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Considering that, in the past few seasons, such brands as Pierre Balmain, See by Chloé, ICB, and Peter Som have all experimented with showing online rather than on the catwalk, Diane von Furstenberg’s recent hypothesis that physical fashion shows may be made “extinct by digital substitutes within the next few years,” doesn’t seem too far outside the realm of possibility. This London fashion week, Clements Ribeiro—the Natalie Massenet-mentored ready-to-wear brand designed by Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro—will be joining the crop of labels that are debuting their collections via the Internet.
On Saturday at 2 p.m. GST, Clements Ribeiro’s Spring ’14 range goes up digitally, coinciding with the launch of its new Web site, which comes with bells and whistles that cater to industry insiders and fashion fans alike. The buyers can fill their orders (the financing of which will be neatly handled by clever software), the press can view lookbooks, and fiercely loyal customers can buy online.
“It is unquestionable that fashion shows are a powerful tool for many brands—but there are just too many shows,” offered Ribeiro. “We found there is a better way to serve the entire chain. Yes, for sure, there is less adrenaline than a live runway show, but also less pressure. And from experience, this is how our clients want it—steady as she goes.” The Clements Ribeiro model is one of the first case studies for the British Fashion Council’s new digital department, and will also include a social media element. The designers will be available for a live Q&A via Twitter during the presentation, using the hashtag #CRSS14LIVE, and will be chilling in a Google hangout. For the brand, going online was a logical next move, since 60 percent of its sales were from the Internet anyway.
The label’s latest offering, an exclusive preview of which debuts here, is inspired by Ribeiro’s native Brazil. Spring ’14 is all about monochrome meeting pattern—the Girl from Ipanema turned bookish. The models featured in the designers’ Spring lookbook are pictured leaping barefoot, which, to Ribeiro, is a perfect representation of the brand. “I feel that we too are jumping—in leaps and bounds—to our next steps.”
Will the snakeskin motif ever go out of style? We don’t anticipate it happening anytime soon, especially since designers have been getting extra creative with their scaly wares. Cobalt hues and metallic finishes bring a modern edge to traditional snake prints, and on-trend shapes like slouchy sweatshirts, knee-length skirts, and oversize clutches make them essential additions to your fall wardrobe. Shop our favorite blue reptilian pieces by Kenzo, Stella McCartney, and more, below.
1. Reed Krakoff Alligator-Print Crepe and Fine-Knit Sweater, $1,190, available at net-a-porter.com
2. Kenzo Blue Reptile-Print Round Sunglasses, $275, available at ssense.com
3. Stella McCartney Oversize Patchwork Clutch, $1,055, available at saksfifthavenue.com
4. Derek Lam Fia Ankle-Strap Sandals, $795, available at shopbop.com
5. Diane von Furstenberg Paulina Python-Jacquard Skirt, $285, available at net-a-porter.com
If you’ve been following our coverage of the Parsons/Kering competition, you’re well aware that college graduation is nigh. But it’s not just Parsons’ BFA students who are presenting their final collections. Tomorrow, the second graduating class from the school’s MFA Fashion Design and Society program will unveil their wares at PH², an exhibition whose opening will be cohosted by Diane von Furstenberg. Yesterday, professor Shelley Fox and the best of the eighteen graduates gave Style.com a first look at their progressive work. “What impressed me was their persistence not to give up, to experiment, and to push themselves in a way they didn’t know they were capable of,” said Fox of the graduates, who will reveal their complete lineups during a show at New York fashion week in September. This year, Fox put a particular emphasis on pushing the students to create their own fabrics. “That’s one way you can really define yourself and set yourself apart from other designers,” she said.
Several of the grads took this to the extreme, like knitwear designer Hannah Jenkinson (above, left). Hailing from the UK, the 29-year-old pulled inspiration from the minimal clothes of the Amish, Mennonites, and nuns, as well as athletic wear. “But really,” she notes, “the collection was driven by technique and process; by [exploring] the boundaries of what makes something knitwear.” Take, for instance, her transparent jumper, in which she trapped strands of white yarn between two layers of fusing material. Other looks were crafted from rubber or repurposed vintage pieces. Chunky laces—like the ones seen on her sheer track pants or feminine skirts, were painstakingly hand-embroidered. “Some of [the pieces] took eight days.”
Melitta Baumeister, a 27-year-old German designer, took a new-wave approach to fabrication (above, right). She would finish a fabric garment, make a mold, and then recast it in silicone or foam. The result was classic clothing—like a white oxford shirt, a bomber, or a lace dress—reinvented in what felt like rubber. The collection, she explained, has to do with “controlling the uncontrollable, materializing liquid, and preserving a moment of movement in the garment.” The digital age affected her designs as well. “Now, with things like Instagram, capturing an image of a moment or a memory is almost more important than the memory itself.” Continue Reading “Top of the Class: Inside Parsons’ PH² Exhibition” »