Pre-Fall Finery

December 13th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Pre-fall’s appealing fashions just keep on coming, every day a new set of designers releases their collection and across the board there have been beautiful looks to love. Take a look at a few of our favorites and tell us yours in the comments.

PRABAL GURUNG
Models: Tilda LindstamKremi Otashliyska and Tian Yi | Images Courtesy of Prabal Gurung

For pre-fall Prabal Gurung namechecked Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet as a reference, so we knew we were in for an exciting mix of the old and new. Mixed prints are all the rage, but no one does them with as much finesse. We’ve seen Gurung do impressive riffs on the traditional floral in previous seasons, but pre-fall’s lush interpretations, whether embroidered or printed are simply stunning. Add in the Mexican textile inspired pieces, Gurung’s unique take on tweed and of course and of course those intense colors and you have the makings of a compelling collection.


PROENZA SCHOULER
Models: Amanda Murphy & Wylie Hays | Images Courtesy Proenza Schouler

Cool girls rejoice, your wardrobe has arrived! Lazaro and Jack never disappoint and their pre-fall look is all about texture, wearability and adaptable pieces that fit right in to your life. We’re already craving those incredible metallics separates and the brand new Courier bag, another surefire Proenza hit.


JASON WU
Models: Sharam DinizMartha Hunt  & Andreea Diaconu | Images Courtesy Jason Wu

Is it just us or has the Wu girl evolved into a very sexy miss? S/S saw the designer in a decidedly daring mood with his tasteful dominatrix inspired styles adding just the right amount of darkness to his repertoire. Pre-fall finds Wu continuing to traipse down the road less traveled, with a series of revealing looks that flirt with danger. Sequined gowns with transparent panels showing off a touch of skin, leather accents, touches of gold – it all makes for one scintillating package.


ZAC POSEN
Models: Crystal Renn and Anna Cleveland | Images Courtesy Zac Posen

Never one to skimp on the glamour, Zac Posen gave fans a suitably decadent pre-fall collection, filled to the brim with dresses fit for the galas, film premieres and invite-only fêtes Posen girls find themselves attending at least once a week. Opera singer Maria Callas was on Posen’s mind this season and it shows in the diva-worthy ball gowns and theatrical details. Posen makes clothing for women with personality and flair, but just about anyone would look camera ready in that red satin number.

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East Meets West

November 13th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Asia and its diverse cultures have long had an unmistakable impact on the industry, but in recent years the influence has been especially prevalent. The growth of the Asian market and the rise of a new generation of influential Asian talents has prompted designers and photographers to look East in search of inspiration. The F/W runways were filled with pieces whose details seemed cribbed from traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean fashions. Two fresh editorials showcase the season’s East Asian-inspired fashions in uniquely beautiful ways.

First Fabien Baron reinterprets the myth of the samurai in Interview with a striking and suitably stark story that owes as much to history as it does to larger-than-life, action-packed anime. Meghan Collison stars in Baron’s expressive fantasy and brandishes a katana as she poses in looks from Haider Ackermann, Gareth Pugh, and Issey Miyake. Karl Templer‘s styling prowess is on full display, even as he mixes together the perfect modern approximation of the samurai look. | View the full story on Interview.com

Vogue China‘s interpretation is no less elegant, but the approach is softer and sexier. Karim Sadli shoots the always alluring Liu Wen in pieces that focus on rich embroidery and detailed pattern. Set against the refined backdrop of an airy drawing room and featuring a host of Balmain, Proenza, and Dries van Noten selected by Alastair McKimm, the story offers an alternative imagining of this look. There are no well-dressed warriors or brandished swords, just a beautiful girl looking especially chic.


HONOR
Interview Magazine
Ph. Fabien Baron
Fashion Editor – Karl Templer
Hair – Luigi Murenu | Makeup – Francelle Daly
Model – Meghan Collison

Zac Posen jacket, Maison Martin Margiela gloves

Haider Ackermann jacket, skirt and belt, Issey Miyake collar, Calvin Klein collar

Gareth Pugh top, collar and boots, Issey Miyake pants

Nicolas Andreas Taralis top

Meghan Collison by Fabien Baron for Interview, November 2012


ORIENTAL TALES
Vogue China
Ph. Karim Sadli
Fashion Editor – Alastair McKimm
Hair - Yannick D’Is (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) | Makeup – Yadim

Proenza Schouler dress, Dior shoes

Balmain vest and mini dress, Dior shoes

Dries Van Noten blazer

Jean Paul Gaultier robe,

Liu Wen by Karim Sadli for Vogue China December 2012

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Bits & Bytes: Brazilian Bombshells

April 6th, 2010 |Posted by Betty

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Former MOTW Aline Weber (top). Alessandra Ambrosio (bottom).

Just in time as the sizzling spring/summer season arrives in NY is Hercules’ spread of 8 fabulous Brazilian beauties wearing well, not much of anything. Shot by Paola Kudacki and cast by Natalie Joos, see the sneak peek  here.

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Elsa Sylvan by Ellen von Unwerth for Target/Zac Posen.
It’s a Zac Posen moment with not only the launch of his Target collaboration, but his first venture into real estate.
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Model News:

Some might have called the 00′s the decade of the Brazilian model invasion but the non Brazilians seem to be popular right now for their campaigns.

We agree with Fashionista about setting some rules in New York (like Paris has) for models under the age of 18.

MDC’s top 10 newcomer Carla Gebhart gets her Ponyryder interview.

For anyone born before 1980, Niki Taylor will always be one of the original supermodels. Here, Production shows she is just as beautiful as ever.

We know male models are always keeping themselves busy since it’s just not as hectic for them as it is for the girls. Here’s 4 that are not only super successful (Vincent LaCrocq, Boyd Holbrook, Jacques Naude and Jamie Strachan), they are creating their own little artists community/gallery called BAG.

We adore this story in the NY Times about Karen Elson and her new album.

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TFS does it again, picking out fascinating faces amongst all the thousands of new ones. We love Dan Kling who has an elfin yet ethereal face perfect for Jil Sander, Raf Simons and Prada.

Miscellaneous:

Long before the Sartorialist, there was Bill Cunningham. I remember seeing him first in the early 90′s outside at shows and thinking who IS this guy? At 81 years old, Bill’s the ORIGINAL street style photographer and is still working his NY Times beat to this day. There’s a documentary recently out on him (where they spent 8 years chasing him to get his cooperation… “Why me? There’s no subject here”). Some of these recent street style photographers could take some lessons in humbleness and hard work from this true old school gentlemen. (Check out his video work where his enthusiasm is so infectious).

Prada takes over the world! Well at least our alphabet. Here’s the Pradalphabet created by M&M.

One of our favorite designers, Rad Hourani, writes a NY Times piece on black, his favorite color.

If you haven’t read Cathy Horyn‘s detailed story on Alexander McQueen‘s final hours, read it here now.

One of our favorite agents with a oh so wicked sense of English humor (and amazing stories to go with it), Richard Habberley gets his moment in the spotlight with an interview by Love magazine.

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Bits and Bytes: YSL retrospective

November 3rd, 2008 |Posted by Betty

America readies itself for a historic election tomorrow. What we love the MOST about Yves Saint Laurent and his retrospective in San Francisco? How it shows he knew and appreciated 30 YEARS AGO that beauty, style and substance came in ALL colors: WWD and LA Times article

Zac Posen urges voters to vote and look good while doing it with a video for Obama: WWD

To see Gisele Bundchen, Angela Lindvall, Amber Valetta, etc, when the supermodels were starting out: COACD

Interview with top photographer, Mariano Vivanco (Dazed & Confused, Man about Town): Where the Lights End

Top Model Nicolas Malleville (Vogue Italia cover August 2008), at his beach hotel in Mexico: The Selby

Kate Moss fanatic? Here are her 26 British Vogue covers going back to 1993: Vogue UK

Ph: YSL archives via WWD.

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MDC Met favorites

May 8th, 2008 |Posted by Betty

There’s been a lot of talk in the press about the timidity that the fashion and entertainment stars displayed at the Met Ball. We don’t think it’s true at all; here’s a collage and the reasons why we think these 16 people turned it out, superhero style! If you actually read comics, you’ll recognize these colors and silhouettes. And in from Fashionista, viewers can vote themselves for their favorite looks at Vogue.tv.

Our favorites

Christina Ricci- Hands down our favorite with the colors, the belt, the pose, the unitard.
Anna Wintour- Maybe more Star Wars-y then Storm but still futuristic with the color and shape. Kudos to Anna for dressing with the theme and not playing it safe.
Karl Lagerfeld- The perfect super villain, dressed exactly as he is. Can’t you picture him in the next Iron Man fighting Robert Downey Jr?
Zac Posen- Makes such a handsome Clark Kent with his Superman blue suit and super yellow accessory, sidekick Kate.

The Supers

Andre Leon Talley and Venus Williams- For hauling around that supersized cape
Katie Holmes- A brilliant shade of comic book red in the dress plus the blue shoes= bold heroic fashion choices
Lake Bell- Her red and black Balmain dress is Shazam! totally Captain Marvel!
Linda Carter- Still with the Wonder figure and sporting the trademark bulletproof bracelets.

Super Villainesses

Michelle Monaghan- A modern day Poison Ivy
Claire Danes- The next Batman she-villain?
Raquel Zimmermann- The makeup is so Julie Newmar/Catwoman circa 1960′s; the colors in the Thakoon dress are very Frank Miller.
Cecilia Dean- In the slinky serpent-y Rodarte dress looks so ready to tempt the good hero from the path of justice.

Super shapes and colors

Amber Valetta: With that posture and color of dress, she of course would be one of the good guys… definitely more DC than Marvel heroine though.
Caroline Trentini: Mugler’s futuristic frock definitely has comic book lines. Hero or villain though? With all her Vogue jumping, she will always be a fashion hero to us.
Diane von Furstenberg: Looks like the inkwells at DC comics spilled all over her dress. We see Wonder Woman, Flash, Superman and Captain Marvel all hanging out in the folds.
Kimora Lee Simmons: The white lines are SOOO comic book borders. Maybe more Andy Warhol’s Pop cartoons but still in keeping with the night’s theme.

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