>> Kate Middleton's sartorial diplomacy is already winning accolades. Arriving Thursday in Ottawa, Kate kicked off her 11-day tour of Canada and the US in a lace dress by UK-based, Canadian-born designer Erdem. Middleton reportedly has quite a few more outfits planned for the trip — 30 looks in total — and if the first few are any indication, more nods to both her home country and host countries are in store. She did not bring a stylist or dresser with her, but appears to be moving away from wearing so many High Street designers. Click through to see all of Kate's travel outfits, with more to come as the trip continues.
Posts for July 6th 2011
>> After seeing Black Swan a few months ago, Jean Paul Gaultier decided to give his label the ballet treatment for Fall 2011 couture. Hence, tutu-like peplums on jackets, toe shoe-inspired heels, and a prevalence of black feathers (in a nod to the Darren Aronofsky's aforementioned film). Gaultier didn't leave his punkish roots behind, however, giving his signature Breton stripes the mink treatment, turning trenchcoats into evening dresses, and casting Eve Salvail, the '90s model with the bald, tattooed head, who hasn't set foot on a runway in 15 years. French pop icon Mylene Farmer closed out the show — which included a ski sweater composed entirely of exotic feathers — as bride.
>> Elie Saab says his Fall 2011 couture collection — red carpet-ready, as always — was inspired by skyscrapers, but stylist Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, who has worked with Saab for three collections, laid it out in layman's terms: "We wanted to explore the fragility of femininity. These dresses have a diaphanous fairy like feel to them but remain empowering. It's always a challenge to relate Elie's inspirations and themes to his couture customers but he remains mindful of this at all times." The collection, filled entirely with dresses — most of which reached the floor — was presented in a kind of ombre formation, each section exiting by color: first aquamarine, then white, blush, mauve, bronze, and finally, navy, before the couture bride brought it back to white.
>> For the past few seasons, the double cuff trend has been making waves — both on and off the catwalks. Though the look is hardly new (Coco Chanel did it in the '30s, Diana Vreeland in the '60s), Kate Lanphear, Amanda Brooks, and Taylor Tomasi Hill co-opted it a few seasons ago and it's been full-speed-ahead ever since. On the runways, Céline styled models with double cuffs for Fall 2010, and most recently the look popped up again at several key Resort 2012 collections. Here, we've tracked the chicest incarnations of the look through recent seasons — and gathered up a few pieces to help you steal this styling trick for yourself.
>> Kate Moss and Jamie Hince took off from the grounds of her Cotswolds home Sunday in a helicopter after a raucous three-day wedding extravaganza — she's rumored to have leaped into her swimming pool, still in her Galliano wedding dress, at one point — presumedly to get their honeymoon started. Rumors have them heading to Timbuktu in Mali, Algeria, the Sahara, Thailand, and the Caribbean over the next few months, but another report came yesterday that Sir Philip Green had loaned them an 109-foot yacht, on which they plan to sail the Mediterranean for the next two weeks. Although spokesman for both Green and Moss declined comment, some more Kate Moss wedding fodder to whet your appetite: Terry Richardson just posted pictures of Moss, Hince, Marc Jacobs, and more during the wedding weekend's festivities.