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Slide Show

June 3, 2016

The pitter patter of little feet will be coming to an office or restaurant near you. No, we don’t mean someone is expecting a baby. We’re talking about slides and mules, those late 90’s throwbacks that make a rather annoying sound as our feet slap about when we walk.

This time around, there are lots of variations to the theme. From pancake flats to chunky block heels, there’s one thing to be sure of… they’re back!

Low heels and closed pointed toes make these mules almost seasonless:

Phillip Lim, Prada, Opening Ceremony, Gucci

Phillip Lim, Prada, Opening Ceremony, Gucci

Simple slip on slides in tumbled leather or metallics:

Ancient Greek Sandals, Everlane, Mansur Gavriel, Bottega Veneta

Wide crossed straps, embellishments and chunky soles take “shower shoes” to the next level.

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Fendi, Fendi, Mansur Gavriel, Loeffler Randall

Chunky heels and peep toes in colored suede, denim or floral prints modernize the mule and are the perfect warm weather option that’s not too bare:

Prada, Phillip Lim, Gucci, Mansur Gavriel

Prada, Phillip Lim, Gucci, Mansur Gavriel

If last year was about the Birkenstock, this summer will be all about the designer Dr. Scholl:

Alexander McQueen, Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler

Alexander McQueen, Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler

Whatever shape you choose, it’s time to slide into summer!

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A Season of Change

October 29, 2015

 

A look from Lanvin's Spring 2016 runway show

A look from Lanvin’s Spring 2016 runway show

The fashion world has been turned upside down in recent weeks, with high profile departures taking place at some of the most revered French houses. When Americans Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang handed over the reigns at Parisian brands Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga respectively, the moves raised several impeccably groomed eyebrows. This week’s news however, has rocked the world of fashion in a more profound way.
Raf Simons, the Creative Director at Christian Dior announced his resignation earlier this week, in a suprise move that stunned the industry. Mr. Simons had spent only 3 1/2 years at the house, yet was a driving force in reviving the venerable brand which he took over after the very controvesal departure of John Galliano.
Yesterday, Alber Elbaz, the longtime creative chief at Lanvin, announced his departure, apparently pushed out after a disagreement with the current owners.
When people of this calibre from labels this important are forced out, it is time to re-evaluate the role creativity plays in fashion.
In fashion, the creative team is often manipulated by the money people, who restrict the ability of the designer to move the product forward. Playing it safe often trumps great ideas, and the bean counter who looks at the past gets a bigger say in the outcome than the visionary who is looking at the future. Nobody is right until the customer votes by buying the product at full price. A quick glimpse at the sales and discount emails flooding my inbox tells me that isn’t happening. The art of fashion has been replaced by the art of the deal. Meetings take place to outline promotional strategies, not creative ones. Have we finally reached a breaking point?

Christian Dior Couture

Christian Dior Couture

As the fashion world undergoes a change at the highest levels, how will this trickle down to the high street brands? Will we finally begin to celebrate innovation over moderation, or is this the end of great fashion as we once knew it? Does the public care? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Photos: Vogue.com

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Working the Carwash

March 12, 2015

Carwash skirts are taking over the runways for fall, with their flirty flaps adding movement and a peek of thigh to otherwise basic skirts.

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Christian Dior showed the classic carwash style in graphic black and white, paired with a crisp shirt peeking through the slits.

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger took a preppy approach to the look with a cheerleader skirt and fur sweatshirt in shades of burgundy.

Proenza Schoeler

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler layered grey flannel flaps for an asymmetric version of the trend.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Micheal Kors inserted sheer panels for a more demure variation on the theme.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs also inserted sheer panels in his ladylike ode to Diana Vreeland.

Photos: Style.com

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Fashion Statements

February 23, 2015

Political statements on tee shirts are not new. People often take to tees to show their support for various causes. This season, designers are using the runway to get the message across with oversized graphic treatments expressing thier points of view.

It started with Alexander McQueen’s menswear collection, when he showed pinstriped suits and chunky sweaters emblazoned with virtuous words, such as honour, and valour.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Just a few days later, Acne Studios made their statement on long fringed scarves bearing the slogans ” radical feminist” and “gender equality.”

Acne Studios

Acne Studios

Acne Studios

Acne Studios

 

Marc Jacobs continued the trend, featuring the words, “choice” and “solidarity” in his Marc by Marc Jacob women’s collection, shown in New York this week.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs

This kind of gives a whole new meaning to the term fashion statement, doesn’t it?

Photos: Style.com

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Functional Style

March 27, 2014

Big name designers are looking at the practical side, taking utilitarian details and interpreting them into accessories of all kinds.

Alexander Wang takes the construction worker’s tool belt to a new level with his version in lemon yellow leather, replete with

storage for everything from coins to keys.

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Christopher Kane uses straps and plastic clips to secure his sleek, and modern take on the clutch.

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This “charming” brooch by Marc Jacobs holds everything from safety pins to guitar picks.

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Coach gets functional with their latest riff on the work boot. The thick rubber sole is ribbed for traction, and the fur lining and hardware add a chic touch.

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Backpacks are back with a vengeance, and House Of Holland adds heavy gauged zippers for extra functionality.

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Giuseppe Zanotti lets you protect your back and store your stuff, with his zip around corset style belt.

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Plaid Redux

March 27, 2013

Plaid is having a resurgence for Fall 2013, turning up as the pattern of choice for many designers. From Celine’s sublime signature coats,to Hedi Slimane’s controversial ode to grunge for Saint Laurent, today’s plaids are used in a way that is anything but classic.

Mulberry’s over-scaled plaid tunic is covered in clear sequins for a glazed effect.

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Mulberry

Celine works bold plaid into new shapes for Pheobe Philo’s covetable coats and mixed, not matched separates and accessories.

Celine

Celine

Celine

Celine

Tracy Reese cuts a tartan circle skirt, and pairs it with a sequined sweatshirt for a young, urban look.

Tracy Reese

Tracy Reese

Designers, such as Antonio Marras and Aquinlano Rimondi took a more retro, ladylike approach with their mixed media plaid dresses.

Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras

Aquinlano Rimondi

Aquinlano Rimondi

Stella McCartney keeps it light, for her voluminous coat.

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Marc Jacobs kept it short at Louis Vuitton, allowing the pattern to fade into an embellished border on his plaid coat.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Curses, Foiled Again

February 18, 2013

Fall 2013 Fashion Week has moved onto London, where the trends continue to evolve.

While metallic has been a big idea for a few seasons now, we are seeing a slicker version. These foil finishes take the metals to a whole new level of shine.

KTZ

KTZ

KTZ shows an oversized coat with a gold foil finish.

L'Wren Scott

L’Wren Scott

A ladylike pencil skirt in sleek gold at L’Wren Scott.

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Foil finish for fingernails.

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In New York, Marc Jacobs added a mix of gold and silver to his shimmery gown and fur scarf.

Jen Kao

Jen Kao

Jen Kao took an athletic approach to silver foil.

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Daks got into the act with a cropped gold leather top over a simple black dress at London Fashion Week.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood foils a deep wine hue for a shimmery dress.

Earn Your Stripes

September 18, 2012

New York designers are showing their stripes next season, with a fresh, innovative twist on the classics.

Bold stripes appeared in lean languid shapes or easy menswear silhouettes. The most notable American designers embraced the trend, with dresses, tops and suits all earning their stripes!

Marc Jacobs is arguably the most directional designer in the world right now, and all eyes were on his collection, as editors looked for the next big thing. After seasons of excess, his Spring ’13 collection highlighted clean graphic interpretations of the 1060’s, while channelling the iconic Edie Sedgewick.

Tommy Hilfiger is synonymous with all-American style. His collection featured classic and deconstructed stripes in easy feminine takes on menswear.

Michael Kors also played the stripe card, with bold sailor stripes on clean modern shapes.

As you are packing away the last of your summer wardrobe and getting ready for fall, hold on to that boat neck striped tee for one more year. It is sure to be the center piece of your wardrobe next spring.

Mad Hatter

May 16, 2012

The Fall 2013 collections had a theatrical appeal, with clothing and accessories straight out of a Charles Dickens novel. Historical references, and exaggerated shapes were recreated in modern textiles giving us a new vision of the past.

Most remarkable, were the two collections shown by Marc Jacobs; his own eponymous collection, staged in New York and the Louis Vuitton collection, set in a train station in Paris.

Both featured incredible hats designed in collaboration with milliner Stephen Jones.

For Marc Jacobs, Jones created colorful oversized hats, looking like those envisioned by the late Dr. Seuss.

The hats at Louis Vuitton evoked another era, yet were no less spectacular.

Although these are not conducive to day-to-day life, they set the stage for exploring the fantasy world of fashion.

Met Ball Hall of Shame

May 10, 2012

Monday evening was the Met Ball, the fashionista’s equivalent of the Superbowl. Models, designers and celebs of all sorts came together to fete the opening of the Metropolitan Museum’s most recent fashion exhibition, wearing their most spectacular attire. The A-list guest list was personally approved by Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue Magazine, and tickets cost $25,000 each!

What was most amazing to me, were the serious fashion faux pas, committed by some of the most admired people in the business. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Marc Jacobs, designer extraordinaire of  multiple eponymous labels, and Louis Vuitton, is possibly the greatest fashion influencer of our time.

His black lace shirt dress, with white cotton boxer briefs, is not likely to inspire others to follow in his Pilgrim shoe clad footsteps.

Beyonce, hailed by People Magazine as the most beautiful woman in the world, also donned see through lace in this Givenchy Couture Gown. Hey Bey, at least Marc wore underwear!  One day a peacock, another day a feather duster.

Coco Rocha, super model, wore a vintage Givenchy Couture “pant-set “in bright yellow and fucshia. It used to belong to Elizabeth Taylor, Um, Coco, didn’t anyone ever tell you that 2 wrongs don’t make a right? Pass it on to the Golden Girls, and don’t look back!

Diane von Furstenberg, in her own design. Puzzled by her choice? So are we!

Taylor Tomassi Hill, former Marie Claire fashion director, and artistic director at Moda Operandi, said it best today, when she took to her Twitter to offer her opinion on the evening. She suggested that people who dressed badly should be banned from the event for a year, and all ensembles would be subject to approval prior to being allowed to return.

Judging from this year’s selections, if Ms. Tomasi Hill’s idea took effect, it would be a very small, intimate event next year!


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