Designers are so good at making cold, unsexy winter (hello, long underwear!) seem hot. Case in point: the exclusive clip below that our friends at Akris punto were kind enough to share with us, which chronicles their campaign shoot for Albert Kriemler’s snowboarding-inspired collection for Fall/Winter 14/15. Starring Russian-born Swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov—he of the cute nickname (“iPod”) and Olympic Gold Medal (at Sochi 2014) fame—the video plays like an ad for Switzerland’s soaring Alps and sleek winter style. Prepare for cheekbone envy.
At Akris, creative director Albert Kriemler showed a collection of precisely cut, monochromatic looks, many with textural, graphic motifs inspired by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist works.
Highlights from yesterday’s shows, including art-meets-fashion at Junya Watanabe, the new It shoes from Acne and Jean Paul Gaultier’s ready-to-wear dénouement.
There’s never a dull moment at a Junya Watanabe show. His cubist-inspired runway collection for spring may seem a little wacky at first glance, but if you look beyond the fantastical styling pieces, you’ll find cute striped tops, pleated skirts and other closet pleasers.
More from Paris! We’re excited to share two new emerging ideas that we love, evoking moods of yesteryear or a brave new world.
Vintage Lingerie: Inspired by the romantic past, beautiful lingerie shapes and details appear in modest victorian night gown dresses, delicate pretty blouses, skirts and slip dresses. Just so feminine. Perfection.
New Collar: Exciting new neck jewelry features clear lucite or natural crystals that make a real statement.
Highlights from yesterday’s shows: four distinctly different takes on retro styling from Carven, Nina Ricci, Lanvin and Rick Owens.
The swingin’ ’60s designs at Carven were inspired by speed, from racing graphics to road stripes, and the results are deliciously wearable. Figure-flattering A-line shifts and boxy car coats race into the new century fueled by python details and Japanese-inspired prints that play to our decade’s obsession with fun mashups.
A mod meditation on Speed Racer—with a luxe, 21st-century twist.
The romance of the 1940s is alive and well at Nina Ricci. A parade of pretty shift dresses, elegant jackets and beautifully draped separates evoke the freshness of springtime and the optimism of new beginnings. Shell pinks, egg yolk yellows, baby blues and earthy browns highlight tactile, touchable fabrics that will feel like an absolute dream against the skin.
With this collection, Alber Elbaz celebrates the women he loves. Simple silhouettes and forgiving fabrics are elegantly draped, then brought to the next level with dramatic accessories like python belts and sculptural statement necklaces. The jacket is an important piece this season, with boxy, bold shoulders and rich details.
Inspired by Bauhaus architecture and the Ballets Russes, Rick Owens presents one of his loveliest collections to date. Flights of tulle escape from the sides of strict shift silhouettes, like ballerinas sneaking out of a Walter Gropius girls’ school. Textures are ethereal with charmingly uneven or unfinished hemlines, and counterbalanced by an earthy, restrained palette.
Welcome to Paris Fashion Week! Our first few shows have offered up fresh new takes on a couple of tried-and-true ideas.
Sport: The sport influence continues with athletic inspired silhouettes in high energy contrast and bold graphics or softened-up chic shapes with cute striped trims.
Stripes: Not for the fainthearted, these are bold, new lines that vary from chic, spice tones to seaside candy colors. We’re loving the play with multiple directions—from tiered layers to cut-and-paste sections.
Bonjour! The final week of fashion month kicked off in the City of Light yesterday with a lively show from Dries Van Noten.
As we reflect on the best from Milan, we see another city that’s offered huge variety—and something for everybody. It was a tough call to get down to just 10 of the best ideas, but here are the ones we think will be updating our wardrobes with new ways of dressing, materials and finishes.
1. ’70s Flashback
Oh, Eva, you are too good to us! Not only is the amazing Eva Chen, editor in chief of Lucky magazine, incredibly stylish, but she is also the sweetest. It’s so refreshing to see a smile in the midst of the Fashion Week scene. Eva’s contemporary cable knit jumper is beyond covetable—I love the tonal palette and varied textures! A cool pair of cat-eye shades and strappy sandals with socks are fun and funky accessories to her cozy transitional look. Can’t wait to see what Eva has in store for us in Paris!
xo, Crystal Nicodemus
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