It's always fun to see a runway trend transfer so strongly to the street. I really liked this recent post on Racked NY from Refinery 29. And what's not to love about the
Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte shoes pictured above??!!
Gold has long been a symbol of riches and wealth, but as the
economic roads grow a little rockier, its appearance in fashion is
taking an equally textural path. We're seeing it all over
clothing and accessories in chunky forms, whether it be punk studs,
bauble'ish trims, medieval chain-metal, or mirrored shards. Layered
over black with an almost armor-like feel, we like the details arranged
in a way that's halfway between geometric and a bit gaudy.
This tough-chic trend started picking up major steam during Paris
Fashion Week, and we love how its fittingly representative of the
luxury world's own ornamentally, rebellious phase (fighting for its
This has to be the cutest Christmas card ever!! I just received my holiday e-card from Koi Suwannagate and had to share it. The crafty look of the card is no surprise for the LA-based designer who is best known for her hand-sculpted recycled cashmere designs. Suwannagate recently launched onto the international design scene last year when she was nominated for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award. I interviewed the designer for a feature story last Fall for California Apparel News and was impressed with her nearly self-taught design aesthetic. In addition, she hand sculpts many of the pieces herself - even for production. At her Spring 09 fashion show during NY Fashion Week she expanded her fabric repertoire to include a variety of materials including silk, linen, organza and Swarovski crystals. The unexpected combination was enhanced with feathers, sculpted rosettes and cascading butterfly appliques to create a dreamy, etheral look.The collection inspired my "Dreamscape" editorial for California Apparel News and WWD recognized Suwannagate as one of the Top 10 collections this season alongside Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Lanvin. Surprising? Not when you see the clothes. Here are some shots from her Spring 09 collection inspired by the independent spirit of 1920s silent-film star Louise Brooks. "I was taken by her attitude that women should be intellectual, be free, be who they are," said Suwannagate. Don't you agree?
I love when fashion and the arts converge in exciting innovative ways.
Yohji Yamamoto left the conventional way of showcasing his second
line of AW08-09 and SS09 garments behind according to WeAreTheMarket.com. Yamamoto has created two online films titled ‘Coming Soon’ directed by photographer and feature film director Max Vadukul. The films utilize contemporary dance to showcase the versatility of the collection through
motion image. Dancers Laura Wheatley and Robin
Dingemans star in the film with choreography by Rachel Lopez de la Nieta and Ben Hash.
The cover of December L'Uomo Vogue with Javier Bardem
OK - I just love this image. It's something about Javier Bardem in baby pink that captures that quintesentially Miami feeling. When I first saw the image, it was particularly interesting to me and I thought wow, this is so compelling. It is so wrong and so right all at the same time. The image is just one of over 100 pages by Bruce Weber featured in the December issue of L'Uomo Vogue.The magazine depicts Weber's vision of Miami captured over the last three years including everyone from everyday people to models and celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Edward Norton and Penelope Cruz. And it all made sense when I read WWD's story about the issue and why Franca Sozzani devoted nearly a complete issue to Weber’s work. Sozzani, who has steered the helm of Vogue Italia for the past 20 years, is something of a risk taker. Last July, she created the groundbreaking “Black Issue” of Vogue Italia. In November she followed up with an African theme for L’Uomo Vogue and donated 50 percent of the issue's advertising revenue to Africa-related charities. Her vision is undeniably progressive and continues to make it's mark on the fashion world. I love her remarks on the shoot. It's a great reminder that fashion is not necessarily about reality, it's about creating a vision and a fantasy - even in today's precarious economy. To read the full story, go to WWD.com
“L’Uomo Vogue is not exactly what you call a fashion magazine anymore,” Sozzani pointed out. “Basically, I am more free than anyone else because I don’t think that you sell clothes through a [fashion] credit. I think that you go through an image, that you sell a dream, and [then] the clothes.” For example, of the cover shot, she said, “I think that Javier Bardem in a pink bathrobe is more a fashion statement than to have something with a big logo on his shoulder.”
“We should not think about the economy in terms of something negative or something that will destroy creativity. We have to give ideas…suggestions and fantasies,” Sozzani said, adding, “As we say in Italian, ‘You make the law to destroy the law.’ I really don’t know about circulation. I can even tell you I don’t care. When I was doing the Black Issue, everybody told me, ‘You will not sell one copy.’ Well, we reprinted the magazine. Maybe nobody had tried before, so they didn’t know they were wrong.”
Sao Paulo, Brazil photo: Andre Penner, Associated Press/LA Times
Oh, Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree!! Apparently the Christmas tree is one of the newest items of fashion endearment. Today, WWD reported on designer Christmas trees in Paris and the LA Times featured images of Christmas trees from around the world. According to WWD, several international fashion designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Jean Charles de Castelbejac and Spanish eco-designer Miguel Adrover dressed Christmas trees for the annual "Les Sapins de Noel des Createurs" auction to benefit the Sol En Si charity organization which helps childrens and families living with AIDS in Paris. The trees were unveiled on Tuesday night at Paris's architecture museum. Adrover created an organic tree made from wood and partially draped in gray
Alpaca and Zaha Hadid's conceptual tree earned an incredible bid of 46,000
euros to benefit the charity. Here are some photos of Christmas trees from the Paris event from WWD and images of real trees from around the world as featured on LATimes.com. It just goes to show anything can be reinvented to make a fashion statement - even one of the world's most beloved holiday traditions.
But I'm not surprised. I just saw Madonna in concert so when I read in Hollywood Life's blog today that Marc Jacobs cast Madonna to star in the Louis Vuitton Spring 09 ad campaign, it just made sense.
Here is the excerpt from Hollywood Life: After Louis Vuitton creative
director, Marc Jacobs, saw Madonna in concert, he apparently texted
her right away about starring in the Spring '09 ad campaign. Madge said
yes and the rest is history, proven by the unveiling of the new ads
Madonna's photographer pal, Steven Meisel, shot the
iconic pop legend in six photos at Figaro in Los Angeles, where she
showed off her flexible, yoga prowess in some of the images. Meisel
takes over the photography position from longtime Vuitton artistic
collaborators, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Another rumor has
it that Madge pocketed a cool $10 million for the deal, but Louis
Vuitton director of communications, Antoine Arnault, says the story is
Like Madonna really needs another $10 million to add to her $600 million-plus fortune.
Today's Very Chic styling tip: Buy some amazing hosiery. I love these Helmut Newton inspired photos in today's New York Times Fashion & Style section. Haute hosiery is a red hot trend and an easy way to update your wardrobe for the holidays - even if you are on a budget. I spotted a variety of hosiery worn by hipsters during LA Fashion Week (see "She's Got Legs" under Very Chic Accesories) and it's clearly a high fashion look for the season. Polka dots, lace or art deco tights, a little black dress, some fierce heels and you will be ready for any event - tres chic!
I just became a fan of Comme des Garcons on Facebook, so to commemorate the occasion I decided to post images from the Spring 09 collection. Part of the fan status is due to my lucky finds at H&M recently. I personally couldn't stand in line and deal with opening day frenzy when the collection launched at the store. The collection sold out at the Beverly Center in about ten minutes! That must be some kind of record. However, I was lucky enough to find a few pieces when they were returned post-opening. Shopping tip: Never give up! Loving the pants, polka dot shirt and trench coat.
For Spring 09 Rei Kawakubo pondered the future of black. It's clearly a
conceptual collection and, as usual, one designed to make you question
everything you think you know about fashion. The designer experimented with geometric shapes, shoulder plates and cocoon-like skirt
silhouettes. Vinyl leather, ruffled trims, transparent fabrics and organic shapes merged together in a nearly all black
palette. The future of black looks very bright indeed.
Curb your shoe addiction for the Holidays at Resurrection.The uber high-end vintage store which has locations in Los Angeles and New York just acquired over 400 pairs of shoes and boots from the Marcia Berger collection. Designer finds include Alaia, Lanvin, Maud Frizon, Christian Louboutin, Robert Clergerie, Stefan Kelian, Comme Des Garcons, Helmut Lang, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and more. The sale runs through Jan. 4, but hurry these are sure to sell out quick! Oh, and if you are looking for that perfect holiday ensemble you can find it there too. Co-owner and designer, Katy Rodriguez just designed some amazing ruffle skirts exclusively for the store. The flirty palette ranges from ballet pink to fuchsia, electric blue, violet and black French taffeta. Feel special for the holidays and have yours custom made at the studio.
Store window at Resurrection
Katy Rodriguez black ruffle skirt and Mariposa blouse
STORE DETAILS: Resurrection NY 217 Mott Street
Resurrection LA 8006 Melrose Ave.
Custom Orders: Contact: email@example.com Studio Phone: 323.653.6960
With all the talk of Art Basel, I can't help but be in a Miami state of mind. This iconic shot by Arthur Elgort takes me to that place where art, luxurious fashion and an island destination meet - anywhere in the world.