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Fashion Week

8 years
ago

Paris Fashion Week Roundup I: Dior, Chapurin, Chloe, Vuitton, and Givenchy

Paris Fashion Week ended last Thursday, which means that Chicago retailers from boutiques like Ikram, Blake, and Chalk are on buying appointments placing orders; our Fashion Director Stacey Jones is planning her upcoming shoots; and I’m here with a roundup of the show highlights. Overall, the recession was palpable in what was a safer and very chic season. There are still terrifying shoes on…

8 years
ago

Exuberance and Restraint: Louis Vuitton, Chloe, and Martin Grant

Well, sports fans, we have made it to the end of something exhilarating, maddening, frivolous, and momentous: another fashion month has ended! I plan on taking a restorative weekend in which I will stay far away from high heels, but I’ll be back here next week with input from…

8 years
ago

Beau Chanel

It seems black is the reliable bet during this economic crunch. Why should designers pretend it’s not what women go for most of the time? But this is still Paris Fashion Week—we want a little drama, right? Well, the Chanel show yesterday provided a good mixture: a little theatricality with a lot of practicality…

8 years
ago

Fashion Week Diary: Shelby Coleman

Skokie-based model Shelby Coleman (whom you may remember from our Q & A in October 2008) gives us a brief behind-the-scenes look at a day in her life:

March 4, 2009
First day of Fashion Week! Today I have a full schedule, which consists of five castings and two shows! I wake up at…

8 years
ago

Paris: Pushing off the Pool Wall

Paris Fashion Week, the final and most important lap in “fashion month,” kicked off Wednesday, but most would argue that it really got started with Thursday morning’s Balenciaga show. And oh, things are just rushing forward. The draped silk looks, harem pants and bubbly skirts paired with pert shoulders, called to mind…

8 years
ago

Points for Showmanship

HAYDEN-HARNETT

Thursday night, I found myself in a room in the Hotel Chelsea with a bunch of models who were lounging around and indulging. Wait, it’s not what you think. The models were indulging in junk food—or at least pretending to—and showing off the latest collection by Hayden-Harnett. Probably not the same type of shenanigans that Bob Dylan and other rock stars practiced at this famed hotel…

8 years
ago

Come On, Get Happy

Head-to-toe bright color is a curious trend right now. It intrigues the introvert in me. I couldn’t wear it, but I might want to be friends with the person who did.

Young, party-loving Chris Benz referenced the late ’70s in his warehouse presentation this season—specifically the clubgoers of New York during this era. It made me think of ’70s Sonia Rykiel, with her superhero matching ensembles of red, blue, and yellow. Rykiel said she…

9 years
ago

Sex Sells: Altuzarra, Derek Lam, Doo.Ri

ALTUZARRA
There’s a new designer coming to Chicago, and his sexy ruched dresses have people heated up. Givenchy and Proenza Schouler alumnus Joseph Altuzarra has the kind of stuff to draw power buyers from Barneys, as well as Chicago boutique owner Ikram. First time out of the ring and he has an order from such an influential force in the retail world. Promising. His incredibly…

9 years
ago

On the Marc: Strange Beauty at Marc Jacobs

Swirling paisley eyeshadow, highlighter-bright coats, Thierry Mugler sleeves—it was the 1980s en totale at Marc Jacobs last night.

What I admire about Marc Jacobs:
1. He’s one of the few designers who can thrive in a corporate environment and send out a totally creative show within those confines.
2. He’s a total extremist whose shows…

9 years
ago

Vena Cava, Diane von Furstenberg, Erin Fetherston

VENA CAVA

While countless New York women were just beginning to glam up for their Valentine’s Day dinner dates, a block of fashion operatives lined up in the West 20s, hoping to get a little love as well. What awaited us at the Vena Cava presentation was not kisses from a loved one but skinny models (somehow they always make me want to eat more chocolate), and many, many gay men…

9 years
ago

Striding Forward

As the fashion citizens of the world unite this week at the tents of Bryant Park for the New York collections, there’s much curiosity this season about how budget cuts will affect designers’ creations. Fashion insiders say there will be a resetting of the dial—that the weaker talents will be sifted away. As for consumer consciousness, habits are not likely to change so quickly. People will still covet that Miu Miu shoe that will change their lives, making it perfect if even for a few moments…

9 years
ago

On a New York Buying Appointment with Heiji Choy Black

The days following a fashion show are a relief for the designer and his or her runway production team, but the busiest time for retailers and sales reps. After all, the clothes would never make it past editorial spreads if someone didn’t work hard to bring them to local fashion emporiums. Curious to see fashion week from a different angle, the retailer’s point of view, I tagged along with Heiji Choy Black of Hejfina on a buying appointment for…

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