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Italian For The Evening


Franca SozzaniLast night, Vogue Italia‘s Franca Sozzani staged an exhibit at the Italian Trade Commission celebrating—you guessed it—Italian fashion. The free-thinking editor mixed old and new, asking eight up-and-coming directors to present their fashion film spin on some of Italy’s biggest names, from Prada and Giorgio Armani to Missoni and Versace. “We chose the brands, they chose the clothes,” Sozzani said at yesterday’s exhibit-turned-party, wearing a bold print dress by emerging Italian talent Stella Jean.

“Everybody is Italian tonight!” exclaimed Calvin Klein’s Italo Zucchelli. True enough, the party had the likes of Joy Bryant, Amanda Hearst, and Johan Lindeberg showing off their Italian side—if only for the night. DJ Mia Moretti held out her Ferragamo clutch and Fendi shoes like an badge of honor.

Guests clamored inside the space, where digital screens broadcast each of the films. Headphones allowed them to listen in. Ann Dexter-Jones pointed to Carlo Lavagna’s An Italian Adventure, which had its Dolce & Gabbana heroine swimming in the Mediterranean. “I want to be in Sicily in that one,” she said.

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Just Add Water


A water print from Dion LeeAugust is the peak of summer, and we’re trying to make the best of it before New York fashion week kicks off in three-and-a-half weeks. That means spending as much time as possible by the water, whether it be a weekend trip to the shore, swimming in a friend’s pool, or even running through sprinklers in the park. Most often, though, we’re parked right here at our desks, which is why we’re particularly happy about the recent wave of water prints. Dion Lee showed reflective ripples on body-con dresses for Resort, and the Just Cavalli lineup featured an intarsia-knit pullover with a Hokusai-esque rip current. Mary Katrantzou, meanwhile, channeled her inner Bob Ross (The Joy of Painting legend), showing scenic landscape prints, including a river flowing underneath a bridge. Womenswear designers aren’t the only ones taking the plunge. Italo Zucchelli sent oceanic motifs down the Calvin Klein Collection runway, Miuccia Prada put a sinister spin on traditional tropical prints, and the hand-drawn waves that turned up at Kenzo, on button-downs and fold-over bags, will inevitably be popular in the streets.

Here, a slide show of our favorite new water prints.

Three’s a Trend: Reptilian Water Shoes


Water shoes from Calvin Klein, Givenchy, and Dries van Noten

The fact that sandals—from flip-flops to gladiators—emerged as a keynote trend on the Spring ’14 menswear runways isn’t terribly surprising. However, a trio of the industry’s heaviest hitters rendered a unique (and somewhat unexpected) take on the staple: exotic-skin Teva-style footwear.

At Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci showed snakeskin sandals to complement his Africana-tech motifs. In a palette of coral snake and black mamba, the shoes were a nice carryover from the designer’s Fall ’13 womenswear lineup, which featured banded python and eel-skin booties.

Dries Van Noten, too, implemented snakeskin on his Teva-esque kicks, pairing the vermilion hide with Velcro closures and gummy rubber. And at Calvin Klein, Italo Zucchelli offered an iteration in powder-blue crocodile—a hue derived from Fire Island’s summer seas. However, if the Discovery Channel has taught us anything this week, it’s that the only creatures we need to fear in the Atlantic are sharks.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Calvin Klein); Monica Feudi / (Givenchy); Gianni Pucci/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Dries Van Noten)

Land of the Setting Sun


Sunset looks from Fendi, Prada, and Calvin Klein

Milanese runways are feeling the heat, as troves of Italy’s presenters this menswear season have rendered sunset-inspired motifs on their wares, from ombré fadeaways to photo-realistic Atlantic twilights.

Calvin Klein‘s Italo Zucchelli showed a brilliant jumper aflame in solar fuchsia—a depiction of the view from his Fire Island summer home (above, right). Zucchelli also looked to James Turrell’s light sculptures—a timely nod, considering the artist’s much-hyped summer installation at New York’s Guggenheim Museum. Moschino, too, lensed a vivid, filmic gloaming on a range of bathing suits.

Dame Vivienne Westwood sent her boys to a sort of pan-global beach town, lending a sun-kissed casualness to her agitprop beat. One periwinkle-turned-rose-petal top caught our eye in particular. But it was Fendi‘s blur on a simple silken T-shirt that won the ombré challenge, hazily recalling a scorching desert (above, left).

And then there’s Prada (above, center). Miuccia gamely explored the underbelly of paradises then and now—spurring thoughts of wartime Vietnam (helicopters on the soundtrack) and seedy Honolulu racketeers. A series of bombers—heat-pressed with dusk-time littoral snapshots—perfectly encapsulated Prada’s ominous tropical sundown.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos/InDigital/GoRunway

The Split-Second Preview: Calvin Klein


The Spring ’14 menswear shows are under way in Milan. Before their collections hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our complete collection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.

A David Hockney work from Camera Works

WHO: Calvin Klein, designed by Italo Zucchelli

WHERE: Milan

WHEN: Sunday, June 23

WHAT: “Spring 2014 is a celebration of the summer sky, and the simplicity of the summer wardrobe.” —Italo Zucchelli. The designer sent us three inspiration photos of artworks by David Hockney (above), Paul Graham (below, left), and James Turrell (below, right).

Paul Graham from <em><noscript><img src=Photos: David Hockney from Camera Works; Paul Graham from End of an Age, James Turrell’s The Deer Shelter Skyspace at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, all courtesy of Calvin Klein