At Prada’s Spring ’14 show, we knew Miuccia was onto something. The giant face murals and face-printed fur coats and dresses sparked a revelation: Who knew the human visage made for such a compelling print? As such, we’re not surprised that the trend is popping up in the Pre-Fall and Fall ’14 menswear collections, but this time around the renderings are more abstract. Guillaume Henry, for instance, sent out sketchy doodles at Carven today. The frenzied black figures drawn on simple, collarless white button-downs seemed a fusion of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Tim Burton. At Stella McCartney’s Pre-Fall fete, the designer said she was inspired by Billy Idol-era punk. McCartney enlisted Gary Hume to draw loopy faces for an ivory crewneck and a black boxy overcoat, truly blurring the line between fashion and art. Finally, at Jean Paul Gaultier, the designer worked a few trends at once, splashing dark, grungy caricatures across a pure-as-snow fur jacket. In addition, his entire lookbook was shot against a cartoonish, hand-drawn backdrop—original art by JPG himself.
If nothing else, the confluence of the Polar Vortex and Pre-Fall presentations in New York has given us the chance to see the inventive ways in which fashion editors and designers choose to face down slippery sidewalks and subzero temperatures. Stylist Camilla Nickerson, for example, bypassed winter boots for nubby oatmeal socks and a pair of black-and-burgundy open-toed flats from Céline’s Resort ’14 lineup, crushing the notion that socks-and-sandals is a faux pas. Definitely cozy-chic, but we’re guessing she wasn’t planning on walking too many blocks to her next appointment. Elle‘s Samira Nasr, meanwhile, braved New York’s menacing gray puddles in a pair of pristine white moccasin boots, and WSJ. editor-in-chief Kristina O’Neill kept her calves above freezing with a pair of charcoal leg warmers, which she pulled over her black skinny jeans. However, the most-thoroughly-bundled award has to go to The Row’s Mary-Kate Olsen. The designer walked editors around her showroom while wearing a navy shearling coat with a slick fur collar. She and sister Ashley’s Greenwich Street headquarters weren’t exactly without heat, but they are only a block from the very chilly Hudson, and you never know when a river-effect draft might blow through. But perhaps the look that best sums up our schizophrenic weather (55 degrees on Monday, 12 degrees on Tuesday) was the one Jamie Bochert donned for the Givenchy Pre-Fall lookbook: open-toed sandals and a full-on fur.
By now, you’ve surely heard that Beyoncé broke the Internet on Friday when, without warning, she released her new self-titled album. Naturally, mania ensued following the unprecedented arrival of Queen Bey’s fourteen tracks and seventeen videos on iTunes. But she’s not the only pop star who’s carried out a musical sneak attack of late. Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite new talent, Lorde, dropped a surprise track, “No Better,” via iTunes on Friday (though Mrs. Carter kind of stole her thunder), and this morning rapper Angel Haze shocked her label when she unexpectedly leaked her entire debut album, Dirty Gold, on SoundCloud. The record was set for a March release. No doubt, this “Beyoncé Method” has gotten fans’ (and the music industry’s) attention. But perhaps we can’t give Bey all the credit—remember when David Bowie shocked us all by debuting his first single in a decade, “Where Are We Now?” via iTunes way back in January? After over forty years on the scene, Ziggy Stardust is still the “Queen Bitch.”
Our crack team of intern-statisticians has been at work all morning, and they can now report: The most popular Halloween costume of 2013 by a mile(y): Miley. For better or worse, partygoers on both coasts made Cyrus’ VMA stoned-teddy onesie and foam finger their outfit of choice last night. In doing so, they follow a proud tradition set forward earlier this week by Joan Rivers, Paris Hilton, and Mrs. Hugh Hefner. Congratulations, everyone!
Clockwise, from above left: “Mileys” at West Hollywood’s Halloween Parade; at Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte’s party at The Westway, NYC; as embodied by Perez Hilton at Heidi Klum’s annual Halloween party; and at Where the Wild Things Are at the Rose Bar, NYC. By anecdotal tally, it seems male Mileys outnumbered female Mileys by three to one.
While the red-carpet circuit began with a slow start over the weekend, the premieres and parties kicked into overdrive as the week continued. Thor: The Dark World‘s leading lady, Natalie Portman, was a vision in white at the film’s Berlin premiere on Sunday, walking the red carpet in a strapless Christian Dior haute couture gown with a full skirt accented with a black ribbon around the waist. On Tuesday evening, Diane Kruger also opted for a haute couture number, choosing a black sequined cocktail dress embroidered with florals from Chanel’s Haute Couture Spring ’13 runway at the brand’s Little Black Jacket event in Brazil.
As the premiere circuit continued into the week, Hailee Steinfeld donned a Saint Laurent ensemble straight from the Spring ’14 runway, pairing a white one-shoulder top covered in sequined red lips with tailored black pants at the Hollywood premiere of her film, Ender’s Game. The same evening, Kate Bosworth chose a black Christopher Kane gown accented with crystal flowers at the neckline and waist from the Spring ’14 collection for the New York premiere of her flick Big Sur. And Naomi Watts took to the red carpet at the New York premiere of Diana, in which she plays the title role, in a blue-and-white floor-grazing dress that was ruched at the waist below a keyhole cutout from Michael Kors’ Spring ’14 runway.