36 posts tagged "Carolina Herrera"
Minimalist, this is not. Launched last season at Opening Ceremony, Venessa Arizaga’s jewelry has a winning everything-but-the-kitchen-sink quality, what with the multicolored stones, thread, piled chains, and handfuls of charms that adorn her pieces. Her second collection, for Spring ’11, may be even more eye-popping. “There’s a different twist to the color,” Arizaga says. “And rhinestones, so there’s a bit more shine.” It’s a far cry from the ladylike looks the Parsons grad created as a member of the ready-to-wear design teams at Tuleh, Carolina Herrera, and Zac Posen.
But, as Arizaga explains, it was her experience as a creator of luxe garments that allowed her to develop her jewelry’s signature construction, which relies on couture sewing techniques. “I was doing the jewelry as a hobby, and at one point, when I was on vacation in Puerto Rico, I decided to incorporate some shells I found on the beach,” Arizaga recalls. “But I didn’t want to use traditional hardware closures, so I started threading things together.” Many bits and bobs later, Arizaga is making jewelry full-time, and finding a ready audience for her wares: Net-a-Porter just picked up the line for spring. For now, visit www.venessaarizaga.com.
Style.com’s Fashion Feed brings you the best of the news around the Web and on Twitter, and ranks the most-discussed designers, labels, models, and celebrities. In our weekly series, we call out the top five designers of the previous week (with our handy gloss on the hows and whys).
1. Marc Jacobs
(pictured; last week: 1)
Marc’s reign at the top continues. Despite a cranky neighbor who’s campaigning—via good, old-fashioned call-your-local-politico campaign—against his Bleecker Street shops, the Jacobs juggernaut rolls on apace.
2. Alexander Wang
(last week: 4)
Speaking of NYC storefront news, Alex Wang revealed the address of his first standalone store: 103 Grand Street in Soho, formerly home to New York’s Yohji Yamamoto boutique. Those are big shoes—Frejas, Allas, or what have you—to fill.
3. Vivienne Westwood (last week: N/A)
Dame Viv got the retrospective treatment at Selfridges this week. The store launched an exhibition of her shoes, from seventies clompers to the super-high platforms that brought down Naomi Campbell on the Westwood catwalk in 1993.
4. Alexander McQueen (last week: 5)
McQueen hasn’t been far from top-of-mind since his untimely death in February, but award shows are always good for proving exactly why—his edgy, elegant collection pieces. Anna Paquin wore an embellished black gown from his label’s Resort ’11 collection (designed by McQueen’s protegee, Sarah Burton) and damn near walked away with best in show.
5. Carolina Herrera (last week: N/A)
Meanwhile, Carolina Herrera scored a few red-carpet wins at the Emmys, too. Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara and Glee‘s Dianna Agron both wore dresses by the designer.
Erdem Moralioglu is on the phone from London to talk lace, a fabric he’s used season in and season out for years. “I’m obsessed with it!” the designer says with a laugh. “I’ve always been into it, exploring it and experimenting with it.”
A quick rummage through the archive confirms his assertion. (That’s a look from his Resort collection, left.) But this year, the designer isn’t alone in his appreciation for the fabric. Designers all over (and their oft-photographed patrons and muses) have embraced the feminine charms of lace, which has shed its occasionally matronly air and feels sexy and chic (Miuccia Prada, as usual, may have got there first—her Fall 2008 collection famously explored the fabric’s erotic undertones). Now there are evening-ready gowns for Resort at Alexander McQueen and Carolina Herrera, along with sportier, even boyish pieces at Giambattista Valli. (And don’t even get us started on lace-accented accessories and cosmetics, like Cesare Paciotti’s new lace-print soles and Dolce & Gabbana’s new Sicilian Lace makeup collection.)
So what’s the appeal? “I think people are searching for things that have quite a human hand to them,” Moralioglu says. “It has such a handmade feel. There’s an attraction to owning something one of a kind—I think, as a fabric, lace has that.”
Click here for our slideshow of some of the lacy looks, and let us know whether you’ll be playing peekaboo, too, this fall.
In her continuing quest for shock and awe, Lady Gaga has defaced an Hermès Birkin in black Sharpie. Look on her works, ye mighty, and despair. [Racked]
Marchesa is exploring brand extensions, beginning with…dinnerware. It’s probably the closest you’re going to get to dinner with Georgina Chapman without being a Weinstein. [Fashionista]
Perhaps the most sensible statement in fashion we’ve heard all day: “It’s not my aspiration to appear on a reality show. That’s the last thing I need in my life.” —accidental Tinsley Mortimer reality show co-star Carolina Herrera. [Page Six]
An English auction house is bringing some of the late Princess Diana’s gowns to the block, including the low-cut black number that earned her the nickname Daring Di. [Vogue U.K.]
And the race is on to see who can bring the highest-profile guests at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Glamour‘s got an early lead with Jason Wu and Jessica Alba. [WWD]
Here at Style.com, there are few things we like more come awards season than a game of “Which Designer Will They Wear?” Some actresses make it relatively easy—can you remember the last time Renée Zellweger hit the red carpet in anything but Carolina Herrera? Others, like Penélope Cruz and Chloë Sevigny, keep us guessing. With the 67th Annual Golden Globes coming up this weekend, followed by the SAGs, the Grammys, and the BAFTAs and culminating with the Oscars on March 7, we’ve pulled our favorite dresses from the recent collections and assigned them to Hollywood’s biggest stars. We’ll have to wait till Sunday to see which of them are thinking along the same lines.
Click for a slideshow, and tell us if you agree with our picks. If not, what looks would you prefer for these A-listers?