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29 Sep

Balmain, Isabel Marant, and Paco Rabanne Explore New Ground on Paris Fashion Week Day Three

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Just when you think you know what to expect from Parisian brands like Balmain, Isabel Marant, and Paco Rabanne, the designers pull a 180-degree on you. At Balmain that meant introducing a more casual element into Olivier Rousteing’s over-the-top creations. Meanwhile, at Isabel Marant, the oft-understated designer sent out models in corsets—adding a bit of glamour to her cool creations. And, Julien Dossena went full throttle on Paco Rabanne’s space age-inspirations by covering models in optic white bodysuits and shocking pink tights. Clothing wasn’t the only thing keeping the fashion set on their toes today‚ either. Manish Arora upended ideas about models: Alongside a small dog dyed bright blue, Arora chose a cast that included British performance artist Pandemonia, who’s known for...
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29 Sep

Runway Report: 7 Trends From Lakme Fashion Week W/F’16 Everyone Will be Wearing

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As is the norm, the end of each fashion week brings with it ample substance in the form of influences to chew on and decipher which would make a promising case for the next big trend. While it is still too early to validate what the masses would take to, the forecaster in us scrutinized the presentations at Lakmé Fashion Week 2016 – Winter Festive edition for a few powerful recurring looks directly off the runway.
While a few trends make a comeback from past seasons in fresh ways (velvet, capes and monochromes), others convincingly feel more fierce and shiny (metallics, transparency and leather detailing).

METALLIC MANIA

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Fashion sans drama is plain unspirited, and what spells drama better than...
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29 Sep

Drawstring Ruching Is In for Spring 2017

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Athleisure may or may not be on the wane, but one sporty touch has taken hold in a big way this season. Namely: parachute-style ruching. The drawstring fabrications favored by Junya Watanabe from the ’90s on, and Norma Kamali even earlier (she dedicated an entire collection to the stuff with her OMO label in the ’80s) has found a whole new cachet. It’s turned up as a prominent motif of the Spring shows so far, decking out the shirts of Simon Porte Jacquemus’s Provençal maids, and with rotated trims turning up on a satin, rose-embroidered topper from Phillip Lim. But for our money, perhaps the coolest takes are the ways designers have imagined the detail in dress form; in particular, its...
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29 Sep

Exploring an Archival Odyssey of Comme des Garçons

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When Rei Kawakubo opened her first Comme des Garçons boutique in Tokyo in 1973, the revolutionary retail space – where collections were stored unseen in a backroom – did not contain a single mirror. "You just had to feel confident and had to learn about the way the clothes felt on you," explains Octavius la Rosa, the founder of the Melbourne-based vintage boutique dot COMME, which specialises in museum-worthy archival pieces by Comme des Garçons, Junya Watanabe, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Bernhard Willhelm and Walter Van Beirendonck. "It was so radical." Now, after a decade of sourcing rare Comme des Garçons designs –  from silhouette distorting pieces from the seminal womens S/S97 Lumps and Bumps collection, to mens pixelated camo...
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28 Sep

BAGS BY THE CHANGING FACTOR

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This week we’re loving the minimal, architectural designs of up and coming accessory brand The Changing Factor. The Alien Collection is the launching line of the self proclaimed Feminist company, with 10% of profits going to women’s charities across the globe. The line is small but inclusive, featuring everything from briefcases to backpacks, mini handbags and purses, tablet and laptop sleeves, and all coming in a variety of sizes and 4 staple colours. An all leather exterior with suede lining featuring all the pockets you could ever need for phones, pens, receipts etc., its safe to say this is a collection built for the luxury loving, working woman. A smart, sharp aesthetic with some punkish touches in the form of...
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28 Sep

A Trenchcoat for Every Day of NYC’s Rainy Week

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If you’re reading this from Paris, you’re likely wearing a brand-new cashmere sweater and delighting in the late-September breeze. The weather is idyllic for a jam-packed week of Paris Fashion Week shows—but here in New York, not so much. We’ve got rain in the forecast every day, with hazy skies and showers stretching well into the weekend. In a city where you spend much of your commute on foot (lest you miraculously find a cab or agree to pay for a 3.2x Uber surge), rain is pretty much unavoidable—so waterproof outerwear is a must. Luckily, the classic trench has been making a comeback of late, from Vetements’ssupersize version to Burberry’s signature military-style coat. We’ve seen dozens of them on the street,...
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28 Sep

Colour Inspiration – S/S ’17 – “Fiesta”

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The high energy Fiesta is a harbinger of excitement, encouraging free-spirited exploration into the unknown but welcoming locales that represents a bright orange shade that borderlines on red.

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A strong and fiery, yellow-based red – the vivid Fiesta provides a stark contrast to the calming, softer nature of this season’s palette.

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Mugler offered a sensual off-the-shoulder dress with slits while, Tibi went for a casual yet striking look utilizing the shade only on the sweatshirt and styling it with wide-legged striped pants.

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28 Sep

SS’17 Style Lessons from Milan Fashion Week

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WITH MILAN FASHION WEEK DONE AND DUSTED, THE ITALIAN HOUSES REVEALED THEIR STYLING RULES FOR  SPRING SUMMER ’17

Fendi SS’17. Images courtesy of Instagram @fendi
Fendi SS’17. Images courtesy of Instagram @fendi

SUMMER LAYERING
Karl Lagerfeld showcased a more practical version of his signature opulence for Fendi SS’17. The collection inspired by the home of Marie-Antoinette was rich in detail but balanced out with utilitarian shirts, subtle pinstripes and athletic trousers. The Italian fashion house almost abandoned its famous love for fur – except for some colourful striped gilets. Instead, the drama came from the cascading aprons that were layered over skirts and capri-pants.

Prada SS’17. Images courtesy of Instagram @prada
Prada SS’17. Images courtesy of Instagram @prada
GET WAISTED Prada showed the typically chic-yet-awkward aesthetic that we know and love the brand for. This season, Miuccia revealed how to mix something sensible...
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28 Sep

The Best Hair at Milan Fashion Week Spring 2017

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Gucci, spring 2017

Not one model came down the runway with the same hairstyle at Gucci this season. Some wore hats, others head scarfs, and still others turbans. Our favorite of the bunch? The '50s-style victory roll and ringlets that was one part Teddy Boy, one part Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz.

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Bottega Veneta, spring 2017

The contrast of a strong deep side part (an ode to Lauren Hutton, who walked the show) and a decadent jeweled barrette (which hairstylist Guido placed underneath the ear) created a look that was surprisingly, and heartbreakingly, romantic.

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Jacopo Raule/Getty Images
Alberta Ferretti, spring 2017 Guido proved you don't need to wear your hair down to be sexy. His low,...
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27 Sep

The Y Has Returned in a Big Way to YSL

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Today at Paris Fashion Week, Saint Laurent showed its first collection sinceHedi Slimane’s departure, and new designer Anthony Vaccarello seems to have brought back the Y in YSL in a major way. In fact, the first thing guests saw on arrival were giant, illuminated YSL letters hanging from a crane:

Photo: Rebecca Ramsey
Photo: Rebecca Ramsey

The set was made to look like an unfinished construction site with a concrete runway.

Paris fashion week opens with a new designer @anthonyvaccarello and a new venue at @ysl show tonight, but with the same taste of rock'n'roll. #ysl #paris #pfw #ss17 #voguerunway #condenast #fashion #show #anthonyvaccarello 🙌🏼💎💥
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Lou Doillon, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Jane Birkin had a great time...
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