for $1 billion and is now facing the most lucrative point in his career: Going IPO on Friday. We’d offer him a congratulatory “poke” but sadly, that option’s no longer available. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the IPO acronym, it stands for Initial Public Offering– meaning that the company will finally be open to stock holders where the likes of Wall Street—-and even you!—- can purchase a part of the social media company.
But with the estimated $100 billion that’s supposedly coming his way, we’re wondering whether the Harvard dropout will invest in a new wardrobe. Will he finally change out of his usual uniform consisting of dowdy college hoodies, sweat-drenched Adidas shower flip flops, and tattered baggy jeans, into something more uh, dapper? Better yet, the question posed is this: Can all the money in the world transform someone from HTML geek to sartorial chic? Fashionistas can only hope!
To give him an extra boost, we’ve enlisted the help of several fashion experts from designers like Carlos Campos, Alan Eckstein from Timo Weiland and Simon Kneen of Banana Republic, to editors from GQ and Esquire, to buyers and the likes to see what kind of advice they’d shed onto Silicon Valley’s hottest star. And regardless of whether he takes our suggestions or not (note to Marky Mark: you really, really should!), happy IPO Day! We’d definitely like to send you a congratulatory poke soon—- this time, live and in-person.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’re probably aware that The Hunger Games comes out this Friday. Gah!
And while we can’t wait to see how the whole Panem will come to life on the big screen, we’re especially pumped to see what all our favorite characters will be wearing.
So, to quench our excitement, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to costume our favorite Hunger Games characters in clothes straight off the runway. From Katniss to Effie, and Valentino to McQueen, check out our fantasy runway outfits for the Hunger Games‘ major players.
You already know our thoughts on Paris fashion week’s most riveting moments, and though Marc bid us bon voyage at Vuitton only yesterday at the end of our four-week, four-city fashion marathon, it’s not quite over yet. As with our ultimate crib sheets to Milan, London, and New York‘s most well-reviewed collections, we won’t rest until we bring you the bigger picture.
What collections in the City of Light did Cathy, Suzy, Susannah, Sarah, Mark, Tim, Nicole, Alex, Godfrey, and Jessica feel truly shone? Fashionista knows. We’ve parsed all the reviews (we mean that literally) from these and other friends and bloggers for the adjectives and other qualifying bon mots.
From 2D shapes at Comme to the full 360-degree view at McQueen, flash back with us now to see which designers maximized their critical response.
We’ve scoured the Fall 2012 collections for the most amazing shoes, and it was easy, because there were plenty. The best part? Footwear options for Fall 2012 are a lot more reasonable than their Spring 2012 counterparts. (Remember those 6 inch Versace lucite wedges?)
Fall 2012 saw lots of wide heels and mary-janes on the runway, and sometimes both simultaneously–like at Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Marni. Knee-high black boots ruled at Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Givenchy, and Rick Owens, and ladylike pumps could be found at Lanvin, Nina Ricci, and Jil Sander. Of course, if you’re looking for something crazy, look no further than Alexander McQueen’s heel-less fur shoes. Impractical, but so lovely.
Take a look at all the amazing shoes from Fall 2012 and just try to pick a favorite. It’s near impossible.
Fashion shows aren’t just about fashion anymore. Or more accurately, fashion isn’t just about the clothes anymore. Every season, runway shows get more elaborate, as designers and brands try to cram a lot of drama into the 15 minutes that they have everyone’s attention. And it works–it makes a show pretty memorable. (Whether or not it helps the image of a brand or helps the clothes be memorable remains to be seen, as our contributor Long Nguyen speculated in his review of Dior’s show.)
Karl Lagerfeld and his Chanel extravaganzas are the notable exception. Lagerfeld always wows us with a spectacle of grand proportions–and clothes to match. The Chanel show, which walks tomorrow in Paris, is undoubtedly the highlight of fashion month every seasaon. But those who have come before it this month weren’t too shabby, either. Pyrotechnics, a fruit stand, and an escalator all helped designers tell their stories for their fall 2012 collections.
Click through to see all the most outrageous runway shows from this season.
The first few days of Paris have likely been a bit of a palette cleanser for the fashion crowd, with long lines of all black, gothic-inspired looks which diametrically oppose many of the popular trends so far in the fall 2012 collections, namely the all-over print. The city is home to its fair share of Read more →
It’s hard to generalize about the beauty looks across the major fashion capitals, but we’re going to go ahead and do it anyway. New York is either easy-breezy or loud and brash. London makeup artists usually go crazy with their palettes, while Milan is generally sophisticated and strong. Paris, much like many of the runway collections, is pretty with a theatrical streak.
Check out our favorite looks (which, as usual, are the ones that are the most fun to look at.) Though this season we may have to try a few of these out in real life.