Fashion Week Journal for Sunday, March 8
If you’re the sort who’s in it for the details, runway shows can actually be a little bit frustrating. Even from Kim and Kanye’s seats, you just can’t always see the tiny embellishments and the careful tucks and seams—let alone the accessories or the nails. At Kenzo, details have a way of being not just downright museum-quality but also streetwise and cool, so I was pretty psyched to learn that I had backstage access before their show. All the better to see the nuances at close range, and to see how the story of those details comes together.
Turns out there really is a nuanced tale behind Kenzo’s fall 2015 collection. Keep reading to get the scoop, and to find out how eventually the entire Paris Event Center got to see it up close and personally.
Annie is one of my favorite personalities at Fashion Week and beyond. As an editor at Refinery 29, Annie is not only incredibly stylish, but has a great sense of humor, too. I dig this biker-babe-in-the-city look, with her cropped moto and premium black and white accessories. I am always drawn to the color red and this belted dress is pure perfection. A few subtle pieces of jewelry and a bold red lip, and you’re ready for Fashion Week.
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Garance Doré is back with her signature style. Garance pulls off casual chic so effortlessly. As you all know, pink is the top color of the season, and this ribbed pullover has a gorgeous hue. The slit details make this jumper a perfect layering piece, and Garance handles the denim on denim trend with understated French flair. Minimal accessories and sleek stilettos keep this look simple and classically cool.
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.
Shabazz Palaces is one of those musical endeavors that stretches the concept of musical genre from what it is toward what it can become. If you looked for them in a record store, you’ll find ’em filed under hip-hop, but Palaceer Lazaro (Ishmael Butler) and Fly Guy ‘Dai (Tendai Maraire) are pioneers of a new, as-of-yet undefinable sound, which in this age of classification and dissection makes it easier to just listen for a change.
Naturally, music that’s this far ahead of the curve would coalesce perfectly with like-minded clothing designers, so it’s not surprising that a cut from from Shabazz Palaces’ latest release, Lese Majesty, soundtracked a short film from KENZO in support of their SS14 collection earlier this year. Butler also appears in the video, along with model Grace Mahary.
We took a quick minute to chat with Butler, who, true to form, turned the usual interview questions on their heads with answers that were honest and charismatic.
Jessica Minkoff, Marie Claire’s senior market editor, has ridiculously awesome style. Every time I run into her, I am guaranteed future outfit inspiration. Today’s look has some serious city edge. Denim is still a major theme at Fashion Week, and I love Jessica’s distressed set. Her moto jacket and moto-inspired handbag are the perfect complements to rough-and-tumble denim. I can’t wait to see what she wears tomorrow!
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.
Olivia Kim, Nordstrom‘s director of creative projects, tells us about her nonstop Fashion Week adventures in What’s Up, Olivia.
Breakfast of fashion champions was caramel popcorn at the KENZO show this morning, a collaboration with David Lynch. There was certainly a Twin Peaks, I’m-channeling-Laura-Palmer aura in the air, and seeing my old friends Carol and Humberto stage another high-graphic, high-energy show is the best! (Read The Thread’s Runway Rundown on the KENZO show.)
Gotta wear comfy shoes for all the walking, talking, moving and shaking. I’m not a wimp when it comes to pain, but my little feetsies are, so I gave them a break today and wore my favorite sneakers. Marciano, the driver, wore his, too.
Nicholas Kirkwood presented his new collection this morning.
Super-cool set design to match the super-cool heels.
Jewelry shopping with mega mega showroom.
Sometimes, you just gotta get down and dirty. Found some really cute things here. Coming to a store near you real soon!
A Century of Fashion at Condé Nast was an awesome, compact exhibit at the Palais Galliera Musée de la Mode. My favorite was Guy Bourdin’s first photo for Vogue, February 1955—and, of course, all the other fashion photog masters, including Albert Watson, Horst P. Horst, William Klein amd more current photographers like Inez and Vinoodh and Terry Richardson.
Then a quick coffee and amazing people-watching with Justinian and Camilla at L’Avenue in the 8th arrondissement.
And the night ends with me, Joey and James at our favorite bar, Carr’s, which is just a divey hole in the wall really. And that leads to airplanes on the bed…
…and the best discovery super late at night: hotel potato chips!! Woo hoo!
A pop-of-color skirt and print-mixing with stripes: this look is classic, modern and feminine.