Beginning in Paris today, Haute Couture Fashion Week kicked off with Christian Dior's Spring/Summer '11 collection. I wouldn't expect anything less than this kind of decadent sophistication from the design house, whose past collections have their roots of inspiration in florals, garden parties, and royalty. This time, the Spring/Summer looks offer John Galliano's whimsy in the form of pencil skirts, pleats, feather-embellished evening gowns, and vintage glamour. The color palette is rich with reds, greens, blues, and then pastel pink and yellow. It's fiercely feminine, as we'd expect, balancing outrageous volume with slim silhouettes; some is totally posh, more severe, then it softens — full of embellishment, oversize bows — to the all-out decadence of evening. Click through to see the entire collection.
On their own, clothing line Opening Ceremony and model Lindsey Wixson do just fine. But cross them together and fashion fireworks ignite! Our girl crush is the latest model to appear in Opening Ceremony's Spring '11 lookbook, shot by Terry Richardson, and she makes the '70s-inspired getups even more fun with her whimsical posing and adorable laugh. As you recall, Lindsey is no stranger to '70s modeling. Click through to see the result when two talented fashion insiders unite.
Lindsey Wixson just debuted as the face of Jill Stuart for Spring 2011, thus confirming our belief that she is crushing it. What is so captivating about the Fab model crush? It has something to do with that pouty mouth. And she shares an endearingly human trait with fellow It models Abbey Lee Kershaw, Georgia May Jagger, Vanessa Paradis, and Lara Stone: gap teeth! While we can now officially be mad at our parents for making us wear braces in middle school (we knew it was a bad idea!), we also have to applaud these models for taking what could have been viewed as a flaw and making it one of their most compelling characteristics. To prove it, we put together a slideshow of the girls in all their gap-toothed glory. Madonna would be proud.
>> Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon prefers to do a noteworthy lookbook instead of a full-fledged runway show for his house line, so he enlisted Terry Richardson to shoot Lindsey Wixson in his trademark style — against a white studio background — for the Spring 2011 Opening Ceremony lookbook. And how did he snag Richardson for the gig? “I’ve been friends with Opening Ceremony for years, and we’ve always wanted to work together,” Richardson explained. “The idea was really simple — it was about having fun with the clothes, and Lindsey Wixson was the perfect fit.”
See Crystal Renn for DSquared2, Leighton Meester for Missoni, Sarah Burton's First Alexander McQueen Ad, Plus More
>> Crystal Renn is following up her Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier campaigns last season with another campaign one-two punch for Spring 2011: Jimmy Choo and the newly-released DSquared2 set, in which she is joined by Anna Maria Jagodzinska, Sun Fei Fei, Hailey Clauson, and Monika Sawicka. Put that together with the new Missoni Spring 2011 ads, which feature the Missoni family along with Leighton Meester and social personalities like Tatiano Santo Domingo and Camilla Al Fayed, Freja Beha Erichsen's Valentino ads, a first look at Mariacarla Boscono for Loewe, and Sarah Burton's first Alexander McQueen campaign featuring Lindsey Wixson, and you've got the sum whole of the latest Spring 2011 ad campaigns.
Photographer Tim Walker is famous for creating fantasy-filled editorial, and in this Spring ad campaign for luxury brand Mulberry, he and Mulberry created a story inspired by children's book The Secret Garden. Models Lindsey Wixson and Nimue Smit appear doll-like, with an array of Mulberry's covetable bags and a whole lot of hydrangeas.
The Latest Spring 2011 Ads — Crystal Renn in Colorful Jimmy Choo, Plus Ralph Lauren, D&G, and More Chanel
>> In the latest round of Spring 2011 ad campaigns to pop up, Crystal Renn nabbed a starring role in Jimmy Choo's colorful, colorblocked set shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin; Baptiste Giabiconi sprays Freja Beha Erichsen and Stella Tennant in their Chanel suits with a water hose; and Ellen von Unwerth, who first found fame photographing Claudia Schiffer for Guess, is back for another round with the brand.
>> Spring may not be in the air just yet, but the Spring 2011 ad campaigns sure are: The new year brought the release of a bevy, including Abbey Lee Kershaw's Tom Ford eyewear campaign and a look at Louis Vuitton's latest trio — Raquel Zimmermann, Kristen McMenamy, and Freja Beha Erichsen. There's also a peek at Chanel and Burberry (minus faces Ines de la Fressange for Chanel and Jourdan Dunn for Burberry, whose images have yet to appear), plus Gucci and Roberto Cavalli, left, featuring Laetitia Casta and Malgosia Bela.
Our Best of 2010 coverage continues with yet another exciting category: models! Each year, Fab has her new favorites — the girls who worked their gorgeous butts off and looked damn good while doing it. By now Lara Stone has turned from a crush to love; newcomer Lindsey Wixson stole our hearts with her adorable pouty lips; the beautiful Eniko Mihalik was everywhere we turned; Victoria's Secret hottie Alessandra Ambrosio got way more high-end work this year; and Tao Okamoto single-handedly made the bowl-cut look fashionable. They all deserve a gold star, but which of these stunners should be crowned model of the year?(Clockwise: Lara Stone, Lindsey Wixson, Alessandra Ambrosio, Tao Okamoto, Eniko Mihalik)