A recent trip to India inspired Roberto Cavalli's Resort 2013 collection for Just Cavalli, which explains why these garments are covered in leopard print and images of exotic flowers. All of the pieces — from a green-and-white full-length gown to baggy shorts and minidresses — are guided by Cavalli's commitment to hip-hop style, but the patterns like alligator skin and Venus flytrap prints keep the ensembles current and fresh. Cavalli's designs succeed just as well in a full-on color as they do in pure white; a few looks created of all-white pieces allow all of Cavalli's ideas to shine through without distracting from one another.
This may just be the year of the cameo. Not only did Lanvin offer them up in dramatic medallion styles for Pre-Fall 2012, but now Miu Miu's gorgeous crystallized versions for Summer 2012 have finally hit online and in stores.
Though classic techniques like hand engraving and investment casting were used to create these jewels — and they may be adorned with crystals, brass, and pearls — these cameos are anything but old school. Each silhouetted face comes in a statement-making jumbo size and backed in an eye-popping hue — vivid marigold, tomato red, pink, or cerulean blue.
Watch Mia Wasikowska model a few styles in the campaign video below, then click through to see — and shop — the entire Cammeo Cristal range, priced from $495 to $995.
In the video below, Wintour — wearing the scarf Thakoon Panichgul designed for Obama's Runway to Win campaign — details how hopeful attendees can enter for a chance to win one of the "best spots at the table" at her home in New York City's Greenwich Village. "Sarah Jessica and I both have our own reasons for supporting President Obama, and we want to hear yours. So please join us," Wintour says. "But just don't be late."
It's been two months since Adam Levine and Victoria's Secret Angel Anne Vyalitsyna ended their relationship — and it appears that Levine has already taken up with another member of Anne's heavenly cohort.
Levine was spotted kissing and holding hands with Vyalitsyna's colleague Behati Prinsloo in Kauai, HI, while he was there for a friend's wedding this week. Prinsloo and Vyalitsyna both appeared in this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, where Levine walked Vyalitsyna down the runway while singing his song "Moves Like Jagger." Vyalitsyna announced their split with a statement in April, saying, "Adam and I have decided to separate in an amicable and supportive manner. We still love and respect each other as friends. I wish him all the best."
Prinsloo is known for her work with brands including Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, and Nina Ricci, among others, and was previously in a relationship with fellow model Jamie Strachan. The former couple famously posed for i-D Magazine's Summer 2010 issue.
Photo: Behati Prinsloo walks the runway in this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo will be honored with the International award at this Monday's CFDA Awards, and already the industry is getting a head start on celebrating.
Earlier this week, Style.com published a tribute in which notable fashionables — including Taylor Tomasi Hill, Shane Gabier, and Chris Peters — discuss their love for the avant-garde label. Then on Wednesday, Cathy Horyn offered her perspective on Kawakubo's 40-plus-year career. "No living designer, with the exception of Azzedine Alaïa, is held in higher esteem by her peers, and none has enriched our spirit in so many original and confounding ways," Horyn wrote. In an attempt to shed light on Kawakubo's creative process, Horyn also reprinted an email from the designer, an excerpt of which is below:
"My design process never starts or finishes. I am always hoping to find something through the mere act of living my daily life. I do not work from a desk, and do not have an exact starting point for any collection. There is never a mood board, I do not go through fabric swatches, I do not sketch, there is no eureka moment, there is no end to the search for something new. As I live my normal life, I hope to find something that click starts a thought, and then something totally unrelated would arise, and then maybe a third unconnected element would come from nowhere. Often in each collection, there are three or so seeds of things that come together accidentally to form what appears to everyone else as a final product, but for me it is never ending. There is never a moment when I think, 'this is working, this is clear.' If for one second I think something is finished, the next thing would be impossible to do."
Kawakubo will not be in New York to accept her award Monday, but she has asked her longtime friend filmmaker John Waters to present and accept the award on her behalf. In the slideshow, a look back at some of our favorite looks from recent Comme des Garcons collections.
If comedy is the opposite of being ladylike, then Alice Temperley's Resort 2013 collection is as serious as it gets. Temperley took her inspiration from enduring beauties like Sophia Loren and the style of women in the South of France in the '50s and '60s. The result is a restrained collection of demure classics. Dresses in bright red, cream, black, and blue jewel tones are nipped in at the waist in a nod to the New Look and are accented with grosgain ribbon and starfish brooches. The evening gowns in the collection show off a little leg with an emphasis on soft draping. But a masculine white suit — featuring a double-breasted jacket with wide-leg pants — is perhaps the garment that best summarizes this collection's traditional bent: cool, classic, and timeless.
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- Sophie Dahl's 2001 ad for Yves Saint Laurent's fragrance Opium has been named the eighth most offensive ad of all time by the British Advertising Standards Authority. The ASA agreed with some 948 complaints about the image of Dahl's naked body when the ad was released, saying that it was "sexually suggestive and, in an untargeted medium, likely to cause widespread offense." [Vogue UK]
- Kim France, the founder and former editor in chief of Lucky who started a blog called Girls of a Certain Age in December 2011, says she's not exactly comfortable with her new job description yet. "It feels very strange to me, the notion of people asking me what I do for a living, and at 48 to say, 'I'm a blogger.'" [The New York Times]
- Shopbop has added a feature that allows shoppers to look at sunglasses from all angles. Dragging your cursor across the screen turns the head of a model wearing dark lenses from Elizabeth and James, Matthew Williamson, and Rag & Bone, to name a few. [Shopbop]
- Tommy Hilfiger says he's always looked up to Karl Lagerfeld as a designer, who told him that he innovated Chanel by "looking at Coco Chanel's archives" and "making all of her designs relevant for today," he said. "So I wasn't doing anything dissimilar by taking all the American classics and making them relevant for today." [Style.com]
"Fashion is a weapon that you can use when you need it," Versace said in a live interview with fashion journalist Tim Blanks. "I think my own look makes people think I'm tough but when they get to know me I'm very different. It's like armor that was useful to me in the first years after Gianni's death. . . I don't mean to sound like a martyr — just to make the point that I used my personal image to hide all these emotions."
Versace also talked about selling fashion in a tough economy, saying that she was glad to work with H&M on a lower-priced line. "I had no idea how they'd make my designs come to life at those prices, but they did it without restricting me at all," she said. As for her main collection, Versace said high-end clothing still sells because she pushes the envelope in terms of aesthetic and innovation.
"Designers have to ensure that their brand stays in the real world — like we have, hopefully, with Versus — but then you have to work hard to make sure the creativity survives," she said. "In hard times you still have to be extreme. My job now is to make our aesthetic evolve while remaining truly Versace — I want to make dresses that every woman wants: sexy and jaw-dropping — I always want it to be relevant but I also want it to be always about glamour."
Rachel Roy combined artist Sonia Delaunay's use of color with modernized versions of shapes from the '60s to create a striking Resort 2013 collection. Roy said she "wanted to create form through color," and she accomplished that through colorblocking and mixing black-and-white geometric patterns. Bright yellow is featured heavily in the line, and royal blue, cream, orange, and teal play well with each other, often in the same ensemble. "The collection embodies rhythm and movement by juxtaposing colors, textures and mixing feminine and masculine details that are my signature details," Roy said.
Brooks recently told The New York Times that Ree Drummond's blog The Pioneer Woman — which details Drummond's life on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma — gave her the idea to give up her job as fashion director at Barneys last March to take a yearlong sabbatical from life in New York City. "It's the idea of having a career on your own terms, anywhere," said Brooks, who's moving with her family to England for a year. While she's there she'll blog and work on a new book.
Perhaps Brooks's quest for life on her own terms started two years ago, when Diane von Furstenberg wrote the foreward for Brooks's book I Love Your Style, the designer told her, "It's time for you to figure out who is Amanda Brooks. Not Amanda Brooks who works for so-and-so. It’s time to define yourself as a woman." Below, some of Brooks's friends comment on how she's defined herself so far.
Diane von Furstenberg: "When I met her, she was very kind of WASPy and I didn't even think she was that pretty. But I loved watching her grow. She learns, she absorbs, she’s very entrepreneurial and she’s very nice."
Mark Dowley, Brooks's former boss at William Morris Endeavor: "Amanda is a complete person. Because she's so pulled together, she's incredibly disarming, but that can also be very intimidating."
Amy Astley, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue: "She's a jock. She's the girl who is swimming in the sound in April. She's not a prissy fashion girl at all."
Artist Rachel Feinstein: "Amanda is fearless. If she decides to do something, she isn't worried about what people might think. . . She's incredibly genuine. It's hard for people to realize that someone like her is actually how she is. People want to dislike her because they can’t believe she’s had all this."