It may have been a sleepy President’s Day here in the good ole U.S. of A., but if you’re looking for a little visual wallop, Super Monday in the U.K. offered luxed-up sex at Burberry Prorsum, fifty shades of black at Erdem, a “this is your brain on Christopher Kane” performance for PPR, and the return to the catwalk of Tom Ford.
Lulu Guinness, she of the quirky, embellished bags, is finally hitting the high street. Later this month, the designer will officially launch LULU by Lulu Guinness, a diffusion line exclusively sold at JC Penney.
We chatted with her about English fashion and everyone’s favorite English fashion-wearer, Kate Middleton. Read on.
Good things come to those who wait.
After speculation that Scottish designer Christopher Kane would take over the house of Balenciaga turned out to be only that—speculation—it has been announced that PPR, the luxury goods conglomerate that owns Balenciaga, as well as Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, now owns a 51% stake in Kane’s London-based fashion house.
For the start of 2013, we’re clamoring over vintage photos of Audrey Hepburn, anticipating Season 2 of Girls, and looking to try out some neon makeup looks and new leather booties.
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Now, the question is: What sort of seismic shifts will happen in 2013? From brand expansion, to designer debuts, here are the 10 labels you’ll want to keep an eye on this year.
Click through to see which brands we think will make a splash in 2013 and why.
We’re still in Milan, eating chunks of parmesan, pleading with PRs, and bringing you the latest show notes and galleries. Today we’ve got MaxMara’s sportier more casual li’l sis Sportmax, Fendi’s Rubik’s cube-y collection, and Christopher Kane’s loud prints and plasticized fabrics (all with a live soundtrack provided by Beth Ditto) at Versus.
The Olympics are finally here, and Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama both deserve gold medals in our minds. While their respective countries’ Opening Ceremonony uniforms garnered some criticism (the US Ralph Lauren uniforms for not being made in the US and England’s for making the athletes look like ABBA), we can’t find any fault with Read more →
The International Herald Tribune‘s Suzy Menkes wrote a lengthy, thoughtful piece this weekend about the current case of designer musical chairs at major fashion houses, which posits that designers are being treated as commodities “bought and dispensed with as the corporate house pleases” rather than the “artistic and fragile people” they truly are.
She accurately paints a picture of the current situation with Dior, YSL and Jil Sander, which has designers leaving, being fired from and returning to these houses–and the fashion industry watching and gossiping as it all goes down. Menkes’ point is summarized in the article’s headline: “We Are All Guilty for This Mess.”
LONDON–Upon walking into the lilac-carpeted space (this includes the walls) above a shopping mall where Christopher Kane showed his fall 2012 collection, I didn’t know what to expect. It seemed like such an upbeat, punchy shade, and his spring collection was full of color and sweetness and light and flowers.
Well, after a few looks went down the runway, I came to the realization that his fall muse was a lot darker and more sinister, and all the flowers had wilted. And it was completely thrilling.