Grunge is gone — long live rock 'n' roll. Hedi Slimane dropped the first hint as to the new direction of Spring 2014 with the invitation to Saint Laurent, a book filled with graphic black-and-white drawings by Guy de Cointet, which then reappeared at the show in a moving light installation on the Slimane-designed set. Minis, sheer blouses, those covetable leather jackets, and one-shoulder dresses — in shimmering black, gold, and hot pink — showed a sexier side of the line. Fall's combat boots were replaced by a low heel, some even with bows on the toes. As always, Slimane paid homage in clever details to the legacy of the house (that cropped safari-ish jacket was a standout) but kept his eyes firmly focused on the future of the brand. If there isn't already a waitlist for the tuxedo jacket by the end of the night, there should be — and we want to get on it.
It takes a strong walk to carry the runway's boldest designs, but when merely a strut won't do, designers are left with only one option: dance. This season music took the catwalk by storm, and the choreography was as eclectic as the clothing itself. From Jean Paul Gautier's judges panel to Moschino's twirl through the label's archives, these runways got us in the groove.
From the moment the first step hit Rick Owens's runway, Instagram and Twitter lit up with activity — the most buzzed about show of Paris Fashion Week had begun. One of the performers was Tess McHugh (center), who, along with her eye-catching hair and fellow teammates from New York based group Soul Steps, proved the power, strength, and "viciousness" of the Spring 2014 collection.
We caught up with McHugh, who got her start stepping in sixth grade before performing at Williams College and ultimately going pro in New York City, and talked about everything from grit faces to just how long they practiced before the house lights went down in Paris.
A personal photo album and the story behind the show that Rick Owens called "more wonderful than I could have dreamed!" right here
Although the show notes for the Elie Saab Spring 2014 collection billed it as a lace garden, it was actually a treasure trove for red carpet-ready dresses for this coming awards season. Like his couture dresses, this ready-to-wear line — a mix of cocktail party frocks and strict eveningwear — wasn't lacking in brightly colored silks, embroidered lace, and sparkly appliqués. The high-slit peachy rose gown, with its sheer bodice and 3D floral embellishments, might be most enticing for the A-list set, but the series of sprinkled-on glitter dresses was even more eye-catching. Then there were the painterly floral prints that truly brought the designer's vision of a blooming garden home.
Annie Leibovitz has enlisted the services of a new broker to sell her West Village compound — and the home and office space has a new price, too. Corcoran has brought the price up to $29.9 million from the $29 million it was listed for in April.
Brown Harris Stevens originally listed the 10,000-square-foot home for $33 million in Dec. 2012. The property is comprised of three townhouses at the corner of New York's West 11th and Greenwich streets and surrounded by a private garden. Leibovitz bought the first two homes in 2002 and the third a year later. Since then, she's renovated and connected all three homes, which have seven bedrooms and 13 wood-burning fireplaces among them. Two of them now serve as living quarters; the third hosts a photo studio with its own kitchen and reception area.
A peek inside the home Leibovitz built, here in the gallery.
Photos via Brown Harris Stevens.
Rumors that Marc Jacobs will leave Louis Vuitton have been abounding for months, but the reason why he might be considering it has only become clear today. Over the weekend, sources said it's possible Jacobs won't renew his contract with the French luxury goods house in order to focus on his own brand — and perhaps to even take it public.
Still, if Jacobs does leave Vuitton, where he's been creative director for the past 16 years, his departure would cause more than a small ripple in the fashion world. After all, Jacobs is a huge talent, and replacing him will be no small feat; his leaving the house would mark the end of an era. Luckily, there's already a frontrunner for the rumored opening. Herein, a rundown of all the rumors about Jacobs leaving Louis Vuitton.
- Why Jerome Dreyfuss said no to H&M — Vogue UK
- The iPhone cases you need for Fall — HuffPost Style
- Who knew that Confucius philosophized about fashion? — Styleite
- Shop these Gucci bags with good conscience — Purseblog
- The players to watch across the pond — Telegraph
- Who will take over at LVMH? — BoF
- The store slated for COS on Spring Street is haunted — Racked
- Supermodel Esther Canadas has broken up with Vikran Chatwal — Page Six
- Manolo Blahnik and Tina Fey are a perfect pairing — Hulu
Giambattista Valli is a designer who loves floral appliqués, but not every look from his Spring 2014 collection showed off his mastery with silk petals. Most of the collection was rendered in black, white, and taupe, and instead of covering his models with blooms, he folded and shaped the clothes to suggest flowers.
For example, the first look down the runway was a bright, white crop top (the trend that won't end) paired with black and white shorts with an extra folds that curled around themselves, almost like orchids.
The looks that did include flowers were just as beautiful, including a gray painted short suit with purple flowers adorning the shoulders and a black minidress with white flowers sporting a longer panel of white with a dark floral print. But the duality in this collection proves that flowers are just as pretty even when they aren't in your face.
The first glimpse we got of Stella McCartney Spring 2014 was a cryptic Instagram of a bespectacled Miranda Kerr. That shot (as well as a googly eyed invitation) alluded to two of the buzziest elements of the show — one being Kerr's rare runway appearance and the other those aforementioned shades.
As often is the case, McCartney's sleek accessories — ranging from sunglasses to minimalist sandals and slouchy bags — were the perfect complement to the label's modern designs. Bringing her faux reptile technique to the collection and pairing her relaxed shapes with feminine contoured lace and rich navy and burgundy, McCartney's show was truly a sight to see (with or without a pair of those googly eyes).