Posts for March 8th 2011
>> All black can look far from boring — if you're wearing the right pieces. This street-snapped Paris Fashion Week attendee nailed the look down with an outfit made up of a simple smock dress and accessorized with a fur tippet, wide-brim hat, and buckled boots. Simple and chic. Get a similar look with our picks from ASOS, Free People, and Giuseppe Zanotti now.
Left to right: ASOS Tyler Hat ($78), Juicy Couture Faux Fur Tippet ($38, originally $75), Lipsy Pearl Collar Bell Sleeve Smock Dress ($99), House of Harlow 1960 Feather Row Ring ($31), Giuseppe Zanotti Buckle Bootie ($648, originally $1,295), Rebecca Minkoff Dear Tote ($395)
Photo courtesy of Greg Kessler
>> Haider Ackermann admitted Sunday that there are houses he'd like to design for — his name, coincidentally, has been thrown into the ring for the Dior job — and the backer for his signature label, Anne Chapelle, confirmed that he's contractually free to work elsewhere: “I would be very proud and would continue to support him and be a mentor in the mind.” But, she notes, when Ackermann was asked to take over at Martin Margiela after the designer left, “I said to Haider: ‘Do you understand the Margiela woman? If the answer is positive, I have no objection. But can you cope with a big house? Here it is very protective. If you scream, I am there to support you.'” [WWD, IHT]
>> Sarah Burton's Fall 2011 Alexander McQueen collection was inspired by "The Ice Queen and her court," a theme that easily feeds into all the rumors that soon-to-be Princess Kate Middleton has chosen Burton to do her wedding dress. Particularly when the collection includes a small selection of decadent white gowns — which by the finale, had the fashion flock convinced that British designer Burton should be doing Middleton's gown (if she's not already). A selection of their post-show tweets:
- Telegraph UK's Hilary Alexander: "Alexander McQueen.. Fit for.a Queen!"
- Fashion Television's Jeanne Beker: "Seems that everyone here is convinced Kate Middleton's choice SHOULD be McQueen!!"
- Elle's Joe Zee: "Kate Middleton, I love you but if you don't have Sarah Burton design your wedding dress, you're making a big mistake. HUGE."
- Style.com's Meenal Mistry: "Honestly, I don't really understand why Sarah Burton at McQueen making Kate Middleton's dress isn't a foregone conclusion."
- Elle UK: "Phenomenal McQueen show! Those final looks will do nothing to dispel the Kate bridal rumours..."
- InStyle's Ariel Foxman: "Stunning at McQueen. Preview of Kate's big day dress?"
- Elle's Anne Slowey: "LIFT OFF AT McQUEEN!!!! Kate Middleton: HELLOOOOO!!!!"
- Observer UK's Helen Seamons: "McQueen - Just incredible. If Kate Middleton is wearing them she is a very lucky girl &if she isn't she should be"
>> Miranda Kerr made her first professional appearance since giving birth on Balenciaga's catwalk last Thursday, and now it sounds like Doutzen Kroes, who gave birth shortly after Kerr on Jan. 21, is also jonesing to get back to it. She tweeted today: "Yesterday was a shopping day running around NYC, today I'm having my hair done, up to date and ready to get back to work;) #comeback" [@MissDK]
>> Over the weekend, rumors popped up that Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton might be Kate Middleton's wedding dress designer of choice — and apparently lots of TV crews are on the scene at the McQueen show today, following up on the story.
Middleton is not known for her envelope-pushing fashion choices, but now, the Telegraph UK is reporting that shortly after Middleton announced her engagement last year, Buckingham Palace asked stylists and editors to name their "top choice" for the wedding dress designer. Among those approached, apparently, was British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, who happened to recommend McQueen.
>> We've spotted a growing theme on the Fall 2011 runways: colorblocked pants. Just think of it as the tuxedo pant remixed: Designers like Phillip Lim, Narciso Rodriguez, and Chloe all showed off their own variations, as did Celine (leather-inserted skinny pants) and Derek Lam (tonal wide-leg trousers).
>> Claudia Schiffer is happier in the front row than on the runway these days, she says: "Nobody believes me but I'm very shy — much better in small groups of people than on a stage with everybody looking at me. I understood that I had to do it when I was modelling, but now, since I don't have to do it, I'd rather not. Designers are very clever at trying to persuade me to do it each season and it's flattering that they do, but nothing would change my mind . . . Nothing, definitely." [Vogue UK]