Serious question: does Karl Lagerfeld owe his notoriety more to his fashion design prowess or his very polarizing public persona? I’d say it’s a toss-up, but regardless, as far as Fashion People Fame Levels go, he ranks at the top of the charts. The delightfully bizarre Roberto Cavalli may be finding himself slightly envious of Karl’s larger-than-life media presence, because the eccentric Italian designer is throwing some major shade at the Chanel head honcho. He said of Lagerfeld in a recent interview, “Just because you are an artist you don’t have to dress like that. … He looks ridiculous.”
Interestingly, I don’t think they dress all that differently aside from the obvious disparity, which is that Roberto (at left) invariably appears to have bathed in a vat of self-tanner while Karl is pretty much white all over. Also, the former is rarely spotted in a fully-buttoned shirt. As you do! Listen, I say we settle the score with a fashion face-off… and I don’t mean Chanel vs. Cavalli. Let’s go, boys! (This will never happen.) [StyleBistro]
Fall fashion shows — highlighting Spring 2012 collections — continue on throughout Europe. And as they slowly wind down, we’ve noticed a bunch of designers who are truly pushing the boundaries of what Ready-to-Wear means. European designers like Ann Demeulemeester and Gareth Pugh aren’t staying safely within the confines of traditional sportswear, but instead are pushing their own unique perspective. Take a look at our gallery and check out some of the best more out-there looks.
Oh, to be Abby Lee Kershaw, the sometimes-model and blonde muse for this Balmain Spring 2012 collection video. Watch her frolic and run with her Our Mountain bandmates — one of whom happens to be her very attractive boyfriend Matthew Hutchinson. Watch her smile and swing around bus stop poles wearing thousands of dollars in high end fashions. And yes, watch as she happily enjoys the sunset over the city, hand in hand with her special man. It’s enough to make you gag ponies and sprinkles. [FashionIndie]
Now that the “Harry Potter” kids no longer have a bazillion dollar franchise to support, Emma Watson has got some free time, and it seems she’s opted to pick up some work as a fashion designer. No longer content to merely serve as a model/muse for Burberry, Watson is said to be launching her own line, and has been taking cutting, sewing and design classes, presumably at Brown University’s sister school, RISD. According to an unnamed source, “Emma wants to challenge herself creatively. She’s obsessed with art at the moment She’s already designed a line of T-shirts and wants to expand her skills to create bespoke evening wear.” So she’ll join Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag and Avril Lavigne, among others, as model/actress/muse/designer. Phew. That’s a long resume. [ONTD] Keep reading »
We’re not into dense and heavy tomes during the summer months. Co-published by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, American Fashion Travel: Designers on the Go is just the type of lighthearted and engaging reading we want. This stylish scrapbook features personal anecdotes, photos, and memorabilia from America’s best-known fashion designers. Plus, it’ll look gorg sitting on your coffee table!
Apparently, most of us are already past our prime, having missed the opportunity for great career success because we’re over the age of 18. Is it just us, or does it seem like every other day we’re hearing about some new wonder child scoring a record deal, publishing a book, becoming insta-famous as blog or YouTube stars, and now, fashion designers? Most recently, there was Cecilia Cassini, the 10-year-old who had a trunk show at Fred Segal. Straying far from the amateur, however, 17-year-old Rael Stone goes for the seriously conceptual with his collection of unisex metal crowns and edgy knits. The British teen certainly isn’t just going for pretty aesthetic pleasure here. “This collection came from countryside footpath murders, estate rape, bored unoccupied teenagers, and isolation in overgrown wisteria-ridden cottages,” he said. Estate rape?! OK, maybe there’s a reason why we decided to wait until after our teenage years to seek fame and glory.
Check out more pictures of Rael Stone’s designs after the jump … if you dare. [Trend Hunter] Keep reading »
Is it just us, or has the past year been like The Invasion of the Superkids? Today we have another pint-sized talent to add to the list: Cecilia Cassini, a 10-year-old fashion designer. Getting her start at age 6 on a Singer sewing machine, Cecilia learned the craft by logging obsessive hours with a needle and thread and experimenting with different fabrics and designs. About to host her first trunk show at the Fred Segal store in Los Angeles (any designer’s dream), Cecilia’s creations are for kids with imagination—think sparkly dresses, lots of bows, bright colors, and sassy patterns. In short, the wardrobe you always dreamed of as a kid. To us, it looks like what Betsey Johnson might have designed when she was a child. Take a look at some of Cecilia’s clothes after the jump. [CeciliaCassini.com] Keep reading »
Time magazine takes it upon itself to narrow down the 100 most influential people in the world on a yearly basis to create the “Time 100″ list. Along with the requisite world leaders — Barack Obama, Bill Clinton — a few fashion people generally earn a spot for their efforts. But this year, the list includes just one designer, Marc Jacobs. In the issue, Victoria Beckham offers her opinion on Marc, claiming he’s “one of the most interesting and intellectual men” she’s ever known and crediting him with innovative designs and the skill to determine trends. And I certainly agree. After all, the man walks around in a kilt and has fashion editors scrambling to their seats in order to see his shows. My problem is with the rest of the list. Do Robert Pattinson, Lady Gaga, and Simon Cowell really belong on the same level as leaders like the President? I’d argue that designers like Karl Lagerfeld or Ralph Lauren are a great deal more influential than a celebrity who doesn’t know how to wash his hair. View the full “Time 100″ here and draw your own opinion. [Time] Keep reading »
In our society, we value creativity and strive to be so unique that sometimes design and fashion are taken to extreme levels. Take for example the late Alexander McQueen‘s so-called “armadillo shoes” or Lady Gaga‘s wardrobe. There is nothing wrong with being outrageous, but a little goes a long way. That’s why I’m appreciating designer Lois (pronounced “Loy”) Samuels’ label “The Vessel” even more, especially the fall 2010 collection, which I had the chance to view up close and personal during New York Fashion Week. Keep reading »