Ruffian Fall 2011 collection sure was full of contradictions. The designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais played with all the different parts of a tuxedo - bow-ties, white shirts with contrast color buttons, cummerbund details, vest like blouses and jackets. Tailcoat, cropped or elongated; with contrasting lapels or without; in satin, vinyl or velvet; jackets were indeed aplenty.
Yves Saint Laurant's Le Smoking might come to mind, yet Wolk and Morais' play on the tuxedo couldn't be more different. The former was minimal and alluring - best suited for a Femme Fatale, the latter is playful - begging to be worn by a pretty young thing on a night out on the town.
Wolk and Morais didn't forget the Ruffian girl's feminine ...
Irina Shabayeva is one of the few Project Runway alums who ever since the win kept going strong. Shabayeva produced a collection every season since winning Project Runway Season 6 with last year's Fall 2010 perhaps being the most expensive - full of fur and leather - sponsored by Tupperware.
This time, Shabayeva's Fall 2011 collection was a bit more low-key. Playing on a cutout snowflake detail throughout the collection, she produced strong basic pieces like knits (knits is definitely her strong side), wool jackets and jersey shirts and tunics. For evening and cocktail wear, Shabayeva created colorful satin dresses and gowns with gold sequin gown and a mini version of it really knocking it out of the park.
Sally LaPointe Fall 2011 collection "was inspired by photographic processing", so will tell you LaPointe if you ask her about the collection. Even before the models came out, you knew you were in for something modern and cutting edge - abstract clouds of playing colors, bright red and orange, were screened onto a backdrop. A few minutes later the models would walk along that very backdrop and you'll realize the video art is also the print on some of the pieces.
In a very graphic manner, silver colors opened Sally LaPointe's Fall 2011 collection. Those then progressed into red, then turquoise, black and red again. Despite being highly conceptual, LaPointe didn't fall into the trap of putting to much emphasis on ...
The new Catherine Malandrino Fall 2011 collection provides plenty of accessories to choose from. Perhaps what will become an It item is the Paris - New York oversize python tote in navy,red and white. For evening we have small leather, embroidered or bejeweled pochettes. Necklaces, bracelets and belts were big - made of black pearls, crystal and enamel. All this richness was contrasted by simple black shoes, either pumps or basket-weave oxfords.
Catherine Malandrino chose to present her signature Malandrino Fall 2011 in the old New York Times Building. What looked like a very rundown loft space with huge windows, exposed pipes and peeling paint was ample with light and charm.
The juxtaposition of the tough space and the girly and romantic collection was quite evident. Perhaps it was serving a metaphor for the collection as well. Malandrino designed her Fall 2011 collection with a woman who explores the romance of Paris and the rhythm of New York in mind. Tuxedo pants worn with heels and romantic tops. Soft angora and fur combined with black leather. An eclectic mix of leather wrap jackets, myriad of fur vests, coats and shrugs, pleated skirts and ...
Jason Wu wins, so all the critics say, with his girly and super elegant Fall 2011 collection [HuffingtonPost Style]
Since Alexander McQueen's untimely death, his signature label is still doing well [Vogue UK]
Carine Roitfeld in an interview. Says she's not speaking to Emmanuelle Alt [The Cut]
Stars wearing Alexander McQueen. In his memory. [Grazia UK]
T Magazine developed quite a cool widget showing models' make-up transformations [T Magazine]
Norman Ambrose staged his Fall 2011 collection presentation in a classic Vogue photo-shoot composition. Some of models were seated on white cubes, some standing on ladders and others simply standing, striking a pose. With such amazing lighting - the setting called to take out your camera and start clicking away. Playing into the show, Mr. Ambrose would walk up to the models once in a while and fix up the little things - a tuck here, a bow there. Not that he needed to, everything was perfect.
For his Fall 2011 day looks, Norman Ambrose was clearly inspired by the 70's. Not the free-spirited boho that spilled over from the 60's, but the sophisticated and glamorous side of things where high-waisted ...
Apparently Carine Roitfeld's decision to resign as the editor in chief of French Vogue wasn't purely Roitfeld's way to express her whimsy and punk rock demeanor.
According to Cathy Horyn, the bosses (and Franca Sozzani) were quite unhappy, to say the least, with French Vogue December 2010 issue guest-edited by Tom Ford. Even advertisers were upset and complained to Condé Nast - and that was it for Roitfeld. She offered to resign as a symbolic gesture and the bosses at Condé Nast took her up on that offer.
Carine Roitfeld tells Horyn her side of the story, "Maybe, maybe. Everybody has an opinion. Before, it wasn’t a problem, and anyway the magazine was doing very well. It’s difficult to work with a ...
Vogue finally released the high-resolution images of Lady Gaga Vogue March 2011 cover and editorial, both photographed by Mario Testino. By featuring who Vogue consider to be a cutting edge artist they allowed themselves to feature the more original (and gorgeous) designers as well. I'm absolutely delighted to see looks by Haider Ackermann, Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Louis Vuitton in the editorial, with Ackermann getting the cover.
Women probably shouldn't say things like this about other women, but you really can't photoshop someone pretty, can you? Vogue cleaned her up and dressed her up, but even they couldn't infuse grace, poise, allure or any other type of appealing quality into her blank face.
I choose to concentrate on the positive though ...
Vogue Eyewear Spring 2011 campaign features Kate Moss photographed by Mario Testino at London’s Syon Park. We got a behind-the-scenes sneak peek last week, but the final product looks even better I expected. Bright and saturated colors - a perfect summer setting.
Kate Moss, who is also the spokesperson for the brand (replacing Gisele Bundchen), of course couldn't go without putting her create input. Vogue Eyewear Spring 2011 includes "Kate's Favorites" - six of Moss' favorite items from the collection.