Fashion shows aren't just about fashion anymore. Or more accurately, fashion isn't just about the clothes anymore. Every season, runway shows get more elaborate, as designers and brands try to cram a lot of drama into the 15 minutes that they have everyone's attention. And it works--it makes a show pretty memorable. (Whether or not it helps the image of a brand or helps the clothes be memorable remains to be seen, as our contributor Long Nguyen speculated in his review of Dior's show.) Karl Lagerfeld and his Chanel extravaganzas are the notable exception. Lagerfeld always wows us with a spectacle of grand proportions--and clothes to match. The Chanel show, which walks tomorrow in Paris, is undoubtedly the highlight of fashion month every seasaon. But those who have come before it this month weren't too shabby, either. Pyrotechnics, a fruit stand, and an escalator all helped designers tell their stories for their fall 2012 collections. Click through to see all the most outrageous runway shows from this season.
Usually, it’s editorial shakeups that get us all confused and inspire us to create befuddling charts and guides to recap and (at least attempt to) make sense of movement within the fashion industry. Lately, however, it seems that most of the movement is taking place at big fashion houses. Whether it’s the economy or designers getting burnt-out, it seems like a top level position opens (or gets filled) every week. From Galliano's exit from Dior to Marios Schwab's from Halston (which happened so recently we didn't have a chance to include it), here’s our little visual guide to the recent ins and outs at major fashion houses.
FLORENCE--Any brand with a heritage as rich as Trussardi's has a follower in me. The Italian fashion house, which is still family-owned, began in 1911 with fine leather gloves. It's been 100 years, and Trussardi is still crafting gloves, along with men's and women's ready to wear collections, bridge line Tru Turssardi, and denim label Trussardi Jeans. The family also runs a two-Michelin star restaurant, produces a furniture collection, and with the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, runs a non-profit nomadic museum, which is currently staging its exhibition 8 1/2 , curated by Massimiliano Gioni, at the Stazione Leopolda here in Florence. (Pitti is co-sponsoring the show.) Last night, also in the Stazione Leopolda, Trussardi put on the main event of Pitti Uomo--a runway show featuring its Fall 2011 menswear collection.