How does one get to Cannes, Marseilles, or Moncaco? By yacht, of course. For the vast majority of people, this is a lofty prospect. But for the select few with the means (private jet, Maserati, large boat), the appropriate fashion is paramount. Fortunately there are visionaries in the world that still cater to the one percent of beautiful people in need of haute couture resort wear. Visionaries like Karl Lagerfeld, who seems to be getting more and more boisterous as he enters the new decade (shredding his more austere front), and Thomas Maier—who is still a fan of the quiet approach. While all eyes are on the Cannes, let’s take a peek at some of the fashions that will be all the planet’s most glamorous beaches over the next few months.
Usually it’s a designer that seeks a muse to embody their aesthetic and vision for life. The pairings are famous. Most recently we had Tom Ford with muse, Carine Roitfield, as they shaped the house of Gucci in the late 90’s and into the beginning of the new millennium. But in our current age of mashed up visions, cross referenced time periods and styles, and nostalgia for an imagined innocence, the role of designer reaching out to muse is changing. And there is no better example of this than Alexander Wang.
Well, another Coachella has come and gone. This year, we got two weekends of insanity and two weekends of unique fashion choices. The belles in the crowd and women performing in the festival embraced the carefree attitude of the hippie movement, mixed with 70’s nostalgia and a dash of desert rogue a la MAD MAX. Think high-waisted shorts paired with a cropped top—or a bandeau for the brave—and lace up boots that have seen a tour of duty in one desert or another. Of course sundresses still have their place in a woman’s weekend bag, all topped off with crafty headbands, oversized sunglasses, and a flower or two in the hair for good measure. Nothing says party like a West Coast party!
Call it a domino affect, but last year’s abrupt exit of John Galliano from the house of Dior sparked a round of musical chairs that may actually be the advent of a new guard in high fashion. With the appointment of Raf Simmons as creative director of Christian Dior, and Hedi Slimane taking charge of Yves Saint Laurent, it appears that Generation X, with their alternative musings, and counter-cultural leanings, are about to become the establishment.
Spring is here in full force. The tulips are out, leaves are budding, and people are wearing very little clothing while exercising outdoors. And where that’s all well and good, it’s really a time to celebrate your bad habits, accessory wise. There are enough services and write-ups to cater to women that can afford couture, chauffeurs, and tennis instructors. But for those of you out there that like to show some skin, while being smart about it—instead of just cheap— or prefer their independent style, here are a few options to accent your looks, in that DIY (Do It while Young) way. Bon primtemps!
It’s really hard not to think of February and early March as two four-letter words in the Northern Hemisphere with cold, damp, and dark atmosphere (well, usually). Luckily this is also when the fashion world engages in its semi annual, month long parade of what’s in, what works, what has been cast to the wayside. Fortunately ready-to-wear, mixed with a healthy dash of alternative modes of expression, is a total cure-all to S.A.D. Let’s forgo the conventional here and get to the good stuff. Following are some of the wittier call outs from the runways. Catch up.
Sundance Film Festival selections shone brightly in a madcap Oscars weekend. From lead-up nominee luncheons, the Spirit Awards to Oscars night, the indie A-list was out in full force. Check out the photos.
Indie A-List photos
The movie industry’s biggest night went off with a bang on Sunday. With the Academy Awards ceremony to start and rollicking after-parties going late into the night, Hollywood was at their best and worst. Check out the photos.
Oscars: Best/Worst Dressed photos
High heels are an essential part of our fashion-glam culture. Finding a pair of flats at last night’s SAG Awards was like trying to find a vegan quinoa recipe in a Paula Deen cookbook. More common was the doughnut burger of the shoe world: the 29-inch stiletto like Emma Stone wore. What women will suffer for fashion! Personally, the two of us fall into the more utilitarian camp: while Em has been known to rock a sparkly pump at a party, you’ll find her more often than not in the day-to-day dressing up a flow-y, flowery dress with a pair of Converse. And Lo? Nothing comes between her and her Danskos. It may not be pretty, but nothing’s more ugly than her mood after 20 minutes in a pair of uncomfortable pumps (are they even called that anymore?). Which is why we always feel high and mighty in our low flats when a new study about the horrors of high heels comes out.
In Park City, when you hear “Omar’s comin’” you don’t need to run and hide. You just need to stand back and be impressed by how handsome and stylish Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) is! We’ve got plenty more street style in our gallery. So take a look:
Sundance Channel announced today it is renewing its hit fashion-rescue series ALL ON THE LINE WITH JOE ZEE for a third season. Starring Creative Director of ELLE Joe Zee, the series exposes viewers to the intense behind-the-scenes world of fashion design. In each episode, Zee encounters the challenging task of working with new designers—all in desperate need of help resuscitating their fashion line and protecting their livelihood. Season three of the series will include an all new set of struggling designers who will look to Zee protect their creative vision while helping them achieve commercial success. Not all designers will be up for the challenge of accepting Zee’s opinions, causing tension and sparking emotion. With this series, there are no guaranteed happy endings.
Joe Zee is back and on this season of ALL ON THE LINE WITH JOE ZEE he’s not only helping struggling designers. He’s also helping celebs looking for a style upgrade. American Idol alum, and bonafide pop superstar, Adam Lambert knew it was time to bring his wardrobe from trashy-tacky to fashion forward.
Life has seemed rather dull lately, hasn’t it? Well, Joe Zee is here to save us. ALL ON THE LINE returns on November 25, but you don’t have to wait to get your fill of fashion rehab. Joe Zee and SUNDANCE CHANNEL are teaming up with YouTube to make sure you’ve got enough AOTL to get you through Thanksgiving.
Winter is upon us, which means we’re about to be bombarded by a city-wide attack of the basic black coat. But you don’t have to be another boring, cold weather offender: wear red! We break down bright Winter dressing.
If cladding yourself in stop sign red isn’t your thing, we gotcha. But basic doesn’t have to be so blahh…
Break-out star Elizabeth Olsen hits NYFF in head-to-toe McQueen. In Rachel Zoe’s words, I die. (And check out her transformative style evolution.)
It’s hot! It’s cold! It’s humid! What do I where?…
The Top 20 Spring Trends: Fashion gets ladylike with laser-cut lace, super femmy braids, feathers and the ever-shrinking handbag. (Finally! Am I the only with a sore shoulder?)
For years, the environmental impact of your sneakers was handled almost exclusively on the back end. Programs like Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe still collect those worn, stinky sneaks and turn them into products ranging from play court surfaces to soles for more shoes. While the company that spent much of the 90s getting hammered for its poor responsibility record has led the way in these efforts, others shoe makers are following suit – and even taking some more innovative steps…
Fashion week in NY may be a thing of the past, and the designers who showed at London and Milan are now breathing a sigh of post-show relief, but the runways of Paris are just starting to heat up. Paris Fashion Week may just be the most exciting of all, and a daily check-in at Full Frontal Fashion will ensure that you don’t miss a thing….
Got your fill of Fashion Week? Feeling a little hung over from the barrage of new designs for next Spring (and perhaps a few after-party cocktails)? If so, what’s on the docket for last Spring’s garb? A call to Goodwill for a pick-up? A sneaky trip out to the dumpster? How about selling last season’s clothes on eBay?
How did we rate what fashion powerhouses Calvin Klein, Proenza Schouler and Philip Lim sent down the runway?
Rag&Bone shows us how to rock the poncho with their tailored, fringed version, and Paula Abdul provides a regrettable how-to-most-definitely-not.
The walk through Lincoln Plaza from the street to the guarded entry of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week can be an intimidating stretch of pavement, lined with fashion bloggers and street style photographers snapping away. It’s almost like fashion’s final judgment day: make it all the way without getting your picture taken at least once and it’s as if the gods of fashion are booming down, “Your outfit sucks!” See who our street style team deemed worthy enough to stop and shoot.
Best of Day 6: mod looks from Milly, Southwestern sexy from Jeremy Scott and sleek lines in fab color blocks by J. Mendel wouldn’t be complete without some snaps of the faces (Zoe Saldana, Alexa Chung, Sofia Coppola, Ashlee Olsen anyone?) lined up to see them.
Rodarte’s bold prints and bright colors carry on into their Spring 2012 collection with Van Gogh’s iconic sunflowers featured in a show-stopping, prairie-meets-sci-fi dress.
See what we think of crowd-pleaser Tory Burch’s collection of 20s-inspired frocks.
Go backstage at Juma, Toni Francesc and Herve Leger.
JOE ZEE’S FASHION-RESCUE SERIES RETURNS TO SUNDANCE CHANNEL WITH NEW LABELS AND NEW BUYERS
Nicole Miller Among the Designers Seeking Zee’s Help in Season Two of “All On The Line with Joe Zee” Premiering November 25th
Guest Stars This Season Include; American Fashion Designer, Rachel Roy, Socialite and Fashion Trendsetter, Olivia Palermo, Rock Musician Adam Lambert, Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka and Model, Veronica Webb
New York, September 23, 2011 – Sundance Channel is putting a new group of designers through fashion rehab in season two of the critically-acclaimed series, ALL ON THE LINE WITH JOE ZEE. Starting Friday, November 25th at 9:30pm et/pt, Creative Director of ELLE Joe Zee, who The New York Times deems, ‘Fashion’s approachable ambassador,’ will come to the rescue of designers in need of a makeover on their business, design or both in what The Huffington Post called a “must-see” show. Among the designers featured in the upcoming season, is modern-day fashion legend, Nicole Miller, who will work with Zee to launch her newest line at New York Fashion Week 2011.
Returning slightly altered, this season Zee will enlist the help of some of his industry friends including American fashion designer, Rachel Roy, socialite and fashion trendsetter, Olivia Palermo, rock musician Adam Lambert, Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka and model and actress Veronica Webb, to help judge the designer’s ability. Each label will be put to the challenge when Zee asks the team to design quickly and outside of their comfort zones for one of these celebrities, who may or may not be typical of the label’s core clientele.
See what we have to say about what Preen, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Derek Lam sent down the runway.
Go backstage at Rebecca Minkoff, where the hair was the mane (couldn’t help myself) attraction.
Not sure how to rock the 70s look? We break down easy 70s style, courtesy of a monochromatic silk suit by Rachel Zoe that will make you say “I die.”
Fashion Week is well underway and Full Frontal Fashion is on the scene to bring you everything from the runway to behind-the-scenes looks at the pre-show madness as well as all the pretty faces who line up every year to watch the spectacle unfold.
See what Thakoon, Altuzarra, Monique Lhuillier, Alexander Wang and The Row are sending down the runway this season.
Fashion strikes on the runway and the front row at Alexander Wang.