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7 posts tagged "Hannah MacGibbon"

Utility vs. Fantasy: Which Side Are You On?


Call it optimism or call it escapism, but Spring 2010 is the season of the ruffled party dress: usually short, often chiffon, and almost always nude (we refer to both the color and the prevalence of sheer fabrics). Marc Jacobs—who else?—kicked the trend into high gear with his parade of ballet nymphs in New York. The frill lasted all through London, Milan, and Paris, taking in along the way Christopher Kane, Fendi, and Jacobs’ former protégé Peter Copping at Nina Ricci. But toward the end of Paris, a counterinsurgency. At Celine, Phoebe Philo cleared the collective palate with a collection that she herself described as “a kind of contemporary minimalism.” Hannah MacGibbon was of a similar mind-set at Philo’s former stomping ground Chloé, and, thinking about it, the groundswell of “utility chic” could be traced back via Junya Watanabe‘s pantsuits to MaxMara‘s back-to-what-we-do-best styles to…well, didn’t Marc put those plain little raincoats over his ruffles? (And was it just coincidence that the patron saint of contemporary minimalism, Jil Sander, chose this moment to re-emerge with her +J line for Uniqlo?) So, suddenly, two camps: one that flirts with frivolousness but that also has the potential to create romance and desire, the other practical but possibly in danger of coming across as too plain. Click for a slideshow, then tell us, which side are you on, and perhaps more pertinently, which approach will make you open your wallet?

Photo: Marcio Madeira

A Gold Rush On The Spring Runways


Sparkle is a no-brainer at the holidays, but we’ll all shine on well into 2009 if the runways are any indication (click for slideshow). At Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquière showed off an iridescent ribbon dress that caught Cate Blanchett’s eye—she’s already worn it to the Sydney premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (left). Derek Lam and Chloé’s Hannah MacGibbon both turned out voluminous metal-treated pants, and a paneled Victoriana gown at Nina Ricci shimmered in the stage lights. Elsewhere, designers brought new meaning to that 2008 catchphrase, liquidity. At Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, reflective gowns melted down the body. Here’s to a new year that’s shiny and bright. Click here for a gallery of metallic looks.