>> Natasha Royt styled Julia Restoin Roitfeld in a pared-down — albeit wind-blown — studio shoot for Hanii Y's Fall 2011 campaign. The six-look campaign is also accompanied by a behind-the-scenes video of Roitfeld vamping it up on-set for Dutch photographer Jan Welters. See all six looks here.
Reese Witherspoon was all smiles at the launch of Tusk's US Patron's Circle at the home of producer Peter Tisch in Beverly Hills. Reese looked adorable in a red-orange Hanii Y dress and tan double-strap espadrilles. Her blond locks and light makeup were perfect for a day out in the sun. She kept her accessories minimal — diamond studs, a thick gold bracelet, and her gorgeous wedding ring. Shop here to re-create this classic Summer style.
I finally saw I Love You, Man and now Rashida Jones is on my girldar. She has a unique look and just seems like a cool, down-to-earth chick— and this is what her fashion choices tell me, too. At the LA premiere of Funny People she looked chic in separates. While her black and white tubular skirt is lovely, her curvacious blazer denotes modernity. Without the curvy silhouette, her ensemb would have been vanilla, with it, it's cookies and cream. See what I mean?
>> Peter Som has had a tough past six months, between the fallout at Bill Blass and the pull out of his eponymous lines' investor. Two weeks ago, he wasn't even sure if he was going to be able to pull anything together for Fashion Week, but he's succeeded in producing something for Fall 2009 — a capsule collection of 16 looks, which he will be showing at private appointments.
Peter's not alone in his misfortune this season — for various other labels, big and small, Fall 2009 isn't panning out so well either. Some, like Peter, have had to cancel their runway show in favor of showroom appointments (Sari Gueron) or lookbooks (Francis by Christian Francis Roth, who just tried to stage a comeback last season). Some are just plain nixing their shows (Benjamin Cho, Hanii Y, Sue Stemp, Rubin Singer).
Poor newcomer Mikhael Kale had to cancel his show because his samples were damaged during shipping; he's remaking the collection for press and buyer appointments in two weeks' time. Italian knitwear label Malo, designed by Alessandro Dell'Acqua, is totally missing in action, even though it always draws Carine Roitfeld and Franca Sozzani front row. And Patrick Robinson has postponed Gap's presentation until April. Here's to hoping the news only gets better from here.
Amid the Oscars and Ralphs, there is always new blood debuting at New York Fashion Week. I was already familiar with the house of Hanii Y, and was curious what the designer's first official presentation would entail. I also had the chance to meet the designer Hanii Yoon — who is half of the other design house Y & Kei, where she designs with her husband. It's a little confusing, but her vintage-inspired, crisp clothes aren't. They are sharply cut, colorful, and above all, unique. And you have to hear about her inspiration for her "Sleepwalking Park" collection — it's really interesting stuff . . .
This is your first time showing at New York Fashion Week. What made you decide to finally present?
When I studied in San Francisco (at FIDM) it was my dream. Donna Karan inspired me to become a big New York designer.
What is your inspiration for Spring?
Sleepwalking. I experienced the "White Nights" in Copenhagen, when the days and nights are bright — it's always day. When I experienced this it was like a dream and day and night blended together. That whole experience made me feel like I was sleepwalking the whole time. The blurring of colors and images, I mixed bright colors with monochromatic colors, masculine with feminine, hard and soft, the varying points are all put together. These (the white pillars in the pictures) are sort of like the trees. We created a white world out of this white night inspiration. This dream-like park, or forest, started with nature. It's fantastical, but also artificial.
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Designers have been playing with volume for seasons now. What was once a frightening trend has evolved into something modern and wearable. The easiest way to play with volume is with a tulip skirt. All you need to do is keep is slim or structured on top, depending on whether you want to go flirty (see Emporio Armani Fall '07 at left) or artsy, and definitely pair with some sexy booties. Tulips require heels to blossom, and your overall womanly silhouette will flourish.
Actress Hilary Swank really outdid herself at the P.S. I Love You premiere in Ireland. Her white Yves Saint Laurent corset-top dress is one of the most ethereal we've seen her in yet. The golden accessories — the minaudiere, shoes, earrings, mesh bracelet, and ring — add a touch of shine and class. If this is how Hilary is going to dress from now on, then I definitely want to see more of her on the red carpet.
Rachel Bilson loves her boots. While out shopping with her friends, she stuck to what she knows best: a cute lantern-sleeve Hanii Y jacket, white jeans, nude boots, and a Zac Posen bag. A quintessential R Bils look, the petite actress is laid-back and stylish. I admire her wearing white despite the season.