Giles Deacon is now officially one of those “ones to watch.” Fashion insiders swoon over him, and the designer gained quite a bit of recognition last year at London Fashion Week with his Pac-Man themed collection, and when he presented in Paris yesterday, the successful reception of his line sealed him in as an international designer on the rise. Keep reading »
This past weekend I was telling a friend that I was headed to J.Crew this week to try to on wedding dresses. I know without trying one gown on, with a dress that emotionally loaded, I’ll never find something that makes me go OMFG-this-is-the-ONE. I’m too picky, and even though I’ve been known to spend a ridiculous $500-plus on a cocktail dress, there’s something about dropping thousands on a dress I’ll surely only wear once that makes me cringe. My friend replied, “Oh, I love their dresses but have you seen my boobs? J.Crew dresses just aren’t made for people with bigger chests, so I could never wear their bridal gowns.” And after a split second of thought, I mentally agreed, Yeah, she’s 100 percent dead-on with that. Keep reading »
No, we’re not referring to all those dresses and tops and pants you have laying on your bedroom floor—more like a designer piece that’s actually supposed to be there. The “Fashion Underfoot II” rug capsule collection for Elson & Company is designed in partnership with the CFDA and a long list of celebrated designers including Thakoon (that’s his handiwork, at left!), Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Home, Doo Ri, Cynthia Rowley, Lily Pulitzer, Tory Burch and Peter Som. They custom-designed a carpet that was then hand-woven with Himilayan wool by a team of master artisans in Nepal. And the best part? Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, a CFDA initiative that’s supporting women with breast cancer and has raised more than $40 million for the cause since 1994. If you’re looking to make a purchase, check out AM Collections. [Elson & Company] Keep reading »
Attention, Proenza fans: Fashion It duo Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough have come out with a textile collection for interiors mega-company Knoll that’s dark and dramatic—and mostly, it seems, inspired by their past collections. Think rich jewel tones, a range of neutrals, classic damask, plus a handful of other patterns and the Proenza favorite color combo of navy and black. Knoll doesn’t list prices, but I have to assume their textiles, like their collection, don’t come cheap. Still, do we like? [Knoll via Domicidal Maniac] Keep reading »
It’s certainly not enough that Vena Cava designers Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai are all over The Gap — now they’ll be available to Vena Cava aficionados everywhere with their very own blog, VivaVenaCava.blogspot.com. (And speaking of that Gap capsule collection, want some straight from the designers styling tips? They go all goth here.) According to Fashion Week Daily, Maylock and Buhai plan to post pretty much whatever they would have normally emailed around to their friends—anything from fashion to travel to textiles. Yippee! [Viva Vena Cava] Keep reading »
To say Michelle Obama’s wardrobe has attracted considerable attention would be an understatement. The world is obsessed with what Michelle wears. She always looks so put-together yet modern — and the designers whose clothes she sports get their names in the news. But are they actually seeing an increase in business? Michelle’s fashion choices seem to have one of three effects on the industry.
First, according to WWD, the First Lady has had an effect on designers, but it’s not always by increasing their sales. Since many of the clothes that Michelle wears are beyond the average American woman’s budget, designers are seeing an increase in name recognition, but they haven’t had dresses flying off racks. Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte said they have been emailed a great deal since Michelle wore one of their creations. Thakoon and Maria Cornejo said many more stores have requested appointments to see their collections and possibly pick a few items to offer their customers. Jason Wu’s recent trunk sales around the country have caused mob scenes. These higher-end designers have seen a greater response to their designs from people outside the fashion industry, which could translate to increased business down the line. Keep reading »
The name Jason Wu is hot on everyone’s lips right now, as it should be. The 26-year-old designed Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown and, let’s not forget, the shift dress she wore for a Barbara Walters interview in November. After the jump, a brief introduction to the cherubic-faced designer, whose dress for the new First Lady will become part of the Smithsonian’s collection of inaugural dresses. Keep reading »
Michelle Obama looked stunning at last night’s inaugural balls in a white one-shoulder full-length gown by 26-year-old Tapei-born, New York-based designer Jason Wu. But her choices might not only be based on what looks good on her. In fact, if you read into yesterday’s outfits, Barack and Michelle are very much on the same page when it comes to fashion and politics.
1. Just as Barack Obama’s presidential campaign aimed to invigorate young people and emphasized that their votes counted, Michelle is giving the same sense of purpose to young designers. No longer does a designer need to be an household name to have their designs worn to big-time events, though it helps if they’ve been in the running for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund endowment like many of the designers she’s worn (Jason Wu, Isabel Toledo, Thakoon). Keep reading »