March 12, 1991 |
Stretch it--up, down or sideways--but stretch it. This was the theme of the British designers' fall 1991 collections shown here over the weekend. Runways were filled with clinging bodysuits, leggings, second-skin shorts, dresses, jackets and trousers in nylon, Lycra, spandex and various springy fabric blends.
December 20, 1998 |
One balmy day in London last spring, I wandered out of Hyde Park down Exhibition Road and ended up at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where I joined the crowd flowing through a temporary exhibit called "The Cutting Edge." It documented 50 years of British fashion from 1947 to 1997, with dresses, gowns, suits and accessories created by the best English designers--from Norman Hartnell's 1938 state gown for Queen Elizabeth II to a shockingly short black crepe number made by Mary Quant in the '60s.
January 25, 2000 |
When Courtney Love is trying to tell you about her John Galliano dress, it's wise not to answer your cell phone. "Hey! You're talkin' to me!" said the lovely Love, while grabbing this reporter by the lapels. She had a fun story to tell at the Golden Globe awards Sunday about how she was supposed to be wearing a Vivienne Westwood gown, but there was this kooky couture dress from Galliano's recent collection, a controversial homage to the homeless. Galliano shipped it to her as it appeared on the runway--adorned with sewn-on stuffed pigeons, bottles of booze and switchblades.
February 1, 2002 |
The Men's Apparel Alliance, nearly at its wits' end over casual Fridays, should take heart from the latest men's styles--polished with a little edge--unveiled on Paris runways last weekend. Tom Ford, for the Yves Saint Laurent ready-to-wear line, offered floppy and wide trousers worn with double-breasted, well-tailored jackets. Hedi Slimane at Dior menswear also offered some loose-fitting trousers, a departure from his usual slim-fit silhouette.
October 18, 1991 |
The long and the short of the London collections, shown here last weekend, was definitely long, as in well below the knee. Most of the British designers--from suave classicist Jasper Conran to provocative innovator Helen Storey--made a major commitment to the mid-calf hemline for spring and summer. The success of the look varied, generally working the best in simply cut knits.
October 10, 2012 |
Lady Gaga, who sided with designer Hedi Slimane in his dustup with New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, has been seen wearing two different looks from his Spring-Summer 2013 Saint Laurent women's wear collection since it was shown on the runway a little more than a week ago. One is the long yellow dress and jacket she wore on Tuesday to accept an award at the Yoko Ono Grant for Peace awards in Iceland. (She wore the first for tea with Julian Assange on Monday evening.) [The Cut]
May 2, 1990 |
For 25 top London designers, fashion awareness is increasingly about much more than where to hang a season's hemline. Coordinated by Arabella Pollen and designer/retailer Joseph Ettedgui, the group is organizing a celebrity fashion show May 24 at London's Natural History Museum to support the Friends of the Earth Rainforest campaign. "Actually, the Friends of the Earth Rainforest group approached us," said Pollen, "and it's taken off from there.
May 17, 2000 |
One more byte from San Francisco: One hundred artists, celebrities and dot-coms are offering their fanciful interpretations of the computer mouse as art in "Tails of the City," an exhibit that will culminate in an auction to raise money for charity. Creators include the "cast" of "The Simpsons," Bill Gates, fashion designer Kate Spade and Stanley Mouse of "Grateful Dead" skull-logo fame. Spade dressed her "So Kate" rodent in rose-print fabric and hooked it up to one of her handbags.
January 25, 2000 |
When Courtney Love is trying to tell you about her John Galliano dress, it's wise not to answer your cell phone. "Hey! You're talkin' to me!" said the lovely Love, while grabbing this reporter by the lapels. She had a fun story to tell at the Golden Globe awards Sunday about how she was supposed to be wearing a Vivienne Westwood gown, but there was this kooky couture dress from Galliano's recent collection, a controversial homage to the homeless.