Despite Tim Gunn's best efforts it seems the Fall 2009 season is fully stocked with statement fur. We saw plenty of unabashed examples in New York and although London's offerings were less plentiful, Milan has compensated with some of the most statement-making options yet. Whether by way of bright color of sheer volume, these furs are certainly hard to miss.
>> Bruno is in Milan — that's Sacha Baron Cohen's gay Austrian fashion show presenter alter-ego — and he's filming for his upcoming movie at Fashion Week. It all started Wednesday, backstage at Iceberg, where he threw himself on the floor, dragged down a rack of clothes that stuck to his Velcro-trimmed outfit, and appeared to tear off his clothes until security removed him.
Yesterday morning, he tried to hit up Dsquared, but was blocked by security, and yesterday evening he tried to crash Versace, dressed all in McQueen, but was denied again — the Italian Chamber of Fashion has sent out a press release to designers, warning them not to accredit Cohen's film production companies, after all.
I thought it couldn't get any hotter with Mischa's Summer '08 ad, but I was wrong. Striking a svelte pose is Iceberg's newest queen: Amber Valletta.
In the Fall '08 campaign, Valletta takes on a slick attitude to go with Iceberg's angular and voluminous cut designs. I like how her pale face and blond hair contrast against her dark and stormy eyes. She looks possessed. Possessed by high fashion.
OK no, the adolescent backward pant wearing hip hip group circa 1992 is not back in action. But the kris kross effect we are seeing on dresses and tops is very much in fashion. Amy Adams is aplomb in Narciso Rodriguez with sleek hair and minimal accessories. I'm guessing the return of the original banded dress master Herve Leger had something to do with this . . .
Mischa Barton has so many personalities these days. She's a real-life bad girl, recently getting slapped with a DUI; then a good girl taking it easy at the Sundance Film Festival with her mom. Now she's taken her double life to her recent Spring '08 ads. In the Keds Spring ads, she's a goody-goody actress wearing airy dresses and the latest Keds footwear. For Iceberg's Spring ads, she exudes a raw sex appeal making faces that should remain behind closed doors. Two opposite looks, but which Mischa do you prefer — wholesome or sexy?
It's Mischa Barton and Iceberg round two. But unlike the Fall/Winter '07 campaign featuring the actress, these Spring/Summer '08 shots are dangerously hot. In fact, they almost make me forget Mischa's latest fashion faux pas. The poses are high fashion, her makeup fierce, and the wardrobe droolworthy. Another round of fierce campaigns and Mischa could be well on her way back to fashion stardom. Do you agree?