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Fashion’s scope is undeniably global. If you’ve been keeping up with Tommy Ton’s latest street-style dispatches, you already know that right now, the action is in Sydney, where it’s all about showcasing local talent. This season, when Aussie heavyweights Dion Lee and Josh Goot pulled out at the last minute (reportedly to focus on building their respective international presences), it gave up-and-comers a chance to seize the spotlight. The week kicked off with Romance Was Born’s action-packed collection, featuring graphic prints borrowed from Marvel comics. Yes, we’ve already seen cartoon couture stateside from Phillip Lim, but this lineup had plenty of its own ka-pow. Other memorable moments included the directional, draped looks in rich-colored silks from Ellery (pictured) and Jenny Kee’s over-the-top headpieces and one-of-a-kind gowns. Naturally, there was a commercial focus, too. Retailers are sure to scoop up the on-trend denim-on-denim looks seen at Ksubi and Zimmermann’s perfectly pretty, floral frocks. It seems things are looking up down under.
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The London e-commerce and by-appointment boutique LN-CC is moving quickly from an insider’s secret—it’s name-checked as a favorite by the likes of J.W. Anderson, who included it on a list of his London must-visits in Issue 02 of Style.com/Print, and Phillip Lim—to a retail leader. So perhaps it was only a matter of time before the shop tried out a campaign. The five-part series they’ve created for Spring has launched quietly over the past few weeks on LN-CC.com, but the impact, according to brand director Dan Mitchell, has been immediate. “I’m actually very surprised,” he admitted to Style.com. “The response has been fantastic.” The men’s and women’s shots, styled by creative director John Skelton and shot by the in-house LN-CC team, were lensed not in London but worldwide. The store’s reach may be growing, but it remains an inside player in some respects. Fashion obsessives will recognize one of the men’s models from the first campaign as Robbie Snelders, Raf Simons’ muse and righthand man. A follow-up for Fall is soon to be in the works.
In 2011, vibrant colors made their bold return to the runways. While the Spring ’12 and pre-fall collections have shown no sign of the color trend disappearing, black and white is popping up in a big way. Designers including Monique Lhuillier, Maria Cornejo, and Phillip Lim all worked the classic color combo into their pre-fall collections. Karl Lagerfeld even managed to make black and white looks a centerpiece of his Indian-inspired Chanel presentation. (Black and white might be quintessentially Coco, but in Bombay, that’s not so much the case.) As pre-fall collections continue to roll out, we’ll be watching to see if the trend carries on.
However you sketch it, 2011 was a blockbuster year for novelty prints. The illustrated craze kicked off with Prada’s chimps and stayed strong with Riccardo Tisci’s fierce Rottweilers and sleek jaguars prowling the street-style blogs. Designers have continued to ratchet up the kitsch factor with their latest collections. Dolce & Gabbana sent looks plucked fresh from an Italian garden down the runway in September, while Miuccia Prada stamped her fifties-inspired clothes for Spring with vintage cars. Recently, we’ve noticed a cartoon trend on the rise. Andrea Dellal wore a comic strip sheath to Art Basel, and Phillip Lim’s pre-fall lineup featured pieces with phrases like “KA-BAM!” pulled from graphic novels.
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