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April 20 2014

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28 posts tagged "Helena Christensen"

Saloni Steps It Up For Fall

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On Valentine’s Day, Helena Christensen wore a lovely printed and draped Saloni dress to the Elle Style Awards in London. It was quite the nice little celebrity credit, but the best part? “I didn’t even know about it,” gushed designer Saloni Lodha (center, above), at her Fall 2011 presentation earlier this week at the Savile Club in London. “I didn’t give her that dress. She bought it at Matches!” But that’s not so surprising. Lodha, a charming It girl herself, makes pretty dresses that other girls—including friends like Josephine de la Baume and Poppy Delevingne, who showed up to have a gander at her new collection—want to wear.

For Fall, Lodha’s abstract prints were inspired by the northern lights and Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s book of topographical photographs Earth From the Air. She expanded her easy day dress oeuvre in two directions—adding gowns and glamour as well as more separates like pants, skirts, and collarless coats as well as more cardigans, which she introduced last season and have been already selling like hotcakes. To her credit, it all worked together coherently. Those casual pieces had a dressed-up air. She cut boyish cropped trousers in jewel-hued silks and paired them with printed blouses and a great almost sweatshirtlike knit. She paired that same slouchy, easy sweater with a gold Lurex rah-rah skirt. Meanwhile a backless black jersey gown was grounded by a leather trimmed waist.

But Lodha’s presentation is never without a bit of whimsical staging. Bringing a smile to our faces this time were a trio of stuffed flamingos, a collaboration with artist Kelly McCallum, with bling-y crystal chunks instead of salt caked onto their legs.

Photo: Courtesy of Saloni

The Weather (And Fashion) Report From Copenhagen

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When Helena Christensen says go, you go—even, as it turns out, if it happens to be pouring rain. That’s how it went at the so-called “World’s Greatest Catwalk” that closed out Copenhagen fashion week on Saturday. Organizers laid down literally a mile of pink carpet in the city center, and Helena Christensen issued the sendoff to the more than 200 catwalkers, from infants (cradled in mom’s arms) to Denmark’s leading elderly model, all of whom hoofed it through town in looks put together by local merchants.

Rain, as it turned out, was one of the week’s overriding themes. A storm raged during Stine Goya’s show, where models glided through rooms decorated with Victorian-style installations of antique furniture and massive floral arrangements. At Wood Wood (above), the designers actually hosed down their models before sending them into the spotlight at the Den Frie contemporary art museum; with army jackets, shirtdresses, and khakis clinging to their bodies underneath backpacks, they looked like kids caught in a thunderstorm on the way home from school. On the other hand, mother nature luckily held the rain from Henrik Vibskov’s outdoor show at a park known locally as a hook-up spot (despite the swim goggles Vibskov accessorized his looks with, and the two enormous wood boats that burly men pushed into the center of the catwalk for the finale).

But rain or no rain, Copenhagen is about fun more than overly serious, capital-F fashion. Although one of the country’s most established names in womenswear, Margit Bradt (below), showed a strong collection playing on a safari theme (one picked up by several other designers as well), Soulland designer Silas Adler freely admitted that much of the best Danish style is “too basic to put on a catwalk” in Milan or Paris. (Though Adler, whose label grew out of a modest T-shirt project he started with skater friends, did throw some suits into the mix for the first time, below.) The real action in Denmark is at street-level, without the pomp and circumstance that can attend other European fashion weeks. Take Soulland’s after-party, which went down, sans formal invites, at a dive bar called Andy’s—one that the owner had to be roused from a stupor to open that night. Continue Reading “The Weather (And Fashion) Report From Copenhagen” »

Who Wore It Best At Stella McCartney?

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Stella McCartney, as her dad once wrote, gets by with a little help from her friends—and plenty of them turned out to her Resort ’11 presentation yesterday. Among the well-heeled admirers were (clockwise from top left) Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, and Helena Christensen, all of whom arrived in McCartney-designed duds. Each put her own spin on Stella’s wide-ranging collection: Watts and Christensen made for the airy sundresses, all sweetness and light; Paltrow channeled the London sophisticate in a boxy blazer and cropped pants; and Hudson went full-on cocktail with a glam black minidress (and smoky eyes to match). We think there’s hardly a bad look among them, but in the spirit of friendly competition, we’ll put it to you: Who wore Stella McCartney best?

Photos: Courtesy of Stella McCartney, except Naomi Watts (Chance Yeh/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Blasblog: The Party Before The Party

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You might think the weekend before the Met gala would be a time for quiet evenings in. Or, at the very least, conserving one’s energy—after all, Saturday night was a mere 48 hours before tonight’s Met ball, one of the biggest parties of the year. But it seems a few of the headliners who’ll descend on Manhattan for the big night were itching for a little high steppin’, too. At least that was the case at Nur Khan and Harry Josh’s Spring Fling, which drew Kates Bosworth and Hudson, Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, and Chloë Sevigny for a raucous dance party at the Hiro Ballroom. How they snuck out of late-night fittings (and manicures, eyebrow waxes, and whatever else happens in the village it takes to get these girls ready), I don’t claim to know. But come they did, at the behest of Khan and Josh (a hairstyling man-about-town). “I really don’t go out that much, as I prefer to stay home,” Gisele told me. (The bash was in part a birthday celebration for the supe, who arrived with Tom Brady in tow.) “But with Harry I know I’ll have fun.” The follicle connection runs deep—as does camaraderie. “Nur is good friend, and I know he would do anything for me,” said Sienna Miller. Put it that way, and hitting the sweat-soaked dance floor sounded like the least she could do. Call it one last workout squeezed in before the main event.

Photo: Carrie Shaltz/PatrickMcMullan.com

From The Catwalk To The Half-Pipe

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Runway fashion. Action sports. Strange bedfellows? Even in the age of Cynthia Rowley for Roxy, well, yes. But that doesn’t mean the twain shall never meet. Nike will announce today that it is debuting the first women’s collection from its 6.0 action sportswear line, and it’s clear from the fall pieces that the company’s had an eye on the world of style. Slouchy crewneck sweatshirts (sound familiar?); loose, color-blocked tanks; and functional, weather-proof parkas can stand up to the waves and the slopes—they were tested on surfer Monyca Bryne-Wickey and snowboarder Ellery Hollingsworth, who double as campaign girls—but don’t look like they’re fresh off the racks at Modell’s. And in case anyone was prepared to doubt Nike’s commitment to style, the brand brought in Helena Christensen to lens said campaign. Here’s your first look at HC’s shots (above), plus one of the photographer-supermodel-philanthropist in action (below).

Photos: Helena Christensen/Courtesy of Nike; Olivia Bee/Courtesy of Nike