The audience saw red on red as a ruby red gown appeared on a red catwalk opening the Elie Saab Fall Couture 2013 collection. The colors of the 48-piece assortment of gowns seemed to have been plucked from a royal crown of rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Like any beautiful jewel, each gown glimmered and sparkled – vying for the crowd’s attention.
Lengths ranged from floor-length gowns to leg-bearing teacup dresses, and although ruby red, sapphire blue and emerald green ruled the runway, Saab scattered in some soft taupe looks to help transition between the richer colors. Each dress had its own appeal, whether it was a plunging neckline, an open back, or a simple long-sleeved, one-shouldered look. However, there was one very obvious common denominator throughout – sequins, lots and lots of sequins.
As for hair and makeup, models sported slicked-back buns and smokey eyes to balance elegance with sultry. The overall dramatic look was toned down at times as Saab peppered in a touch of whimsy with the addition of shorter dresses – each featuring pockets and different necklines.
Closing the show was a breath-taking wedding dress that required three bridesmaids/models to carry the extravagant train. Is there any other way to close an Elie Saab show?
Elie Saab Fall Couture 2013
tokidoki x Karl Lagerfeld
Francesca Bellettini Named CEO of Yves Saint Laurent WWD
Bellettini, joining YSL from Bottega Veneta, will succeed Paul Deneve on Sept. 1.
Too Much Karl Is Never Enough Vogue UK
Karl Lagerfeld and his cat Choupette come to us in the form of figurines as part of a collaboration with tokidoki, a Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand.
The Luxury Goods Industry Suffers New Lows The Business of Fashion
The Savigny Luxury Index reports a loss of 4.5 percent in June, and although sales of luxury goods are slowing, China is still the place to be if you’re a luxury brand.
Versace kicked off couture season in Paris with supermodel Naomi Campbell as the bombshell show opener. Donatella Versace’s Atelier Versace autumn/winter 2013 was every bit of skin-tight and provocative as one would expect with inspiration stemming from the black-and-white film and photography era. Inspiration is just that for Donatella as the glamour of the past was extracted then infused into her own aesthetic that makes Versace Versace.
Atelier Versace Couture Fall 2013
The rich detail and eye-catching opulence was prominent as one future red carpet look after the other strolled down the catwalk. A few looks were slightly off topic, but it wouldn’t be Versace if she didn’t throw in a chain belt or go for wide-legged and low-rise if given the opportunity. One particular look, a glistening blue catsuit, resembled the Vrettos Vrettakos number Beyoncé is currently rocking during ‘The Mrs. Carter Show’ – but with more sheer paneling and less left to the imagination. What’s not to love?
The show closed with curve-hugging gowns in rich blue and deep burgundy tones and shimmer from head-to-toe. Finally, for hair and make-up, Versace may be making a subtle suggestion to keep it simple since this collection speaks for itself. With the exception of Campbell who obviously has the clout to decide how she wants to style her hair, each model rocked a fresh face and a simple, but elegant topknot.
3.1 Phillip Lim Brandmark
3.1 Phillip Lim Creates Brandmark for China WWD
In an effort to protect the brand, 3.1 Phillip Lim has created a dedicated trademark to be used in China to label ready-to-wear and footwear products.
Christopher Kane S/S 2014
London Collections: Men Takes Over Britain Vogue UK
Burberry Prorsum, Paul Smith, Alexander McQueen, Rag & Bone, JW Anderson and more show Spring/Summer 2014 Men’s Collections.
Club Monaco Footwear
Club Monaco to Launch Footwear Marie Claire
The brand’s first shoe collection will launch this August with prices ranging from $198 to $395.
Midriff, that is. Uncovering those arms and legs might not be enough to beat the heat this summer, so why not opt for a little more exposure? Sunblock is highly recommended, of course! One of this season’s hottest trends is the crop top – a staple in anyone’s wardrobe if you’re looking for a fun, simple look that’s equal parts versatile and unique.
Crop tops are completely interchangeable with any look, and since you’re only revealing a few inches of that toned waistline you’ve been working on, you don’t have to worry about showing too much.
Pair a crop top with high-waisted shorts, combat boots and a fun hat for a funky-edgy look. For the girly look, go for a white crop top with a floral skirt, chunky necklace and metallic sandals. These not-too-short, not-too-long tops can still have a cameo moment on a cool summer night – just layer with a light-weight cardigan or a flannel, and you’re out the door!
Look One: Black Fedora $23; Marine Crop Top $15; High Waisted Shorts $45; Combat Boots $99
Look Two: White Bralette $15; Floral Skirt $31; Pearl Bracelet $47; Gold Sandals $33
Look Three: Red Flannel $32; Black Bustier $62; Black High Waisted Shorts $67; Converse $65
From being featured as a guest judge on Project Runway to dressing beautiful woman like Portia de Rossi and Coco Rocha, Zac Posen’s name is well-known in the industry. His intricate pieces are a celeb favorite and starting February 2014, blushing brides of any budget can tie the knot in a Zac Posen wedding gown.
Zac Posen is launching Truly Zac Posen for David’s Bridal featuring six styles ranging from $850 to $1,1350. Brides-to-be can say “I Do” to Truly Zac Posen without getting cold feet about an overpriced purchase.
Posen’s designer touch is guaranteed to give every bride all the glamour, romance, and detail they desire for their dream wedding. From one-of-a-kind bridal gowns designed exclusively for celebrities, to an entire collection made available to the everyday stylish bride, Posen knows what women want on this special day. Get ready to hit the stores or the web to get your hands on your future wedding gown because this collection has “sold out” written all over it!
“When a woman wears a Zac Posen gown, I want her to feel embraced and empowered, joyous and confident.” -Zac Posen
Visit David’s Bridal for more information.
Designer Collaboration Confirmed: Isabel Marant and H&M Vogue UK
Scheduled to debut on November 14, the collection will feature clothing and accessories for men and women.
Christine Day to Leave Lululemon Athletica Inc. WWD
Day held the role of chief executive officer at the yoga apparel retailer for over five years and will remain until a successor is named.
Etsy Designers Featured in Nordstrom Wedding Suite Nordstrom
Etsy has gone mainstream via a partnership with Nordstrom offering wedding accessories from Etsy artists and designers at select Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com.
Etsy + Nordstrom: Paloma’s Nest Ring Bearer Bowl, $48
Keeping it moving…
Hugo Boss Names Jason Wu Artistic Director, Boss Womenswear WWD
Effective June 15, Wu will take on the creative direction of all product lines for Boss Womenswear and accessories collections.
Emma Hill to Leave Mulberry WWD
During her six years with Mulberry, Hill was responsible for the brand’s rapid growth, expansion into new markets and the launch of new handbag designs including the Alexa, Del Rey, and Willow.
Coach’s List of Successors for Reed Krakoff Causes Speculation WWD
Marc Jacobs inclusion on the list suggests that his contract with Louis Vuitton may not be renewed at the end of the year or that it’s time for a Marc Jacobs initial public offering. Emma Hill, now former creative director at Mulberry, is very available. Nicolas Ghesquière, Clare Waight Keller, Derek Lam, and Phillip Lim may also have made the list.
Givenchy to Skip Paris Couture Week, Designs Givenchy Watches WWD
Riccardo Tisci will not create a collection for the house for the second season in a row on account of his hectic schedule. The designer did have enough time to create a new collection of Givenchy watches.
‘Seventeen’ Watch by Givenchy
May: U.S. Payroll Rises, Unemployment Rate Increases Bloomberg
Labor Department figures show increase of $175,000 in payroll and an increase in the unemployment rate from 7.5 to 7.6 percent in May.
The Inevitable: A Sarah Jessica Parker and Manolo Collaboration Vogue UK
Parker is launching SJP in collaboration with George Malkemus, ceo of Manolo Blahnik. The collection will feature footwear, handbags, and trench coats.
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