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The menswear shows wrapped in Paris last weekend, and while Couture is already well under way, we’d like to briefly revisit the boys’ runways to highlight a noteworthy new trend: the gentleman’s jumpsuit. The unexpected, utilitarian outfits popped up left and right in Paris, providing a sharp contrast to the season’s explosive floral prints. At Hermès, Véronique Nichanian (who is celebrating her twenty-fifth year at the house) offered a collared steel-gray onesie—complete with a matching skinny belt and cargo pockets on the chest. A.P.C.‘s Jean Touitou also submitted a slate-dyed jumpsuit, though his option looked tougher—a more macho spin on the silhouette.
At his eponymous label, Raf Simons afforded his spin on the look: a male romper. In hues of plum, malachite, and black, the wares—some of which were complemented by barbershop-stripe belts—were quintessentially the designer’s own, and artfully challenging.
And finally, Olivier Rousteing turned out multiple hard-edged takes on the jumpsuit—in denim, leather, and jersey—for his naval-inspired Balmain collection. The style might take some getting used to, but some of these one-pieces have the potential to be pretty darn masculine (“Greased Lightning,” anyone?). And, given the industry clout of the above, the term “suiting” might have a whole new meaning by the time Spring rolls around.
Last week, Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing took a trip to L.A. In addition to exploring the city and enjoying the sunshine, the designer attended a fete in his honor at the Chateau Marmont and had a fitting with his Met Ball date, Kate Bosworth. Here, Rousteing shares the details of his L.A. adventure exclusively with Style.com.
L.A. is such a fascinating city, and this trip was the first time I really got to enjoy it. I love L.A.’s light, its energy, and the cultural diversity. It has such a strong and unique character. Angelinos have a genuine approach to fashion that’s so different from that of Parisians or New Yorkers. They can be so casual but so glamorous at the same time. It was a very inspiring trip.
Off a long flight and into the California sunshine. Love the sight of palm trees!
A special desert at Polo Lounge after having dinner with Aurélie Bidermann and Laure Heriard Dubreuil at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Continue Reading “Designer Diary: Olivier Rousteing’s Postcard from L.A.” »
Following the release of Barneys’ 2012 Electric Holiday film, an animated short that starred tall and skinny Disney characters wearing designer duds (Minnie in Lanvin, Goofy in Balmain, and Daisy in Dolce & Gabbana), the fashion biz took some heat for not portraying the iconic cartoons in their traditional proportions. Well, this weekend, in celebration of Disneyland Paris’ 20th anniversary, Alber Elbaz took a stab at a new Minnie Mouse ensemble. The lovable rodent stomped the runway in a custom purple embellished Lanvin frock and one of the designer’s Fall '13 Love necklaces. Needles to say, Ms. Mouse looked pretty sharp, and she didn’t have to lose a pound to do so. Other runway ensembles included a Cinderella-inspired knit skirt and top from London’s Sister by Sibling, and as well as enchanted wares from Custo Dalmau and Jean-Paul Knott. According to The Telegraph, some onlookers complained that they missed the polka dots. Elbaz offered, “We’re not here to transform people. We love her the way she is.”
Fashion loves a good comeback, and Catherine McNeil is having just that. The twenty-three-year-old Australian model is arguably looking better than ever. (Perhaps that has something to do with love; she’s been in a relationship with fellow tatted catwalker Miles Langford for the past year or so.) And casting directors seem to be taking notice, as Fall ’13 has undoubtedly been McNeil’s biggest season, in terms of runway work, since her debut—count ’em—six years ago, in 2007. Over the past few weeks, the strong, feline beauty has been walking back-to-back major shows in all four cities, and she’s been particularly successful in Paris. Just yesterday, McNeil bookended Nina Ricci and Barbara Bui, and also did turns at Lanvin and Balmain. Additionally, she hit up Dior today, as well as Dries Van Noten and Anthony Vaccarello earlier in the week. Other A-list appearances this month include Prada, Giorgio Armani (where she was the opener), Marc Jacobs, and Jason Wu. McNeil has enjoyed a resurgence in editorial work, too, recently covering the February issue of Vogue Turkey and turning up in the pages of V and Harper’s Bazaar. McNeil is like a confident supermodel in a sea of stringy teenagers, and that’s refreshing.
On February 15, Phaidon Press will release Pattern, a book that highlights one hundred compelling fashion designers on the rise. Phaidon handed over the book’s curatorial duties to a group of ten designers and industry insiders (including stylist Keegan Singh, Preen’s Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, the SHOWstudio team, and Business of Fashion‘s founder Imran Amed, just to name a few), each of whom chose ten talents to fill Pattern‘s pages.
The book (which is a follow-up to the 2005 fashion tome SAMPLE) features established designers (Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, Sarah Burton), well-known emerging labels (Eddie Borgo, Thomas Tait, Creatures of the Wind, Mary Katrantzou, whose work is pictured above), and proper newbies (Simone Rocha, Marques’ Almeida, Phoebe English, Maarten van der Horst). The designers’ diverse aesthetics, techniques and outlooks are presented via detailed introductions, backstage, campaign and editorial photographs, and never-before-seen sketches, all of which serve to give readers an in-depth understanding of their work. “For me, seeing that the designers had a consistent point of view that’s true to their style was important,” said Singh, whose picks include Cushnie et Ochs (left), Olivier Rousteing of Balmain, Tabitha Simmons, Dominic Jones, and Gianvito Rossi, among others. “You know, it’s like Azzedine Alaïa. He has his thing, and he always sticks to it,” he added. So does Singh think the next Alaïa is somewhere between Pattern‘s covers? “It’s a possibility!” he laughed. At the very least, he notes, “the book gives the young designers a chance to reach broader audiences; it exposes them to a whole new group of people.”
Pattern: 100 Fashion Designers, 10 Curators will be available on February 15, on phaidon.com.