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April 16 2014

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Maya Singer

beyond kimonos: jason wu’s japanese influence

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First things first: Just because Jason Wu is citing a Japan inspiration this season, that doesn’t mean his Spring 2009 collection, which he’s showing tomorrow, is composed of a bunch of, well, you know. “People hear ‘Japan’ and immediately think ‘kimonos,’ ” Wu sighs. “Speaking as someone who’s Asian, that’s totally the most obvious reference. […]

mara hoffman swim: prints, yes; slippage, no

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“Laid-back” is definitely the appropriate posture for poolside lounging, but come next summer, the experience is getting a touch more punch. Building on the success of the graphic suits she’s included in previous collections, Mara Hoffman is launching a swimwear line for Spring ’09, and as she puts it, the new range has given her […]

alice mccall’s beetle mania

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Though there is much to look forward to in Topshop’s imminent opening of its first stateside outpost this fall, one of the undersung advantages of the Soho store is that New Yorkers will at last have easy access to Alice McCall’s Topshop range. Perhaps with that in mind, McCall is moving her runway show to […]

from john adams to chris benz, doing it your way

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Chris Benz is staging a fashion revolution this season. The designer makes his runway debut next week, and contemplating the traditions of the catwalk put him in mind to do something a little out of the ordinary. “Runway was a natural progression,” says Benz, “but what I always liked about the format of a presentation […]

willow boots up

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Sydney designer Kit Willow-Podgornik has been learning some valuable lessons about supply and demand lately. A few months ago, she sent the models at the Fall show for her label Willow stalking down the runway in pairs of specially made corset boots. “The idea was to play on Willow’s background as a lingerie brand,” she […]