Diane von Furstenberg SS12
Diane Von Furstenberg finished off her Spring/Summer 2012 show in the most brilliant way. After a brilliant showing of diverse (yet all somehow classic) garments – the “Beginnings” collection – she strutted down the runway to Nina Simone’s β€œFeeling Good” (“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day”…the ultimate shower song) while handing out tiny American flags. It was September 11th, and Diane was spreading love as far as she possibly could.

You could see it in the clothes, as well. There was a no-frills approach to ladylike silhouettes that still managed to wow with beautiful sorbet colouring, expert draping, and elegant embellishments with no agenda. It was romantic, warm, remarkably patterned, and offered an exuberant foundation for any woman’s Spring wardrobe. View Post

Zac Posen SS12
Anyone call for red carpet glamour? New York, apparently, as Zac Posen recently returned from his two season stint in Paris. All it took was a second’s glimpse at his Spring/Summer 2012 collection to have the City That Never Sleeps welcome him back with expertly toned arms.

Anyone with an aversion to hourglass shapes and corsets…it is time to jump ship. Posen can give Coco Rocha mega hips, elongate and flare like the best of them, and charm the Spanx onto any woman. He knows how to work a woman’s body. As always, much of the inspiration was from Old Hollywood, and the most impressive pieces were the – strapless, ombre, bustier, tulle, halter, satin, etc – gowns. I’m sure this post will be linked a lot during awards season.

On top of the voluptuous drama, the accessories were also a treat. Charlotte Olympia provided the complimentary footwear (in black, gold, nude and silver with a silver heel), Elizabeth Cole jewellery provided the ‘cherries on top’, Judith Leiber provided clutches, and sunglasses were provided by Illesteva. I wish runways would install shopping cart software. View Post

Rihanna Armani Underwear
Skivvies is a great word, isn’t it? Almost on par with underoos. Whichever word you prefer to use for the small pieces of fabric between our clothes and bodies, here are some photos of Rihanna in them. In an Armani underwear campaign shot by Steven Klein for Fall/Winter 2011, the beautiful songstress sports newly chopped and peroxided hair – but not much else. You have to give it to her, the mix of Rihanna’s flawless physique and a Lincoln Continental could sell anyone Armani’s lingerie. View Post

Christian Siriano SS12
Though Christian Siriano is sometimes faulted for having “a lot of look” (thank you, Tim Gunn), the Project Runway alumni never hits a bad note in my book. This season, the talented designer was inspired by sea creatures – he employed clusters of chiffon ruffles to mimic barnacles and strung oceanic chartreuse hues throughout heavier pieces. It’s easy to see that when Siriano wants to do chartreuse, he does chartreuse.

What was especially interesting about his Spring/Summer 2012 collection was that with the drama (overwhelming organza, unrestrained tulle, drastic eveningwear) came dialed down power pieces (pleated maxiskirts, striped tees, palazzo pants). The perspective wasn’t as streamlined as many editor’s would prefer, but damn, this man can create extraordinary beauty like few others. View Post

Nicki Minaj Fashion Week

  • Nicki Minaj is Harajuku Barbie – this we all know – but no-one expected Harajuku Barbie to show up at New York Fashion Week. Nonetheless, Miss Minaj turned up to the Prabal Gurung show in a couture-ish cocktail, shouting crazy from Shojono Tomo-printed leggings to an enormous pink bow atop her head. Oh, the times I wish I could read Anna Wintour‘s mind.

  • Victoria Beckham is awesome. She sat in the front row at her own show and was chatting with her guests/attendees.

  • Forever 21 is selling a T-shirt for girls that says “Allergic to Algebra” on it. Make of that what you will.

  • The prequel to Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries, is going into production as a TV series on the CW! (It only took three years to confirm the rumour?) Former “Sex and The City” writer Amy Harris has been confirmed to be taking part by Deadline, and Candace Bushnell (the brains behind Sex and The City, Lipstick Jungle, The Carrie Diaries etc) will be executive producer. Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are also on board.

  • While no-one has yet had the cajones to confirm any of the goings on at Dior, John Galliano‘s replacement has recently been widely reported to be Marc Jacobs. Neither Marc Jacobs nor LVMH are talking, but because of the increased responsibility that comes with the creative director position at Dior (that would be two couture shows, plus regular and pre-season collections), Marc Jacobs and partner Robert Duffy are asking for a package that will put their salary in the “low eight digits” (over $10 million LARGE).

  • Steve Madden has tapped the world’s favourite style twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, to be the new creative directors for Superga North America! This isn’t just a ‘slap a celebrity name on it’ deal; this means the savvy sisters will oversee all creative and marketing initiatives, as well as have oversight for distribution.

    “We hope to introduce a fresh perspective to this iconic collection, while honoring Superga’s legacy of timeless design.”
    Ashley Olsen

  • Tyra Banks is crazy. The All-Stars cycle of America’s Next Top Model, starting Wednesday 9/8c on The CW, is going to own my life.