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Bottega Veneta Starts Late; Drew Doesn't Look Like Drew
• Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier was forced to start his show an hour late in Milan today after Ferragamo's late start backed up the day's schedule. On the upside, Maier's coats were marvels of geometric chic. [WSJ]
Manolo Blahnik Disgusted by Hollywood Actresses in His Shoes
As you no doubt learned before your 12th-birthday, Manolo Blahnik is not just a shoe, but an actual human being. Today we are amusingly reminded that Mr. Blahnik is a real person, one who chooses words like "dreadful" when describing four top Hollywood actresses on the latest cover of a "smart society magazine." Well, censor he doth not.
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Cathy Horyn Shut Out of Armani's Milan Show!
Brace yourselves: Cathy Horyn was uninvited to the Giorgio Armani show in Milan. We repeat: Cathy Horyn was UNINVITED to Armani.
Dolce & Gabbana Disappoints Menkes in Milan; Natalia Vodianova Isn't Retiring
• New York saw hemlines rise, but Milan is watching hemlines fall. On the second day of Fashion Week, the long skirts at Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana didn't impress Suzy Menkes. [IHT]
Hot Off the London Runways: Westwood Returns With Legwear; Allegra Gets Our Attention With Footwear
Today's new runway slideshows fresh from the U.K. include Vivienne Westwood's return to London after nearly a decade away, pretty printed scarves, and some boots that have captured our hearts. • Vivienne Westwood's Red Label announces her return to punk with some of the coolest star-spangled tights we've ever seen.
London Has Big Ol' Eyes for Masha Tyelna
London not only continues to welcome an eye for the offbeat, but also to embrace all different beauty ideals on the catwalk. Koreans! Jamaicans! Belgians! Ethiopians! Even oh-so-exotic Ohio was on the map (what up, Edythe Hughes).
Vivienne Westwood Fails to Raise a Single Eyebrow
The buzz at last night’s Vivienne Westwood show was that there wasn’t any. The show marked the dame’s first runway appearance in her hometown of London after an absence of nine years, and it was tipped as the show of the London season.
Anne Slowey Saga Continues; London Fashion Week Is Pretty White
• Ass-electrocutionist Anne Slowey responds! The Elle editor commented on yesterday's post about her quest to flatten her posterior and boldly admits to merely imagining a phone call to her psychic. Or perhaps we misread? Whatever, the woman still electrocuted her tush. [Cut]
More From London's Runways: Adventures in Headwear!
And now, for your slideshow-viewing pleasure, the latest from London: • Luella Bartley's got Halloween locked down with witch hats, pumpkin tights, and black dresses.
Vivienne Westwood Gets Political; Marc's Latest Escort Allegation
• In her first London show in ten years, Vivienne Westwood's highly anticipated return to the runway wasn't short on politics. One model walked with a placard protesting for the rights of Guantánamo Bay prisoners and Westwood took her bow in a blouse covered in protest badges. [Telegraph]
Basso & Brooke, Gareth Pugh Keep London's Freak Flag Flying
Lacking the big names of New York, Milan, and Paris, London Fashion Week is always about creativity. Once designers make a name there, they can move on to New York, as Preen and Jonathan Saunders have recently done. But aside from spotting future stars, the fun of the week really lies in the fact that "creativity" is often just another word for "freak show."
MisShapes Take Disaffected Tour to London!
On Thursday, Fashion Week headed east to Hoxton, London's Billyburg equivalent, where London’s asymmetrically coiffed and skinny-jean-plastered demographic runs free. So we were hardly nonplussed to find their heroes, the MisShapes crew, making themselves at home at Henry Holland’s first solo show — which was held in a venue called, of all things, the Village Underground.
Runways Cope With Agyness Deyn's Eye Infection
When we saw pictures of Agyness Deyn wearing neon shades whilst partying in London two nights ago, we instinctively assumed it was typical offbeat Deyn style (and, yes, we were also humming the classic Corey Hart hit — so Deyn can, so Deyn can), until we learned, moments later, that she's suffering from an eye infection! Kind of punk, no?
The London Runways Come Alive
Finally, the clothes on the London runways are getting a little crazy, a look which defines London Fashion Week and is part of what makes it so great. Some observations: • The geometric shapes and bright colors, especially one bright-blue coat at Aquascutum, happily remind us of Willy Wonka's factory. • Betty Jackson also used bright colors but cleverly concealed buttons.
Marc Jacobs: Now Appearing in Comments Sections!
In the wake of last week's madness, Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn had a moment to catch her breath just long enough to nurse her flu and reflect on the direction of New York fashion. On her blog, she mentioned that illness had kept her from the Temple of Marc — an admission, it seems, that was enough to garner a response from the man himself.
Fashion Week Exhausting Even to ‘Teen Vogue’ Editor
Toward the end of Fashion Week, Amy Larocca crossed paths with Mary Kate Steinmiller, an editor at Teen Vogue. A Fashion Week veteran, Steinmiller claims that “you don’t even realize you’re going from show to show because there’s so much adrenaline.” However, she did concede that wearing heels for days at a time was rough: “Tomorrow, it might be a flat day.” See whom Steinmiller spotted at Miss Sixty by watching the Video Look Book.
Miracles in London: Naomi Walks; Fashionistas Eat Mash, Drink Beer
• Naomi Campbell took a surprise stroll down the catwalk at London Fashion Week yesterday for Kisa. [Telegraph] • As London Fashion Week nears its halfway point, trends emerge including Amy Winehouse eye makeup, cropped leather jackets, thick eye-skimming fringe, and thick-framed square glasses. The LFW quarters also boast a pub that serves, of all things, pie and mash and beer. [Times] • We saw a lot of short skirts at New York Fashion Week, but Christopher Kane and Marios Schwab showed long hemlines in London yesterday. Bonus: Kane's highly anticipated show gets another rave review. [Guardian]
What the Critics Said About New York Fashion Week, and What They Really Meant
You know what it's like when you're at dinner with a bunch of people who work together and they start talking about that "report" or that "weird new girl" and you have no idea what they're talking about? In fact, they may as well be speaking another language? Well, fashion critics are the same way. Their reviews come out in a special breed of flowery, pretentious prose that — though fun to read because only they could come up with it — makes very little sense to fashion outsiders. So we've selected some of our favorite New York Fashion Week excerpts from our favorite critics and translated them into language we hope you understand.