Welcome to our 2013 NYFW coverage! We’ve got all the latest from the shows — and have curated some our favorite looks from the top designers. Up first, Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. collection — chic, bohemian and super-comfy looking. After the jump, highlights from Erin Fetherston, BCBG Max Azria, Red Valentino and more!
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Greg Chait is the dude behind the menswear label The Elder Statesman, and he’s also the latest Council of Fashion Designers of America Vogue Fashion Fund winner. Chait’s label is just five years old, but he’s already gained a reputation for his comfortable, lived in style. Chait takes home the top prize of $300,000, while jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer Maguire (who is married to Tobey Maguire!) and shoe designer Tabitha Simmons were chosen as runners-up. All three will benefit from the fund’s mentoring program, and you can find designs by each semi-finalist on e-retail site The Corner. We’re not especially fans of Chait’s laid-back surfer style (I mean, he’s got a bunch of Baha hoodie drug rugs in his collection for Chrissakes!), but are pretty sure there’s a big market for what he does. [NYMag.com]
Betsey Johnson has been around for a long ass time. Here she is in 1966, checking out models in her studio (Betsey is seated on the left), looking the picture of mod coolness.
What a difference a week makes. Less than seven days ago, Katie Holmes was in the throes of announcing her divorce from Tom Cruise. But now? She’s focused on fashion. Holmes has had a fashion line with stylist Jeanne Yang — called Holmes & Yang — since 2009. It’s currently available exclusively at Barneys New York and Harvey Nichols, but this fall the collection will walk the runway in its debut appearance at New York Fashion Week. Cue Diana Ross’s “I’m Coming Out”… [WWD]
Fan BingBing is a major star in her native China, where she’s managed to eek out a dual career as both a film star and a pop singer. That means you can find her on multiple red carpets in a month, wearing multiple gorgeous and effervescent gowns.
This month, BingBing’s been granted a profile in Vanity Fair — a sign that her fame is in no way on the wane. In it, she admits to never leaving the house sans fards and having a particular penchant for red lipstick. Us too, lady, us too.
When she was a child, she fell in love with clothes — her mother owned a boutique. And it’s evident in the sartorial choices she makes these days. Check them out after the jump.
As wise poet and personal role model LuAnn deLesseps once crowed — actually she autotuned it — “money can’t buy you class.” Money also can’t buy you style, as evidenced by the wide array of horribly ugly pants on offer by high end designers these days. Do you have $600 and no abiding sense of taste and the desire to look like a meth-addict out for her first post-prison cig break? We’ve got some really wowzer designer trousers just for you. Check them out in our gallery of wildly overpriced ugly pants.
Feral Childe is the creation of bicoastal design team Moriah Carlson and Alice Wu. They make simple, comfortable clothing in amazing fabrications, often creating clothes out of their collaborative drawings. You might remember them from a fairly recent kerfuffle with Forever 21, after the chain store ripped off a rather unique pattern the brand made. But you should also know them because they make cool, totally sustainable and locally produced clothing. They have a “waste not, want not” ideology about their company, donating any scrap materials to local design schools for use, and they’re totally transparent, making sourcing and production information available to any customer who requests it. We really love their aesthetic, too. Check out some of our favorite looks above!
Hold on to your sparkles, Betsey Johnson, fashion’s original wild child, is primed to get her own reality TV show on the Style Network later this year. Tentatively titled “Betsey + Lulu,” the show will follow Ms. Johnson and her daughter Lulu’s adventures and mishaps. The show is slated to focus on the relationship between mom and daughter, and how “single mother Lulu wants to launch her own fashion label and finally step out from Betsey’s shadow.” Betsey and Lulu have long collaborated — with a teenage Lulu walking in her mom’s shows in the ’90s — so we’re psyched! [Racked]
Iris Apfel is the grand dame of quirky, eccentric style. And luxury shoe maker Jimmy Choo wanted to honor Apfel’s signature look by designing a shoe after her. Dubbed the Iris, the five-inch heel will almost certainly never be worn by the diminutive 90-year-old New Yorker. And we’re not sure who else will be picking up a pair either — considering they’re going for $1495 a pop. Do you think Iris digs ‘em? She is a pretty hard sell. [Jimmy Choo]
Jonathan Saunders was chosen as this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund winner, and will receive £200,000 cash prize. He’ll also be able to take advantage of top tier mentoring opportunities — not that he’ll need it. Saunders’ designs are already worn by the likes of Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Obama.
Saunders beat out Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda llincic, Marios Schwab, Zoe Jordan and Meadham Kirchhoff, as well as footwear label Nicholas Kirkwood for the award. And since he’s the BFA’s big winner, we figure we’ll be hearing a whole lot more from him. So we thought we’d give you a few tiny tidbits about this up and coming designer. Check out your new fashion overlord.