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Beauty Trends: New York Fashion Week 2016

Championing the trend for scrubbed-bare-don’t-care beauty was, unsurprisingly, Alexander Wang, whose ‘no concept’ makeup look was a hit during the Autumn/Winter 2016 shows a few months ago. Matte was the key trend here, with the models showing no signs of being made up at all, apart from a layer of mascara and shine-free faces. A matte base, a touch of highlighter at the inner corner of the eyes and a dab of gloss on the lips was all it took for the models at Proenza Schouler to make an impact (in contrast with some of the bold color used on ears at the show), while Lacoste also played it low-key, dabbing a touch of iridescent shadow on the models’ eyelids and leaving the rest of the face natural. Tory Burch (main picture) played around a little more with the concept, using inoffensive nude and soft golden tones for a sunkissed yet innocuous look.

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

The next level up was the budding trend for highlighting and strobing, which kept the beauty looks clean but added drama and glamour. Nicholas K used the technique perfectly on its models, using a subtle highlighter and shimmer to emphasize their cheekbones and eyes. Strobing was also the main beauty technique employed at Oday Shakar, where the models’ glowing skin and defined bone structure was showcased to the maximum, thanks to the hair, which was pulled-back from the face in simple, classic styles. Amsterdam-based label The Faux had a little more fun with the concept, using colored highlighters in pink and gold and coral-toned lipstick to emphasize the collection’s gender-fluid theme.

Oday Shakar

Oday Shakar

Despite the overwhelmingly understated approach to makeup, splashes of color did appear on the catwalks — notably at FTL Moda, where model and acid attack survivor Reshma Bano Qureshi stole the show with a look centered around warm fuchsia lipstick and golden eyeshadow. Jeremy Scott also incorporated rich gem tones into the beauty look to accompany his colorful, Eighties-influenced collection.

Victoria Beckham New York Fashion Week 2016

New York Fashion Week 2016: 4 Highlights

New York Fashion Week is winding down and it showcased some high-profile shows that not only surprised but also grabbed headlines for many reasons. To help catch you up on what has been happening in the Big Apple, we rounded a few highlights that made through our news filters.

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Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 collection presented at New York Fashion Week in New York, September 9, 2016. © TREVOR COLLENS / AFP

Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 collection presented at New York Fashion Week in New York, September 9, 2016. © TREVOR COLLENS / AFP

We start with Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid who have produced a collection that was made available for purchase once it hit the runway. The collaboration was presented over the course of two days with a public fun fair followed by the runway presentation. With a full house and Taylor Swift in attendance, the show certainly was not short on star power. We look forward to learning the results of this experiment, which leads us to the next point…

Real Time RunwayTom Ford New York Fashion Week 2016

We love how technological advancements have brought us numerous opportunities enjoy the collections from across the globe. Tom Ford was one such label that invited the world to watch as it kicked off New York Fashion Week live on websites, well everywhere! Like Hilfiger, the designer made his collection immediately available for purchase. Other brands that are made their shows available for all, include Kanye West and Rebecca Minkoff who relied on Tidal and Ripple respectively for their showcases.

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Over at Lacoste, the designs were slightly more relaxed thanks to softly draped terry dresses in hues that evoked a sense of calm. Embracing the idea of a summer getaway, the brand paired comfy fits with minimalistic lines. Also at New York Fashion Week, was Victoria Beckham (main picture) whose show was held exactly 15 years after the attacks on the World Trade Centre. Before sending models down the runway, the designer observed a two-minute silence to honor the victims of the attacks. Her collection featured unstructured designs, asymmetrically panelled skirts that joined the list of relaxed designs that have now become staples on the runway (most especially at NYFW). Filled with plush colors and contrasting materials, the flirtatious collection was a departure from previous designs that were structured. Beckham also used the runway to showcase her upcoming beauty collection with Estée lauder.

StreetwearAlexander Wang New York Fashion Week 2016

Another highly anticipated collaboration was from Alexander Wang and Adidas Originals. The collection focused on unisex streetwear basics with an urban and subversive feel. The designer also presented the Spring/Summer 2017 collection from his eponymous label. Bringing a Californian vibe to Manhattan, the designer brought out sexy black leather pieces that featured contrasting retro neon hues. Hood By Air provided this youthful allure just a few notches higher with a conceptual show that featured double-ended boots, transparent ponchos and oversized outerwear. Also, porn logos for some reason…

Alexander Wang X Adidas Rumored Collaboration

It is a brand known to merge high fashion with its sporty DNA so it comes as no surprise that Adidas may be courting designer and Zoolander 2 punchline Alexander Wang for a new collaboration. Rumor has it that the pairing will be announced at New York Fashion Week, on the heels of Wang’s Fall 2016 runway show on September 10.

Known for his attitude-laden urban street style, Wang seems like a perfect choice for the brand. Following his departure from French Couture house Balenciaga in July last year, the designer has been focusing on his eponymous label, becoming CEO recently. While there is no word from either party to confirm any sort of partnership (making this story pure grist for the rumor mill), this will not be the first collaboration for Wang.

In 2014 he collaborated with Swedish retailer H&M to produce a capsule collection. His focus on leggings, crop tops and bodycon dresses showcased the sporty undertones that we expect to follow with Adidas, should it be confirmed.

Since 2004, the initiative by Adidas has seen Stella McCartney, Rick Owens and Raf Simons led their vision and designs to the brand. With McCartney, the sports wear brand saw a successful high-end sportswear line. However, Adidas collaboration with rapper-designer Kanye West has been its most high-profile celebrity designer to date. With the launch of his Yeezy collection in 2013, the rapper has been the subject of both admiration and controversy, which has ultimately helped bring Adidas into the spotlight of the fashion world.

18 Best Pre-Fall Womenswear Trends 2016

From androgynous dress suits in floral prints to saccharine-sweet pastels and kitsch sensuality, the trends for Pre-Fall 2016 are pretty diverse, so there’s something for everyone. Here, our friends at L’Officiel Singapore have done the research for you to bring you 18 looks you should sport for the transitional season.

DRESSY SUIT

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Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci

When it comes to suiting now, bolder is better. Give your classic navy and black suits a rest and look to versions in daring prints and opulent fabrics – think Bottega Veneta’s mismatched tailoring or Givenchy’s flower-embellished stunner punked up with studded boots.

STANDARD (RE)ISSUE

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Military gets a cool downtown vibe with Alexander Wang’s introduction of grunge elements – beanies, 
chains and opaque tights – and unexpectedly ladylike accents in the form of velvet heels.

DOUBLE COATED

Dior

Dior

A clever take on layering by the design team at Dior, with a gently curved olive coat shrugged over another coat in rich brown fur. A lace-trimmed slip and sparkly flats lends ease and lightness to the look.

SHEAR THING

Burberry

Burberry

Shearling continues to be a giant trend for Pre-Fall, turning up as cool outerwear at brands as diverse as Coach, Paco Rabanne and Stella McCartney. Christopher Bailey showed an oversized one at Burberry, which he paired with sleek flares and a boyish rucksack.

FUN FURS

Fendi

Fendi

Shearling’s more luxurious cousin is also having its moment in the sun, but these furs are not your grandmother’s dowdy ones. Pre-Fall’s best shaggy pieces come in fabulous hues and patterns like those on Marni’s graphic check fur stole, Valentino’s ombre fur robe and Fendi’s floral explosion.

CANDY CRUSH

Michael Kors Collection

Michael Kors Collection

Considering the fact that most Pre-Fall collections hit shop floors at the height of summer, it makes sense to drench them in sweet, uplifting shades. Giorgio Armani showed tiered dresses in washed-out blues, Sportmax proposed pale lemon for our outerwear, while Michael Kors had us thinking pink.

MASCULINE FEMININE

Versace

Versace

Boy-meets-girl is a trope fashion loves to reinterpret. This season’s offerings include Jason Wu’s jackets that were sculpted for a feminine silhouette, butterfly and lipstick prints on an Alexander McQueen pantsuit, and Prince-of-Wales tailoring at Versace shot through with baby blue and worn with a tiny skirt.

SHINE ON

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

Who says that sequins should only come out when the sun goes down? When styled with the right pieces, metallics make a wonderful daytime statement too. Case in point: Phillip Lim’s gold wide pants, worn with a silk shirt, and Emilio Pucci’s sequined shirt, paired with a breezy skirt and a sandal-sock combo.

PRETTY PLEATS

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Gucci

The pleated midi skirt is fashion’s favourite skirt shape of the moment and no one does it better than Alessandro Michele. This season he rendered it in high-impact silver worn with an equally shiny pink bomber. Elsewhere, Michael Kors, Giorgio Armani and Max Mara also offered beautiful options of the pleated midi.

MODERN ETHNIC

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

The current-season way to pull off ethnic influences can be seen in the collections of Alexander McQueen and Altuzarra. The key is to go for a sharper, more fitted silhouette; the end look needs to come off sleek and polished instead of billowy and bohemian.

POWER TULLE

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Where Miuccia Prada goes, others are sure to follow. After last season’s enchanting tulle layers at Miu Miu, the gauzy fabric is shaping up to be a key layering element. Molly Goddard has built a name with her joyful tulle creations, while Stella McCartney presented a womanly version worn over trousers and a bustier.

TIE DYE TWIST

Valentino

Valentino

Designers are reinventing tie-dye with a luxe spin, moving it farther away from hippie-dippy and muddy music-fest connotations. Our favourite version is from Valentino, where the saturation is amped way up and cut into a modern anorak, juxtaposed with a smart shirt and thigh-highs.

SWEET ’60s

Bally

Bally

The youthful charm of the ’60s look has always endured – who can resist the appeal of a little skirt, a fitted jumper and a flattering peacoat? The best looks aren’t faithful reproductions, though; we love Pablo Coppola’s take at Bally where the coat is cut ultra-sharp in bright red and the skirt comes in glossy leather.

’70s REDUX

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

The ’70s is another decade that fashion keeps returning to, but no one makes a more convincing case than Hedi Slimane. At Saint Laurent, he conjured up the bohemian glamour of Loulou de la Falaise with his swishing culottes and midi skirts, all topped with silken blouses and showstopping cloaks and capes.

NAUGHTY & NICE

Chanel

Chanel

Fashion loves a good clash of contrasting ideas and this season, designers are riffing on the themes of naughty and nice. Bally has a sharply tailored trench in glossy, fetishistic patent; Alexander Wang put fishnet tights under prim skirts and Karl Lagerfeld invoked Italian screen sirens wearing leather and lace with tweeds and pearls.

SPORTS COUTURE

Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne

Athleticism in fashion is here to stay but the most talented, innovative designers are constantly finding new ways to elevate and marry it with high fashion. J.W. Anderson, for example, created bold new things from the idea of nylon and tracksuits, while Julien Dossena at Paco Rabanne cleverly mixed zippers and mesh with lush materials for an effortless but luxurious take.

PUFF PIECE

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

The grandly exaggerated Edwardian shoulder continues to get more play for Pre-Fall. It showed up with retro inflections at Gucci, while at 3.1 Phillip Lim and J.W. Anderson, it was deconstructed and updated for today’s cool girls. But the most interesting mash-up was at Louis Vuitton where Nicolas Ghesquière paired sculpted shoulders with motorcross leggings and edgy, chunky boots.

DENIM DREAMS

Valentino

Valentino

This wardrobe staple has been given a fancy upgrade for Pre-Fall. At Carven, it was mixed with shearling and shown as a total-look statement. Julie de Libran also showed denim-on-denim at Sonia Rykiel but her looks were embroidered while Massimo Giorgetti’s Pucci pieces were printed with feathers. The most whimsical were Valentino’s versions, which bore elaborate scenes and dreamscapes.

 

 

Alexander Wang Is CEO, Chairman of his Brand

Let’s be honest, we all saw it coming. In the current climate of playing professional musical chairs (playing musical chairs professionally is a totally different matter and if it doesn’t exist, definitely should but we digress), the fashion industry has seen a lot of change these past few months. Creative Directors bade farewell, only to have their empty chairs filled in a snap. With Alexander Wang leaving Balenciaga, it is only natural for him to refocus on his eponymous brand, and take the reins as CEO and Chairman – all while remaining Creative Director. (Is there no such thing as too much work or indeed, too many titles?)

Of course, this move is nothing shocking. Already, we’ve seen instances of similar multi-tasking capabilities, with Christopher Bailey filling the shoes of Burberry’s CEO and Chief Creative (following the departure of then-CEO Angela Ahrendts in 2014). Tory Burch is similarly both CEO and Creative Director of her namesake brand.

To make way for Alexander Wang, Ying Wang will be stepping down as Chairwoman, and Aimie Wang will relinquish her role as CEO – both however will remain board members and are of course shareholders. Mary Wang, previous President of the DKNY Brand, has been appointed Executive Vice President, while Caroline Wang of IBM (she was Vice President of Marketing, Information, Technology and Business Transformation in Asia Pacific) will take on the role of Executive Vice Chairman.

“We are aligning our leadership structure to continue building our business process, becoming more efficient, and strategically laying the groundwork for future growth,” stated Caroline Wang.

“Personally, I am excited to take on the new challenges of the CEO and Chairman role,” added Alexander Wang, “The business side has always come naturally to me, and with my full-time return to New York, I want to focus on my brand’s strategic growth.” We’re excited for you too, Mr Wang and yes, all those Wangs are indeed part of the same clan.

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Balenciaga Runs First Menswear Show

When Balenciaga took on Demna Gvasalia from Vetements, it was no doubt a surprise. The underground label was well known for its subversive low-key nature, going against many of the mainstream conceptions of fashion, such as eschewing the traditional runway for unglamorous locales. Yet, Vetements has gained steam among celebrities such as Kanye West and Rihanna, and it seems that this slow trajectory of underground momentum was what attracted Balenciaga to take a risk on Gvasalia. Now, Balenciaga will be staging their first ever menswear collection for Spring 2017 with Gvasalia at the helm for Paris Fashion Week in June.

In a comment to WWD, Balenciaga chief executive officer and president Isabelle Guichot noted, after they took on Gvasalia in place of Alexander Wang, that they were looking for “somebody that has a vision and [is] capable of reshuffling the cards”. Certainly, now seems to be the good season for spinning things around, with the whole list of designers being shuffled out of various top brands in what seems to be widely known as the industry’s variant of musical chairs. Perhaps Balenciaga is betting hopes on another kind of Hedi Slimane to push things to further heights.

Vetements’ aesthetic is also known for its gender fluid lines and androgyny. All that makes for anticipation of a very interesting menswear show come June.

Coming Home: Versace Interior Design Collection

With names like Alexander Wang and Ralph Lauren moving into interior design and residences, Versace seems to be keen on following suit. Then again, it isn’t exactly new to them. Versace Home was first unveiled in 1992, and now the brand is keen on moving back to form with a series of pieces made in various collaborations.

For more information, you can follow the story at Men’s Folio.

10 Top Trends for Autumn/Winter 2016-17

The end of fashion collection shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, completes the full range of Autumn/Winter 2016-17 trends. With the fashion world still split on whether pieces in collections should go for sale immediately during the season or whether a delay is required to make the best of what they have, it seems that some designers are inspired by this tussle to mix it up a bit. Spring styles seemed to have bled a bit into Winter, among other stylistic ambiguities that made for an interesting series of Fashion Weeks.

Dreams of Spring

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Dark and neutral shades such beige, white, brown, black, and blue are the normal palette staples for a wintry and cool hue but this time, spring came through. The cool hues were still dominant but lighter melds and more springlike tones intruded. Liselore Frowijn, Chanel, Fendi, Gucci and Francesco Scognamiglio cheered winter up with pastel explosions, bolder brights, and gay color. New York, though, stood apart from the rest, as, other than a few (notably Michael Kors), that Fashion Week kept to the dark, muted palette.

 

Blue is the new Black

AW1617-Trends-BlueFrom petrol blue to pastel blue; from midnight and electric blue to navy and lavender – all these served as counterpoints to timeless black. Versace, Diesel Black Gold and Fendi went big on blue while Rahul Mishra, Eudon Choi, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, and Missoni presented looks in the color or used blue in smaller touches. Just see how much blue you can spot in this very story!

Denim, normally a famous blue, was less present than previous seasons but still featured in collections from Chanel, Stella McCartney, Blumarine and Ujoh.

 

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Continuing the eccentric vibe of the season are eyecatching embellishments mixed with outstanding patterns sitting alongside and contrasting with minimalist designs. Such occurs normally with the clash of multiple trends but in this case such details featured in almost all labels’ collection to some extent. Dolce & Gabbana flashed it up with diamanté, alongside golden, mirror-effect embellishments and metallic Lurex while Saint Laurent used bold detail in a different way more suited to the collection’s retro stylings.

 

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Fur in color was another staple among labels, whether finished with multi-colored horizontal stripes or vivid shades verging on the fluroscent, or packed with prints. Fendi set the tone with pieces, detailing and accessories all made from brightly colored fur while Ermanno Scervino brought smaller touches of it to hoods and collars. Ellery finished fur in red, pink and burgundy, while Saint Laurent went for electric shades.

 

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To combat the cold, coats, jackets, parkas and down jackets are firm fixtures of the season. Going the whole range from classical and functional to extravagant, outerwear this season is sure to fit all kinds of tastes, leaving something for everyone. Zips were a key feature for many, sometimes used as embellishment, but other times allowing big coats transform into lightweight outdoor garments. One key trend — seen in particular at Léa Peckre, Burberry and Narciso Rodriguez — is a masculine coat with a long, wide cut, worn over a lightweight dress, a sure sign of designers thinking beyond traditional seasons. Oversized coats will be big news this winter but down jackets and parkas with touches of fur or color — as spotted at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Rag&Bone — will be popular too. Chanel went for a more classic, highly feminine padded jacket.

 

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Beyond the seasonal mix-up came unisex silhouettes and garments inspired by menswear. On the whole, though, the trend was still highly feminine looks with a few masculine details. Collections involved in the masculine/feminine trend include Paul Smith, John Galliano, Paul & Joe and Victoria Beckham. Some showed suit jackets with big shoulders and wide-cut trousers. Lots of other labels though — like Gucci, Mugler and Elie Saab — previewed more feminine, sensual collections.

 

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Lingerie and sleepwear made their appearance on the runways as outerwear in autumn/winter collections. Lingerie-style dresses worn under thick, heavy coats, like at Sonia Rykiel, as well as dressing gowns and pajama pants were also spotted on the catwalk for a laid-back daytime look. This trend was mostly seen on the Italian catwalk, at Trussardi, Missoni, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli.

 

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Other designers rode on a sailor or seafaring theme with sweaters, pants and sailor-style buttoning, all in a palette of navy blue, red and yellow. Cédric Charlier went particularly big on sailor chic in a collection inspired by old photos of retro seamen. Y/Project, Prada and Tommy Hilfiger also showed nautical looks.

 

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Wide, baggy, and even oversized pants were prominent, although skinny cuts were still present. Chalayan went for wide-cut leather pants, Jacquemus matched them with a huge-shouldered XXL jacket, Giorgio Armani printed them with patterns and Ralph Lauren gave them a high waist. Shiatzy Chen, on the other hand, had loose-cut pants with patterns and transparent effects.

 

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Some brought hints of a sporty style to their autumn/winter collections, while others jumped into sportswear head first. Among those adding a few sportswear pieces to feminine, urban collections, or leaving discreet touches of sportiness are Carven, Alexis Mabille, Alexander Wang and, of course, Tommy Hilfiger. There were some interesting collaborations in the sportswear arena too, such as Fenty x Puma by Rihanna.

All images are courtesy of AFP.

10 Trends for Spring/Summer 2016

With winter winding down and spring making its way to us, it is time to think about switching out the winter wear for lighter looks. We revisit 10 of the biggest trends from the ready-to-wear collections on the runways to make things a little easier as you do a wardrobe cleanse for the new season. If you are in a more tropical region, Spring/Summer 2016 looks might work the whole year through and you might have already started.

Leather

One material from winter that will live on into spring is leather. From skirts to dresses, jackets and even tops, leather will be cropping up in an array of colors. Brands such as Burberry Prorsum, Each & Other and Vionnet sported biker jackets while Trussardi showcased a yellow leather dress. Keeping up the trend of colorful leather, was Barbara Bui who rocked leather trousers in both black and pink.

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Sheer Sensuality

Subtle sheer fabrics were another major trend to be seen for spring/summer 2016. Soft and sensual fabrics dominated at Givenchy where only certain parts of the body were shown. Similarly, Nina Ricci, Missioni and Akris sent models down the ramp essentially topless save for dark and sheer veils.

Missoni

Missoni

Color Kaleidoscope

There is no single stand-out color trend for this season. Brands brought a wide range of shades to the SS16 catwalks, from vivid hues (candy pink at Emporio Armani and almost fluorescent colors at Polo Ralph Lauren) to pastel shades, which were popular with almost all labels. Autumnal tones were spotted too, with camel and gray at Daks, as well as black and white combos at DKNY, Costume National, Margiela, Carven and Balenciaga. However, one noticeably popular color for the season is silver, with Iceberg, Jeremy Scott, Loewe and Iris Van Herpen showing this metallic shade in matte or iridescent versions.

Loewe

Loewe

Spring Stripes

While some labels rocked sailor chic – an ideal look for spring/summer – most opted for multi-colored stripes in sometimes psychedelic combinations. Whether vertical or horizontal, wide or super-fine, stripes of all kinds were seen on summer dresses, skirts, tops and pants in catwalk collections from the likes of Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo and Dolce & Gabbana. Max Mara splashed stripes in yellow and white, Rochas went for oversized bands and Issey Miyake turned lines into waves.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Pop Prints, Quirky Patterns

Designers brought cartoons, drawings, pop prints and quirky slogans to the most feminine of ensembles this season. Jeremy Scott stamped garments with huge cartoon faces, while Lanvin rocked handbag and stiletto motifs and Giamba (Giambattista Valli) used a cheeky lipstick print. This trend offers a contrasting alternative with the season’s sensual and chic ensembles.

Lanvin

Lanvin

Boho-Chic

Womenswear also gets a stylish yet romantic, carefree and bohemian vibe this season, with jumpsuits, skirts and dresses with long, floaty cuts, in light shades or powdery pastels. This look was seen at Chloé, Paul & Joe and Giambattista Valli but in a fairly minor way. Tommy Hilfiger takes things further, matching boho looks with beanie hats, trainers and sunglasses with colored lenses.

Chloé

Chloé

Festival of Fringing

Last year’s fringing will be back in a big way for spring/summer 2016, with summer festivals offering strong inspiration for clothing and accessories. Key pieces will be finished in leather and, in particular, suede. MSGM, Roberto Cavalli, Carven, Balmain and Barbara Bui all brought fringes to various items in their womenswear collections. Balenciaga stood out from the crowd with fringed handbags.

Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Pajama Party

Last season’s pajama trend is even hotter for SS16. Dolce & Gabbana showed off pajama suits with characteristically big flower prints. Blumarine also used flowers as a more discreet addition to its oversized pajamas. Paco Rabanne opted for a lingerie-inspired look, rocking underwear as outerwear with a sportswear feel.

Blumarine

Blumarine

Military Detail

Although less present on the spring/summer runways than for autumn/winter 2015, military detail will continue as a trend for spring. As well as details such as chains and double-breasted cuts, the military look brings khaki shades to this season’s collections, with army greens seen at Rochas, Guy Laroche and Chalayan. Note, however, that camouflage is nowhere to be seen this season.

Chalayan

Chalayan

Short Styles

While skirts keep legs at least partially covered this season, shorts are sure to show them off. Several versions are in line for SS16, with loose-cut shorts and mini shorts at Giorgio Armani or frayed cut-offs at Alexander Wang. Paul & Joe kept things casual with laid-back denim shorts.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

3 Key Looks from Pre-Fall 216

Ahead of more extensive coverage on upcoming fashion season, including haute couture in Paris, we pick up with the AFP’s selection of important looks. The Pre-Fall/Resort/Cruise 2016 collections are coming thick and fast, and a few key trends have already emerged. Here are some of our (preliminary) favorite looks.

Romantic Minimalism

Clean, neat romance was the name of the game at Ralph Lauren (pictured above), where the collection focuses on classic, feminine styles with a modern twist. A crisp color palette of soft ducky pinks, camels and monochromatic black and white forms the basis for wide leg trousers, pleated midi skirts and belted trench coats. Athletic separates and puffed bomber jackets inject a youthful edge, as do brown leather patch motifs on black trousers and accessories.

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Independent Urbanism

Urban streetwear gets a funky makeover at Versace, where the Pre-Fall collection focuses on heavily structured silhouettes, from puffed-out sleeves, to stiff A-line hemlines and razor-sharp stirrup pants. Oversized outwear, sporty ‘microdresses’ and patent Chelsea boots combine to create a pulled-together and edgy look, based on a colorful palette of bright oranges and blues breaking up swathes of black.

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Bohemian Eccentricity

Casual elegance was one of the core themes at Alexander Wang, where iconic wardrobe staples have been reinterpreted with eccentric irreverence. The use of metal embellishment, tonal embroidery, fabric treatment and deconstruction create a play on texture, while fluid tailoring is sharpened by metallic x-shaped zips and buckles. A dual-tone green and army parka metamorphoses into a bomber, and a trench into a blouson, highlighting the idea of transformation. Asymmetric draping and ruched silks and leathers are reissued in pieces emblematic of the insouciant and confident sensibility of Wang’s work.

Interview: Barbara Palvin

Barbara Palvin may have just turned 22 this month but she already has five years of modeling experience and a slew of campaigns and commercials in her bag. That’s a lot more than what her peers in the business can say. A frequent face in beauty, the doe-eyed Hungarian got her big break in 2011 as the face of Chanel Beauty, but it was her contract with L’Oreal that launched her career, turning her into a face seen nearly everywhere, from drugstores and movie theatres to towering billboards across the world. You may not remember it, but chances are you probably have seen one of her campaigns.

While modeling is her main game, Palvin has dabbled in acting – she made a cameo appearance in Brett Ratner’s Hercules (2014) – a career she may pursue when she leaves the modeling industry. In person, the baby-faced model is as bubbly and easy-going as you’d expect her to be, but there are also hints of a certain maturity that surpasses her young age. Here, Palvin opens up about acting, bad press, beauty, not being “very good” on the runway and secret talents (you’ll never guess what it is).

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Wool coat with fox fur sleeves, Marni. Lambskin bodysuit, Alexander Wang. Nappa leather boots, Givenchy By Riccardo Tisci. Fishnet stocking (worn throughout), Saint Laurent

So, you started modeling at a young age. Did you have any concerns back then?

No, I didn’t have any problems. It was easy. My mum was travelling with me everywhere so I wasn’t even alone, even when I went to Japan. She was helping me a lot, even on photo shoots. If there ever was something I didn’t want to do, she’d be there to help me, but that has never really happened.

Do you have any advice for young models that are just starting out?

When I did shows, my first two seasons were really good, but then it started to not work out because I was considered short, and I started to feel that modeling was not for me. I almost gave up. So, what I’m saying is, don’t give up, even when you don’t get a job straightaway because there will be ups and downs, and that’s normal.

You’ve worked with many photographers over your career. Is there one that stands out?

Jack [Waterlot]! What can I say? I mean, come on! [Laughs]

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Wool tailcoat with Marmot fur stole, Givenchy By Riccardo Tisci. Polyamid elastane bralette, Bordelle

What about runway shows?

My first Chanel show. I was crying. It was at the Grand Palais, there was live music and it was just so beautiful. It was just such an intense experience.

You don’t do many shows now, though.

It’s partly because I’m not very good at it. I’m not very tall or skinny. I don’t have the runway look. It’s also a personal choice because I always ended up being disappointed and that’s not good for my confidence. I did just do the Chanel show in Korea though! It was good to be back on the runway. If [Chanel] asks me to do a show, I do it with no questions asked.

You were in the film Hercules alongside Dwayne Johnson. Do you plan to go into acting soon?

Yeah…and no. [Laughs] Like, I want to do it, I want to try it, but acting is different, for sure. In L’Oreal, we act a little bit for the commercials and if you’re a model, you have to be a good actress because you can’t just stand there with just one look. For example, you’ve got a rock ‘n’ roll look on, you don’t just stand there looking like a little girl, you have to get into the mood.

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Wool tailcoat with Marmot fur stole, Givenchy By Riccardo Tisci

How many more years do you see yourself in modeling?

With this baby face? [Laughs] I think I really want to get it out, maximize the time I have left. So, I’d say two more years? Following that, I see myself having two options. Either I have a family and a husband and have my own business maybe, or become an actress but still have a husband, just no kids.

You’re friends with many Hollywood celebrities and tabloids 
have brought you into their drama before. How do you deal with all this negativity?

Well, you know, my family and friends know what’s true, and that’s all I care about. I mean, there were some moments when I had enough of the hate and I snapped and said something, but I’ve learned that it’s better to just leave it.

Do you have paparazzi following you around?

It depends. For example, in Japan, they know when I’m coming so they will be there. It doesn’t happen all the time though; I’m pretty good at hiding.

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Patchwork shearling leather coat and lambskin sheath dress, Calvin Klein Collection

You’ve been in the industry for many years. Do you think you’ve changed as a person?

I’m definitely more mature, but I don’t think I’ve changed very much. I’m the same stupid little girl that I was and still am when I’m at home.

You’ve fronted a lot of beauty campaigns. What are the products you absolutely swear by?

I love the Miss Manga Mascara by L’Oreal. That’s my favourite. Hmm, what do I love? I love the Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, that’s the newest one. Every time they bring out a new one, I’m like, “Wow, this is even better!” and another one comes along and I’m like, “This is even better!” [Laughs] I always use the Hydrafresh range as well.

Do you have any beauty secrets?

I don’t know, I don’t really have any. I do try to keep my skin clean. I don’t wear makeup if I don’t have to.

What about secret talents?

I’m a good cook! And I love singing and I play soccer. The last time I was asked this question, I couldn’t answer and I was like, “F—k! This is my secret talent?” It just doesn’t come to mind very easily.

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Metallic silk triacetate pleat dress with high collar, LOEWE.  Patent leather pumps with skinny square stiletto heels, Saint laurent

I’ve heard that you love to read.

I love reading. That’s my talent! I read 400 pages in one day. I’m a very quick reader. I was in Bangkok recently and I had two books, about 700 pages, and I finished it in two days. Oh, wait – I remember another secret talent now! I’m good at remembering numbers. I’m super good with numbers. If someone gave me an address or a telephone number, say two months ago, I’d still remember it.

Is there anything you wish you had done differently if you weren’t a model?

I wish I went to college. I didn’t really have a chance because I was signed with L’Oreal when I had just finished high school, so I got really busy. I was doing a lot of Victoria’s Secret stuff as well. But, I mean, I can still do it, and I want to do it. I want to study law.

Story Credits

Photography by Jack Waterlot

Styling Jumius Wong and Jack Wang

Hair: Fernando Torrent/L’Atelier NYC

Makeup: Yumi Lee/L’Atelier NYC using L’Oreal

Manicurist : Yukie Miyakawa / Kate Ryan Inc.

Photography Assistant: Herman Van Den Brandt

Styling Assistants: Erin McSherry & Jingni Oh

Model: Barbara Palvin/IMG

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Radzmire coat, Prada

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Python skin double-breasted pea coat, miu miu. Stretch thigh-high boots in printed vinyl with translucent heel, Dior. Harness dress with oversized rings in 18K gold, Bordelle

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Evian x Alexander Wang water bottle

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Fashion designer Alexander Wang has collaborated with Evian to design the French mineral water company’s latest bottle.

This is the ninth time Evian has collaborated with the fashion world to create a new design for its water bottles.

Wang’s design features one black and one white bottle, with a bar code print and reproducing a design he often uses in his clothing.

The designer has collaborated with other household brands, such as H&M, in the past but this is his first time designing for a beverage company.

The Wang/Evian bottles come in two formats and will be presented at Wang’s spring fashion show. The bottles will be distributed in hotels, restaurants and shops beginning this month.

Alexander Wang London flagship store

Alexander Wang opens new London flagship store

Alexander Wang London flagship store

Alexander Wang may have hit the headlines recently as he parts ways with Balenciaga, but the designer’s own-name fashion house is going from strength to strength, if its new London flagship is anything to go by.

The house has unveiled its new space in a former post office, offering the complete range of Wang’s ready-to-wear collections, T by Alexander Wang and accessories collections, as well as the “Objects collection”.

Wang collaborated with Vincent van Duysen on the concept and the design execution of the three-level store, with the décor focused on a minimalistic, utilitarian approach, emphasizing a play on textures and materials.

Alexander Wang London flagship store

“I’ve always loved London and I am so proud and excited to open my first European flagship store here,” said Wang. “The multi-level space and the historical structure of the building gave us the opportunity to evolve our retail concept, and to adapt it specifically to this location.”

Alexander Wang Store Albemarle Street

“The rich heritage of the building and the Mayfair area juxtaposed with Alex’s fascination with less traditional materials – such as rubber, distressed chrome, embossed leathers – and the ‘unexpected’, create something very special that speaks strongly to our combined aesthetic — geometric proportions with a refined contemporary edge,” said Van Duysen.

The store’s interior reflects its exterior, featuring a geometric grid of silver travertine columns, beams and in-wall niches in matte black rubber.

Alexander Wang Store London interior

In opposition, elegant, curved and continuous chrome tubes define display fixtures delineated by a composition of black rubber-effect metal coating, which is used on all cabinetry, creating curvilinear edges and tactile surfaces. Monolithic spatial forms are softened by a sculpted central staircase, fabricated in dark grey concrete, encased in black rubber, and with a handrail in embossed stingray leather.

Alexander Wang London flagship store

Custom-designed furniture by Alexander Wang for Poltrona Frau sits alongside re-editions of 1970s Italian design by Gianfranco Frattini by Tacchini, and sculptural works by artists Ben Storms and Gerard Kuijpers.

Alexander Wang flagship Store Albemarle Street

The opening marks the 25th store worldwide for the Alexander Wang brand, and the first freestanding store in Europe.

Alexander Wang Is Leaving Balenciaga

Alexander Wang fall 2015 show

Fashion designer Alexander Wang is reportedly parting ways with luxury clothing brand Balenciaga.

Balenciaga and parent company Kering will not be renewing the US designer’s contract, which would make the spring 2016 Paris Fashion Week their last hurrah together, according to a Women’s Wear Daily report.

Reasons for the split remain unknown, although industry insiders say the brand will replace Wang with another designer.

Bergdorf Goodman hosts Alexander Wang Pop-up store

Alexander Wang Takes Over Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman hosts Alexander Wang Pop-up store

Starting Thursday and until the end of March, shoppers at the NYC-based department store can discover the enchanting world of the US designer.

Bergdorf Goodman is offering a pop-up experience featuring worldwide exclusive access to apparel and handbags from both the Spring 2015 runway collection and the T by Alexander Wang Spring 2015 range.

Also up for grabs, collectible packaging and a complimentary USB flash drive with a playlist curated by Alexander Wang and DJ Jesse Marco, for customers spending over $500.

ARE ALEXANDER WANG’S NEW DENIM ADS TOO SEXY?

This sneaker-inspired Ready-to-Wear collection will occupy a temporary takeover of the brand’s fifth floor space. Echoing Wang’s collection, the pop-up will be designed in black and grey speckled performance rubber, also used for the label’s Spring 2015 fashion show.

Wang’s Sneaker Clutches, Sneaker Bags and Sneaker Backpacks are all available just ahead of New York Fashion Week.

These bags are illustrated with custom paneling, lace stitching, toe boxes, basketball mesh and “air bubble” outsoles, and will come with special packaging: a sneaker box with barcode logo.

Passers-by on Fifth Avenue can enjoy a sneak peek of what’s in store: on Thursday night, the Fifth Avenue façade of Bergdorf Goodman will be the site of a projection, a first in the history of the iconic store. A play on Wang’s bar code logo, the projection will take place after sunset.

If you’ve only got time for window shopping, an array of sports-inspired collectibles, including Alexander Wang bar code logo shoeboxes, Alexander Wang bar code posters, all-black basketballs, trophies and all-white tennis racquets, placed alongside items from the Spring 2015 collection, have pride of place in the store’s two windows.

One displays tennis-style looks in silk sponge mesh, pleated and combined with sneaker-detail leather waistbands, complemented by all-white athletic collectibles.

The other window reveals a darker side with all-black memorabilia and shows the collection’s delicately pleated dresses with a combination of aerated basketball mesh, grommet details and sculpted leather panels, which mirror a sneaker’s aerodynamic shape, form and structure.

Late last year, Alexander Wang’s career soared to new heights when he was appointed Creative Director at Balenciaga.

The business savvy designer took the reins from Nicolas Ghesquière, who left the house after 15 years at the helm.

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2014: a year of arrivals and departures in fashion

In the world of fashion, 2014 will be remembered as a year of personnel changes, including a number of surprising twists and turns.

Between bittersweet departures and exciting new beginnings, here are the highlights of this game of musical chairs between designers and labels.

Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton

Nicolas Ghesquière

Though the news was announced last year, it was in March 2014 that Nicolas Ghesquière presented his first collection for Louis Vuitton, which entered a new era after the departure of Marc Jacobs.

The Frenchman certainly seems to have lived up to expectations, attracting unanimous praise from fashion journalists for his retro-inspired debut line for the label. And it’s more than just beginner’s luck: the second collection, presented last September, garnered just as much acclaim.

Alexander Wang at Balenciaga

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After Ghesquière left for Vuitton, Balenciaga had to find another master couturier to fill his shoes. Alexander Wang was up to the task. Living up to his reputation, the designer has presented successful collections for the Italian house, all while continuing to run his own eponymous label.

Peter Copping at Oscar de la Renta

British designer Peter Copping

After several years at Nina Ricci, the British designer was named creative director at Oscar de la Renta just days before the death of the American label’s founder on October 20.

While Copping had initially planned to collaborate closely with the Dominican designer on his first line, which will be presented at New York fashion week in February 2015, he was ultimately left to his own devices.

The fashion world is already looking forward to his collection, which is bound to be a vibrant homage.

Guillaume Henry leaves Carven

Guillaume Henry leaves Carven

The rumor made the rounds at Spring-Summer 2015 fashion week in Paris and was confirmed a few days later. After five years of loyal and dedicated service, the man behind the revival of the Carven house finally decided to pack his bags and move on… to replace Copping at Nina Ricci.

John Galliano at Maison Martin Margiela

John Galliano Dior

In what was likely the year’s most earth-shattering development in fashion, John Galliano announced his big comeback.

The disgraced designer, who once seemed poised to take over at Oscar de la Renta, will present his first collection for Maison Martin Margiela at Paris couture week in January.

Taking on even more responsibility than he previously held at Dior (where he worked for 15 years), Galliano will head up men’s and women’s ready-to-wear as well as haute couture at the label. In other words, make way for the new master of the MMM house.

Johnny Coca at Mulberry

Johnny Coca

In turmoil since Emma Hill’s departure in June 2013, Mulberry has struggled to find a new creative director and to return to its former glory.

While the house encountered some success with its handbags designed by Cara Delevingne, the need to bring in a new leader was increasingly felt.

Finally, in November, the label announced that it had found its potential savior: Johnny Coca, who is currently in charge of accessories at Céline.

And judging by his work at the French label, the designer is bound to do wonders for Mulberry, where he is due to arrive on July 8, 2015.

Alexander Wang Denim Line

Are Alexander Wang’s New Denim Ads Too Sexy?

Alexander Wang Denim Line

Alexander Wang, who is currently creative director at Balenciaga, has revealed his debut collection of jeans.

Alexander Wang unveiled his jeans Wednesday with a sleek #DENIMxAW campaign starring German model Anna Ewers, who was photographed by fashion legend Steven Klein.

The model appears in the campaign with nothing but a pair of rolled down blue jeans and the Alexander Wang logo as cover.

Alexander Wang Denim

The images were unveiled on the brand’s Facebook page (an equally naughty teaser image of Ewers’ hand in front of her crotch – pictured above – was revealed the night before.)

Prices for the denim will range from $225 for the black skinny jeans up to $295 for the ‘boy fit’ models in blue washes.

You can pre-order the collection online or at the brand’s New York City flagship at 103 Grand Street.

SEE ALSO: ALEXANDER WANG FALL/WINTER 2014 CAMPAIGN

Alexander Wang Fall 2014 campaign

Alexander Wang X H&M collection

Alexander Wang X H&M: the advertising film

Alexander Wang has released a short film inspired by video games to promote his collection for H&M, which launches on 6 November.

The two-minute video opens with a shot of Alexander Wang, who turns on what looks like a high-tech scale model of an unassailable fortress.

Next come the models, warming up in the locker rooms as a booming voice counts down to zero, when they dash off to tackle this same fortress. And things get physical.

WATCH: ALEXANDER WANG X H&M COLLECTION REVEALED

The models run all over the place, scale walls, snowboard on a weathered wooden plank and sail through the air, while the camera angle gives the viewer a first-person perspective, just like in a video game.

Raquel Zimmermann, Joan Smalls and Isabeli Fontana are among those seen giving their all in this physically demanding campaign.

Those who like what they see will have to wait until November 6 to find the collection in H&M stores and online!

Alexander Wang X H&M collection

WATCH: Alexander Wang X H&M collection finally revealed

On Thursday, Alexander Wang presented his highly anticipated H&M collection to a crowd of celebrities in New York. On offer are pieces for both men and women.

Shades of grey, black and white and a sportswear influence characterize the American designer’s collection for the Swedish fast fashion giant.

Alexander Wang X H&M collection

For women, the stand-out pieces include, of course, the leggings and crop top debuted by Rihanna in September, but also the form-fitting dresses, which are sporty yet glamorous.

Contrasting with these more feminine pieces are hockey jersey-style T-shirts, thick flat slide sandals and voluminous coats.

Alexander Wang X H&M collection

Unlike many designers who have collaborated with H&M in the past,  didn’t forget about the gentlemen.

The same sportswear style carries over to the menswear collection, which includes tank tops, shorts, sweatshirts and down coats.

Alexander Wang X H&M collection

Those who like what they see will have to wait until November 6 to find the collection in H&M stores and online.

The designer collaboration trend first kicked off in 2004 when Karl Lagerfeld created a hit line for H&M. Wang follows in the steps of collaborations with Italian luxury labels VersaceMarni, and Roberto Cavalli as well as French high-fashion brands Lanvin, Isabel Marant and Maison Martin Margiela who are just some of the big names to have collaborated with the Swedish high-street retailer.

Alexander Wang Fall 2014 campaign

Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 2014 campaign

Alexander Wang Fall 2014 campaign

 has presented his latest campaign, a slightly risqué series of snaps shot at Saint Cecilia in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Alexander Wang FW 2014

Alexander Wang once again called on the talents of  photographer Steven Klein and German model Anna Ewers for his Fall/Winter 2014 campaign.

Alexander Wang FW 2014 ad campaign

Klein captured Ewers for the previous season, legs akimbo over a bathroom sink, and now she’s returned for some more ever-so-frisky fun.

Alexander Wang Fall Winter 2014

This season Ewers was joined by Vanessa Moody, Kaitlin Aas, Lexi Boling and Kat Hessen for a series of pictures shot through reinforced glass, inside a mysterious institution. Hair was taken care of by Anthony Turner with make-up by Diane Kendal, another regular collaborator.

Alexander Wang Fall 2014

The new Alexander Wang campaign will run in major fashion titles including Love, CR Fashion Book and Interview, as well as on a New York City billboard during the upcoming fashion week.