We were backstage at Vena Cava
‘s spring 2010 show today and you can’t tell from this Teen Vogue
video but the scene was downright exciting since the show kicked off MAC & Milk’s new partnership. (If you hadn’t heard, MAC
, which used to sponsor makeup at the Bryant Park tents, decided to go rogue-ish and strike up a deal with Milk Studios — which is where anybody who’s anybody in NYC fashion shoots their magazine editorials and advertising campaigns.) Keep reading »
Designer Jenni Kayne managed a miraculous feat at her Spring 2010 presentation last night. She somehow managed to present a collection that was simultaneously covered in sequins and boring as hell. For those of you intimately familiar with the exciting powers of silver sequinage, this will be a perplexing concept. So we will further explain: It’s not so much that the outfits weren’t cute or fun. They were. A kicky sequined mini-dress would be awfully fun with opaque tights and black booties for a night out and a leather high-waisted pencil skirt is never a problem. Unless, of course, it’s exactly like the one that Temperley put out last fall and the sequined dress was a little too reminiscent of YSL two years ago. Sadly, the déjà vu-induced boredom was overpowering and the “I’d rather be dead than here” expressions on the models’ faces weren’t terribly helpful either. But if you’re looking for a leather high-waisted bikini, then this is the collection for you.
More pictures after the jump. Keep reading »
Yesterday eve we went backstage at Agent Provocateur‘s show–our favorite purveyors of classy yet kinky underthings and beyond–to see how the hair and makeup team were going to be able to make a strong statement against all that studded leather and French lace dusted with Swarovski crystals. The answer? They stayed true to the sex appeal that’s inherent in the label. MAC makeup artist Chantel Miller looked to recreate the kind of sultriness, with an expensive edge, you’d find in a ’70s-era Playboy (which is certainly my personal favorite decade for the mag, but no one’s asking, so …). Anyhoo. “Before I spoke to anyone regarding the makeup for the show, the word ‘sex’ came to mind,” Miller told us. Naturally. Pasquale (it’s just “Pasquale,” thanks), one of our favorite hairstylists, was there dousing girls’ hair in Davines hairspray and he totally concurred. We love the makeup Miller used: Hefty doses of Golden Lemon and Golden Olive Pigment (the turquoise effect was from the light) and a blend of Cherry liner, Crimson Lipmix and Burgundy Lipmix on the models’ kissers. But while we had her attention, our minds turned to more carnal — and realistic matters — so we also begged her to tell us what kind of makeup to wear when we’re pretty sure we’re gonna get laid and don’t want to look too shameful on the walk home. Her professional opinion, after the jump! Keep reading »
We all vaguely recognize the big models and can’t help but know who the stylish celebs are sitting front row. But the people who matter most during Fashion Week can be a little trickier to spot. We’re talking, of course, about fashion magazine editors. Check out the big players in our handy-dandy chart after the jump. And don’t worry, some of them aren’t as obvious as you-already-know-who. Keep reading »
So apparently Kristin Davis — yes, Charlotte from “Sex and the City” — has a fashion line. And even though she seems pretty busy shooting “SATC 2″ here in NYC, evidently she is planning to show The Kristin Davis Collection, rife as it is with polyester, bright enamel bracelets and imitation patent leather, during New York Fashion Week. Aside from the fact that Charlotte wasn’t even a particularly stylish character on “SATC,” there is also that fact that Kristin herself basically brings to mind a blank fashion slate. Seriously, maybe it’s just further proof that this whole actor-turned-designer thing needs to end. Have you even seen this line? [Style List] Keep reading »
New York Fashion Week officially begins this Thursday. Right now designers are probably scurrying around, creating last-minute dresses, hiring models to walk the runway, and making final hair, makeup, and music selections for their shows. Sure, they’ve been working for months on their collections, but a lot is done right down to the moment the last model struts onto the runway.
We love seeing what goes into making the clothes we see in magazines and on red carpets. In the four-part series “The Day Before,” which premieres tomorrow night at 10 p.m. on the Sundance Channel, French director Loïc Prigent (the man behind the “Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton” documentary) takes us behind the scenes for the last 36 hours before the fall 2009 fashion shows of Sonia Rykiel, Proenza Schouler, Fendi, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. After watching these clips of Karl Lagerfeld and his Fendi team going delightfully nuts (above) and Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough making last-minute adjustments backstage (after the jump), you’re gonna want to clear your nights from tomorrow until Saturday, when the last part of the series airs. [Sundance Channel] Keep reading »
The coming of Fashion Week means that, if you live in New York, you’ll be spending a lot of time over the next few days feeling kind of short and fat as an inexplicably large number of models wander the streets en route to castings, clutching portfolios and cards that feature photos of them, their measurements and their agent’s contact info. The thing is, tall and impossibly thin as said models are, there are lots of them and standing apart from the gorgeous gaggle must be a pain in the ass, and challenging! One Model Management, however, is making it a bit easier with by far the coolest model cards we’ve ever seen. Inspired by famous fashion photographer Richard Avedon, these retro-looking numbers beat the pants off their classy-but-boring black and white counterparts, don’t you think? [Refinery 29] Keep reading »
When hookers in Brazil want to protest discrimination, they take to the seams. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, prostitutes in Rio de Janeiro walked the runway as models for Gabriela Leite’s Daspu label (“daspu” comes from the slang term “das putas” or “the whores”). The former prostitute started the label four years ago “as a way for prostitutes to gain regular income while also fighting preconceptions of people affected with AIDS.”
“Daspu gets rid of prejudice,” says Leite. “It opens paths for the citizen whore.” Keep reading »
Now that Beth Ditto is designing a plus-size line and schilling for Chanel, has fashion found a new obsession? New York hipster designers ThreeAsFour are collaborating with one very special lady for their spring 2010 collection: Yoko Ono. While details on the September 17th presentation are still vague, editors and stylists are already atwitter with the news that Ono, who created exclusive prints for the line, might perform tracks from her much-anticipated upcoming album, “Between My Head and the Sky,” at the show. Either way, between ThreeAsFour’s predilection for experimental installations (during their fall show, models tended bonsai trees) and Ono’s “interesting” taste (she spent the earlier part of this year judging an interactive haiku competition and staging an exhibition of John Lennon’s final bloodied clothing), this could end up being THE event of New York Fashion Week. (Or one of them anyway.) Stay tuned… Keep reading »