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On The Catwalks, Every Day Is Veterans Day

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YasminIn recent years, fashion designers, casting directors, and model agencies alike have been scrutinized for using underage models. But while the phenomenon is still troublingly widespread, so is a happier trend from the opposite end of the spectrum: the ongoing prominence of the comparatively mature model—which, in the fishbowl of fashion, means north of (gasp!) 29. But beauty, of course, doesn’t end with your twenties. Who can forget the buzz that Naomi Campbell—looking as good as ever at 43—stirred up when she opened and closed Atelier Versace back in July? Throughout the Couture shows were appearances by Yasmin Warsame and Alek Wek at Christian Dior, as well as 30-year-old Chinese super Du Juan closing at Giambattista Valli.

Veteran models fared well at the Fall ’13 shows, too. Carolyn Murphy turned up at Calvin Klein Collection, and Alexander Wang put Malgosia Béla in the lineups for both his namesake collection and his Balenciaga debut. Meanwhile, Tom Ford brought back Liya Kebede and Julia Stegner for his first major runway spectacle, and Miuccia Prada mixed cult favorites—including Kirsten Owen, Liisa Winkler, and Esther de Jong—in with the newcomers at her Fall show. Going into the Spring ’14 season, here’s hoping we’ll see more of these familiar faces return to the runways. At the top of our list is Christy Turlington, who currently stars in Fall ad campaigns for Prada, Calvin Klein, and Jason Wu. Christy, the catwalk is calling you back.

Here, a few of our favorite returning champions of the runway.

The New Tennis Whites—White Not Included

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New York is gearing up for the start of the 2011 U.S. Open, when tennis fans flock day and night to Flushing to watch the world’s best players face off for glory. The focus is, of course, on the game, but fashion has always taken an interest in the sport too—like a certain editor who’s often spotted fronting Roger Federer’s cheering section. Style and sport meet in the on-court uniforms, and while tennis whites are the classic, there may not be much white in evidence this year. Nike’s athletes, at least, will be in roaring Technicolor. The label is dressing some of the game’s best for their games—including Federer and Rafael Nadal on the men’s field, and Li Na, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Victoria Azarenka on the women’s—and they’ll be kitted out in brights, from deep reds and pinks for Federer, Williams, and Li to deep ocean blues for Azarenka and Nadal. (The latter—the defending Open champ—gets patterns inspired by the elements, too, with a rainy-looking geometric print.) “This season we really wanted to amplify color,” Nike Tennis’ creative director, Janice Lucena, said. And while fashion designers and athletic designers don’t always see eye to eye, in this she’s right in line with the designers, like Tomas Maier at Bottega Veneta, Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, Raf Simons at Jil Sander, and Giambattista Valli, who showed flashes of ultra-saturated shades on their Fall runways. Nike’s day outfits debut exclusively here on Style.com. Get a good look now, and focus on what’s important this game day—the game.


Top row, left to right: Day outfits for Li Na; Rafael Nadal; and Serena Williams.
Bottom row, left to right: Day outfits for Maria Sharapova; Roger Federer; and Victoria Azarenka.

Photos: Courtesy of Nike

Blasblog From Venice: Late-Night Airport Party. No, Really

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I am finding this out the hard way: Venice is a late-night city. So late, in fact, that I’m having a hard time keeping up. (I’m blaming jet lag, but—heaven forbid—I hope this doesn’t mean I’m getting old.) Take Thursday night, for example: After François Pinault’s museum opening, an Interview magazine cocktail party on the island of Giudecca, and a decadent Missoni dinner on a boat in the Arsenale district of town, I was dragged to—get this—the Lido airport for a Danish and Nordic pavilions-sponsored dance party on an actual plane runway. I was the only one worried that this might violate some sort of FAA regulation: Neville Wakefield, Eugenie Niarchos, Olympia Scarry, and Alexia Niedzielski all ambushed the DJ booth, threw down their purses and man bags, and started a few dance-offs with the local revelers. It was surreal, and if that wasn’t enough, post-runway rave it was back to the Bauer Hotel terrace, where we all were last night, for more drinks. (Though, I must divulge, even the chicest of European girls had moved on to beer at this point, hoping to fill their stomachs.) Here the likes of Viscount Dan Macmillan congregated with Giambattista Valli and Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis. At that hour—and that blood alcohol level—Venice really worked its charm: Look here, I even spotted Antonio Berardi having a little moment with 10magazine‘s Sophia Neophitou, until Margherita Missoni came and broke it up.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

The Tailor On Giambattista Valli’s Speed Dial

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Yesterday may have been the unofficial start of summer, but there’s still another month of New York benefits before the party set packs up and ships itself off to the Hamptons for the duration. That means you’re going to need more dresses. If you blew what was left of your clothing budget on that
Alexander Wang shorts suit and you’ve called in your last favor from your friends in PR, it might be time to re-evaluate what you have in your closet. By that we mean take an old frock to the tailor for a makeover, and by that we mean Cititailor’s Ilya Kandov and Natalya Kogan. The go-to needle workers of everyone from Alberta Ferretti to Giambattista Valli, Kandov and Kogan can do more, much more, than fix a hem and let out a seam. Having plied their trade at Bergdorf Goodman before launching their own business two and a half years ago, the Russian natives know dresses from the inside out. Need something altered from a size four to a size eight? Done. Size ten? No problem. Want your favorite L.B.D. in white or shocking pink? They can do that too. In other words, when you get tired of those tennis-ball shoulders in your spangled Balmain, Cititailor is where you should take it.
Cititailor, 5 E. 59th St., sixth floor, (212) 759-6004.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Lady In White

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We can’t imagine Tilda Swinton deigning to bother about a rule like not wearing white before Memorial Day, so it was no surprise to see her in an icy Giambattista Valli coat at the screening of The Limits of Control last night. To us, the actress looks every inch the polished lady. Our question to you: Is her look Queen Mum or yum?

Photo: Jimi Celeste / PatrickMcMullan.com