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.
February 19, 2012 |
With mid-priced collections as upscale-looking and lavishly detailed as those on the New York runways for fall, who needs to pay top dollar for fashion? So much of the excitement during the New York Fashion Week shows that wrapped up on Thursday was about the so-called advanced contemporary category of labels that cost less than high-end designer collections without sacrificing style. Among those creating a buzz: Rag & Bone, Tory Burch, Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Helmut Lang, Theyskens Theory and even the J. Crew Collection.
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.
January 9, 1987 |
"I seem to approach each collection as if I were creating a perfume, blending basic, well-loved style elements with 'top notes' of our own," says designer Adolfo in the show notes for his spring collection, presented at the St. Regis Hotel here this week. "The result is meant to please and intrigue the women who wear our clothes. These women reject an overpowering fad as they do an overpowering scent. They loathe the term 'high style' as much as I do."
October 13, 2013 |
PARIS - Step-dancing hijinks, jungles of flowers and enough art world inspiration to fill a Chanel-branded gallery. The spring 2014 collections shown at Paris Fashion Week this fall were entertaining, to say the least. And between philosophical discussions about how best to reinvent old brands for the 21st century, whether what's on the runway should be transporting or merely commercial, and what is going to happen to Louis Vuitton now that artistic director Marc Jacobs has left (Nicolas Ghesquière, late of Balenciaga, is poised to take the helm, rumors say)