If hair could scream in agony, our eardrums would be bursting. We know that the fashion industry has been using the economy as an excuse to produce more “artistic” runway shows, but French designer Charlie Le Mindu has taken things to quite the extreme at London Fashion Week. Outfitting his models in sculptural hair, um, things … some displayed braided masks, while others were covered in super-large helmet-like ‘dos.
We hear that Chewbacca is Mr. Le Mindu’s most loyal customer, and of the new collection, he said, “Aowwww! Raarghhh!” Keep reading »
This sculptural beehive was spotted at Danielle Scutt’s showing at London Fashion Week. And while we fully salute this Hair Model Citizen, we can’t say this is a runway trend we’ll be rocking anytime soon. [London, 9/21/09] Keep reading »
After a rocky, anorexia-accusation-laden beginning, London Fashion Week is now offering us a glimpse at runways not peopled with white, pre-pubescent stick figures. PPQ followed in the steps of Carlos Campos in casting an entire runway of black models; knitwear designer Mark Fast sent three “plus-sized” (read “averaged-sized”) girls down the runway in his uber-clingy dresses; and Sykes pulled a Charles Nolan, marching models up to 70 years old down its catwalk. Keep reading »
From Jasmine Di Milo‘s spring 2010 collection, which debuted at London Fashion Week, the T-shirt that says: “Yes, I tweak my own nipples.” Keep reading »
A model kicks off London Fashion Week at a “hedonism”-themed designer exhibition. [London, 9/18/09] Keep reading »
London Fashion Week begins this weekend, and one of the first things to make headlines isn’t about clothing but the models wearing them. The Royal College of Psychiatrists has publicly decried Fashion Week as a promoter of anorexia. “The catwalks of international fashion events such as London Fashion Week can act as a showcase for underweight women,” said, Ulrike Schmidt, a professor at the college. Keep reading »
London Fashion Week is about to be a quarter-century old! (Insert joke here about quarter-life crises.) For its 25th anniversary, Elle UK is sponsoring a huge ad campaign, which went up today in tube stations all over the city. Having commissioned 25 designers to make posters, it’s clear the magazine gave the artists free reign on what they could dream up, because most don’t even reference Fashion Week. Matthew Williamson’s design features a tie-dye print; Mulberry came up with a crafty “Love” slogan with a peace sign as the O; Paul Smith’s illustration features different colored hangers intertwined in a squiggly mess.
What we’re really finding awesome, however, is Henry Holland’s take (above), “25 yrs of L.F.W. and all you get is this lousy poster,” which inadvertently pokes fun at London Fashion Week’s struggle to keep up with Paris and New York. Check out some of the other Elle posters after the jump! [Elle UK] Keep reading »
Jean Charles De Castlebajac (try saying that five times fast) is launching a diffusion line this fall at London Fashion Week. (Not too surprising given the habit of big designers looking to make money a little more quickly and easily.) What is surprising, however, is the fact that he’s not casting the show from the same crop of 200 or so lovely, skinny ladies who crawl the catwalks for pretty much every show around. Instead, he’s holding an open model search for “real” girls and boys 16 to 25.
So if you’ve always harbored a semi-secret desire to be a model, send a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org before September 7th and keep those fingers crossed. [Elle UK] Keep reading »
We just go from one city’s fashion week to another’s, and right now designers are showing their Fall 2009 clothes in London. Unlike New York Fashion Week, where the heels seemed lower than usual (except for at Herve Leger), the shoes of London are tall and predominantly platforms. So far, no model has totally bit it and landed on the runway, but there have been a few close calls: a trip at Vivienne Westwood, a removal of shoes at Ely Kishimoto, and a slo-mo walking style at Basso & Brooke.
[Photos: LondonFashionWeek.co.uk] Keep reading »
On the runways the last couple seasons, designers have been showing off models’ breasts with sheer tops and no bras in sight. Check out the NSFW see-through designs from last week’s London Fashion Week, then promise us you will never show your nipples in public. Keep reading »