london fashion week aw12

Nicole Farhi

To be backstage at Nicole Farhi is a beautiful thing. Getting a sneak peek and uber-close look at her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection was an absolute dream. With mustard, grey, and gold on the mind, Madame Farhi managed to balance the sensibly pristine with a dash of sequins. Minimal magic and new-age embellishments on classic pieced? Be still, my heart.

Bora Aksu

Though the models rocked pale foundation and blue lips, Bora Aksu’s collection was anything but frosty. The Turkish-born designer has a knack for taking fashion out of its comfort zone and displaying ornate detail on soft and feminine materials. This season gave a lot of white, pink, grey, and a whole lot of lace. A sensual juxtaposition of light and dark. If you love the idea of “Erdem meets Mary Katrantzou”, Aksu is your guy.

Felder Felder

I was really surprised by Felder Felder this season. Known for their definitively dark presentations, the flaxen-haired duo gave us “Blonde” – a collection that appealed to a versatile, more contemporary buyer. The colours ranged from golds, to oranges, to impressively dark prints; dare I say there was a real Rodarte feel to the collection. This was a collection that any woman could create a capsule wardrobe from, and I am never one to complain about that. View Post

Valerija Sestic

Valerija Sestic

  • Though the CFDA strongly advised (aka implemented a rule) against the casting of any model under the age of 16 during New York Fashion Week, at least one managed to fly under the radar. It has recently been revealed that 15-year-old Valerija Sestic duped over a dozen designers (including Prabal Gurung, Rodarte and Oscar de la Renta) into believing she was of age.

    Her management, Women Management, had president Dejan Markovic respond: “It is true. She is 15. This is never going to happen again from our company. I take full responsibility.”

  • Model Lara Stone told GQ‘s Will Welch: “It hurts when you’re having a tough day and someone says, ‘She’s so fucking ugly I wouldn’t let my dog near her [….] Yes, they have. And 500 people ‘liked’ it!”

  • As we draw nearer to the launch of Kanye West‘s designer clothing line, rumours have emerged that the rapper has recruited many Central Saint Martins students to work on his collection for Paris Fashion Week. Less than a week left, you guys!

  • Rooney Mara, the actress who will inevitably get mega famous after playing Lisbeth Salander in the US’ December 21st release of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is set to cover Vogue‘s November issue. Sources have confirmed so after Rooney and Anna Wintour sat together at Rodarte’s Spring/Summer 2012 show.

  • Remember Tyra Banks‘ debut novel, Modelland? It is already rumoured to be bound for Hollywood. Though the book was officially released just this month, the Associated Press claims that Tyra has already been approached by “a successful film producer”.

    “I would love to open up the ‘Modelland’ casting to the world. I’m looking for an Everygirl to possibly play one of the characters in the story.”
    Tyra Banks

    Dibs on Tookie.

  • 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.

    Kate Moss Wedding Vogue
    That, my friends, is the epic cover for US Vogue‘s September Issue 2011. You couldn’t really want more than a customized Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2011 gown on Kate Moss, could you?

    Inside the issue to beat all issues, Kate has a gorgeous spread of wedding photos that feature friends, family, and new husband Jamie Hince in Rodarte.

    In the accompanying interview with Hamish Bowles:

    After two years together, they took a romantic sabbatical to Thailand: “We were just so loved up, and he asked me to marry him every day.”

    The day Kate finally said yes (while watching My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding): “I am so romantic about Gypsies. They’re not allowed to do anything until they get married. So they all get married really young, at sixteen. You can’t believe the dresses. They’re like blinging butterflies times ten; they can’t move down the aisle! It’s so genius. I was just watching Jamie, so cute, and I was like, these girls, they just spend their whole life waiting for that day—let’s do it!”

    Her dream wedding: “I wanted it to be kind of dreamy and 1920s, when everything is soft-focus. The Great Gatsby. The code name was GG for a while. That light and that kind of fun decadence. It’s rock-’n’-roll Great Gatsby!”

    The controversy-ridden John Galliano on designing Mrs Hince’s wedding dress: “She dared me to be John Galliano again. I couldn’t pick up a pencil. It’s been my creative rehab.”

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    Rodarte Fall Winter 2011
    This season, the Mulleavy sisters did women who don’t want a boyfriend a huge favour by creating a Little House on the Prairie wardrobe. While Rodarte had a loaded patchwork dominance last season, they switched the ignition for Fall/Winter 2011. Fawn-hued éclat dominated the runway before two MAC Russian Red-coloured dresses shut it down. See the top five looks below! View Post