Pre-fall is in full swing and the season between seasons is providing us with plenty of eye-candy this time around. Take a look at some of our favorites so far and be sure to let us know what you’re loving in the comments.
Neutrals – particularly dramatic black and white – are the bread and butter of the new incarnation of Helmut Lang. Don’t let last season’s foray into bold color fool you, designers Michael and Nicole Colovos have always had a special place in their heart for a restrained color palette. The duo also loves a sharply cut leather jacket and a well applied use of ombre, so their pre-fall look was just one hit after another.
Naturally designer Francisco Costa gave Calvin loyalists minimalism, but the brand’s pre-fall looks had an autumnal twist. Described as ‘essential classics’ Costa’s pieces were appealing reinventions of pieces every woman ought to have in her wardrobe; the perfect camel coat, the figure hugging shift, even a few pared down dresses that can go from day into evening.
Givenchy always keeps us on our toes and their pre-fall offerings are no exception; leather shorts, deconstructed argyle sweaters, blazers emblazoned with the word pervert – everything is just a little off-kilter, but that keeps things exciting. Like many designers do during this season, Riccardo Tisci looked to the idea of essentials and took some of his bestselling pieces into fresh territory. Just when you think you’ve tired of those ubiquitous doberman t-shirts, Tisci gives you a remixed version of the statement look done in a digitized print.
Easily the most sophisticated take on the biker lore that we’ve seen in ages. Fashionphiles are sure to see some Balenciaga parallels in this collection, but adapting high fashion ideas for contemporary set is part of Lim’s formula. Lim played with embellishment, adding in crystals, embroidery and loads of layering for added interest. As always accessories are on point, with a sporty brand new backpack serving as the standout piece.
Fashion is driven by inspirational women and their power and Muse Magazine always gets that. The latest issue is filled with stunning new content and women whose beauty, talent and joie de vivre are nothing short of inspiring. Performance art legend, Marina Abramovic steps into the final frontier with a delightful, space themed story by Guy Aroch, while modeling vet Carmen Kass takes to the streets while sporting pieces from the Chloe archives. Inside you’ll also find: Dree Hemingway and Cass Bird‘s idiosyncratic take on luxury, Jacquelyn Jablonski showing off the season’s darkly elegant pieces, new stories featuring Sara Blomqvist, Heidi Mount and so much more.
More fabulous boys of Jeffrey Fashion Cares at Kevin Tachman’s Backstageat. We love Jeffrey Fashion Cares, an organization that helps multiple incredible groups like Lambda Legal, The Hetrick Martin Institute, The AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) and The Point Foundation. Check out the JFC website, here.
Sarah and friends try out all the ice cream in Milan.
We’re obsessed with models who shoot but Sara Blomqvist‘s images for The Last Magazine are especially fun: New York, Milan, Paris. (view it large for the full effect).
Claudia Schiffer by Ellen Von Unwerth, Guess 30th Anniversary Campaign Spring 2012
Tao Okamoto, the lovely Japanese model is still tirelessly working to help victims of the Japanese disaster. “Contrary to some reports insinuating that Japan is a wealthy country that does not need help, there is indeed much need for assistance, and not just of the financial kind, but of physical and mental as well“. Check out their new Tumblr, where you can make donations, learn about different charitable organizations and send messages to people in affected areas.
Bon Magazine‘s always inventive selection of fashion features never fails to impress. The Swedish glossy offers a curated perspective on all that is new, fresh and happening right now. Everything from the model selection, to the designers featured is representative of the current mood. Whether it is Marique lounging in the retro siren essentials that are all over the runway, or Elsa wearing those coveted Theyskens Theory pieces, each story creates its own distinctive mood, while capturing the essence of a current trend. Take a look inside our preview for a taste of Bon and see the gorgeous stories – plus 4 cool collectors covers.
The 10th issue of influential style bible, Acne Paper is cause for celebration and the publication hosted an intimate gathering this week, attended by fashion luminaries like Olivier Zahm, and the boys of Proenza, as well as cover stars Mirte Maasand Natasa Vojnovic. With an exceptionally strong cover and a reputation for being on of the most cutting edge magazines on the scene right now, Acne certainly has reason to celebrate.