>> New York, London, Milan, and Paris — all the best trends, from all the Spring 2012 collections. Mid-century silhouettes, sherbet hues, and a dash of deco thrown in for good measure —plus more. Click through for all the key looks of the season, here in the slideshow.
WWD reported that Sachs's death was unexpected — she'd planned to spend a month in Shanghai this Fall to help set up an exchange program between fashion design students in New York and China. Her involvement in the fashion industry was truly international. After college she apprenticed with painter Fernand Leger in Paris, then worked for architects Gio Ponti and Franco Albini while she modeled for Balmain and Balenciaga. She also worked for Bloomingdale's and Saks and for decades ran an eponymous label known for its luxurious sportswear. All the while, she exhibited her own painting and sculptures everywhere from New York's Museum of Modern Art to the Art Alliance of Philadelphia.
Her critics regarded her work as inspired — and she drew from a wide variety of sources for that inspiration. Per WWD:
"According to her daughter, Sachs was the first to bring capri pants back to the U.S. While on her honeymoon in 1953 with her husband, Irwin, in Capri, she saw the shorter pants and brought them back to the U.S. and named them 'capris.'"
To be sure, capri pants are an important addition to the fashion lexicon, but it would have been lovely to see her finish her mission of bridging the gap between the American and Chinese fashion industries. Here's hoping someone will pick up where Sachs, unfortunately and unexpectedly, left off.
>> Talk about star power. Last night at the premiere of The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence donned a gold lamé Prabal Gurung dress that isn't even in stores yet.
Gurung debuted the molten gold gown during his New York Fashion Week runway show — just over a month ago. The original dress featured a dramatic leg slit accented by gathered fabric above the thigh, but in Lawrence's version, the slit was only visible when she pulled a full-on Angelina.
It's the perfect dress for the actress who plays The Girl on Fire — that's the nickname Lawrence's character Katniss Everdeen goes by after wearing an outfit covered with literal flames in the movie (and in the book). Click through to see the dress on Lawrence and on the runway.