Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Haider Ackermann runway show: gaunt-faced, androgynous models in layers of clashing pattern and texture harkened back to the early days of Adam Ant and rock and roll’s New Romantic scene.
Fashion Office Bottom Line: Haider Ackerman’s usual romantic, long and languid silhouette was taken in a slightly tougher direction for fall, with animal prints and op-art checkerboard pieces layered over skinny black leather pants—the ultimate in rocker chic. Individual pieces still provide plenty to please fans of his signature skinny, fluid tailoring.
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Fashion Week Journal for Monday February 23
Moschino and designer Jeremy Scott have completely embraced the fact that the world wants what it wants and it wants it now. The upcoming Milan Fashion Week marks the second season in which the brand will release a Fashion Week capsule collection, and Nordstrom is among the exclusive retailers.
An image from Spring/Summer’s Fashion Week collection, the desire for which reached a proverbial fever pitch.
Moschino will reveal this year’s pieces this Thursday, February 26; we’ll have a live stream here, and then you can own a piece of Fashion Week history the very next day by shopping at Nordstrom Fashion Island, Nordstrom at the Americana at Brand, Nordstrom at the Grove, Nordstrom San Francisco Centre, Nordstrom Ala Moana and Nordstrom Aventura. Items will be available to shop online March 1.
Check out the brand’s teaser video here; insiders will quickly glean that it seems to be related to the recent fragrance launch for “Toy”. Hmmm…
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s New York Fashion Week runway shows: Alexander Wang takes grown-up goth to the next level, Altuzarra shows us how sensual menswear-inspired silhouettes can be and Herve Leger celebrates 30 years of the bandage dress with vampy new takes on the iconic classic.
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Impeccable tailoring. Inspired design. Industrious creativity. These are a few of the many traits that make up the DNA of the best Italian fashion houses. We’re proud to present two U.S. exhibitions organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London that explore the work of Italy’s most iconic couturiers from the end of World War II until today.
If you’re in the Portland or Nashville area, get up close with some gorgeous examples of women’s fashion and menswear created by the greats and worn by the enviable likes of Audrey Hepburn and Princess Stanislaus Radziwill at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball. Read on for more images and exhibition details.
Just released: the newest short film created and directed by Karl Lagerfeld. Featuring Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne and Geraldine Chaplin as Gabrielle Chanel, Reincarnation accompanied the CHANEL Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d’Art collection shown on December 2, 2014 in Salzburg. Watch. It’s wonderful.
A gorgeous shoe is a gorgeous shoe is a gorgeous shoe—except when the shoe is actually a metaphor for desire. In that case, the gorgeous shoe is actually a story. Consider, then, the new Jimmy Choo collection, Vices, a short story collection that’s long on style. Each of the limited-edition shoes and handbags is based on a specific gem or jewel and a specific vice or vague wickedness—think greed, lust, envy. To find out more about this accessories-based riff on the classic juxtaposition of good and evil, we spoke to creative director Sandra Choi about her inspiration, concepts and design process.
THE THREAD: The subject of vices is a rich one; we all have plenty–those we share and admit to, and those we don’t. Did you find you were revealing part of yourself in this collection as you explored ideas of envy and need?
Choi: Yes and no, the inspiration for the Vices collection stemmed from my own personal fascination and obsessive enchantment with jewels and the unmitigated and irrational desire they have the power to evoke. For Vices, I explored themes of envy, seduction and irrepressible yearning for objects of beauty. Shoes and bags in diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, jet, black diamond and citrine crystal comprise the seven sins that seduce and beguile as part of the collection.
What is your first and most specific memory of being dazzled by jewels?
It was at the Gem Palace in Jaipur. It is a breathtaking Aladdin’s cave of precious stones that is such a surprising contrast from the environment outside, which is a dusty and bustling city in Northern India. Inside the Gem Palace you have a remarkable amount of freedom to play and connect with the precious stones of every variety.
What is your first and most specific memory of the transformative power of a really great pair of shoes?
For me it is childhood memories of Cinderella, Dorothy’s ruby slippers and Betty Boop’s heels; they are forever ingrained in me.
Let’s talk about black diamonds. They’re a bit under the radar and rather underappreciated, so it’s cool that you included a style based on this, the strongest and scrappiest of all natural diamonds. Tell us about your design process for Piper, the black diamond-themed shoe. For instance, the heel is slightly lower than the other styles, and the detailing is especially dynamic. What did you hope to achieve with the look, and what specific elements did you include or leave out in order to make it happen?
I wanted a sultry yet seductively beautiful shoe. I based it on a tango-style shoe that ensured you glide when wearing it; it is a shoe that you can dance in all night.
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Eva Chen is so cute; I can’t even handle it! It’s been so fun watching her style evolve along with her pregnancy. She’s been a trooper throughout the insanely grueling Fashion Week schedule, but still manages to stay upbeat. This belted coat is an incredible statement piece, and I love the way Eva styled it with oxfords and a simple turtleneck. A modern cut and artsy print are definitely what I’m looking for in a coat this season.
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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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