LVMH’s Newest Acquisition: Nicholas Kirkwood The Telegraph
The LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton umbrella is expanding to include a majority stake in London-based designer Nicholas Kirkwood.
Miuccia Prada Commissions Contemporary Artists for Spring Show WWD
The Spring 2014 runway was set against a background of portraits of “an active, strong woman” as interpreted by six contemporary artists.
Fendi’s Public Exhibition, Making Dreams, Opens Tomorrow Vogue UK
Costumes from films including Evita and The Royal Tenenbaums will be on display at Milan’s Cinema Manzoni.
There are various reasons why a designer may shy away from sending an innovative or imaginative collection down the runway. A shaky economy is one good reason – it hovers over fashion week like a rain cloud on a birthday. Playing it safe and keeping it “wearable” is usually the answer; however, there are few designers that refuse to hold back. These designers look to the runway and accept the challenge. Below, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada are the two collections that we feel went for it.
Dolce & Gabbana
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s Sicilian inspiration resulted in a collection that one will either love or hate – there is no middle ground here. We chose to take a risk and love it because gypsy-like glamour is ideal for spring if you consider how nicely the bright colors, mixable prints and stripes, giant earrings and headscarves will translate from the runway. Afterall, what is fashion without a risk or three?
The love only went as far at the exposed basket-weave/crinoline bustle cage numbers that were shown towards the end…really can’t picture this translating. Can you?
If you like it, put a flower on it. Miuccia Prada let the pretty petals take the stage for Prada RTW Spring 2013. The flowers were transformed throughout the show from stark white stencil versions in the beginning to larger red, black, or white versions towards the end. The floral detail could be a bit distracting at times, but maybe the beauty in a single flower should be the focus once in a while.
By this time, if you haven’t seen Gucci’s spring collection that graced us a couple days ago, we have to admit that you’re missing out on something special.
Designer Frida Giannini explains in her interview with D.Repubblica.it and The Huffington Post Style section that her stunning rainbow of a show was inspired by a visit to Gagosian Gallery in New York City. Italian painter Lucio Fontana was the true hero of this story, as his works of art encouraged Giannini to use full palettes of bright, solid color, and with her simple, tasteful silhouettes, true magic was made.
The delicious range from hot pink, to cerulean, to teal, to emerald to chartreuse (we were being serious when we said rainbow) was remarkable – something like a Pantone color grid, but with perfectly tailored ruffles – and sexy.
Giannini struck gold when she paired large, ornate jewelry with her most modest designs, triggered by what she calls, “fake Liz Taylor jewels.”
Check out the entire collection at Style.com, and click below to see the full interview.
INTERVIEW WITH FRIDA GIANNINI
For the Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection Gucci’s Frida Giannini ventured to the dark side.
Luxurious velvets, supple jet-black leather, intricate jacquards and the darkest versions of plum, green and brown made for a decadent ensemble of looks. Sexy-vampire wear may be another way to describe dark touches like a full-length cape, blood red high collars and sheer, tease-worthy blouses.
Towards the end, embellished, strategically-sheer tulle gowns amped up the dark theme to borderline evil. To complete the looks, lips were deep red, hair was simple and cheeks were shadowed. Welcome to the dark side, we’re happy to join.
Raf Simons is leaving Jil Sander after almost seven years as Creative Director. Clearly, reporting on fashion week entails more than just runway commentary as the latest announcement took place off the runway.
The news comes just two days before the Jil Sander show is scheduled to take place during Milan Fashion Week. History is in the making as this will be the final collection presented by Simons for the label.
Rumor has it he may be filling the coveted spot at Christian Dior. Also making its way through the rumor mill-Simons may replace Stefano Pilati at YSL (this departure has not been confirmed).
So who will replace Simons? He is officially stepping down Monday, Feb 27th at which point he may be announcing his successor.
While we’re at it, we’ll just through one more itsy-bitsy rumor into the mill. Will Jil Sander herself return to the label that bears her name?
We’ll keep you posted. The Jil Sander show is set for Saturday Feb. 25.