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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

Caught By The Fuzz?

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If you’re planning on investing in some shearling come fall, you won’t be alone. Countless designers turned out fuzzy jackets on the runways, and top models were snapped donning covetable vintage versions backstage—all but guaranteeing the material will be a must-have when the temperatures near freezing again. Should you prefer not to wait that long, we suggest exploring the trend as an accent piece, à la Prada‘s detachable collar or Pringle‘s trimmed sweater, which designer Clare Waight Keller liked for its “rugged appeal.” At Hermès (left) and Trussardi 1911, shearling lent ladylike totes a similar outdoorsy vibe, even if the only air they’ll likely be exposed to is the kind between town car and town house.


Click here for the slideshow, and let us know how you plan to wear shearling this fall.

Photo: Gianni Pucci / GoRunway.com

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? All That’s Fit To Print

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When Carey Mulligan shot from obscurity to insta-fame in An Education, it seemed that the fashion world had found its next style-star ingenue. She was cute, she was chic—all Seberg bob and real, no-kidding acting chops—and designers all took notice and started sending dresses. But as she hit more and more high-profile events, Mulligan seemed to sartorially disappoint as often as she delighted (ahem, the Met ball). There’s even been some dispute around our offices about how stylish she actually is. Our faith may waver occasionally, but Miuccia Prada’s hasn’t. Mulligan continues to step out in Miu Miu and Prada, and when she touched down at Cannes to promote Wall Street 2, she gave us an early look at Prada’s new print collection, which hits stores later this month. Some may disagree—some, even, in the next cubicle over—but this is the kind of look that’s perfect for the pixie-ish actress. The archival print feels easy and natural on her, and the vintage-inspired look (the flared skirt, the classic Ferragamo pumps) feels more modern than some of her more contemporary choices. So what do you think? Oui or non—is this Cannes done right?

Photo: Mark Mainz / AP Photo

Prada’s New Home Away From L.A. Home

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Over the weekend, Prada unveiled its latest store at Orange County’s tony South Coast Plaza shopping center. Prada go-to architect Roberto Baciocchi designed the 5,070-square-foot space, with luminous polycarbonate curtains framing the store’s two wide entrances, windows, and light boxes. Inside, you’ll find pastel green canvas walls, smoky mirrors, and a series of polygonal areas highlighting each product category: womenswear, menswear, accessories, bags, and shoes. Even Angelenos, who have a local Prada of their own, may want to make the drive. In addition to the space, South Coast Plaza will stock exclusives such as handbags in tropical floral prints and the new Prada archive Prints capsule collection, which hits stores in May.

Photos: Courtesy of Prada