Because the cast of “Jersey Shore” is known for nothing if not serving as the paragon of what American style should be, apparently the guidos and guidettes have Fashion Week invites flowing in. (With QVC and Kim Kardashian for Bebe showing at the tents, are you really all that surprised?) More than invites though, certain super special cast members have been approached to actually model in a few shows. Before you start trying to imagine Snooki sober enough to walk a straight runway line or “The Situation” pulling off the epic feat of strutting without removing his shirt, we’ll end the maddening suspense: JWOWW and Sammi are the chosen two. Allegedly, three different labels have talked to their (shared) manager about the possibility of the tan and lovely ladies gracing the runway at Bryant Park. God help us all… [The Cut] Keep reading »
Every season, the Marc Jacobs show is one not to be missed. But the creative designer has his finicky ways of presenting his clothes. One year the show began drastically late, the next only a few short minutes after its official start time, and then the number of invitations was cut–so even celebrities were left without access. But now Marc has decided to open his show to the entire world, and is embracing the trend of live streaming over the internet. Which means that come Feb. 15 at 8 pm, the entire world can watch as Marc sends his models down the runway in his latest collection. With one more designer moving toward the online showcase, hopefully we’ll see fashion continue to embrace the internet and bring the runway to the masses. Let’s just hope that he won’t use a Gaga song like Alexander McQueen, ruining the live stream for everyone. [Bryan Boy] Keep reading »
The problem with couture has existed pretty much since its inception. How much do we value fashion as an art, and at what point does couture’s importance cease if it remains not only elitist, but completely impractical? (Unless, of course, you’re keen on doing your grocery shopping in 40-pound ballgowns.) With an injured global economy and eco-conscious mentality trending, the past year or so has only served to emphasize how the fashion sector is becoming increasingly questionable in both morality and function.
And now, it appears that couture designers are dealing with the issue of modernity. For this reason, New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn found the majority of the Paris couture shows this year problematic. “Haute couture,” she writes, “what remains of it, is a little like a fragile ecosystem under siege by modern tastes and habits, and by couturiers who are stuck in the past.” While other fashion critics may beg to differ with Horyn’s subsequent point that, “Most women don’t pay attention to haute couture, and the reason isn’t the money — made-to-measure clothes have always been extremely costly — and it isn’t the lavishness or circuslike atmosphere of the shows,” it is indeed evident that when aesthetic influences are distinctly “old-fashioned” and asynchronous with what people are wearing today, that “houses don’t give people a reason to care and at least follow along … It might help, for a start, if designers acknowledged that they are living in the 21st century.” Keep reading »
“I had no intentions of blocking the views of people behind me but it didn’t block any views-I’m SHORT, so watching the show behind me would be like watching it through a regular-sized adult, but better, because adult heads do not have holes in them. Other than the stinky cheese man, from that one book, from like, second grade, or something. My dad was sitting next to the Grazia writer that tweeted this picture and said there shouldn’t have been any problems in seeing the clothes, but I’m pretty sure she or he was joking, anyway?”
–13-year-old fashion blogger Tavi responds to complaints regarding her “showy” hat blocking fashion editors’ views at the recent Dior couture show. Also, the bow was a gift from the atelier’s milliner, Stephen Jones, making it maybe the best swag of fashion week ever. How could she not wear it? [Style Rookie] Keep reading »
Most of us can only dream of getting our greedy little hands on a real couture gown — the exquisite tailoring, such rich fabric, those intricate details! — but we can recreate the actual nails used in most runway shows. (Hey, we’ll take what we can get.) For Lebanese designer Elie Saab’s show in Paris this week, Creative Nail Design busted a move that we’ve done plenty of times with eyeshadow and lipstick, but forgot to try with nails: They layered CND Colour polish in Creamy Cameo and Effect in Lavender Pearl (find ‘em here), for an extra “opalescent, luxe” look that perfectly complemented Saab’s outrageously gorgeous, opulent gowns. Hey, we think this combo would look great with jeans and a T-shirt, too. Keep reading »
As we bask in the afterglow of couture fashion week, we can’t stop obsessing over Lagerfeld’s massively triumphant Chanel collection. Those classic, pastel suits — mousse pinks and baby blues and lavenders — looked as delicious as a bag of robin’s egg candies (or in this case, more like a box of macaroons from a French patisserie), the hair was beyond exquisite, and those silver tights put a young, futuristic spin on the house’s traditional tweed silhouette. We can only imagine how hard it will be to score a pair of those stockings, and who knows if they’ll even end up selling them or if they were made by someone else, but we’re totally inspired. While there are lots of dark gray sparkly tights out there, it’s a bit harder to locate a glittery silver pair. But the lurex tights I tracked down at online hosiery retailer Forward Edge look just about spot-on, no? Also, at $6.99, they couldn’t be further from couture prices. Keep reading »