Prabal Gurung SS12
To set you up for the love fest that is about to begin, I will start by telling you that Prabal Gurung designed a collection for Spring/Summer 2012 that was so incredible I was grabbing my chest as I shoved runway photos under my (completely uninterested) Significant Other’s nose. For a good thirty minutes.

Where do I start?

With a collection where purple, teal, and black ruled the palette, the variety was astounding. Gurung sourced photographs titled “Sensual Flowers” by Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki and turned them into the most beautiful, intricate prints.

Every piece felt special; spectacular red-carpet stealing dresses, sheer asymmetrical panels, handkerchief hemlines, rubber paillettes, exploding tulle, leather harnesses, ostrich feathers, digital print floral georgette dresses, cigarette pants, laser-cut leather shorts, printed blouses, latex coats – and none without the most exquisite attention to detail. He even styled in his Prabal Gurung for Nicholas Kirkwood heels and Prabal Gurung for Linda Farrow Projects sunglasses.

I cannot believe this is only his sixth collection. Prabal Gurung is the future of fashion. View Full Post

Jason Wu SS12
As each look from Jason Wu‘s collection for Spring/Summer 2012 trickled out, there is one person I couldn’t get out of my head: Paris Hilton. Now, this is quite an unexpected thought to have when you’re looking at collection that oozes hints of masculine charm. Essentially, Wu’s collection is the makeover I’ve had in mind for Paris for the last six years.

Wu himself said the effect of the collection was “old-school techniques that look electrocuted”, and electrocuted they were. Humming shades from bubblegum pink to chartreuse, there was a savvy combination of French elegance and American fire. It was swimming in sweetness and designed to be dumbfounding without an ounce of theatricality. Jason Wu even teamed up with street artist KAWS to create floating petal prints which overlaid a hands motif (to reflect how many hands work on a piece before it is presented), and brought Tom Binns in to handle the heavy metal jewellery. No Swarovski-embellished collar, feather-lined peplum, nylon trenchcoat, cigarette pant, or eveningwear fantasy was unaccounted for. I die. View Full Post

Daphne Guinness

Daphne Guinness

  • Daphne Guinness (aka FASHION QUEEN) has earned herself a collaborative deal at M.A.C. Word around the industry is that her colour collection will consist of “rich, seasonal hues” and come out on Boxing Day (aka December 26).

  • Lindsay Lohan’s little sister, Ali Lohan, has recently sparked plastic surgery rumours in the fashion world. As these sort of rumours put a model’s career at stake, her agency – Next – has issued a statement denying the rumors, and explaining that the drastic change was due to natural aging. Do you buy it?

  • Next Tuesday (aka September 13th), Marc Jacobs will turn his Bleeker Street boutique into a pop-up shop and tribute for his longtime friend Debbie Harry (aka Blondie). For a very limited time, it will sell the new Blondie album and various fan items that include exclusive T-shirts (for $35).

  • American Apparel – a company often criticized for everything from it’s sexuality to design practices – recently launched a plus-size model search. The way they went about it has been received as slightly offensive and unknowingly encouraged blogger Nancy Upton to make a joke out of it by posting sexy photos of her gorging on food. The best part? She’s winning said model search.

  • Hussein Chalayan is launch a capsule “drip-down” collection of key pieces from the main Chalayan line and calling it “Chalayan Grey Line“. The collection will consist of more affordable (starting at $140) and wearable pieces, ie. simple shift dresses and loose cottons done in greys and whites. It will be shown to buyers at New York Fashion Week from The News showroom.

  • Vivienne Tam is collaborating with Chinese athletic brand owner and Olympic gold medalist Li Ning to launch a fashionable line of yoga wear for Spring/Summer 2012. The collection will consist of 20 pieces that boast features such as being antibacterial, having moisture-wicking properties, UV protection, as well as deodorization. It will be available wholesale, starting at $36.
  • Cushnie et Ochs SS12
    Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs are selling sex (and it’s okay). With an incredibly focused Spring/Summer 2012 collection, Cushnie et Ochs have taken us to the height of Space Age Provocateur. After all, no-one said minimalism had to be asexual. The show’s entire tone was set as a stark white and breast-fabulous strapless peplum dress hit the runway – seriously, temperature set to 1000 degrees. The peplums, sectional body-con tailoring and leathers were dominant, with incredible 90s silhouettes running rampant on everything. A beautifully executed point of view for Spring/Summer. Fembots will be delighted. View Full Post

    Luca Luca SS12
    If Luca Luca‘s collection for spring/Summer 2012 was all I could wear this year, I don’t think I would ever be stuck with nothing to wear. With designs that compliment a woman’s curves and vibrant colours incorporated into classic pieces, this has to be one of the most well-rounded collections presented thus far. Key accessories included Ippolita jewellery and headpieces by Ellen Hunter, though the garments were strong enough to speak for themselves. Waist definition, as well as striking limes and blues, were shown in between whites, blacks, prints, jumpsuits, and asymmetrical dresses – yet everything still felt cohesive. Quite a feat. I could see Emmy Rossum or Emma Stone in any of Luca Luca’s looks. View Full Post