"Bruh are those the Chainsmokers?"
"Layer this. Layer that. Men's fashion week is pretty whack."
New York is unreasonably cold right now. Like impending-blizzard-freeze-your-Rag & Bone-covered-butt-off cold. This is exactly why we, and fashionistas nowhere near New York, are praising the fashion gods (more like IMG & various PR people) for the glorious amount of New York fashion week shows livestreaming this week. We wrangled 89 shows (89!) and presentations to tune into over the course of the next week...with even more coming in! The best part? You won't be judged for taking in these shows in your pjs over some popcorn or pizza or half a bottle of wine... See any shows we missed? Let us know!
Name: Nina What do you do? Doing visuals at IF boutique What was the last thing you bought? A Comme des Garçons skirt. What would you never be caught wearing? Dolce & Gabbana. What can you never say no to? Comme des Garçons, it's a problem. What are you currently obsessed with?
Don't fret about falling behind on your fashion week knowledge so close to the end, because we've still got reviews coming for you. Catch up on Tory Burch's Americana prep remix, Ann Yee's Northwestern-inspired collection, and Patrick Ervell's boyish silhouettes.
When downtown mainstay and minimalist du jour Patrik Ervell conceptualized his Fall 2012 men's and women's collection, he turned to a dark, aggressive –and depending on which political circle you swing in, somewhat controversial – reference. “I was thinking, ‘What does authority look like to people today?'” the young Scandinavian-born sportswear designer explained to us backstage. The answer was, “Navy, nylon and uniforms—the police aesthetic,” which he presented in lean and militaristic form.
It's the best of the rest! We've got reviews and galleries from: Wayne's masterful minimalist "birds of prey" collection, Patrik Ervell's sleek and
The CFDA Awards are a time to reflect on the amazing work of American fashion designers and industry professionals. (And a chance to wear an evening gown, which doesn't come around as much as I wish it would.) In honor of tonight's ceremonies, we've rounded up our favorite looks from this year's CFDA nominees and I've got to say, they're all pretty amazing. From Pamela Love's hefty gems to 3.1 Phillip Lim's quirky dudes, the CFDA noms are a diverse bunch. Hurry up and click through to see the best of the best of American fashion and place your bets on tonight's winners.
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Another year, another CFDA Awards. Tonight Diane von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb announced the nominations for 2011's awards. But before she began to read out the names, DvF told the crowd at her packed studio that the organization would be putting together an auction for the victims of the Japan natural disasters. "We're going to put together big packages. Designers, clients, suppliers--everyone is getting involved." As for the nominees and honorees, there were very few surprises, except for maybe one.
I’m just going to say it: Patrik Ervell should have won the CFDA/GQ New Menswear Designer of the Year. Quite simply, and I use the word “simply” intentionally here, no one is making menswear like Patrik Ervell. The refinement of his suits are unmatched, and his apparel retains an absolutely effortless sexiness and masculinity without losing even a touch of its elegance. And yet his materials are forward-thinking, without needing to get all up in your face with their avant-gardness. For my money, in terms of young, or “new” designers, he is the one to beat. Ervell’s F/W 2011 collection began against a backdrop of white billowing parachutes, flowing with gusts of wind provided by fans. The minimal, dramatic set was a precursor for what was to come: the stage outline of the film Dogville, or those first, sparse piano notes that introduce Kanye's Runaway.
May the best menswear designer win. GQ has unveiled the finalists for its annual Best New Menswear Designer in America competition, and the list is distinguished: · Warriors of Radness designer Rick Klotz · Patrik Ervell · Riviera Club designers Joe Sadler, Derek Buse, and Greg Ullery · Gant by Michael Bastian · Miller’s Oath designer Kirk Miller · T by Alexander Wang
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One of the sharpest collections I’ve seen this year belongs to Patrik Ervell, who could be called Mr. Clean if we named him by the look of his clothes. Clean cuts, polished looks, razor sharp silhouettes—the collection would have the feel of trains running on time, if it weren’t so darn beautiful for that fascist allusion. The Swedish Ervell, who had a stint running V magazine, has turned restraint into a level of zen with this collection, and that’s not a dis—he’s managed to hold back without becoming staid, or boring. He’s taken minimalism towards its most endearing end here, making geek chic so sexy and cool we almost have to remove the “geek.” He’s completely bucked his fellow designers’ trends towards workwear, and instead presented a collection that celebrates refinement, urbanity, and the nattier side of youth. Not a chambray in sight. Ervell had his boys walking on stacks of Financial Times newspapers, and though the designer denies it, perhaps a playful jibe at the changing face of media, or the economic trends, or perhaps at the press as a whole. Or all of the above. Regardless, it left us all chuckling.
When CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners and nominees design for Gap, two things happen: 1. The piece goes down in history. (Like Philip Lim's white blouse, Alex Wang's khaki motorcycle jacket, or Vena Cava's printed dress.) 2. The piece is completely forgotten. (For this, we have no examples, because we can't remember them.) Rest assured, this season's designs--including jewelry by Monique Péan, menswear by Patrik Ervell, and women's wear by Sophie Theallet--are almost guaranteed to fall into the first category.