Denim trends are forever changing with the times, so that each wash, fit, and finish tells you as much about its era as it does the person wearing it. “For spring, there’s a definite shift to looser fits in denim,” says Catherine Ryu, women’s creative director at Citizens of Humanity. Peggi Jewell, VP of design and merchandising for 7 For All Mankind, adds that “for the past couple of seasons, we’ve been in what we call a ‘skinny rebellion.’” And wider legs aren’t the only thing happening in the denim world.
Traditionally, florals and pastels are the go-to for Easter Sunday wear, but we’re all about taking the road less traveled and trying something new. So, whether you’re brunching with your best friends or hitting the road to visit family, here are three unexpectedly cool outfits to try this Sunday.
Photography by Hans Neumann Styling by Nicholas Grasa Hair by Adam Markarian Makeup by Yacine Diallo Manicure by Dawn Sterling Models: Athena Wilson at Marilyn Agency, Saara Sihvonen at Fusion Models, Nick Hadid at Click Models, Robert Spencer at Major Models Think “spring fashion,” and what leaps to mind? Easter-egg colors, feather-light fabrics, and florals (quelle groundbreaking). But there’s a new mood in the air for spring 2016 — one that mixes a little darkness and decadence in with all those dreamy pastels. We took this spring’s most inspiring looks out on the town — namely, to the Palm Beach-influenced Paul’s Cocktail Lounge at Roxy Hotel.
For 2016, designers seemed to adopt a different type of adornment — patches! Look no further for Gucci’s Dionysus Bag with glittery lips and purple lightening bolts, Marc Jacobs Lady bag with relics of all things Americana including the Coke wave and red, white, and blue popsicles. Brit “it bag” designer Anya Hindmarch took the idea one step further by slapping sticker-like emojis all over her satchels.
The fashion flock is in Paris for the spring 2016 haute couture shows, and the street style looks are good. From Olivia Palermo’s perfectly paired uncoordinated prints to Anna Dello Russo’s single raccoon tail Miu Miu statement earring to Kate Bosworth’s emblazoned vest, here’s the best on what’s on the Parisian pavement. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
From Chanel’s Native American headdresses to Valentino’s recent Africa-inspired collection, there’s at least one show per season that leaves the industry cringing. In Paris last month, Valentino’s creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli sent Masai-inspired beading, feathered skirts, and white models with cornrows down their runway. We don’t want to please the others—we want to do something that we believe in.” OK, but why appropriate Africa? “After [the Rome-themed Fall 2015 couture collection] we felt that we had to move,” clarified Piccioli.
There was a universal sense of awe at the Ziegfeld Theater tonight, where Marc Jacobs decided to stage his show after his contract with the New York State Armory (where he has held his shows for the past several years) had expired. Upon running up to the iconic building — yes, running, Jacobs likes to start on time, and the fear of missing his show put this reporter in a full blown panic — the red carpet had been rolled out and his name appeared in lights on the marquee. The show did not start at 6pm on the dot, so rehydrating with a fountain soda was essential. It was served in a cup that read, “Marc Jacobs: Live Onstage at the Ziegfeld Theater.” There were also matching T-shirts that were being given out as well as Playbill with Marc’s likeness. By the time Natalie Westling set foot in the building in the first look, the band was strumming the first chords of “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys.
Fashion Week is ostensibly about the clothes, but let’s be real—come next season you’ll be splurging on the shoes and the bags.
Steve Harvey with his wife Marjorie, wearing Giambattista Valli Couture, at the designer’s show on Monday afternoon in Paris. Photo: Getty Images He may host Family Feud, but Steve Harvey knows how to avoid any drama on the home front: buy couture. “Keeping my wife happy is the number one thing in my life,” he told us at Giambattista Valli’s show on Monday afternoon in Paris. “She’s the real star of the show here.
Photo: The mullet was the signature hairstyle of rockers like Billy Ray Cyrus and Joan Jett, and this Milan Fashion Week, it’s also creeping up on us as a trend to watch. In this case though, it’s all party! The style first appeared on the runway of Blumarine’s sister label, Blugirl, where Anna Molinari, Milan’s answer to Carolina Herrera (aka Italy’s national treasure) had girls with legs as long as Route 66 sashay down the runway in long ruffled skirts that were short in the front and long and flowing in the back. Then at Peter Dundas’s debut at Roberto Cavalli, model Maartje Verhoef came down in a T-shirt and a leather skirt and tied around her waist was a train of ruffled fabulousness that would make any of RuPaul’s girls green with envy! At today’s last show of the day, Dean and Dan of DSquared had the same idea with a pleated chiffon layer that was attached over sexy minidresses for maximum drama. Photo: Model Maartje Verhoef wears a leather skirt with silk, ruffled attachment at Roberto Cavalli.
Upon seeing Fausto Puglisi ’s first look step out onto the runway — a shell encrusted minidress with cutouts, you could practically hear Ariel and all of her fish friends singing “Under the Sea.” But Puglisi’s models were a lot tougher than everyone’s favorite Little Mermaid. Their strength was rooted in Roman culture (hence all of that fabulous draping, and the loin-cloth-esque look seen here) and included shit-kicking boots a la Nancy Sinatra. Follow us on Facebook , Instagram , and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
London Fashion Week just wrapped up yesterday and while some of NYFW trends continued on (one shoulder looks, chiffon and ruffles, ruffles, ruffles to name a few) there were plenty of new things to see from some of fashion’s edgiest and dare we say freewheeling designers? Here’s a recap of the biggest trends from LFW SS16. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterestfor nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
JJ Martin is a California-born, Milan-based writer and editor who regularly contributes to the likes of the WSJ Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Wallpaper, among many others publications. Earlier this year, the vintage aficionado and lover of all prints launched her website LaDoubleJ.com, as a colorful guide to the Italian fashion capital. It includes interviews with top designers such as Giorgio Armani and Peter Dundas, lessons on how to wear vintage, style tips from the city’s best dressed habitués, and of course plenty of opportunities to shop Martin’s incredible vintage archive. This Milan Fashion Week, she is even adding designer to her mantle, having created “8 print-tastic” dresses made of vintage patterns from Mantero Silks, which will also appear on Matches Fashion.
Designer Ashish Gupta, never one to color inside the gender lines, also sent out the gents above, holding hands as they strutted down the runway in glitter-bombed separates and high heels.
Emma Hill got two for her fashion show during London Fashion Week — and they galloped straight through the crystal-decked ballroom of Claridge’s Hotel. Anna Wintour took a picture on her cell phone. It was, in the words of breathless fashion fans, “a moment.” Shetland ponies storm the runway at the Hill & Friends presentation. Photo: Courtesy of Hill & Friends But while the spectacle was a definite shock, the new collection—called Hill & Friends —was not.
More pretentious designers might want their clothes, not the runway spectacle, to be the point of their shows — but Burberry’s Christopher Bailey harbors no such illusions. A Burberry model struts in front of the orchestra pit where Alison Moyet performed. Held at London’s Kensington Gardens in front of the golden, Victorian-gothic statue of Prince Albert, Burberry constructed a giant white hall with a sunken orchestra pit in the center of the runway. There, British singer Alison Moyet performed an arresting set backed by grand piano and strings — a welcome change from the thumping DJ sets and acid-house music that’s soundtracked many London shows.
If you, like most of us, have viewed New York Fashion Week mostly through Instagram, you're missing out. As much as we love phone snaps for up-to-the-minute news, there's so much beauty at Fashion Week that you only see in close-up, or in those quiet moments backstage before the runway madness begins. Luckily, photographer Shawn Brackbill has been at the most-coveted shows of the season, capturing the most stunning pics you won't see anywhere else.
Max Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow — the cute boys behind Public School — made their debut as the head designers at DKNY today. It’s an appointment that seems to make perfect sense: Both guys grew up in New York and have always looked to the street for inspiration. Donna Karan may not be in charge anymore, but she is a legend, full stop. On the other, expectations were high. Inspiration: New York City baby! Karan created DKNY 26 years ago as an homage to the city that she loves.
In menswear, it seems, the hottest trend is womenswear. While designers like Public School have been flirting with androgyny for years — dropping pants crotches into quasi-skirts and T-shirt hems into demi-tunics, all with an insouciant tongue extended at the Mad Men look — some of the newest acclaimed designers have gone full-out ambisexual. One of them is 29-year-old Rio Joe Uribe, the creative force behind Gypsy Sport, which made a splash during the last New York Fashion Week Men’s in July, and again on Tuesday night during the women’s collections. He’s been nominated for the prestigious CFDA /Vogue Fashion Fund Award for menswear, alongside Thaddeus O’Neil (one of his brethren in gender-blurred designs), and David Hart.
Photo: @caitlynjenner/Instagram With Caitlyn Jenner’s status as a style star—and LGBTQ rights activist—fast on the rise, it seemed inevitable that the former Olympian-turned-reality TV regular would be situated front row at the biggest shows of New York Fashion Week. Her daughter Kendall is now a bona fide fixture on the runway, and her stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian, son-in-law Kanye West, and youngest daughter, Kylie, have all made appearances at shows this season. The fashion world was waiting with bated selfie sticks—but five days in, there was still no Jenner. But maybe—JUST maybe—all was not lost! Rumor had it that Jenner would be making an appearance at Zac Posen’s spring 2016 show, taking place at Grand Central Station Monday evening. I felt a bolt of excitement and anticipation run through me as I walked past the mobs of celeb-watchers, American Express card carriers, and protesters (why?) outside Grand Central and into the cavernous Vanderbilt Hall.
Julia Roberts and Riccardo Tisci after the Givenchy show. Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy You know it’s a big deal when Julia Roberts shows up. America’s sweetheart hasn’t been to a fashion show in over 15 years and yet, her smile beamed over the crowd at Givenchy’sNew York Fashion Week extravaganza on Friday night. Celebrities were, of course, expected to attend the brand’s first New York show, a collaboration between creative director Riccardo Tisci and artist Marina Abramovic, but while Nicki Minaj, Kim and Kanye, and Ciara were in order, Julia was a major surprise.
Marc Jacobs hosted a Studio 54 themed book party for Gloss, which celebrated ‘70s photographer Chris von Wangenheim. True to his word, Jacobs jetted from the bash just before 10pm, though many of his past runway stars—Cat McNeill, Coco Rocha, and Andreja Pejik among them. Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Refinery29 celebrated their 10-year anniversary with an "interactive funhouse celebrtating style and culture." On hand to join in the revelry was Alexa Chung, Solange Knowles, Rose McGowan, Baddie Winkle (who was wearing a marijuana print dress!), and Drew Barrymore. The latter admitted to Yahoo Style that she loves the current #girlsquad trend.
Photo: Kaia Gerber may be getting a ton of attention this week for being Cindy Crawford’s mini-me (seriously, have you seen her?), but there’s another act in town that’s following in his famous family’s footsteps: Greg Lauren. The designer, nephew of Ralph, showed his Spring 2016 collection on Wednesday, and like his uncle’s shows, it was a star-studded affair: Amar’e Stoudemaire, Lauren and David Lauren (natch), Tyson Beckford and, the highlight for everyone, Greg’s actress-wife, Elizabeth Berkley, who had their baby on her arm. “Greg Lauren breaking some kinda NYFW record right now with a 63 look show.” One editor tweeted pre-show. A look from Greg Lauren Spring-Summer 2016. Photo: If you’re expecting a RL redux, or even some Rugby inspired duds, you wouldn’t be far off.
The men’s Spring 2016 runway shows are continuing their run in Paris, and today Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci gave his audience an eyeful. In a front row where Courtney Love and Kris Jenner were seat mates, Tisci captivated the crowd with both his seasonal menswear and unexpected couture collection featuring 11 sensational looks. Together they made for a curious mix of Americana-meets-streetwear couture-meets-come-hither seductress with a healthy heaping of Jesus.