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Vanity Fair Highlights a New Generation of Designers

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Ralph, Oscar, Calvin, Karl—most of today’s top designers don’t even require a last name. But who’s next on the road to worldwide, decades-long fashion fame? Vanity Fair has a few ideas. For the publication’s September issue, VF‘s fashion market director, Michael Carl (who you probably know as @carlscrush on Twitter), rounded up the industry’s most-sought-after young designers to ask them how they got their big break, who their dream clients are, and about their least favorite trends. Jennifer Fisher hit it big when Rihanna wore her jewelry, and Jason Wu credits Michelle Obama for making him a household name. (He was quick to voice his opinions on acid-wash jeans, too.)

The designers also posed with their “muses” for a group shot photographed by Patrick Demarchelier. Joseph Altuzarra tapped Dree Hemingway, Tabitha Simmons brought Karen Elson, and Public School’s Max Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow enlisted Sebastian Stan. Watch Vanity Fair‘s full video hailing upcoming design talents, above.

EXCLUSIVE: VFiles Names Its Spring 2015 Runway Show Designers

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vfiles-blogLast season’s VFiles runway labels, ASSK, Hyein Seo, and Melitta Baumeister, went into the show without much of a presence on the global fashion scene. The designers, who earned their spots through an online competition, came out of it with such retailers as Dover Street Market and celebrity clients like Rihanna. If you still thought VFiles is just here to fill fashion’s missing “weird” quotient, think again.

VFiles has just announced the newest crop of designers for the Spring 2015 show, and Style.com got the first look at the list. The four designers showing at the September 3 show at Webster Hall in New York are Moscow-based Tigran Avetisyan of menswear label Tigran, Tokyo-based Detto Kazuma of menswear label DTTK, New York-based Hygein Hamm of the denim label Hamm, and London-based Dasha Selyanova of womenswear label ZDDZ. Calvin Klein’s Italo Zucchelli, Candy Pratts Price, and stylist Mel Ottenberg are all throwing their weight behind the show this season, acting as judges and mentors for the program. They, along with the VFiles team and the online community, helped select this latest group.

“Pay attention! Power to the fashion people—VFiles is a movement,” says Julie Anne Quay, who founded the digital fashion and cultural hub. “The Internet fashion generation is here to stay, the barriers to entry are disappearing, and becoming your own brand is more accessible and possible than ever,” states Quay, who reports that more and more people are entering the competition after seeing the previous designers’ successful outcomes.

Select pieces from each of the designers’ collections will be available for purchase immediately at the VFiles shop in Soho, where they’ll hang alongside labels like Craig Green and Hood by Air. To learn more about the designers and the upcoming show, click here. Check back September 4 for our full review of the show.

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The 15 Looks You Loved Most This Week

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Look of the dayWhat do Kim Kardashian and Rihanna have in common? Other than world-famous rear views, both are coveting Ulyana Sergeenko’s silky kimonos. Kim wore a teal robe to Jimmy Kimmel Live, while Rihanna styled her nude version with a matching bodysuit at the MTV Movie Awards. We dedicated a Look of the Day poll to the boudoir-inspired trend on Wednesday, then asked you to play favorites. It didn’t surprise us that Rihanna took first place. What else was on our minds this week? On Monday, we rounded up our favorite high necklines of late. In a sequined black Tamara Mellon dress, Karlie Kloss looked sexy and chic without revealing too much skin. Her look won first place, followed by Lottie Moss’ more casual blue suede number. On Tuesday, we turned our attention to our favorite performances at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. Indie It girl Jenny Lewis took to the stage in a starry rainbow suit, which won your vote by a landslide. And on Friday, we had a little too much fun hunting down photos of Pharrell-inspired Western hats. The musician’s Vivienne Westwood topper sparked a global phenomenon last January, inspiring stylish risk-takers like Anna Dello Russo to try one on for size. See all of the week’s winning looks here, plus a few runners-up for extra inspo.

Heather Huey’s Hats Get Dark and Decadent

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Heather Huey

Entering milliner Heather Huey’s apartment, a fourth-floor walk-up in a heavily graffitied building in Bushwick, is a surreal shock. With rustic dark wood furniture, raw brick walls, and sewing supplies strewn across the center table, her home-cum-studio resembles something from another era. The walls are covered with the designer’s architectural “cage” garments, as well as her fiancé Billy Kidd’s black-and-white photographs. And then, against the back wall, there’s the 6-foot-high cabinet filled with her hats.

Huey makes the most spectacular—often one-of-a-kind—cranial confections. So when she invited me to preview her latest outing, which debuts exclusively here, I jumped at the chance. Fall ’14, the first collection Huey has designed since last year’s Pleated Project, boasts sculptural toppers crafted from manipulated black felt, distorted rosettes, tulle veils, feathers, chiffon-coated crystals, beads, and more. The embellished lineup is a departure for Huey, who usually focuses on form rather than frills. Though, as the designer tells it, “I love looking at old movies from the ’40s and ’50s. I’m such an admirer of the elaborate headpieces you see in them, so I thought I might as well just make my own versions and get that out of my system.” After seeing the results, like a beaded headband befitting a Spanish queen or an origami-ed bow-topped number that ever-so-slightly tilts to cover the forehead, I selfishly hope she hasn’t quenched her craving for such styles. But if this first foray into decoration is, in fact, her last, at least it packs a punch.

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“I had accumulated all these random trims that my sister gave me,” Huey continued of the range, which looks like it belongs in a dark, decadent fairy tale—or, as she described it, “Marie Antoinette-meets-Man Ray.” “And they inspired me to start working on something that was a bit more regal. Something that had a little bit more pomp and circumstance.” Huey carefully fastened an abstract fedora—garnished with gauzy blooms and a lone feather—to the left side of her head. “Nothing too extreme, though,” she deadpanned.

In addition to these one-off designs, Huey sells a selection of everyday(ish) toppers, including expertly shaped straw sun hats, critter-inspired fascinators sold at Kiki de Montparnasse, and rhinestone rabbit ears, which I recently purchased for my own collection. It’s Huey’s special concoctions, however, that bring her the most joy. “I was raised in Ridgewood, Queens. Everything was always very low-key,” Huey recalled, while sitting in her living room in loose khaki pants and a faded gray tee. “I love dressing up, but within five minutes of walking out the door, I feel very self-conscious. I wish I were that woman, but in reality, it’s just not me.” She rarely wears her own hats, leaving that pleasure to models, pop stars like Rihanna, and eccentrics like Michelle Harper. But in making them for others, she gets her fix.

For more information, visit heatherhuey.com.

Photos: Billy Kidd

BREAKING: Beyoncé Is Not a Fashion Icon

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A stellar story by The New York Times‘ fashion director, Vanessa Friedman, popped up on my news feed this afternoon, and it led me to a startling revelation: Beyoncé is not a fashion icon. Friedman’s article was spurred by a fashion exhibition dedicated to Queen Bey in the Legends of Rock section of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which, having opened last week, features the gold Thierry Mugler bodysuit from 2009′s “Sweet Dreams,” the superstar’s black leather and lace 2013 Super Bowl look, and the metal glove from 2008′s “Single Ladies” video, as well as the violet feather-embellished Givenchy Haute Couture gown Mrs. Carter donned to the 2012 Met Gala. To be sure, most of these wares are showstoppers. But are they iconic? Not so much.

What’s more, Friedman notes, is that despite her mega following, Beyoncé hasn’t spurred a bevy of trends or launched the careers of young designers, like Rihanna or Lady Gaga have. Furthermore, aside from booty-baring bodysuits, I can’t even think of how one might describe Beyoncé’s signature offstage style because she doesn’t really have one. She hasn’t truly demonstrated any evolution in her wardrobe or her taste since her Destiny’s Child days. And even scrolling through the exhibition images online, the majority of the included pieces have an overly chintzy-meets-not-quite-street aesthetic, as if Bey were stuck in the days of “Bills Bills Bills.”

But that’s not to say Beyoncé isn’t a cultural icon (and I’m not just saying that for fear of Beygency retaliation). She has a body like a rocket, she’s broken every record in the book (like that time she released 17 videos overnight on iTunes), and she’s got moves and a voice most performers would kill for. However, as a voice for feminine empowerment in the public eye, it would be exciting if she stepped up her day-to-day sartorial game just a smidge. And for that matter, it would have been nice to have seen the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fete a real fashion tastemaker (ahem, Rihanna) instead.