While April may bring us plenty of shenanigans at the start, by the end of the month, we'll all be witnessing something a bit more staid: the royal wedding. So get ready for a few seasonal showers, celebratory events, and rising temperatures by putting a spring in your step with a few of our beauty must haves.
Based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides is the sleepy portrayal of the five Lisbon sisters and their mysterious suicides, set in a 1970s Detroit suburb. While the subject matter is melancholic, it's hard to ignore the soft, feminine fashion. The film's dreamlike aesthetic and moody tone showcased lots of gauzy, retro-romantic babydoll dresses and ruffled tops, flat leather wedges, and girly, '70s-style eyelet and lace. Shop our picks below to crib the Lisbon sisters' easy, innocent style for Spring.
We may still have Spring and Summer to worry about, but leave it to Diane von Furstenberg, Derek Lam, and Victoria Beckham to have us counting down the months until we can break out our moody Fall handbags. During New York Fashion Week, designers brought out the big guns in the form of superchic totes, oversize clutches, and ladylike frame bags— and if I remember correctly, there were some fanny packs thrown in there too. Excited yet? Click through to see the satchels that we can't wait to snap up.
>> Alber Elbaz and the Lanvin team descended on New York's Pierre Hotel Thursday evening, transforming it with palm fronds, caged parakeets, models in French maid outfits, and little old men offering up champagne, scotch, crustless tea sandwiches, and macaroons, to show off their H&M collaboration.
At the runway's entrance, a rose-filled arch set with "Lanvin Hearts H&M" in fluorescent lights; to the side of that, a salsa band played live music. And above the runway, there were 20 crystal chandeliers. The venue was packed, to say the least — Sofia Coppola, Patrick Demarchelier, Shala Monroque, Sally Singer, and Grace Coddington were all there, plus more than a handful of other designers sitting front row: Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, Tory Burch, Alexander Wang, Anna Sui.
Katie Grand styled the show — and the models were told to engage with the audience — so Siri Tollerod, as veiled bride, tossed her bouquet; Pixie Geldof strutted down in her gender-bending suit; Anna Dello Russo, walked with a gray standard poodle at her side; and Julia Frakes made her runway debut. The clothes were couture riffs on the Lanvin for H&M collection — on sale to benefit Unicef now — but afterward, there was a frenzy for the Lanvin for H&M collection pop-up shop set up downstairs. Many editors walked away with multiple bags, Coppola bought the tulle jacket, and even Wang did a little shopping of his own.
A video of the show can be seen here.
Anna Sui Mourns the Loss of Supermodels on the Runway, Made Karl Lagerfeld Complain Once Upon a Time
>> Stunt casting has really become part of the fashion show DNA in the past couple of seasons, but Anna Sui's runway casts have always boasted at least a few special girls — sometimes even a few supermodels. Though now, she says, "It’s a different time. We are now going through a period of a lot of Eastern European. It’s more about their look than their personalities. It was the most terrifying thing to do fittings with supermodels, because they would come in and look at your Polaroid board and count how many outfits they had, what order they came out in, and who were they next to. They would say things like, 'She is taller than me, and I am not coming out after her,' 'How come she has three outfits, and I only have two,' and 'I want that outfit.' They’d literally pull the Polaroid off the board and say they want to wear this. There was a reason they were supermodels, though. When they put on an outfit, everyone was floored."
That includes Karl Lagerfeld — who took notice of Sui's dresses before she even had her first runway show. As Sui tells it, "Linda [Evangelista] and Naomi [Campbell] went to the couture shows the Summer before my first show, and they were wearing my cotton lace baby-doll dresses. All of a sudden, I started getting phone calls from Paris, and other models like Helena Christensen were asking for the dress. I heard that Karl [Lagerfeld] was complaining. Everyone came into the couture fitting wearing my dresses, and he was like 'Who is this Anna?'"
American designer Anna Sui has been in this business for a very long time. So long that she lived — and can clearly recall — the days when supermodels reigned supreme. In her own words, it was a whole different time:
"It was the most terrifying thing to do fittings with supermodels, because they would come in and look at your Polaroid board, and count how many outfits they had, what order they came out in and who were they next to. They would say things like, 'She is taller than me and I am not coming out after her,' 'How come she has three outfits and I only have two' and 'I want that outfit.' They'd literally pull the Polaroid off the board and say they want to wear this. There was a reason they were supermodels, though. When they put on an outfit, everyone was floored."
She goes on about how nowadays it's all about the look and less about the personality. Do you miss those supermodel days? I do!
How to get into the Halloween cheer without spending needlessly? Instead of donning an out-and-out costume this year, why not pull double duty by wearing everyday pieces in a not-so-everyday manner. With Carine Roitfeld as our inspiration — spotted in leopard prints, sheer and not-so-sheer, earlier this month at Vogue Paris's 90th Anniversary Masquerade Bash — we put together a catty Halloween ensemble, which can be easily deconstructed for later wear. Also, opt out of buying a mask and treat yourself to a little cat-eye eyeliner instead!
Left to right: Anna Suit Leopard Print Fur Bolero ($645), Topshop Leopard Palm Warmers ($24), La Perla Satin Briefs ($110), Mimi Holliday by Damaris Follie Chiffon Playsuit ($130), LAMB Pounce Pumps ($325)
Models in Their Natural Habitat Part Four: Backstage at Proenza Schouler, Phillip Lim, Anna Sui, and More
>> Now that New York Fashion Week has wound to a close, one last look at the backstage hubbub — we've seen Lily Donaldson give her best glare, Liu Wen her best stare, and plenty of kissy faces. In this installment, there's Phillip Lim making a few last minute alterations, Hanne Gaby Odiele playing coy at Anna Sui, plus behind-the-scenes snaps from Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren, Jeremy Scott, and L'Wren Scott.
Photos: Greg Kessler