>> Alessandra Ambrosio has taken a couple of turns on the Spring 2011 catwalks — the latest was at Giles, where she wore her bread and butter: a bikini. "I wake up and read [show stylist] Katie [Grand]'s message on my phone — 'Are you okay wearing a bikini?'" she told The Cut. "I had to think second thoughts about what I was going to have for breakfast. [But] I'm like, 'I guess.' Because I'm Brazilian and I do Victoria's Secret, it wouldn't be polite to say I'm not okay. As long as it's not a G-string, I'm okay. I'm a mom now: I can't [do G-strings]." See Ambrosio, Jessica Stam, and more doing the backstage thing during London Fashion Week — we've got snaps from Christopher Kane, Erdem, Giles, Mary Katrantzou, Matthew Williamson, Marios Schwab, Mark Fast, Peter Pilotto, Pringle of Scotland, Richard Nicoll, Jonathan Saunders, Topshop Unique, and Vivienne Westwood.
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Marios Schwab makes incredible, abstract-printed, fabulously futuristic frocks. Leighton Meester and Anna Paquin are fans. The former wore one of his dresses at a party back in November. She opted for a spiked bangle and peep-toe boots as accessories. Anna also wore one of Schwab's frocks, though a different cut, to the Costume Designers Guild Awards last night. She threw on a necklace and caged sandals. Both dresses are fantastical, but whose version do you love best?
>> Last night, in a dimly-lit warehouse space in New York's Hell's Kitchen, Marios Schwab unveiled his first collection for Halston. The house has had a rocky past since its namesake designer died in 1990, not excluding under the current management of Harvey Weinstein; in other words, the pressure was on for Fall 2010, with the feeling very do or die.
The models stood, sat, or lounged in a mirrored set, full of linear and geometric shapes, showing off their largely monochrome looks in a variety of colors. There was plenty of draping to go around, but also a bit of stiffness — one tan dress had a barely detectable pentagon shape coming out of its center. Marios, mingling with the crowd, explained that he was less interested in the Halston archives — he only used his memories of the pieces — and instead focused on the Halston idea of creating timeless pieces for strong women. He said of his Halston girl: "She is open minded. She is the daughter of the original Halston woman.”
Harvey Weinstein and newly-named Halston president and chief creative officer Sarah Jessica Parker, too, were on hand — the latter overheard saying when she arrived, “Excuse me, I have to meet Marios!” before congratulating the designer. Kate Young styled, and Schwab had London-based jeweler Jacqueline Rabun create silver accessories — including ear cuffs — in organic shapes remniscent of Elsa Peretti's work for the original Halston.
Puff-strapped sandals caught the eye of many, but on a whole, Cathy Horyn was still not convinced:
Marios Schwab, the latest designer at Halston, appeared to struggle in his first effort. A handful of fluid silk jersey dresses looked Halston-ish. But it was hard to see how his lineup of stiffly constructed dresses and twisted velvet chemises varied significantly from his own label in London. It’s not that Mr. Schwab has to adapt his style to the heritage of Halston. Who remembers exactly what that was, anyway? But the two sides need to stop fighting so much.
>> After reports yesterday, Halston confirmed that a deal with Sarah Jessica Parker has been signed. She's not expected to be involved in Marios Schwab's upcoming designer line for the brand, but will rather be focusing on an active design role — perhaps even as creative director — in Halston Heritage, the brand's contemporary label.
Paper's Mickey Boardman reports of the agreement:
A source at Halston tells us that SJP will actually be a member of the company's board and will receive equity in the company. Company insiders insist all designing will be handled by creative director Marios Schwab and shudder at comparisons to the House of Ungaro which has suffered ridicule for it's affiliation with actress Lindsay Lohan.
>> Was Lindsay Lohan at Ungaro just the beginning? As Marios Schwab is preparing to show his first collection at Halston next month, rumors are bubbling up that Sarah Jessica Parker may be brought on in a consulting role at the house, which is owned by Harvey Weinstein's The Weinstein Company.
Originally, it was rumored back in September that Parker was in talks to be the face of Halston — since, the Sex and the City sequel promotional poster has come out, with Parker wearing none other than Halston. But now, titles like design director or creative director are reportedly being thrown around for Parker — so where does that leave Marios?
UPDATE: WWD reports: "sources said that [Parker] will likely focus on the secondary Heritage collection, which recently launched. The arrangement even could include an equity stake or some other executive role, although that could not be confirmed." [WWD]
The metamorphosis continues. Leighton looked like a knock-out a Swarovski event in NYC last night in galactic Marios Schwab. And special bonus: the Gossip Girl posing with GG costume designer Eric Daman — hi Eric! But back to Leighton. She shows her extreme side in this galactic frock, open-toe platform booties, and Swarovki spike jewelry. Kick ass.
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