DOGS ON THE MIND: Former “Teen Wolf” star Arden Cho, who cofounded watch brand start-up Leonard & Church, has a thing about collars and leashes. That’s due to her being dog mom to four-year-old Chewy, a Pekingese-Shih Tzu mix.
In addition to being a spoiled canine who eats home-cooked meals, Chewy has access to a leather line for canines from Cho’s company. Collars are $ 65 and leashes $ 75. News of the line was sent to all Leonard & Church e-mail subscribers on Thursday. According to Cho in the e-mail, the company spent more than a year designing and creating the line, and partnered with an experienced manufacturer who creates luxury leather accessories for dogs and humans, including $ 1,000 handbags.
“We wanted to create beautiful, high-quality accessories at a fair price for dog lovers around the world. A focus on the details. Honestly priced. Accessible luxury. It’s why we started Leonard & Church in the first place,” Cho wrote.
The watch start-up, with cofounders Jeffrey Leung and Christopher Chon, was the highest-funded watch campaign in Kickstarter history back in October 2015, raising backers from 60-plus countries. According to Chon, the company’s watches are priced between $ 95 and $ 145, and are comparable in quality to brands
Christian Siriano made a summer stop in Los Angeles this week, just in time for Thursday’s Emmy nominations announcement. That night, he hosted a dinner at Chateau Marmont with 11 Honoré, the size-inclusive luxury e-commerce site cofounded by Patrick Herning and Kathryn Retzer. Said Herning, “Christian was one of the first designers we launched with and he’s still one of our best-selling designers a year later. He’s really on board with changing the game.” The designer’s inclusive approach to retail and celebrity dressing has heightened his profile, but he remains as down-to-earth and energetic as ever. “I’m always up sending e-mails in the middle of the night, because otherwise, what are you going to do? We’re there for our customers.”
WWD: When was the last time you were in L.A.?
Christian Siriano: I came for my book launch last November and for a few quick Oscar fittings in January. We dressed almost 17 people and I barely was here. I don’t know how we did that; it was crazy.
WWD: With Emmy nominations on Thursday, has your phone and e-mail already been blowing up?
C.S.: We already got a couple of e-mails, which I love. Judith Light and I were texting and Leslie Jones
LONDON — Escada has been in the process of refreshing its image, having recruited designer Niall Sloan and introduced a new store concept on London’s Sloane Street last year.
Now, to mark this shift in direction and the brand’s 40th anniversary, the German label is planning its first runway show during New York Fashion Week, in a bid to highlight its international appeal and speak to a broader audience.
“Given all our activities around the refreshing of our brand, we felt that this was a fantastic moment to go out and join an international fashion week. We decided to go to New York because the U.S. is one of our core markets; we have been there since day one. We have a strong retail presence in the country and very strong relationships with some of the best department stores,” said Iris Epple-Righi, the brand’s chief executive officer. “We need to show the brand to a wider audience, which we wouldn’t have been able to [achieve] if we were to only do a presentation.”
The show — which will host buyers, press, as well as the brand’s most important customers from across the globe — will also offer Sloan a platform to showcase his
MERKEL À LA MODE: For the three-year old Fashion Council Germany, it was a much-longed-for first: an official invitation for the Council board, select guests and fashion industry opinion leaders to a reception Friday at the Bundeskanzleramt, or Chancellor’s Office, from Dorothee Bär, the German commissioner for digitalization and state minister. “I see today’s meeting as the beginning of a dialogue to advance the concept of fashion designed/made in Germany in the digital age,” she remarked.
However, that was just the start. To everyone’s surprise — and delight — the chancellor herself, Angela Merkel, took the time to appear at the gathering and briefly talk to FCG members. Wearing a light blue dupioni silk blazer and navy trousers, and openly relieved to have the latest cabinet crisis behind her, she quipped, “What you [the fashion industry] do is 100 percent more interesting for people out there than what we’ve been doing the last days. Make sure you take a picture of all of us,” she added, “and I’ll put it up on Instagram.”
In a casual tête-à-tête on the balcony with the council board, Merkel was told that funding was needed to the tune of about 30 million euros to support critical
A wrap skirt — even one that only looks like a wrap style — is one of our favorite summer essentials. It’s the perfect desk to drinks piece and can easily be worn from the office to a date or to dinner. They’re flirty and airy, making them a must for super hot summer days. Naturally, when we found the cutest affordable breezy faux-wrap skirt we had to share the spoils.
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“You know how people say that kids always remember the times they threw up? I remember every outfit in my life that drove me nuts. Like my blue Mary Janes I had in fourth grade that pinched my heels unless I walked on my toes, or the cargo pants with five rogue zippers. Or the homecoming dress I had to casually hold up the entire night with one hand. What was I thinking? The clothes that let you do you are where it’s at. Now I know.”
Did you know that every 0.25 of a second, a fashion blog is launched somewhere in the world? Well, not strictly true (actually, it probably is – we just don’t have the scientific evidence). But it seems like it, non? And don’t get us started on all the #ootd posts on the ‘gram.
Searching for online style inspiration, it’s easy to fall down the black hole of Insta-hell. When you finally look up from your phone, you realise you’ve spent two whole days scrolling through feeds in Korean – and you’re still in your dressing gown, with no idea what to wear (we’ve all been there). Which sort of defeats the point.
Well never fear, we’ve done the hard search for you. From our favourite UK influencers to the best missives from Milan and the coolest New Yorkers, read on for our definitive guide to the best fashion blogs (and more importantly, where to shop their looks).
Who: Freddie Harrel is a Parisian Brit who’s a big name in the London scene – and with good reason.
Why: Besides her super chic style and winning smile, Freddie’s a gal who’s won us over with her fun voice, honest depiction of motherhood and celebration of natural hair with her big hair no care beauty line. Whether she’s speaking at a panel or hav
ing a day out with her family, she’s always ready to serve a major look with a big grin on her face.
Who? German-based fashion and lifestyle blogger Caroline Daur is having one helluva moment. And by moment, we mean 1.2m followers on Insta and being hand-picked by new friend Stefano Gabbana to walk the D&G show at Milan Fashion Week.
Why? If you follow Caro on Instagram (@carodaur) you’ll know that she doesn’t have one specific style, she just has fun with fashion and dresses according to her mood. Which means she could be modelling anything from Elie Saab couture to Levi’s denim, and it’s always cool.
Who: Margaret Zhang, a Chinese-Australian photographer, director, stylist and writer based in New York. Instagram: @margaret_zhang
Why: Not your typical fashion blogger, this law graduate does everything from styling to taking her own pictures and consulting for major fashion and beauty brands. Her style is versatile to say the least, and she looks just as much at home in Saint Laurent boots and jeans as she does in a Molly Goddard gown.
Who: A stylish Chinese American fashion blogger based out of the Big Apple. Instagram: @notjessfashion
Why: Since stumbling across this gorgeous blog, our lives have been so much more colourful. Jess goes beyond the standard #OOTD posts and her site’s a sartorial treasure trove full of styling advice, galleries and even some tips for budding bloggers if you’re thinking of making this list some day. Her masterfully saturated and unique photography is what sets her apart from the rest of the pack and we still can’t stop thinking about her guide to wearing colour this spring…
She says, ‘I originally set up NotJessFashion with the intention of building an audience for a potential online shop but it turned into a daily destination for fresh and fun outfit inspiration. My aim is to empower others to be daring and confident in pursuing a fulfilling and fashionable life.’
Who: A South African plus size blogger and photographer. Instagram: @thickleeyonce
Why: While Lesego doesn’t have a blog per se, she does have a very active Instagram full of gorgeous photography and thoughtful captions (she occasionally dabbles in vlogging too). Be it the latest fashion trends, amazing lingerie or even those tricky to style narrow sunglasses, she’s a deft hand at styling and out to destroy any preconceptions of what a curvy girl can and can’t wear.
Who: Lithesome, Danish, street style regular Pernille Teisbaek. Instagram: @pernilleteisbaek
Why: Born in Copenhagen, Pernille Teisbæk is the epitome of sleek, Scandi, style perfection. After launching her cult blog, Look De Pernille, in 2012 her pared-back but trend-savvy formula of raw hemmed jeans and Gucci loafers exploded across our social feeds. Check in for regular updates on what will be the next-big-thing in street style trends.
Who: Incredibly fabulous Brazilian blogger Helena Bordon. Instagram: @helenabordon
Why: Hailing from Sao Paulo, Helena Bordon is one of Brazil’s most influential style bloggers. She started her fashion education from a young age courtesy of her mother, Donata Meirelles, the style director of Vogue Brazil. When Helena was just 7 years old, she’d join her mum at all the top fashion shows and eventually interned at Valentino. Now, Helena is co-founder of Brazilian high street fashion chain 284, as well as finding the time to run her eponymous blog, helenabordon.com, which offers Helena’s insider style, travel and beauty tips. Disclaimer: expect holiday envy.
Who: Fiercely funny New Yorker Leandra Medine. Instagram: @manrepeller
Why: Of Turkish/Iranian Jewish descent, Medine kicked off her career with a blog called Boogers + Bagels. Her ironic fashion-addict asides soon had her readers rolling in the aisles, and she decided to focus on the topic full-time after a joky conversation while out shopping with a friend about how ‘man-repelling’ all the fashion-forward outfits they loved were. It’s now a male-scaring empire, providing in-depth intel: ‘The difference between Mom Jeans and Dad Jeans’, the fabulous ‘Manstagram’ – all the best fash items du jour – and fun features and style news aplenty.
She says: ‘I really see Man Repeller as an attitude and fashion as a language that we use to connect with other women.’
Who: A fashionable Sheffield gal living in London, who cavorts around the world with the best wardrobe ever. Instagram: @shewearsfashion
Why: Kavita’s been blogging for several years now and it’s been amazing to watch her star rise, from her #OOTD shots as a sixteen year old through to a Coachella VIP frolicking with celebrities. Her bold colourful looks are a great blend of both high street and luxury, though she’s got a soft spot for a Gucci bag – a girl after our own heart, basically.
Who: A London-based blogger and model who’s been recognised the world over in various publications. Instagram: @natashandlovu
Why: Natasha’s a master at pulling together chic yet effortless-looking outfits, whether she’s opting for an edgy sportswear look or floating along in a dreamy gown. She’s got a box of designer bags that we’d give our left kidney to rummage round in and she also occasionally shares her beauty tips both on Instagram and her beautiful blog.
Why: The leggy blonde provides a tres chic mix of outfit inspiration – her personal style definitely has that insouciant French vibe – and trend and brand lowdowns. The ‘boutique’ section of her site is a one-stop shop for the pieces she loves – and we also like the fact she has regular wardrobe clearouts via Vestiaire so true Camille-alikes can snap up her actual clothes…
She says: “COTR is a destination for a mixture of emerging and luxury fashion, with a particular emphasis on Scandinavian labels.”
Who: Allison Graham is a Jamaican menswear blogger based in Brooklyn. Instagram: @shedoeshim
Why: Allison’s a breath of fresh air in the fashion blogger space with no time for your fashion gender binaries. She does menswear better than most guys in the game, whether she’s pattern mixing like a pro in a dapper suit or taking casual wear to a whole new level.
Who: New Yorker Danielle Bernstein. Instagram: @weworewhat
Why: Cool, clean outfit inspiration and handy get-the-look items to click through and buy for each.
She says: ‘WeWoreWhat is a fashion blog I created to provide a daily dose of outfit inspiration from every corner of NYC. I highlight my everyday outfits as well as my experience in this city that never sleeps. What should be the easiest part of everyone’s day (getting dressed in the morning) is sometimes the hardest – and that’s why I blog.’
Who: Writer, stylist and ex-Fashion Features Editor at The Sunday Times Style. Instagram: @pandorasykes
Why: Sharp as a tack with the looks and fashion sense of Diane Kruger, we’re hooked on Sykes’ killer combo of great outfits – vintage florals and patent biker, anyone? – and vay funny ‘social commentary’. Recent winners include a love letter to Jilly Cooper and why Sykes will never join Snapchat.
She says: ‘Style should be fun and fashion is not a lone Endeavour. You can be interested in shoes and still care about world politics. My blog aims to be fun but thoughtful – and give people a new way to look at things.’
SURF’S UP: Atlein, the young Paris-based label founded by surfing devotee Antonin Tron, has caught the main wave. Having limbered up as winner of the ANDAM First Collections prize in 2016, the designer on Friday, at a ceremony at the French Ministry of Culture in Paris, scooped the top prize of the 2018 ANDAM fashion awards.
The prestigious award comes with an endowment of 250,000 euros plus two years of mentoring from LVMH Group executive committee member Pierre-Yves Roussel, on matters including financial, legal, marketing, communications and production.
Roussel has been a member of the organization’s jury several times and played mentor to 2012 ANDAM winner Julien David.
Tron, who was also a semifinalist of the 2017 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, as part of his win will receive a donation from Swarovski of crystals worth 10,000 euros to use before the end of the year.
“It will allow us to take the business to the next step, it comes right at the time that we need it,” Tron told WWD, adding of the event: “It’s for young people, new ways of creating and making businesses; it’s the future.”
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, the French designer worked
Brands dominate the car, watch, luxury, and fashion industry, however, sometimes in conversation when they come up, people are not sure how to pronounce them, and you hear all kinds of variations. Often the reason is that the country’s origin is not the country you’re from and so it all gets tangled up.
Should You Pronounce Something The Original Way Or Adapt To Your Local Surroundings?
The reality is no matter how you say it, people will judge you for it. Some may think of you as arrogant if you pronounce Cartier the French way, while other consider you to be a peasant if you say it the American way.
So often really, the choice of what to say is yours, and it may even depend on the situation you’re in, but it never hurts to know the proper pronunciation of a brand name.
Make sure to watch the video and don’t just scroll through the article as pronunciation is much easier to learn by listening rather than reading.
French Sounding Brands
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Tourbillon Grande Date
It used to be Spanish BalenTHiaga with a TH, but today, it’s French-owned, and they prefer to say BalenCiaga.
Breguet Classique Tourbillon Messidor
4. Breguet (breh-gay)
It’s not breg-wet, it’s breh-gay.
Chopard L.U.C. “Perpetual T”
5. Chopard (Show-Par)
Chopard is without the d at the end.
6. Cartier (kɑːtjɛ)
When you say Cartier, the R comes from the back of your throat which is typical French.
7. Chanel (shu-nel)
Next up is Chanel. It’s C-H-A-N-E-L. Yes, it sounds simple but when you go to China, you’ll see a lot of shirts saying channel number five with a double N, in my opinion, there are not many things as embarrassing as wearing fake brand-name shirts that are spelled incorrectly.
8. Christian Dior
Again, that soft R in the end, not the American R.
9. Comme Des Garçons (Comb-day gar-Son)
This means as much as like boys, and it has that little hook at the bottom of the C.
Dom Pérignon 2002
10. Dom Pérignon
If you want to learn whether a Dom Perignon champagne is worth it or not, please check out this video.
11. Façonnable (fa-so-Nah-bluh)
It’s pronounced fa-so-Nah-bluh.
An exquisite Goyard wardrobe trunk is perfect for the most discerning aristocrat who doesn’t carry his own bags
12. Goyard (go-yah)
Goyard is pronounced go-yah without the D at the end.
13. Gianfranco Ferré (Italian Brand)
It’s Italian and the R here are pronounced at the front of your tongue so it’s jon-fran-ko fer-ra.
It’s pronounced jzhiv-on-shee.
Sven Raphael’s Hermes pocket square
15. Hermès (Air-mez)
Probably one of the most well-known luxury brands is Hermes. It has an H in the beginning but in French, usually that’s silent, so it’s not H-ermes, it’s Air-mez. The name originally stems from Greek mythology but today, it’s more synonymous with this French luxury brand.
Hublot Black Caviar Bang
16. Hublot (ooh-blow)
It’s not hub-lot. It is with a silent H.
17. Lanvin (lahn-vahn)
A brand with great French tailoring tradition is Lanvin.
l’occitane verbena soap
18. L’Occitane (lock-si-tahn)
A brand that produces really great soaps is L’Occitane. It’s very confusing because you have two C’s in a row which is not something you typically see in English language.
Longines Comet Automatic
19. Longines (long-gene)
It’s not long-Gean or lon-jeans, it is long-gene.
20. Longchamp (Long-shaw)
A very similar brand is Longchamp. You call it Long-shaw.
21. Louis Vuitton (Loo-ee Vwee-tahn)
Probably one of the most popular brands out there, it’s Louis Vuitton.
Dom Pérignon statue at Moët & Chandon
22. Moet Et Chandon
The next brand is the most famous Champagne house in the world, and it consists of two words. It’s a mo-we without the T and shon-don, however, when you pronounce them in a row, it’s called mo-weT shon-don, you say the T because there’s the a in the middle and so it’s Moet Et Chandon.
23. Moncler (MON-kler)
The next brand is known for winter gear, and it’s often mispronounced as Mon-clay, however, the correct pronunciation is MON-kler.
24. Miu Miu
The next brand is a subsidiary of Prada which is Italian, but it’s more spelled French, its mew-mew.
Piaget Altiplano Automatic Small Seconds Date
25. Piaget (pee-uh-zhey)
If you’re into watches, you’ve likely heard of Piaget. You don’t hear the T.
26. Stella Artois (Stella-ar-twa)
A relatively popular lager beer from Belgium is Stella Artois.
This brand is famous for their swim gear, and it’s called vil-bra-ken.
29. Yves Saint Laurent (Eve-Sant-Lau-ron)
He’s probably one of the most famous designers in the world and his name is Eve-Sant-Lau-ron sometimes it’s also abbreviated to YSL which is a lot easier.
German Sounding Brands
I’m originally from Germany and most Americans pronounce all these brand names wrong all the time so here is how to pronounce them originally.
A Lange & Sohne The Richard Lange
30. A. Lange & Sohne (Ah-lahn-guh-oond-zo-nuh)
First up is the famous German luxury watch brand A. Lange & Sohne. They assume it’s a French name, but it is German.
Cuffed Salmon Colored, Slim Pants with Adidas Sneakers
It’s not ah-Di-das, it also doesn’t mean all day, I dream about sports. Instead, it’s a brand that was founded by Adolph Dassler, and his nickname was Adi. Adi Dassler became Adidas. As a side note, the brand was founded in the small Bavarian town of Herzogenaurach. His brother Rudolf Dassler founded another sportswear brand which is called Puma, Poo-ma. I it’s just ironic that two iconic sportswear brands or iconic shoe brands come from the same podunk German town, Herzogenaurach.
The perfect alternative to the higher priced Rolex is the Breitling Superocean 42 Abyss
32. Breitling (brEYE-tling)
Another famous mid-market watch brand is Breit-ling. The Germans similar to the French have the R that comes from the back.
33. Bayer (BAY-Uh)
This brand is most well known for aspirin, and most people in the US call it Bay-er, however, it’s called BAY-Uh simply by which in German has another meaning which is a Bavarian.
1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster
34. Porsche (Poor-she)
The next brand is one of the most commonly mispronounced one in the US, and it always hurts my ears. It’s called Poor-she. Ferdinand Porsche was the founder.
35. Hugo Boss (hoo-go Boss)
The brand is actually German and was founded by its namesake, Hugo Boss. The company became really big when they manufactured World War two uniforms for the German military.
Mercedes Benz 500 K Roadster from 1935
One of the most famous German car companies is Mercedes-Benz. So how did the German car company come up with this name? The company originally consisted of Daimler Benz, as well as their chief engineer, Maybach. Emil Jellinek is a successful businessman and had heard about the company. He visited them, he bought a car he liked, and he kept ordering more and decided to become a car dealer, however, he wasn’t happy with the performance and wanted to tune the cars and race them, and so he did and very successfully. His daughter’s name was Mercedes, and so he named his cars Mercedes. It’s a bit similar to AMG which is kind of a tuner for Mercedes cars, and by the way, AMG in German is called A-em-gi. So Jellinek was very demanding, and Daimler was annoyed by him, but Maybach thought he had good ideas, and so they worked together on performance cars and so they had a thirty-five horsepower performance car in 1903 that won all the races it started in. Jellinek trademarked the name Mercedes in 1902. Later on, it became Mercedez-Benz (with a hyphen), and it has remained so until today.
37. Miele (me-leh)
This is a German high-end brand for vacuum cleaners and kitchen appliances.
38. Schwarzkopf (sch-warzkopf)
If you’re into hair products, you might have heard of Schwarzkopf which means as much as black head. It’s a famous German brand for hair products.
TAG Heuer 4000 Automatic
39. Tag Heuer (Tag Hoy-a)
Another watch brand with a German sounding name.
It means as much as people’s wagon and the company was founded on May 28th in 1937 in the newly found town of Wolfsburg which was just built to build cars
of the brand. Their first and likely most famous car is Kafer which means as much as the beetle. Now the beetle was designed by Porsche who you know is the other famous German car brand which is more focused on race cars the Volkswagen was supposed to be the people wagon that was affordable and reliable.
Wusthof Chefs Knife from Germany
41. Wüsthof & Zwilling J.A. Henckels
If you’re into cooking and good knives, you’ve probably come across these two brands; one it’s called Wus-thof, and the next brand is called tsviling-yot-ah-Henck-els.
It’s Alfa-ro-mayo. It’s an Italian name so use the R in the front.
43. Cerruti (che-roo-ti)
A famous cloth producer is Cerruti.
44. Ermenegildo Zegna (er-me-ne-geel-do zen-ya)
Originally a cloth weaver but today, they also produce men’s clothing. It’s a soft G, and you don’t say the Z very hard.
Ferrari 250 GTO
45. Ferrari (f-er-AH-ree)
This one seems easy, and most people in the US use the American R. In Italy, they use that R in the front rolled with your tongue.
46. Lamborghini (læm-b aw r-GEE-n ee)
From roughly the same area around Bologna is Lamborghini.
Loro Piana Fabric
47. Loro Piana
Another cloth weaver that is now very well known for their cashmere is Loro Piana.
1956 Maserati 200 SI race car
48. Maserati (m-ah-z-uh-r-r-ah-t-ee)
A luxury car called m-ah-z-uh-r-r-ah-t-ee.
49. Moschino (moss-kino)
An Italian fashion brand.
50. Prada (prah-duh)
The next one seems likewise simple. Again, rolled R on your tongue.
Ralph Lauren Purple Label
51. Ralph Lauren
This one has been a subject of discussion for a while. Some call it Ralph LAUren, others call it Ralph lauREN. The company says the proper way to pronounce it is Ralph LAUren. Ironically, the founder is only known as Ralph Lauren, however, his real name was Ralph Lifshitz which I gave it to him, he’s not very marketable and he did well by choosing a different, more American sounding name.
Vitale Barberis Canonico Fabric ready to be made into garments
52. Vitale Barberis Canonico
Another Italian cloth weaver by the name of Vitale Barberis Canonico often, abbreviated to BBC, it’s simply easier to say.
Rochas has named a new creative director for its men’s wear activity, which it put on hold last year after only two seasons.
The Interparfums-owned fashion house said Italian designer Federico Curradi will be charged with bringing “a new attitude” to Rochas men’s wear going forward. The brand is expected to relaunch in January 2019.
“I am sure Rochas can find its own place in the men’s wear industry and Federico has the talent to bring Rochas to a next level,” stated Interparfums Group and Rochas chief executive officer Philippe Benacin.
Curradi, a native of Florence, launched his own men’s wear label, which shows in Milan, in January 2016 at Pitti Uomo. The designer, who lives in the Florentine countryside, is also creative director of outerwear specialist Peuterey. Born in Florence in 1975, after living in New York for several years he moved back to Italy, first working at Ermanno Daelli, then as head of the men’s styling office at Ermanno Scervino and later becoming head of the men’s collection of Roberto Cavalli in 2005. A year later, he began working at Iceberg on the company’s men’s wear as a consultant. He was also Iceberg’s first men’s wear creative director, succeeded by James
Laura Brown could aptly be described as the nicest — and one of the funniest — people in fashion. But it’s not just her winning personality that makes her worth listening to. Brown’s long-running career in fashion has included stints at W and Details, not to mention over a decade at …
Diana’s style varied over the years, from her Sloane-ranger blazer and jeans combo to her sleeker 90s dresses, but there were a few brands she always went back to. You can shop them below…
Princess Diana wearing Catherine Walker
Whether it’s a power suit or an evening gown, Catherine Walker was Diana’s go-to designer no matter the occasion. Founded in 1977 by Cyrus and his wife Catherine Walker, it became famous in the 80s and 90s thanks to the Royal. Some of her most famous outfits include, but are not limited to, a powder pink ballgown (like the one Meghan Markle wore at Trooping the Colour), a Dynasty-esque green sequin dress and that pearl gown that was fondly nicknamed ‘the Elvis dress’.
Princess Diana wearing Catherine Walker in 1989 in Hong Kong. Picture: Rex
She famously wrote to the designer after wearing a white lace dress after her separation from Prince William, telling her ‘I was so proud and felt very confident to stride out there and deliver my first speech since the divorce.’
You can buy Catherine Walker designs in store.
Princess Diana wearing Christina Stambolian
You’ll no doubt have heard of the Revenge dress, which Diana wore for her first appearance since Prince Charles admitted to having an affair with Camilla. She wore the black design to the Serpentine gallery, paired with her famous sapphire choker (here’s what happened to it and the rest of her jewellery after she died). What you might not know is that she was meant to wear Valentino that evening, but the brand released a statement earlier that day about it, which put her off.
So she went with the Greek fashion designer instead, and it all blew up from there. Other fun fact: she had actually been sent this dress three years previously, but was at the time worried it was too revealing. You can buy her designs on eBay.
Princess Diana wearing Versace
Princess Diana was very good friends with Gianni Versace (‘I am devastated by the loss of a great and talented man’ she said when she found out about his death), and wore his designs a lot in the 90s. She famously posed on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar wearing an embellished blue dress, and wore a gorgeous one-shoulder silk gown to a charity ball in Sidney in 1996.
Princess Diana met Oldfield through her work at Barnado’s and wore his couture dresses from the mid 80s to mid 90s, when her style changed, at which point she stopped wearing his designs. Some of his dresses include an off-the-shoulder navy dress which she wore at a dinner in 1987 and a gala in 1988, and was later auctioned off for £45,000 at Christie’s.
Princess Diana wearing Dior
There’s a reason Dior has a bag named after Diana (the Lady Dior FYI): she was one of their most loyal customers. The bag, which had another name at the time, was given to Diana by the French First Lady, Bernadette Chirac. She loved it so much that she ordered it in every version, which prompted Dior to name it after her.
You might not have heard of David Sassoon, but he created over 70 gowns for Princess Diana over the course of two decades, and is credited for taking her from Sloane Ranger to fashion icon status. She famously wore a bright floral-patterned dress to visit children in hospital, and a pink floral dress for Prince William’s christening in 1982.
Princess Diana wearing Emanuel
Diana’s fairytale showstopper from her 1981 royal wedding was created by Welsh designer duo David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The dress was made of ivory silk, pure taffeta and antique lace, with 10,000 pearls and sequins, and had a 25 ft train
Princess Diana wearing Ferragamo
Everyone talks about the Lady Dior bag, but did you know Ferragamo also named a bag after Diana? The late Princess owned over 20 variations of the chain strap bag, which was named the Lady Di after her death.
Princess Diana was a big Chanel fan, and was especially fond of the bags and shoes, though she sadly didn’t wear the brand after her divorce. The reason she couldn’t wear Chanel anymore was because the interlocked Cs reminded her of Charles and Camilla.
There’s no denying Princess Diana was very loyal to the designers she loved, which included lots of British up-and-coming names, who she supported even after her divorce, which was a turning point in her style. You could even say she paved the way for Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
It’s on my to-do list today to update a lot of our older posts with advice for where to buy petite-friendly clothes for work, and I thought I’d ask the readers: what are your best work fashion tips for petite women? Do you think certain styles work better than other — or is it all about knowing your body shape and tailoring it?I’m 5’4″, so I’m right on the cusp of petite sizes… these are some of my best tips for petite women, but I’d love to hear yours…
Know where to shop. We’ve rounded up the best workwear for petites in the past — but it’s also worth noting that depending on your exact dimensions, sometimes regular sizes may work best for you (for example, as a 5’4″ woman, I often buy petite pants but regular-length skirts) — and many brands offer “short” lengths that are cut slightly differently than petite lengths. Keep an eye to quality and style, but it’s worth noting that if you’re very petite you may be able to shop in juniors’ or children’s size ranges as well. (If you’re on the hunt for the unicorn that is plus-sized petites, check out our roundup of the best workwear for size 16 and beyond.)
Tailor it up. We’ve rounded up the best suiting alterations for women and common tailoring alterations for women — but you can also learn to do some things yourself, such as hemming pants. YouTube is a great source for free tutorials, and you can find affordable online courses at places like Craftsy or Skillshare, as well as in-person lessons at local fabric stores like Joann. It’s also worth noting that some stores provide free alterations on your purchases, at least up to a certain point — for example, Nordstrom offers many free alterations on full-price clothing — “basic alterations are free for many full-price items purchased at Nordstrom and Trunk Club (online or in stores)” — and depending which level Nordstrom rewards cardmember you are, you may be entitled to $ 100 or more of reimbursement for alteration expenses.
Know YOUR body. It’s hard to say “petite women always look great in this” because petite bodies come in all sizes, with all sorts of leg/waist/hip/bust ratios. A structured, shrunken one-button blazer may look great on one petite woman — while a dolman-sleeved sweater may look great on another.
Don’t expect every look to work on you. Learn which styles work well on you and which don’t. For example, a large print may overwhelm your frame — the current trend of “stick a ruffle on it” may really, really not work for you. Start with clean, minimalist clothing in neutral colors, and build from there. Our four-week work outfit challenge may be just what you need to try different work outfit ideas.
A note on looking young (and trying to use fashion to look older): A lot of young professionals who are petite worry about looking like high-schoolers, but we’ve noted in the past, “looking young” has every bit to do with how you hold yourself, speak, and otherwise present yourself — in other words, it often comes down to “acting young” more than looking young. Before you buy designer clothes, get expensive highlights, or buy a slew of uncomfortable heels, you may want to check out this post on executive presence, or this post on how to be taken seriously when you look young, where we advised a 30-something college professor on some beyond-the-basic tips.
How about you, readers? What are your best work fashion tips for petites? Which are your favorite petite stores for workwear — and suits?
Fast-fashion darling Fashion Nova has launched its first menswear collection.
The line, called simply Fashion Nova MEN, includes both streetwear and statement pieces. The company said via email Monday that means everything from athleisure looks and distressed denim to palm tree print T-shirts and silk embroidered bomber jackets. Prices range from $ 9.99 to $ 49.99. And sizes go up to 3X.
The company that counts Cardi B and various Kardashians among its fans hasn’t left out the accessories, with sunglasses jewelry and footwear. In all, the line launched early Tuesday includes 500 pieces.
It’s the second brand expansion of the year for Fashion Nova. Earlier, the collaboration Cardi B x Fashion Nova was announced. The 100-piece collection with the rap star will debut in November.
BANDUNG, Indonesia — Indonesia’s first Islamic fashion school is teaching students in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country the usual skills of design, styling and marketing — but with a religion-specific twist. Growing demand for Islamic apparel has produced variations on traditional headscarves and long, flowing dresses for women, while men are targeted with robes or… Fashion News, Photos, and Video | New York Post
After 20 years, “Sex and the City” continues to be the fashion gift that keeps on giving. Over the weekend, new tidbits about some of the show’s greatest designer hits emerged when Kristen Davis turned out to be the surprise guest at a fan event cohosted by The Standard Hollywood and popular Instagram account Every Outfit on Sex and the City (@everyoutfitonSATC). Since its founding by writer/director Lauren Garroni and fashion professional Chelsea Fairless two years ago, the account has found half-a-million followers who still relish dissecting everything that Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha wore during the show’s seven seasons on HBO.
Those include Davis and Parker, who have weighed in on some of the posts. The crowd cheered as Garroni and Fairless welcomed Davis to the pool deck of the West Hollywood hotel, where parts of the popular two-part Los Angeles story arc were filmed. Davis was wearing the Prada lipstick skirt she wore on an early SATC episode, along with a sparkly pair of Sarah Jessica Parker pumps “because I wanted to have Sarah with us.”
“I had seen an ad for the skirt and called [show costume designer] Pat Field and said, “I have to have that
STREET SMARTS: Traditional men’s wear retailers from Jermyn Street, St. James’s took to the sidewalks of London for their fourth open-air show in a see-now-buy-now format during London Fashion Week Men’s.
New to the fashion week fixture were brands Paul & Shark, Aspinal of London and Grenson. The three brands joined seasoned labels Harvie & Hudson, John Smedley, Lock & Co. and Aquascutum in flexing their sartorial muscles.
The Jermyn Street retailers favored mustard yellow and cornflower blue separates. Bright, colored socks added a pop to traditional looks.
A look from the St. James’s spring 2019 show.
There were also streetwear staples in the mix, in the form of a camouflage-print windbreaker, a fishnet vest top and laid-back pieces such as cable-knit jumpers, gray track pants and basic T-shirts.
The see-now-buy-now presentation also saw female models dressed in men’s wear. One model wore a dark green slim-fit suit while another showed off a more summer-y look: Navy blue tailored shorts and a relaxed red pullover.
Later in the week, Barbour International showed off streetwear looks, too, incorporating elements from the brand’s classic Bedale jacket and T-shirts with retro-style brand logos.
Barbour International Men’s spring 2019.
A bright blue filmy jacket had a single-patch pocket that was swiped
Blac Chyna sure knows how to make an impact. She was spotted in LA yesterday, June 9, wearing a red-hot ensemble. Her figure-hugging outfit made by Fashion Nova embraced her famous curvy figure flawlessly. You can see some pics below.
The skirt is really versatile and besides the red top that it comes paired with it would very well go with a simple T-shirt.
This comes right after she got slammed on her Instagram account for trying to have lighter skin.
‘You look good but different in your outfit u had for King’s graduation,’ one of her followers noted.
‘Chyna always been a red bone blacks people come in all shades from light to dark,’ someone wrote, and another commenter also said that she looks different (and probably not pregnant at all): ‘Lookin way diff than that shade room post.’
We recently reported that The Shade Room posted some pics where she’s at her son’s graduation, and fans thought that she seemed to have a baby bump.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but she doesn’t seem to have a baby bump in her latest pics where she’s flaunting the red outfit.
NEW BLOOD: In line with its ongoing commitment to champion young talent, Soho boutique Machine-A hosted a showcase to open London Fashion Week Men’s and shine the spotlight on the most exciting fashion graduates.
The work on display was part of a long project spearheaded by Stavros Karelis, co-owner and buying director at Machine-A, alongside the Central Saint Martins’ media platform One Granary, and its fashion education platform Void.
Earlier this year, Karelis curated an exhibition for Void that traveled to New York, Paris and Copenhagen’s International Fashion Fair to showcase the works of some of the most promising design students, who graduated from schools such as Parsons The New School in New York, Central Saint Martins in London and the Fashion Academy in Antwerp.
Five of the graduates went on to work with Machine-A on producing their first commercial collections for the retailer.
“We are showcasing the graduates that have been selected throughout the year and who we believe are going to do very well in the future. They all have very promising talent,” said Karelis of the students he chose for the project, who include Bianca Saunders, Eftychia Karamolegkou, Arnar Már Jónsson, T/Sehne and Camilla Damkjaer. “The idea was to offer them exposure
Chapman is planning the comeback and continued life of Marchesa—and key to that is ensuring that the scandal and legal battles surrounding Weinstein, and his history of alleged sexual assaults, do not permanently infect Marchesa. Or even destroy it.
Now, a Daily Beast investigation has found a series of connections between Marchesa and a company listed on court documents as “doing business as” Marchesa—one that may be directly linked to Weinstein himself—and sources tell The Daily Beast that Weinstein allegedly provided money to Marchesa as it launched itself into the fashion stratosphere.
LONDON — This year’s Graduate Fashion Week was one of the largest events to take place in size and ambitions with more than 5,000 pieces of work on display from 500 students — the majority of whom hailed from outside the U.K.
Graduate Fashion Week is a charity that was founded in 1991 and aims to bring together British and international fashion universities and elevate the creative industries.
“We’ve had more visitors than we’ve ever had. We’ve got 37 U.K. universities and 51 international ones, so we have managed to create a global stage for everyone,” said Mark Newton-Jones, chairman of Graduate Fashion Week.
“We’re trying to bridge the gap between graduates and employers, we’ve introduced a protégé program so everyone up for an award tonight will be mentored by a designer or leader in the industry,” he said.
Hosted in east London’s Old Truman Brewery, the awards ceremony opened with a personal message from British Prime Minister Theresa May. “I am very proud of the U.K.’s fashion industry, some of the most iconic brands and biggest names in the business hail from the U.K. Graduate Fashion Week plays such an important role in the process of nurturing the very best talents.”
The designs drew on a
It has been reported that Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York apartment on Tuesday morning,
According to law enforcement officials, the 55-year-old was found dead in an apparent suicide, discovered hanging by housekeeping staff inside her Park Avenue apartment, and reportedly leaving behind a note.
The designer is best-known for her 1990s line of handbags, which she went on to transform into her iconic company, Kate Spade New York, boasting over 400 stores all over the world.
Kate sold her iconic company in 2007, launching a new fashion brand, Frances Valentine, in 2016.
Kate Spade leaves behind her husband Andy Spade and her daughter Frances Beatrix Spade.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America — among them, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren and Zac Posen — are trusted to be the arbiters of good taste. But some fellow designers and industry veterans think the group is squandering its cred. On Monday, Kim Kardashian — a woman known to wear sheer… Fashion News, Photos, and Video | New York Post
From Azzedine Alaia at The Design Museum to Dior in Colorado, these are the must-see fashion exhibitions you simply can’t miss.
Words by Lisa Walden
Dior: From Paris to The World
November 18 – March 3 2019
The Denver Art Museum in Colorado will swing open its doors this November for an exhibition surveying more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. Here, you can expect to see a selection of 150 haute couture dresses, accessories, photographs, archival material and exclusive runway footage. “Artistic interpretation has always been a key factor to the House of Dior’s success in creating a global legacy for the French haute couture house,” explains the exhibition’s curator Florence Muller. “Visitors will witness this through thematic exhibition sections, and will also begin to understand how the Americas contributed to the success of the house over a seven decade period.”
As well as profiling Christian Dior’s own inspirations, the major retrospective will also take a look at the brand’s artistic directors, from Yves Saint Laurent in 1958 to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s vision now. Elsewhere, make sure not to miss the dramatic visual display of the Dior atelier’s exquisite technique — something you won’t get to see anywhere else.
The future of fashion and our planet are a cause for celebration at the V&A’s new unmissable exhibition spanning over 400 years. There is plenty to see here. From botanical embroidery pieces on show, to stellar earrings made from birds of paradise, the retrospective will take visitors on a journey through the centuries of fashion that have plundered the natural world. Expect to be bought closer to nature: take a walk around and you’ll hear the sound of birdsong as well as other animals in their natural habitat. With our second May bank holiday creeping up quickly, add this must-see exhibition to your weekend plans.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL Tickets: £12
Inside Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier
Until 7 October 2018
On May 10, The Design Museum opened its doors for a must-see exhibition charting the inimitable work of Azzedine Alaia, looking at his journey from sculptor to couturier. From stories of his life and career, to iconic garments spanning back to the 1980s, you can expect an exclusive insight into the designer’s work and life — which was co-curated by the designer himself before his death in November 2017.
Photo: Mark Blower
One of the most anticipated exhibition openings of the year, this retrospective will shine light on the late designer’s signature nipped-in body-con waist, described as “second-skin dressing.” The consummate craftsman understood the female body, moulding clothes to fit the female form — and changed the fashion landscape as we know it. You’ve still got October to see this one so make sure you don’t miss out.
The Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 6AG Tickets: £16
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
Opening 16 June
Experience Frida Kahlo’s compelling life story through her most intimate personal belongings, on display exclusively at the V&A this summer. The Mexican artist, best known for her self-portraits, was inspired by the nature and artifacts of her homeland. It’s her physical and emotional pain that were often depicted in her works, shining light on a turbulent relationship and a lifetime of suffering (she had over 30 operations across her life). More than 200 of her personal items will be on display at the retrospective, including clothing items, jewellery, makeup used by the artist and a prosthetic leg in a red leather lace-up boot. You’ve got one month until the doors open so why not book your early bird ticket now.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL Tickets: £15
Orla Kiely: A life in Pattern
May 23 – September 23
Next week, The Fashion and Textile Museum will open their doors for the first-ever exhibition dedicated to the designer Orla Kiely. From her first collection of hats shown at London Fashion Week in 1994 to her iconic bag in the mid-sixties, the exhibition will chart the growth and success of the renowned Irish designer.
Drawing on an archive of over 20 years of work, there will be brilliant insights into every area of her work. You can expect a behind-the-scene look into Kiely’s methods, concepts, sketches, samples and her making techniques. Make sure to head to the shop on your way out to pick up some exclusive Orla Kiely accessories of your own.
The Fashion and Textile Museum
83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF Tickets: £15
Margiela/ Galliera, 1989-2009
March 3 – July 15
If there’s one exhibition not to miss before the summer it’s Palais Galliera’s new stand-out retrospective which unpacks the life and work of Martin Margiela. The Belgian designer’s conceptual approach to creating garments is celebrated under the roof of the Galliera, tracing back his career from 1989 to the summer of 2009. He was best known for his technique of deconstructing (he would expose the inside of clothing, leave unfinished parts and embrace pleats and shoulder pads).
Using more than 130 silhouettes, house archives and special installations the curators here take an unprecedented look at the life of the most prolific designer. And with just a Eurostar journey away, there’s no excuse not to hop on a train this weekend to see it for yourself.
Rue de Galliera, 75016 Paris, France Tickets: €10
Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour
September 7 – January 5 2019
Pink might not be your colour, but at The Fashion Institute of Technology’s new exhibition there is something for everyone. Launching this September, the retrospective will trace back through bright pink dresses from designers including Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Rei Kawakubo, Gucci and Moschino — a vibrant collection that hasn’t been seen together anywhere else.
From Schiaparelli’s 1930 ‘Shocking Pink’ dress to Yves Saint Laurent’s 1960s cocktail dresses, the objects on display depict how pink was coded as the ”feminine” colour in the 18th and 19th century. Elsewhere, the exhibit will also be accompanied by a new book which will be published by Thames & Hudson in October. Expect dresses, history and a whole lot of pink.
The Fashion Institute of Technology
227 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA Tickets: Free
“It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves,” Williams said after beating Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 (4), 6-4 at Court Philippe Chatrier. “I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of amazing women and kids.”
The outfit called to mind Williams’ black “catsuit” that she wore at the 2002 U.S. Open. It also was reminiscent of the white bodysuit that American player Anne White wore at Wimbledon in 1985.
Williams referred to what she wore Tuesday as the “catsuit — the new version, 2.0.”
“I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,” referring to the fictional nation in the film “Black Panther.”
“We designed it way before the movie,” she said, “but still, it kind of reminds me of that.”
Williams said she feels “like a warrior princess, kind of,” when she wears the outfit.
“I’m always living in a fantasy world,” she added. “I always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”
Tuesday’s match was the first at a major tournament for the 23-time Grand Slam champion in 16 months.
She gave birth on Sept. 1, then dealt with complications related to a pulmonary embolism.
“I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don’t know how many I have had in the past 12 months. So it is definitely a little functionality to it,” Williams said. “I have been wearing pants in general a lot when I play, so I can keep the blood circulation going. It’s a fun suit, but it’s also functional, so I can be able to play without any problems.”
EVERLASTING FASHION: After a successful debut exhibition in London earlier this year, The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, a major project that teams fashion design talent with artisans from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries, is planning a New York installation.
In September, fashion pieces made through the initiative will be shown at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. The show will be staged in a new yet-to-be-named exhibition on the New York campus’ John P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center. Renovations are under way in the building’s lobby, which will double the exhibition space to 4,000 square feet.
This fall’s event, which is designed to encourage the exchange of creative ideas, will be scheduled during United Nations General Assembly is in session. In London, the CFE exhibition bowed in late February as a lead-up to the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which was held in April. During London Fashion Week in February, a celebratory reception was held at Buckingham Palace, where the Duchess of Cambridge helped to mark the occasion.
Fashion 4 Development founder Evie Evangelou developed the partnership with FIT. She also hosted a high tea for spouses of the heads of state of the Commonwealth countries at Claridge’s to celebrate the
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When designing his latest collection, Gilles Mendel had one film star uppermost in his mind: Katharine Hepburn. The designer, representing the fifth generation of the eponymous J. Mendel label, hosted visitors at the Ladurée in Soho, so there were macaroons to nibble on alongside the furs and gowns if you so wished.
I didn’t see anyone wishing to nibble on a macaroon, except in the restaurant proper whose patrons quietly observed the brief burst of fashion madness unfolding around them.
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Meghan Markle’s go-to stylist and closest adviser has a new gig at Hudson’s Bay as fashion and bridal specialist.
Already familiar face as a lifestyle commentator on “Cityline,” Jessica Mulroney is a stylist, p.r., brand and content strategist to major Canadian brands and labels. Having teamed with the retailer in 2014 to launch the Kleinfeld brand in Canada, her role has her helping “drive the fashion and bridal business” and acting as the spokeswoman for its new Core Life brand due out this fall.
Markle’s allegiance to Canadian labels like Sentaler, Line the Label, Greta Constantine and Mackage is believed to have been steered by Mulroney’s guidance. The stylist also is also chummy with Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, the wife of Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Born Jessica Brownstein, her family tree stems back to Browns Shoes founder Benjamin Brownstein. Mulroney’s husband Ben is a Canadian TV host and is the eldest son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. The couple’s daughter Caroline has been tapped as a flower girl for the royal wedding and their twin sons Brian and Mila will be page boys in the wedding party. Jessica is believed to have cinched the role of maid of honor, and Markle’s chief
Millennial fashion brand Lulus has closed on a later-stage Series B capital round of $ 120 million.
The investors are IVP and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. IVP is a later-stage venture capital and growth equity firm, and general partner Eric Liaw has become a Lulus board member. IVP’s investments have included Glossier, The Honest Co., Snap and Twitter. The Canadian pension fund is a silent investor.
Colleen Winter started Lulus as a small boutique with her mother in August 1996 when it focused primarily on vintage apparel. The Chico, Calif.-based business transitioned to an online platform in 2005 and became purely an e-tailer in 2008.
Eighty percent of the merchandise is imported, with the balance made domestically. The company creates in-house content for posting on social media sites, and relies on video content and brand ambassadors to spread word of the brand. According to Winter, the core consumer averages 27 years of age, lives in highly populated areas, works in an office and lives a lifestyle that goes from desk to evening social events throughout the year.
The company relies on its large database built over the years to determine what merchandise to bring in, and how much to produce. “Because we are data-driven,
Fashion Month, which includes New York, London, Milan and Paris, has always been one of the most celebrated times on the fashion industry calendar.
Taking place twice a year, from February to March and again from September to October, editors, buyers, celebrities, stylists and other industry personnel gathered in the world’s fashion capitals for the unveiling of top designers new season collections.
These industry festivals are used for buyers to decide what they wanted off of the runways and for editors to figure out what they were going to feature in editorials for their upcoming issues.
Given that the closest fashion capital to where I live is 500 miles away, I get that the South isn’t the most obvious place for a fashion editor to live, but it makes more sense for me than it appears. Long story short, I’m originally from Louisiana, but after moving away for college, I eventually ended up in NYC and then Los Angeles, where I started working at Who What Wear. A couple of years ago, we had to move to Raleigh, North Carolina, for my now husband’s job, and there you have it. I’m a fashion editor who lives in the South, working remotely as a Who What Wear editor.
If you’ve ever been to the South in the summer, you’ve probably noticed that it’s hot and humid, and people dress accordingly. Truth be told, I’m much more influenced by my years spent living in Los Angeles than the South’s aesthetic, but I have had to adjust my wardrobe for my new lifestyle and climate. And since the temperatures are rising (as in 95 degrees here this weekend), and summer shopping season is in full swing, I’m sharing my summer shopping list below.
If there is profundity to be found at Paris Fashion Week, it happened early with the Anrealage presentation.
Rimmed with LED lights, the constructed triangular arena made of chrome and concrete allowed models to be viewed from all sides as they came bounding from backstage like cyber-punk cowboys at a dystopian rodeo. Meticulously synchronized lights flashed and dimmed, from one hue to another revealing that each garment looked entirely different depending on the light cast.
Today we’re going down memory lane, remembering our worst fashion moments. It’s all in good fun. And for me, these moments were an important part of learning about myself and evolving my personal style.
For context, I was born in 1970, which made me a ‘70s child, an ‘80s teen, and a ‘90s young adult.
I enjoyed the ‘70s and fondly remember my party dresses, corduroy culottes, and kilts when I wasn’t wearing a school uniform. I also remember wearing very scratchy wool tights with the items that were extremely uncomfortable. To this day I will not wear tights. I stick to delicate sheer hosiery and that’s that.
I loved the ‘80s, and have very fond fashion memories of the era. That said, I took the oversized look too far in my first year of University in 1988 when I combined Greg’s untucked gigantic red button-down shirt with a long red flowing skirt, white ankle socks, and tan flat oxfords. I buttoned the shirt to the top of the collar so that it wouldn’t fall off my narrow shoulders. I drowned in the look, although I tried to create structure with shoulder pads. Greg, ever tactful, said something like, “I’ve noticed you’re wearing a relaxed look lately …”
My worst fashion memories are from the ‘90s, which was my least favourite fashion era. First there was the bodysuit, which wasn’t too bad when the rises of pants were high, but became disastrous when rises lowered later in the decade. I spent the day pulling my bodysuit down and my pants and jeans up. Bending over and reaching up was a nightmare. Second was some of the footwear from that era. Ill-fitting mules and heavy platform sneakers that didn’t flex were equally bad on my feet. Third was some of the silhouettes. I wore long, shapeless midi dresses with wide necklines that were very unflattering, and stiff linen drawstring pants that were too short and looked worse than cardboard pyjamas. To top it off, I spent 1995 wearing black from head to toe, which my Mum said looked awful and didn’t suit my colouring. I refused to believe her, but she was dead right. I saw the light in 1996 and have seldom worn black from head to toe since then.
I don’t have any particularly unpleasant fashion memories since the nineties. Or perhaps I just need some more time to process the last two decades.
LONDON — Ruth Chapman may be easing her way out of the day-to-day fashion business — and moving on to more cerebral pursuits — but that hasn’t tempered her passion for seeking the industry’s next great talents and rethinking brick-and-mortar retail.
It’s been a buzzy 12 months for Chapman, who sold Matchesfashion.com, the retailer she founded with her husband Tom Chapman in 1987, to Apax Partners in September in a deal valuing the company at $ 1 billion.
The sale was the surprise of the summer: For years the Chapmans had expected to pursue an initial public offering for their business, but in a matter of just a few weeks, they had multiple suitors knocking on their door, with Apax emerging as the winner.
“We got to a position where we were doing extremely well, the business was growing extremely fast and a lot of people came knocking. So we thought: ‘OK, we’ll continue to grow the business for IPO, but we’ll listen to what they have to say’ — and conversations began to develop,” said Chapman.
“We felt like we had done this for a really long time, and if we could step back that would be an exciting thing to do. Apax are a
If there’s a war to be waged on behalf of humanity, consider calling the design houses of Esha Sethi Thirani and Alleira Batik to dress our heroines for battle.
Part of the Oxford Fashion Studio group show, each designer presented structured and architectural details—a stiff bell sleeve here, a puffed shoulder there, a precisely draped cape—that exuded strength without sacrificing femininity.
PARIS—Inside the dimly lit interiors of the Hotel de Ville, classical music played as Anna Wintour held court, standing in the murky shadows. Lesser mortals waited on benches set between the easels decorating Thom Browne’s Fall/Winter 2018 runway, like an artist’s studio.
A procession of models wearing dog’s heads were drawn by a female painter, while others showed-off Browne’s deconstructed designs that recast the idea of the feminine in this collection that was inspired by Marie Antoinette’s official portraitist, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, a rare female painter who succeeded in an 18th century male-dominated milieu.
Another model wore a bulging plastic sculpture that resembled a woman’s body splitting at the seams, bringing to mind some of the over-sized, provocative women painted by Le Brun from the society of her day.
In lieu of an exotic destination, Chanel staged its Cruise 2019 runway show right at home in Paris’s Grand Palais. But Karl Lagerfeld and his team managed to make it feel like more of a voyage, erecting a literal cruise ship as the backdrop (and party venue) for the runway. And what do you get …
The Met Museum’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’ curator, Andrew Bolton, talks about about coming up with the idea for an exhibition that mixes style and spirituality, and how he expects Met Gala guests to get glam for God. Observer