When designers describe the inspiration for a given collection, it's usually not as simple as, say a pair of very young, stylish celebrity sisters. Th
Real Men (Don't) Wear Runway Menswear: Many of the menswear looks that are sent down runways are outrageous and unwearable, to say the least. We polled men on the streets of New York to see where, if ever, they would wear the codpieces, lace and lobster breastplates. Introducing Team USA's Glamourous Gymnasts: Gymnastics is one of our favorite Olympic events (we know we're not alone!), so after the five girls representing the US were revealed, we took a closer look at who they are and how their make-up routines stack up to their uneven bar routines. American Apparel's Latest Controversy: On Monday, we got a hold of images of American Apparel's latest ads starring a 60+ gray-haired woman named Jacky, complete with obligatory crotch shot and similarly suggestive poses. We talked to Jacky about how the whole modeling gig came about--you'll love what she had to say!
While all eyes this week were focused on Raf Simons and his debut Dior couture collection, Hedi Slimane quietly made his debut at YSL Saint Laurent Paris. We already knew that his resort and menswear collections would be shown to buyers only, and they flocked to Paris this week to take in Slimane's first collections for the house. While they were forbidden from taking photos, many were willing to speak anonymously about what they saw. One retail exec reported that even the hangers, chairs and tables were designed by Slimane--a hint of new retail concepts to come under the rebranded Saint Laurent Paris label, according to WWD. And what about the clothes? Sounds like Slimane mined some YSL classics.
Saint Laurent Paris Does The Timewarp: On Wednesday, we reported that Yves Saint Laurent might be dropping the "Yves" as a means of rebranding the label under the direction of Hedi Slimane, and the very next day the storied fashion house confirmed, sending countless tweeters, bloggers and writers into a tizzy. We, on the other hand, started to think about what would happen if other design houses were to do the same. Kate Upton's Busy, Busy Week: The busty blonde graced the cover of GQ (which coincidentally channeled Azealia Banks in her latest music video for "Jumanji"), spoke onscreen about her love of America (and large breasts) and even taught Jimmy Fallon how to Cat Daddy. How'd she do it all? With some seriously genius self-marketing skills. Asian Beauty Products That Might Just Save Your Skin: Okay, so maybe they won't save your skin, but they're certainly bizarre and intriguing enough to warrant a test-run. From charcoal shampoo to a chin contour mask to collagen-boosting marshmallows, we're curious to see what will be first to hit the shelves of Sephora first (or, alternatively, be banned by the FDA). Model-Turned-Actress, Everybody's Doing It: Models are good looking people, and so are actresses. Actresses appear on magazine covers, and so do models. So it makes sense that models might whet their palates and give acting a try, right? Right. We rounded up the many, many models who have transitioned from runway to silver screen and analyzed how seamlessly and successfully they made the jump.
FLORENCE--For their presentation as the guest womenswear designers at Pitti W, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos geeked out. In the very best way.
It's safe to say we kind of have a teeny crush on Aussie designer Dion Lee: Besides the fact that he makes sleek clothes for super cool girls, he is adorably charming in person. So when we heard he would be in New York City showing his resort collection, we popped by for a look and to chat with the designer, whose global star is on the rise. Lee showed for the first time outside of Australia last season in London, where he staged a small presentation for fall. While the Sydney fashion industry was disappointed to have lost him in their fashion week lineup, Lee explained that showing in his hometown would have meant staging three presentations in one year and that he wanted "concentrate on the clothes" instead. He confirmed to us that he'll be showing again in London in September, but this time it will be a full-on runway show.
Kate Middleton Repeat Roundup: The Duchess of Cambridge has a habit of repeating dresses, coats, shoes and fascinators and a serious knack for making everything look just as good (if not better!) the second time around. Check out our roundup of her most-loved pieces! Collaboration Nation: It seems that every time we check the news, another designer house has announced an upcoming collaboration or capsule collection. To keep you on your A-game, we rounded up the most notable team-ups. Is your fav in there? Best Of Resort, Round One: Resort has turned into a veritable fashion circus, giving the RTW shows a run for their money and making it tough to keep up with collections. We've made life easier for you by rounding up the best of the bunch... so far. Go Ahead, Judge A Girl By Her Shoes: A study by the University of Kansas found that the style of your favorite, most loved shoes actually reveals a lot about you. Wondering what your shoes say about you (and your favorite fashionites)? We've got the scoop.
Rachel Comey is pretty much the official outfitter of downtown New York cool girls--or, really cool girls everywhere. So, naturally, we were pretty excited to visit the brand's showroom to check what was in store for Resort 2013. We were greeted by an adorably pregnant Comey (she's due in September), who is without a doubt, one of the best dressed pregnant ladies we've ever met. "I find myself still being able to wear my [line]," she said with a laugh. "I'm like, who knew I designed maternity also!" Of course, Comey was only joking (though a cool maternity line is actually not a bad idea!)--but there is something special and effortless about a collection looking just as cool on a six-months pregnant woman as on a five-foot-eleven model. And that's precisely what we love about the brand.
Sophisticated, elegant and structured are the descriptors that come to mind when perusing Donna Karan's latest resort collection. Not unlike some of her contemporaries, like Michael Kors for instance, Karan struck a nice balance between formal and casual--creating sophisticated, nightime-appropriate suits and dresses in easy-to-wear fabrics like cotton and jersey. Comfort and style always go well together in our book.
The theme of Michael Kors' latest resort collection was "opulent minimalism" and we couldn't have put it better ourselves. We're told he was inspired by a recent trip to Turkey, but maybe his recent multi-billion dollar valuation also inspired the opulence.