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Designers To Watch During London Fashion Week

When people think about the world’s fashion capitals, New York, Paris, and Milan are the cities that come to mind. But there are fashion weeks in a ton of other cities: Madrid, Mumbai, Sydney, and Beijing, to name but a few. London Fashion Week, which is happening across the pond right now, has become a must for fashion editors, buyers, and stylists. Here’s a primer on the hottest designers showing at this season’s LFW. Keep reading »

Style Icon: Janelle Monáe

If you haven’t heard of singer Janelle Monáe before, you have now. Unlike some of her pop and R&B peers, who are primped and preened into bubble gum-chewing, goody-two-shoe caricatures of themselves, this up-and-comer has remained true to her unique sense of style in fashion and music. Rumor has it that her deal with Bad Boy Records gives her total creative control, which means mentor Sean “Diddy” Combs must really believe in her as a star of the future. Keep reading »

Quick Pick: Hairspray Is In For Spring

[Backstage before Eley Kishimoto; London Fashion Week; 9/16/2008]
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Crave: Rainbow Messenger Bag

It’s been years since I had a legitimate reason to do back-to-school shopping, but it’s practically Pavlovian how I always get the urge to update my wardrobe as soon as the slightest breeze whips through the end of summer. And what’s a back-to-school shopping spree without a brand-new bag? This year, I’m craving the Robert Le Héros Besace messenger bags. With their rich, modern colors, and bold but feminine patterns, they’re perfect for lugging around all my books and essentials. So what if none of my books are from the required reading list? [£109, Egg Mercantile] Keep reading »

One to Know: Shoe Designer Nicholas Kirkwood

You already know Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik. The names practically speak for themselves. These three shoe designers are the top of the line and as popular as ever. Enter my newest obsession: Nicholas Kirkwood. His shoes simply make me swoon. They remind me of superheroes and villains. Actually, I’m pretty sure if Batman was a woman, she’d be fighting crime in one of these bad boys. His designs are aggressive, dark, and mysterious while also remaining glamorous and super feminine. This talented Brit jumpstarted his career in 2005 when he won the Conde Nast Footwear Emerging Talent award for his first collection. Later, in the spring of 2008, his signature stilettos and wedges walked the runways of designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Doo.Ri, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Instead of bows and baubles, he opts for an architectural shoe that has power and intrigue written all over it. To go along with his unique ideas, the shoes are crafted from somewhat unlikely sources like lizard, stingray, and buffalo horn. A true one-of-a-kind; there is nothing on the market quite like them. Even if Kirkwood’s shoes aren’t up your alley, there’s no questioning his artistry and innovation. As Kirkwood says, “They’re not for everybody. Only the truly fashion-forward, which is fine with us.” On the runways, Nicholas Kirkwood shod the Spring and Summer collections of Rodarte, Alberta Ferretti, and Pollini. [Glam] Keep reading »

Rewind: New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week ended on Friday after seven days of sometimes amazing — and sometimes hideous — clothes, a gazillion models, gallons of makeup, and a fleet of shiny black Town Cars filled with pretty young things. In case you were under a rock last week, here’s how it all went down…

  • J.Lo skipped out on judging the Project Runway shows. Tim Gunn made it work and filled in for her. We think his commentary will be better anyway.
  • People’s Revolution founder Kelly Cutrone vlogged for NYMag.com, showing us that she’s the same awesome, crazy fashion character in real life as on The Hills.
  • Victoria Beckham got her hair cut. Let the locks lemmings follow.
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    Project Runway: Final Collections

    I know I’m getting a little ahead of Project Runway’s TV schedule, but I just couldn’t resist discussing the final collections of the remaining six contestants, especially since photos of the shows are available everywhere, including Bravo. Although Jerell, Joe, Kenley, Suede, Korto and Leanne debuted their collections, I suspect the men were decoys because all three of them lacked design innovation — or had collections that were just plain ugly. If you can’t wait until the season finale, then click ahead, but if spoilers grind your gears, don’t click “CONTINUE READING.” Keep reading »

    Crave: Topshop Baby Doll Dress

    This dress, designed by Kate Moss, is equal parts sexy, flirty, and badass. It’s exactly what Beyonce meant when she coined the term “Freakum Dress.” The plunging neckline and short skirt will have all the boys drooling. You won’t even have to speak when wearing this dress because it speaks for itself: “We’re getting some tonight.” [$135, Topshop] Keep reading »

    Quick Pic: Bows Are Big In Spain

    Believe it or not, there are other fashion weeks besides New York, London, Milan, and Paris. This gift walked down the runway in Madrid today. I don’t think even Blair Waldorf could pull this look off. [The Amaya Arzuaga show during Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week; Madrid, Spain; 9/15/2008] Keep reading »

    Prada’s New Animated Short Film for Fall 2008

    These days, fashion companies are always trying to outdo each other with innovative new ways to present their clothing lines and their “visions” for their collections. Last spring, Prada released “Trembled Blossoms,” a four-minute animated short with music by CocoRosie. This season, they’re continuing this artsy-fartsy way of presenting clothes for their lace-based Fall 2008 collection. Created and directed by James Lima, “Fallen Shadows” debuted last week and features a new song by Antony and the Johnsons that won’t be featured on any upcoming album. The short doesn’t really have a plot, per se, but virtual women in black lace visit a church, wander past an aquarium, and dance with an enormous, um, protractor. The animation reminds me of that computer game Myst. It’s pretty cool. Download the high-res version of the film on Prada’s website. Keep reading »

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