November 25, 2013 |
Sunday belonged to Taylor Swift, but Lady Gaga also turned a few heads at the American Music Awards. Swift, who won four awards including artist of the year, wore a short gold dress by Julien Macdonald along with Jimmy Choo's Madison shoes. Gaga made her entrance riding a human-powered "horse" and wearing a lilac gown from Versace's spring-summer 2014 collection. Later, she performed in an Atelier Versace Swarovski crystal jacket and pleated skirt, which she removed to reveal an Atelier Versace bodysuit also embroidered with Swarovski crystals with chain mail detail.
November 11, 2013 |
Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne were named the winners of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund Award on Monday night in New York City. New York-based menswear brand Public School was one of 10 finalists nominated for the award given to up-and-coming talent, all of whom presented pieces from their collections at an event in Los Angeles on Oct. 23. “We are truly honored and humbled by the support and recognition from Vogue and the CFDA,” Chow said in a press statement.
November 10, 2013 |
After 16 years at the helm of Coach, Reed Krakoff left the American heritage brand this fall to chart a solo course with his own label, which is starting to really gain momentum. In the three years since launching his namesake brand, Krakoff has dressed Lena Dunham, Julianne Moore and First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore his cobalt blue dress on the March 2013 cover of Vogue. He has a robust accessories business (the Boxer and Atlantique bags have been big hits), which accounts for about 70% of sales, and his ready-to-wear clothing is gaining momentum among women looking for something intellectual, modern and American.
September 17, 2013 |
Southern California-based brands account for half the lineup in an upcoming "Americans in Paris" initiative organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine and sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger. Past West Coast CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists tapped to participate include Jennifer Meyer , George Esquivel (Esquivel Shoes), J.C. Obando, Andrea Lieberman (A.L.C) and Elder Statesman's Greg Chait , who won the most recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award last November.
September 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- There's been a lot of grousing about New York Fashion Week this season -- the packed crowds, the packed schedule, the faraway venues. And on Sunday afternoon, Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, answered with a feel-good show that reminded everyone not to take it all so seriously. There was a toe-tapping soundtrack of songs of the summer (Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Daft Punk). And a front row full of glittering Hollywood, fashion and media world fixtures, including Von Furstenberg's husband Barry Diller, as well as Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Allison Williams, Jessica Alba and Bella Thorne. On the runway was some high-wattage talent too, including model Naomi Campbell leading the finale in a black-and-gold dress.
September 1, 2013 |
Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier is determined to dress women head-to-toe and 'round the clock. Since starting her namesake label in 1996, after she couldn't find a dress with enough fashion flair for her own wedding, Lhuillier has established herself as the go-to designer for Hollywood brides, including Reese Witherspoon, Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Ashlee Simpson and Avril Lavigne. Building on that foundation, in recent years she's developed a successful ready-to-wear collection shown seasonally in New York, and sold at major department stores and her own boutiques.