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La Fabrica by Ricardo Bofill Interviews Style

Inside M2Malletier’s Beautiful Brutalist Studio

That fashion is a trade is often downplayed. Most designers of clothing and accessories choose to emphasize the artistry of their work, the conception, creation and display of their wares. That’s understandable and interesting, but so much of the industry involves measuring and cutting, skilled workers, factory floors, machinery and supply chains—not so sexy but absolutely essential.

Art and trade are on full display at the 1,000-square-foot studio of design darlings Marcela Velez and Melissa Losada of M2Malletier. The duo launched their well-received and coveted collection of clearly sexy handbags in Barcelona, where they made a home for themselves in a pre-World War I cement factory that was renovated by Spanish starchitect Ricardo Bofill. The building, called La Fábrica, resembles a brutalist Gothic castle—in other words, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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Christian Siriano Interviews Style

Christian Siriano Wants to Dress All Beautiful People—and That Means Everyone

Reality television stars don’t always remain in orbit. Few bachelorettes or survivors continue to dot our stellar system. Usually, they fade quickly after the finale, perhaps turning up for a post-show interview, their sparkle somewhat dimmed.

Not Christian Siriano′s. The onetime reality contestant’s star has burned more brightly, year after year, for over a decade, attracting superstars like Angela Bassett, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rihanna to him with the gravitational pull of his evening gowns. Siriano won Project Runway in 2008, the same year he debuted at New York Fashion Week. In 2013, he was admitted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America. For the 2018 Academy Awards, Siriano dressed a record 17 women, celebrities as diverse as Amy Adams, Janelle Monáe, Whoopi Goldberg and Laurie Metcalf. “The Oscars was crazy,” Siriano says. “It was a very busy few weeks. But it was a great, great moment.”

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Gucci Fall 2018 Fashion Week Street Style Style

Gucci on the Catwalk and Sidewalk at Milan Fashion Week

Photos by Indigital Images

Alessandro Michele has always challenged conventional ideas of beauty. He casts models that look more like misfits; they appear on the runway gangly and un-made-up, with awkward hairstyles and angry expressions. Gucci Fall 2018 was an exception only in that some had extreme body modifications—an extra eye or a spare head.

The show was set in an operating theater, which the brand stated “reflects the work of a designer—the act of cutting, splicing and reconstructing materials and fabrics to create a new personality and identity with them.” Recasting unlikely references is Michele’s specialty. His inspirations are broad, ranging from the ancient to science fiction, the glamorous to the grotesque. His collections could struggle to hang together, except that each is sprinkled with the excess sparkle of a fairy tale, macabre and transcendent. Instead of performing surgery on specific bodies or creating from cut cloth, Michele more so operates on the social fabric of Western Civilization, our cultural stories, identities and memories. It’s peak postmodernism, so it’s no surprise that the designer referenced Michel Foucault’s identity theories in his show notes.

AT THE SHOW & ON THE STREET

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Anya Hindmarch Build a Bag Fashion Week Interviews Style Video

Build Your Own Bag with Anya Hindmarch’s Charming Purse Personalizations

Fashion is more fun with British designer Anya Hindmarch around. Her runway shows are legendary for their theatrical, inexplicable settings: human conveyor belts, enormous domino mazes, true model homes, barren geometric spaces. She is outspoken, down-to-earth, and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire on account of her many contributions to fashion. She has a reputation for crafting curiously covetable accessories. (Her “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” tote took on a life of its own in the aughts.) She frequently stages crazy window displays in her stores, which can become guerrilla art installations in public spaces—like her Chubby Hearts over London series this London Fashion Week. And her quirky bag charms can be found on many street-style stars’ totes.

Now you can step into her unique process by creating your own bag through her Build a Bag collection. The online experience lets you select the leather color, bag strap and accessories to construct a custom creation and be an innovative bag designer in your own right—maybe even earning a medal, or at least treating yourself to a bag charm.

We spoke with the iconoclastic Hindmarch about her career, the Build a Bag program (including her own zany, luxurious purse) and why humor is so important to fashion.

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Rosetta Getty Resort 2018 collection Art Interviews Style

Bicoastal Designer Rosetta Getty on Dressing with Ease and the Artists Who Inspire Her Collection

Uncomplicated yet fascinating, wearable and aspirational, comfortable but so chic: Rosetta Getty may craft the wardrobe for our times. Amid the incoherent noise and incessant news updates, structured minimalism has never been more appealing. With her Resort ’18 collection, Getty has created an entire wardrobe with clean lines and sharp tailoring that seeks to impose order while also being fluid, flattering and colorful. These are clothes to seed peace of mind and even joy. Yes, it’s possible.

Inspired by the modern minimalist works of starchitect Richard Meier and borrowing her palette from the abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler, Getty’s angular tunics and dresses burst with originality in sunny hues and brazen primaries.

We spoke with Getty about her (many) artistic inspirations and what she usually wears around her stunning home in L.A. and out to functions on both coasts—now we’re looking to streamline our own closets with her cashmere sets and cutout dresses.

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Style

Atlein’s Jersey Draping Marries Comfort and French Fashion

Comfort and curve-hugging don’t usually coincide. Neither do French style and soft jersey. Atlein exists at the intersection of these stylish desirables. Parisian designer Antonin Tron’s technique for working in jersey—a famously tricky material—earned him the 2016 ANDAM Fashion Award for First Collections Prize. Tron’s elegant dresses marry the romantic with the kinetic, permitting easy movement and unrestricted fluidity. In his hands, jersey looks like silk and flexes like spandex.

We spoke with Tron about his much-lauded new label. Here’s what he shared.

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Galvan Style

Galvan’s Women-Designed Eveningwear Inspired By a Boxing Architect

Influenced by the work and biography of the celebrated architect Tadao Ando, London-based label Galvan‘s pre-fall collection flexes elegant athleticism. Slinky yet strong column dresses draw on Ando’s minimalism with similar results: they dazzle.

Galvan is four women, Sola Harrison, Anna-Christin Haas, Katherine Holmgren, and Carolyn Hodler, who saw a gap in the eveningwear market; notably, it wasn’t forward-looking enough. Formal attire is often too conservative, too constricting, too old-fashioned for contemporary women and the events they attend.

As a result, the quartet have created game-changing gowns. What woman wouldn’t want to skip the stiff shapes and starchy fabrics, and slip into one of these modern classics?

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Style

Co’s Modern Elegance Creates Instant Classics

Before entering fashion, life and business partners Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern were in the film industry. Stephanie was a producer and Justin a screenwriter. Whenever one would help the other with an idea, they would jokingly demand a co-producer credit. So in 2012, when the pair launched a clothing collection while between movie projects, Co struck them as an ideal name for the collaboration.

A cinematic style follows Co into their fashion venture. Every seam and stitch seems carefully considered to move with the wearer, as evidenced in the stunning photos and videos the duo produced with ballerinas Regan Garrett and Janie Taylor. Such thoughtful constructions and stark elegance make every Co piece an instant classic. It’s as though they’ve designed the wardrobe for an iconic film role, played by you.

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Sara Battaglia’s Colorful Collection Will Put You in a Good Mood

Like a shot of strong espresso, Sara Battaglia‘s forcefully feminine creations will bring a pep to your step. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Sara is sister to the vibrant Vogue Japan fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert. The siblings always exhibit a lust for life, especially when living is done in very beautiful, very exuberant clothes. If you’re not following them on Instagram yet, you’re missing out on exotic trips and sisterly sessions of dressing up.

But now you, too, can dress up with Sara. Her fall collection is here, and it is certainly deserving of the name Battaglia.

GET TO KNOW SARA BATTAGLIA

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Nordstrom Season/Shift 2017 Culture Style

Season/Shift: Inside Our Fall Designer Showcase in Seattle

Hosted inside a renovated 1927 ice warehouse in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, Season/Shift juxtaposed fashion’s forefronts in three immersive environments: the modern, romantic and avant-garde. Twenty-one models appeared in 63 looks from designers such as Calvin Klein, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, Fendi, Givenchy, Marques Almeida, Monse, Roksanda, Shrimps, Simone Rocha, Stella McCartney and Valentino.

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