Think celebrities simply love fashion so much that they jet across the world attending shows for their health (or uh, so they can be all up on the new trends)? Not so much. After all, that’s what they pay their stylists for. Much like party appearances and Twitter advertorials, the stars make handsome Benjamins for sitting pretty in the front row. Fashionista brilliantly curated a list of the digits, and you might be surprised at how much–and how little–some celebs will donate their time for. Check out who rakes in the big bucks, after the jump. Keep reading »
February 11th marks the kick-off of fall fashion week, but with almost 100 shows no one has the time (or energy) to see them all. NBC put together a list of the designers you’ve gotta watch, so fine tune your runway radar to these 10 talents prepared to set NYC ablaze in a stylized fire.
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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 »