Dries van Noten SS12
Last year, Dries Van Noten came across a young English photographer named James Reeve while he was president of the jury at the fashion festival in Hyères. A year later, his Spring/Summer 2012 has been decorated with the photographer’s night-scape prints after they collaborated with each other in Antwerp. Because the photos weren’t meant for attire purposes, Dries combined the prints with haute couture silhouettes from the 1950s. In turn, every pixel came alive.

While prints have found their way into almost all Spring/Summer 2012 shows, the result of this collaboration was incomparable. In one look, Dries even decorated one skirt with actual stones to mirror the lights in Reeve’s photo of a building in Marseille. It is so wonderful to see aesthetic passion lit up in van Noten’s academic flair. Ready-to-wear, with all the delicacies of couture.

(Also: Look at Americas Next Top Model cast off, Fatima Siad, working the runway above! The 24-year-old is the first castoff to land veritable high-fashion runway work!) View Post

Fashions Night Out

Guest post by Elle Delfine

Since I have been working roughly 18 hour days this week, Fashion’s Night Out London was a no-go! Thankfully, my stylish U.S. counterpart (and love of my life) Elle Delfine decided she’d check out the fashion happenings in Indiana to see how Fashion’s Night Out worked outside of the fashion capitals.

Enjoy!
Lela 

The highly anticipated Fashion’s Night Out kickoff of New York Fashion Week was an event celebrated worldwide. As anyone can imagine, I was ecstatic and had the date set in my planner for weeks. Living in Indiana has its fashion downs, but this event had created quite the buzz. The Fashion Mall at Keystone is literally the only Hoosier mall one would visit to find something “high fashion“. As soon as I arrived (just a few minutes early) at the Saks Fifth Avenue entrance, I could feel the hum of excitement. Saks Fifth Avenue was definitely the place to be Thursday night. They had a DJ set up and “Sakstinis” being served by an adorable bartender. I believe the “Sakstini” was a cosmopolitan mix.

Makeovers were being given to every woman in the room who wanted one (me included, thanks Kelly!). The photobooth was even set upstairs with funny hats, boas, and sunglasses as props. However, my favorite makeup spot was Sephora, which was doing mini makeovers. I was given a fabulous bold eye and of course had to purchase the shadows to copy the look at home.

Fashions Night Out

I walked the length of the mall to Nordstrom where the fashion shows were taking place to get a quick scope of the area. I gathered my “Swag Bag” full of coupons and goodies and surveyed the area. While it was extremely beautiful, I was not impressed. I had expected a lot more, however, I acknowledge that this event – for Midwest tastes – was not for the rich and fabulous. It was the for the average women with the thought in mind that those less fortunate would like to attend as well. The area also held an abundance of food sampling; delicious food from Maggiano’s Little Italy to Chik-fil-A.

Most of the stores inside the Fashion Mall were having amazing sales for Fashion’s Night Out. For example, Caché was giving 20% off regular priced merchandise of $100 or more, if one shopped at Nine West there was a 10% off of the entire purchase, and White House Black Market was giving 20% off the entire store.

Sephora set up a station for people to try their airbrush makeup (so awesome!), and MAC were doing free demonstrations. Also, there were plenty of giveaways.

Four different fashion shows took place that night: Fall Fashion Forecast, Red Carpet Ready, Jeans 4 EveryBODY, and Runway to Real Life. These fashion shows were not meant to show off the runway wear of the most fabulous and outrageous designers, but to show the women of Indiana how to dress “Indy Ready” but still keep their wardrobes looking current. The models appeared to be associates of particular stores, which was neat because it kept the shows very relatable.

Shelvin Mack was there signing autographs. For those who do not follow college basketball, Shelvin was a graduating senior of the Butler University Bulldogs who signed on with the Wizards.

I cannot wait until next year. After their first year, there will be better planning since there will now be expectations in place, and they can improve from the Fashion’s Night Out premiere “test run”. People will know what they want from it. Events such as these will surely help the retailers in not only the Fashion Mall, but any mall in Indy. That is what is most important.

And, also, people realizing they can love fashion without overspending their budget.

Fashions Night Out

Arizona Muse Patrick Demarchelier
The flawless “Let’s Dance” fashion story by Patrick Demarchelier has made it into this month’s Vogue India. The shoot – featuring girlcrush Arizona Muse – was previously published in the June edition of British Vogue. The high fashion pieces from the likes of Dior, Alexis Mabille Couture, Atelier Versace, Chanel, Giorgio Armani Prive, Valentino Haute Couture and Gaultier Couture come from the styling genius of Lucinda Chambers, with Val Garland on make-up and Sam McKnight on hair. The versatility here has a license to kill. View Post

Hermes
Another Friday, another designer ad re-imagined for Fashion Spot! This week, the ad alteration goes to Hermès (p: air-mezz). Simply put? When accessories are your bread and butter, make sure they stand out. Nothing beats the class of their high fashion French luxury.

Clement Chabernaud
Phew! Haven’t done a Behind The Camera for a while. I thought it was only fair, this time, to shine a little light on a dark corner of modelling: The Men’s Corner. While menswear seems to claw at the doors of high fashion, the models are enough reason to open said doors up. Case in point? 22-year-old French model Clement Chabernaud. All cheekbones, all man. His debut was at the Spring/Summer 2005 Dior Homme show in Paris, after which he gained ‘celebrity’ as the face of Jil Sander (who he has been walking for – opening and closing shows – ever since). This year, he also became the face of Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Go on, get lost in his eyes.