Haider Ackermann Mar06

Haider Ackermann

More and more, a name that seems to be on the lips of a lot of major fashionistas, is Haider Ackermann. His cool, avant-garde sensibilities have drawn comparisons to Rick Owens, and now he is purportedly being eyed by three of the biggest houses in all of fashion: Chanel, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. Last November, Karl Lagerfeld named Ackermann as his current choice to succeed him as creative director at Chanel. Meanwhile, with John Galliano’s recent self-implosion, a major void has been left at Dior – and rumors have continually swirled that Stefano Pilato will leave Yves Saint Laurent. Yesterday he showed his Fall collection in Paris, and delivered what some are touting as the show of the entire season. I’m in absolute awe of his use of leather, and mix of textures – from shiny satin and sequins, to velvets and suede. His color palette is also completely inspired. The lineup started with somber blacks, but quickly transitioned to gorgeous greys, and a palette of dreamy, romantic jewel tones – from deep rose and crimson, to a spectacular use of turquoise and teal. Really, my jaw dropped this morning when I clicked through the photos from his show. Ackermann is currently backed by Anne Chapelle, the Belgian investor behind designers Ann Demeulemeester and Josephus Thimister. For a look into their history and collaboration, see this article from today’s New York Times. Irrespective of where he goes (if anywhere), he has certainly caught everyone’s attention. Enjoy the slideshow of highlights from his Fall 2011 collection (via...

Mr. Ghesquière Mar04

Mr. Ghesquière

As far as fashion designers go, I can’t think of anyone who is more exciting or more innovative than Nicolas Ghesquière – creative director for Balenciaga. Season after season, he turns out gorgeous clothes that are decidedly modern, and insanely hip. Yesterday he showed his Fall 2011 collection at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, and once again, showed an impeccable lineup of impossibly cool clothes and accessories, that will, no doubt, be coveted by the fashion flock. According to Women’s Wear Daily, “he made a number of very specific archival references: round-shoulder coats, which he faced with bright blue and violet; sculptural vests with big spherical buttons, and tunics covered in scalelike paillettes. ‘When you see the core of the work, (Cristobal Balenciaga) is always fascinated by the same subject, working it over and over,’ Ghesquière said. ‘I am fascinated by the radical nature.'” Nicolas has been with the house of Balenciaga since 1997, and has continuous plans to further build the brand – including the nascent line of menswear (yes, please). It seems inevitable that he will one day launch his own, eponymous line – but for now, Balenciaga (and The Gucci Group) can revel in his genius. Enjoy the slideshow of highlights (via Style.com)....

Academy Awards Feb28

Academy Awards

There was so much red on the red carpet last night – definitely one of the trends. This wasn’t my favorite look of Anne Hathaway‘s, but she still looked like a classic beauty. Red definitely worked for Jennifer Lawrence who was super chic and understated, but Jennifer Hudson missed the mark a little bit. Her new body looks phenomenal, and the dress wasn’t a total disaster – but definitely not one of my favorites. Anne Hathaway in Valentino – Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein – Jennifer Hudson in Atelier Versace Of all the red dresses last night, Sandra Bullock‘s was my favorite – very sweet and pretty. Penélope Cruz was a bit of a disappointment for me. She usually turns up the volume big time for the Academy Awards, so I guess I was expecting a little more. Since she’s a new mother, and also wasn’t a nominee – we’ll give her a pass. Again, I’m not angry with Kathryn Bigelow – but her YSL dress doesn’t do much for me. I’m also not so sure about the shoulder cutouts. Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang – Penélope Cruz in L’Wren Scott – Kathryn Bigelow in Yves Saint Laurent It was fitting that Rodarte dressed Natalie Portman for her big night – as they also costumed her in Black Swan. I’ve not liked a single thing that she has worn during this awards season, but she looked absolutely radiant in this plum colored gown! On the other hand, Scarlett Johansson made a misstep with this one. The gown, itself is fine – but her black undergarments and tousled hair cheapen the look. My favorite purple dress was worn by Mila Kunis – one of the best dressed of the night – dreamy and ethereal! Natalie Portman in Rodarte – Scarlett Johansson in Dolce &...

Cate Blanchett Feb28

Cate Blanchett

I’m sure that many will disagree, but my vote for best dressed is (hands down) Cate Blanchett. She’s such a fashion girl, and almost always shuts it down on the red carpet. There were a lot of gorgeous dresses on the carpet tonight, and lots of dreamy, princessy silhouettes – but I really love Cate’s quirkiness and originality. She always takes risks, but never goes too far. Her dress is Givenchy haute couture – from Riccardo Tisci’s Spring 2011 collection. I loved it then, and I love it even more on Cate! Here are a few of Cate’s past looks at the Academy Awards. From left to right – 2005 in Valentino (the night that she won for Aviator) – 2007 in Armani Privé – and 2008 (pregnant) in Dries Van Noten. Love her! Photos courtesy of Just Jared and...

Unconventional Chic Feb25

Unconventional Chic

I’ve been wearing Lacoste shirts since before I could dress myself. Being a big tennis buff, I also love the rich history of the Lacoste brand. La Société Chemise Lacoste was founded in 1933 by the French tennis player, René Lacoste – and produced the classic, white polo (or tennis shirt) that he wore on the court. The unmistakable crocodile logo was taken from René’s nickname, ‘The Crocodile’. Several theories exist to explain the origin of said nickname – one of which was that it was given to Lacoste as a result of his aggressive determination on the court. Another tale that has been told (and my own preferred theory), involves a bet that was placed between René and his team captain – over a certain match. The wager? A beautiful, crocodile-skin suitcase. Lacoste lost the match, and the wager – but gained a nickname. His friend, fashion designer Robert George embroidered a green crocodile onto the white blazer that Lacoste wore before every match. Fabulous! The classics never go out of style, and I’m absolutely loving their new ‘Unconventional Chic‘ ad campaign – it’s so fun and super...

Wearstler Style Feb22

Wearstler Style

Kelly Wearstler is a rock star among interior designers – and last week during fashion week, she introduced her very first ready-to-wear collection. At the Soho loft that she designed for some Texas clients, Wearstler previewed the collection for a select group of buyers and editors. According to Kelly, she “wanted it to be an intimate experience where everyone could feel like they were fully immersed in my environment.” Much like Barneys New York is Simon Doonan / Jonathan Adler-land, Bergdorf Goodman is quickly becoming rather Wearstler-centric. The seventh floor of Bergdorf’s currently plays host to BG, the Wearstler designed eatry – as well as her line of luxury baubles and home accessories. Now, the department store has the exclusive on her new line of clothing, clutches, and jewelry. When the Fall collections hit the stores in a few months, Wearstler’s clothes will be found among other contemporary labels, (in a KW designed space, no less) on Bergdorf’s fifth floor. Like her fabulous interiors, Kelly Wearstler’s clothes are playful and positively brimming over with loads of texture, pattern and bold colors. According to style.com, “her reputation will be a boon to the business, but the contemporary market is a crowded one, and if she wants to make a real go of it, she’ll have to insert more personality into the collection next time. The clutches and costume jewelry, maybe because they’re closer to her bread and butter, had a stronger point of view.” Enjoy the slide show… Pictures courtesy of Kelly Wearstler, style.com, and...

Inès and Karl Feb20

Inès and Karl

The February issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK has a fun, little article on the recently rekindled friendship of Inès de la Fressange and Karl Lagerfeld. As the story goes, Lagerfeld befriended the young model, Inès when he was head designer for Chloé in the early 80s. The two became fast friends, and when Karl moved to Chanel, he quickly signed de la Fressange as the face of the legendary brand. The deal marked Inès as the first model ever to have an exclusive contract with a haute couture fashion house. In the article, Inès recounts a particularly comical anecdote about a trip that the two of them took to Chicago. “One time, we were in Chicago on a promotional tour for Chanel and we found ourselves starving hungry in a limousine. Karl suggested that we have a hot dog, and soon our massive limousine – three times bigger than a hot dog stand – pulled up to one. Karl was wearing a tuxedo and holding a fan. I was in a long dress with a ton of pearls. He went up to the hot-dog stand, but he only had a $100 bill. So he came back and I had to go instead. Never go out with rich people – you always end up paying! Once we’d got the hot dogs, we drove to Lake Erie and hung out with all these hippies there. It was beautiful. When we went back to the car, Karl fell asleep and I thought it was so sweet: this big star doing all these interviews everywhere and now he was exhausted and fast asleep. I suddenly saw him in a way that nobody else saw him – it was a tender moment.” How fabulous – and what a site...

Ralph Lauren Feb19

Ralph Lauren

In my humble opinion, Fashion Week in New York is never complete until the Ralph Lauren show.  For a week in February, and a week in September, New York is the world’s stage for American fashion design – and who in fashion is more iconically American than Ralph Lauren?  For Fall 2011, Ralph went against type – adding oriental influences to his ever chic silhouettes. In what was perhaps a social comment on the expanding importance of China to US trade and commerce, Ralph used Chinese music to set the stage for the show – and for the clothes and accessories, he used red and green, Chinese embroidery, and jade and coral jewelry throughout. According to Women’s Wear Daily, “The Chinese references came discretely at first, in shoes, jade and coral jewelry, flashes of red. Eventually, the point came into full flower as sleek cheongsams shared the runway with flapper chemises, and demonstrative Chinoiserie-themed embroideries appeared. While the red silk smoking jacket hammered the point with uncharacteristic indiscretion, lavish vests and cocoon coats more gracefully recalled French Deco’s obsession with Orientalism. There was nothing costumey about Lauren’s gorgeous eveningwear, whether black columns with geometric beadwork or a pair of glorious, rich-hued diva gowns, one in burgundy velvet, the other, in fluid jade silk.” Photos courtesy of...

Michael Bastian Feb17

Michael Bastian

The March issue of Esquire magazine has a compelling article on Michael Bastian – my absolute favorite menswear designer. His clothes are luxuriously preppy, but with a playfulness and wit that are decidedly original. Since launching his own line five years ago, he has turned preppy on its head – and in the process has quickly gained a loyal following. While the steep price tags of his pieces often make them unattainable to many, he is currently in the process of switching from his current Italian manufacturer, Brunello Cucinelli – a move that will lower prices, and broaden his clientele. In the meantime, we can enjoy his more affordable line, Gant by Michael Bastian – for which the Fall 2011 collection was shown last Saturday. Here are a few highlights via style.com…...

J.Crew Blog Feb15

J.Crew Blog

I was so excited last week when I heard that J.Crew is launching its own blog later this month. The ever so fabulous Jenna Lyons, J.Crew President & Executive Creative Director, made the announcement last week at Lucky Magazine’s Fashion and Beauty blog conference. “We’ve done a pre-selection of people within the company who would have something interesting to bring to the table, but we’re also looking at people outside the company, to bring things to the forefront of content,” she said. Read all about it...

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