One month ago today, we posted a shot of legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham asking Crystal Nicodemus, our Fashion Week street style photographer, to jump for a photo. We were certain she’d end up in one of his stories, and sure enough, Crystal appeared in yesterday’s print edition and the online slideshow narrated by Bill.
Our final look at the Fashion Week scene focuses on the models of Paris Fashion Week as they exit show venues. Check out the best off-duty shots by photographer Crystal Nicodemus and get ready for tons of black leather jackets.
If you’ve ever thought black is boring, then you should check out these images from the Junya Watanabe fall 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week. The venerable Japanese designer (and notable name in avant-garde fashion) presented a show befitting his incredible rep, with look after look of texturally contrasting, meticulously constructed, thought-provoking pieces. Color would have only been a distraction.
Who could forget Lee McQueen‘s majestic fall 2006 show, where model Raquel Zimmermann donned the famed antler-and-lace headdress? The collection depicted romantic embodiments of the late designer’s Scottish roots. Fast-forward to the age of Sarah Burton, the creative force that masterfully maintains and recharges the brand’s DNA, who takes us on a journey through what feels like the misty shires of Scotland for fall 2014.
The show introduces us to dreamy heroines wandering the wilderness, wrapped in moon-and star-shaped crystal embroidery, silver acorn hand jewelry, frayed organza flowers and ivy velvet jacquards. Burton’s fairy tale beautifully weaves two tales of McQueen, past and present.
Softly Powerful: Rouched broderie anglaise reveals the delicate nature of the designs.
The Details: Aubergine organza gown and hand-cut feathers.
“Drink me, make me feel real / Wet your beak in the stream /
Game we’re playing is life / Love’s a two-way dream”
Lyrics from “Bachelorette” by Björk, the show’s closing tune, which matched the wanderlust mood of the collection.
Sparkly shifts, graphic fur coats and glittery go-go boots. The spirit of the 1960s muse rang through Hedi Slimane’s second fall show for Saint Laurent, and it proved just as contagious as the original Youthquake. There’s nothing groundbreaking at work here, and that’s just as well—these clothes have a clear and simple purpose: free-spirited fun in the most girlish way possible. Rock ‘n’ roll.
We have a soft spot for Twin Peaks, as it’s set in our home state of Washington, so you can imagine our delight upon hearing that director David Lynch was the inspiration behind Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s fall show for KENZO.
Lynch consulted with the duo on the runway production, creating the music and bringing in a giant bust that was perched at the base of the stage. His influences were less obvious on the collection itself, save for an overall eccentric vibe reflected in jagged prints, oversized shapes and asymmetrical folds.
Today marks the last day of Paris Fashion Week and the end of Fashion Month. We’re feeling a mixture of sadness, happiness and relief over making it through unscathed (take that, Mother Nature!).
Here’s the final batch of regular Scene Snaps from our street style photographer, Crystal Nicodemus—stay turned for a special models-only edition coming tomorrow.
The masculine trend is still going strong thanks to Colombian designer Haider Ackermann,* who always manages to make an oversized outfit look polished and chic. This season he struck a balance between the toughness of menswear and the gracefulness of a woman, sending down the runway a sea of softly draped trousers, sweeping overcoats and dresses with plunging necklines and sexy cutouts. It’s nonchalance to the extreme, and we couldn’t be more intrigued.
*We offer Haider Ackermann in selected stores. Please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463 for more details.
Photo prints create a one-of-a-kind statement at the Akris fall/winter 2014 runway show.
“A photograph is the launch pad and starting point of Thomas Ruff’s art,” says Albert Kriemler, creative director of Swiss fashion house Akris, on the German artist who influenced his design process for fall. “For my 10th year in Paris, I have chosen seven images [by Ruff], mostly related to the universe and galaxy we live in, and two ingenious photograms. Technology is always on my mind, more than ever, and the collaboration with a grand living artist and friend is a highly inspirational gift.”
Fall sketches by Albert Kriemler.
*We offer Akris in selected stores. For assistance, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463.