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15 Dec

Why The $195 Balenciaga Scrunchie Is Peak 2017

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Is a $195 scrunchie worth it? Well, that’s how much the thick hair band from Balenciaga’s Resort 2018 collection costs—shipping not included. Its steep price tag is comparable to that of a Vetements hoodie, which comes at a whopping $885—a triple-digit number that could also get you a 1999 Lincoln Town Car with 300,000 miles on it, or nearly 90 “Blue Light Special” hoodies at $10 a pop. Lately, talking about ordinary items with extraordinary price tags has begun to feel a bit like Passover seder, where the first question at the table is: “Why is this night different than other nights?” In fashion terms that translates to: “Why is this item different from all other items?” In the case of this particular electric-blue...
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15 Dec

Gucci’s Helping Dapper Dan Open His Own Harlem Atelier

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Earlier this year Gucci showed its Resort 2018 collection in Florence, Italy. If you remember, "Renaissance rock 'n' roll" was the theme of the 100-look show and designer Alessandro Michele "paid homage" to Harlem couturier Dapper Dan with a specific piece that bore a striking similarity to one of Dan’s (counterfeit) designs for Olympian Diane Dixon.

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After some good ol' internet outrage the brand rectified the situation by placing Dan in one of their campaigns and revealing a collaboration was in the works. Today, the brand unveiled said collaboration: a studio atelier in Harlem, New York. In another homage, the house teamed up with Dan to create a Lenox Avenue-located studio close to the designer's original shop, Dapper Dan’s Boutique, which shut...
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11 Dec

The History Of Women In Suits

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At the new Yves Saint Laurent museum at the Pierre Berge Foundation in Paris, the designer’s famous Le Smoking is the main attraction, literally. It’s the first garment that you see on display upon entering the newly christened museum, which rests in what was Laurent’s maison from 1974 until he stepped down from designing in 2002. Its creation was considered everything from shocking—Le Cote Basque famously turned away socialite Nan Kempner when she arrived wearing it—to ill-fitting and ill-conceived when it debuted in 1966. Looking through today’s lens, while its style endures, it looks rather tame. Saint Laurent may take all the credit for this genderless dressing in men’s formal wear, but he was hardly the first nor the last. In this...
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11 Dec

The Standout Accessories From Chanel’s Metiers d’Art Runway Show

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Chanel headed to Karl Lagerfeld's hometown for their latest Metiers d'Art Paris show and was clearly inspired in part by nautical living. Here, a closer look at all the literal, quirky, and weird details you may have missed.

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If you thought the cabbie hat/ baker's hat/ greek fisherman's hat was a dying trend, think again. Chanel's runway heavily featured the cap in tweed, pinstripe, and wrapped in tulle.

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Sailor hat, but make it morbid.

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If you buy the hat, does it come with a hot sailor in a cozy fisherman’s turtleneck smoking a pipe?

The Squeezebox Do sailors play the accordion? We're convinced they do given this Chanel cross body bag. (A quick Wikipedia...
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11 Dec

Dior Celebrates Its Mystical Past And Present With Tarot-Themed Pop-Up Stores

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No one knows what the future holds, but that hasn’t stopped us from trying to find out. From astrology to palm reading to fortune telling, we’re fascinated by the mystic arts that give us clarity about where we came from, and perhaps hint at where we’re going.
The fashion industry has been all about it, and the house of Christian Dior is particularly steeped in the history of the occult. Monsieur Dior himself was deeply interested in astrology—a theme current Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri has explored by incorporating mystical symbolism into her designs.

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Her recent Resort '18 collection was inspired by Motherpeace Tarot, a deck designed by Karen Vogel and Vicki Noble in the 1970s. “The Tarots of...
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8 Dec

Christian Louboutin And Disney Collaborate On Star Wars-Inspired Heels

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Who knew Christian Louboutin was a Star Wars fan? To celebrate the release of The Last Jedi, the latest installment in the beloved sci-fi franchise, the famed shoemaker teamed up with Disney and Lucasfilm for a range of heels inspired by four of the movie's leading ladies: Rey, Admiral Holdo, Captain Phasma, and Rose Tico. The footwear is up for auction from now until December 20, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Starlight Children's Foundation, which supports critically ill children in hospitals, on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change. Although one pair of limited-edition Louboutins—signed by the designer and a Star Warsactress—seems like a big enough prize alone, there's even more included in the package. Winners get a second pair of the shoes plus a...
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6 Dec

Meet Casey Cadwallader, Mugler’s New Artistic Director

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Today, Mugler joins the fold of brands that are switching up their lead creative teams. The French label just announced that American designer Casey Cadwallader has officially taken the reigns as artistic director of the house, while David Koma, who has held the position since 2013, has left to pursue his own label in London.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: A model walks the runway during the Acne Studios Ready to Wear fashion show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: A model walks the runway during the Acne Studios Ready to Wear fashion show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Cadwallader is an interesting, if unexpected, choice to lead the house. The designer originally studied architecture (just like founder Thierry Mugler) before an internship at Marc Jacobs prompted him to make a career switch to fashion. In the 17 years since, he has held positions at Loewe, Narciso Rodriguez, and Acne Studios, proving that he is quite flexible when it comes to...
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4 Dec

A Colorful Yarn: Angela Missoni On The Iconic Brand

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Her earlobes weighed down by enough charms to fill two bracelets, her hair in a topknot, Angela Missoni is claustrophobic in cities, alive with enthusiasm, lit by clarity. For 20 years the creative director of Missoni, she’s turned the family-owned company into a global luxury brand without forfeiting its intimate authenticity. “I’m not looking for perfection,” she says, “but harmony.” I’ve been in thrall to her family from the first time I saw a Missoni pullover in a magazine in 1967. Every possible color was joined into a lacy motif of faintly heraldic points as scalloped as fish scales, as feathered as bird wings. The colors said everything was possible, the lacy scales suggested that one could transcend human form, the...
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30 Nov

Elizabeth Hilfiger On Foo And Foo Collab With Julian Klincewicz

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Elizabeth Hilfiger isn’t trying to create another fashion brand. The 23-year-old launched her debut line Foo and Foo (a nickname given as a child) earlier this year, with the sole intention of creating an art-focused streetwear brand. She’d been mulling over the concept for nearly a decade before that. “I knew I wanted to start a brand but the idea of creating yet another fashion line didn’t feel right. The market doesn’t need it,” she tells CR. “I wanted to find value in the work and had the idea of creating a place that is both brand and interactive with content - something truly alive.” The heart of Foo and Foo lies not only in the clothing (an intentionally affordable range of hand dyed vests,...
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24 Nov

Celebrating The Best Of Azzedine Alaïa In i-D

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In memory of the iconic designer and i-D friend, we look back into the archives.

Photography Simon Harris, Fashion Director Edward Enninful, The Hot Beach Issue, no. 288, June 2008.
Photography Simon Harris, Fashion Director Edward Enninful, The Hot Beach Issue, no. 288, June 2008.
Photography Simon Harris, Fashion Director Edward Enninful, The Hot Beach Issue, no. 288, June 2008.
Photography Simon Harris, Fashion Director Edward Enninful, The Hot Beach Issue, no. 288, June 2008.
Photography Willy Vanderperre, styling Olivier Rizzo, The Couples Issue, no. 279, August 2007.
Photography Willy Vanderperre, styling Olivier Rizzo, The Couples Issue, no. 279, August 2007.
Photography Alasdair McLellan Fashion Director Edward Enninful, The Wild Women Do Issue, no. 274, March 2007.
Photography Alasdair McLellan Fashion Director Edward Enninful, The Wild Women Do Issue, no. 274, March 2007.
Photography Emma Summerton, styling Erika Kurihara. The Upbeat Issue, no. 264, March 2006.
Photography Emma Summerton, styling Erika Kurihara. The Upbeat Issue, no. 264, March 2006.
Photography Emma Summerton, styling Erika Kurihara. The Upbeat Issue, no. 264, March 2006.
Photography Emma Summerton, styling Erika Kurihara. The Upbeat Issue, no. 264, March 2006.
Photography Emma Summerton. Fashion Director Edward Enninful. The Wealth Issue, no. 269, September 2006.
Photography Emma Summerton. Fashion Director Edward Enninful. The Wealth Issue, no. 269, September 2006.
Photography Alastair Mclellan. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The Gods Gift Issue, 293. Nov 2008
Photography Alastair Mclellan. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The Gods Gift Issue, 293. Nov 2008
Photography Alastair Mclellan. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The Gods Gift Issue, 293. Nov 2008
Photography Alastair Mclellan. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The Gods Gift Issue, 293. Nov 2008
Photography Alastair Mclellan. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The Gods Gift Issue, 293. Nov 2008
Photography Alastair Mclellan. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The Gods Gift Issue, 293. Nov 2008
Photography Alastair Mclellan. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The Gods Gift Issue, 293. Nov 2008
Photography Alastair Mclellan. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The Gods Gift Issue, 293. Nov 2008
Photography Alastair Mclellan. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The Gods Gift Issue, 293. Nov 2008
Photography Alastair Mclellan. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The Gods Gift Issue, 293. Nov 2008
Photography Alastair Mclellan. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The Gods Gift Issue, 293. Nov 2008
Photography Alastair Mclellan. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The Gods Gift Issue, 293. Nov 2008
Photography Sølve Sundsbø, Styling Edward Enninful, The Best of British Issue, no. 297, March 2009.
Photography Sølve Sundsbø, Styling Edward Enninful, The Best of British Issue, no. 297, March 2009.
Photography Sølve Sundsbø, Styling Edward Enninful, The Best of British Issue, no. 297, March 2009.
Photography Sølve Sundsbø, Styling Edward Enninful, The Best of British Issue, no. 297, March 2009.
Photography Daniel Jackson Styling Marie Chaix. The Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes Issue, No. 307, Summer 2010
Photography Daniel Jackson Styling Marie Chaix. The Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes Issue, No. 307, Summer 2010
Photography Nick Knight. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The 30th Birthday Issue, no. 308, Pre-Fall 2008.
Photography Nick Knight. Fashion director Edward Enninful. The 30th Birthday Issue, no. 308, Pre-Fall 2008.
Photography David Bailey Styling Charlotte Stockade. The Back To The Future Issue, No. 310, Winter 2010.
Photography David Bailey Styling Charlotte Stockade. The Back To The Future Issue, No. 310, Winter 2010.
Azzedine Alaïa by Sølve Sundsbø for The Collectors Issue, no. 328, Winter 2013
Azzedine Alaïa by Sølve Sundsbø for The Collectors Issue, no. 328, Winter 2013

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