275 posts tagged "Chanel"
Maternitywear just got a whole lot chicer—and more expensive—thanks to Ashleigh Good, who closed this morning’s Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris during what appears to be her third trimester of pregnancy. While we’ve witnessed supermodels like Jourdan Dunn or Alessandra Ambrosio strut catwalks sporting visible baby bumps, it’s essentially unprecedented to send someone this far along down the runway. Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to break down industry barriers.
Undoubtedly, Good’s lap around the Grand Palais in a gilded white empire-neck gown was a celebration of female power, strength, and overall womanliness— not to mention a push for new body image acceptance. While some critics may question the moral implications of today’s finale by dismissing it is as exploitive or a controversy-seeking stunt, it was ultimately a mutual decision between Lagerfeld and Good, who has become a part of the Chanel family in recent years.
Good has walked in Chanel’s show the past nine seasons in a row (beginning with the brand’s 2013 Metiers d’Art spectacle in Scotland), so it was somewhat of a head-scratcher when she didn’t turn up in Dubai back in May. Lagerfeld has been instrumental in Good’s blast-off success, and regards the 22-year-old aristocratic beauty in the same light as Stella Tennant. In addition to lensing Good for multiple campaigns, Lagerfeld cast her to open four of his shows. She made the Spring ’13 Haute Couture collection a memorable one by appearing alongside Kati Nescher a lesbian bride. Outside of Chanel, the energetic Kiwi-by-way-of-Britain hasn’t skipped a beat, and has kept busy with editorial work. One thing’s for sure about Good’s future offspring: Hudson Kroenig just got a lot of competition.
In other Chanel news: Kendall Jenner made her Haute Couture debut on today’s runway. All in all, lots going on in Karl’s house.
Harley Viera-Newton and I are both crazy cat ladies—we confirmed it recently during an interview at her apartment, where I spent 90 percent of the time rolling around on the floor with her Bengal kitten. Another thing I hope we’ll one day have in common: these Chanel brogues from the latest Métiers d’Art collection. Viera-Newton posted them to Instagram this week, and I’m pinning them to my must-have board immediately. Tromping around backstage will be a cinch in these heeled oxfords, and the shimmery sheriff’s stars surrounding the laces scream, “I mean business!”
Chanel lace-ups, $1,950, Buy it now
In case you had any doubts, fashion is still heading West. After debuting at Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show in Dallas and picking up speed at the Cannes Film Festival, Western-inspired fringe, suede, and desert boots are still at the top of our wish list. It’s a trend that can quickly look costume-y—or worse, watered down—which is why Alessandra Rich’s new capsule collection for Net-a-Porter feels like a breath of fresh air.
Instead of trying her hand at ten-gallon hats and clunky cowboy boots, Rich infused her trademark aesthetic with subtle, seventies-inflected Western nods. Her signature curve-hugging dresses, fluttery ruffles, and miles of French lace were teamed with snap-front shirts, silk head scarves, studded leather belts, and pale blue chambray accents. While other designers are aiming for a rugged, androgynous vibe, Rich is focused on the femme fatale in floor-sweeping skirts and Victorian blouses. That’s a role we wouldn’t mind playing.
A first look at the collection premieres exclusively here on Style.com.
The Alessandra Rich capsule collection will be available exclusively at www.net-a-porter.com in July.
EXCLUSIVE: Scott Sternberg and His Dog, General Zod, Offer a Personal Look at Band of Outsiders’ Starbucks Collaboration-------
What is it with designers and the food biz these days? From Jeremy Scott’s McDonald’s-themed Moschnio collection and Karl Lagerfeld’s supermarket, to Anya Hindmarch’s “Have a Nice Day” totes and the paper sacks at Jil Sander, fashion is embracing the visual feast that is the mass food industry. “There’s something about fashion that’s super exotic and untouchable. It’s an exclusive world,” said Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg. “But there’s an overlap. If you’re a fashion consumer, you’re still engaged with these [food] chains. It just seems to me that mass and lux are playing with each other,” the L.A.-based designer told Style.com.
Sternberg has found his own way of merging those dichotomous worlds via a new collaboration with Starbucks. Following in the footsteps of brands like Rodarte, Charlotte Ronson, Alice + Olivia, and Jonathan Adler, Sternberg has created a series of limited-edition ceramic coffee mugs. “I’m a consumer of the product—every morning, I order an iced Venti Red Eye, unsweetened. In the afternoon, it’s an iced Venti Green Tea,” said Sternberg when asked why he was drawn to the Starbucks project. “I think all the messages and images I can put out there will hopefully give people a fuller understanding of what I do, and that it will engage them to check out [Band of Outsiders] further. Starbucks is such a huge platform.” Indeed it is, and this team-up will no doubt gain Sternberg exposure—his mugs, priced at $14.95, will be available at many of Starbucks’ more than 12,900 stateside stores from June 24, as well as online from June 10.
As for the design, Sternberg was inspired by the word drip. “There are so many slang terms for coffee, and drip is my favorite. Visually, when that word came into my mind, I could see the paint dripping out of the top of the tumbler.”
Next on the designer’s docket is Band of Outsiders’ new Manhattan store, which will open this August on Wooster Street between Spring and Broome. Lucky for Sternberg, there’s a Starbucks two blocks away.
Have a look at how Sternberg and his dog, General Zod, use their Band of Outsiders for Starbucks cups below, exclusively on Style.com.
“My Band + Starbucks tumbler finding its place at my desk next to my army of vintage Pez dispensers.”
“Lady Starbuck riding the California waves.”
“Zod chillin’ at home on the sofa with his Band + Starbucks tumbler.”
In today’s social-media-fueled culture, modesty has become an overlooked virtue. While we admittedly got a thrill scrolling through endless Instagram posts exploring various angles of Rihanna’s butt crack following Monday night’s CFDA Awards, it takes a brave fashion icon like Rih to pull off a look leaving that little to the imagination. But for those women who still prefer to maintain an air of mystery, designers have us covered—literally. In recent months, we’ve noticed an upswing in full-on maxi dresses, which serve as evidence that high necklines and long sleeves can be sexy, too. Take, for example, Dolce & Gabbana’s billowing floral gowns for Fall (wind machine not included) or the body-veiling, mosaic-print numbers (complete with matching harem pants) featured on Chanel’s Cruise runway in Dubai last month. Adding fuel to the more-is-more eveningwear trend are the new Resort collections from Gucci’s Frida Giannini and Erdem Moralioglu, who presented curve-hugging column styles and floor-skimming guipure lace confections, respectively. For IRL proof that modesty and sensuality don’t have to be mutually exclusive, look no further than The Row’s Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen: The chic twins have been rocking maximum coverage ensembles for years.