- What Kanye sent down the runway for Spring 2012!
- Six ways to cook pumpkins deliciously!
- See Elizabeth Hurley's engagement ring!
- Artist Rachel Hovnanian explores the ugly side of beauty
- What we can learn from all kinds of princesses
- Easy and quick ginger recipes for kids
- Salvage Secrets author Joanne Palmisano's elegant, reclaimed style
- Which star-studded October movie are you most excited to see?
- Video: Jay-Z can't wait to be a dad!
- What job hunters should make time for
- Eight ways to get back into your fitness routine on Mondays!
- Adorable cat Maru sure knows how to amuse herself
- City: 10 LA hot spots celebs visited last week!
- Are these Disney Androids the happiest phones on earth?
- How to spruce up your garden with recycled glass bottles
Posts for October 2nd 2011
Christophe Lemaire showed a minimalist collection bursting with color for Spring 2012. Hermés has built an empire on luxurious textiles; and this collection showed rich leathers in colorblocked styles that were simple but stunning. Our full review to come, but for now, check out all the pics!
Riccardo Tisci's Spring '12 collection for Givenchy drew upon oceanic influences in a modern, unexpected way showing eel skin, sequins, shark tooth necklaces, and clothing cut to look as if they'd grown a fin. There were no prints like there were for Fall; rather, the focus was on texture and cut, delivered on top supermodels like Gisele, Natalia Vodianova, and Karolina Kurkova. Sharp, sexy suiting played a big role in the collection for Tisci showing a varied mix with scuba-like pants paired with sleeveless blazers, peplum jackets, and dramatic statement blouses made to look like gorgeous underwater fins. Exotic skins such as eel, shark, or stingray further played into the underwater theme. For eveningwear, Tisci created dazzle with head-to-toe metallic sequined suit sets and dresses fit for any jet-setting, party-hopping queen. Read more details from the collection below.
- Trends: Sexy suiting, peplum, short shorts, sequin/shimmer.
- Colors: Off white, olive green, black, light pink.
- Key Look: The head-to-toe sequined looks and the exotic skin embellished dresses and skirts.
- Accessories: Sexy ankle strap sandals, chain waist bags, small metallic clutches, skinny leather belts, oversized shark tooth necklaces.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who crave edge with a soft touch like Diane Kruger and Kate Bosworth.
Fashion fanatics, take note: crosses have made their way back on the runways. Pucci, Lanvin, and Moschino all showed a version of the cross as accessory, layered with other necklaces and earrings. It brought us back to our favorite cross-wearing star, Madonna, who made that and wearing Kabbalah bracelets en vogue. What do you think of designers using religious symbols as part of their fashion collections?
True to form, Gaultier delivered trench coats, sharp suiting, and far sexier fare for Spring 2012. The collection showcased his signature craft in structured, pinstriped suits, then gave way to a sultrier side as models hit the runway with perfectly '40-inspired victory curls — and their look numbers in hand. Evening wear in elegant body-conscious jersey dresses, some draped, some with waist-defining corsets, and still, others with embroidered tops, and leg-baring slits brought femininity in the most mature sense. The statement is somewhat dramatic, especially when you consider Gaultier's tattooed body stockings and piercings, but the dressing is easy and subtly seductive.
- Trends: ladylike, boudoir, menswear, corsets, leg-revealing slits.
- Colors: black, white, soft green and blue, orange, nude, kelly green, and floral print.
- Key Piece: Karlie Kloss in a pinstripe short suit.
- Accessories: chokers and statement necklaces; embellished and cutout booties, high-heel Mary Janes, tattoo-print body stockings.
- Who Would Wear It: Sexy, avant-garde types; Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani.
Models emerged from curtains that looked like skirts, wearing clothes that had an Alice in Wonderland proportion to them: giant lacing made the clothes look like a giant had sewed them, and the over-the-top beading and embellishment made the models resemble Barbie dolls. Our full review to come, but for now, check out the photos.
Yes, you're reading correctly: Kanye West presented a Spring 2012 runway show at Paris Fashion Week. The rapper-cum-designer has been known for his dapper style choices, and he translated that into a collection of slick silhouettes, bandage dresses, fur, and draped tops that suggested a more sophisticated approach to blingin' it. If the pieces seemed more appropriate for a Fall collection — who is really thinking fur in Spring? — you have to appreciate the freshman effort. Speaking of appreciate, Kanye had major supporters in the front row: Azzedine Alaia, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Olivier Theyskens were among the design heavy hitters there to watch the show.
- Trends: fur, leather, sporty, layering, draping, sheer elements, metallics.
- Colors: white, black, nude, blush, metallics, cobalt.
- Key Piece: a minimalist black leather dress cut perfectly to model Jacquelyn Jablonski.
- Accessories: cream strappy heels that looked like they had fur detailing, strappy black shoes
- Who Would Wear It: edgy cool girls with sophisticated, luxe taste.
Established by couturier Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, the French fashion house has been producing luxury goods — emblazoned with their signature double-C logo and black and white color palette — since 1909. Coco's initial vision was to cater to the everyday, casually elegant woman, creating blazers, trousers, costume jewelry, and most notably, the little black dress. Though the brand was deeply rooted in haute couture, the '70s saw the launch of the first Chanel prêt-à-porter line — and in 1983, over 10 years after Coco's death, a former Chloé designer by the name of Karl Lagerfeld took over as the brand's head of design. His arrival was marked with modern cuts, shorter hemlines, and eye-catching details, yet the glamour, sophistication, and refinement that had come to be associated with Chanel still remained. We look to the house of Chanel for classic, tailored style with a twist, and Lagerfeld has made sure to uphold that undeniable element no matter what. Click through to take a look back at some of the gorgeous Chanel couture and ready-to-wear runway looks from the past.
This week we bade adieu to Milan and headed onward to Paris for the last leg of the Spring 2012 Fashion Weeks! First we rounded up our favorite trends straight from the Italian runways in our latest trend reports. Aside from the Fashion Week buzz, there's more in the way of Fall shopping, like the best in classic wear with a luxe feel and a budget-friendly price tag, and as always, celebrity trendspotting we love. Click through to get caught up with styling tips, shopping guides, and inspiring celeb style all right here.