London Fashion Week is in full swing and the British street style couldn’t be cooler. Across the pond, the bloggers, It girls and editors are finding fun ways to wear spring trends and color now. (We’re furiously taking notes.) Here are some of our favorite looks so far, plus shoppable links so you can emulate them.
Parisian fashion house KENZO is back with another extremely artistic short film directed by Kahlil Joseph, whose work you know from Lemonade. The film presents an engaging story you’ll have to complete with your own imagination, starring Tracee Ellis Ross, Jesse Williams, Kelsy Lu and Ishmael Butler. Butler also provides music (you know him from Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces).
Family friendly warning: there are a few swears.
Commercial tie-in: the video shows some aspects of our current KENZO selection for women and men, such as the triangular Bermuda print and lo-fi concert flier graphics.
There was a lot of news backstage at the Topshop Uniqueshow on Sunday afternoon. The three biggest headlines were the announcement of a bridal line, the reveal of some big names in the afternoon’s runway lineup and the continuation of a buy-it-now, runway-to-retail experience.
It also means that modern wedding dresses and bridesmaid styles hit Nordstrom (and only Nordstrom—aside from Topshop we’re the exclusive retailer) in April. You’ll also want to know that a beloved British model made something of a runway return—with the daughter of one of America’s biggest action heroes hot on her heels.
Every season Ashley Williams sends out a small poster in lieu of a more typical show invite, and every season it has something to do with being in a slightly sour state of mind. The poster we unwrapped upon arriving for the first show of London Fashion Week, however, went to new heights—or would that be new lows? In Ashley’s world, they’re sort of the same. The poster said “Genuine Misery”; the image was a teeth-baring guard dog.
“My business partner and I, we have this thing, ‘Optimistic emo,'” the designer told me backstage. It’s like an unofficial rule that keeps them in line, she explained; they can be real about their bad moods, but they have to be good-natured about them, too. And while misery is definitely next season’s key word—emblazoned as it is on a killer sweatsuit or two—it’s evened out by a British cowgirl thing and a backstory about sneaking out of parties to go sit by yourself in the woods.
You’ll see it in our slideshow: together those elements—on an urban/outdoor runway—make misery look like good company.
Where does a girl in ruffles, gingham and tulle go? Anywhere she wants to, of course.
Molly Goddard spring 2017; this collection will be online and in stores very soon.
Image by Portia Hunt.
SPACE designer Molly Goddard is one of the biggest names in London right now—in no small part because she’s helped define a look that’s part party girl, part everyday sport-romance, and part remembered fever dream from your very first ballet class. But the bottom line is that you can take anything from her spring collection, add sneakers and a T-shirt, and you’re good for a night of soccer matches, sushi rolls or late-night club tunes.
If you ever wanted to try any of the above in the designer’s hometown, now you can. Just let Molly and her boyfriend/business partner, Tom Shickle, tell you where to go.
After the whirlwind of runways this New York Fashion Week, we looked to our Fashion Office to tell us what exactly happened. When it comes to fall 2017, what will we be wearing? What are the big takeaways for the season? What do we need to know? Um, help.
Associate Fashion Director Kate Bellman sifted through the crazy, beautiful style this season, breaking it down to six need-to-know trends. With our sights newly focused, we then took the liberty of rounding up some styles that you can shop—and wear—now.
Public School, fall 2017; photo by Indigital Images
This Fashion Week, one of the biggest looks on the runway involved reworked classic menswear. Prep codes were reinvented with generous proportions and masculine/feminine mash-ups. Tailoring introduced deconstructed layers to make suits look modern and streetwise. Androgynous hats, tweeds, checks and pinstripes all appeared on runways as distinct as Public School, Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler.
While most of the much-discussed styles during New York Fashion Week appear on the runways, there’s a whole show happening at street level. When the fashion world is gathered in one city, sometimes on one block, there’s no shortage of amazing shoes. Here we’ve assembled some of the styles that stopped us in our tracks—it’s a thing we do.
You can always count on Marchesafor a display of unadulterated formal femininity. Like a waft of perfume, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s elegant gowns slink down the runway each season offering a display of extreme glamour. Soon after each collection debuts, the same dresses drape over Hollywood’s leading ladies on red carpets around the world.
Photo by Indigital Images
For the shows, the beauty must never compete, but cannot be so subtle as to seem casual next to the evening gowns. To create the stunning hair and makeup that complemented Fall 2017’s Chinese-inspired sheaths, Marchesa turned to Moroccanoil and M·A·C.