It’s ironic that someone who is in a perpetual state of half dress is so strongly influencing fashion. Lady Gaga’s aversion to pants has been well documented, so it’s no surprise to read that the blonde balladeer is responsible for a huge increase in the sales of knickers in Britain. It’s another thing altogether to find allusions to this pop culture omnivore (who is attired by a Warholian gaggle of twentysomethings working under the moniker Haus of Gaga) at the haute couture in Paris. And yet it was hard not to detect a hint of the Gaga effect in Gaultier Paris‘ leg-bearing bodysuits, Christian Lacroix‘s sculptural skirts, Givenchy‘s dangling chains, and even the pouf-skirted finale dress at Chanel. Click for a slideshow, and let us know what you think of the results—sacrilege or a breath of fresh air?
The notion that Kate Moss sparks trends is hardly new—see pirate boots, cutoffs, vintage dresses on the red carpet, etc. And it seems the supermodel’s innate style is more compelling than ever for designers as well as consumers. Case in point: the Gloria Swanson-channeling look she dreamed up with Marc Jacobs to wear to the Costume Institute Gala in May. A line-for-line copy made an appearance in Jacobs’ Resort collection, and we’ve glimpsed its shadow several times throughout the Cruise season—in the use of lamé at Roksanda Ilincic and Chris Benz and in the shimmering one-shoulder silhouettes at Michael Kors and Alexander Wang. And then there’s her turban, a version of which turned up at Yigal Azrouël topping a draped wrap dress—minus the Harry Winston sapphire, of course. Whether it’s all a case of direct homage or just something in the air, Kate as usual was the first to distill the mood.
Will you be adopting Moss’ silent film star look? Click for a slideshow and let us know.
Celebrities (see Beyoncé, Rihanna, Michael Jackson, et al.) may be the only people who can afford Balmain, but the French house has helped ignite a passion for little sequined dresses that seems to be recession-proof. Crystalline creations from Thakoon, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Emilio Pucci sparkled defiantly on the red carpet at the Met ball, and more recently at Cannes. Their appeal, explains Alexander Wang, lies in the way “you slip them on like T-shirts, but still get this hard-edged kind of glamour.” Inspired by armor, his shimmering minidress is made of graduated metal discs attached to slinky mesh and weighs in at 25 pounds. Are you willing to do that kind of heavy lifting for such a serious shot of razzle-dazzle? Click here for a slideshow and let us know.
For many of us, white can be tricky to pull off even in summer. Now designers are suggesting that fall should be a blanc slate, too—see the ivory suits at Ralph Lauren, creamy toppers at Aquilano.Rimondi, or L.W.D.’s at Josh Goot. In fact, the little white dress seems poised to give the L.B.D. a run for its money. “Women have learned how to make white work for them,” asserts Roland Mouret, who put model Catherine McNeil in one of the Met ball’s sexiest dresses. To pull off the look without a big-name designer or personal tailor on speed dial, he advises a nude boy short or a pair of Spanx. Click for a slideshow, and tell us if white really is the new essential.
Salma Hayek, François-Henri Pinault, and the 200 guests at their Venice wedding party last weekend paid tribute to the Venetian tradition of Carnival with elaborate feathered face coverings—or were they trying to go incognito? Either way, designers beat them to the punch on the Fall runways. We saw R-rated blindfolds at Jean Paul Gaultier and lingerie disguises at Richard Nicoll. Much more tame were the animal masks that Erin Fetherston used in her finale, inspired as they were by the 1970 Catherine Deneuve fairy tale Peau d’âne. “There is nothing I like more than a girl in a mask and a party dress,” Fetherston told us. What about you?