Celebrating local designers, Chanel and the worst of men’s fashion.
By Nichole Devolites
Anyone who has ever said D.C. has no style has not met Felix Alonso. Read more about the local designer who has dressed D.C. notables, especially ambassadors’ wives, for the last 40 years.
Another local talent-gone-global: Cristian Siriano. Rumor has it he is now adding bridal wear to his portfolio. Something he will most likely not be designing – this bridal “attire”. At least now everyone can see those shoes you spent so much time picking out.
Speaking of shoes, Parsons School of Design Alumni have been tapped to create a collection, inspired on Christian Louboutin’s shoes for his 20th anniversary celebration. I wonder if they will be able to use the color red…
But, forget the vending machine… imagine being a super VIP and getting a chance to be flown to Vegas in their private jet, to be one of the first 200 to see Chanel’s new exhibit at the Wynn, called “Numéros Privés”, which includes a replica of Coco Chanel’s apartment. See what guests were treated to here.
If you were at Sundance this past week, you may have seen the “Cliquot in the Snow” initiative by Veuve Cliquot. It’s a full week of champagne tastings, charitable events, and designer collaborations. See who they teamed up with to provide Sundance-goers with a “beauty survival kit”.
Forget Anna Della Russo, Mariah Carey or any other lady with impressive closets. Check out Mary Alice Stephenson’s palatial closets, prompting most of us to want bigger houses.
The new (ahem) “adornments” that can be worn in areas most people don’t see are still a hot topic. Get the down low on this for (in my case) further amusement.
Adornments that can be worn in public: the late Tony Duquette’s new line at Coach. His estate has designed a brilliant and artistic collection, based on those designs he created for duchesses in the 1940s and 1950s.
… and while some trends are standing out, others are trying to blend in… with brick walls. See which two designers are showing this new trend for men.
Still, there were some men’s runway shows where the art was all in the runway. See which designer had painters PAINT the runway while the show was GOING ON.
Also for men pre-fall, check out these collections:
- Louis Vuitton, Phillip Lim and Balmain
- Givenchy, John Galliano and Henrik Vibscov
- Lanvin, Paul Smith, Thom Brown
Need a recap on men’s trends for pre-fall?
We’re into one of my favorite fashion weeks in history of fashion week: Couture Week. Check out the latest from some of the greatest designers:
- Giambattista Valli
- Armani Privé
- Elie Saab
- Jean Paul Gaultier – see who inspired his collection here.
In Leeds, England, a Catholic school has gotten into some serious trouble with parents, over allowing makeup classes for 14 and 15 year old girls. I wish I had known about that in high school – then my ugly duckling phase might have been minimized.