SS11 fashion week was filled with amazing collections, which were in turn filled with inventive and unique fashions. We couldn’t just pick ten, so we’ve selected 20 top looks for you instead.
Forget diamonds–shoes are a girl’s best friend.
The SS11 runways were full of new “best friends” for shoe addicts everywhere. From Alexander McQueen’s and Rodarte’s sculpted wedges to Calvin Klein’s lucite and wood stilettos, there’s something for every girl, even sneakers (from Giles and Yohji Yamamoto, of course)! Trying to pick a favorite may cost you hours, so why not just love them all?
Click through to see the best of the best shoes from the Spring runways!
For SS11 designers turned to their animal roots, emblazoning their designs with portraits of their favorite furry friends. From Prada’s now famous monkeys to Tsumori Chisato’s tiger, jungle animals were the most popular, although Miu Miu went classy with swans and Giles showed some koala-looking blobs on intarsia sweaters. Which animal portrait would you wear?
Sharp pleats are everywhere–some more, please.
Nearly-bare legs are a must for spring 2010.
We love Alexa Chung’ preppy-chic loafers and fitted blazer. We’re also absolutely smitten over Charlotte Dellal’s Charlotte Olympia banana clutch. Julia Johansen went wild in her colorful zebra print while at a Mulberry dinner. And both Cat Deeley and Caroline Sieber look stunning while arriving to the Burberry show.
Would you rather glow in Christopher Kane’s light bright ensemble, or stand out in Proenza’s striped version?
Seven years ago, The British Fashion Council set out on a mission to make fashion just a little bit more ecofriendly. In order to do so, they established Estethica–an exhibition of innovative designers committed to working sustainably.
After seven years of success at London Fashion Week, Estethica and the BFC have decided to make the eco sustainable design exhibition available to consumers world wide through a collaboration with ecommerce site YOOX.com. To coincide with this week’s London Fashion Week, YOOX created an online retail space specifically for a selection of Estethica designers called Yooxygen.
LONDON–Britt had raved about socialite Charlotte Dellal’s shoe collection Charlotte Olympia, and I had read a few profiles on her in UK glossies, but now that I’ve seen several pairs of Dellal’s shoes close up–at Emilio de la Morena, Henry Holland, and on the designer herself–I’m smitten.
As a sensible shoe person–I own very few pairs of crazy heels, and I wear them sparingly–it’s difficult for me to understand how people can physically bear to walk in many of them. While I appreciate the art of cobbling, particularly Nicholas Kirkwood’s work, I know that even if I could afford those Kirkwood for Rodarte shoes, I would have to put them on display like a sculpture, as I know I would never be able to walk in them, even for a second.
But there’s something about Dellal’s shoes, something almost accessible–maybe the sky-high platforms?–that makes me think I could pull them off.
LONDON–Remember that teaser for The September Issue where the voice-over would say, “Fashion is $500 billion global industry…” or something like that? Well, it looks like the UK makes up about a tenth of that $500 billion.
At least according to a new study commissioned by the British Fashion Council. Fancy-sounding consultants Oxford Economics researched and wrote the report, which states that £37 billion is made–directly or indirectly–from fashion each year in Great Britain. That’s not too shabby, given the size of the country. In fact, fashion is the 15th largest industry (out of approximately 81) in the UK.
The results are a boon to those like designer Christopher Raeburn, who produces much, if not all, of his product here in the UK. Fashion’s importance to the economy reinforces his mission.
LONDON–Possibly the only thing more death-defying than the leap from model to actress is the rarely attempted feat of fashion designer-turned-artist. But for two time “British Designer of the Year” and creative director of PUMA, Hussein Chalayan, these acrobatics are child’s play.
The Cypriot-born, London-raised designer first came to fashion by way of architecture, not surprising for those familiar with the tremendous technical construction and futuristic materials he is best known for.
Think airplane wings, folding table, foam molded car crashes and yes, I am talking about dresses.
Chalayan’s firs solo art exhibit entitled “I am Sad Leyla” is currently showing at London’s Lisson Gallery through October 8. (Definitely stop by in if you’re in town for London Fashion Week.)