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.
It was hard not to notice the many fashion statements of Jimmy McMillan, founder and “CEO” of the Rent Is Too Damn High party, during last night’s New York gubernatorial debate. Known for his singular fixation on rent, unique facial hair and black gloves worn indoors, Jimmy has caught our attention and reminded us of Read more →
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!
Chanel’s Haute Couture 2008 show was a memorable affair, if not for the face frames, then for the hot pink dress that Cameron Diaz would later wear on the Red Carpet (after Rachel Zoe famously altered it). For SS11, however, Carven presented a very similarly draped dress in black. So whose draped wonder would you Read more →
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?
PARIS–Are you obsessed Prabal Gurung‘s Spring 2011 collection, but dream of some sparkle to accompany that form fitting cocktail dress?
Never fear. It’s Atelier Swarovski to the rescue. The crystal brand has commissioned five up-and-coming designers to create one-off jewelry collections for Spring 2011. The roster includes Mark Fast, Joseph Altuzarra, the aforementioned Gurung, LA-based costume designer Michael Kaplan, and jeweler Jenny Manik Mercian.
It was tough to pick just five girls from Paris Fashion Week’s abundance of sartorial greatness, but we did our best. We have a hard time ever excluding Alexa Chung, who looked adorable at Miu Miu. Lou Doillon is a Paris fashion icon in her own right and did not disappoint at Chanel. Rachel Bilson looked lovely at Dior. Anja Rubik rocked long, flowy Chloé and Caroline Sieber got a head start on Spring’s white trend at Valentino.
PARIS–Remember those incredible shoes on the Frank Tell Fall 2010 runway? Me too. They were designed by the Paris-based Raphael Young, who just opened up his first store in the city. (Right next to Mr. Louboutin on the Rue Jean-Jaques Rousseau, bien sur.)
I stopped by the opening on Tuesday night, where Fall 2010′s specimens were perched in box frames along the big wall in the main room. The back room was filled with Young’s Spring 2011 offerings. And I must say, I was thrilled by them. From the seafoam green metallic heels to the red suede peep toes with a marble wedge, there’s something for everyone in this collection. Click through to pick your favorite pair.
PARIS–Nine days. Over 90 collections. But only ten can be considered the best. Click through for our top picks. Au revior, Paris!
Rumors swirl season upon season that Stefano Pilati is done at Yves Saint Laurent. Pilati replaced Tom Ford in the mid-aughts, and while some of his collections have been lauded, others have been slammed. What’s more, Pilati is known for being a pain-in-the-rear. He’s a party boy, and he doesn’t like playing nice.
Now the New York Post, via Fashion Wire Daily, reports that Spring 2011 might really, truly, be the end of the road for Pilati. But the collection was undeniably strong. And the shoes will certainly be a best-seller. So we think he still has more time.
However, if Pilati is leaving, who will succeed him?
PARIS–Look at the cult around Vogue or Purple: Magazines today are institutions, with their own admirers and followers. No wonder they’re also becoming the life and soul of Parisian nightlife. Increasingly, brands are pairing up with hip publications to ensure a successful event.
One day before the end of Paris Fashion Week, we put on our blue suede shoes and went out, wined and dined by various magazines.
Which big American glossy won’t allow its street style photographers to shoot editors from other magazines? Apparently, they’re the only book in the biz with a rule like this. And it makes life for their street style shooters hard–particularly during fashion week, when editors are often the best-dressed candidates.
PARIS–No need to tell you French Vogue is turning 90. It’s been loudly announced throughout the fashion sphere, this month’s issue filled with much sought after, limited edition prints.
Now try to imagine a gala to celebrate this, right in the middle of Paris Fashion Week.
Add onto that Eyes Wide Shut as the dress code. The result is dementia, partial nudity and foie gras–very Carine indeed.
PARIS–Hakaan Yildirim is not who one would call an ingenue. Indeed, Yildirim, whose “debut” at London Fashion Week last season made a decidedly large splash, has been a working designer in Turkey for more than a decade.
Within a year, Yildirim has gone from a local Turkish talent to the fashion world’s next big thing, and his collection, shown Wednesday in Paris, further sealed his fate.
Last night, Yildirim officially accepted the spoils of his latest achievement: the ANDAM fashion award.
PARIS–In general, I’m a pretty impatient person. Which means if I roll up to a party and there’s a massive queue, I typically just walk away.
But I really wanted to attend last night’s Roberto Cavalli 40th anniversary celebration at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Probably because it’s the first day of Paris Fashion Week and I still have the energy to do more than write. Also, Cavalli knows how to throw a proper party. I knew it would be good. At least the food would be good.
So around 10pm, I left my hotel and headed over. As I walked up to the gate, I instantly knew that arriving an hour and a half after start time was a bad idea. Yet I was able to easily weasel my way to the velvet rope. They weren’t allowing anyone in at that moment, but I assumed it would be soon enough.
PARIS–So I’ve landed in fashion’s beloved city, and I’m seeing Dries van Noten, Gareth Pugh, and Rochas later on today, but amidst the 90-plus shows are a gazillion good parties. Here’s a sampling of what’s on. If you’re in town, these are what you don’t want to miss:
Roberto Cavalli’s 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Party: Tonight
The Cavalli maison is turning 40, and celebrating with a grand party at Ecole des Beaux-Arts. There will be “special performances,” which we’re betting will include Leonna Lewis and Taylor Swift, who both sat front row at the designer’s Milan show.
Vogue Paris’ 90th Anniversary Gala: September 30
Carine’s tome is turning 90, so expect this to be the best-looking party of the week. Oh, and it’s a costume ball. So wear a mask.
Our friends at Chanel gave us a sneak peek of their Spring 2011 invite, which will be sent out to editors all over Paris very soon. The show takes place next Tuesday, October 5, and we’ll be tweeting live from the venue! xo, F