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140 posts tagged "Diane von Furstenberg"

It’s Not Complicated: Gauchère Debuts Fall ’14

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Gauchère

Marie-Christine Statz is living the dream of many a young designer. When she started her own label, Gauchère, two years ago, it took only one collection for Le Bon Marché to come knocking. One year later, the 31-year-old German-born, Paris-based designer is presenting a second capsule collection for the Parisian specialty store. And although she’s clearly struck a chord in Paris, Statz attributes much of Gauchère’s appeal to time she spent at two American brands: Narciso Rodriguez, where she was an intern, and Diane von Furstenberg.

“At Narciso Rodriguez, I learned about a very graphic aesthetic and minimalism, which I love. The company is small, so I got to be involved in lots of aspects of the creative process,” the designer explained. “From Von Furstenberg, I learned about prints and not to be afraid of mixing colors. Now I have them in every collection.” From both, she notes, she gleaned much about a certain attitude toward dressing. “Clothes have to be easy, uncomplicated. You need to be able to just put it on and go anywhere without fussing.”

For Fall, the designer is channeling a menswear vibe through wide shoulders, V-shapes, and an exploration of checks in fragmented layers of gray brightened with accents in blue or sunflower. “It’s about how things might be connected or disconnected, with a lot of hand-stitched tailoring and detail,” Statz said of her raw-cut silk shirt, chunky knitwear, embossed leather dresses, and coats with laser cutouts. One signature piece really stood out: a detached lapel that can be layered, scarf-like, over the shoulders of a minimalist coat. That’s an easy accent we can really appreciate.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Karen Elson Adds to Her Hot Streak With a New Louis Vuitton Campaign

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Karen Elson for Louis Vuitton

It’s virtually impossible to flip through a glossy these days without coming across at least one picture of Karen Elson, whose career has been in overdrive lately with recent ads for Jason Wu, Sonia Rykiel, Paule Ka, Kurt Geiger, and a new campaign for Louis Vuitton, which was announced today. In the brand’s new “Spirit of Travel” series, Peter Lindbergh went on safari in South Africa with Elson and fellow English rose Edie Campbell, and captured them feeding giraffes and riding zebras, respectively. (Campbell is known for her equestrian skills.) Keeping up her red-hot momentum, Elson has made plenty of appearances during the Fall ’14 shows, too—both in the front row and on the runway. So far, she’s turned up on catwalks including Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, and Diane von Furstenberg, and rubbed elbows with the celebs and editors at Alexander Wang and Rodarte. We wouldn’t be surprised to see more of her during the Paris shows.

Photo: Peter Lindbergh for Louis Vuitton

A Midway Fall ’14 Model Report

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Ola Rudnicka and Imaan Hammam

We’ve just passed the midway point of fashion month with the Milan shows well under way, and there have been plenty of memorable modeling moments thus far, particularly for newcomers. In general, the top-tier, A-list catwalkers have been more selective with their schedules, leaving room for fresh faces to ascend the ranks. Perhaps the easiest way to break down our favorite rookies is by hair color. By and large, it’s been the season of the platinum blond, with familiar faces Julia Nobis, Ashleigh Good, Juliana Schurig, Sasha Luss, and Devon Windsor making a strong case for bleached tresses (reminiscent of Khaleesi from Game of Thrones). Several new models have been riding Fall’s peroxide wave, too. First is ethereal Polish beauty Ola Rudnicka, who debuted at Prada’s Spring show and landed a spot in the label’s latest campaign. She’s turned up on just about every major runway in each city so far. Rudnicka kicked things off on a high note in New York, walking Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs. She went on to do Burberry and Christopher Kane in London, and continued to take Milan by storm, bookending No. 21 on Tuesday in addition to walking Max Mara and Moschino yesterday. Another noteworthy newcomer rocking a flaxen mane is Harleth Kuusik (who currently stars in Proenza Schouler’s Spring ads). In New York, she did turns at Rag & Bone, Victoria Beckham, and Proenza Schouler, then followed those up with J.W. Anderson and Erdem in London. We plan to see a lot more of both Rudnicka and Kuusik next week.

Waleska Gorczevski and Sophie Touchet

Next up is the fiery-tressed group of redheads led by sophomores such as Lera Tribel and Nika Cole (who can forget her teased-out, lamp-shade ’do from Schiaparelli’s Couture show?). They are joined by Quebec native Sophie Touchet, who made an early impact at Thakoon, 3.1 Phillip Lim, MBMJ (a.k.a. Marc by Marc Jacobs), and Burberry Prorsum, then moved on to open Alberta Ferretti and walk in Fendi yesterday. Finally, we’ve got a mixed bag of brunettes, ranging from Dutch stunner Imaan Hammam (she won the genetic lottery with a Moroccan mother and a father from Egypt, and her exotic looks have helped earn her key spots in top-tier casts including Prada, Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, and Fendi) to fierce-looking Ronja Furrer (that strong jawline gave her an edge at Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, and more). And how about this season’s most buzzed-about newcomer? Waleska Gorczevski has a hell of a name and a hell of a presence. During NYFW, the Brazilian model was the first girl out at Marc Jacobs. She also opened Yigal Azrouël and bookended Victoria Beckham, and has continued to rack up an impressive show list including Calvin Klein Collection, Hugo Boss, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, and Fendi. No doubt Paris will take to her serene, slightly quirky appeal.

Aside from Fall’s freshman class of catwalkers, we’ve witnessed plenty of noteworthy cameos by old-school veterans, too. For example, Alexander Wang’s finale featured the likes of Angela Lindvall, Bridget Hall, Candice Swanepoel, Caroline Trentini, Anne V., Hilary Rhoda, and Jacquetta Wheeler. Meanwhile, Karen Elson has been going at full throttle this year, and she continued to dazzle at Tom Ford, Donna Karan, and Diane von Furstenberg. On the other hand, we’ve got Karolina Kurkova, who surprised us by opening Cushnie et Ochs and turning up at Christopher Kane (where she was easily the most experienced model in the lineup). Other highlights included: Kirsten Owen opening and closing Mary Katrantzou; Mini Anden at Proenza Schouler; Liberty Ross and Stella Tennant at Tom Ford; and the triple threat of Carolyn Murphy, Frankie Rayder, and Liisa Winkler at Michael Kors. Last but not least was the brilliant cast at Burberry Prorsum, which featured Edie Campbell in addition to her two younger sisters, Olympia and Jean. Mark our words, those Campbell girls are stars in the making. And speaking of stars, you can’t deny that Kendall Jenner was a total natural on the runways at Marc Jacobs and Giles.

Photos: Indigitalimages.com

Fendi’s Drone Logic

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Fendi Drone

Fendi announced today that it will team up with Google to live-stream its Fall ’14 runway show via drones from tech company Parrot. The move marks Google’s latest fashion-focused foray, with its first being the Google Glass catwalk debut at Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring ’13 show. We can’t imagine that flying drones will be any more obtrusive than the giant oscillating camera arm used to broadcast real-time runway coverage now—but flying robots may prove to be a larger distraction for the models. Even so, those of us not in Milano are looking forward to seeing Fendi’s Fall ’14 at all angles.

Photo: via WWD

DVF’s New Wingman

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Diane Von Furstenberg's Journey Of A Dress Exhibition Opening Celebration Press Conference

After a memorable fortieth anniversary show last weekend, it seems Diane von Furstenberg only gets better with age. The gold, the music, the confetti! But everyone needs a right-hand man. To assist with her ever-expanding empire, the designer has hired Michael Herz as artistic director—a brand-new role at DVF. Herz has held past positions at Bally, Iceberg, Guy Laroche, and Falke, among others, and will ensure all products remain true to the brand, reports WWD. Herz also curated Von Furstenberg’s Journey of a Dress exhibit in Los Angeles last month, so it’s safe to say he’s an expert on all things DVF.

Photo: Getty Images