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Are You Charmed By Snakeskin?

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It was a clash of the creatures for Spring 2011. In one corner: last season’s reigning champion, leopard. In the other, python. Thakoon Panichgul, for his part, decided snakeskin, both real and as a print on sequins, had the bigger bite. Joseph Altuzarra also saw python as the clear victor. “It feels very exotic and sensual, and has a timeless appeal,” he told Style.com. “Whether you wear a full python jacket with a simple pant, or patchwork it with other materials, it’s feminine and sexy.” Sexy, and how. Roberto Cavalli‘s fringed rock goddess gowns were plenty sultry. But those in the market for something a bit more tame can still take a nibble. Michael Kors worked the skin into a putty-colored pencil skirt, and Barbara Bui used it as an accent on a trench.

Click here for a slideshow, and let us know if snakeskin is in for spring.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

Toasting T

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“Second only to Diane von Furstenberg, Sally Singer is my favorite woman in fashion,” Mickey Boardman said last night. “Wherever she is, I’ll be there with bells on.”

Last night, “there” was the Spotted Pig, and Boardman was indeed on hand-draped in bling if not in bells. He’d turned up, like Charlie Rose, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Adler, and Jason Wu (left, with Singer), to toast Singer’s new gig as the editor in chief of T. The editor herself was in a forward-looking mood (if a little exhausted, like most of those on hand, from a week-plus of fashion shows). But she’s as well known for her wide-ranging non-fashion interests-design, literature, culture, art, and so on-as for her taste for clothes. And at T, that’s a requisite. “I think [the interconnectedness] is indelible to T and the Times, where we have the best newsroom in the world-the best newsrooms all over the world.” Asked if she felt pressure to institute bold changes, she demurred. “Not at all,” she said. “I think Stefano [Tonchi] did an incredible job. I inherited an incredible magazine. I don’t have to change anything. A magazine just naturally takes on the personality of its editor.”

The Spotted Pig, meanwhile, had taken on the personality of the magazine for the night. Giant bouquets of roses scented the second floor room, and scattered around were giant versions of T‘s gothic-script logo constructed out of hay. It may have been the tail end of a long fashion week, but the designers came to pay their respects, too. Joseph Altuzarra, fielding compliments and praise for his show, spoke for many when he said, “Sally was one of my earliest supporters. I’m so happy for her.” And Wu put the capper on it: “What’s not to celebrate? Sally’s amazing.”

Photo: Chance Yeh/Patrick McMullan

From Bergdorf’s To Your Browser

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The last time we saw the Swarovski-encrusted capsule collection created by the 2010 CFDA Swarovski Award nominees, it was on display in the window of Bergdorf Goodman. The CFDAs have come and gone, but those one-off pieces can be yours—provided you’re a dab hand with the mouse. On Wednesday, items from eight of the nominated designers (Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Simon Spurr, Richard Chai, Eddie Borgo, Alexander Wang, and Dana Lorenz) will go on sale on Gilt Groupe. Prices begin at $1,200, but the proceeds go to a good cause, the CFDA Foundation’s educational initiatives. With items like Alexander Wang’s Rocco bag (pictured)—its bottom dotted with Swarovski crystals—and only one of each on offer, we think they may just set a record for fastest online sellout ever. You had a good run, Momofuku Ko. Continue Reading “From Bergdorf’s To Your Browser” »

In The Studio With Joseph, Prabal, Jason, And More

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Nine designers nominated for Swarovski Awards at the CFDAs last night—Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Richard Chai, Patrik Ervell, Simon Spurr, Eddie Borgo, Dana Lorenz, and Alexander Wang—and nine studio visits in Swarovski’s new short film Brilliant. (Bonus for the numerologists: Swarovski has been sponsoring the award for nine years, too!) Directors Josh Melnick and Xander Charity visited each of the designers for a quick snapshot of where they work, what they do, and what inspires them to do it—everything from the fifties to Siouxsie. Check out the exclusive debut, below.



PLUS: To see the winners of the three Swarovski Awards—and all of the evening’s other awards and honors—click here.

The Swarovski Nominees Bring The Sparkle

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The CFDA’s Swarovski Awards for emerging talent don’t just bring their nominees recognition and industry respect—they also bring them a whole bunch of Swarovski crystals. The nine designers nominated for the award this year (three each for womenswear, menswear, and accessories) each designed a custom, crystal-encrusted piece for a one-off capsule collection, and nominees Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Simon Spurr, and Dana Lorenz were on hand this morning to unveil them in the the 57th Street windows of Bergdorf Goodman. The award ceremony’s fast approaching, but Altuzarra, for one, was unfazed. “I don’t succumb to the hysteria,” he told us with enviable Zen. For his piece, he covered the arm of a slim black blazer in faceted black gems (above, center). It made for a chic companion piece to Spurr’s peak-lapelled tuxedo jacket, with blink-or-you’ll-miss-it crystal embellishments near the shoulder (above, center). There was no missing the spray of gems that covered Gurung’s asymmetrical white cocktail dress (above, right>, but the designer’s got interiors as well as fashion on his mind. Between working on his next collection and getting ready for the June 7 awards ceremony, he’s settling into his CFDA-sponsored Incubator studio space. Soon to come? A couch.

Click right to see the designs of all of the Swarovski Award nominees. Continue Reading “The Swarovski Nominees Bring The Sparkle” »