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Dressing for Laughs

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There’s been lots of talk about the controversial practice of “peacocking” this season. But as we look back at four weeks of Fall ’13 shows with weary eyes, a few designers (and street-style stars) remind us that the f in fashion stands for fun. And perhaps embracing that with a little panache isn’t such a bad thing—particularly when it comes to novelty accessories. Take Dior, for instance: This season, Raf Simons brought a dash of wit to his slick collection by embossing boxy handbags with Warholian sketches of pointy single-soled shoes, thereby fusing two of our favorite things into one. (His raised-eyebrow sunglasses also deserve an honorable mention.) At Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld garnished his handbags with furry multicolored dice (one of which reminds us a little bit of an Angry Bird), and over at Chanel, he sent out models with mini-globe handbags and cobalt, powder-pink, mint-green, or red fur Anna Wintour bobs that looked like they were plucked from an anime cartoon. Speaking of fur, we can’t forget the giant skunk-striped mittens that turned up at Altuzarra or, for that matter, the arctic-appropriate full-length black gloves at Alexander Wang.

We also saw loads of cheeky headgear (Yazbukey‘s Plexiglas heart-and-arrow hat, Piers Atkinson‘s devil-horn cap, Meadham Kirchhoff‘s unicorns-in-love crown), jewelry (Henry Holland‘s crystal martini earrings, Lanvin‘s wildly appropriate “Help” pendants and wasp brooches, Louise Gray‘s eggbeater earrings), and miscellanea (Dsquared²‘s Sunset Boulevard-worthy extra long crystal-encrusted cigarette holders). But the sartorial satire wasn’t just on the runway. Outside the shows, Tommy Ton captured everything from skeleton gloves to Vika Gazinskaya’s scarf, which is made out of what appears to be a stuffed-animal iteration of a lemur. Sure, many of the shows were dark and somber, with their punk themes and muted palettes. But that just made the odd touch of zany all the more welcome.

Photos: GoRunway

The Split-Second Preview: House of Holland

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The Fall ’13 season is now well underway, and as we follow the shows to London, Milan, and Paris, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Naturally, it’s a busy time for everyone—designers and fashion watchers alike—so we’re pioneering the split-second preview: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. To view all of our Fall ’13 previews, click here.


WHO: House of Holland, designed by Henry Holland

WHERE: London

WHEN: Saturday, February 16

WHAT: “I’ve kidnapped my grandmother, dressed her in her old curtains, & dumped her in a field with ‘like-minded people’ & a pocketful of ecstasy.” — Henry Holland. The designer sent us an inspiration image, above.

Fashion Forward 2012 Winners Announced

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This morning, the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced the three womenswear designers—Mary Katrantzou, Henry Holland, and Louise Gray—and one menswear designer, James Long, who have been awarded the Fashion Forward sponsorship for two consecutive seasons of London shows. Long is the first menswear designer to receive funding from the Fashion Forward program. They are in good company. In the past six years of the program, the winners have included Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, and, last year, Peter Pilotto, Todd Lynn, and Meadham Kirchhoff.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

The Seats Of Honor At This Year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Henry Holland And Aggy Deyn On The Run, A Kardashian Kloset, And More…

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The other event of the season? No, not the Met ball—the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Every year, the magazines and networks jockey to see who can score the biggest celebrity gets for their tables. The frontrunners so far this year: The New Yorker, with Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, and the Coen brothers; and Tina Brown and Newsweek, with Colin and Alma Powell, True Blood‘s Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, SNL‘s Jason Sudeikis, Michael Kors, and Diane von Furstenberg. Our crack team of experts has put together the face-off rendering above. [WWD]

Our Sunday plan: lounge on the couch, sip coffee, and generally laze. Aggy Deyn and Henry Holland’s plan? Run the London marathon to benefit Oxfam. Oh sure, guys, go ahead and make us feel bad, why don’t you? [Vogue U.K.]

Speaking of feeling bad: Should one be appalled or amazed by Khloe Kardashian’s floor-to-ceiling closet of stripper-ready Louboutins? The visual evidence awaits; feel free to weigh in. [Elle]

Jessica Simpson—who, against the odds, has emerged as a remarkably successful fashion brand (we can’t quite bring ourselves to say designer)—is set to be wed before the end of the year. She’ll be contributing to the design of her dress, naturally. [Extra]

Photos: Getty Images

Noticed: London Designers Look To A Checkered (Tweedy And Knitted) Past

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You had to reconsider your notions about the crotchety and crocheted Afghan throw after it showed up in both printed and actual knitted form on the runways of vastly different British designers Christopher Kane (above left) and Henry Holland (above center). That’s just one example of the subverted Anglican heritage thread running through the London shows. Holland, whose inspiration was actually All Things Granny, also made use of bona fide Harris tweed, made special for him in candy brights. Then there’s Louise Gray, a designer to whom the word traditional very rarely applies, who both subverted and celebrated her Scottish heritage blowing up and pixellating tartan prints on mohair coats and deconstructing color-blocked Aran pullovers (above right).

It was definitely a moment for the Scots. Julien Macdonald danced a dark-edged Highland fling for his fall collection. And at Pringle of Scotland, the 195 year-old company where the H-word (that’s heritage, not Highland) is always a part of the recipe in varying amounts, designer Clare Waight Keller (who announced her resignation last week) blew up tweeds and remixed the good old Fair Isle into something fringed and bohemian. Perhaps she took a cue from the Pringle Archive Project, also shown during London Fashion Week, where Central Saint Martins MA students were asked to create new knitwear inspired by the company’s recently amassed collection of pieces dating back to the 1930s. The best results were refreshingly simple in execution. “The funniest thing to me is that when they got the whole archive together, what they chose to be inspired by,” said Professor Louise Wilson, the school’s legendary MA course director who headed up the project. “If you look at their portfolios, it’s quite obscure. But I would have been very disappointed if they’d started doing beading and bows.”

Photos: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com (Kane and Holland); Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com (Gray)