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Friday, October 31, 2014

VF NEWS: Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2015 - NYFW

With a little pink house landing in the middle of the Uptown Park Avenue Armory, Marc Jacobs has us smiling at the pepto bismol abode, while paradoxically, his military inspired collection leaves us stylishly ducking for cover.

VF NEWS: Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2015 - Paris Fashion Week

Who will be Miss Jean Paul Gaultier 2015? The infamous “enfant terrible” staged a blowout beauty pageant for his last ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week.

VF NEWS: Calvin Klein Collection Spring/Summer 2015 - NYFW - Interviews & Runway

Videofashion interviews Francisco Costa about his design inspiration for the Spring/Summer 2015 Calvin Klein Collection.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Badgley Mischka Bridal Spring/Summer 2015 - Bridal Fashion Week

Badgley Mischka is a celebrity red-carpet favorite, and when it comes to bridal, Mark Badgley and James Mischka naturally pay homage to Old Hollywood. From Marlene Dietrich to Sophia Loren, each exquisite wedding dress is named after a silver screen legend.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

VF COLLECTIONS: Narciso Rodriguez Spring/Summer 2015 - NYFW

Narciso Rodriguez epitomized sophistication with minimalist, structured designs and luxurious fabrics for his Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

The Essentials for Men this Winter: To your checks!

Today tartan has gained modernity, it’s been reinvented and the checks are being printed even on knitwear and fades to the clothes, making them unique and more technical. (itw) The suits take on a classic style, with a very British influence in wintery hues with fading of grey. Elegant for the suits reworked more loosely or more fitted. Revitalised by many imaginitve traits, highlighted by a stabilo line or with bold colours for a new more contemporary signature. If you’re not daring enough to wear all tartan, you can opt for just a stand out piece from the men’s wardrobe, a coat, or a jacket. It will be carried by it’s traditional motif some elegance and coolness. Hedi Slimane, likes it in a red and black style, for a more rock attitude, a little bit school-boy. In black and white, the allure is not the same and carries a more refined silhouette equally making it more urban.(itw) Checks boost a man’s wardrobe with chicness and personality without being too serious... Interview: Antonio Marras: This here is the same fabric, it starts with fur. There is something called ‘Aguliato’ and then, you can see that it becomes another material and then again it becomes yet another. This really is a very modern and very strong technique that can be used on fabrics and also on wool. Guillaume Henry: We used tartan because the feeling of the 30s, of Frank Sinatra side and I liked the idea of rather large tartan such as this, which reminds me of certain images that spring to mind in Wiigii photos or the days when groups of young men used to gather in casinos.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oscar de la Renta passes away

The designer Oscar de la Renta, the senior American designer, has passed away at the age of 82. A man of rare elegance with a charming smile, the American from Dominican origin, was renowned for his sense of couture with his romantic dresses. Worn by the stars and celebrities, his gowns were the dreams of the red carpet. Last month he created the wedding dress of Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney’s new wife. He was the first to have believed in John Galliano again by proposing an internship to him in his studio, giving place to a magnificent show. He was equally assured for the continuation of the label by naming last week Peter Copping, previously at Nina Ricci the new creative director. Interview: Oscar de la Renta: All I’ve learned in fashion that I love, I learnt it from haute couture so even if it’s prêt-à-porter, there are reflections of haute couture. I think that there should be a constant evolution but never one that’s over the top, one must dress a woman who really loves fashion, who feels like a woman. But for this woman, the most important thing is not the clothes that she wears, or what designer…but how she shows her personality. Above all clothes, especially these days in times a little bit complicated, one must make clothes that a woman can fall in love with.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Anne Barge Bridal Spring/Summer 2015 - Bridal Fashion Week

With a touch of vintage glamour, the Anne Barge Spring 2015 collection will steal a modern bride’s heart. Barge’s signatures of intricate beading and elaborate embroidery give her wedding gowns a timeless appeal.

Kenneth Pool Bridal Spring/Summer 2015 - Bridal Fashion Week

Spring 2015 is soft and sexy, as the Kenneth Pool woman re-imagines her bold confidence and love for dramatic flair! Lace is the defining embellishment, creating a sensuous silhouette, and daringly low backs command attention, revealing the body through sheer tulle, scalloped lace cutouts and silk covered buttons.

Rita Vinieris Rivini Autumn/Winter 2015-16 - Bridal Fashion Week

Entitling her bridal collection “Soft Seduction,” designer Rita Vinieris takes a non-traditional approach to her Rivini bridal collection. Sweatshirts to t-shirts are transformed into effortlessly elegant wedding options for today’s modern bride.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Alexander Wang x H&M - Runway Debut in New York

Last night, the Armory on the Hudson in New York City was transformed from an indoor track and field stadium to a fashion arena for the global launch of the Alexander Wang x H&M collection. Jessica Chastain, Mary J. Blige and Dakota Fanning were among the guests who saw the performance-wear inspired collection presented on the runway. Missy Elliott performed a surprise set with some of her biggest hits including “Get Ya Freak On” and “Work it”.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Autumn/Winter 2015-16 - Bridal Fashion Week

Monique Lhuillier uses the concept of a jewel box full of treasures to show her Autumn Winter 2015-16 bridal collection.

Marchesa Bridal Autumn/Winter 2015-16 - Bridal Fashion Week

For Fall 2015 bridal, the design team behind the celebrated Marchesa label, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, present 15 stunningly distinctive wedding dresses with the desire to dress many different types of women on their big day. Each gown is infused with their signature glamour and romantic embellishment, and champagne is not limited to the bubbly. It is a hue that sparkles throughout the collection.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Andrea Incontri Backstage | Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Top models and stylists backstage at the Andrea Incontri Spring/Summer 2015 show during Milan Fashion Week.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Best of Milan - Memorable moments from the spring summer 2015 collections

Milan renews a certain softness and celebrates next summer with optimism, each house staying true to their DNA, and their know-how. It’s around a flower market, in a bucolic ambiance that Marni celebrates the 20 years of the label. The flowers, the trademark identity of the brand, were at the heart of the event. Interviews: Carolina Castiglioni: Another ambiance, with Philipp Plein, we dive into a fantasy universe. More than a show, it’s a true spectacle. With a finale composed of swing dresses with projected images of animated aquatic elements. Philipp Plein: There is always a buzz at Moschino ever since of the arrival of Jeremy Scott, the head artistic director of the brand who advocates a certain extravagance. Fashion that wants to be playful and uncomplicated, with a Barbie Girl who takes the model role on the catwalk… Jeremy Scott: Another model making a noticeable comeback : Naomi Campbell, always so divine, and feline. Peter Dundas: With a decor of mauve sand dunes for a show that is the one not to miss in Milan. Prada, continues to make their mark on Italian fashion and announces a 70s revival that is very present in Milan... Flared trousers, pops of colour, floral prints...the designers revisit with sensuality these ostentatious years... Angela Missoni: But Milan is distinguished by firsts. Giambattista Valli, widens his universe. 10 years after his first Parisian fashion show, it’s in Milan that the Italian designer chose to present a new line christened Giamba… Roberto Cavalli: A new era at Jil Sander, with the arrival of Rodolfo Paglialunga who takes head of design. The collection gained softness and femininity but stays sharp, one will notice the leather leggings paired with sandals. A good summer feeling in Milan. At Missoni, with airy pieces, and clothes that move. An air of freedom at Milan The idea of heat is omnipresent… Other tendencies noticed in Milan, leather was found over all the couture, in colour block or in a sportswear feel, competing with inventiveness and technical prowess. Regarding leather, Milan remains the uncontested master. And the most beautiful declaration to be held this fashion week: Summer 2015 is announced under the best auspices... The woman inspires the designers and that is the feeling.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Anteprima Backstage | Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Top models and stylists backstage at the Anteprima Spring/Summer 2015 show during Milan Fashion Week.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Best of Paris - A look back to the memorable moments of Paris Fashion Week

Paris brought to a close more than 4 weeks of collections after New York, London and Milan. More than 90 shows, over 9 days, the French capital reinforced yet again its place as the fashion capital of the world, with each day holding strong shows, eclectic presentations and creativity. Each day brought bundles of emotion and striking images, started by the spectacular show at the Grand Rex where Jean-Paul Gaultier signed off his last ready to wear line after 38 years of creation. With humour and talent, he’s inspired by the popular theme Miss France, and delivers to the catwalk astounding fashion, with a realist homage, to famous fashion editors...Designers and close friends were all in attendance to celebrate this happy ending! Another ending, this time for Christophe Lemaire, who stays true to himself and leaves after 4 successful and loyal services of artistic director at the Hermès house with elegance and discretion…Despite the rumour surrounding Guillaume Henry, he didn’t want to confirm straight away his departure of the Carven brand. He had to wait until the end of his collections to confirm his arrival at Nina Ricci. Peter Copping leaves his place to maybe join Oscar de la Renta. At Mugler, after the departure of Nicola Formichetti, the expectations were huge and David Koma did not disappoint. At Sonia Rykiel, the arrival of Julie de Libran seemed to carry a breath of fresh air to the brand. The palm buzzed with the number of tweets sent, about the fashion house Chanel and to the parade of girls on the Chanel Boulevard, constructed especially for the occasion under the nave of the Grand Palais. After the success of the supermarket, Karl Lagerfeld succeeded to surprise yet again. Another exceptional decor, was at the Louis Vuitton Foundation which welcomed the Louis Vuitton show under the direction of Nicolas Ghesquières. He presented an impressive collection full of propositions and ideas, all inspired from the past. Taking from the past to better understand the future, is equally the belief of Raf Simons for Christian Dior. The riding coats borrowed from the 18th century took on a new lease of life. Lanvin celebrated 125 years of the house with one of the most successful collections in Paris Fashion Week. With not just one but multiple propositions to satisfy the happiness of all women.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Zadig & Voltaire Backstage | Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Top models and stylists at backstage at the Zadig & Voltaire Spring/Summer 2015 show during Paris Fashion Week.

Monday, October 6, 2014

John Galliano named creative director at Maison Martin Margiela

John Galliano named creative director at Maison Martin Margiela. The haute couture show of the label, the first by Galliano, will be presented in January 2015.There is a new revolution at Maison Martin Margiela with the nomination of John Galliano as the creative director. On one side is the French label owned by Diesel founder Renzo Rosso's OTB group. Known for its striking, offbeat collections, Margiela has thus far emphasized studio work without well-known designers. On the other side is John Galliano, star designer of the 90s and 2000s and creative director at Dior from 1996 to 2011, who was unceremoniously dismissed after he was secretly filmed making racist remarks... Can the talented Galliano's over-the-top style merge with Margiela's arty, sophisticated discretion? We’ll have the first answer in January 2015 at the haute couture show, which will be the first by Galliano.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Moncler Gamme Rouge - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

The city, the sea, travels, and urban life : for the Moncler Gamme Rouge line, Giambattista Valli plays with a mix of codes by creating ultra modern, and very light looks that revolve around shorts, miniskirts, bermudas, or tunic dresses which you can just wear over culottes and bodies. With navy caps worn on the heads, the girls and boys take to the sea, wearing a sparkling wardrobe, like reflections in the water, and printed anchors and chains, or extremely light parkas, which look like shirts, jumpers and cropped t-shirts with bands of mink fur. Unless you prefer the ultra feminine printed roses and the lace in red and white to play on the bridge of the boat, asleep in the sun…

Hermès - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

After four successful years of loyal services, Christophe Lemaire revealed his last vision of the Hermès woman as artistic director on this last day of collections. And we felt the heat from the first pieces. A catwalk stuck in the sand, and an orange light evoking an escapade in Africa. White, ecru and grege, open the show for the enveloping and comfortable outfits, constituting of pleated skirts, large jackets, loose trousers, light skirts with splits and shirts with rolled up sleeves. An omnipresent and perceptible comfort, with volume and light materials which fall impeccably. A long sleeveless jacket in cashmere with a collar wrapped like a scarf keeps you warm in the fresh evenings. Crocodile skin was used for the Bermuda shorts, mixed with knitted jumpers and also suede sweatshirts. The print was seen on many pieces in strong tones for the tunic dresses tied at the waist with a large belt. The clothes play a protective role. True to his image, Christophe Lemaire leaves this house with softness and elegance, to concentrate on the development of his eponymous label.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Louis Vuitton - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

Louis Vuitton: a magical setting and a great show designed by Nicolas Ghesquière...The Louis Vuitton Foundation – which officially opens next October to the public – held the third show by Nicolas Ghesquiere (including the cruise collection) for the luxury house. A black room with screens projected videos of faces had a very futuristic feel, letting us know that we are on the verge of departing on a new LV adventure. Again we feel a sixties-seventies spirit reworked by the designer, but with a touch of freshness and modern romantism through the woven dresses in leather and varnished leather, with high collars and little black ribbon neck ties. Other dresses carried a fluidity, in white and khaki-brown. Leather was also found on the skirts which ever so slightly flared with large colourful stripes or on short cropped biker jackets. The perfect jeans are are coordinated with a navy blazer. The arty and quirky images (the red car from Starsky&Hutch, a hair dryer, and matches) are printed on some white pieces. The trousers are worn loosely and finish mid calf, unless you choose the pair with leather knee protectors. A “Swinging London” feeling reappeared throughout with floral prints on velour pieces. Sequined embroidered dresses are zipped at the front, again for ease. A huge show, in a magical location beautifully closes Paris Fashion Week.

Valentino - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

A summer escapade in Italy for the Valentino collection.A journey to Italy for the Valentino collection. For spring/summer 2015, Maria Grazia and PierPaolo Piccioli are insprired by art and the traditions of the 18th century. The figures glow with motifs and designs on the long, high waisted dresses with understated romance and with the little tunic dresses with revealing backs. The linen coats are paired with shirts and flowing trousers. The lace and anglaise embroidery bring a fresh summer feel and the embroidery inspired by the sea bed decorate the long evanescent dresses. The flat sandals show off the legs and establish the Roman identity anchored at Valentino.

Acne Studios - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

Jonny Johansson, creative director and co-founder of Acne Studios, decides for spring-summer 2015 to propose a wardrobe dedicated to all moments in life: business, leisure, sportswear, the beach, travelling, and nights out. A young attitude, with a collection rich in offerings: t-shirts, printed silk skirts, trouser suits and shorts, a mini suit dress with a deep V neck, and leather (one of the trademarks of the brand) We loved the high mules and patent heels created the designer who is a big fan of shoes.

Saint Laurent - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

A new sensual, seventies, and rock'n'roll attitude for Hedi Slimane at Saint LaurentA new rendez-vous at Carreau du Temple in Paris, a new metallic kaleidoscope installation and original sound track, especially created for the show by Al Eide. Again we see frills and obsessions of Hedi Slimane, and you could almost say the same thing about the catwalk. The girls stayed sensual with their 70s and rock’n’roll allure. Even though each season Slimane goes a bit further with the presence of the essence of Yves Saint Laurent, which he reinterprets for today’s tastes. There is an abundance of jackets, cropped, biker jackets, blazers, worn with leather miniskirts, high waisted shorts, and black trousers. The lightweight dresses are covered in floral, stars and even cherry prints. Gold dresses or the tuxedo are worn with sequin turbans in the hair or with a chic hat. The platform shoes are back. You can see in this new wardrobe as well as Loulou de la Falaise than Lou Doillon who is present in the show, and this is a power that Slimane has.

Véronique Leroy - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

The feminine and fluid collection revolves around a variety of skin tones, with beiges, nudes, and transparency. The embroidered netting and tulle brings a new take on camouflage. Volumes are controlled and the wardrobe is composed of plenty of classic pieces which are sought after today by the demanding clients.

Emanuel Ungaro - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

The new Ungaro woman appears more sexy and ethereal than ever. Long, colourful dresses with plunging necklines or simply bodies are composed with bare shoulders and capes that touch the floor. The Italian designer added prints which he dared to mix, like red and blue checks paired with flowers, all worked with dazzling tones. A woman with explosive sex appeal, who will be sure to cause a stir in Ungaro.

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

In a garage situated in the 16th arrondissement Jean-Charles de Castelbajac showed his collection of girls from the street with an urban and sporty spirit. The designer concentrates on a functional wardrobe consisting of the essentials. Primary colours are found colour-blocked, a trade mark piece for the designer, on the short, retro-futuristic dresses with trompe-l’oeil top stitching. The accessories are worked into the clothes mischievously. With back packs and visers, the Castelbajac girl, walks with confidence to new horizons.

Givenchy - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

The heart of the Lycée Carnot in Paris was transformed into a room of couture for the remarkable Givenchy collection by Riccardo Tisci. The army of strong but also fragile Amazonians were covered in leather, with thigh high boots and leggings, the waist was always highlighted, and the skirts twirled. Always with a touch of mysticism, the white lace is ever-present and well integrated with the metal detailing and studded leather. Such imagination, right up to the revisited uniform of long sleeveless riding jackets and additions of decorative fastenings. The bare shoulders, and the oozing chiffon accentuated the femininity and the sensuality this collection.

Maison Rabih Kayrouz - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

At the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Rabih Kayrouz addressed the kids of the best districts with his spring-summer 2015 collection. With silky, flowing fabrics: the red rose print was found on silk dresses, as well as masculine trousers with paneled pinafores, a new idea took over throughout the show, accentuating the fluidity by the asymmetric pieces.

Stella McCartney - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

Stella McCartney like she usually does took us back under the gilded Opéra Garnier in Paris. There is always an enchanting atmosphere and for the new summer collection it was created with fluidity and movement. The volumes were looser, with wide legged trousers, culottes, tunics and flared dresses…The materials were light like silk, twill and cotton, linen was used lightly and in soft tones, the knitwear that Stella loves to work with is washed, woven, dyed and take different aspects right up to resembling denim. The coloured prints and embroidery were hand-made and attached to the evening dresses, once again the dresses are very light, poetic and ethereal, and we want to wear them straight away.

Sonia Rykiel - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

The first collection for Julie de Libran at Sonia RykielIt’s the first collection for Julie de Libran at Sonia Rykiel and all was put in the open for the new feel at her famous boutique situated on the Rive Gauche where the show took place…On the catwalk, many top models came to show, (Georgia May Jagger, Miranda Kerr, Joan Smalls…) these new shapes where the codes of Rykiel appear clearly on the new pieces: the sailor trousers, shorts, and dungarees all worn with knitted jumpers and fur. A marine suit and a light dress with stripes all appear extremely attractive, as well as denim and fringed skirts. A wardrobe of essentials, which will certainly please the Parisian as well as the young trendy girls throughout the world, well represented on the catwalk.

Céline - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

The fragile voice of Kate Bush playing in the background and immaculate white walls set the tone for the spring/summer 2015 collection at Céline. Phoebe Philo created an elegant, pure and graphic woman, but not forgetting to play with her creativity. Flowing fringing, inserts of varnished leather, bell shaped buttons, and bands of fabric on the right hand side of the dresses, as well as patchworked flower prints gave the collection it’s own dynaminism to the modern woman.

Léonard - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

For her second collection as creative director, Yiqing Yin transforms the Léonard woman by playing with a mix of strength and soft romance. Printed denim mixed with lace featured on combinations of trousers, shirts and shorts. Organza floated over jackets and loose skirts, and the dresses were draped and knotted transforming them. The prints came from the archives of the brand from the 60s and 70s and were re-worked in a variety of fabrics in a bold and modern way, right up to an explosion of colours, reinforcing this idea of a new energy carried by the French designer.

Iris van Herpen - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

On the roof tops of Beaubourg, the Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen brings to life the sculptural works inspired by nature and more specifically magnetic forces. The volumes are created by laser cut plastic materials like origami on tight fitting dresses. The shoes, like a fusion of metal, make a surprising appearance and complete the outfits. The dresses are like chainmail in PVC mesh. The collection clearly shows strength and lots of poetry in volume, with the transparency and the black tulle outlining the figures. A short structured dress in crystals closes this show by the artist.

Paul & Joe - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

At Paul & Joe, one could easily see themselves wearing all the looks that showed on the catwalk. It is a joyous and fresh wardrobe, with a summer feel and the innocence of the 70s. Featured were psychedelic designs, high waisted trousers flaring from the knee, short cropped jackets, scarfs tied around the neck, wide brimmed hats, and short printed shirts composing of the perfect print for a summer season. All the essentials of a wardrobe are there, from shorts to tunic dresses, Sophie Albou addresses women with desire fulfilling all of their wishes from the very start of the 20 years of the label.

Chanel - Collection spring/summer 2015 in Paris

At the Grand Palais, Chanel brings the show to the street. A grand facade of reconstituted Parisian buildings sets the scene, with groups of girls that take to the pavement in flat shoes, and colourful printed outfits. Karl proposes a multitude of suits, dresses, featuring watercolour motifs created by the designer, monochrome and pastel tones follow, to make way for the black and white pieces, all with a range of white shirts each made differently with frills and lace. Gisèle Bundchen in a knitted striped dress announces the theme with bankers’ suits. The graphic designs inspired from cobblestones cover some of the transparent pieces and embroidery decorates a number of short jackets. This season there are no dresses for the red carpet but instead fashion well-suited for daily life. Protesting the difference, which Karl Lagerfeld loves to do, and he surprises again, playing with and giving the touch of Chanel fashion which is always one step ahead. Interview: Karl Lagerfeld: After having done the supermarket, we find ourselves on the street, but you won’t find any cars here. I didn’t want any parked cars, because when there are protests, there aren’t any cars…but I found that funny and I think that goes well with the spirit of Chanel. Today there isn’t just one style, there isn’t just one fashion, it’s about several things. That has always been part of the spirit of Chanel and there are lots of propositions, it’s up to you to decide. It’s more about banker pinstripes because for this type of march it’s better, and then I wanted to avoid the « red carpet » , with the slinky evening dresses that we do for the Métiers d’Art show and the couture line, but which we didn’t need here.