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August 22 2014

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14 posts tagged "Akris"

Will You Borrow Button-Ups From The Boys?

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It’s a new year, and what better way to wipe the slate clean than with a crisp white men’s shirt? For Spring, designers focused on classic sportswear, and they put that perennial favorite, the button-up, front-row and center. At Akris and Dries Van Noten, seriously oversized shirts—worn as a day dress and over a sequined skirt, respectively—riffed on the borrowed-from-the-boyfriend look. Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren based their entire collection on the men’s shirt, though in typical V&R fashion, the results were anything but basic: A cuffed oxford paired with black pants seemed simple enough from the front, but it turned out to have a cascading train in back. There were also plenty of more straightforward options, including Michael Kors‘ untucked take. With so many designers embracing the timeless trend this season, maybe we can live out our Mad Men fantasy (well, one of them, anyway) and keep a stack of pressed shirts in our desk drawer—just like Don Draper.

Click for a slideshow, and let us know if you think men’s shirts are fresh again for the new year.

Photo: Monica Feudi / GoRunway.com

Saint-Tropez Fever Rages On; American—Make That Milanese—Gigolo; And More…

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Is Karl campaigning for mayor of Saint-Tropez? Following Chanel’s Resort show there last month, the label has now opened a temporary store on site, too. Louis Vuitton, not to be outdone, has opened a new, larger store on the Riviera, too. [WWD]

Bergdorf held its first “virtual” trunk show this week, with W‘s Alex White and BG fashion director Linda Fargo chatting with Akris’ Albert Kriemler via Skype. “OMG” seems the only rational response. [WSJ]

The New York Times investigates Milan menswear’s preoccupation with the gigolo. Rent boys, big in ’11? (And because we need no better excuse, here’s the original—Gere in American Gigololeft.) [NYT]

Tommy Hilfiger, the newly appointed world leader of the nonprofit Millennium Promise, will address 1,000 chief officers at the U.N. tomorrow to discuss initiatives to end world hunger. [WWD]

And Refinery29 offers a peek at the Fall ’10 range from accessory designer and newly minted CFDA award winner Alexis Bittar. What to expect: geometric designs, gunmetal grays, and antlers. Price on request for that antler piece, which presumably doesn’t include the cost of any sweaters it may snag and ruin. [R29]

Photo: Paramount / The Kobal Collection

The CFDAs Slim Down, Print Speeds Up, And More…

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Don’t take it personally, Tracey Ullman (or fellow past hosts Fran Lebowitz and Jeremy Piven), but this year’s CFDA Awards will be host-less. (OK, maybe take it a little personally.) [WWD]

Fashion’s most mysterious Tweeter, @dkny, gives a lengthy interview to discuss her life in cyberspace. Sadly not included: her actual identity. Foiled again! [Stylecaster]

The Journal gives one hardworking and underappreciated fashion laborer its due: the inkjet printer. Improvements in technology have allowed labels like Akris, Zac Posen, Valentino, and Helmut Lang (whose digitally printed top is pictured, left) to create wild prints faster and more cheaply than with old screen-printing methods. [WSJ]

Kate Moss wore her Kate Moss for Topshop romper backwards to the London launch of the new collection today. Because she’s Kate Moss, and Kate Moss can do that. [NY Mag]

And, finally, the name says it all: “Men in Tights: A Brief History.” [The Moment]

Photo: Courtesy of Helmut Lang

Akris Tries A Guinness

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Last night at Bergdorf Goodman, Akris’ Albert Kriemler celebrated his 15-year relationship—that’s 30 seasons—with the brand’s ad campaign photographer, Steven Klein. The Swiss designer may be remarkably faithful regarding his favorite shutterbug, but he’s not necessarily a one-woman kind of guy when it’s come to models, except for a few special cases. The first was Stella Tennant, whom Kriemler and Klein worked with for their first three seasons together. “Then she was discovered by Karl [Lagerfeld] and she was gone,” the designer joked. The most recent exception is Daphne Guinness, who was at the cocktail party last night in a dress fresh off the Paris runway. At first the eccentric heiress and clotheshorse with a penchant for punishing footwear seemed like a strange fit for Kriemler’s brand of streamlined minimalism, but something about the Spring ads clicked. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Tennant and Guinness are first cousins? In any case, she’s agreed to star in Akris’ Fall campaign, which Klein is shooting today.

Photo: Neil Rasmus/PatrickMcMullan.com

Mostly-Models Edition

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Move over, Madonna. Louis Vuitton’s new face for Spring is Lara Stone, who’s been shot by Steven Meisel rolling around in the dirt. Vuitton exec Antoine Arnault described the campaign as “fresh and summery,” hopefully to coincide with brighter times—because nothing says “financial rebound” like mud-caked finery. [WWD]

Meanwhile, Akris has a new face for Spring, too: Omnipresent Daphne Guinness, who rocks a jet-black bob. Badger stripe or no, the eccentric heiress is about as unlikely a client for the minimalist Swiss label as could be, but somehow it’s working. [Fashionista]

Lady Gaga opted for a floor-length red PVC gown, with enormous puff sleeves and matching eye decals, to meet Queen Elizabeth II of England. That’s a relief. We were worried she was going to go with something weird. [New York]

And an item we missed the first time around from Basel: Ryan McGinley recently hit Utah for a Winter Olympics shoot with outfits by…Rodarte. Theirs are some of the most flammable outfits we’ve ever seen, so here’s hoping the Olympic torch was kept at a prudent distance. [Hint Mag]