Legendary punk designer Vivienne Westwood has a flair for the colorful, the dramatic, the outlandish, the shocking, the absurd… but certainly not the tame. Nor the shy, for that matter: everything Vivienne touches, from her flaming orange hair to her punk-infused collections, is intended to Make A Statement. It’s kind of her MO. For her latest venture, the Autumn 2013 show for her eponymous Red Label, the British visionary sent models down the runway in what would best be described as… cartoon makeup. Saturated primary colors, exaggerated outlines done in stark black or white, and blanked-out faces resulted in a look that was very “Roy Lichtenstein goes to the kabuki.” This is a Look with a capital “L” that should not be attempted off the catwalk, but as for on it? It was a hit — and it provided the perfect foil for Vivienne’s soft metallics and loose, lovely grunge-girl knits.
For years now, the sidewalks outside of fashion week have been as heavily documented and critiqued as the clothes up on the runway. There’s a veritable industry now, of fashion bloggers, online personalities and charming crazies who now operate front and center when it comes to fashion week. And why not? Style trickles up as much as it trickles down, with designers pulling looks and inspiration from what they see around the city.
But not everybody’s happy about it. Take fashion writer Susie Menkes, who in this past week’s T magazine, railed against the ubiquitousness of the street scene. “There is a genuine difference between the stylish and the showoffs,” she notes, alluding that there are far more of the latter than the former in fashion right now. The actual fashion shows almost seem beside the point. “There is something ridiculous about the self-aggrandizement of some online arbiters who go against the mantra that I was taught in my earlier days as a fashion journalist. ‘It isn’t good because you like it; you like it because it’s good.’” Amen to that, but still, isn’t it fun to see what everyone’s preened themselves into now?
Spanning just five days, London Fashion Week is the shortest of the ready-to-wear fashion weeks. It’s also in many ways the most entertaining: the attendees, the street style, and most of all, the clothes on the runway are consistently lighter-hearted than New York and Milan’s more austere ambiance. Just take legendary designer Tom Ford, for example, who unveiled his first ever London catwalk show with a collection more vividly multi-ethnic than the pure streamlined elegance he’s known for. London Fashion Week has come and gone, so we’ve pulled five of our favorite shows from the five days — let’s take a look at Marios Schwab, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Burberry Prorsum, Roksanda Ilincic, and one veeeeery un-Tom Ford Tom Ford collection … Keep reading »
Man, I thought New York Fashion Week had some zany looks on the runway, but the designers across the pond just might have us beat. Click through to check out 10 crazy outfits from London Fashion Week (including a few that are NSFW-ish), and what we can only assume the models must be thinking while wearing them…
The hawk-eyed folks over at Buzzfeed noticed “Breaking Bad” actor Aaron Paul in the front row at Burberry’s runway show in London this week looking “confused.” But looking through the photos myself, I think Aaron, a phenomenal thespian, is actually showing a far more nuanced range of emotions. Click onward to see what I mean…
I have never wanted to wear a trenchcoat over a bathing suit more — check out collections from Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, Osman, and other designers showing at London Fashion Week, after the jump! Keep reading »
We can always count on Philip Treacy, maker of strange and confusing and fabulous hats, to send some truly mind-boggling headgear down the runway at London Fashion Week, and this season he didn’t disappoint. His collection was part Michael Jackson tribute and part engineering masterclass, not to mention a major muscle workout for all the models involved. Here are 15 particularly zany examples, along with the best places to wear them…
Here’s Lady Gaga stepping out of her hotel on her way to attend the Matthew Williamson show at London Fashion Week, looking totally normal. Just kidding! She seems to have inserted her head into one of those spherical flower bouquets that everyone’s obsessed with on Pinterest. I must say that the small portion of her face peeking out from her head garden looks really beautiful, though–her skin is dewy and her makeup is on point. Suddenly I have the urge to stick my head into the vase of daisies on my desk. [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
New York Fashion Week is just the beginning … after the tents in New York shuttered, the fashion industry quickly hopped across the pond for London Fashion Week, where designers like Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood began showing their spring/summer 2013 collections. Williamson was his usual bright and boho, Westwood put prim models on the walkway with improper green makeup, and Topshop Unique kept things black, white and sheer. Check out those collections and more, after the jump! Keep reading »
We love looking at all the crazy fashions on display at fashion week, but sometimes the hair is even better. While designers like Sister by Sibling and Louise Gray took their fashion show hair to a crazy place, we also loved the more reserved and retro-inspired looks on at Burbery Prorsum and Alexander McQueen. As fashion week continues in London, we’ve combed through (get it?) the shows, to bring you some of the best and most out-there hairstyles. Click through to check out the cool locks on display at London Fashion Week, and check back often for more hair updates.