Fabric woven into hair, spray-painted wigs, and '90s grunge: Fashion Week brought out some wild hairstyles. Check out our trend roundup to see some of the most risk-taking — and breathtaking — looks from designers like Betsey Johnson and Thakoon.
>> New York Fashion Week is a little over halfway through, and backstage, we've been nothing short of inspired. Our intrepid photographer has been on location to capture the best of the best moments — including Arizona Muse giving a nonchalant stare before Tommy Hilfiger and a zoomed-in look at Theyskens' Theory's chunky-heeled thigh high boots. Enjoy more eye candy in the slideshow!
Photos: Greg Kessler
There are just a few more days left of Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week, and one trend that's been going strong is vivid, richly-hued eye makeup colors. Seen on the runways of Honor, Ruffian, Thakoon, Charlotte Ronson, and Yoana Baraschi, the look has featured powerful palettes of bold coral, intense peach, fiery red, and even a little bright purple-pink. Find out how to try the edgy style now when you read more.
Imagine Marie Antoinette. Now imagine a Maasai warrior. Then mash them up and you have Thakoon Fall 2011. It sounds crazy, but like green juice it's actually really good. He took classic 18th century styles — peplum waists, breakaway jackets, long trains — and gave them a funky, global vibe via batiks, abstract paisley, and plaid prints. Mixing prints is a Thakoon signature, and highlights here included a striped sleeveless peplum jacket over batik cropped pants and a swirly-print cropped jacket over those same stripes, which had been formed into a chic side-draped skirt. Kudos to Thakoon for taking classically old silhouettes and not only injecting them with a new cultural reference, but giving them a sporty update for modern gals. The result was one of the most original and refreshing collections of New York Fashion Week.
- Trends: Peplum, plaids, tribal, layering, batiks, sleeveless jackets.
- Colors: Red, blue, yellow, and Thakoon's prints.
- Key Looks: The plaid peplum jackets and vest will be a must have next Fall.
- Accessories: Pointy-toe booties in red and in one of the funk prints.
- Who Would Wear It: Risk-takers and taste-makers; we bet Michelle Obama will be sporting this collection.
We're just about halfway through Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week, and we've already noticed a few trends emerging. More on that later, but first, let's see some highlights from day four. From elegant vintage-looking hair and makeup as seen at Lela Rose (pictured here), to bold, geometric shapes and color, be sure to tell us which ones top your list of favorites.
>> The pajama-inspired trend, as seen on Michael Kors, Vena Cava, and Alexander Wang's Spring runway, offers a languid approach to both daytime and nighttime dressing. If you're looking to add a languid touch to your wardrobe, outside of your boudoir, try out these pieces from the designers above, plus more from Walter, Thakoon, ASOS, and Topshop.
- Carine Roitfeld and Nicolas Ghesquiere, who were rumored to have reconciled after being spotted having a cocktail together last week, were spotted having a drink again today at the Ritz Paris [@derekblasberg]
- Lea T. is reportedly taping her Oprah segment next week after opening the show of a "major swimsuit house" at Sao Paulo Fashion Week [@JasonFarrer]
- Chanel’s global creative director of makeup Peter Philips animated Chanel lipsticks, compacts, and glosses to make a robot, a model, and more in this fun short film (still, left) [Nowness]
- Thakoon.com is relaunching February 14, complete with “webisodes” that follow Thakoon Panichgul through his daily life working in the studio, prepping a photo shoot, or attending an awards ceremony; e-commerce is expected to launch in July [Style File]
- Watch Karlie Kloss get flames put on her eyes and white paint all over her lower legs for the Dior couture show [The Cut]
- Style Bubble's Susanna Lau says she “definitely” has the opportunity to make more money with her blog alone than when she was working 12 hours a day as DazedDigital.com's commissioning editor: “Each day I’m sort of dividing my time between four or five different things. The result of that is that you are gong to be getting more money than you are with a fixed wage at an independent publishing company” [BoF]
- Missoni heir Jennifer Missoni has a three episode arc on Gossip Girl starting next month, in which she plays Donna, a character “very serious about her job." Note that Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester is a current face of Missoni [Fashionista]
- Richard Nicoll responds to Cerruti closing its womenswear line, which he designed: "Of course I would have preferred longer to make a success of the womenswear, but I'm grateful for the experience gained at Cerruti. It makes total sense to me that Li & Fung should focus solely on menswear as that's where their experience lies" [Vogue UK]
- As part of the continuing CFDA Health Initiative, Diane von Furstenberg writes in a new op-ed, "Plans for education and awareness programs are under way, such as an Ambassador Program aimed at helping young models develop the tools to meet the challenges they face" [CFDA]
- A French version of Harper's Bazaar is said to be on the horizon [DFR]
- Miu Miu has tapped several notable female filmmakers for a new short film series called "Women's Tales," exploring the female love affair with Miu Miu; first director up is Zoe Cassavetes — preview of her short at the link [Fashionista]
- Apparently there's an unfounded rumor going around Europe that Tom Ford is set to succeed Giorgio Armani [@jcreportglobal]
Whether it's cutouts, prints, asymmetrical hemlines, or all of the above, I'm craving a funky dress like the ones Emily Deschanel, Chloë Sevigny, and Zoe Saldana are sporting. They're statement making — not your typical cocktail dresses — with subtle cutouts or lacy inserts. Just choose a style with your favorite print, or a strategic cutout that shows off your shoulders, maybe a hint of your back or torso. Part of the sexy is in the unpredictability; it's just about finding the ruffle, print, or brilliant hue that speaks to your style. Any way you dice it, won't you take me to . . . funky town!