>> Whether you're headed to Palm Springs this weekend or not, Free People's April 2012 lookbook promises to put you in a music festival frame of mind. Modeled by Linda Vojtova, the lookbook is filled with pieces that epitomize Coachella cool: eyelet tunics, embroidered dresses, '70s mega flares, thread-bare band tees, crochet vests, and feathered earrings, just the kind of modern hippie styles to get the Summer started right. Click through to shop all the looks, available online now in the retailer's seasonal Festival Shop.
>> Amongst significantly less hubbub — no Net-a-Porter selling his clothes right off the runway this time — Roland Mouret debuted his second collection yesterday under his new RM by Roland Mouret moniker. The new set of dresses are definitely cut from the Mouret cloth — sheaths tailored with precision, oragami shapes — but for a man who's been using the same silhouettes since 2005, it's time to grow the aesthetic, not stand still in time.
>> Jean Paul Gaultier was high energy yesterday at his Fall 2008 Couture show, exuberantly explaining his choice of outfit to Hilary Alexander pre-show, and running through the fluorescent green laser beams that panned the runway post-show, poking Coco Rocha on the way.
For all of JPG's exuberance, I am less than excited about this sci-fi, cage-inspired outing. Underneath all the decoration were a few solid pieces, namely a coral lace-like cage dress worn by Patricia Schmid and a tux suit worn by Sasha Pivovarova, but for the most part, a lot of it ended up looking less than luxe, especially if croc was involved.
>> Transparency is still the word, in John Galliano's mind. The beanie-sporting designer had Lisa Fonssagrives, wife to Irving Penn and oft-credited as the first supermodel, in mind when producing his typical voluminous dresses, but with layers of light chiffon, rather than the heavier, stiffer fabrics Christian Dior couture has boasted in recent seasons.
Frequent collaborator Stephen Jones, meanwhile, looked to Eduardo Garcia Benito, famous for his '20s Vogue cover illustrations of women in cloches, when creating the accompanying skull cap-cum-cloches.
Peplums were aplenty and Galliano couldn't help himself, sneaking a little leopard print into the bunch. But the unifying thought with this collection seems to be: What will we see on newfound Dior client Carla Bruni-Sarkozy first?
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By now you all know I have a talent for likening people to animals . . . but did you know I also have a knack for comparing people to other people? Since I stare at celebrity and model photos everyday, it's only natural that I found a few that resemble one another. First up, Kate Hudson. The model on the left, Alexa from Elite Models, is practically a carbon copy of the actress. So much so that I had to quadruple check that it wasn't really her! The shape of the eyes, the protruding ears, and thin lips all say "Kate." Scary that somewhere out there there's a person who looks exactly like you, right?
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