Oh. Dear. God. Today’s news from the fashion cosmos? It’s the beginning of Fashion Week—in Baltimore. I wish I were kidding. Just like we had a few ideas about how to make the New York shows better, I have a thought on all of these regional fashion weeks: Stop putting them on! Sure, I sort of see the reasons behind a Los Angeles Fashion Week (well, I do if Lauren Conrad and every celeb “designer” in the world isn’t invited to show), a Sao Paulo Week (hot Brazilians in swimsuits!) and, of course, the less-commercial London one (Temperley, Jonathan Saunders, Matthew Williamson are all headed back to their geographic roots next season), but, come on, Baltimore Fashion Week? Apparently, twenty-eight designers have signed up. The week’s schedule: eco-friendly apparel on Monday (today), ready-to-wear on Tuesday, punk/gothic/dark on Wednesday, avant-garde on Thursday, and couture on Friday. On the other hand, if I were a fashion-obsessed Maryland resident, I’d be really stoked. Are you sick of too many Fashion Weeks or do you wish there was one in your city? [Baltimore Fashion Week and The Examiner] Keep reading »
Having spent most of my childhood getting teased about my book dork-ery by relentlessly obnoxious brothers, I’ve developed a bit of a complex about reading. I like it and totally don’t mind spending a night in reading over a night out partying, but while a lot of new titles have awesome cover art and a general air of vague coolness, the classics are generally hopelessly dorky looking. Or they were, anyway.
Now I can tote around a tome with an amazingly illustrated image. The new covers are courtesy of Penguin Books and Ruben Toledo (husband of Michelle Obama’s favorite designer Isabel Toledo), and they’ll be gracing the covers of everything from Wuthering Heights to Pride and Prejudice in celebration of Fashion Week.
So yeah, I’m a book dork and I’m proud, not to mention ever so stylish now. [Elle UK] Keep reading »
CFDA President and fashion world matriarch Diane von Furstenberg think that the fashion industry is “in crisis.” From showing clothes months before the season they’re in stores to overly commercialized shows, and a growing sense of boredom coupled with a shrinking number of designers showing in the tents at Bryant Park, something has got to change. [The Cut]
They’ve got a few ideas, and naturally, so do we … Keep reading »
There are many fashion capitals scattered across the globe, but surprisingly no two are alike. You might think that one well heeled and shiny lipped city could not be distinguished from it’s other couture colleagues, but oh how wrong you would be. Residents of these fashion forward cities are stylish, trendy and decked out in designer duds but in unique and innovative ways. Here is a rundown of the signature city styles of fashion capitols around the world. Keep reading »
Christian Audigier, purveyor of all things rhinestone-encrusted and hideously illustrated, is planning to show at Spring 2010 Fashion Week in Paris this Fall. This is the guy who designs for the likes of Ed Hardy, usually shows his creations at L.A. or Miami Swim Fashion Week, and likely clothed the greasy dudes who were grinding all up on you at the club last weekend. So while designers like Christian Lacroix struggle with bankruptcy, Christian Audigier is zeroing in on their legitimate fashion turf with his truly illegitimate “designs.” This makes us kind of sad. [The Cut] Keep reading »
At Austrian fashion designer Lena Hoschek’s show during Berlin Fashion Week, a model walked the runway wearing an outfit made of Elvis Presley-print fabric. [Berlin, Germany, 7/1/09] Keep reading »
Most fashion shows are known for emaciated, twig-like models strutting down runways, but there’s a different kind of fashion week going on right now. Full-Figured Fashion Week took five years to organize, but, at last, arrived in New York yesterday. Until Saturday night, designers will show buyers and the press their clothes for plus-size women, as well as take part in panels such as “The State of the Curvy Community.”
“The main objective is to show the consumers and buyers that there are other designers out there,” organizer Gwen DeVoe told The Daily Beast. She also said plus-size women care about looking good, rather than having tunics and jersey dresses as their only options. Keep reading »
Rain ponchos are in for Spring 2010. [Dsquared2 Fashion Show, Milan, 6/23/09] Keep reading »
Move over New York, Paris and Milan, you no longer have the monopoly on Fashion Week. The three fashion capitols of the world are no longer the only cities drawing the well-heeled to their runways. Name a country, chances are it has a fashion week. Of course the big question is: What does one wear to those tents of fashion glory? Well, actually, the big question might be where in the world are some of these cities, but that’s a whole other can of designer worms. While Chanel works in Paris, I was not so convinced about what to wear to Fashion Weeks in more unusual locales. After consulting the map I have come up with the five most unusual Fashion Weeks I would go to and what I would wear to each. Keep reading »