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3 posts tagged "Sportmax"

Designers Connect the Dots


Stella McCartney Polka Dots Call it the Yayoi Kusama effect. George Clooney spotlighted an emerging trend when he turned up on the cover of W‘s Art Issue in a polka-dotted Giorgio Armani suit customized by the famed artist. (Her recent exhibition at David Zwirner’s gallery, I Who Have Arrived in Heaven, drew long lines.) We saw similar spots on Spring runways including Burberry Prorsum, Emanuel Ungaro, and Sportmax. Playful polka dots are popping up at this week’s Haute Couture shows, too. Raf Simons’ latest lineup for Dior featured intricate eyelets and cutwork details, while Marco Zanini put his own quirky spin on the quintessential spots at Schiaparelli. Cartoonish circles have also been popular in the new Pre-Fall collections, with designers like Stella McCartney and Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz making their respective points on cocktail attire and matching accessories.

Click for a slideshow of standout spotted looks.

Get the Look: Look Twice


Harper’s Bazaar Russia’s Fashion Editor, Maria Kolosova, has a magic touch—or at least a quick way with sleight of hand. Snapped in Paris by street-style photographer Vanessa Jackman, Kolosova looked front-row ready in what looks like a skirt and sweater—and that’s actually a brocade Sportmax dress. Leave the illusions to the pros; copy her get-up with equally chic separates. We’ve gathered pieces from Vanessa Bruno, Karl Lagerfeld, T by Alexander Wang and more, that are sure to do the trick.

From top left, below:

1. Vanessa Bruno sweater, $770, available at
2. Casadei clutch, $478, available at
3. Karl ankle boots, $665, available at
4. T by Alexander Wang skirt, $230, available at

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

Designers Laser In On Leather For Spring


How to make leather light? Designers found innovative ways to bring out the delicate side of skins for Spring. Leading the way, the Proenza Schouler duo showed oversize coats in perforated patent bonded to jersey that was laser-cut, then crocheted back together by artisans in Madagascar. “It was a weird mix of technology and handcraft,” they told Graphic shifts at Giles were etched with a shattered-glass pattern, while Sportmax’s cutout houndstooth coats had a scalpel-like precision. Roberto Cavalli, for his part, incorporated both leather and lace into exquisitely intricate sorbet-colored slipdresses; the leather appeared as finely shredded paneling and also as appliqués embroidered onto the tonal lace. Part tough, part dainty—this season was proof that leather works for any weather.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of perforated and laser-cut Spring looks.

Photo: Gianni Pucci /