May 6, 2001
I enjoy the Her World column every week, and I am writing about something I have noticed on so-called "travel clothes" for women: The dresses (and maybe skirts too) don't have any pockets. Who designs these things? Obviously someone who has never been on a plane or stayed in a hotel. Where can I stash my room key if I just want to walk to the hotel lobby for a moment? Men's travel wear usually has numerous pockets, including zippered security ones. I won't buy travel dresses until they put pockets in them.
November 2, 2012 |
Anyone who has caught a glimpse of the presidential candidates' wives on the campaign trail knows that safe, boxy suits are not in the fashion vocabulary of either the Democratic first lady or the Republican who aspires to replace her. The appearance of Michelle Obama and Ann Romney in similarly full-skirted dresses at the third and final presidential debate prompted two editors at the Atlantic to launch into an online dialogue pondering the abundance...
October 1, 2012 |
PARIS -- Stella McCartney showed her spring-summer 2013 collection at the glorious rococo-style Opera Garnier on Monday morning during Paris Fashion Week. But the clothing on the runway couldn't have been more different from the gilded environs. PHOTOS: Paris Fashion Week trends The scene: Proud papa Paul McCartney was front row, as he always is, along with M.I.A., Jerry Seinfeld and Kate Moss. The look: Masculine-meets-feminine sportswear. Down to earth but special.
September 21, 2006 |
FASHION Week started here on Monday with more talk about the models than the clothes they were wearing. Debate is raging over whether reed-thin models should be banned from the runways (as they were in Madrid last week) because they might encourage eating disorders.
November 13, 2011 |
In just 10 years, Alber Elbaz has succeeded in waking the sleeping beauty that was the French fashion house of Lanvin, giving it a modern identity and a must-have status. His particular brand of imperfect glamour - fraying lace edges, exposed zippers, grosgrain ribbon and pearl trims, sculpted bows and rosettes - has elevated the humble T-shirt to near-couture standards, turned sneakers into $540 "It" shoes and reinvigorated the categories of cocktail dresses and costume jewelry.
September 26, 2013 |
New York-based designer Alexander Wang showed his hotly anticipated second collection for the French fashion house of Balenciaga on Thursday morning at the Paris Observatory. The scene: Guests climbed the stairs to the top floor, where a picture window looked out over the treetops. In the audience at the early morning show was pop star M.I.A., hiding under her customary hoodie, and sporting some seriously cool gold, baroque-style nail art. The inspiration: Bringing sportswear ease to Balenciaga's signature sculptural shapes.
July 10, 2011 |
Although the hunt for vintage clothing may be enticing to some people, others would rather bypass digging for buried treasure that, even when found, may consist of garments that are tattered or in a size best suited for the bird-boned women of the 1940s. But the retro aesthetic is still a desirable one, particularly for the thriving rockabilly subculture of Southern California that favors 1940s- and 1950s-inspired dresses. Not to be excluded are the plus-sized women who love the look of vintage garments but are hard-pressed to find pieces that fit, especially since the average American woman is an inch taller and 24 pounds heavier than her counterpart in 1960, according to figures compiled by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
September 30, 2012 |
Avant garde Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo showed her spring-summer 2013 Comme des Garcons collection Saturday afternoon underneath one of the docks on the Seine at Paris Fashion Week. PHOTOS: Paris Fashion Week trends The look: Damsels of deconstruction. Long blond Guinevere-style wigs. Helmets made out of recycled metal junk. White muslin cloth dresses and tops that were assemblages of bustles, ruffles, sleeves and pieces of gold leather biker jackets. Some were worn over plasticky white pleated skirts or cuffed shorts.
March 11, 2012 |
Many big-name L.A.-based designers - Rodarte, Gregory Parkinson, Rachel Zoe, Barbara Tfank, Skaist-Taylor and Juan Carlos Obando among them - have already shown their fall 2012 collections at New York Fashion Week. Now in the middle of Los Angeles Fashion Week, it seems like a good time to meet other designers and labels that are shaping the L.A. fashion scene and giving it global reach. Of Two Minds The look: L.A.'s answer to Isabel Marant. The goods: Designer Sunjoo Moon marries Parisian chic and West Coast cool for a world-traveler vibe seen in fur vests, maxi-length dresses done in relaxed 1970s silhouettes, cozy knits and trousers festooned with subtle tribal patterns.