Vanessa Bruno -

ROMANTIC RUMBLE Vanessa Bruno has the knack for distilling cutting-edge trends in ways that make them palatable to the buying public. For spring, she married two big stories emerging this season — lingerie and sports — for a collection that was not too delicate and not too tough, but with plenty of feminine appeal. Football shoulder pads and fringed epaulettes added ...
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Yves Saint Laurent -

CONTRADICTORY CLASSIC With elements that seemed to contradict one another – boxy structure and feminine details, slick leather and kitschy strawberry appliqués – Stefano Pilati’s collection for YSL seemed perplexing at first. However, with a subtle hand, he lent his particular sophistication to all the pieces, and that was the common thread that brought them all together. Couture-quality details like ...
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Chanel -

FRENCH PASTORAL Karl Lagerfeld took his Chanel girls to the countryside for spring. Inspired by Marie Antoinette’s jaunts to the Petit Trianon, he sent out looks fit for a weekend getaway to Versailles. Consistently finding new inspiration in Coco's classics, Lagerfeld re-imagined the skirt suit, using double-layered lace in peach and white for one version and inserting mesh panels into ...
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Celine -

MODERNIST VISION Fashion-followers have impatiently awaited the return of Phoebe Philo ever since she left Chloé to spend time with her young family. After a promising warm-up with the Celine resort collection, Philo has confidently taken the reigns of the established Parisian house. Her effortless cool has already invigorated the label and made for intensely desirable garments for S/S 10. Working ...
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my new best friend

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heavy edge

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Birds of a feather flock together.

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Huf

Professional skater turned businessman, Keith Hufnagel, had a vision of one shop that carried all the hard to find street and skateboarding brands. In 2002 he opened Huf in San Francisco and the rest is history. Huf LA is one of the leading streetwear shops on trendy Fairfax Ave, always stocked with the hottest products. Their recognizable hats and graphic
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Keirin

Popular cycling shop Keirin gets its name from the famous track cycling event held in Japan. Store owners Gary and Mortimer specialize in high quality bike accessories along with clothes and bags that have garnered the small shop a very loyal following. Bike lovers and messengers alike find their favorite vintage jerseys here and relax at the café attached
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Givenchy -

FASHION TRIBE Riccardo Tisci has made his way into fashion’s top tier with an edgy brand of cool that appeals to rocker chicks and chic editors alike. This season’s mix of striking graphics and soft femininity is sure to appeal to his fans and expand his base of admirers. His first passage of black and white stripes was attention-grabbing and high-energy, ...
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Hussein Chalayan -

REFINED SUBTLETY After collections featuring wooden tables that morph into dresses and garments engineered to look like the model was traveling at warp speed, one has come to expect the extreme at a Hussein Chalayan show. The season, however, the designer turned a corner and presented a surprisingly wearable collection that channeled his proclivity for innovation on a much more subtle ...
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Viktor & Rolf -

DEMOLITION DEBUTANTE The duo behind Viktor & Rolf interpreted the idea of "cutting back" for the recession in their own unique way — by taking a chainsaw to the powder puff ball gowns of fashion’s past. Imagine Molly Ringwald showing up for the prom in one of their topiaries of pastel tulle, sliced in gravity-defying angles and with Swiss cheese holes ...
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Atsuro Tayama -

FLIGHT OF FANCY Although Atsuro Tayama has been offering strong collections in Paris for the past few years, he has yet to capture the attention of the mainstream media. Inspired by kites, perhaps this will be the collection that helps him take flight. Starburst fractals of color and fabric, oversized grommets, drawstrings, and intricate diamond-shaped folds echoed the construction of the ...
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Silent Movie Glamour – Alfred Cheney Johnston


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Stella McCartney -

FROCK AROUND-THE-CLOCK Stella McCartney’s wearable collection for spring brought together suiting separates, safari influences and giddy girlishness. Starting off with smart jackets over easy wrapped-waist trousers, McCartney showed her business side, but avoided getting too serious by femme-ing up jackets with lustrous silk shantung, and adding a flounce or a cheerful peplum. In step with this season’s safari trend, she ...
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