With London Fashion Week wrapping up, we caught up with British designer Alice Temperley whose collection was inspired by the work of Norman Parkinson - an iconic British photographer who broke the boundaries of fashion photography. The newest Temperley collection is fresh with symbols that celebrate British fashion from the Queen's jewels to the Union Jack.
As we continue exploring the depths of J.Crew's Creative Director, Jenna and I discussed one of my favorite topics: the difference between East and West Coast style. I lived in NYC for six years, but am back in California, to stay. Needless to say, my years in New York influence my wardrobe. Than again, so has my active lifestyle in Cali. I mentioned before that Jenna is a born and bred Cali girl, but she is a self-proclaimed New Yorker, after living there for 25 years now.
What do you think are the main differences between East and West Coast style?
That to me is easy. I remember when I moved to NY, the first week that I was here, I noticed that guys were looking at me on the street and the idea of beauty here is so diverse — you can be six feet tall and brunette, you can be blond, you can be bald, you can have blue hair, you can be a tomboy, you can be a sex kitten — you can be anything here. There are all different ideals of beauty here and I think being an individual is praised, whereas when I grew up in CA I always felt like an outcast because I didn’t have blond hair and blue eyes, and I didn’t have any boobs. There’s definitely a look that exists in CA — everyone dresses alike — and I think that was really challenging growing up. I didn’t realize how hard it was until I moved here and all of sudden realized it was OK to look different. It’s OK to wear red lipstick and dorky glasses and a lot of people thought that was cute and that wasn’t the case when I was in CA. And the other thing I love: People dress up here. Like, I looove to dress up.
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With global warming upon us, it's no surprise designers have embraced seasonless dressing. For Fall, all wanderlusters can look forward to nomadic layers. Here we have Rebecca Taylor's sweet and sassy muse, Catherine Malandrino's severe take on luxotica, and Diane Von Furstenberg's cozy coquette. When in doubt, pile it on, and just see where it takes you . . .
We caught up with Kelly Osbourne at the Jeremy Scott Fall 2010 runway wearing her favorite piece from his previous London collection inspired by the Flinstones. Osbourne gushes about what it's like to attend Fashion Week - waking up to Marchesa, seeing her favorite designers, and having fun at the shows.
We interviewed Cory Kennedy - ex-Cobrasnake muse, indie fashion star, and former Nylon magazine cover girl - sitting front row with socialite Peaches Geldof and Nylon's Faran Krentcil at Jeremy Scott's Fall 2010 runway show for New York Fashion Week. As a friend of Scott's, Kennedy got a sneak peek at his Fall collection and talks about her favorite pieces.
One of my New York Fashion Week highlights was meeting J.Crew's Creative Director Jenna Lyons. As you know, I am officially J.Crazy — Fab's been a wearer since high school. But for the past several years and thanks to fellow wearer First Lady Michelle Obama, J.Crew has gained serious momentum. This is largely due to the company's Cali-born 6-foot-tall Jenna (pictured here, with a fan).
Two tall California girls chatting away in the corner in the AMEX Skybox; what did they talk about? Let's start with the fun stuff: Jenna's faves. Read on to hear about Jenna's favorite designers, bands, food, and inspiring hobbies.
Oooh, that’s a good one. I have an insane girl crush on Alison Mosshart right now from The Kills, I’m like obsessed with her. I have like pictures of her . . . Do you know Nouvelle Vague? I’m a total Depeche Mode junkie and old Killing Joke and The Smiths. It’s funny because I have a little boy, and when he was young we used to play rock n' roll a lot — like hard rock, everything from Nirvana to Killing Joke, and now if I put on anything too soft he goes, "No, Mommy. I like rock and roll." I was like, awesome. Thank God.
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Now that I've had time to sleep and dream about the New York Fall collections, I can pull my favorites. These are the 10 collections that left lasting impressions on me. Whether wearable, inspirational, or simply beautiful, some of these are constant Fab favorites, but a few of them are nouveau. Stay tuned for my standout trends but I also want to know: who were your picks? Let's see mine . . .
Anthropologie's design director, Johanna Uurasjarvi, debuted the newest collection of Leifsdottir at NY Fall Fashion Week. In an example of life imitating art, the line was inspired by Salvador Dalí and the sensual, Spanish lifestyle. Think sculptured silhouettes, painterly brights, leather, lace, silks, and sculptural draping.