During the Golden Era of Glamour in the 1950s, Coco Chanel returned to Paris after her post-war excursion, Hubert de Givenchy opened his own fashion house—dressing Audrey Hepburn in the movie Sabrina in 1954, and the ‘New Look’ created by Christian Dior—nipped-waist, with a full skirt and mid-calf length was the silhouette de rigueur.
Richly hued, and abundant with multifarious ornate textures, the Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2013 collection, stated anything but wallflower. The Fantasy Street Style inspired collection, took the notions of an edgy gamine—sophisticated, whimsical but most certainly street smart.
“In a moment when street style influences fashion more than ever, I wanted to create a fantasy inspiration for how the Alice + Olivia girl dresses every day,” mused Bendet. Anything goes in this perfectly mismatched collection of leather, lace, floral brocade, with suited styles, a bustier, layers of knits and vests, adorned with short full skirts, coats, metallic jackets, and distressed denim. A perfectly curated hodge-podge of whimsy that just simply defines a cleverly orchestrated collection.
Cold yet sunny, with snow debris smashed to the curbside, Sunday morning started with a promise of light-hearted enchantment at the Lela Rose Fall 2013 show in the Studio at Lincoln Center.
The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales told stories of romance, tragedy and secrets as the inspiration behind this season’s collection. Fantasy juxtaposed with dark humor conjured up a magical, feminine apparition of wearable styles for fall.
The countdown to Fall fashion week is on, and New York starts next week. I arrive Thursday but leave on Monday evening, and sadly I’ve had to decline some fab shows—the schedule is never perfect.
The Tracy Reese teaser, arrived this week, a sneak peek on what to expect next Sunday—this is a show I am always excited to see. For Fall 2013, expectations are set as Tracy Reese articulates her inspiration—inspired by New York; the collection transpires the paradoxical harshness of urban life with the romanticism of beauty.
Rich textures, sexy silhouettes with long slimming skirts, hourglass dresses, sweater tunics, meaty jackets and bold coats assimilate amidst deep black velvet darkness, accented with a scarlet, cerise, teal, aubergine, tan and lychee color palette.
The key silhouette from the collection, a flattering floral frock, with delicate beading is paired with flat closed-toe booties that create a timeless modern, easy-to-wear style. Well, I look forward to watching this collection unveiled in real-time! Check out: Tracy Reese.
Love, love, love…anything Thierry Mugler, oops MUGLER, since I bought the fragrance Angel back in 1992, oh yes, showing my age—and how old the fragrance is. The fascination of vanilla oils and scents started during this time, and this was pretty much the only major fragrance with this unique scent—followed soon after by the Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance in 1993, and yes, I bought that too—both divine! So when I think of Thierry Mugler, the potent smell of Angel always springs to mind.
Design duo David Neville and Marcus Wainright of Rag & Bone, in my opinion, can do no wrong, especially regarding their Spring/Summer 2013 ad campaign. Set in the green luscious pastures of Southrop, Gloucestershire, in the Cotswold, which dwells in the southwest region of my home country in merry ole England—not too far from my hometown.
The campaign features one true Brit—Kate Moss, who looked perfectly natural, at ease and comfortable in the shoot—shot by photographer Alasdair McLellan, and produced by Laird+Partners.
Before I can even start to think about the folly of fall fashion week, and my forthcoming trip to New York, a quick recap on the arrival of spring is a must-do. February glossies are already beckoning the attention for spring fashion, so here’s my edited collective of styles I love for Spring 2013.
Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Giles, and Balenciaga.
Dallas shuddered in sweet anticipation yesterday as the fashion-shattering news rippled through every stylish cable on the Internet—Karl Lagerfeld plans to host a Chanel show in Dallas—oh my, there truly is a god!
This week, WWD hosted the CEO Summit in New York, attended by Mr. Lagerfeld—who escaped industry discussions to sit with WWD for a chat, and chat he did. Lagerfeld stated, ”In a year, I will go to Dallas. You know why? First of all, I love Texas. I love Texans. There’s another reason. When Chanel reopened, the French press was beyond nasty. The only press that understood it immediately was the American press, and Neiman Marcus gave her the Oscar for her collection, so I think it’s a nice thing to go there.” I couldn’t agree more.