Gucci's woman for Fall 2013 is strong, powerful, confident — and a little dangerous to boot. The brand's pregnant creative director Frida Giannini took ladylike shapes and subverted them with hard-edged, forthrightly sexy materials and styling. This offering had no shortage of pieces cut from patent or python, but a simple suit in plain black leather, nipped in at the waist, made perhaps one of the strongest statements of the show. Elsewhere, scaled-up houndstooth prints made for an interesting use of pattern, while sheer panels and plunging necklines exposed daring amounts of skin. The evening gowns, most of them dark, were accented with attention-getting swirls of feathers and fringe. Altogether, it's a look that requires discipline and serious backbone — but it's nothing the Gucci woman can't handle.
Maiyet dispatched Daria Werbowy and photographer Cass Bird to India for its Spring 2013 campaign — the fourth season in a row that Werbowy has posed for the brand.
Once in India — where Maiyet sources some of its artisanal wares — Bird photographed the model sailing along the Ganges River, dancing in Jaipur's Amber Fort, and biking through the backstreets of Varanasi.
The clothes in the ads will be available for purchase on Maiyet's website starting on Wednesday. Get a look at the pieces here in the gallery.
Photos courtesy of Maiyet
Consider it a master class in how to start a media firestorm. Suzy Menkes's recent T Magazine essay about the changing nature of Fashion Week has elicited passionate responses from the people she fingers as the cause of that change: bloggers.
Cotton-candy pinks and minty greens aren't the kinds of hues one expects to see on a Fall runway, but then again, Roksanda Ilincic isn't just any old designer. "I wanted to have a breath of Spring fresh air and break with tradition," the designer explained. By working that pastel palette into softly feminine silhouettes in fluttering silk and pearlized PVC, that mission was definitely accomplished.
But if featherweight dresses in ice-cream hues sound a tad impractical for October's frosty chill, don't worry: Ilincic's got you covered — literally. Cuddly fur coats and midi-length skirts in fuzzy chenille were plenty present, too, as was a generous helping of crackly eggplant-colored neoprene.
Those kooky London kids are at it again. Wild prints, electric-hued hair, inventive matching — London Fashion Week always offers the most eclectic street-style sightings around. But there's also a fair dose of understated chicness to be found, and thanks to the record number of international editors in town (we blame Tom Ford), this season London seems to be offering the perfect balance of both. Our favorites, in the slideshow.
- Karl Lagerfeld's latest photography exhibition, Fire Etchings, features images of models Freja Beha Erichsen and Aymeline Valade on large glass panels. [WWD]
- Swedish model Tilda Lindstam walked the most shows this past season at New York Fashion Week — 29 in total. [The Cut]
- Michelle Obama has officially commented on her new hairstyle: "This is my mid-life crisis, the bangs. I couldn't get a sports car . . . so instead, I cut my bangs." [The Huffington Post]
- Could we soon see a clothing line from Cara Delevingne? "I would love to design . . . I want my own brand of onesies!" the model said. "I'm trying to make it happen . . . someone contact me please, 'cause I'm ready!" . [Vogue UK]
- John Jannuzzi took to his iPad to sketch the looks from New York Fashion Week. [Lucky Magazine]
- After singing in sequins for Topshop last December, Kate Bosworth has revealed more details about her next project with the fast-fashion retailer. [Telegraph]
- Meanwhile, J.W. Anderson's latest collection for Topshop is now available online — and is already selling out. [Racked]
- Muse has released a video of Karlie Kloss to complement its Spring 2013 issue. [Fashion Copious]
Top photo courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld.
Between hosting the Golden Globes with Amy Poehler and celebrating a triumphant finale to 30 Rock, Tina Fey has already had a huge year, and it's only February. Next up for Tina is her new film, Admission, costarring Paul Rudd, and to celebrate, Tina is the next star of our I'm a Huge Fan series!
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Turns out being the cofounder of one of the industry's coolest brands will buy you a whole lot of house. Rag & Bone's Marcus Wainwright and his wife, model Glenna Neece, are getting ready to move into a triplex in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill Historic District. The Greek revival mansion — which Curbed called the "Blogger's Brooklyn Dream House" — was originally built in 1844 and went through a top-to-bottom renovation between 2007 and 2010, when it was originally listed for $7 million. (Wainwright and Neece paid $6.75 million, according to the sales record.)
The freestanding home is one of three in its neighborhood that sits on a double lot, and has enough parking space for four cars. It actually features three separate dwellings: in addition to the main home, there are two rental units with separate entrances that bring in an estimated $56,400 a year.
But that's not the only thing that makes the home so attractive. It has garden space on all four sides, an art studio, plus details like mahogany floors, a roof-deck, and a patio off the kitchen paved in bluestone. A look at the home here in the gallery.
Photos via Brown Harris Stevens.
Grandma chic has very rarely looked this good. For her Fall 2013 collection, Simone Rocha devised an elegant and forthrightly peculiar tribute to both of her grandmothers, Margaret Gleeson and Cecilia Rocha. Their nationalities (Gleeson was Irish, Rocha was Chinese) seemed to have little bearing on the clothing here, which instead focused on the designer's respect for the two women. A prim sleeveless dress, coat, and suit with a reverse peplum in Pepto Bismol pink opened the show, followed quickly by a few pieces in a solid black fabric or black lace. Then came pieces in ladylike shapes cut from unexpected fabrics, like a tube top and skirt in black patent leather, or a white shirt trimmed with a faux-leopard collar. But even the kookiest of the garments looked cozy and easy to wear. And as if to underscore that idea, Rocha paired every look with flats. And after seasons of sky-high platforms, what better time to give granny's arches a rest?
Of course, the unifying theme of Ford's opus is glamour, but the opulence of this offering was positively unbridled. Ford pulled out all the stops: beading, lace, fur, fringe, and raucous pattern combinations to create a conspicuously expensive-looking collection. And while some pieces — like an intricate long-sleeved black evening gown in a sheer lace — are exactly what we've come to expect from Ford, others (fur puffer jackets, beaded graphic silk bombers, and the like) are so outside Ford's usual milieu that they were almost shocking.
But Ford likes to have fun, and if any one adjective describes this show, that's it.