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Kate Moss at Paris Fashion Week

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Miranda Kerr looked lovely during her return to Balenciaga’s catwalk, but can you imagine how lucky you’d feel if you were in the Louis Vuitton audience, and Kate Moss strutted out?

Thank god for the Internet, because there’s a video of the theatrical show. Models encased in black corset belts are carried up to the stage in elevators, opening the show as they’re released by bell hops and dominate the runway in strong, sleek travel-meets-equestrian clothes, later softening to retro, feminine dresses, all adorned with masquerade-inspired headbands (which I must have). Surprise appearances by top models quietly punctuate the collection: Amber Valetta, Carmen Kass, Jessica Stam, and then, a pantless, smoking Kate Moss, whose noir glamour fascinates.

It’s also said that Kate, who normally stops by the Dior show, didn’t attend Galliano’s final collection. Guess this means she’s back in the market for a wedding dress designer?




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IVANAhelsinki Velvet Lake Collection A/W 2011

I was really excited to get an invite to IVANAhelsinki’s runway show at Lincoln Center at NYFW last Thursday, though I couldn’t make it (I had my cousin’s rehearsal dinner on Long Island that night). But since I’ve followed Finnish designer Paola Suhonen from Copenhagen to her first forays into New York, I asked for pictures from the show anyway.

When I opened the lookbook for the collection (which her sister and business partner Pirjo graciously sent me), called Velvet Lake, I was reminded why I’m such a fan of the line. Who else shows mini-dresses for fall? It’s one of the only collections I could actually wear here in balmy Houston, when “fall” means a drop down to 80 degrees. Suhonen’s penchant for nautical touches mesh with on-trend 70s detailing and colors, too. The dresses are still perfect for layering when it gets a little chilly — over thin long-sleeve tees or with tights and boots — and they’re also a valuable go-to for Northern girls who want a jump on fall during their late summer weeks.

Click each photo for up close shots. UPDATE! Wrong lookbook was sent, and these photos are from Spring/Summer 2011. Below are photos from the actual Velvet Lake A/W 2011 collection shown last week in New York. Most of what I said still rings true, though: mini dresses for fall! Albeit ones with more season-appropriate fabrics and colors (an appealing 1960s Orient Express vibe for sure), with a few faux furs thrown in for Scandanavian-worthy cold fronts 🙂

And several of the nautical styles from Spring will continue through the year because of popular requests.

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What to expect this Fashion Week

Everything. And in between.

I’m not going to report much on NYFW or the other Fashion Weeks this season because a) I’m not attending and b) more established, well-organized sites are giving you more than you could ever want. What I am going to do, however, is briefly comment on what’s up with Fashion Week coverage today.

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It’s rampant and a bit aggressive, but also experiencing a bit of a turning point. The NYT’s Ruth La Ferla noted earlier this week that Tom Ford’s private presentation from last season is influencing higher end designers to consider quieter reveals. Popular shows like Calvin Klein and Donna Karan have already committed to smaller presentations, leaving room at Lincoln Center’s the Box for emerging talents like Mara Hoffman. What Ford called “fun” about his vintage-esque showings indubitably means  exclusive, but should outer-ring bloggers sulk, or is Fashion Week getting overly saturated with coverage, photos, backstage secrets and party gossip?

As a direct contrast to Ford, websites like ShopStyle and WhoWhatWear are discovering new opportunities for reaching customers during Fashion Week. In addition to all the blogs, newspaper and magazine sites, retailers and search engines are joining the crowd! Tumblr is even doling out free tickets (and more) to its most beloved fashion bloggers, while retailers like Nanette Lepore — and many, many others — are live streaming their fashion shows.

Which do you prefer? On one hand, the need for indie bloggers like me to report on events like Fashion Week seems insufferably unnecessary, and do you really need 30 other daily e-mail or Twitter updates besides sharing what’s hot this season? On the other, is it wrong to assume art — including fashion — should require an in-person, exclusive reservation?

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MBFW – New York: Preliminary schedule for Fall 2011

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IMG Fashion announced earlier this week the preliminary schedule for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2011, for New York. The shows and presentations will last from February 9 – 17, at Lincoln Center and sprinkled throughout the city. I’ll actually be in the city for a day and a half right in the middle of Fashion Week, right before I train it to Long Island for my cousin Kathleen’s wedding. I’m not registering because I don’t have an editor to vouch for me (hoping to send myself in September), but I usually get an invite or two to parties and presentations anyway, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

A quick recap of the announced schedule:

  • Nicole Miller, Timo Weiland, Behnaz Sarafpour, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein are opting for presentations, either at Lincoln Center or their own shops or houses.
  • FSML favorite IVANAhelsinki is showing at Lincoln Center — the young Finnish designer has really secured a spot for herself in New York over the last few seasons, with presentations, short films and trunk shows, and I wish I could make the runway.
  • After rumors that Victoria Beckham would show in London were quickly dashed, she’s still not on the preliminary schedule, but is supposedly going to show on February 13, in New York.

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Stella saves me from the winter fashion blues

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I’ve been in a fashion/style funk the past few months. I’m having a hard time finding what I want in stores, and I’m wholly unenthusiastic when I look into my own closet. This isn’t an “I don’t have anything to wear” issue; it’s an “I don’t know how I want to put it all together” scenario. I’m uninspired.

But today on Twitter, I found a silent video of Stella McCartney’s Resort 2011 presentation in New York. Fall and winter are usually my favorite months for fashion, but there’s something about the freshness of Siri, the coolness of Stella’s prints, and the shot of watermelon being flipped on the grill that injected a little flicker of excitement for what’s going to fuel my creativity in the next few months. Magdalena F. models the entire collection on, but the video packs more of a punch if you’re looking for a holistic awakening. Thank you, Stella!

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Pre-Fall is your rescue from the holiday rut

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If you’re sick of seeing the same Nanette Lepore looks blasting to your inbox as last-minute holiday sales vie for your attention and a chunk of your cocktail party budget, you’ll be glad to know that resort is heading into stores and e-commerce sites, and that Pre-Fall collections are currently showing in Paris, New York and etc.

So now that you’ve (hopefully) gotten your holiday looks neatly organized in your closet — or at least ordered and shipped — stop maniacally visiting to find your perfect Christmas Eve/NYE outfit. Instead, hop onto, or to find new inspiration from the Pre-Fall 2011 collections.

So far, there’s an elegant, painterly stillness to collections from Jason Wu, Doo.Ri and Max Azria, while Rag &Bone and Oscar de la Renta are more in the party mood, though each in its own respective aesthetic. Oh, and wear your minis now, because it looks like next year, short will be decidedly out.

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Best Moments of S/S 11 Fashion Week

I barely covered any news from the S/S 11 shows, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t soaking up every update on, The Sartorialist, Fashionologie, and Fashionista. I didn’t get to go to one of the big cities this year, and knew I couldn’t keep up with the billions of parties, scandals, front row snaps or runway reports, but here is a roundup of a few of my favorite things from all the shows, thus far. Some are silly, some reference more important trends and fashion history, and all are up for debate. Share your favorites (and not-so-favorites) below!

  • Derek Lam: The impossibly soft but sharp denim-on-denim suits and power pieces; the freshness of a midi-skirt or dress; and the sultriness of a dropped-waist (New York)
  • Burberry Prorsum‘s jungle-inspired palette slicing through those trenches and party-looks (London)
  • Zac ditches New York for Paris: After a Mean Girl-esque kinship with the NYT, Zac Posen ditches New York and shows at Paris, because they get him a little more than we do, he said in May. (New York and Paris)
  • Sienna Miller’s booties: Twenty8Twelve’s collection was cute, but all I kept looking at were Sienna’s booties. (London)
  • A pregnant Miranda Kerr walks for Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga. As did Carolyn Murphy, Stella Tennant, and someone named Gisele. (Paris)

  • Stella’s slits: Let’s hope Blake Lively starts thigh-grazing in this direction, and leaves Versace behind. (Paris)
  • The Olsens influence everyone’s aesthetic: Derek Lam, Celine, Calvin, etc. This time next year, we’ll be layering crewneck sweaters over swingy, buterfly-sleeved blouses over our S/S 11 wide-leg trousers. Oh, and The Row in Paris was awesome (which other New Yorkers will head to France next season?), but only Gwyneth can afford it. (Everywhere)


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