Glam Damn It
After all the reports of designers dropping out of showing at New York Fashion Week this February, Fern Mallis, IMG’s senior vice president sets the record straight in an interview with style.com. Almost everyday has slots that are triple and quadruple booked, just like always and there are only a total of four fewer designers showing at the tents in February when compared with last year’s numbers. The number of total events has dropped from 225 to 197 since February of last year, but the money is still there when it comes to sponsorships.
Mallis held a press conference in the IMG offices and stated, “The only people getting press are those not showing.” She wants that to change, you know, adopt a more glass half full attitude. So what does IMG hope for in 2010? An appearance by Michelle Obama in the tents. [style]
Two new pieces of information for all you Topshop enthusiasts: the retailer is partnering with J Brand, and spring’s clothes seem to be all about bringing back the 80s.
Since most people are not in a position to spend $300 on a pair of jeans in the current economy, J Brand has wisely decided to team up with retailer Topshop and create three separate denim styles. Each style is named after a neighborhood in New York – the Brooklyn is a skinny pencil leg, the Nolita is a slightly wider cigarette leg and the Manhattan is a 22-inch bellbottom – and start at £85.
Onto the 80s revival that Topshop’s spring line contains. Expect to see acid washes, high waists and bustiers. Don’t be afraid of looking outdated though; even Elle’s February issue drew its fashion inspiration from the decade.
If you are in fashion and looking for an example to follow as to how to survive and thrive in the current economy, then you should look at Alice Temperley. First, create “that dress”. In the case of Temperley, that dress would be the bejeweled creation that came from the collaboration with Quintessentially Bespoke. It has only been a few weeks since it launched and it costs $3,000, but it has almost sold out - and the likes of Jessica Alba and Emily Blunt have worn variations of the design. Second, pick the right partners. In December, Temperley London opened a 2,500 square-foot shop in the New Dubai Mall thanks to a partnership with the real estate tycoon Mohammed Alabbar (you might recognize that name since he is the man who can be credited with transforming Dubai into what it is now). Lastly, stay on the fashion radar and be ultra-modern at the same time. Temperley’s choice to forgo the catwalk this season and opt instead for a multimedia installation not only saves money, but the innovative alternative creates buzz.
So why not follow Alice Temperley’s lead? It can’s hurt. [style]
The suspense of waiting to find out whom Michelle Obama would wear to the Inauguration Ball finally ended yesterday, and it was worth the wait. The First Lady chose a one-shouldered, ivory chiffon gown with silk organza flowers, Swarovski crystal rhinestones and silver thread embroidery designed by Jason Wu. The dress had an ethereal glamour and fit her tall slender frame perfectly.
Celebrities in attendance didn’t hold back either. Oprah Winfrey wore Vera Wang, Faith Hill wore Carolina Herrara and Hilary Clinton and white house party-planner Desirée Rogers wore looks from Oscar de la Renta. Designers Diane von Furstenberg, Nanette Lepore and Kai Milla were all in attendance themselves.
Just in case you still had any doubts, I think that we can all agree that the new First Lady will be a very good thing for American Fashion. [wwd]
If you’re starting to feel a winter chill in your bones it might be time to invest in some of the hot (literally) velvet pieces that swarmed runways earlier this year in the fall/winter shows. Velvet showed up in all shapes and sizes. From trim on military coats to dresses made entirely of this luxurious material, there are many ways to incorporate velvet into your wardrobe. This fall’s Armani show had multiple blazers that could tie together any fall outfit and are an especially nice touch for a work ensemble. If you’re more into forgetting about money woes with a night out on the town, then designers like Anna Sui, Jean Paul Gaultier, and local gal Ashleigh Verrier have your back with their plush dresses. Velvet has long been a staple on the runways, so it is wise to invest in a classic like this that is sure to be around for many years to come. Remember to mix textures and stick with one piece in velvet per ensemble.
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A major mix of high fashion pieces coupled with an exquisite collection of designer denim, elegant dresses and logo T-shirts is what you get when you enter one of Scoop’s finer boutiques. It is a hotspot for pretty, young people to come and blow their entire paycheck on a flirty dress for the weekend in under fifteen minutes. The clean minimalist white walls, lined only with their colorful garments, make it easy to focus on the task at hand. Scoop organizes everything by item, color, classification, and trend and is separated on racks, making it a casually high end shopping experience.
For weeks, the fashion world has been speculating what Michelle Obama would wear to her husband’s inauguration. Especially in these economic times, people wondered if she would wear a high end designer or one not so well known. Well this morning the waiting and speculation finally came to an end when the new first lady stepped out in a sparkling yellow dress by New York City designer Isabel Toledo.
Yesterday Michele wore Narcisco Rodriguez to kick off the Inauguration Day festivities, and on the night of her husband’s victory. Sparkling yellow is not a color you see too often in the winter months but given the optimism and cheerfulness of today, it was a great choice. [washtimes]