You don't have to own their labels to know their names (but wouldn't it be nice if we could all have a little Alexander Wang for Balenciaga in our closets?!). These designers were on the tip of our tongues this year for all the right reasons. Whether it was a grand entrance, big exit, or even bigger collaboration, these six are so chic that choosing just one is a nearly impossible task. That's where you come in! Read on, and vote in our poll by Dec. 16 to pick the year's top designer!
Pack away your emerald accessories, ladies. That jewel tone is so 2013. The It color for 2014? According to the hue professionals over at Pantone, it's a lovely shade of purple known as Radiant Orchid.
But if your wardrobe isn't filled with lilacs and lavenders, fear not. Pantone also just released its official Fashion Color Report for Spring 2014, complete with Dazzling Blues and Celosia Oranges. And if you're still unsure how to factor, say, a coral called Cayenne into your next outfit, New York's best designers have offered up sketches, their inspirations, and — not to complicate things — their own signature color.
Pantone may have selected Radiant Orchid as 2014's Color of the Year, but right now designers are dreaming about a whole different rainbow of hues. That's because when we asked tastemakers like Jennifer Fisher, Jonathan Adler, and Misha Nonoo to pick the color of the holiday season, they came up with a festive list of rich and seasonal tones. Next year may be all about purple, but we suggest you do your holiday dressing (and shopping!) from another color spectrum.
One look at their busy schedules, and you'll see that the style set (and their wardrobes) sure can multitask! To ensure they're jetting from the office to dinners and parties in the most fabulous of fashion, tastemakers like Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Zoe, and Rachel Roy have a few easy tricks up their sleeves (and we're not just talking about a change of shoes!). Find out how to make your look work for you around the clock . . . all season long.
We might have been waiting for the Isabel Marant for H&M collection to drop for months, but it only took a matter of hours for the collaboration to sell out. Now, if your first thought is to go to eBay for a savvy score, you might want to think again. With auctions for the iconic embellished jacket escalating to $650 ($250 more than the $399 retail price) and with options to buy the piece instantly for as much as $1,200 plus shipping, at this point, we'd sooner opt for a piece from Isabel Marant's actual collection. That's why we've rounded up our four favorite pieces available right now for you — with not a stitch of clothing over that $650 benchmark. And the best part? There's no online auction anxiety necessary.
To some, fashion is just about pretty clothes. But to those who live and breathe it, they know far better. And they've inspired us not just with their immaculate creations but also with their words. From the likes of such style heavyweights as Coco Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Kate Moss (and even a fictional fashionista with some sage advice), we've hand-selected the industry's finest fashion quotes.
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Big if not unexpected news hit the fashion world when Nicolas Ghesquière was named artistic director at Louis Vuitton, replacing Marc Jacobs. And while Ghesquière is widely known as one of the most talented designers of his generation, what's harder to know is how he'll change the house that had Jacobs at its helm for 15 years.
Lucky for us, there are indicators. Looking at his past work; some of the things he said before, during, and after his tenure at Balenciaga; and how he's talked about his new job, which was announced Monday, we've pieced together a few ways Ghesquière is likely to change Louis Vuitton.
"Louis Vuitton has always incarnated for me the symbol of ultimate luxury, innovation, and exploration," Ghesquière said in a statement to WWD. "I am very honored of the mission that I am entrusted with and proud to join the history of this great maison. We share common values and a vision."
In early October, the house denied rumors that Ghesquière would take up the reins at the house, saying that no official decision had been made. Today, however, the official word is that the 42-year-old designer will bring "a modern creative vision to the house's women's collections, building on the values of refinement, savoir faire, and extreme quality."
Moschino, which celebrated its 30th anniversary during Milan Fashion Week, has just named Jeremy Scott its new creative director. Rossella Jardini, who had served as creative director since 1994, is leaving the company. In addition to taking over for Jardini, Scott will continue to design his eponymous brand.
Scott plans to spend the month of November at the brand's Milan headquarters, learning more about the house and looking through its archives. His first show for the brand will be presented during the Fall 2014 collections in February.
While Scott has worked primarily for himself since he started his brand in 1997, he has spent a little time in the Moschino offices.
"The ironic thing is, during my last year of college, when I was at Pratt, I interned for the Moschino press office, for Michelle Stein here in New York," Scott said. "Yeah, it's kind of a fairy-tale story. I was the intern, and now I'm running the company."
Kate Middleton has her pick of designers, but like many of us she has her favorites. One of them is fellow Brit Jenny Packham, who had the honor of creating Kate's first postbaby red carpet dress, a showstopping shimmering gown. But any fan of the duchess knows that it wasn't the first time Packham has worked with Kate — or the last.
The latest was an ink-blue Jenny Packham gown the Duchess chose for her appearance at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala last night in London. But before that, there was that famous teal gown that showed off Kate's red carpet style and a yellow shirtdress that was undeniably sweet, among many others. Check out our favorite Packham gowns worn by the new mom, here in the gallery.