10 posts tagged "Loewe"
Narrowing down the season’s top newcomers to just ten girls is never an easy task. After following their progress through New York, London, Milan, and Paris, we admittedly feel a bit like stage moms cheering on all the rookies. But, considering Fall ’13′s impressive crop of fresh faces, picking our favorites this season was even more gut-wrenching than usual.
At the end of the day, however, decisions have to be made. But the runners-up deserve a round of applause, too. At the top of our list of girls who almost made the cut is Elisabeth Erm (WILHELMINA), who shot to the front of the pack after walking Calvin Klein in New York, and then went on to kill it in Europe. She ended particularly strong in Paris, turning up at Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, and Miu Miu, among others. Another girl who boasted a very impressive show list was Nicole Pollard (ELITE), a favorite of Raf Simons, who closed the month with twenty-seven top-tier turns, including Dior, Alexander Wang, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Givenchy.
Some girls only walked a few shows, but that doesn’t mean they went unnoticed. Take Binx Walton (NEXT), for instance. The Tennessee native racked up exclusives at Marc Jacobs and Versace, and also appeared at Miu Miu in Paris, and Giles and Sister by Sibling in London (clearly, Katie Grand, who styles both collections, is a fan). Breathtaking brunettes Elise Smidt (WOMEN) and Lauren English (IMG) also went the selective but premium route. Smidt caught the eye of casting directors in Milan, at Prada and Jil Sander, then went on to hit the runway at Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Chloé, and Dior in Paris. English emerged as a favorite of Alexander Wang (who definitely has a sixth sense for models) in New York, then turned up again on his Balenciaga catwalk in Paris. She rounded out the season with Céline, Acne Studios, Loewe, and Maison Martin Margiela. Keep an eye out for these ladies during the next few months—we have a feeling you’ll be seeing more of them.
Ever since Fendi debuted its multicolored fur Mohawks in Milan, the punked-up coifs have been fanning out all over the Fall runways. But they’re not appearing as you might expect; rather, designers have appropriated the motif and completely turned it on its head. For starters, Fendi’s pastel quiffs got so much attention that one might have missed Lagerfeld’s punchy Mohawked boots and bags. Haider Ackermann put his own spin on the look, sending his models out with white matted hair fashioned into “death hawks” (a style favored by goths). Not surprisingly, the same rebellious tresses popped up in black at Vivienne Westwood, but the Dame of Punk placed her death dos on black platform booties rather than her catwalkers’ noggins. Jean Paul Gaultier experimented with aubergine and bubblegum-highlighted faux-hawk-mullet hybrids at his Fall show, and over at Loewe, Stuart Vevers garnished the heels of his single-soled sandals with exaggerated, razor-sharp black or blonde fringe. Loewe’s shoes were a particularly “uptown” take on the antiestablishment-rooted style (what would the punks of the seventies have said about that?) and reminded us of YSL’s much-snapped suede Mohawk pumps from Fall 2010. Now, don’t shave and dye your hair just yet (or, actually, maybe do), but we’d have to say that the Mohawk, in its many incarnations, is one of Fall’s most prominent (and playful) punk trends so far.
Designers spoke, and we all listened: Goodbye, big bags; hello, minis. I’ve been toting an envelope clutch around during the day—I even swapped my wallet for a Valextra card holder to save space. The clutch only has space for my barest essentials—cards, phone, sunglass case, and a lip gloss. I’m not ready to go back to big, but while I like the lean look, sometimes a clutch is just too small. That’s why I’ve got my eye on a drawstring leather pouch. I’ve been seeing great versions at my market appointments. When The Row introduces handbags to its collection for Fall (they’ll be at Barneys in July), it’ll include an amazing blush python sac. Balenciaga offers a version with its classic metal details. Loewe’s come in candy colors, and VBH’s is ultra-luxe, with studded python. They’re perfect for those days when less just isn’t more.
Above: Pouches by The Row (top left), VBH (top right), Balenciaga (center), and Loewe (bottom).
The short film that Hollywood special effects expert James Lima shot for Loewe’s Amazona bag, which turned 35 years old in 2010, begins like any other advertisement for a highly prized luxury good: with a gorgeous girl, in this case Ana Beatriz Barros, caressing its supple leather and clutching it to her like a lover. But Blow Up is different. “James and I talked about deconstructing the Amazona, taking it apart piece by piece, and showing the 12 hours of work [that goes into the making of it], but in reverse and in a bold, provocative way,” Loewe’s Stuart Vevers told Style.com. “That’s where the idea of exploding bags came from.” Lima has plenty of experience blowing things up, having worked as a concept artist on Avatar, Spider-Man, and Starship Troopers, and he put it to good use in this video, which was styled by Katie Grand, and which Style.com is premiering exclusively. Spoiler alert: “For one shot I wanted the bag to levitate and then tumble—you have to place the explosives asymmetrically inside it to achieve that,” Lima explained. “Another explodes into little stars, because we used the same technology that made the Death Star explode in Star Wars. Then I wanted the ‘Brain Fire’ effect used in Backdraft, so that the bag doesn’t explode but emits a plume of fire, like dragon’s breath.” Watch the clip to see it all in action.