"Yee-Haw!" is the spirit sought this season by Acne's Johhny Johansson. Or at least, those were the yelps heard over the speakers during his Spring 2013 show in London on Sunday. The designer explained that his inspiration involved collage ("I always collage. It's very important to me to have contrast and to turn that into something really interesting," he said backstage) as well as music, specifically Emmylou Harris's 1995 ditty, "Wrecking Ball."
"Oh my God. This is a problem," said Anna Dello Russo at Saturday night's Altuzarra show. Naturally, she was referring to the torrential downpour that had much of the fashion set in a huff. "I went to the hairdresser today but it doesn't look like it. Humidity? Hurricane? Oh no! Terrible!" she went on before taking her front-row seat.
Sharon Wauchob has a lot on her plate. On Saturday, the Irish designer will send her spring 2013 womenswear collection for ethical fashion line Edun down the runway.
Model, DJ, and downtown designer darling: there's not much in the realm of "cool" that Mandy Coon hasn't conquered.
While their CFDA-nominated menswear collection, Duckie Brown, is cheeky and often eccentric, designers Steven Cox and Daniel Silver live by a no-nonsense ethos. "What you see is what you get!" quipped the British-born Cox, playfully gesturing to the workout garb he donned while chatting with Interview in his West Village studio. This straightforward attitude is the driving force behind the duo's latest project, Perry Ellis by Duckie Brown.
Hairstylist-cum-designer Charlie le Mindu has built his career on all that is shocking, outrageous and beautifully bizarre (perhaps you've seen the giant bow wig or fall/winter 2012 collection of human hair frocks and hats donned by Lady Gaga, or his spring/summer 2012 looks, which featured dresses, gowns, and a cobra turban made out of custom Minx synthetic nails). So it may seem strange that, as he sits on the porch of his fifth-floor Dalston flat, the Bordeaux-born, London-based 26-year-old calls for a return to classic hair; done-up, blown-out, drop-dead-gorgeous vintage hair.
"Hats and gloves. What else do you need?" quipped charismatic milliner Stephen Jones at England's Royal Ascot horse races last Thursday. Held outside London, the annual meet founded by Queen Anne in 1711, which this year ran June 19–23, is Britain's premier sporting event. But it's not just the ponies that are competing—the fashion stakes are high for ladies and gents alike.
This past weekend marked London's inaugural men's fashion week. The three-day event was a much-welcomed step forward for Britain's growing group of menswear designers, who were formerly made to pack their presentations into one day at the tail end of the womenswear shows. The festivities kicked off Thursday evening with an intimate cocktail party hosted by British fashion's newest ambassador, Prince Charles, who ironically invests in a new look about once every 25 years.
Since 2003, Jill Wenger has catered to Seattle's fashion savvy with her forward thinking clothing store, Totokaelo. "Totokaelo is a tightly curated selection of what I believe to be the most honest, beautiful, and interesting fashion... in the world right now," explains Wenger. And considering she carries the likes of Maison Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, Mary Katrantzou, and Damir Doma, her summation seems on point.
Hong Kong may be known as an Eastern capital of business and commerce, but this week, thanks to 28-year-old Pablo Ganguli and his Liberatum festival, the city will play host to an impressive array of cultural events. Liberatum Hong Kong, a free, three-day public festival that will bring together creative minds from across the globe to participate in dialogues about arcitecture, design, art, film, and fashion with music and art performances, opens April 27–29, with a conversation between its headliner Pharrell Williams and music producer Will Orbits (best known for working with Madonna).
Yesterday, Louis Vuitton commenced its Serenissima Run, a classic car rally celebrating the history shared by the evolution of motoring and the creation of the house's first automobile trunk in 1897. The seventh such rally organized by the prestigious fashion house since 1993, the five-day event features 43 vintage cars from across five continents, which will make a scenic journey from Monte Carlo through Switzerland, France, and Italy, and finally arrive in Venice on Apr. 27. The cars will remain on display in Venice's Piazza San Giorgio until Apr. 28.
"I always like to draw attention to the back of a shoe," says Alvaro Gonzalez, the creative director of Stuart Weitzman's new luxury shoe and handbag line, SW1. "When a woman leaves the room, it's more important than when she enters. Boys, girls, they always look at a woman from behind. It's the most interesting part!" Gonzalez's philosophy reigns in SW1's debut range of shoes, which includes jewel-toned suede pumps with handmade resin mosaic heels, spiraling stilettoes, and satin Mary Janes that reveal a hint of the wearer's leg via slit petal detailing above the heel. "I'm always trying to show off skin," says Gonzalez, adding that the shoes are "very naughty, but very sweet at the same time."
"There's nothing simple about my clothes," says Glenn Martens, the 28-year-old Belgian designer who launched his eponymous line of womenswear this year during Paris Fashion Week. "But when you wear them, you won't look like some kind of crazy person," he laughs. The designer's architectural breakout collection may be devoid of frills and thrills, but there's indeed nothing simple about the intricate pleats, strong lines or cleverly placed zippers on Martens' voluminous jackets, skirts and trousers.
Burke creates handcrafted grommeted leather body armor and accessories out of her London studio. She's positively pint-sized, cute as a button and has the sunniest disposition imaginable. So the subject of her work—trauma, deformity, death rituals, you get the idea—coupled with her creations, like a flesh-toned body cast crafted from leather strips, or a hunchback jacket, may seem surprising. However, her wearable sculptures feature impeccable structure and soft, feminine lines, are delicately elegant, rather than startling.
Nicholas Kirkwood's collection of fall shoes is a nostalgic, '20s Parisian fantasy. "It's about the characters of the period, like Coco Chanel, Jean Cocteau and Picasso. We didn't want to do a collection that exactly depicted that era, so it's more how you'd imagine it," explains Kirkwood.