For Fall 2013, Proenza Schouler redefined ladylike with a minimalist collection that may just convince the cool kids to wear suits and sheaths. The focus was on texture, with shades of ivory, pale mint, pale peach, and black dominating. Black and white teamed up for dynamic printed tops paired with ostrich-feather skirts. As for the coveted bags, it was all about oversize clutches tucked under models' arms.
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Reed Krakoff's middle name might as well be polish. For Fall 2013, the designer showed a well-put-together collection of mainly monochromatic looks that had a definite ease about them, while still maintaining a certain smartness. If his Pre-Fall 2013 collection was all about athletic and military uniforms, Fall turned to the kinds of personal uniforms women adopt every day. A sleeveless forest green sweater looked cozy on top of a shiny skirt in the same color, and so did a practical blue coat paired with blue trousers and a blue tunic.
Krakoff showed just as much of an affinity for monochrome looks as he did for textures, showing crocodile print shirts and skirts, and using snakeskin to accent a white dress.
Not safe for children? Britain's Advertising Standards Authority has banned Keira Knightley's commercial for Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance from airing during programs aimed at kids, deeming it too "sexually suggestive."
The ad, in which Karl Lagerfeld describes the actress's character as a sort of Chanel superwoman, Knightley is seen riding a motorcycle to a photo shoot. Once there, a male photographer flirtatiously helps her out of her jumpsuit and boots, but before he knows what's happening, Knightley is fully dressed — helmet and all — riding away from the set.
In explaining its decision to ban the ad, the ASA pointed to a "clear sexual tension" between Knightley's character and the photographer and noted that "the photographer was directly involved in unzipping the actress' garments and that there was a suggestion that she was naked aside from a bed sheet . . . We considered the ad was suitable for older children, but that the sexually suggestive material was unsuitable for young children."
Is the ad really too racy for kids? Take a look at it below and tell us what you think.
New York Fashion Week showgoers are a hearty bunch. Snow, sleet, and wind can't stop them from pulling out all the stops — especially when it comes to their shoes and bags. To wit: this most recent batch of street-snapped style pics. It's filled with so many drop-dead gorgeous heels and handbags, one would never know that New York's sidewalks and streets are actually a slushy, salty mess. Click through to see what we mean.
Who loves the '70s? For her Fall 2013 collection, Rachel Zoe stuck to her glamorous aesthetic, showing clothing in mostly neutral hues like caramel brown, cream, navy, gray, and black. The garments themselves ran the gamut from cozy (the show opened with an oversize cardigan over a leather shirt and cropped jodhpurs) to sexy (a short black dress with notch lapels halfway through the show). And speaking of leather, there was plenty of that — in the form of a hunter green t-shirt or on the sleeves of a cropped canvas trench, it looked especially chic.
- Ever wonder what the secret to the perfect photobomb is? Seasoned pro Coco Rocha breaks it down. [BuzzFeed]
- Michelle Obama wore Jason Wu at yesterday evening's State of the Union address. She chose a modified version of a dress from the designer's Pre-Fall 2013 collection. [InStyle]
- Topshop is teaming up with Google+ to offer behind-the-scenes digital access to its Fall 2013 show. [Telegraph]
- TANK Fashion Director Caroline Issa's capsule collection of shoes and bags for L.K. Bennett will be available in stores and online on Feb. 19. [Telegraph]
- Rachel Zoe will open a blowout and hairstyle salon, DreamDry, tomorrow in New York City. [New York Times]
- Karlie Kloss's secret to an energetic Fashion Week lies in staying fed: "It's hard to sit down and have a real meal, but it's important because you're already not getting enough sleep," she added. Her idea of a real meal? "Greens." [Elle]
- That was fast: Prabal Gurung's Fall 2013 collection is already available for preorder on Moda Operandi. [Moda Operandi]
- Roksanda Ilincic revealed that the fantasy of Parisian couture from the 1950s inspires her collections. "The way the clothes were constructed, and the way the women looked…represents a dream of perfection," the designer commented. "That dream keeps fashion alive…and brings emotions that we can't get enough of." [AnotherMag]
Michael Kors's Fall 2013 show: the Fashion Week moment that got Carine Roitfeld, Giovanna Battaglia, and Karolina Kurkova shimmy-shaking in their seats to the upbeat dance music on the soundtrack. Who could resist Michael Kors's patented combination of ultra-luxe fabrics and perfect tailoring, with more than a dash of private jet traveler thrown into the mix? Furs ruled, turning up in cutout stoles and camo "print" coats. Orange and cobalt provided jolts of color to black knits and tweed pencil skirts. Karlie Kloss closed the show in a jewel-encrusted mini with a trailing black train. And if that didn't make you want to get out of your seat and shake it too, maybe it's time to check your temperature.
A bag belonging to Vittorio Missoni has been found on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, not far from where the executive's plane went missing over a month ago.
A Missoni spokeswoman told WWD that the bag had Vittorio's name on its label, but didn't say whether it would have an effect on the search effort. Two weeks ago, another bag that had been on Missoni's plane was found on the island of Curacao.
On Jan. 4, Missoni, his wife, and another couple were coming back from their vacation in Los Roques, an island chain off the coast of Venezuela, when their private plane went missing. The Missoni family has vowed to keep searching for the missing passengers until they are found.
Related: Was Vittorio Missoni Kidnapped?
For Fall 2013, Peter Som examined the intersection of New York style and Parisian chic — a concept that has informed countless designers, but got new life in Som's hands. Inspired by photographer Amy Arbus's pictures of downtown New Yorkers in the early '80s and the overall romance of the City of Light, Som pulled together painterly polka dots, floral prints with blooms edged in acidic shades of red and yellow, leopard, sequins, and fur.
Photos courtesy of Peter Som