Is Julian Chang’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection formal or casual? From our perspective, it’s a bit of both. Chang took the best aspects of the ’80s and mixed paisleys, with multiple strap halters and jumpsuits reminiscent of Halston’s heyday into a great capsule. Does it set a trend for the Spring/Summer 2014 season? The jury is out. But it’s enough to want more from the designer. Chang shows extensive promise with extensive detailing and a good command of the female form. View the entire gallery below:
We've covered Spring since our inception in 2005. The one thing that sticks out about this season in particular is the fact that designers have gone out on a limb for the season with colors. Pantone may have announced...
Recently I met the incomparable and incredibly tall and beautiful Venus Williams. She was in NYC presenting her Fall ’13 EleVen collection which is her higher-end line of athletic wear (think Lululemon, I was told) she has designed since 2007. You don’t have to be a tennis pro to wear the styles however. The collection is also ideal for yoga, pilates or just looking incredibly chic while running your daily life…especially if you are one who likes to be comfortable, but look put-together. After I perused the extensive line of python prints, bold florals and solid items in black, white and feminine pink and noshed on some brilliant vegan bites created by Venus’ chef, Lauren VanDerPool, I had an opportunity to sit with the now 32 year-old tennis legend. She and her sister are attributed in changing the game of tennis, and now Venus wants to change what we wear while playing. Long gone are the days of tennis whites, especially if she has anything to say about it. While she studies fashion trend reports and keeps up on what’s coming down the runway, not all of it translates into athletic wear. However, for this, her fifth season she was […]
Leila Nasseri generated lots of buzz last year with the launch of go-to knits line Whetherly, earning her instant style cred from celebrities like Alessandra Ambrosio and Rosie Huntington-Whitley. But this L.A. “It” Girl is just getting started, and her explosively popular collection of “basic” wardrobe must-haves are coveted coast to coast. “I love fashion, I love designing, I love fabric, I love textures, I love all of it,” said Nasseri, who worked at Citizens of Humanity before leaving to start her own line, a dream she’s had since childhood. “This is what I live for.” Whetherly prides its essentials—the brand’s “core” fabrics and silhouettes are known for their luxuriously soft feel, effortless draping, and that perfect fit we crave from our favorite tees: Fabrication follows fabric, so to speak. Though Nasseri promises she’ll never abandon what her company does best, Whetherly is leaps and bounds from its minimalist origins. Anthropologie rolled out the exclusive Fall 2012 “W” line this month, and A Pea In A Pod will begin selling the brand soon as well. (Added bonus: Whetherly manufactures every piece in the U.S., from start to finish.) “You have to prove yourself,” said Nasseri, who’s already exploring new territory (woven knits) for next year. “You have to […]
We know, we know: FW is just around the corner and next year’s spring and summer styles are already popping up around the city in pre-Labor Day presentations—and who can think about fall fashion anyway when the AC’s still blasting?—but August is the perfect time to brush up on what’s hitting the racks now and peek back at February’s runway trends before you start updating this Fall. For a punchy lineup with a little bit of everything, check out fan-favorite alice + olivia. Designer and hipster-chic guru Stacey Bendet rarely plays it safe—her characteristically whimsical, go-big-or-go-home creations tend toward the wilder side of RTW—but she did tone it down in this season’s admittedly safer collection. It might not impress Stacey’s feverishly loyal followers, but the heavily-diversified line does offer a comfortable balance overall for slightly less courageous dressers: Picture a little less Betsey Johnson, but still flirtier than Sass and Bide. The tamed silhouettes are a bit uninspired (Bendet’s signature pant only makes one token appearance, punctuating an otherwise straightforward run of classic dress and skirt cuts), but they’re also approachable and easy to wear. And while the mostly black-and-white collection represents a departure from Bendet’s typically vibrant style, textural […]
The following includes profiles of stylists and makeup artist at the 2012 Lifeball event. Read below for the profiles: Nina Butkovich-Budden Nina Butkovich-Budden is a skilled hair stylist with over 17 years experience in combining the theatrical with the everyday, creating catwalk collaborations, avant-garde advertising and unrivalled hair styles for the celebrities, fans and aficionados. “Being able to take a part in such an incredible event like “Lifeball” and be the only Londoner to join Danilo’s super talented team is one of my biggest achievements. It is satisfying when your talents can be used to save lives!” Gregory Russell www.andylecomptesalon.com “I had an interest around 6th grade to start doing my sister’s and her friend’s hair. But professionally, I started 6 years ago in Los Angeles, CA. Now I work at Andy LeCompte Salon in West Hollwood, CA. My favorite Life Ball moment was seeing Naomi Campbell working.” Cervando Maldonado www.byronbeautyroom.com “I am from Riverside, California. I got started in hair while in high school. I went to school in the morning and cosmetology school in the afternoon. I started professionally doing hair right after high school. The best moment for me in every Life Ball is seeing the finished […]
In these celebrity-obsessed times, how strange is it that a Ball attracting top tier celebs, designers and beauty gurus barely makes a blip on America’s radar? More importantly, how does an annual event that’s gone on for twenty years fall under-our-radar? What is this event you ask? The Life Ball in Vienna, and for two decades it’s raised millions of dollars in the fight against AIDS/HIV. Each year a theme is offered to captivate the mood of the times and for the May 2012 festivity “Fire” ruled the celebrations. This Ball is unlike no other, at its core its mission is to raise money and spread awareness in the fight against AIDS. However, this charitable enterprise, has morphed into a magnet for fashion and beauty talents. For hairstylists it’s a virtual playground for envelope-pushing. At the head of this collective lies Danilo Dixon. For both aspiring and experienced stylists “Danilo” –as he’s often known—is a hair God. Gwen Steffani, Lady Gaga…you name it he’s works with them. He’s a known visionary and those working under his lead at the Life Ball often feel privileged.“When Marjorie Clarke and I were asked by Danilo to do Pamela Anderson’s hair for The Blonds […]
It’s not that those interested in fashion are completely ignorant of things not related to the latest Louis Vuitton bag or YSL shoes. It can even be said that the fashion lover is aware of current events but needs a bit of coaxing to get it on their respective radar. So I’ve put together a guide that outlines parties, platforms and positions. There are nuances to every position and it’s important to note that not every Republican wants to get rid of a union and not every Democrat is interested in allowing gays to marry. Party platforms evolve and candidates don’t always adhere to what the leaders say or what the platform says. Generally if someone claims to be a Libertarian they hold true to basic tenets of the libertarian ideal and platform (same with Democrats and Republicans and independents). The key here is knowing what side you fall on and who you want to vote for as a result. Where We are Now We’re approximately 2 weeks away from picking leaders for Congress. All 435 seats of the House of Representatives are up for grabs (no you won’t have to vote for 435 candidates). A handful of senate seats […]
Philadelphia is a city often noted for its arts scene, but not necessarily in the fashion realm. It is so close to New York, a lot of people in the industry question why a new (or established) designer would choose to show or set up shop in the smaller metro. An increasing number of Philadelphia organizations are seeking to answer that question with exciting events to help designers grow their businesses and fashion fans to get what they need right here at home.
Jose Duran exploded on the scene a couple of years back with a fresh outlook on fashion. His objective seemed simple enough, appreciate form and accentuate it. This imperative translated into several collections that ran the gamut from daring to audacious.