Swarovski Collective Spring Summer 2012

  • Swarovski has just announced that they will be sponsoring British fashion labels J.W. Anderson, Marios Schwab, Giles Deacon, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, and Craig Lawrence‘s Spring/Summer 2012 collections, meaning they will have plenty of Swarovskied garments to present to us. Bibhu Mohapatra, Jason Wu, Juan Carlos Obando, Rebecca Minkoff, Richard Chai, Rodarte, Mugler and Viktor & Rolf also received sponsorship.
  • Dior just released the latest commercial for their successful fragrance “J’Adore“. In it, long-time frontwoman of the brand, Charlize Theron, sneaks incognito into the Versailles Hall of Mirrors for a fashion show that features iconic beauties Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, and Marilyn Monroe (CGIed, obviously). The ad was directed by “Seven Years in Tibet” director Jean-Jacques Annaud, and it is heavenly.
  • In a speech given at London’s Royal Opera House for the Deloitte Ignite Conference, Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz explained:

    I don’t understand this marathon of fashion. Today, designers are expected to produce work that is bigger, better, faster and – these days – cheaper. A singer can quit once he or she has made ten great songs, a director can finish once he or she has made five amazing films, a writer just needs to write three great books. Now let’s look at designers – they produce six to eight shows a year, most designers have a 20-year-long career, so I need to create about 250 collections in that time. Not even Danielle Steel could write 250 books.

     

  • 15-year-old Tavi Gevinson (essentially the most famous fashion blogger in the world) has launched her much-anticipated new website, Rookie. What was initially a joint venture with Jane Pratt and Say Media is now under Tavi’s sole ownership.
  • Guess what, beautiful Americans? Starting tomorrow, Zara‘s U.S. e-commerce site is launching with free delivery and exchanges to all 50 states, and all deliveries will come wrapped in eco-friendly packaging. ALSO, if you ‘like’ Zara on Facebook then click through to the ‘Shop Online’ section, you’ll be invited to a special online shop at 6 p.m. tonight.
  • Emma Watson‘s commercial for Lancôme Trésor Midnight Rose has finally been revealed! While I expected more from such a hefty budget and impressive actress, you can’t deny ‘little’ Hermione Granger’s beauty.

London Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2011 was un-be-lie-va-ble. I made some amazing friends, drank too many lattes, and got to secretly celebrate the fashion of my favourite city in the world. Click the photos above for my Blackberry roundup. Click the XX links below for the reviews of my favourite shows.

Friday

Orla Kiely XX
Caroline Charles XX
Hannah Marshall XX
PPQ XX

Saturday

Twenty8Twelve XX
Topshop Unique XX
BodyAmr XX

Sunday

Mulberry XX
Mary Katrantzou XX
Charlie Le Mindu XX
Basso and Brooke XX
Vivienne Westwood Red Label XX
Matthew Williamson XX

Monday

Roksanda Ilincic XX
Meadham Kirchhoff XX
Erdem XX
Giles XX
Holly Fulton XX
Nicole Farhi XX

Tuesday

Fashion East XX
Burberry Prorsum XX
Marios Schwab XX

Fashion East LFW Runway
Felicity Brown, Heikki Salonen and Simone Rocha were the designers for this year’s Fashion East at London Fashion Week. For the unaware, Fashion East celebrated it’s 10th year of promoting up-and-coming designers to help them launch their labels (and with Marios Schwab, Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll and Holly Fulton all ex-Fashion East designers, you know it’s no joke). Look to Felicity for hand-dyed silk dresses that resemble petals. Look to Heikki for androgyny and Birkenstocks. Look to Simone for a white-out with cut-outs. Look to them all for the next big thing. View Post

Marios Schwab LFW Runway
Marios Schwab is the King of hard and soft juxtaposition. This London Fashion Week, things were no different. The models stomped along to Bruce Springsteen‘s “I’m On Fire” and Nirvana‘s “Come As You Are” while giving us the first look at a young and sexy collection of lingerie-inspired dresses and tattoo-patterned jerseys. This is the collection for rebels with fashion as their cause.

“I would say this collection is less about body concious shapes and more about fluidity and the drape of cloth on the body to accentuate key areas of interest on the body. Combining the feminine slip dresses with leather pieces which have a tougher, harder edge. The women I had in mind when creating this collection are a generation of women who have multi-faceted personalities shaped by contemporary culture and the different roles she must fulfill in her life. They’re loaded with contradictory ideas and spirits.” – Marios Schwab

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Halston Presentation NYFW
Halston was repping the bare summer skin and all the ways you can show it. Although Halston’s designer, Marios Schwab, departed from disco-fever wear last season, the iconic seventies brand’s signature sentiment was back for Spring 2011 this past Monday at New York Fashion Week.

Split into all black, white, camel, coral, nude, and sequined sets, the overarching theme of the collection was body-conscious clothing that showed flashes of bare skin, thanks to peek-a-boo cutouts and one-shoulder silhouettes. There were unexpected space-age prints, while a series of fluid jersey dresses in solid colors came alive with involved drapes and folds that made them our runaway favorites. The pro piece was a strapless ivory-pink cocktail dress with dramatic drapes and folds. View Post