Cocktail attire doesn't have to mean cocktail dress, and this season we're taking inspiration from menswear trends when dressing for the evening hours. Picture the above jackets and vests with skinny tuxedo trousers—like Stella McCartney's lace-trimmed stretch pants or Preen Line's PVC leggings—and a heavy heel or bootie for an I'm-with-the-boys party look.
Posts for November 23rd 2009
Taschen releases 100 Contemporary Fashion Designers, a two-volume compilation of profiles on the established and the young.
Fendi introduces the F Factory during Art Basel Miami, a limited-edtion retail outpost for custom versions of the brand's most popular bags.
The latest and greatest designer blogs.
Karl Lagerfeld still refuses to sell Chanel online in order to protect the brand.
Swarovski challenges menswear designers to create bejeweled ready-to-wear for the boys.
Lithuanian model Rasa Zukauskaite lands Prada spring 2010 campaign.
Valentino The Last Emperor makes the Oscar short list in the Documentary Features category.
>> Shakeups Up Top at Vogue, Elle —Danko Steiner, who has Vogue's design director for four years, announced last week he is leaving the magazine to pursue photography. Raul Martinez, founder of AR New York, has been chosen by Anna Wintour as creative consultant, stepping in to work with Vogue starting Dec. 1 (his work will appear in pages starting next Spring). And over a year and a half after Nina Garcia left Elle, Alexis Bryan Morgan has been named her successor as the magazine's fashion director starting January 2010. Morgan was most recently executive fashion director at Vanity Fair, and is the daughter of Anna Wintour's boyfriend, Shelby Morgan. [WWD, FWD]
>> Top model Daul Kim, who was found dead by her boyfriend last Thursday, hanged in her Paris apartment, "was an excellent model, but she used to say she had hard times off the job," according to one anonymous modelling agent.
Friends told the Telegraph UK that all the constant travelling and the pressures of the fashion industry were taking its toll on Daul, and she had announced intentions to move into painting and video filmmaking. She already had a solo artwork show in Seoul under her belt.
Police are investigating her death, but suspect suicide; in Daul's blog, i like to fork myself, which since her death has been made private, she often wrote that she suffered from depression, loneliness, and bouts of insomnia. In 2007, when she first started the blog, she wrote: "I'm definitely not depressed, and I don't want to kill myself I don't want to die." But in one of her first posts in April 2007, she blogged: "My life as dual was so miserable and lonely. Please join my loneliness in another world. I love you all." Later, she added: "KIDDING. I'm fine. Just tired."
D&G and the Cinema Society hosted a New Moon screening (at Landmark Sunshine Theater) and after party (at The Box) in New York on Thursday with Twilight fans Alexa Chung, Jessica Stam, Erin Wasson, Ivanka Trump, Taylor Momsen, Rachel Roy, and Joan Jett in attendance. Actors Kristen Stewart (dressed in Valentino and Burberry) and Robert Pattinson (in D&G) arrived amidst chaos and extreme security detail on Houston Street. “This is crazy,” said one photographer. “It’s like you’re going to meet the Pope!”
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Jen Brill, Sally Singer, Bonnie Morrison, and Fe Fendi joined 22-year-old Fendi family heiress Delfina Delettrez Fendi for the first stateside presentation of her Anatomik jewelry collection at Opening Ceremony last Thursday.
Greatly inspired by Delettrez Fendi's obsession with the anatomy of the human body, the jewelry collection features a cuff shaped like vampire teeth, skull cabochon rings, and diamond encrusted pinky fingers. “I have always been fascinated with the body; I don’t know why,” Delettrez Fendi said. “From the mouth to the feet, it’s very inspiring to me — especially the hands.”
Silver skeleton shaped slave bracelets that mimicked the bone structure of the hand were among the most interesting (and fun to try on) for party-goers. “You have to play with the jewels, Fendi explained. "Now people don’t want to have jewels that are shiny and don’t want to have the big diamonds. They want to have the jewels that seem fake! But you just know it’s real. It seems like a toy.”
The collection, which retails from $450 to $65,000, is available at Opening Ceremony boutiques in New York and Los Angeles.
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