The early Fall looks were spot on — now Forever 21 is back with its equally fabulous Fall look book starring model Lisa Cant. This time, the vibe is way more '70s, with faux fur vests, maroon leather jackets, and lightwash denim making cameos. Groovy pieces aside, there are also incredibly chic styles: lace, bows, chunky knits. Step inside to discover it all.
>> THE MODELIZER —The dollfaces have been moving on — Lily Cole is studying at Cambridge, Gemma Ward is far from on-the-radar — and now Lisa Cant has joined them in leaving the runways: she enrolled in Columbia, where she's listed as doing General Studies, but is thinking of focusing on Economics. Apparently, Caroline Trentini is also taking her time off from the runways to study — for her GED. But she's not going anywhere — there's that rumored Vogue cover, and her agent says she has "An exclusive appearance somewhere VERY SOON which she is very excited about . . ." Maybe she's making it to the runways after all? [Style File, Modelinia]
»Emma Summerton is "coming to a major league American magazine very very soon" [TI]
»Spotted: Lisa Cant, Lily Donaldson shopping at Chanel [Fashionista]
Highlighter shades of fuchsia and violet provided shocking punctuation amongst Tisci's usual color palette of neutrals. The emerging trends of knee-length leggings, transparency, and lace were all present along with the signature Tisci for Givenchy leather jackets and oversized hats. But I have to say, amongst all the draped jersey and deconstructed shapes, the two standout looks were similar pale, choppily-fringed minidresses.
>> Seeing a Chanel couture collection is a thrill, but the clothes are always rivaled by what new, huge installation Karl Lagerfeld has plopped in the center of le Grand Palais for the models to stream out of. In recent seasons, there's been a giant tweed jacket and a larger-than-life carousel; This time around, it was a gigantic set of organ pipes.
The show started with a fugue of ominous organ music, and together with the central pipe installation and the tube-like detailing on many of the intricate dresses, reflected the inspiration which had come to Karl during a concert.
>> 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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Tis' the season to revel in pink. If you're fearful of the berry mix, opt to accessorize with a pink bag. It's the perfect transition to coming out of your color shell and will give your outfit a sweet pizazz of color. I love how Chanel's fuchsia geometric clutch (left, on Lisa Cant) highlights the adorable dress. Perfection in pink.
>> THE MODELIZER —Sari Gueron says that she's had Lisa Cant open and close every one of her runway shows because: "We’re friends. We’ve shared a house at the beach together. I love that little tradition we have that she opens my show. It’s almost good luck." [The Cut]
Lollipops, Picnic Blankets, and Minidresses Make the Rounds at Stella McCartney's Spring 2009 Presentation
Amongst the salmon-colored sheaths and boyfriend blazers, Iekeliene Stange carried a bag full of rubber ducks, Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman chatted the gig away, a brass band provided music, and a hot dog cart supplied provisions, setting the mood for a carefree collection.
To see how many models can fit on one park bench (and more of the collection, too) check out the gallery below.
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