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August 23 2014

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188 posts tagged "Prada"

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Socks With Sandals

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Once a universally acknowledged style disaster, the socks-with-sandals look is experiencing a curious (if surprisingly rather chic) resurgence. Stylists at Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, and Prada (below, left to right) all showed peep-toe and strappy sandals with high socks. (At the Spring men’s shows, a few labels, like Bottega Veneta, even experimented with the pairing for dudes.) As Gawker points out, M.I.A. tried the look out at her Letterman appearance in New York this week—she even put her phalanx of look-alike backup dancers in identical sandal-and-sock combos. Her look is a perfect occasion for a styling public service announcement: If you’re going to brave the trend, please, please don’t do it with sweat socks.

Photo:Ray Tamarra / Everett Collection (M.I.A.); Courtesy of Alexander Wang; Courtesy of Derek Lam; Courtesy of Prada

All Business For Gisele, Prada, Pierre Bergé, And More…

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The Forbes Celebrity 100 list is out, and models are well represented. Gisele (pictured; #85), Heidi Klum (#86), and Kate Moss (#91) all made the list—though, we have to admit, in the lower rungs. You’re gonna need to hustle to catch up with Taylor Swift (#12), ladies! [Forbes]

Prada is reportedly again considering an IPO, a move it has mulled and rejected several times over the past few years. The latest bid has the company going public in the first quarter of 2012. [WWD]

A group of three investors—including YSL’s late partner in business and life, Pierre Bergé—will assume control of the struggling French newspaper Le Monde. The trio’s bid was opposed by French president Nicolas Sarkozy, owing to Bergé’s close ties to socialist politics, but narrowly approved by a board vote. [Bloomberg]

And if all that business news is a little heady for a Tuesday morning, relax with a few pretty pictures. The experts at Modelinia weigh in on two new Fall campaigns: Isabel Marant (starring #91 herself, Kate Moss), and Miu Miu (starring Ginta Lapina and Siri Tollerød). [Modelinia]

Photo: Don Ashby and Olivier Chasse

I Can See Clearly Now

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Our sharp-shooting man on the street, Tommy Ton, has just sent his dispatch from Milan men’s fashion week. (If you haven’t seen them already, what are you waiting for? Head here now.) Glimpsing this transparent Prada clutch on the arm of one of menswear’s stylish dames, we were reminded how good see-through can look. If you’re feeling the transparent look, here are a few other glassy options to browse. Fendi’s boxy Spring clutch (below) and Sonia Rykiel’s jewel-embellished Spring satchel (middle) are available now; Chanel’s icy Fall bag (bottom) hits stores soon. Continue Reading “I Can See Clearly Now” »

Orange Crush?

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Noticed at the Italian menswear shows: a curious incidence of brilliant orange, from fiery ochres (at Prada) to more golden tones (woven into embroidered pants at Haider Ackermann and used for supple leathers at Etro).
Clockwise from top left: Prada, Prada, Z Zegna, Haider Ackermann, Jil Sander, Etro.

Photos: Marcio Madeira / FirstView.com (Prada, Etro, Z Zegna); Giovanni Giannoni for Pitti Immagine (Jil Sander, Haider Ackermann)

The Suit: An Appreciation

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We’re knee-deep in Milan men’s fashion week, and suit aficionados—myself included—should be happier than pigs in, well, what pigs like to wallow in. Womenswear designers have lately been hearing the call of the suit, too (witness the power-suit-heavy Fall ’10 collections), and looking at both those ladies’ options and the finely tailored Italian versions currently parading through Milan, it’s easy to see why. There’s something so perfect and self-contained about a great suit, whether it’s a classic version, like Ermenegildo Zegna’s, or a jazzed-up new standard, like Prada’s denim-on-denim (pictured), or Martyn Bal’s new eighties revivals at Versace. The suit is a uniform, but worn right, it can be one in the best possible sense of the word—something worn because it enables. I think that’s what Rick Owens was getting at, when, a few years ago, he professed his admiration for the Parisian interior designer Jean-Michel Frank, who whittled his wardrobe down to one perfect item. “Supposedly he has 40 identical gray flannel suits,” he said. “That always impressed me.” Find what really works, and don’t change it. Or change it ever so slightly to fit you. That’s what I thought when I read Karen Wright’s catalog of her run-ins with the incomparable painter David Hockney in More Intelligent Life. Tucked away at the bottom was a great little detail: Hockney, who has famously taken to sketching using iPhone (and now iPad) apps in place of pencil and paper, has his suits altered to accommodate. Each one—even his tuxedo—has a deep inner pocket sewn into the jacket, one that precisely fits the iPad. If you want to be a master, you’ve got to dress the part.

Photo: Marcio Madeira / FirstView.com