Let’s talk punk! As an impressionable young girl fascinated with fashion and street style my Dr Martens and drainpipe jeans, were the closest I ever got to imitating a punk, although I do recall back-combing my hair, high above my head with copious amounts of hairspray, and rocking a Katherine Hamnett knock-off t-shirt. But, if we are really talking punk style, then without a doubt tartan, fishnets and spikes, dog-collar chokers, ripped t-shirts, a corset, leather, knuckle gloves, a mohawk, facial piercings, drainpipe jeans (in tartan preferably), Dr Martens and flashes of neon and graffiti are punk de rigueur.
Dutch mania! Last month I had the delightful experience of chatting with Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren of Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf. Within the same week, the Dallas Contemporary opened its exhibition of Walter Van Bierendonck—coined The Cultural Ambassador of the Flanders. Add the recent abdication of Queen Beatrix and the new King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander—one must take note.
I’ve always loved Viktor and Rolf, and now that I’ve met them, I’m in love, even more, both adorable in person and their designs are pure magnificence they surreptitiously imbued a stylish irony of surreal beauty through every collection.
With London and New York flagships established and an L.A. boutique on Rodeo Drive coming this May, this well-heeled Brit is adding humour to our soles, one step at a time. If you adore Ms Dellal like I do then read my short and sweet Q&A…
Max: A shoe epiphany! What was the inspiration that launched your shoe collection?
CD: I’ve always wanted to design fashion, but it was in my foundation year that I discovered that I wanted to specialise in footwear and went on to do a degree at Cordwainers in London.
It seems I had a full-blooded love affair with full-skirted gowns last night, given my favoured red carpet gowns worn at 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. In true personal style, Jennifer Aniston looked radiant in a classic red, strapless Valentino gown—truly glamorous, yet perfectly true to herself.
Jennifer Aniston: Valentino.
Jennifer Lawrence scooped the Best Actress award for her role in Silver Linings Playbook and looked picture-book perfect wearing a white Dior Haute Couture gown. If winning an Oscar wasn’t enough to talk about, a slip on-stage certainly made up for conversation—or answering ridiculous questions. Fortunately, Miss Lawrence has a sense of humour…
Richly hued, and abundant with multifarious ornate textures, the Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2013 collection, stated anything but a 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.