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August 30 2014

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Manolo Blahnik Is in a New York State of Mind

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Stateside devotees of Manolo Blahnik’s polished pumps, rejoice! WWD reported this morning that the Spanish shoe guru, who presented in London last season, will hop the pond in February to debut his Fall ’14 collection at a Chelsea gallery in New York. Carrie Bradshaw would no doubt approve.

Photo: John Phillips/ Getty Images

Give ‘Em the Slip

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Helmut Lang's Spring '14 slip dressScanning back through recent seasons, the runways have sometime looked like an episode of VH1′s I Love the ’90s. Think of the grunge revivals at Dries Van Noten and Saint Laurent, or the catwalk comebacks of Carolyn Murphy and Kirsten Owen. We’ve also seen designers return to logomania, crop tops, and overalls. But the nineties throwback that feels most modern to us is the slipdress—the clean, minimal lines of which recall the glory days of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and a young Kate Moss. For Spring, everyone from Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant to Jason Wu and Wes Gordon put their respective spin on the streamlined look. Keeping with that theme, Donna Karan celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of DKNY by revisiting the slinky, low-backed “naked dress” made infamous by the character Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City.

Here, a slideshow of the season’s best new slipdresses.

Photo: InDigital Images

Kirkwood Makes A Point

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The different looks in Nicholas Kirkwood’s Spring collection had light-years in between them, or at least the length of a showroom. At one end (displayed proudly in the window) were the madcap, slightly infantile flat-forms he made for Meadham Kirchhoff’s show with pompoms, beading, and metallic frills. On the other: a super-sleek pair of pointy black suede ankle-strap pumps, the kind of thing Carrie Bradshaw would have waxed poetic about in 1998.

The latter is, of course, new ground for Kirkwood, who’s been colonizing new territory every season, like Fall’s foray into (gasp) lower heels. As he pointed out, he’s never really done a pointy toe. But the major news for Spring was a far sweeter attitude. “I just wanted to do something more feminine,” said Kirkwood. Smart move. All the bright colors and floral motifs here track with the lady-fied direction this season, particularly from his fellow young Brits. Kirkwood’s version of feminine entailed flowers in a myriad of forms, including platform pumps covered in neon lace and a digital printed satin, sandals with an upper made of pen-and-ink rose scribble, and gorgeous bloodred strappy sandals topped with a single perfect faille rose.

Kirkwood’s next project is his New York store at 807 Washington Street, right across from the Whitney’s new building. Its opening has been delayed to March, but it will be a stiletto’s throw from Christian Louboutin’s Horatio Street boutique. Can we expect a Meatpacking District shoe-down?

Photos: Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood

Banana In Bloom

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For its Spring ’11 collection, Banana Republic sent its girls on a desert safari, picking up the seventies-YSL vibe that’s been in the air of late. But something’s blossoming in these hot climes. Among its accessories offerings, which also included oversized statement necklaces in metallic breastplate designs, creative director Simon Kneen created blooming canvas-flower brooches—a little Rochas Spring 2010, a little vintage Carrie Bradshaw. They’ll no doubt cost less at the register than Marco Zanini’s corsages did, so you can go ahead and make yourself a full bouquet—no green thumb required.

Photo: Thomas Kletecka / GoRunway.com

Jil Sander’s Rosy Outlook, Sex In A Different City, And More…

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What’s black and white and, uh, lilac all over? Jil Sander’s new +J line for Uniqlo. Coats and tops will come in shiny, sweet pastels like mauve and pink (and, fear not, minimalists—plenty of somber shades, too). Prices range from $44 to $164, roughly, and the line will be in-store in mid-March and again in April. We’re feeling warmer already. [WWD]

Lacoste loves croc so much, it’s spending a half-million dollars to protect its trademark animal. Save Your Logo, a global initiative aimed at companies with iconic furry, feathered, or four-legged friends, is spearheading attempts to protect endangered species. [WWD]

Kate Moss will not be trifled with. The model-mogul, who penned a few songs with ex Pete Doherty, has joined the U.K.’s Performing Rights Society to ensure she receives all due royalties from her work, past and future. Please add “Kate Moss’ debut album” to your 2010 wish list. [WWD]

The SATC girls do desert-chic in their next film, with turbans and caftans aplenty. Eye roll? Sure, but you know you want to see a few shots from the trailer anyway. [Daily Mail]

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures / www.thedailymail.co.uk