April 2, 2013 § Leave a comment
The fashion design door has been put to good use lately, with designers and creative directors moving in and out of their respective companies.
The latest designer leaving their luxury label is Nicola Formichetti of Mugler. Formichetti served as the creative director for men’s and women’s collections for two and a half years.
According to The Cut, Joel Palix, president of Clarins Fragrance Group and director general of Mugler, said in a statement: “With his talent for communication and understanding modern imagery and design, Nicola has been instrumental in attracting a new audience which is undeniably crucial for the future strategy of the house. He will be a historical part of the Mugler legacy and known as the force that catapulted us forward.”
Formichetti, who also served as Lady Gaga’s creative director, completely transformed the legendery French label into what some may call a travesty. The designer is obviously talented, but his creative direction was never the right fit for Mugler.
Let’s see where his career will take off next.
March 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
With the intensity that is fashion month finally over, I’ve spent a little time reflecting on the various shows in the most controversial fashion capital – Paris.
The collections pushed the boundaries this season, with Alexander Wang making his subtle debut at Balenciaga to Hedi Slimane reconstructing (or destroying) the Saint Laurent brand. As always, Paris Fashion Week gave both editors and fans alike something to talk about.
Here are my four favorite collections:
When the news broke out that NYC cool kid Alexander Wang was to take over the renowed luxury house of Balenciaga, I was incredibly skeptical of his performance. Surprisingly, the designer was able to step away from his streetwear aesthetics and create a collection that looked classic but still maintaining a touch of the Wang edge. Overall, the collection was quite safe – but smart. Instead of experimenting with various silhouettes or colors, Wang worked within the design history of both Ghesquiere and Balenciaga. He placed that inspiration in its purest form with his debut collection for the renowned atelier. The strict black + white color palette, the cocoon coats and subdued peplums were chic and very French. A highlight was a white sweater that resembled cracked leather, which was actually painted-on wool. Genius.
3. Anthony Vaccarello
All black everything was the motto for Anthony Vaccarello’s collection this season. The designer fully understands the sex appeal of a woman, yet he doesn’t overdo it to make it tacky. Instead, his designs are sultry with a little ’90s edge – complete with deep plum lips and alabaster skin. This season, the usual skin-revealing Vaccarello girls were all covered up. But they still kept their sexuality. Rather than his usual slinky dresses, Vaccarello introduced separates – knits, overcoats, skirts, button-down tops. The use of leather ran rampant in this collection, and it teetered between scandalous and sophisticated without ever becoming tasteless. But forget the clothes! It was those dangerously spiked leather boots that tied the together the downtown girl theme of the collection.
March 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
Fashion month is almost complete, with Milan just wrapping up their runway week. The designers of the Italian city took inspiration from the past and looked to eras like the ’40s, ’70s and even Christianity.
Take a look at my three favorite collections below!
3. Bottega Veneta
While it’ll always be sexy to show a little skin, layering up is a fresh alternative to leave a little mystery. Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier turned to the 1940s as inspiration for the classic and sophisticated woman. With knee-length dresses, structured overcoats, dainty purses and perfectly curled hair, this collection created the frame for confident ladies everywhere. The clothing may look plain at first sight, but take a closer look and you’ll see Maier’s play with wool, pleat detailing and fun use of bright colors.
2. Dolce & Gabbana
Using religious themes in fashion can be a little cliche, but the Dolce & Gabbana duo knows how to make it work for their all-Italian brand. Steering away from their Sicily-inspired themes from recent collections, the designers looked way back into the Byzantine Empire for a bold and decadent runway show. The Byzantine art prints were beautiful and had a mosiac feel that made them look authentic. Also, the effortless combination of colors like ruby, gold, cream and ebony Keep reading…
February 26, 2013 § Leave a comment
Fashion month is well underway, with London following NYFW’s lackluster showing. The fashion week over the pond, which ended a week ago, had more innovative concepts than its predecessor. But overall, there weren’t a large number of strong collections.
Nevertheless, I’ve found three collections that I liked. View them below!
3. J.W. Anderson
In an city that usually displays over-the-top and flashy collections, it is always refreshing to see a simplified yet strong collection. With J.W. Anderson’s collection for the Fall 2013 season, he proved that simple silhouettes can still have an avant-garde edge. What first drew my attention was the color palette, with stark whites, daring blacks and bold colors like tomato red and mustard yellow – mainly shown in monochromatic looks. The play of leather was cool to see as well, and it gave the otherwise classic looks a street vibe. The clothing was quite architectural yet confined – there was a slight air of derangement.
Giles Deacon is one of my favorite designers, so I always look forward to his interpretation of classic romanticism in his collections. This season proved no different, with its princess dresses, gold detailing and beautiful tailoring. From the wispy Rapunzel-like hair to the tulle overlays, the collection was a Renaissance painting that came to life. What I enjoy about Giles is while his collections are romantic, he always injects melancholy that elevates his work from clothing to wearable art. The highlight of the collection were the long gowns in the middle of the show that had a print that was layered with gold brocade. Simply stunning. Keep reading…
February 22, 2013 § 1 Comment
This month marked the beginning of stressed out editors, interns steaming sample dresses and everyone trying to catch the Instagram-approved shot of the runway. That’s right, fashion month is upon us once again!
February 7 was the start of New York Fashion Week, what I call the weakest week of the four – albeit the most sellable. But there were a handful of Fall/Winter 2013 collections that I thought were quite unique and internationally appealing.
Check out my top 4 picks from NYFW below:
4. Cushnie et Ochs
I’ve been keeping my eye on this young label for a few seasons now, and Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs presented a refreshingly cheeky collection for the Fall season. The show opened with a clinical white structured tank and flip skirt, a great start of a well-tailored and downright sexy collection. From the thigh-high slits, swingy skirts and a standout mint-c0lored vinyl secretary dress, the collection combined the sexy librarian and flirty schoolgirl into looks that injected some playfulness that NYFW was lacking.
3. Diesel Black Gold
Being a fan of the classic Rock n’ Roll look, I was excited to see it interpreted in a modern way that was so downtown New York. I loved the play on texture: embossed leather, gunmetal studs on the jackets and resin-treated wool pants. The spark of the badass vibe that Diesel’s collection had was appreciated. People who usually associate Diesel with the mall version, which is more suited to guidos, will now see the label in a more high-end lens. There is no doubt the items will sell quickly – every editor will be coveting that perfect leather jacket.
January 24, 2013 § Leave a comment
It looks like the high street is coming to take over fashion week next month! Rihanna recently made an announcement of her show for River Island during London Fashion Week, and now H&M is planning to show in Paris.
According to WWD the Swedish company will debut its 25-outfit show on February 27 at the Musée Rodin during fashion week in Paris, but the show is not an official part of it. A spokesperson for H&M explained to Fashionista,
“In the past we have done fantastic and spectacular events and fashion shows with our designer collaborations and we feel it is time to celebrate our own fashion.”
The last time H&M showed a collection on a runway was in April 2005 in NYC. Hopefully the 8-year break (along with their collaborations with Versace, Comme des Garcon, Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld and Maison Martin Margiela) will come with a spectacular runway event!
Refresh your memory below with the runway show for Versace for H&M:
Photo Courtesy of: Catwalk Queen