Spotted all over Paris (and on blogs galore): Mary-Kate Olsen in a gold-studded jacket that unquestionably weighed more than she did. Who ever was responsible for this most glorious piece of armor?, we wondered. And where the hell can we get it? After some digging and a few furious phone calls by the folks at Jeffrey, we hit pay dirt: It's Givenchy! Hallelujah! Ricardo Tisci, you are a genius! Get us to Barneys!
Backstage at Anna Sui, Jada Yuan caught the bustle before the show. During styling, model Coco Rocha consider Sui's looks: "It's a mixture of rock and cute. And that's what I love: to be cute some days and [then] be a little punk." This season, the designer was inspired by the redecoration of her own home. But how her models wear her clothes is important, too, Sui says. "I want them to convey the same happiness and sense of humor that I'm trying to put into clothing."
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It won’t be hard to slip into next season’s dresses with so many exposed zippers. Though his overall show got tepid reviews, Derek Lam was dead-on in incorporating visible zippers into most looks. Carlos Miele’s dark, ruched dresses came with a sexy zipper up the front. And Behnaz Sarafpour highlighted her external zippers all the more with bright yellow trim on an otherwise subdued gray dress. So come fall, remember to zip up.
Proenza Schouler and Michael Kors were the critics' kings yesterday. Today, reviews are pouring in for Vera Wang, Y-3, Calvin Klein, and Anna Sui. Did Vera's Bolsheviks win the revolution? Or did Yohji's sporty Y-3 score points?
Marc Jacobs may have wowed the crowds with his beautiful fedoras, but a more wearable option for fall is the bucket hat. Max Azria paired his hats with dresses, belted tunics, and skirts, all worn over tights. Abaete's were more mod than flapper, topping a sunglass-sporting model in a turtleneck dress. Proenza Schouler used them in every look, from fur-trimmed coats to belted sweaterdresses. If you can't afford the clothes, represent with a hat.
If top editors make trends, then it’s time to get pregnant. At fall shows, the only thing Anna Wintour is holding tighter than fur coats is her shiny-haired daughter, Bee Shaffer. The Europeans are also in step, as French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld has been spotted all over town with her party-hopping daughter, Julia. And it’s not just daughters who are being shown off; Cathy Horyn of the New York Times has been toting her son, Jacob, around. This trend is sure to stick: Youth never goes out of style.
Earlier this week, André Leon Talley rhapsodized to us about Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta. We caught up with him at Vera Wang to get his updated assessment of the week — just click the links to see the looks. And he's still wearing "The New American Dream" Baby Phat coat the Fug Girls loved so much.
What else have you liked this week?
Marchesa, J.Mendel, and Michael Kors all hit a new radar—they crashed into a radar of American elegance.
No longer just for men at work, the jumpsuit is back; and hugging feminine curves in all the right places. Diesel showed three different variations, but this gray, short-sleeved, futuristic version best sculpted an hourglass shape. Luca Luca’s skin-tight, snow-white suit is guaranteed to get lots of attention. And the baggiest, most utilitarian take belongs to Anna Sui, who added a quirky twist with gold chains and cargo pockets. Jumpsuits: They'll jolt you ahead of the pack for fall.
Rising-star designer Thakoon Panichgul’s well-reviewed Fashion Week show — attended by Anna Wintour, a fan — was all the more impressive considering he spent the stretch run before his collection debuted dealing with a surprise crackdown by the Man. The 32-year-old designer recently found out the Tribeca studio space he’d been renting was actually an illegal sublet, and with days remaining before his Monday show, the building’s new owners informed him they would no longer let him work weekends.
Zac Posen is so far ahead of his time he held his after-party in a yet-to-be-opened restaurant’s downstairs bar. The D'Or at Amalia, attached to Vikram Chatwal's Dream Hotel in Hell's Kitchen, will someday become a destination, but last night it was hardly party-ready.
Fashion editor Debby de Montfort came to Fashion Week well layered. Her tastes range from designer to vintage to H&M — "crap and couture," she says. Though she loved Ports 1961, Debby thinks most recent collections have skewed young: "Unless you're 12 years old and have high blood pressure, I don't know where you're going to wear these clothes."
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Fashion took a playful turn on volume this season with the hoop skirt. Channeling Scarlett O'Hara, Thakoon showed a pleated, gray version, belted at the waist. Rodarte offered up a few hoops, including this bright gold dress worn with a gray cardigan. Calvin Klein, always the minimalist, took a more subtle approach and had his skirts simply puff out at bottom. Finally, a fun, new silhouette worth giving a damn about.
Wednesday's installment of the Fab Life is an epic. Riding the Fashion Week whirlwind, Fabiola hits five shows, arranges to host the Radar relaunch, chats up Zinedine Zidane, and has an unfortunate encounter with a can of Coke Zero.9 a.m. Woke up to Vera Wang and Calvin Klein garment bags for the shows tomorrow. But I had to try on the looks later, as I had Michael Kors at 10 a.m. and an interview with the Palm Beach Post (for CIRCA) to do before that!
Ruffian, Miss Sixty, Vera Wang.Photo: imaxtree.com
Hair stylists have really laid it on thick this season, cutting bangs into heavy blocks. The soft, side-sweeping style has been edged out at Miss Sixty with Irina Lazareanu's straight, eye-length fringe. The look at Vera Wang was slightly more severe as bangs were chopped bluntly. Ruffian's bulky bangs were slightly shorter, though no less heavy, and bleached platinum circa 1987 Madonna. When you're transitioning from a light spring look, this is just the do to keep you chic and warm for fall.
Name: Stacey Bendet Age: 29 Job: Fashion designer, Alice + Olivia. Her Fall 2007 collection debuts tonight at 8 p.m. at The Atelier, 635 W. 42nd St., nr. Eleventh Ave. Neighborhood: Bryant Park
Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Fictional: Eloise: lived at the Plaza, wore great patent-leather mary janes, and was always in search of an adventure; timeless. Real: My partner, Andrew; he’s the best backseat driver I know.
As the Fug Girls pointed out, Project Runway winner Jeffrey Sebelia was the first on his feet at the end of Vera Wang's fashion show. Jada Yuan caught him as he headed out the door.
Are you in town seeing other shows?
This is it.
Why just Vera?
Because I love what she does. It was a beautiful show. It was just deliciously soft. It was so sort of edgy and dark. I like her direction.
What have you been up to since the end of Project Runway?
Selling my Cosa Nostra men’s and women’s lines and doing really well.
From left, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Lyn Devon.Photos: imaxtree.com, imaxtree.com, Getty Images
1.Vera Wang, where to begin? We can't pick one thing, or two things, or three or four. We loved it all, from the adorned flat boots to the cashmere kerchiefs and absolutely everything in between. A breathtaking show inspired by early 20th-century Russia. Take a look for yourself. Loved not only the pieces, but the styling, too. It was the only standing ovation, thus far, of the week, and it was totally deserved.
2. The ever-flamboyant Zac Posen's more restrained opening passage.
3. Lyn Devon, a newcomer, showed lovely kimono jackets with dramatically draped backs.
So far, buyers from Bergdorf Goodman, Bird, Henri Bendel, and Intermix have told us which runway looks they plan to snatch up for fall. Roopal Patel, women’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman, tells us her latest picks. Roopal will be stocking Marc Jacobs's strapless dress, Thakoon's rose-print pieces, and Oscar de la Renta's cozy knits.
Meet Piper Perabo, star of Coyote Ugly, and, more recently, Because I Said So. Since she's not shooting right now, Piper has time to hit the tents. Amy Larocca found her at the Behnaz Sarafpour show marveling over meeting Barbara Walters. "I bowed down to how awesome she is," Piper said, "and then I left."
Video Look Book: Piper Perabo