A moody culture clash and exquisite craftsmanship at Givenchy

Paris: In the show notes at Givenchy's Autumn winter presentation Riccardo Tisci  stated that his ideas came from “aggressive aesthetics” drawn from the juxtaposition of cultures – elements of moody Victoriana and South American Chola girls. Once one got past the disarranged setting of pinball machines, video games and basketball hoops, focus turned to the models whose faces were embellished with dramatic ...
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Slam Jam x Carhartt WIP “Boom Town Slickers”

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Slam Jam team up with Carhartt WIP for a collection of reworked classics. To celebrate its jubilee, Italian fashion and lifestyle store Slam Jam have joined forces with longtime partner Carhartt WIP to develop a special project called "Boom Town Slickers". Under the creative direction of Carhartt's designer Andrew Bunney, the two companies have developed a ...
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The “essence of Luxury” and a touch of YSL at Lanvin

Paris: From the opening ensemble of a cropped jacket , slim, tailored red trimmed trousers tucked in to gorgeous leather boots neatly finished with tassels, you knew ‘this collection would be exquisite”. Not a detail, accessory or material was left untouched without the addition of some finite detail. Alber Elbaz went back to his birthplace Morocco and thought : "shapes ...
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Parisian grunge at Paul & Joe

Paris: For autumn/winter 15, Paul & Joe fused feminine preppy with grunge creating an overall youthful vibe. Knee-high grunge boots juxtaposed delicate peter-pan collar shirtdresses, berets were worn with velvet choker necklaces and single earrings, and silk bow blouses were paired with boyfriend pants, continuing the contradiction throughout. The colour palette ranged from muted neutrals to bold primary colors, based ...
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Guillaume Henry does minimal military for his first Nina Ricci collection

Paris: Guillaume Henry’s first collection for Nina Ricci took the label in a slightly less feminine direction with straight and boxy silhouettes and minimal design details. The hints of military influences were elevated through elongated fringe details on jackets, tops, and cuff bracelets. Heavy pea coats and cropped utility jackets were softened by delicate lace under layers. Show-stopping allover lace ...
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The urban nomad in a magical forest at Kenzo

Paris: Once again Kenzo continued to impress with a grand show. Moving iridescent pillars resembling trees and Saint Etienne’s live performance left many devotees speechless. Even though the whole spectacle diverted viewers from the actual garments Humberto Leon and Carol Lim managed to cast a spell over the spectators and the clothes. “We explore togetherness through camaraderie, ceremony and protection,” ...
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Sacai the new coat-to-go for A/W 15/16

Paris: Chitose Abe’s talent of creating garments that are entirely unique and timeless hybrid designs fused with the right amount of femininity granted the brand many admirers. For Autumn / Winter the designer worked menswear silhouettes and cinched them down to a woman’s body. Shoulders were dropped, sleeves either extended or abbreviated, with lavish fur peek-a-boo spending warmth on collars, cuffs, ...
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The creation of fluidity out of structure at Stella McCartney

Paris: There is always a sense of calm and serenity around Stella McCartney’s presentations, embodying the fact that she knows exactly what she is doing. The easy nonchalance that infused her collection began with a black coat cut with a floating handkerchief skirt and matched with fluted hem pants and it flowed from there. She created fluid movement throughout from ...
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SXSW: our tips, tricks and must-attend sessions for 2015

SXSW Interactive has steadily become a must-attend for fashion industry folk playing in the digital and technology space. But with over 30,000 people in town, and hundreds of talks, panels, exhibitions, meet-ups and parties to attend over the space of five days, navigating it is no easy feat. Fortunately, we’re now somewhat veterans. So here are our three fast rules, ...
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Saint Laurent and Rykiel give their customers looks to love as they tick off commercial must-have lists

Paris labels love a mini skirt. They love a skinny silhouette, too. But what they love most are collections that will sell. And sell. And sell. And that holds true whether their creative directors are immersed in the heart of Paris or based thousands of miles away in LA. This basic fact was illustrated perfectly Monday by two of Paris’s biggest ...
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70′s college girl at Sonia Rykiel

Paris: The catwalk was set with 50,000 books lining the shelves surrounding the runway as models walked out in head-to-toe velvet, striped furs, and over-the-knee socks. Collegiate 70’s girl with a modern flare captured the theme at Sonia Rykiel. Retro colour stories of cognac, black, and neutrals were offset by modern metallic silver leather and navy blue brushed mohair in ...
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Four reasons to care about the #AppleWatch

The web was abuzz with coverage of CEO Tim Cook’s keynote revealing further information about the Apple Watch from San Francisco today. We now know it will be available for pre-order and try-on in store from April 10, and for purchase from April 24. We also know its battery is supposed to last 18 hours with normal usage, and that its ...
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Beauty Highlights: Paris Fashion Week

Our beauty team selects the top six beauty looks from Paris Fashion Week across hair, make-up and nails. Here are our favourite looks so far. Issey Miyake Texture and graphic shapes combine for a sleek, structured front teamed with a heavily crimped, loose at the back hairstyle. Balenciaga Hair is drastically scraped back into a wet-look top bun with baby-hairs glued to the ...
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Early trends from IHHS

We share three trends we spotted at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago yesterday, before the full trend analysis is released on the site next week. Make Your Own: All the possible accessories that allow the perfect reproduction of recipes from around the world are finally made available to the general public, in attracting materials and colours. This is influenced by ...
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The fabric speaks volumes at Akris

Paris: Albert Kriemler has perfected subtle elegance within his designs. His A/W 15 collection personifies the true essence of luxury through the use of sophisticated fabrics, fine tailoring, and minute design details and textures. The pale neutral colour palette acts as the perfect medium to allow focus on the fabrics and textures that Kriemler develops with his mills. Soft double-faced ...
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