Designer Haim Medine will be at Louis Boston this Saturday, Dec. 21 for a trunk show for his line Khai Khai. The collection is a youthful approach to fine jewelry -- cheeky but sophisticated, a rare combination in his industry and perhaps a boundary waiting to be crossed.
Growing up with a fashionable family (Medine's parents are jewelers and his sister Leandra is the unmistakable voice behind The Man Repeller), it's no surprise that this young entrepreneur has no lack of creativity.
We chatted with Medine about the story behind his collection and you can too -- this weekend, at Louis Boston.
Medine will host the Khai Khai trunk show Saturday, Dec. 21 from noon-6 p.m. at Louis Boston, 60 Northern Ave., Boston.
Where does the name Khai Khai come from?
It was a nickname given to me by mother. There’s really no meaning behind it. It’s a manipulation of the pronunciation of my of Hebrew name. It just made sense for collection, because my jewelry has a young, youthful vibe. It’s linked directly to my childhood. At end of day, it makes you feel young at heart.
The collection is very playful, so who is your target consumer? Do you think a younger demographic is gearing towards fine jewelry?
I don’t like to pinpoint one particular type, but if I had to pick a typical customer, it’d probably be someone who is informed and up to date with current trends. Someone who is tryng to look trendy but also has a sense of sophistication. My customers are generally between 20 and 30.
There was little question where Tommy Hilfiger would go with his Spring/Summer 2014 line before the models walked. His catwalk was a boardwalk, surrounded by hills of sand and tufts of beach grass. There was so much sand that spectators started taking bets as to when the first stiletto-wearing guest would fall. Hilfiger’s beach girl was West Coast and ready to shop and surf. “It’s Melrose to Malibu,” Hilfiger explained. Neoprene was turned into jeans and jackets, while leather polo dresses looked deceptively light and summery with scuba-suit seams. Impractical? Perhaps. But a nice change from the East Coast to the West.
With each consecutive show at Lincoln Center, local designer Jackie Fraser-Swan has been finding her sartorial voice. On Sunday night, that voice sounded a lot like the Ramones as she showed a Spring/Summer collection that tidily stitched together her love of Goth fashion, raucous punk, and Chanel. The result was her strongest and most confident runway to date. There was a touch of Tim Burton in a black and white painted stripe suit and a tip of the hat to her beloved Karl Lagerfeld in the silk crepe hounds tooth multi-tiered dress with leather sleeves. Feminine touches in a striking floral print gown added just enough foliage to keep the collection on track for spring.
Last night the cutest and the coolest of the kiddies rolled out on the red carpet at FOX's annual Teen Choice Awards, where many surfboards were awarded and unlike at other networks' tweener award shows, absolutely no slime was poured ceremoniously on the winners. (We'll be the first to say it: THANK GOD.)
Also, there were some decent -- albeit, kinda quirky -- fashion choices to be made.
Here's our top three of the night:
GOOD -- Miley Cyrus in Saint Laurent. Believe it or not, this was a pretty conservative for the increasingly scantily clad Cyrus. We liked it. It was edgy, a wee bit chic, and really fun.
BETTER -- Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta. Girlfriend gave a heartwarming dedication to her late beau and "Glee" co-star Cory Monteith and managed to hold it together in a fantastic, event-appropriate neon pink mini skirt. That's a pro.
BEST -- Kerry Washington in Stella McCartney. Oh, Kerry. How we love you. Hit show aside -- side note, aren't the Teen Choicers a bit young to be "Scandal" fans? -- we'd invite the newlywed anywhere, just so she can set the sartorial bar for the night. As usual, she killed it. Flirty, fun, and a little bit weird -- this was our favorite look of the night.
'Bling Ring' star Katie Chang chats the Blackhawks, Kardashians, and breaking into Elton John's house
We were pretty stoked when we heard Sofia Coppola was directing "The Bling Ring," a flick based on the series of Hollywood Hills burglaries in 2009, when a group of excess-loving teenagers ravaged the homes and closets of Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, and Megan Fox. (And that's the short list.) And when Emma Watson was cast -- we were even more stoked.
Hermonie Granger and her rag tag group of L.A. club rat friends raiding the home of Audrina Patridge? Yes, please
The trailer focused on Watson applying lip gloss, getting down at the club, and chain smoking cigarettes as aspiring model/short-lived reality star, Alexis Neiers. Our level of being stoked was sustained.
But when we saw the film -- which was beautiful, as anticipated -- we were confused.
Katie Chang, a Chicago-bred newcomer, is the clear star of the flick as Bling Ring leader Rebecca Ahn, who orchestrated the heists with buddy Marc, (Israel Broussard). Emma Watson was definitely there -- lifting Balmain, grinding a stripper pole in Paris Hilton's club room, abusing her Valley Girl drawl -- but Chang shines bright.
The 18-year-old was in town for a screening at the Somerville Theatre Wednesday night, and we snagged some time with her before she wrapped her press tour for "Bling" at the Hub's Eliot Hotel.
I saw your recent tweet, so you’re a big hockey fan?
I grew up in a hockey family and my dad is from Minnesota and my brothers play hockey. We’re die-hard hockey fans and I’m definitely rooting for the Hawks. I stayed up way too late last night watching it.
You’ve been in Boston since yesterday for the screening -- did you get to do anything touristy while you’ve been here?
I’ve been here before. I did a pre-college program at Brown the summer before my junior year of high school and it’s only a 45 minute cheap train ride to Boston. My friends and I used to come into Boston and walk up and down Newbury and go to the Market. I wanted to take that historical tour and they bring you to all the cool monuments but none of my friends wanted to go with me. Maybe next time I come back
You’ve had amazing fashion moments with the film’s press tour.
To be honest, I don’t really understand fashion. I know more now because I did a lot of research for my character [Rebecca] who is obsessed with fashion but right now I’m just wearing a UCLA T-shirt, jeans, and some Keds. I like to dress nicely and I usually do, but my stylist, Orlee Winer has been amazing and pulls great stuff. She creates those relationships with designers. I have to give all my credit to her.
Did you have any favorite outfits?
I wore one dress during a big press day in Cannes, this champagne and black stripe Jill Stuart that was really comfy.
Do you think the clothes you’ve been wearing have been reflective of your own style?
I think if you go back and look at all the things I’ve worn, they all have the same conservative high neckline. [Laughs] I’m not comfortable with being too showy and owning it yet.
Has it been difficult to be on the red carpet and doing press tours with huge fashion icons like Sofia Coppola and Emma Watson?
I’ve actually been on tour now with Israel [Broussard], who plays fellow Bling Ring leader, Marc and they’ve been doing their own. For us, it’s more of just trying to get through the day, so we don’t care what we’re wearing.
But did you pick up any fashion tips from being around them?
Sophia has such a timeless style. I definitely look up to her. She’s so flawless and chic and doesn’t care what people think.
Since fashion and excess aren’t really your own personal obsessions, but they're definitely your characters – what did you study up on to prepare?
I read a lot of fashion magazines and familiarized myself with the designers and their shows from that time period. I also watched a lot of reality TV like “The Hills” and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Sofia also had me work with an acting coach to help find that domineering mean side of me.
Do you think you found it?
I hope so! [Laughs]
You’re sharing such a fashionable movie with some very big names, how has that been for you as a newcomer?
It’s really exciting because nobody in this film has a big head. Everyone is really supportive of the other. It’s more than I could ever ask for.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (or as we stubbornly still call her, Kate Middleton) has applied to the Intellectual Property Office for a trademark on her, her husband, Prince William, and brother-in-law, Prince Harry's names. A representative from St. James Palace confirmed the details following The Telegraph's initial report on the trademark, leading to speculation that the registration was a potential sign of a Kate Middleton fashion line.
Not so fast.
The Palace confirmed to the Telegraph that the trademark will cover the production of "clothing, footwear and headgear," but notes its primary function will be to support the charitable efforts of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
"Since the name change of the foundation last year, we have been registering our new name and logo in different territories around the world... As part of that process, we have to choose any categories under which we might conceivably operate in the future. This also protects the foundation against other people using its name illegally. We included clothing in case we choose, for example, to make T-shirts in years to come, for marathon runners, etc."
After practically tanking engagement dress designer Issa due to overwhelming demand, we have no doubt any line aligned with Kate the great would be a total success.
Meanwhile, the Duchess and her ever-growing baby bump are touring Glasgow in a tailored plaid coat by Moloh.
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For this week’s Instagram fashion spotlight, we snagged a wild one. Alyssa Noches is a 25-year-old photographer from East Boston who is also art director of No Thoughts magazine, a quarterly photobook. She’s a fan of high fashion, heavy metal, and, of course, cats. A look at her Instagram album reveals a platinum bombshell who isn’t shy about showing off her midriff and shoulder tattoos. Let’s meet her, shall we?
Q. How did you arrive at fashion photography?
A. I’ve been a photographer since I was very young. I started with black and white film, just portraits and such. I really fell into fashion photography doing shoots for designer friends, model friends, and people I know who ran stores back in Oregon, where I’m from. I have an insane personal dedication to fashion and I feel lucky that I even get to photograph it at all.
Q. Do any of the things that you photograph influence what ends up in your closet?
A. It depends. I have a really definite sense of my own style, so if what I’m shooting is something I’d never wear in a million years, I stay away. I know from experience it will languish in my closet. If I am shooting something that is closer to my own style I might give the look a try.
Q. Which has a bigger influence on your work: photography or fashion?
A. I think both have equal impact. Fashion is art, and I’m just as influenced by designers as I am by any legendary photographers.
Q. Heavy metal and high fashion don’t always make comfortable bedfellows. What parts of metal culture have you incorporated into your personal style?
A. I have always been into extreme music. I grew up on classic rock as a teenager. That grew into an appreciation of metal, grunge, and goth. I feel like most people are surprised because they don’t expect someone who wears [Alexander] McQueen cq on a regular basis to be listening to Slayer cq, but that’s who I am. As far as incorporating it into my look, I am almost always wearing black. I love studs, rips, draping, anything edgy and maybe a little weird.
Q. You appear to be a recent blond. Were you ready to have more fun, or did you feel that you had a platinum blond e trapped inside of you trying to escape?
A. I actually was born blond and started dying my hair different colors when I was about 16. I recently went back to blond because it was my favorite hair color. Blondes really do have more fun. Josh [Truax] at the Mario Russo at Louis Boston worked wonders on it.
Q. When you’re on a shoot, do you think more about style or comfort when you’re getting dressed?
A. Comfort. During a shoot I reserve the drapey silk numbers for night, and instead usually opt for AG legging jeans, a band T-shirt, ballet flats, and a cardigan.
Q. Designer of choice at the moment?
A. My favorite designer is always going to be Ann Demeulemeester. She is truly my fashion soulmate. I really love what Sarah Burton is doing at McQueen, carrying on his great theatrical legacy. I also worship Rick Owens, Alexander Wang, Yohji Yamamoto, Dries van Noten, Rei Kawakubo, and Jil Sander.
Q. You have a lot of cat photos in your Instagram album. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you’re a crazy cat lady in training?
A. Oh goodness, I think I’m already a crazy cat lady. My cat, Hua Mu, is the most photogenic cat I’ve ever encountered, so that only makes matters worse.
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New York native designer Jonathan Simkhai will be in the Hub this weekend to preview his fall 2013 collection at Louis Boston. The CFDA Fashion Incubator participant will be on location to chat with attendees and walk through his samples Saturday, from 11 a.m. -4 p.m. The night before, Simkhai will send his line down the runway at the W Hotel.
Oh, and did we mention? He's a looker.
Top image via Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images
Courrčges, Cardin, Quant. There were all influences that flooded Anna Sui's runway on Wednesday night. The technicolor patterns revived a Carnaby Street youthquake of miniskirts, knee socks. Pinks and oranges rioted in swirls and intricate patterns that Sui's careful eye made fresh. Despite starting with choreography lifted directly from Jean-Luc Godard's "Bande ŕ part" and a soundtrack of Sylvie Vartan, France Gall, and other pop tarts from the 1960s ye-ye moevent, her work was not a rehash of the past, but a creative retelling of a social fashion movement.
It was the biggest show of the week, and I missed it. Marc Jacobs’s women’s show, the highlight of (at least my) New York Fashion Week experience, was bumped from its usual Monday night, to Thursday night, the last night of Fashion Week. To give you an idea of how this works, there are usually two shows the last day of Fashion Week: Ralph Lauren at 10 a.m., and Calvin Klein at 3 p.m. After Calvin, the style hoards amble home and collapse. If you’ve ever seen “The Walking Dead,” you have a very good idea of what this scene might look like as editors limp out of Lincoln Center. Thirty shows a day times seven days – plus constant writing, blogging, and tweeting in-between – can take its toll. In my case, that toll was leaving my brains the consistency of scrambled eggs. I wanted to stay for Jacobs’s show, but I also wanted to get home to Boston. It was Valentine’s Day, and I had a love bug waiting for me at home. But you’re a smart batch. You know how to Google and read. Check out the photo and enjoy the beauty of the show I missed.
“Urban athleticism” is how Michael Kors described his Wednesday morning show, and he filtered that concept through taxi cab yellow perforated felt skirts, neon orange placket coats, royal blue cashmere pullovers, and a whole lot of zippers. He freely and brazenly populated the runway with a mix of athletic wear-inspired colors and textures, alongside cashmere cardigans. It reflects the way we dress today, only much, much chicer. Kors would not send sweats down a runway alongside Dior-silhouette skirts, but he has tapped into our desire to be comfortable in gym-friendly colors. Since this is a Kors show, the designer prolifically showed 63 looks (that’s about double than what most designers produce for their shows), so he could step away from those day-glow shades and present eveningwear, such as a drop-dead sexy black mink slashed stole with a double face zip skirt. He effectively placed his zipper motif on a jacquard suit. The message, of course, is that his woman can go from the office to treadmill with a tug of the zipper.
At the beginning of her Wednesday afternoon show, it appeared as if celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe was again planning to turn her models into taller versions of herself. Dangerously wide pants swayed, topped by over-sized sweaters or short 1970s blazers and bolero jackets. But as the show progressed, so did Zoe’s ability to look past her own closet and create pieces such a black leather mini-dress, which was sweetened with a white Peter Pan collar. She had a hard time deciding if she preferred cigarette pants or wide legs (she should stick to cigarette for the immediate future). She was playing a game of runway tug-of-war with herself. First a slim fit jumpsuit, than a 1974 flowing Lauren Hutton jump suit. Either she was trying to please everyone, or her designer Jekyll and Hyde were emerging. But through those struggles, she took important steps toward honing a new and improved aesthetic.
Could Nanette Lepore believe in alien conspiracy theories, or at least occupants of interplanetary craft? Her runway soundtrack was preoccupied with alien life forms. The sci-fi soundtrack didn’t always match up with the simple and very wearable clothes, with the exception of the iridescent accessories. If anything, a little science fiction may have spiced up the deep olive and violet prints.
Yes, that was Matt Damon sitting in the audience at Naeem Khan on Tuesday night, and no, he was not there to choose a dress for when he will undoubtedly win a 2014 Golden Globe for his upcoming turn in the HBO biopic “Behind the Candelabra.” Damon, who has been spotted with his wife around New York this week, was in attendance to support his friend Khan. Truth be told, Khan needed little supporting for his show of cohesive and stunning red carpet-ready gowns. His combination of workmanship, eye for detail, and use of diaphanous chiffons and silks resulted in one of the most sophisticated collections of the week. The sparse deep color choices helped his crystal-encrusted details sparkle. Black and navy gave way to peacock blue as he drew from inspirations as varied as the Byzantine Empire to illustrations of the 1920s.
Was it “Downton Abbey” inspired? Were those prints William Morris? No, as it turns out, Tory Burch’s lovely presentation was inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt. Dragonflies and scarabs darted across her art nouveau dresses and prints were piled upon textures. It was all insanely romantic. While it ran the risk of falling into granny territory, Burch skillfully updated her influences, paying tribute to the past through an entirely fresh perspective.
It didn’t even matter what the clothes looked like. Johnson could have showed toilet paper dresses and her runway would still be a party. Her Monday night show was decidedly the kookiest and most joyful of the week. The 70-year-old designer showed her new line of active wear, BJ Kicks A as she lead a cheeky exercise class of her models on the runway. Champagne bottles as dumbbells? Yes please. Perhaps it was all done for the sake of the reality show she’s now filming. But after filing for bankruptcy protection last year, it was comforting to still see her cartwheeling down the catwalk.
With little warning, Jacobs moved his Monday night women’s wear show to Thursday, and bumped his Marc by Marc collection to fill the Monday night gap. He cited shipping delays for the last minute slight-of-hand. There was grumbling, but the decidedly less theatrical Marc by Marc show still provided a satisfying air of excitement. There were subtle references to the 1970s sprinkled throughout his runway. Men’s pants were wide, slouchy, and falling well below the ankle (beware skinny jean!). Women’s looks were influenced by the paintings of Otto Dix, and prints were plentiful. And leave it to Jacobs to be brazen enough to slip gauchos into his collection.
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Being subtle at Tory Burch in red.
Posing at the J.Crew presentation,
Designers ranging from Donna Karan to Yigal Azrouel passed over bolts of strong color, instead opting for black in all permeations. When designers did use color, the shades of choice were muted, arriving in dark plum, loden green, brown, or deep blue. The models of Marc Jacobs’s Monday night Marc by Marc presentation looked as if they were on their way to a swanky Thanksgiving mixer in cabernet-shaded shirts, cozy merlot hued turtlenecks, and navy wool coats.
If the crystal ball used by fashion designers holds true, we can look forward to women decked out as urban warriors next winter. So far this week, catwalks have been filled with models encased in thick coats, layers of fur, and leather. It almost feels like a prerequisite for designers to include at least one black leather piece in their collections for Fall/Winter 2013.
“I think there is still this general anxiety,” said Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. “We live in anxious times. Remember, designers were creating these collections before the election, and there was a general fear in the creative field that the Republicans might win. Sandy was also very much on people’s minds when these collections were born. All of that uncertainty was there, and now you can see it.”
Another way designers offered comfort this season was a return to winter-appropriate hemlines and traditional plaid presented in untraditional ways. Plaid was not a big surprise coming from Tommy Hilfiger, it was, however, coming from Victoria Beckham. While most designers opted for black and white plaids, Marissa Webb rendered her plaids in pink, green, and navy and Vivienne Tam took a subtle approach to plaid, adding red lines to just half of a black jacket.
Fur, which was once a rarity on the runway, is now being treated like any other material, and it was plentiful. It’s to be expected in posh fur jackets and stoles, but it also showed up in turtlenecks (Carolina Herrera), skirts (Christian Siriano), and even as a deep red shift dress (Derek Lam). While most of Lam’s fur shift looked cozy, its lack of sleeves may still leave some feeling a chill.
At tonight's Marc by Marc show, this drag queen proudly showed me that she was wearing all Marc Jacobs. I have to say, she was pulling it off better than some of the spectators in the crowd.
Both the men’s collection he showed Friday night and the women’s collection he showed Sunday were a dizzying hodge-podge of argyle, houndstooth, and windowpane plaid. The mixing and matching of patterns was nod to both Savile Row and the 1960s. This is as avant-garde as Hilfiger gets, and putting his toe just slightly outside of his comfort zone made for a far more interesting collection.
No one does luxury like Herrera, and she ensured the message was clear at her Monday Lincoln Center show by immediately sending out looks such as a shimmering gold satin trench with fur collar, striking red column gowns, and spider chrysanthemum print dresses. Some would complain that her clothes are for a narrow audience of Park Avenue elite, but she should be applauded for unapologetically refusing to desert her core base: Women of a certain age who still, and will always, love to lunch.
Local designer Jackie Fraser-Swan continued her rapid fashion growth spurt on Sunday night, splicing together Tommy Hilfiger's prep school aesthetic with Charlotte Ronson's 1990s bad girl perspective. Her jumper dresses and shifts were structured, more polished, and held wider appeal than previous collections. While she designs from an international point of view, her New England roots were inescapable in the plaids and houndstooth patterns of her double pleat back blouses and baby doll dresses. Fraser-Swan's target customer skews young, so the simplicity of her runway is logical, but what was lacking from her presentation was a show-stopping finale. Given how quickly and effectively she's jumped into the fashion fray, that show stopper will no doubt be arriving shortly.
Last night's show was held up while Emerson designer and Boston resident Jackie Fraser-Swan waitied for her children to arrive from Penn Station. PR honcho Kelly Cutrone promised "This is not a publicity stunt." This is what it looked like when the show finally started.
She showed some clothes and berets. Kim Gordon played some music. You get the idea. Now let's hear this Chloe talk about accessories, shall we?
"Life is a party" declared Diane von Furstenberg in the program notes for her Fall/Winter collection. Although when it comes to a von Furstenberg show, it always feels like a party. It’s not just the atmosphere at her Lincoln Center runway that resembles a star-studded celebration. Her cacophonously layered chic prints were exuberant with flowed in bursts of silk and chiffon. There was a jungle of leopard prints, snake skins, and pony hair A fun-loving, devil-may-care mix of colors such as pink and orange was a risk that bode well for her. To a soundtrack suited for Studio 54, she offered an appropriate wardrobe of maxi dresses, opulent aubergine, ruby reds, and excessive rabbit fur jackets. It embodied a dream of the 1970s. None of this is new to von Furstenberg’s cannon of fashion, but why mess with success?
I'm pretty sure these gents are wearing meggings (men + leggings = meggings), and I have absolutely no problem with it.
If there was ever a moment for Prabal Gurung to bare his teeth and flex his fashion muscle, this was it. His collaboration with Target arrived in stores yesterday, and unlike recent high-low retail pairings, his is showing signs of life. Gurung did not miss his moment. At his Feb. 9 show, an army of Amazons stormed the catwalk. At times it was hard to look away from the strappy leg gear. These hybrid boot-shoes, covered in buckles and showing slits of skin gave the loden green dresses a militaristic quality. But there was a hint of sex in Gurung’s militia, with high slits and silk folds. Even in softer moments, Gurung’s women never let down their guard. The one-shoulder silk dresses with gold trim were still belted with thick black leather.
If Alexander Wang was feeling pressure, he was not showing it. He looked triumphant as he took his final bow. Moving his runway out of its usual industrial surroundings and into a more refined setting was the first indication that the darling of downtown street fashion was setting his sights on bigger things. Wang was named design director of the storied French fashion house Balenciaga last year, and style watchers dusted off their opera glasses and monocles (not really, but it’s a fun visual) to see if any Balenciagian structure appeared in his ensembles. Fashion is so subjective that any onlooker could have pointed to the wool jackets and helmet-like hats to declare “Why yes, those molded shoulders are just like the fall 1968 Balenciaga collection.” Trust me, some of them did toss off these pretentious observations. But what Wang showed was entirely his own. Oversized coats eventually eased into shimmery eveningwear. Austere colors helped focus the eye on details. The pieces shined almost as brightly as Wang’s smile.
Rag & Bone's David Neville and Marcus Wainwright are the kind of designers who never miss the mark. In just a few years they have gone from making jeans to making a Fall/Winter 2014 collection that not only subtly references 1960s aviation, but more importantly references exactly what smart young women want to wear. The clothes feel expensive without looking boring. Their runway styling is perfect and models appear to be fun-loving rather than hungry. It would be easy to picture a well-put-together woman strolling down Newbury Street on a fall day in the plaid suit with tuxedo pants. Leave the zany proportions and extreme smokey eyes to the showboaters. Neville and Wainwright are much more interested in giving a woman what she wants.
As evidenced by these fashion plates who were modeling outside fashion shows on Sunday. This is why Instagram was invented.
After Jason Wu created the 2009 inaugural gown for First Lady Michelle Obama, there was considerable buzz that she would turn up in the audience for Wu’s show that year (she didn’t). But even without those rumors swirling this year – there was only sleet – there was a palpable sense of excitement at the Feb. 8 show. The two-time inaugural gown designer showed a collection dripping with sophistication. It was fitting for a now historically important designer who has captured the eyes of American women of all ages. Thick winter coats and blouses were luxuriously trimmed with fur and leather. Lighter silk dresses swayed seductively. Sparing use of color made the occasional cardinal red silk pleated dress command even more attention. Wu was not trying to make a statement with a theme such as channeling fairy tales (that was 2009). The only theme that emerged from this collection was his confidence in crafting beautifully mature clothing that speaks to women of all ages.
Mr. President, Twitter wants to see your wife's dress.— jodikantor (@jodikantor) January 22, 2013
Speculation about who would made Michelle Obama's Inauguration gown was abuzz weeks prior to the Inaugural Ball, but last night we learned the truth: Jason Wu. The Taiwanese-born, New York-based designer had the honor of dressing the president's wife just four years earlier for President Barack Obama's first Inauguration. Mrs. Obama's 2013 custom ruby red gown came in chiffon and velvet with a cross-halter neckline. Cinched at the natural waist, the dress hung loosely on FLOTUS (Mrs. Obama's new Twitter handle, in case you're wondering. And dare we say it? It looked pretty comfortable. Wu told the New York Times that he had no idea that Mrs. Obama had chosen his dress up until the night of the ball. "I'm still floating. It is a big surprise. The White House kept me pretty clueless until five minutes ago," he said. The Times reported that Wu watched the ball on television with his team from his studio in New York.FULL ENTRY
A few of my favorites? I thought you'd never ask. A dangerous Julianna Margulies, a sweet Anne Hathaway, a sleek Jodie Foster, and an over-looked Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
You can scroll down to see my least favorites from the Jan. 13 Golden Globes, but here are a few more I'd solidly put in the 'Oy vey' category. Disagree? Let the bickering begin!
My official best and worst lists this afternoon (better late than never). In the mean time, some of last night's steamier moments.
There was something missing at the 2013 Golden Globes: Necklines that stopped at the clavicle. The red carpet is always about selling sexiness — along with television shows and movies — but this year’s Golden Globes offered a full buffet of flesh. The most popular red carpet accessory of the night? Decolletage — and the occasional bare back. Comedian Kristen Wiig’s precipitously plunging neckline stopped only briefly, and then opened again to reveal a bit of midriff. For a moment, it looked like Wiig had gone rummaging through Sofia Vergara’s closet. It was almost as shocking as Sally Field’s deep-cut gown. Helen Mirren, you’ve got competition.
They're no strangers to the red carpet, but Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler aren't exactly known to "wow" us when it comes to making award show fashion statements. The two wore glittering gold gowns and Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers (!!) in promotions for the January 13th show but most of the buzz of the evening revolves around what they'll say.. not what they'll wear.
While Fey is known to play it safe (though there was one time when she showed up at the 2010 Globes in an awkward striped Zac Posen that landed her on many worst-dressed lists of the night) favoring age-appropriate jewel-tone gowns by the likes of Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera, Poehler is more of a wild card. Her daring Stella McCartney number at September's Emmy Awards earned her a spot on our list of the top 25 red carpet looks of 2012 and she's known to take risks (some more hilarious than others) that can occasionally pay off.
In anticipation of Sunday's Golden Globes (airing live at 8 p.m. on NBC), we've rounded up some of our favorite fashion moments featuring the duo below. Are you excited to see them host? What do you think they'll wear? Who else are you excited to see?FULL ENTRY
After seeing all of the local fashioin during Boston Fashion Week, you are no doubt jonesing to get some of that sweet, sweet Boston design in your closet. Calm down, Debbie. You'll get your chance on Oct. 11. There is a mike&ton trunk show at the Mandarin Oriental from 6:00 pm - 8:00pm, where you can find select samples. A portion of proceeds go to the ICA. rsvp: firstname.lastname@example.org
In case you missed this, here's a clip from Style.com with Chanel's amazing wind farm fashion show. Although methinks that this is less about sustainable energy, and more about making a runway look very chic.
Luke Aaron: It appears that the young designer held a Grace Kelly film festival (with costumes by Edith Head) before designing his Spring/Summer 2013 line. Many of his feminine offerings, in celadon chiffons and a lovely muted floral print, looked ready for retail. Fabric on skirts and gowns was gathered up in intricately draped origami-inspired folds. His final look, a gown built of deep blue tulle under a peacock-print sheer was elegant without feeling old-fashioned. Where Aaron was less successful was with heavier satin dresses and pleating and folds that lacked the flow of his chiffons.
A look at the runway and behind the scenes at the Firas Yousif show at the tent at Boston Fashion Week. These are photos from Susan Choi.
Marc Jacobs’s Sept. 10 show for the signature line that bears his name was about rigidity – both in the pattern of his thick stripes and the silhouette of the dresses. On Sept. 12, he took his Marc by Marc collection about as far from those sharp lines as he could go. Patterns were heaped up patterns. Female models were wrapped in chic hausfrau headscarves, while male models sported newsboy caps. Was it a modern riff on post World War II-era British dress, or a nod to Dexy’s Midnight Runners and the 1980s pop scene? Perhaps an homage to grunge? With so much happening it was difficult to determine. But strip away those layers, and you’ll find an exceptionably fun summer wardrobe.
Her Sept. 12 Lincoln Center show at times felt like an advertisement for the wheat farmers of America. Sheaths of the crop adorned her dresses in bold prints, but rendered in understated hues. The overall effect surprisingly wholesome. Burch, who will open a boutique in Copley Place in November, saved her flash for the end of the show with a flowing sunshine yellow (perhaps sunshine to sustain all of that wheat) maxi dress and more form-fitting full-length cocktail dresses. A pair of gingham day dresses in updated plaids reinforced her all-American girl point-of-view.
The bottom line is that Michael Kors is successful because he makes clothes that people want to wear. His Sept. 13 show at Lincoln Center was no exception. There was barely a sartorial hiccup in his Spring/Summer 2013 collection, which stayed in line with the emerging trends of both stripes, and the color yellow. His horizontal men's and women's stripes were bold and upbeat in red and crabapple green, These shirts also felt vaguely French – but still within Kors’s classic American sportswear lexicon. Hints of the 1960s emerged in shift dresses, and one particularly stunning abstract pattern crabapple and vivid blue long-sleeve mini dress.
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Yes, you could say I'm a little behind with my blogging (and by a little, I mean a lot). But these fashion week parties tend to take over during the week, and all that prosecco isn't going to drink itself. And, oh yes, there's the small matter of pulling myself out of bed in the morning to attend fashion shows. So how about some trend reports? I thought you'd never ask.
Stripes – Marc Jacobs (collection seen above) received the most attention this week for his Sept. 10 show of Warholian stripes. In contrast to the feminization of Spring/Summer 2012, his new collection featured a string of deck chair stripes and 1960s makeup and styling that left comparisons to Edie Sedgwick. Y-3 by Yamamoto also showed a penchant for black and white stripes. Jacobs’s stripes were the most severe of the week, but designers such as Alexander Wang, DKNY, and Diane von Furstenberg softened their edges, while Tommy Hilfiger took inspiration from the 1960s dandies.
Lemon chiffon – Absolutely delicious, light, and creamy yellows were one of the more realistic trends that could wind up in your closet next summer. Most designers served up some shade of yellow in their collection. For DKNY it was taxi cab yellow, for Ralph Rucci it was canary yellow highlights to contrast serene white. But designers like Jenny Packham (design above) Zac Posen and Carolina Herrera took it to delicate heights. This may not have been as widespread as other trends, but it was a personal favorite.
There are times when a designer's inspiration can derail a collection. After reading Jackie Fraser-Swan's inspiration for her Spring/Summer 2013 line, called Emerson, there were hints that things may go horribly wrong. In her description, the local designer wrote that the show was inspired by 1970s horror movies such as "Carrie" and "The Amityville Horror," as well as more modern offerings such as "American Horror Story." Cue the models wearing "Walking Dead" makeup.
But Fraser-Swan's show only made sublte nods to these references. A patterned dress with a red print alluded to tiny sprays of splattered blood, but not obviously so. Abstract prints on dresses with pleated silk skirts could have been tissue samples sandwiched between glass plates and examined under a microscope, or not. Regardless of inspiration, Fraser Swan is quickly growing her line, introducing a line of handbags and joining with a shoe designer to create large wedges to match the dresses. Her varsity jacket paired with a two-tier camisole dress will go far to win over younger customers, even those uninterested in horror movies.
The moments leading up to Zac Posen's Spring/Summer 2013 runway show were anything but calm. A near fashion stampede took place as guests bottle-necked at check-in. The show started late -- even by New York Fashion Week standards. But once the it did start, Posen again demonstrated his talent for making dresses that are both beautiful and technically daring. Set to a languid soundtrack of 1940s and 1950s ballads, his models sauntered serenely down the terrace of Avery Fisher Hall overlooking the plaza at Lincoln Center in 1940's-inspired day dresses that were effortlessly executed in chiffon. The models wearing the dresses equally classic -- Naomi Campbell, Angela Lindvall, Karolina Kurkova.
The combination of the pacing of the models, the music, and the cocktail dresses felt like a Douglas Sirk movie come to life. But it was Posen's gowns that enraptured. Ball gowns fit for red carpet royalty of triple layered chiffon, organza, and taffeta gently floated by spectators such as Gina Gershon and Loudres Leon. As the sun set over this glamourous scene, those pre-show complaints disappeared as well.
The celebrities filling her front row threatened to outshine the dresses (Sergey Brin, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Sarah Jessica Parker, Andy Cohen, Giovanna Battaglia, Wendi Murdoch, and we could keep going), but instead, Diane von Furstenberg showed a collection that was equally vibrant. She created her line off the story of a girl with "the polish of a princess and the heart of a gypsy" who "fantasizes about a life less structured." True to her word, that's exactly what von Furstenberg sent down the runway. She dressed her princess in jump suits and skirts, but it didn't take long for her move toward looser, unstructured kiwi chiffon gowns and sateen tops layered with crepe pants and turquoise coats. The looks were flowing, and non-stop. There was a clear absence of wrap dresses, but woman cannot live on wrap dress alone.
While the artist formerly known as Posh showed her collection in the morning on Sept. 9, her husband showed up at the 10th anniversary of Y-3 in the afternoon. What we want to know is: Who was watching the children? Pictures? I thought you'd never ask!
She turned to New York for inspiration, and here, Donna Karan explains her 2013 Spring/Summer collection. It includes our favorite new trend of the season: Fanny packs! Ok, she calls then belt bags. But trust us, we know a fanny pack when we see one. You can see them in action in the video below.
Most of the wildlife at Lincoln Center lives outside the tents in the vast plaza. Mugging for the camera is the sport of these creatures. Monique Lhuillier’s wildlife actually came from nature. Oversized digital prints of crane feathers and fish scales in vibrant teals and dark squid ink purple-gray gave the runway the look of a cocktail party for mermaids. As the mermaids swam off the cat walk, Lhuillier returned to land with a string of her signature shimmering gowns.
It was fashion biology class for Alexander Wang and his carefully cut-and-sutured couture. Models appeared to be wearing rings of magical fabric whose strips hovered and orbited around them into like rings circling a planet. Using this same technique, his panel dresses looked like a pattern not yet sewn together. This slight-of-hand (the clothes were kept together with barely visible threads) felt more avant garde than cheap magic trick, a glamorous crystal ball into a potential fashion future. The show –stopping “Tron”-like, glow-in-the-dark garments almost feel like required club wear.
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Of the sportswear that Lacoste designer Filipe Oliveira Baptista showed at Lincoln Center on Sept. 8, it wasn’t the minimal silhouettes, the pops of colorful prints splashed across ponchos, or that pitch-perfect tennis dress with the yellow stripe that excited the crowd. It was (please brace yourselves) fanny packs. In an homage to the much-maligned accessory of the 1980s, Baptista affixed subtle fanny packs into his collection of classic preppy sportswear. Spring 2013 will mark the 80th anniversary of the brand, but aside his occasional nod to the 1980s, he spent more time looking at the future of the brand rather than looking back.
There were actresses (Hailee Steinfeld and Kate Bosworth), there was a first daughter (Barbara Bush), and the kind of opulence that didn’t fit the West Side Highway industrial surroundings. Prabal Gurung, the rapidly ascending fashion darling, layered, tiered and feathered his Spring/Summer 2013 collection, and somehow avoided turning it all into “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Trains of sheer fabric trailed silk trouser-wearing models, rich brocades glistened, and that was just the start of the decadence. By the end of it, his models were floating in – what he describes as – “Vermillion exploded ostrich plume silk fil coupe organza drop waist dress.” I’m not sure exactly what that is, but it looks absolutely stunning.
It seems that Charlotte Ronson is looking forward to a wet Spring/Summer 2013. The highlight of her collection was a series of ocean wave prints and a steady parade of color-tinted clear vinyl varsity jackets. She tried a bit of everything – fishnet, tweed, and color blocking – but her best was a mini-collection of effortless and effervescent lemon chiffon dresses rendered in everything from sheer panel to Neoprene. Although her front row featured enough past-their-prime celebrities to sink “The Love Boat,” Ronson's clothes remain young and fun.
For her Lincoln Center fashion show, Nicole Miller cited her inspiration as a “juxtaposition of improbable things, 808 surrealist art movement, digital nature, and sci-fi,” plus “all my bad girl/good girl.” If that sounds brave to you, you’re correct. Braver still is my prediction that that Miller will be the only one showing acid wash jorts this week at Lincoln Center. Miller wants the 1990s to happen again, which was evident by floral prints (and Miller loves a good print) along with a nice cigarette pant. Still it was heartening to see Miller experiment with pixilated, modern prints and her new take on the patchwork top felt like the 1890s meets the 1990s – but in a very good way.
The young designer took his inspiration from the erotic photography of Helmut Newton and the dream-like photos of Lillian Bassman. That combination resulted in pieces such as a leather harness to add a shock of sex to an otherwise dainty lace and chiffon dress. The less couth would call it upscale dominatrix. A black leather bustier harness dress was softened with sheer, flesh-tone jersey fabric. Hints of menswear also toughened his models. He ended with sparkly tulle gowns, but even at his most feminine, Wu kept the harness theme going.
The Marblehead native’s Sept. 7 show was her most mature to date, and some pieces that she showed – a beautifully intricate moss green lace dress and a deceptively simple pale rust Georgette dress – will appeal to a wide range of women. Calling it mainstream would be too crass. LaPointe has maintained her creativity but softened her edge over the past four seasons. The designer, who made a name for herself thanks in part to Lady Gaga’s support, stayed with some of her trademarks, such as black, form-fitting, full length tight skirts. Yes, Gaga will still want these clothes, but LaPointe’s spring 2013 collection, which was inspired by “a secret submarine base in Russia,” allowed the designer to play with materials such as lambskin and sueded charmeuse in luxuriously feminine new ways. Linda Fargo, senior vice president at Bergdorf Goodman, was headed backstage immediately after the show. It looks like Gaga isn’t the only one buying these clothes anymore.
Yes, I'm a little behind on my blogging (re: very, very behind.) But you try battling with thousands of others at Lincoln Center for a poor internet connection, and you'll see that you shouldn't Judge Judy me.
Let's get on with it.. shall we?
It’s generally easy to pick out the three finalists at these shows, and sometimes there’s even a clear winner. But this year, the eight designers who showed (there were five decoys and three finalists), offered a surprising mix. The winner will be announced on the show Oct. 18. Boston native and Lasell graduate Sonjia Williams showed a collection that she said is “based off of me, a bold, strong collection for confident women.” Her interpretation of confidence appeared to blend 1940s prints and yards of bordello-inspired lace. As celebrity judge Jennifer Hudson and celebrities such as Debra Messing looked on, contestant Gunnar Deatherage offered a parade of tribal earth-tone prints inspired by the aborigines. Also strong was Elena Slivnyak’s vaguely Pierre Cardin-inspired two-tone retro futuristic body-hugging dresses. Our pick to go home quickly: Fabio Costa. His glorified fancy silk nightgowns were a drab interlude in an otherwise tight competition.
Call it perfect timing, but GANT's Fall/Winter 2012 campaign flick, which features several Boston/Cambridge landmarks, pushed through to YouTube just as the brand opened its new Newbury Street doors. Babson grad and GANT designer, Michael Bastian, recalled his collegiate days in the Hub, letting the city be his guide for his collection this season and its subsequent campaign. The designer left a rather personal (and touching, if we do say so ourselves) note on the collection and his inspiration:
"This season is probably one of the closest and most personal since it’s based on my own personal memories and experiences of living in Boston while I went to University there; the friends I made, and the unique style of the time (mid ’80s) that seemed to be a perfect balance of classic preppy, sports utility (it’s cold there in the winters) and the fashion influences inspired by the MOD revival that was happening at the time."
The short was filmed here in Boston, so here's our real question -- where were we when all these beautiful male models were frolicking the city?
Perhaps we'll find them at the new GANT store location at 324 Newbury St. Probably not. But maybe.
While fans will have to wait until next summer to check out Baz Luhrmann's big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," we can at least obsess over what's to come via next month's issue of Vogue. The September issue features an interview with Miuccia Prada, design maven of the houses of Prada and Miu Miu, who chats about her work with "Gatsby" costume designer (and Luhrmann's wife) Catherine Martin and altering 40 dresses from the labels' archives for the film.
Luhrmann and Prada's relationship goes way back to working with the director to help create Leonardo DiCaprio's suit for "Romeo + Juliet" to more recently for the Elsa Schiaparelli short starring the designer for this year's Met Ball. However, Prada will not be involved in suiting DiCaprio's Gatsby this time, as Brooks Brothers has stepped in to dress the film's fellas, while Tiffany & Co. will be providing plenty of glitter for the gals.
We've already begun pouring over Miu Miu and Prada runways of yore and have started pinpointing frocks we think could be mocked up to the proper time period.
What do you think of the Prada pairing? Do you wish they went with a different designer? Or should they have pulled historically authentic pieces created specifically for the film? Discuss below.
Yves Saint Laurent is getting a modern makeover, dropping the Yves from French fashion house name under the leadership of new creative director Hedi Slimane, who officially took the title in March. The fashion house will move forward as Saint Laurent but as an official spokeswoman for the brand told Women's Wear Daily (subscription required), will continue operate with the "Yves" for “institutional” purposes (branding, logos).
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The name change is actually a throwback to the past (the '60s to be exact) when the fashion house originally was branded sans the "Yves" and operated as Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. A retrospective to the house's earlier years are said to be a core value for the upcoming Slimane years, who is dedicated to “restoring the house to its truth, purity and essence – and taking it into a new era” while “respecting the original principles and ideals.”
The new branding is expected to make its first physical appearances as Slimane's spring/summer 2013 collection makes its way into stores.
Thoughts? To be perfectly honest, I suspect this change will only add to the youthful accessibility that Slimane will bring to the fashion house if not only for the non-fashion fluent, who may rejoice that the somewhat cumbersome to pronounce Yves is being nixed from the name. (In case you were wondering: it's Eves not Ives.)
Other confusing fashion names or terms?* Rive Gauche? Well I won't leave you hanging (or use the correct phonetic alphabet) but it's REE-V GO-sh.
Say it with me: Sain(t) Lauren(t) REE-v Go-sh.
* Some of the most common fashion term/name mistakes I hear (again, using a non-phonetically correct alphabet):
Herve Leger: Heir-vay Lay-jey
Haute Couture: H-oat Coat-ture
Adidas has dumped plans to release a sneaker from designer Jeremy Scott after complaints that the bright yellow handcuffs (legcuffs?) attached to the sneakers looked a bit too much like shackles worn by slaves. If you had your eye on these, you're out of luck. Adidas has pulled plans to sell them.
The apology from Adidas came quickly:
"The design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery ... We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace."
We always figured being the cat owned by the creative director of Chanel has got to be a pretty sweet gig, but little did we know just how sweet it really is.
Karl Lagerfeld's nine-month-old kitten, Choupette (not pictured above with Lagerfeld; you can see her here), lives a life of luxury in France where she's treated to not one, but two, personal maids and iPad access. In fact, Choupette has already taken to Twitter (she already has more than 3,000 followers) and Tweeted an exclusive interview with Fashionista, in which she disclosed the following:
- Her maids paint her nails.
- She sleeps in "a pile of last year's Chanel."
- Even Karl isn't allowed to pet her with bare hands. He must wear his gloves.
- She deems her maids "useless and easy to manipulate."
And other juicy details about the personal life of what might be the world's most loved cat.
So, Choupette is kind of a snob.
But if you were skeptical -- even for a second -- how exactly Choupette is sending the aforementioned Tweets, fear not. We have a logical response: The maids do it. (Of course.) In fact, Karl confirmed that Choupette (with the hired help) has already compiled a 600-page diary in a mere nine months.
So that take, logic.
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Tufts graduate Reed Krakoff (pictured with "Mad Men" actress Jessica Pare) took home a monumental prize for his leather-bound contributions at last nights CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards, where he was awarded Accessory Designer of the Year. The designer is known for his namesake line as well as his innovative leadership as creative director of Coach.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's six-year-old line, The Row, snagged them the Womenswear Designer of the Year award but MK's new chocolate brown locks was the only surprise there. Southern-bred Billy Reid took home the counterpart for menswear.
However, the most amusing part of the night (for us, at least) came when "SNL" cast member Seth Meyers took to the stage wearing Marc Jacobs's unforgettable lace dress from this year's Met Ball. "It was Anna Wintour's idea," he told Vanity Fair.
Thoughts on last night's winners? Anyone else disappointed that Johnny Depp didn't manage to show up to claim his Fashion Icon of the Year award? Do you think he deserved it? (Lady Gaga and Audrey Hepburn are among past winners if that puts things into perspective.)
Discuss in the comments below.
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On May 24 at 10 p.m., you can see the always poised Vogue editor Anna Wintour dish about J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler on CNBC's "J.Crew and the Man Who Dressed America." It's no visit with Stephen Colbert, but Wintour does offer some good tidbits on Drexler.
“You see lots of CEOs who are brilliant at what they do, but they’re removed, and there’s nothing removed about Mickey,” she says.
If you're interested in Drexler and J.Crew's rise in the fashion world I suggest you read this amazing article in the New Yorker from two years ago. Or, you can just be lazy and watch clips from tomorrow's documentary.
Former schoolteacher turned New York-based women's wear designer Kara Laricks (pictured) took home the whole shebang on last night's finale of "Fashion Star" on NBC. In the season one finale, Laricks presented three individual (but cohesive) capsule collections pegged toward three different retailers (H&M, Macys, and Saks Fifth Avenue) to a panel of consumable fashion industry veterans (Nicole Richie, John Varvatos, Jessica Simpson) and each of the stores' respective buyers. Ultimately (and one pair of drop-crotch capris later), she managed to out maneuver her fellow finalists, Ronnie Escalante and Nzimiro Oputa.
Are we thrilled? (Sort of.) Do we think that Laricks's awkward geometric print collection will fly off the shelves at Macys? (No.) But do we think her luxurious day-to-night seasonless workwear for Saks will? (Absolutely.)
Did the judges and buyers make the right decision in the end? In case this season of "Fashion Star" was lost on you, let us simplify: the end goal was for the winning designer to create a collection that can be sold to different consumers at different retailers with very different price points (budget, moderate, and luxury) while maintaining a consistent design vision. In other words: create fashion that sells. Something Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos, and Nicole Richie happen to do very well. They might not be the most innovative, revolutionary, or even avant garde designers in the world, but they've become household names to a myriad of consumers through their respective lines. In the end, Kara Laricks came out on top. Was it because she followed the rules? Or because her designs were actually the best?
Regardless, Laricks walked home with a grand prize worth $6 million in buyer purchases. At least now she might be able to afford to buy one of her own designs at Saks.
We love you Karl Lagerfeld. We really do. But we couldn't help but giggle at some of the looks from the Chanel Cruise show Monday at Marie Antoinette's famed former home, Chateau de Versailles. In addition to the typical conservative and to be honest, tiring, Chanel fanfare (plenty of boucle, cool hues, and Brad Kroenig), Lagerfeld never fails to shake things up and get the fashion world talking about his latest collection with some unusual quirks. (Have you forgotten the infamous Chanel faux fur yeti suits? Neither have we!)
Check out seven of our favorite brow-raising moments:
1. The denim on denim combo that we bet your boyfriend can't wait to try. 2. Don't worry, there's a version for you, too. 3. Man capris. Need we say more? 4. The accessory he's been waiting for: a quilted Chanel watering can/"murse."
5. The out-of-control sporty "flatforms" that we're really hoping won't catch on.
6. The return of the gaucho pant. 7. Karl goes plaid.
[Images via REUTERS/Benoit Tessier]
David Yurman tapped Tom Brady's Brazilian better half to be the face of their Fall 2012 collection. According to Fashionista, photographer Peter Lindbergh captured Bundchen beachside in Malibu, donning not much more than fistfuls of Yurman jewels and a bikini. (Sweet life? Totally.)
In addition to Bundchen frolicking in the sand, Yurman and his wife Sybil were also filmed canoodling in this "First Look" video from behind-the-scenes at the shoot.
Check it out below:
The new Yurman collection will be available at Lux Bond & Green's Wellesley location (60 Central St.) starting mid-September.
E! Fashion Police hostess Giuliana Rancic (pictured with husband Bill) will be launching an apparel line for HSN in early fall. The collection, named G by Giuliana, will put the TV personality among the ranks of fellow fashion and celeb commentator, Louise Roe, and one-name retired models, Iman and Twiggy, who all have womenswear lines for the Home Shopping Network.
Rancic told E! Online that she aims to keep the line "very affordable and very chic," adding "I definitely kept Joan Rivers in mind while designing the line. I want to make sure I am on her best dressed list!"
When Cindy Crawford 10-year-old daughter, Kaia Gerber, shot a rather leggy campaign for Young Versace, it raised some eyebrows. Crawford eventually put her daughter's career on hold, telling the media she "didn't want to be a stage mom."
However, this innocent pint-sizer might be more likely to bring smiles with her modeling debut. Gisele Bunchen's (or as she's known around these parts: Mrs. Tom Brady) five-year-old niece, Duda, not only starred in a campaign the Brazilian children's clothing line, the Brandili Mundi collection, she helped design it.
"The pieces were all approved by Duda, whose romantic inspiration will no doubt catch girls’ eyes," said the brand's commercial and marketing director Germano Costa in an interview with Forbes. The Duda for Brandili Mundi collection puts a significant emphasis on Gisele's niece as the face and inspiration for the collection, stating "the prints, cuts and details" were "based on the briefing [the brand] received from her."
According to Vanity Fair, the wee one worked as a "spokesmodel for a year before inking the deal for her own collection, which is expected to arrive in stores in July."
Thoughts on Duda? Thoughts on taking design strategies from a five-year-old? What if she's related to Gisele?
Personally, we're rooting for a Jack Moynahan for Osh Kosh B'Gosh.
Oh dear. Here's Katy Perry openly flaunting her mint green bloomers at Paris Fashion Week. Here's your lesson of the day: Blue hair clashes with green panties. Also, when you're at Paris Fashion Week, cover your lady bits please.
The Diane von Furstenberg store on Newbury Street is planning a soiree on March 8 if you're feeling inclined to shop for a good cause (or just shop). It's in celebration of International Women's Day. Here's your invitation, ladies.
Perhaps paying homage to the fact that she's in Massachusetts, Lady Gaga opted to wear a dress from Marblehead native Sally LaPointe as she launched her Born This Way Foundation at Harvard today. As you may recall in a story we ran last February, this isn't the first time that Gaga has opted for LaPointe. And since then, Gaga has worn the designer for a Canadian music awards show, and in her "Judas" music video. Gaga wore this black, floor-length dress which LaPointe debuted just weeks ago as part of her fall/winter 2012 collection.
In "Judas," Gaga wears LaPointe's custom gold ruffle dress.
In addition to Gaga donning LaPointe's clothes, her creations have been worn by musican LaRoux and former super model Iman. Will Gaga's decision to wear the dress help LaPointe's business? We got the designer on the phone to ask her.
“Yes. Definitely," LaPointe says from her New York studio. "People really respond to the whole celebrity aspect. Even more so that it’s at such a special event. Together it makes it even more special. Not only is this huge celebrity wearing my clothing, but clearly it’s an important event that a lot of people are paying attention to. “
For my full interview with LaPointe about Gaga, keep reading.FULL ENTRY
Jiminy Cricket! I seem to be asking a lot of questions with these blog posts. In this case, "Who Will Buy?" from the musical "Oliver!" (thank goodness I was sitting next to a Broadway musical-loving queen who could name that tune in two notes) played throughout Marc Jacobs' stunning show last night. Whenever I depart for New York Fashion Week, the question I hear is "What show are you looking forward to most?" The answer is inevitably Marc Jacobs. The staging and clothes are the closest that the US gets to a couture show. For a runway presentation that literally lasts 10 minutes, this elaborate, Whoville-meets-Tim Burton-esque set was created in the New York Armory.
The clothes are an entirely different matter. As the fashion writer, I should have an immediate explanation for the giant fur hats and larger-than-life frocks. My immediate reaction of the concept was 'little girl raids mom's closet.' I'm still mulling this one over. Hey, no one ever said I was the sharpest hat pin in the jewelry box. What to make of Pilgrim shoes with crystal buckles and dresses with padded hips? Still digesting this.
And just in case you're not a fan of musical theater (join the club), here's the Nancy Sinatra version of "Who Will Buy?" (from her 1967 TV special "Movin' with Nancy," which, by the way, you should own.) Jacobs played this version, among many others.
This will be my most disjointed blog post ever (not possible, you're no doubt thinking). But I have so many random thoughts about tonight's Betsey Johnson show. The first is that I actually liked the show. I use 'actually' because although I love Betsey as a person, her style is a tad frilly for my tastes. However, this evening she went all Carnaby Street circa 1967. And it worked. First there were the clothes.
If there's anything I like, it's a good fashion disaster. I see them all day. Models falling, people at Lincoln Center walking into walls because they're so busy texting that they just sat next to Tinsley Mortimer that they can't be bothered to look up, and so on. Who doesn't love a good laugh at someone else's expense? But today at 3.1 Phillip Lim, it was technical difficulties. The fog machine went haywire, and it looked like a foggy day in Maine. Poor Suzy Menkes from the International Herald Tribune was fanning herself like the countess dowager. Frustrated photographers who couldn't get a clear shot yelled for the fog to stop. On top of it all, the poor DJ was experience horrible feedback. On the bright side, I loved the clothes. At least the ones I could see.
(I have no idea why I used this photo, I just liked it).
And it's with Chloe
It's subtle, it hits F/W 2012's recurring strong women theme, and it's very prevalent this Fashion Week. Hints of military details are showing up everywhere, and in unlikely places. Even the normally lady-like designs of Victoria Beckham and Jason Wu are showing signs of strength.
So far the most ingenious staging for a fashion show this week: A skating rink in Central Park. This was the Moncler Grenoble collection shown last night. And if you were brave enough to stand in the cold, you got models... on skates!
Naturally I loved it because it was inspired by (these are not my words): "The plastic revolution in visionary forms reference Joe Colombo; the graphic ductility of this new material in the furnishings envisioned by Vico Magistretti; experiments with the use of vinyl and plastic fabrics borrowed from French couture, which in the 1960s was inspired by the technical sporting world of skiing. All combined with a space-age style that pays homage to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Design, fashion and cinema - the creative verve of the ’60s where everything was intertwined and any innovation seemed possible."
Meaning you wish you were running around in the cold and getting dirty looks because it appears that you slept two hours last night (true) and that you don't have a driver like everybody else and that you must take the subway (also true). Here's an easier way. A guide to shows this week that you can watch on your computer.
Last night Zac Posen's elegant show traveled less-subtlely to Japan (above).
Now wondering which Asian country we'll be visiting today.
Because my New York wi-fi is moving about as quickly as an obese turtle after a few Xanax, how about a quick look at two very different interpretations of green?
Here's a look at Diane von Furstenberg's romantic and flowing interpretation of electric green. Her show was a lovely shock of color for Fall/Winter 2012
And this unfortunate model at yesterday's Custo Barcelona show appears to have crawled out of the bottom of a yarn-filled swamp. The first thing I wrote in my notebook when I saw this look was "Cheese and crackers! She looks like the creature from the green lagoon."
Well, she's supermodel delux Gisele Bundchen, and she came out of New York Fashion Week semi-retirement to walk Alexander Wang's show on Saturday in this leather trench coat. All of my hetero friends keep telling me she's married to some sports dude. Whatev. I'm not going to pretend I know. All I know is that Wang's show was both fun and polished.
I'm back at New York Fashion Week and ready to complain! As much as I j'adore new technology, the latest problem at Fashion Week is the iPad. It's bad enough when the hoi polloi crammed into the rafters at Lincoln Center have to strain their necks to get a glimpse of the runway. Making matters worse are folks who hoist their iPads into the air to take pictures and video of the catwalk. If you have the misfortune of sitting behind these people, all you can see is a grainy image of the proceedings on the tablet, because it's directly in your line of vision. Not that I'm bitter about this, but I'm bitter. I propose they be banned during showtime. Ok, back to our regularly scheduled programming.
As Muther mentioned earlier last month, the Boston Symphony Orchestra put forth their fourth annual Project Debussy challenge to local fashion designers, asking the eleven students to create an evening wear look.
They came, they designed, they walked... and The School of Fashion Design student, Kowoon Jeon, won this year's competition with the design pictured below:
Jeon will be featured in a full page spread in April's issue of Boston Magazine.
Fisher College student Teresa Calabro was named the "People Choice" winner via an online tally on BSO's Facebook and Twitter pages.
[Image via Stu Rosner for BSO]
Fashion designer Tory Burch took center stage at the Raytheon Theater at Northeastern University earlier this afternoon to chat with a room brimming with budding entrepreneurs. The Philadelphia native was invited to serve on the board of Startup America Partnership, with much credit to her efforts through her namesake foundation, The Tory Burch Foundation, and fashion and accessories label, Tory Burch LLC, for which she currently serves at CEO and CCO.
Since Burch's foundation and the theme of the day is to share the tools of knowledge and financial support with the next generation of business-savvy savants, we asked for a few words of advice for our readers.
So Startup America seems to be an ideal fit for you and your foundation.
It's a great fit, and it wasn't much of a decision for me after just seeing what exciting things they were doing.
Is there anything you wish you knew going into the business?
Just how hard it would be. I think that it is hard and I often talk to entrepreneurs about that. I tell them to know that it's going to be fulfilling and exciting but also know that it's going to be a tremendous amount of work. You need to be super passionate and super focused. Also, you need to have a unique idea.
As someone with a strong brand, what advice do you have for these young entrepreneurs when it comes to developing what their brand will be and stand for?
I don't think mine was started from the very moment from what I started about it. I think it's a lot of trial and error and being flexible enough to move on for when it's not working.
What are the next steps for the Tory Burch Foundation?
I think we're just starting, just like a company. We still have so much to do. The more women we can help in business the better.
Are there any great young start-up ideas that you're very excited about?
I just met with eight here [at the event] today that sound like they all have legs. These girls are bright, tenacious and sound like they really want to build great companies.
Since you've arrived in Boston, do you think you have a good sense of the city?
Well I've been to Boston many times. I love Boston.
But do you think we're stylish?
I think Boston has its own style, it reminds me of Philadelphia in a way. It's slanted a bit more conservative but it has other elements as well. It's such a great young college town.
What rule do you think all businesses -- start-up or not -- should follow?
Always be transparent.
In terms of being transparent, you have a very socially and social media active business. Do you think any young businesses run into any pitfalls when pursuing these fields?
Probably all the time! [Laughs] I think social media is something everyone is always learning and we're learning as we go as well. We're very interested in being in the forefront of social media in general. Moving into China, for instance, Sina Weibo (China's microblogging answer to Twitter and Facebook) is something we're interested in. Twitter is something I personally do myself, but Facebook is something our team works on. It's a fine balance of what you can say on Twitter but I think authenticity is really what it's all about in social media.
[Image courtesy of Mary Knox Merrill/Northeastern University]
This is a tease for the H&M ad for David Beckham's new line of manties which will air during the Superbowl. Yes please.
Eleven local fashion design students face off in a bitter power struggle over who can design the fiercest dress based off of the music of Claude Debussy in a competition sponsored by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. We predict a fashion blood bath. Perhaps we're overdramatizing a smidge, but the design students will show their designs on Feb. 2. If you're attending the show that night, you can view the clothes at 7 p.m. before the 8 p.m. concert. The winner will be chosen by a panel of local luminaries (Sadly, we were not asked. Again. Not that we're bitter about this). You can find more and buy tickets at www.bso.org. You can pick your favorites here. Continue along the post to see them all.
Before launching his namesake fashion line, Chris Benz worked at the helms of J.Crew and Marc Jacobs. His previous employers appear to be natural mentors when viewing his coquettishly chic collection of wearable womenswear with an affinity for prints and pops of color but Benz brings his own flair for personality and wit to the brand through a ferociously active Twitter account and bright bubblegum pink locks.
We’ve been following your Tweets (@CMBenz) and see you’re in the midst of the BluePrintCleanse liquid diet, how is that going?
I’m on day five and it’s been fine. I’ve done it a few times and the first couple of days you’re just in a different mind space. You’re getting all the nutrients you need so you do feel great. The first time I did it though I could barely get through three days.
Is this your pre-holiday detox?
Post-Thanksgiving, pre-holiday – I’ve had so many friends in town and coming to town so there’s a lot of going out and dinner parties.
What did you do for Thanksgiving?
I hosted and had Thanksgiving at my apartment. I’m cursed with a gigantic dining room table. It’s one of those things where once you do it once, you have to do it again because people know.
Like having a guest room?
Exactly. But I didn’t cook. I ordered everything and it was just as delicious.
You’ll be heading to the area soon for an appearance. Have you been to Boston before?
I’ve been there about three or four times, just short trips, but I love Boston. Conceptually, for me being an American sportswear designer, it’s such an American city. It’s still very young but has that old Americana spirit. The last time I was there was for the [ICA] opening and [it is] a building that seems so modern, like it should be from Denmark or something. I grew up in Seattle, which is a lot like Boston in being such a tiny city with a lot of effort for preservation of the historical architecture, but with Microsoft and new businesses comes severe modern architecture also moving in. I like that feeling of tension in a city.
What will be seeing from you in terms of fashion when you’re here?
I’m showing Resort and previewing Spring . We have a lot of really great knitwear and I think the women of Boston understand layering better than anyone else. They’re not afraid to have that preppy moment where blouses are layered under sweaters that other climates and cities are apprehensive of. I’m excited to play with layering and mixing colors and updating the classic American sportswear for these women.
What would you like to see women wearing this holiday season to their cocktail parties and events?
I think a lot of people are feeling nostalgia for the old Hollywood holiday parties. A cocktail suit is something we haven’t seen in a while as opposed to the same old little black dress. You can make a little black tuxedo look so chic [as] opposed to the expected.
You were one of the first designers to really embrace social media and become an active Twitter user, and now we’ve noticed another identify, @CHRISBENZgirl, has popped up. Is she affiliated with you or is she just a fan?
She is! She’s Susie Mascotte, our social secretary – yes, that’s her actual title -- who is really representative of the spirit of the brand. She’s smart and funny and we do the Twitter account together. We wanted to represent the woman that we design for, and post things that are overheard in the studio and on the streets of New York.
Do you have any holiday wishes this season?
I just hope everyone can come to a close of a year that I think was difficult for everyone in some way or another. My wish is that 2012 can be brighter and better than 2011.
The designer will be in town Thurs. Dec. 8 at Gretta Luxe in Wellesley (94 Central St., (781) 237-7010) for a trunk show and guest appearance from noon -7 p.m. The event is open to the public.
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While we were busy bees at our desks, jewelry designer Alexis Bittar was at Saks Fifth Avenue for a special in-store visit yesterday afternoon. But just our luck, he took a break to give us a ring (not a literal one, just a phone call. Bummer, we know.)
What brings you to Boston today?
We're showing Resort 2012 at Saks. Visits like these give me the opportunity to meet with the customers and connect and understand what they want. I only do six personal appearances a year across the country.
So Boston was the chosen one?
Boston was a lucky chosen one -- but to be honest I had nothing to do with picking it.
That's extremely honest.
I'm a very honest interviewer! I had nothing to do with it.
Since we're not there, can you paint a picture of the scene for us?
There's an overall excitement and a lot of people bring their archive pieces to have my sign. I also think there's an overall excitement because we usually only have six cases in the store but I design over 300 pieces each season so we brought a much wider assortment.
So... much... jewelry...
People are like ADD [ADHD] and freaking out over the amount of it. It's the mix of the inability to be focused and people being very, very excited.
What was the inspiration for Resort 2012?
Over the influence is the turn of the last century and an Etruscan interpretation of color and Victorian gold work in the 1880s, but much more of a wild garden, not as confined.
Did you take a fabulous inspiration trip?
I was in Italy for the summer in Ischia, this amazing island. I was drawn literally to the antique jewelry of that time there so I guess in some level I think that last trip to Italy was Resort.
Do you have any holiday blow-out party plans for your team?
I have about 315 employees so it's gotten kind of big. I rented out a ferry one year and we went around Manhattan but this time we rented out a massive restaurant venue and will do karaoke. We're multilingual in the office so it'll be kind of incredible. We'll have karaoke in English, Chinese, or just pick different languages.
What's your go-to karaoke song?
I like The Human League's "Don't You Want Me." I like doing both accents, both the boy and the girl. I do a really good British accent.
As you scurry about trying to finish work before the turkey genocide and shopping riots begin (Occupy Copley Place, anybody?), take a moment, relax, and have a look at this season's Alexander McQueen show. This is the Spring/Summer 2012 collection that was shown in Paris. And before you dare ask "What were they thinking?", here's the explanation from McQueen designer Sarah Burton. As you can see, the woman can do more than royal wedding dresses.
"I was thinking about a woman as an object of desire. We go to such lengths to adorn ourselves that we almost become our clothes or are taken over by them. This is a collection about excess - an exploration of ideals of beauty at their most extreme."
Daniela Corte has been making her sexy dresses on Newbury Street for quite some time. She's also been making those itsy bitsy teenie weenie non-polka dot bikinis that have found their way into the pages of Sports Illustrated. But now she's opened a gorgeously designed, more visible retail shop on our favorite shopping promenade. Which means that you should swing by if you're on Newbury.
After flying to Boston from Mumbai earlier that morning and spending the afternoon styling Neiman Marcus's holiday windows, designer Bibhu Mohapatra (pictured, center with two of his models) looked relieved to sit down in the front lounge of the W Hotel Boston. "I'm not drunk, just jet-lagged," he explained after apologizing for seeming tired. The designer showcased 24 looks, mostly from his Spring/Summer 2012 collection, for a well-heeled crowd at the W, but took a break between prepping his designs and regulating the runway to chat with us.
While fans may have already seen the Spring/Summer 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week, what do you hope Boston will get out of seeing the designs in person?
I hope that they will understand the aesthetic and feel what I'm trying to say with my work. I believe that women in Boston share a similar sense of beauty that I do and I'm hoping they'll benefit from this experience.
You've had some amazing partnerships in the past -- first, the CFDA Fashion Incubator, now with the W's Fashion Next series. How does that feel as a designer?
It's really humbling and it drives me further. It's been a very exciting, scary ride but I'm looking forward to things that are coming up as well.
When you say scary, I know you have an unusual background for a designer with a degree in Economics, so you know what's going on in your business, financially, at all times. Do you ever feel like you know too much?
I get economics and it's definitely a plus but fashion is as much of a business as it is a creative cycling process. The more I get into it, the more I realize I need a second set of eyes on [the business] end of things.
So you're equally talented on both sides of your brain -- left and right -- like you can write with both hands, what's that called?
Ambidextrous. Yes, yes, I guess you could say that.
Then the reporter (me) laughed at her own joke before parting ways. Overall, another successful fashion interaction.
See and shop the Bibhu Mohapatra collection during his trunk show, Nov. 17. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Couture Salon at Neiman Marcus, Copley Place.
Charlotte Ronson, of the too-creative-for-their-own-damn-good Ronsons, is presenting a fashion show tonight at the Red Latern for the boutique Sells & Co. Ronson's super accessible and super cute (Ugh, I can't believe I just used the words "super cute") clothes are shown each season at New York Fashion Week. This is your chance to pretend that you're Andre Leon Talley in Lincoln Center (sans cape) and look bored while you're secretly thrilled inside.
Details! Yes! There is a VIP reception from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., which includes a meet and greet with Charlotte herself, passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Tickets range from $50 for individual seats to $500 for tables of eight. Or, if you're pinching pennies the way your pumps pinch your toes, you can buy general admission tickets for $20. Doors for general admission cheapskates open at 8 p.m.
For more information, call 617-338-4343. To purchase VIP tickets, call 860-204-6366.
Boy wonder Jason Wu, who skyrocketed to sartorial stardom after designing Michelle Obama's inaugural gala dress, is the latest big name to create a capsule collection for Target. The clothes will arrive in stores in early February, but the question has been raised: Will this line sell anywhere near the level of the Missoni capsule collection? Wu has a following, but is not a household name. Stayed tuned, and stay tuned for a look at the collection. Samples will be debuted next week.
The only "Project Runway" winner to make it to the tents at both Bryant Park and Lincoln Center is coming to Boston next month. Fashion pixie Christian Siriano will be at Neiman Marcus on Oct. 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to show off his latest collection and hopefully apologize for Heidi Klum's ridiculous red carpet dress at the Emmy Awards.
Speaking of "Runway," Who are we liking -- and disliking -- this season? Many of my friends have fallen off the "Runway" bandwagon, but I've stuck with it. I like Anja and Anthony Ryan. I suspect Bert will be next to go. Actually, why on earth is he still there?
So you don't have time to scurry from tent to tent, nestle in next to editors and celebrities, and take in all of the glamorous, pricey clothing whipped up by a-list designers for New York Fashion Week. But you can still (kinda) participate in the catwalk mania and wiggle your booty in the comfort of your own Boston apartment as if you were at Fashion Week with the help of our NYFW playlist. We've hand-picked a few notable selections from this week's Spring 2012 presentations to make you feel like you're in the center of the action.FULL ENTRY
Designer Marc Jacobs (pictured) may be slated to replace John Galliano at Christian Dior (Galliano was dismissed from his former creative director position for making anti-Semitic comments), according to the AP. But does that fit? Would the New York-bred fashion darling, who currently helms his namesake line (and spin-offs) along with Louis Vuitton, be an appropriate fit to take the reigns at the house of couture?
However, Jacobs just may be the one the fashion world has been waiting for -- because we're already so familiar with him.
Until we know for sure, Christopher Muther and I rounded up a top 5 list of designers that we think would be a a fit for the role:
Peter Som -- "Perpetually underrated but innovative. Has been floating in the fashion world since his year as creative director at Bill Blass. He could loosen up traditional Dior, although his chances of getting the job are the same as Kim Kardashian admitting she has no talent." -- C.M.
Jason Wu -- "It feels like an ideal fit. Despite his young age, Wu's elegant frocks fit nicely with the Dior mold, however his vision may not be wild enough for Dior couture. Perhaps Michelle Obama could campaign on his behalf?" -- C.M.
Stefano Pilati -- "He's a far more likely choice for the job. He has run the high profile YSL line since 2002, and unlike Galliano, he's easy on the eyes." -- C.M.
Phoebe Philo -- "Something about her makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside, and sleek and refined the outside. Everything she touches (Chloe, Celine) turns to the instant epi-center for French feminine "it" chic. The AP piece cites her as a potential replacement at Louis Vuitton if Jacobs goes to Dior, but since we're playing all in the (LVMH) family, her move to role would be a way to shake things up." -- R.R.
Alber Elbaz -- "After last year's rumors of the Lanvin designer's move to Karl Lagerfeld's role at Chanel proved to be false, we think he deserves his rightful share of glory. " -- R.R.
[Image via REUTERS/Eric Thayer]