>> J.Crew just released its Spring Collection lookbook showing off its trademark casual luxe styling skills. In anticipation of warmer weather to come, the retailer provided an array of sequined maxi skirts, washed leather shirts, and even a denim jumpsuit for its higher-end line. Check out the complete lookbook in the slideshow.
Posts for January 2011
>> Olivier Theyskens's collection for Theory is now available online and ready for shopping. “The collection is for cool girls that like to wear clothes that are visionary, while still being right for today,” said Theyskens. “These clothes are what I would wear if I were a girl." Prices range from $70 to $980 and include sharp tailored pieces, like a leather blazer, and silk palazzo pants. Our favorite pieces from the collection in the slideshow.
>> Grey translates across all seasons, but we're especially tuned in with the cool neutral hue during colder months. Peep this street-snapped look: a grey nubby coat, stripe top, skinny jeans, and cult-favorite Acne boots create the ideal non-fussy 'fit. Intrigued? Replicate this outfit with similar and exact picks from Alexander Wang, Current/Elliott, Acne, and Marc Jacobs.
Left to right: See by Chloe Coat ($450, originally $905), T by Alexander Wang Knit Beanie ($34, originally $68), Saint James Nautical Shirt ($75), Current/Elliott Jeans ($80, originally $265), Acne Pistol Short Booties ($506), Marc Jacobs Quilted Bag ($525)
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>> Chloe's Pre-Fall 2011 offering was overflowing with chic layered looks. The collection may be months away from hitting stores, but we can't help getting a jump start on Hannah MacGibbon's smooth styling techniques. Evoke the same layered '70s chic vibe with picks from J Brand, Gap, Kova & T, and of course, Chloe, right now.
Left to right: Chloe Pre-Fall 2011 look, Chloe Billie Bag ($1,560), Kova & T Chambray Shirt ($68, originally $225), Gap Deep V-Neck Sweater ($40, originally $50), Chloe Leather Boots ($425, originally $850), J Brand Trouser Jeans ($180)
>> Tim Hamilton took a minimally modern approach to his third women's collection, for Spring 2011. Inspired by artist Michaël Borremans, the designer created pieces like coats sans lapels, tailored pencil skirts, and dresses with asymmetrical hemlines made out of silk and nylon. Peruse the slideshow for more austere, yet smooth Spring offerings from Hamilton.
>> Emilio Pucci's Peter Dundas dressed both Carine Roitfeld and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld for Julia's intimate 30th birthday party, held at Indochine back in November. He also dressed a W reporter, who he then brought along to the fete. That reporter writes of the experience in W's February 2011 issue: "The music is deafening; the cigarette smoke is blinding; champagne is flowing copiously; canapes are being shunned. The dancing falls into two camps: conga line (Carine) versus on the banquette (Julia)." And later: "When I explain to the hostess [Carine] that I am writing a profile of Dundas and that I’d be grateful for a quote about the dress she’s wearing, she glares at me, then answers extremely slowly, with the labored patience of a teacher addressing an obtuse child: 'Peter made. This dress. For me. It is Pucci. PUCCI.'"
Dundas, for his part, enlightened the reporter on how he keeps his tan: “I’m building this house in Greece, and there’s a fantastic hippie beach where they go nude nearby.…” His thoughts on sex: “The truth is, it’s something that’s incredibly important to me. I think it should be important to everybody. I mean, it’s fantastic. It’s why we’re here.” And how he ends up making such sexy dresses for Pucci: “It’s not that I think, Oh, I need to make the dress sexy. It’s that the body is just so beautiful to me. The same way that when you make love to somebody many times, you notice different parts of the body, and you celebrate them.”
>> Despite the fact that his Spring 2011 couture show was inspired by the English punk rock movement and the French can can, Jean Paul Gaultier didn't play any musical soundtrack. Instead, the models paraded in their mohawks and their individual outfits — named things like "The Clash," "Belle Epoque," "Anarchy in the UK," and "Moulin Rouge" — carrying a number in the old school couture way, with Catherine Deneuve calling out the number and then describing the looks in a voiceover. The show, which started over an hour late, culminated in the androgynous male model Andrej Pejic — Gaultier's new favorite — appearing as couture bride in a semi-sheer gown. As the model parade ended, Gaultier finally let the music loose, unleashing a Crazy Horse can can dancer to do splits and kicks down the runway to Offenbach as Deneuve and Pedro Almodovar cheered. The designer took his bow with Farida Khelfa, who walked and also recently completed a documentary on him.
Backstage, Jeanne Beker reports, Gaultier said he "has disdain for the red carpet. Loved seeing Marion Cotillard in his mermaid dress [at the 2008 Oscars] BUT.....He wonders why some houses actually PAY actresses to wear their dresses. And he misses CHER!"
>> It's slippery and slushy outside — instead of fretting, brighten up your day with a pop of color. This street-snapped cutie responded to the bitter cold by wearing a layered look: bright red trousers tiered with a black sweater coat, leather jacket, tee, and nubby scarf. Emote the same high-contrast vibe with our finds from Topshop, Maison Martin Margiela, and Preen.
Left to right: Preen Woven Pod Coat ($1,540), Madewell Somerset Tee ($32), Topshop Leather Waterfall Jacket ($250), Topshop Red Trousers ($80), Maison Martin Margiela Tote ($480), Aldo Chunky Scarf ($22), Alberto Fermani Leather Ankle Boot ($294, originally $490)
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