Written By , on October 1, 2010

Paris Fashion Week may just be getting underway but Roberto Cavalli has already thrown the biggest fete. After all, when Kylie Minogue sings happy birthday to your empire and Heidi Klum helps cut the cake, you know this party will be hard to top. Dancers from the Crazy Horse cabaret performed for guests including Janet Jackson and billionaire boyfriend Wissam Al Mana, Tyra Banks, Bianca Jagger, Leona Lewis, Aishwarya Rai and Rachel Bilson. It also seems like every model ever showed up to celebrate the designer, as you can see below.

Eva Herzigova, Sasha Pivovarova, Natalia Vodianova, Anja Rubik, Karlie Kloss and Lily Donaldson at the Fine Arts School in Paris, where Roberto Cavalli celebrated his brand’s 40th anniversary.


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Written By , on September 23, 2010

Spanish retailer Desigual is bringing their popular “undie parties” to the US. The store’s famous promotion awards the first 100 customers waiting in line outside in their underwear a free outfit – one top and one bottom. Everyone else in line gets a coupon for 50% off. The first of the Manhattan events was held this morning, but you get another chance on Tuesday at the 358 Fifth Avenue store. The line starts at 7 a.m. Wear some nice skivvies!

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Written By , on September 23, 2010

If the fur trend hasn’t caught your eye yet, the dayglo interpretation at the Prada Spring 2011 show in Milan is sure to get your attention. Eye catching, indeed! The fur scarves in bright orange, green, blue and pink certainly looked lush and plush, which we’d expect from the fashion house. But they also looked a bit cartoonish – almost like a child’s stuffed toy. It added a playful touch to a collection that was full of bold, artistic, baroque-inspired designs.

“I started from the simplicity of the men’s collection — but I wanted it to be like a musical as a symbol of boldness,” Miuccia Prada told The New York Times’ Suzy Menkes.

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Written By , on September 13, 2010

Marc Jacobs was not going to be outdone by Lincoln Center. The designer really upped the presentation at the New York State Armory with a huge museum-worthy installation the models emerged from and traipsed around, and music from Vivaldi’s “Summer.” The whole thing actually seemed very Chanel. Except the clothes, of course.

Saturated, earthy, kind of fall-y come to think of it – the colors were definitely bold. Silhouettes were very, very 70’s and generally not to my liking. I enjoyed the Marc by Marc Jacobs Collection much more. There were a few standout pieces I found interesting – like a voluminous, ruffled pink jacket that seemed purposefully out-of-scale with the girl wearing it. But those pieces were generally those that were less consistent with the rest of the collection.

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Written By , on September 12, 2010

So many designers are livestreaming their shows on the Web this season, there’s MilkMade.com, FirstComesFashion.com and many designers broadcasting independently on Facebook. Tommy Hilfiger was one of those on FB, and footage from the show is still posted here. Many of the livestreams, like Tommy’s, feature backstage footage and let me tell you they capture it perfectly. Combined with cameras panning the crowd, it really builds excitement for those watching at home.

The Tommy Hilfiger show was just what you’d want from his 25th Anniversary Collection – classic American sportswear in red, white and blue on beautiful, beautiful people (Karlie closed). There was nothing unexpected here, but it was fun, pretty, pop-prep fashion that could find a place in most wardrobes

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Written By , on September 11, 2010

One of the closing looks at the fashion show spanning 35 mall retailers.

If you live in the Philadelphia region, the King of Prussia Mall is always an exciting excursion. People come from hours away for the designer shops, high-end department stores and boutiques that you really can’t find anywhere else in the NJ, DE and PA tri-state area. The City of Philadelphia has fabulous shopping, but if you don’t live there, KoP (as the natives call it) is infinitely more convenient. I just learned it’s even the East Coast’s largest shopping complex.

So it’s unsurprising that Philadelphia’s Fashion’s Night Out festivities were held at this luxury shopping mecca. The list of events was pretty impressive: lots of contests to win handbags at Michael Kors, gift cards at Arden B., fancy headphones at Diesel; makeovers at Bloomingdale’s, Betsey Johnson and Neiman Marcus; free cupcakes, nibbles and champagne and DJs everywhere under the sun.

Unfortunately, the mall wasn’t open any later than usual and by the time the fashion show was over (more on that later) most retailers were out of refreshments and clearly over the rest of the activities. This kind of made it feel like those who came for the event and watched the fashion show, or anyone coming from work, missed the party.

The runway outside Bloomingdale’s leading up to the concentric circles of the main show.

Though, the fashion show was a party in and of itself. It was actually set up a bit like Fashion’s Night Out: The Show in New York, with a center circle and a wider circle around it. It was a good set up to give as many people seats and a good view as possible. I’ve been to my share of “local” fashion shows and this was a really nice production. There were misleading gift bags on VIP chairs that didn’t actually contain any gifts other than a mall map and some catalogs/coupons. You’d think a trip around any department store cosmetics department would have yielded a few samples to give out. But otherwise I’d say the set and presentation were on point.

The models were better than most regional models, though there was “smiley girl,” “bouncy girl” and “dancy girl” to keep things interesting. I really liked the hair – a sort of Bridgette Bardot bouffant and ponytail – though the makeup seemed a little overdone on some of the girls. For the most part the looks were well styled, the finer stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Tory Burch standing out in this regard. From some of the more mid-priced lines, outfits could look a little catalog. While models carried placards stating which store their outfit came from, it would have been nice to have a program listing the designer of each item. For instance, what brands of clothing was a model with a “Macy’s” placard wearing? Macy’s carries a lot of brands. And when a model is carrying a “Tiffany’s” placard is wearing more than just jewelry, who designed her clothes?

Some trends that emerged from the show were animal prints, lots of fun patterned hosiery and fur. Any shopper could surely find some items she’d love to add to her fall wardrobe – or his! There were two male models included as well. It was a fun night out, though I wish I’d gotten the memo to show up earlier.

Also of note: the Jason Wu camera I used to capture all the action. Of course, being a fashion camera, it’s very cute – mine is bright green and I get lots of compliments on it. It has very simple functions and settings, but I’ve been using it for everything from industry events to taking snaps of my newborn and haven’t taken a bad picture yet. My favorite feature is that it’s slim and fits in a clutch. I hate dragging my professional camera to evening events where I’d like to carry a smaller purse, and this allows me to do that. For more info and where to buy click here.

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Written By , on September 11, 2010

By all accounts, including our own Karen’s account, Chanel was THE PARTY of Fashion’s Night Out. Karl held court with Diane Kruger, above, Gossip Girls Leighton Meester and Blake Lively, SJP and pretty much the whole fashion pack. Those who could get in, anyway.

Mastermind Anna Wintour was at Macy’s Herald Square, which was a mad house along with the rest of midtown. Tommy Hilfiger and family were seen all around the city.

The Olsens did a signing at their Elizabeth & James Pop Up Shop, above, and Gwen Stefani greeted fans at the Soho Sephora, below.

At Saks Fifth Avenue Donna Karan was the designer-in-residence, with guests Claire Danes and Diane Kruger (nice costume change, Diane).

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Written By , on September 9, 2010

I was pretty excited for the Richie Rich show tonight. The show opened on a whimsical note with ballet dancers performing on the runway, around what ended up being a faux “DJ” booth where a model mimed turning tables to kick the show into party gear. My anticipation and expectations rose, only to be severely disappointed. From the very first look on Tinsley Mortimer I was let down – and it’s hard for Tinsley Mortimer to let me down when she’s in fashionista mode. The clothes just seemed predictable and lacked the flair and excitement of Rich’s former Heatherette line. And stunt-casting Ellen Degeneres to close the show failed to amuse me.

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Written By , on August 31, 2010

Apparently Christina Hendricks has a heck of a time scaring up a dress for awards ceremony’s like last Sunday’s Emmys, where she wore Zac Posen.

“People have been saying some nice, wonderful things about me. Yet not one designer in town will loan me a dress,” Hendricks, 35, told Scottland’s Daily Record. “They only lend out a size 0 or 2. So I’m still struggling for someone to give me a darn dress.”

The star is a size 14, and most high-end designers don’t produce clothes above a size 10 or 12. Plus, Hendricks measures 39D-30-39 which is not your typical size 14. So, as The Cut points out, designers would have to custom make a dress for Hendricks. It’s not just about her not fitting into the size 0 or 2 samples.

Hendricks’ complaints, while good natured, could certainly rub consumers the wrong way. The “Oh, poor Hollywood star, designers aren’t giving you free dresses for your fancy parties?” way. Lots of shoppers deal with this issue on a daily basis, let alone when event shopping. Hendricks has simply fallen into good luck on a TV series that celebrates her figure and a costume designer (the talented Janie Bryant) who custom makes many of her frocks for the show.

This isn’t to be critical of Hendricks, really. I love her. I love her figure and that she contributes to the sometimes rare idea that major curves are majorly sexy. I adore her character and she seems to be a nice person in real life. As a supporting cast member on a cable network show, I don’t expect her to go around buying couture gowns at her leisure – that would be financially irresponsible. I know almost everyone on that red carpet had her dress loaned or given to her, and yes, that should include everyone regardless of sample-size-conformance. It just doesn’t. Just like an average retailer doesn’t. I don’t think at this point that this idea is news.

Now let’s all just stare at Christina’s rack some more.

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Written By , on August 12, 2010

Frankly, I couldn’t. Sure the sweats in the color image are a giveaway, but the campaign shot by V Magazine and GQ photographer Alexi Lubomirski will definitely go some way to repair Kmart’s unfashionable rep. You can expect a faux-leather bomber jacket, military jackets, skinny cargos and distressed denim in the Kmart Design fall 2010 apparel collection.

I’d totally wear that military jacket.


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