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Lady Gaga, Westwood top London fashion shows

03:09, 17/9/2012 .. 0 comments .. Link
London Fashion Week kicked into high gear Sunday, with a hectic day of shows that culminated in Lady Gaga taking a starring turn on celebrity milliner Philip Treacy's catwalk.

Earlier in the day, punk queen Vivienne Westwood upstaged her own models in a finale that saw her strutting down the runway with a climate change slogan T-shirt.

Fashion doesn't get more theatrical than this.

Day Three of London's twice-a-year style extravaganza was packed with runway previews by some of the capital's most popular designers: Westwood, Paul Smith, Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou and Alice Temperley.

But Lady Gaga, in a hot pink, floor-length shroud, stole the show when she opened her friend Treacy's Michael Jackson-themed comeback show. Treacy, who has designed fanciful hats for Gaga as well as countless royals and celebrities, has not shown at the fashion week for a decade.

Raising her arms and looking up, the pop icon announced: "Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest milliner in the world: Philip Treacy."

She was joined by fellow celebrities Kim Cattrall, Grace Jones, and Nick Cave in the front row at the show, which featured Jackson's legendary stage costumes paired with Treacy's headgear.

The outfits, which included the original red "Thriller" jacket — were lent from a collection held by the King of Pop's costume designers. They are set to be auctioned in California in December.

The spectacle topped a long day of shows that featured onetime punk priestess Westwood, who championed her favorite cause - climate change - as she closed her runway preview.

The orange-haired designer used two models to unfurl a banner proclaiming a climate revolution, then strutted down the catwalk herself in a "Climate Revolution" T-shirt, shorts and makeup that looked as if she had a giant black eye.

"I loved it," former model Jo Wood said. "There was so much there that I wanted. And I love Vivienne as a person. She's the one show I won't miss."

Some of Westwood's severe outfits looked like they were from just before the "Mad Men" era, when U.S. first lady Mamie Eisenhower helped set conservative fashion trends.

Some outfits looked silly, others - evoking the Jackie Kennedy era that came a few years later - appeared wonderfully retro and chic.

Did the ensembles work? Westwood, ever the iconoclast, claimed she simply didn't care, insisting she was only interested in using fashion as a way to air her views on the environment.

Classic Suiting With a Twist at Sass & Bide Show

04:37, 15/9/2012 .. 0 comments .. Link
Sharp pant suits with sheer tuxedo tails, flowing gowns with thick metal harnesses — the new collection by Australian label sass & bide is a study in contrasts and classics with a twist.

The brand, by Australian duo Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton, showcased its futuristic spring runway preview at London Fashion Week on Friday.

Middleton, who wore a white cape and vest set from the collection at an interview before the show, said she wanted to contrast sensual lines with masculine strength.

The collection started with black and white cocktail dresses with origami fabric folds at the waistline, a design that appeared later on the neckline and on thick strips of gold-plated metal used as belts.

Variations of the white pant suit had a starring role: One had sheer sleeves, another had long flowing silk tails, and a third featured embroidered shorts. Dresses, on the other hand, were toughened up with strong geometric cut-outs, shiny gold trims and harnesses.

The monochrome palette was punctuated by bright oranges, soft shell pinks, and head-to-toe mirrored silver sequins in the evening section of the show.

Clarke and Middleton, both self-taught fashion designers, started their business selling customized jeans in London's Portobello Market before formally launching their label in Sydney. They have shown both in London and New York fashion weeks.

The brand now has 20 stores in Australia and is planning to open a flagship store in New York next year.

Katie Holmes Makes Fashion Week Debut! How'd She Do?

10:23, 13/9/2012 .. 0 comments .. Link


Katie Holmes is one step closer to fashion stardom. The actress-turned-fashion designer debuted her new Holmes ; Yang collection on Wednesday morning at New York City's Fashion Week. Not all of the reviews are in, but judging from the reactions so far, we're about to see a lot of fashionistas lining up for Katie's clothes.

For her first Fashion Week show with stylist and co-designer Jeanne Yang, Katie opted out of the traditional runway and instead placed her 14 models on pedestals in the center of the tent. The show's upscale casual looks -- including cute cocktail dresses, slouchy jackets and some dramatic pieces like a maxi skirt and cape -- were characterized by sleek lines and sophisticated details. There was nothing fussy or over-the-top about the show, which kept things simple; the models wrote minimal makeup and no jewelry. (We're not sure that girly-girl Suri would have approved!) But judging from some early responses, Holmes ; Yang hit all the right notes.

"Great separates at Holmes ; Yang! Esp loved the navy motorcycle jacket," raved Glamour magazine editor Anne Christensen via Twitter. InStyle editor Ariel Foxman loved that look too, calling it "night-out ready." Foxman also showed Twitter love to a strappy black-and-white dress, saying, "Don't you want this dress in your wardrobe?" Meanwhile, British Vogue's tweeters had their eye on a particular "cute" quilted jacket.

Elsewhere on the web, The Times Fashion Editor Laura Craik praised Holmes' sense of style, calling the collection "edgier than expected." Elle magazine declared the clothes "chic," while Grazia said that some pieces were "worthy of the red carpet." The fashion website Modelinia wrote a rave review, saying that Katie "debuted Fashion Week with a bang." The L.A. Times liked it too, but thinks it's too early to declare Holmes ; Yang the next big thing.

"There's no reason to think that the line won't continue to gain momentum now that Holmes has garnered so much goodwill with the public since her split with Cruise," writes an L.A. Times reviewer. "Could Holmes and Yang be the next Row, the line designed by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen? Or the next Victoria Beckham? We'll see. First, Holmes and Yang have to show us more about what their particular brand of fashion is all about."

Overall, seems like Katie made a splash with her first big fashion show, which proved that she has great taste and doesn't shy away from taking risks. In a recent interview about Holmes ; Yang, the actress said one of her career goals was not "being afraid to fail."

"Who cares? At least you tried," she told WWD. "It’s usually the people who haven’t tried who are the naysayers."

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