We’re always appreciative when a fashion show offers us something beyond the clothes to look at up close. This morning at Chanel’s spring 2014 show, Karl Lagerfeld satisfied show-goers’ needs to see more than just the usual ephemeral runway looks as they briskly walk by, with a full-on gallery installation.
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Chanel’s runway show sets are always inventive and extravagant, but Spring 2014 was a world apart. A makeshift gallery was set up in the Grand Palais, the walls lined with Chanel-inspired art. There was a robot made out of a life-sized Chanel No. 5 bottle. A massive slingshot crafted out of colorful Chanel tweed. A Read more →
The orchestrated five-car pile-up, which served as runway scenery at last night’s Givenchy show in the Halle Freyssinet, messaged that in the aftermath of destruction, new life arises.
Chloé designer Clare Waight Keller has only been with the house for two years, yet she has slipped so easily into the role that the collections have truly progressed naturally. At first, she kept close to the house’s heritage, referencing the work of Karl Lagerfeld in the 1970s, but slowly adding in sporty elements that spoke to her tomboy style. (Duffle coats, pleating and the house’s signature scalloped hems have all helped define her early tenure.) But this season, something changed. The clothes still looked like Chloé, but they looked like Waight Keller, too.
Kenzo designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim asked their audience to trek to La Cité du Cinéma, a movie studio complex in the Parisian suburbs, for their Spring 2014 runway show.
Junya Watanabe chose the basement of the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution at the Museum of Natural History for his early Saturday morning runway show, setting the tone for what was in store.
Long Nguyen is the co-founder and style director of Flaunt. To call Phoebe Philo’s work at Céline in the past five years minimalist is a misnomer. It’s a lazy way of characterizing her clothes, which are–more than anything else–a philosophical comment on how fashion views women in modern society. A sense of discretion and anonymity Read more →
When a fashion brand has a social mission, that mission often overshadows the actual clothes being designed. Since its founding in 2010, Maiyet—the New York-based luxury line that taps artisans from across the globe to build its ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and jewelry—has been determined to make sure it did not suffer a similar fate.
This season, under the creative direction of cofounder Kristy Caylor, the line finally feels like a quiet contender.
When the lights suddenly turned on, signaling the end of the ingenious and puzzling Comme Des Garçons show late Saturday afternoon, the crowd sat and clapped to demand that Rei Kawakubo come out from backstage. It was a repeat of the ovation given at the end of her Fall 2012 flat clothes collection. Then and now, there were no signs of the designer, who would rather the collection speak for itself.
With just 23 outfits—each assigned its own music, which ranged from classical concerto to rapid drum beats—Kawakubo pushed the boundaries of what can be clothes to extreme limits.