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The Next Big Thing: Mathieu Mirano, Spring ’14


Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month kicks into gear, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.


Label: Mathieu Mirano

Need to Know: Twenty-two year-old Mathieu Mirano knows a thing or two about luxury. With three collections under his belt, Mirano, a former Parsons the New School for Design student, has established himself as a young designer who eschews fleeting trends for high-quality fabrics, classic silhouettes, and couture techniques, or what he calls “extreme luxury.” (This raison d’être may have attracted latest fan and somewhat-reformed sartorial shocker Lady Gaga, for whom Mirano designed the much-buzzed-about sculptural white frock made out of paper for her recent Good Morning America outing.) For Spring ’14, Mirano traded vellum for Italian exotic skins and French lace to dress a woman who he calls “expensive and sophisticated.” To wit, the tightly edited collection showed a great attention to construction and texture with platinum-foil python cocktail dresses that grazed the midcalf, plastic-bonded lace “raincoats,” tailored silk-stretch suiting, and a plethora of boned bralettes, all with corset detailing. One standout included a party frock that took more than three hundred hours to handcraft and featured gilded pheasant feathers embellished with real rose petals, which were then preserved in resin. The color palette ranged from nude to siren red, a nod to muses Rita Hayworth and Lolita. Mirano, who admitted Ms. Gaga herself might have influenced the collection’s seductive attributes (see: leather harnesses and see-through cellophane shifts), imagines his clothes to be worn on the streets of Paris or on holiday in the Caribbean. Up next? The native New Yorker revealed he has more collaborations in the works with the “Applause” singer and hinted at an upcoming project with Katy Perry.

He Says: “This collection is all about the femme fatale who underneath it all is a little bit sinister and almost evil; not everything is what it seems.”

Where to Find It: Mirano currently takes private orders on his Web site,

Photo: Courtesy of Mathieu Mirano

Runway to Red Carpet: Black and White, but Not a Bit of Boring


Lara Stone in Christopher KaneIt seems the stars picked up on Resort ’14′s black-and-white cues on the red carpet this week. Wednesday afternoon, Taylor Swift mixed and matched Elie Saab separates at a press event in L.A. She paired a white blouse with a sheer lace panel on the front from Fall ’13 with black pleated shorts from the Resort ’13 collection. On the opposite coast, funny girl Tina Fey exited Late Show With David Letterman wearing a black-and-white body-con Reed Krakoff dress with a printed bodice that was perforated at the shoulders.

Tuesday night featured an appearance from model and new mom Lara Stone, who helped hubby David Walliams celebrate his birthday in London while wearing a gray camo minidress from Christopher Kane’s Fall ’13 runway. While she’s technically wearing it on the sidewalk (left), we figure that, when you’re a supermodel, the world’s your red carpet.

That same night, Lily Collins continued to shine on the red carpet at the Berlin premiere of her film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, in a black Paper London crop top and floor-length Halston Heritage skirt, accented with a chunky gold-chain necklace and gold cuff. Lady Gaga had a very busy Monday, stepping out in four different outfits while traveling to and from several TV and radio appearances throughout the day to promote her new single, “Applause.” To start the day, Mother Monster arrived at ABC’s studio in New York for Good Morning America looking decidedly smart in a conservative (for Gaga, at least) black Balenciaga Resort ’14 frock. Her newly sophisticated style is a welcome change from the queen of sartorial shock. But fans of her more eccentric looks need not fret—she later changed into a white sculpted paper Mathieu Mirano ensemble for her on-screen appearance.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

“Applause,” Please: Brandon Maxwell Talks Styling Lady Gaga’s Latest Video


Just in case you haven’t gotten your fill of Lady Gaga’s paint-smeared face, it’s back in the video for “Applause,” the first single to (officially) drop from the singer’s forthcoming album, Artpop. Fittingly, for the woman devoted to living her life as a live-action editorial shoot, the video was directed by fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who also shot Artpop‘s cover and Gaga’s four September V covers. “For me, it was one of the most memorable experiences that we’ve ever had,” Gaga’s stylist, Brandon Maxwell, told when asked about working with the photographers. Of course, the clothes—like an archival John Galliano gown accessorized with duct tape and safety-pin baubles by Mathieu Mirano, and Valentino Couture lingerie paired with Alaïa boots—added to the excitement.

“The concept was really, What would you do for the applause?” explained Maxwell. Donning a custom Gareth Pugh pillow gown (which explodes around a black catsuit by Mila Schön) and a Maison Martin Margiela Couture jacket (Gaga wears it atop a mirror-and-pin costume conceived by her sister, Natali Germanotta) seems a good place to start. However, Maxwell stressed that some of Gaga’s most memorable looks boast a DIY touch. “Nobody loves clothes and couture more than Gaga, but I think some of her most famous costumes are things that she made with her own two hands,” asserted the stylist. “So there are parts of the video that are incredible for fashion people—like, I was basically crying during that whole Galliano scene. But she has a huge fan base, and I like to choose pieces—whether they’re off the runway or made by us—that some of these kids can make at home.” This time around, those items included seashell pasties; a floating bikini bottom that Gaga’s in-house Renaissance man, Perry Meek, assembled from fresh flowers, glue, and string; and a surreal top by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac shaped to look as though two gloved hands are grasping Gaga’s breasts. The pop star also wears assemblage-style wings—fashioned from broken umbrella spokes—by L.A.-based Junker Designs. Continue Reading ““Applause,” Please: Brandon Maxwell Talks Styling Lady Gaga’s Latest Video” »

Mathieu Mirano Fall 2013


Label: Mathieu Mirano

Need to Know: Young designer Mathieu Mirano came by the offices to give us a preview of his third collection to date, and we were immediately drawn to his fur pieces. The beaver zip-up jacket was a dream. The fox cutout coats were showstoppers, and his wool miniskirt feels like a winter essential. Mirano’s strict palette of blush and black made a strong impact. And with so many luxe materials (like chain mail, leather, and georgette), the collection seemed rich and decadent. Even basics looked special. It will be interesting to see how the designer translates his affinity for texture to Spring fabrics next season.

He Says: “The collection is all about classic silhouettes executed in a new way.”

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Photo: Courtesy of Mathieu Mirano