The muse is an endearing topic in the world of fashion and I was excited to see this event which will help kick off Downtown LA Fashion Week. For ongoing updates and details on the many other events happening during LA Fashion Week, refer to the calendars on FashionWeekLA.comand ApparelNews.net
The Fashion Group International of Los Angeles (FGILA) will kick-off Downtown LA Fashion Week (DLAFW) by honoring LA's most prestigious and respected fashion designers. The VIP cocktail reception called MEET THE DESIGNERS will be held on Oct. 12 on the breathtaking rooftop of the downtown Standard Hotel. In the spirit of "Givenchy and Hepburn," the most endearing designer and muse collaboration of all time, LA's most influential designers will walk the FGILA Red Carpet arm-in-arm with their favorite Muse (celebrity model) as the industry celebrates their contribution to LA fashion. Los Angeles is the epi-center of fashion business in the United States as well as the originator of trends that are embraced and worn globally. The actors who don designer garments on the red carpet of Hollywood create virtual runways capturing the attention of the world. This event celebrates the energy of this phenomenon.
TICKET INFORMATION AND ALL DETAILS FOUND AT FGILA.ORG
Decadestwo is popping up in New York once again! KiKi de Montparnasse in Soho will host the Los Angeles-based boutique for a second foray in the city, this time with a new fashion flava! Expect to find double the selection of the store's favorite left coast stylists, celebrities and fashionistas edited by D2 co-owner, Christos Garkinos. The goods will be sold at up to 80% off the original retail prices. In addition to fabulous frocks and finery, there will be an amazing selection of shoes, handbags and accessories. A girl has to walk in the city so shoe lovers rejoice - there will be five times the amount of shoes as last Spring's edition including Manolo and Louboutin. Prepare for winter with a huge selection of outerwear and for the first time in NYC menswear will be added to the mix. The store will be replenished with new stock daily, be sure to stop by Oct. 2 - 4 to peruse the top picks.
"I have a deep fascination with bodies. I love looking at anatomical studies and all those sorts of things, and that fascination with body and flesh plays a huge role in VPL. Contouring the body, or revealing flesh, or exposing the underpinnings that cover part of the body—the peeling away of layers, you know? That’s the dialogue that’s most important to me,"
- Victoria Bartlett in an interview for Style File
Pants optional. Blame it on Victoria Bartlett, Lady Gaga, Madonna a la the '80s or John Galliano for Christian Dior, but panty lines are fashion's biggest statement maker for Spring. The look includes underwear as outerwear, short shorts, bodysuits, high-waist panties, bras, nude treatments and plenty of see-through lace. Here are a few looks from the recent Spring runway shows. To see the complete collections, go to Coutortureand Style.com.
Loving Christopher Bailey's delicate touch for the Burberry Prorsum collection which debuted on a live webcast to close London Fashion Week. The designer twisted, knotted and ruched chiffon, tulle and satin to add a soft touch to the traditionally tailored collection. Ruffles, softened shoulder treatments and an icy pastel palette added a femininity to the look. I'm loving the new found softness designers are adding to Spring collections and this show portrays the look quite brilliantly.
Having researched rock n' roll style for my recent story on Scott Weiland, I'm on a "rebels in fashion" kick. When I saw an upcoming lecture with Keanan Duffty at The Museum at FIT it immediately piqued my interest. On Oct. 6 the British musician-turned-fashion designer will be hosting a lecture and signing copies of his recent book titled "Rebel Rebel: Anti-Style." NY-based or bound fashionistas are in luck as the designer will be on-hand to give insight into the 144-page book dedicated to exploring the history and heritage of rebel style. Duffty, who has dressed famous rockers including David Bowie, Avril Lavigne and the Sex Pistols, will offer his expertise on the connections between music and fashion. And with the '80s and rock n' roll heavily influencing Fall fashion, this book is a must read. Think rebellious fashion staples such as the moto jacket, t-shirt and shredded denim topped off with rocker chic hair, makeup and body art. For more info see below, also check The Museum at FIT.
It's all about shoes for Fall and this is the place to stock up on all the key styles. Fred Segal Feet is kicking off it's 40th annual Once-A-Year Sale this Thursday. Take 50% off all shoes from designer brands such as Gucci, Valentino, YSL, Stella McCartney and many, many more. Don't miss the pre-sale which begins at 10 am on Thursday, Sept. 24. The official sale starts on Friday, Sept. 25 and continues throughout next week.
This event only happens once a year so don't miss it!
London Fashion Week is celebrating it's 25th Anniversary and to commemorate the occasion, a unique collection of artwork was created. Transport for London and Elle UK teamed up to commission 25 people who have helped shape British fashion to create one-off posters to display on the London Underground through the month of Sept. In addition, five of the posters have been made into covers as collector's issues and the images will appear in a free pull-out poster in the Oct. issue of Elle UK. The poster covers join Lily Allen shot by Rankin as the main cover star and London Mayor Boris Johnson who will be featured on a special edition available only at London Fashion Week. The poster collection is truly a glimpse into the icons of British style including such prominent names as Paul Smith, Christopher Bailey, Gareth Pugh, Mulberry, Pat McGrath, Luella, Lulu Guiness, Marios Schwab, Rankin, Matthew Williamson and Pringle just to name a few. And if you've ever visited the London Underground or taken "the tube," you will know that art and design have always been a part of the London transportation system. In the 1930's the London Transport was a patron of contemporary art featuring artwork by prominent artists such as Man Ray, Graham Sutherland and Edward McKnight Kauffer. There is even a museum dedicated to the subject. Here are a few of my favorite posters, to see the complete collection go Elle UK.
According to Norma Kamali it can. At a time when designers
are struggling to find new ground, Kamali is bringing fashion to the masses by
embracing technology. Kamali presented her Spring 2010 OMO Norma Kamali,
Wal-Mart and exclusive E-Bay collection with an event titled “The
Democratization of Fashion.” The iconic designer who is known for stepping up in an economic downtown has embraced the latest high
tech gadgetry including Twitter and Skype. I have to admit it was an exciting moment when I was friended by Kamali on Facebook! The event, which was held at the
Apple store in New York, also marked the launch of a new iPhone app which allows you
to shop all of Kamali’s collections straight from your phone. Unfortunately, I
wasn’t at the presentation in New York to see this landmark
presentation, but there was plenty of great fashion on display. Think signature
Kamali in an All-American palette of gray, red, white and black - the sleeping
bag coat, chic jumpsuits, one-shoulder dresses, sexy cut out swimsuits and
enough parachute material to achieve fashion lift off.To see more images from the show, visit
Rockin' the runway requires a fierce pair of shoes. And this season designers have pulled out all the stops collaborating with shoe designers to create a well-heeled look for Spring 2010. Rodarte once again called upon Nicholas Kirkwood to create their death defying heels that married primitivism and futurism. Thakoon Panichugal's strappy fabulousness was created in collaboration with shoe master, Giuseppe Zanotti and Christian Siriano continued his ongoing collaboration with Payless. I'm not sure if the masses are ready for his fierce architectural styles for Spring, but I'm loving the look.
Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair at Copenhagen Fashion Week, photo courtesy of V Magazine
I've blogged it before, but the call of the wild is being heard. Designers seem to have a fascination with the dead and the result is some morbidly chic accessories. I'm not condoning the act of killing for the sake of adornment. But designers such as Reid Peppard and The Recycled Dead, are repurposing animals that have died from natural causes into as Peppard phrases it - "theatrical satire." Here are some photos that capture the look including a crow fashioned as a hat for Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair's Spring 2010 collection, a vintage Helmut Newton image and a runway shot I styled for the KZO Spring 09 runway show.
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The Vermin collection by Reid Peppard, photo: George Garnier at dazeddigital
Lady Gaga performs at the VMA's photo courtesy of Getty/MTV.com
As if a precursor to the runways at New York Fashion Week, last night's MTV Video Music Awards set the stage for drama on the runway at Marc Jacobs. Clearly theatrics are in for Spring by way of glam body suits, sexy lingerie and seriously short shorts. And don't forget the frills - ruffles, metallic effects and adornment galore rocked the runway at Jacobs. Although, I might forget the blood - a la Lady Gaga - unless you want to make a truly memorable grand entrance! Here are a few picks from MTV.com's show highlights and Marc Jacobs' runway via Style.com. To see more follow the links!