May Kwok

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Checkered Past

Above Left to Right: John French 1957, 1965 Above Left to Right: Gingham dress c.1950s, Gingham dress c. 1930s Above Left to Right: Gilbert Adrian Gingham suit c. 1940s, Elle Magazine 1987 Above Left to Right: Gingham dress c.1900s, Gingham dress 1956 Above Left to Right: Gingham dress 1940, Gingham outfits c. 1972 Above Left to Right: Gingham dress c.1940s, Gingham shirt c. 1950s
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Prada’s “First Spring”

As part of its S/S 10 menswear campaign, Prada collaborated with Chinese artist Yang Fudong on a nine minute film titled “First Spring”. Inspired by the Chinese adage that “the whole year’s work depends on a good start in spring,” the film depicts men floating above a deserted Shanghai street, dining in a lavish restaurant and accompanying women who happen to ...
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Marthe

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Z Zegna -

THE RE-STRUCTURED MAN While many of the collections in Milan made tailoring an afterthought, designer Alessandro Sartori confidently communicated the importance of clean lines and new ideas about texture, construction and silhouette. In a collection entitled The Re-structured Man, a man's basic wardrobe components like the blazer, overcoat and sweater were all deconstructed and put back together again in new ...
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D&G -

ELEGANT EXPEDITION The Milan runways have been full of stylish alternatives to typical snowwear, and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana took this theme and masterfully ran with it. For F/W 10, they used an earthen color palette for puffer silhouettes in every classification. The Fair Isle puffer jackets were an outstanding example of how to take a trend-right motif and evolve ...
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Erin Wasson X RVCA

Situated somewhere between Hippie and Rock-Chic, Erin Wasson X RVCA's third line portrays a vintage feeling with aged and broken-in denim. The collection also includes jeans with cool triangle cut-out panels.
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Live from Milan

While the F/W 10 runway shows  in Milan have certainly been on our radar this week, it's the action outside the shows that truly warrants our attention. The personal style of the attendees is always some of the best of the season, but it's the Japanese buyers and editors who really have that certain "speciale qualcosa". Unique interpretations on colorful ...
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Goodbye New York

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Moncler Gamme Bleu -

WINTER OLYMPICS  With a runway set up to be a winter camp, complete with sleeping models on cots, Thom Browne took Moncler's Gamme Bleu collection back to what the brand was known for in the 60s — après-ski chic at its best. As the models slowly awoke and put on their snow-appropriate garb, a tonal grey palette quickly emerged. Quilted ...
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Pringle of Scotland -

PRACTICAL POETRY  After a brief animated film about the history of the famed knitwear company, Pringle of Scotland sought to change the perception that their sweaters are only worn by the traditional grandfathers of the United Kingdom. Designer Clare Waight Keller sent out a F/W 10 collection comprised of a poetic array of comforting knitted layers, most in a palette ...
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Jared on Jersey St.

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Alexander McQueen -

TECHNO MACABRE Appropriately, a mysterious fog blanketed Milan on the night that Alexander McQueen would showcase his typical theatrical runway experience. Entitled Bailitheoir Cnámh (which is Gaelic for "The Bone Collector"), the designer picked up from where he left off with his last women's collection, successfully finding a way to fuse technology (in this case, computer-engineered photo prints) with classic silhouettes. The ...
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Gucci -

GROOVY GLOBETROTTER Frida Giannini has found inspiration in everything from colorful Navajo prints to glam rock. For F/W 10, she returned Gucci back to what it has had the most success in portraying — a groovy globetrotter from the 70s. Fine-gauge merino wool turtlenecks worn under slim blazers comprised the key look of the season, often styled with thin-wale corduroy ...
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Rag & Bone Jean

Rag & Bone is launching three new lines named: Rag & Bone/KNIT, Rag & Bone/SHIRT and Rag & Bone/JEAN. Different from their signature collection, the labels have been created to offer wardrobe staples rather than statement pieces. JEAN will have three cuts: the skinny, the straight, and the stiletto boot available in a range of colors.
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