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April 16 2014

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Model Ming Xi Adds Buyer to Her Résumé

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Ming XiMing Xi has been a top catwalker for several years now, but this season, the major Chinese model reversed roles and sat in the front row at several Paris shows, including Kenzo and Maison Martin Margiela, as a guest buyer and consultant for Hong Kong boutique I.T. Like Tommy Ton and his ilk, who often snap her the streets, the renowned Asian retailer can’t get enough of her eclectic personal style, and trusted her discerning eye. Here, Xi shares some exclusive snapshots from her front-row view and subsequent visits to the designers’ showrooms (where she doubled as her own fit model) exclusively with Style.com. She also called out some of her favorite pieces (with a little translation help from her agent at The Society). “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience because I just love the industry as a whole and hope that people will be positively influenced by my viewpoints, choices, and style,” Xi told us. Have a look at Paris fashion week through Ming Xi’s eyes, below.

Models at Kenzo

A group shot of models on a pedestal at Kenzo.

Kenzo

“The appearance of ukiyo-e prints on the coat and the capri pants gives the look a wonderful nomadic sensibility.” Continue Reading “Model Ming Xi Adds Buyer to Her Résumé” »

Lip Service

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Spring '14 lips

Pucker up, kiddos. Smooches abounded on the Spring ’14 runways, making their mark everywhere from Peter Jensen, where frocks and tops were covered with photo-realistic lips, to Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, who crafted a pair of sunglasses with gilded gobs for lenses. The gap-toothed pink and purple pouts that appeared on a series of looks at Giles Deacon were rumored to be an ode to stylist Katie Grand’s grin. Meanwhile, Saint Laurent‘s Hedi Slimane doused an 80s-tinged ruffle top and short black wrap dress with an allover rouge lip print. Inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s 1971 Vichy Chic collection, the smackers were a somewhat surprising embrace of the house’s history. Tucker’s Gaby Basora employed the motif, too. The New York-based designer collaborated with Solange Azagury-Partridge—best known for her “Hot Lips” baubles—on rosebud blouses and dresses strewn with fuchsia kissers.

If mouthy accessories are more your taste, look no further than Yaz Bukey’s Spring ’14 range. The designer served up a patent cherry bouche bag—as well as a pair of lipstick-shaped earrings for touch-ups. And even on the street, showgoers were donning mouth-embellished duds. Tommy Ton snapped one femme in Paris wearing surreal black driving gloves fit for Dali—the wrists sealed with two bright red kisses.

Dressing for Laughs

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There’s been lots of talk about the controversial practice of “peacocking” this season. But as we look back at four weeks of Fall ’13 shows with weary eyes, a few designers (and street-style stars) remind us that the f in fashion stands for fun. And perhaps embracing that with a little panache isn’t such a bad thing—particularly when it comes to novelty accessories. Take Dior, for instance: This season, Raf Simons brought a dash of wit to his slick collection by embossing boxy handbags with Warholian sketches of pointy single-soled shoes, thereby fusing two of our favorite things into one. (His raised-eyebrow sunglasses also deserve an honorable mention.) At Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld garnished his handbags with furry multicolored dice (one of which reminds us a little bit of an Angry Bird), and over at Chanel, he sent out models with mini-globe handbags and cobalt, powder-pink, mint-green, or red fur Anna Wintour bobs that looked like they were plucked from an anime cartoon. Speaking of fur, we can’t forget the giant skunk-striped mittens that turned up at Altuzarra or, for that matter, the arctic-appropriate full-length black gloves at Alexander Wang.

We also saw loads of cheeky headgear (Yazbukey‘s Plexiglas heart-and-arrow hat, Piers Atkinson‘s devil-horn cap, Meadham Kirchhoff‘s unicorns-in-love crown), jewelry (Henry Holland‘s crystal martini earrings, Lanvin‘s wildly appropriate “Help” pendants and wasp brooches, Louise Gray‘s eggbeater earrings), and miscellanea (Dsquared²‘s Sunset Boulevard-worthy extra long crystal-encrusted cigarette holders). But the sartorial satire wasn’t just on the runway. Outside the shows, Tommy Ton captured everything from skeleton gloves to Vika Gazinskaya’s scarf, which is made out of what appears to be a stuffed-animal iteration of a lemur. Sure, many of the shows were dark and somber, with their punk themes and muted palettes. But that just made the odd touch of zany all the more welcome.

Photos: GoRunway

Get the Look: Quirky Cool

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We’ve had our eye on Chinese model Wang Xiao for some time now (and so has our resident street-style photographer, Tommy Ton). She has a feminine and playfully offbeat way of dressing that seems just right for the new year. The Wilhelmina catwalker was snapped by Vanessa Jackman in London wearing ripped denim with pink accessories and a blouse with colorful, sheer sleeves. Take a cue from Wang Xiao’s lighthearted off-duty style and refresh your look with essentials from Marc Jacobs, Barbara Bui, and more, below.


From top left:
Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans, $406, available at www.matchesfashion.com; Barbara Bui sweater, $1,310, available at www.thecorner.com; Marc Jacobs bag, $811, available at
www.mytheresa.com; Esquivel brogues, $750, available at www.netaporter.com

Photo:Vanessa Jackman

How The Designer Got His Stripes

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The sliced-and-diced trenches created by Dryce (one name only, svp) for his Paris-based line, Lahssan, have attracted their share of brainy fans. Rei Kawakubo is one such admirer; the Comme des Garçons designer grabbed a few to stock at her 10 Corso Como store in Tokyo. But they’re still a relatively difficult item to track down (except, that is, on Tommy Ton’s Style.com street-style coverage, where they pop up with ever-increasing frequency on showgoers, like Dryce’s friend Elisa Nalin). But Lahssan wares will become a bit easier to find this spring when a new collaboration between the label and Façonnable hits stores. Its origin story is simple enough: Façonnable’s owner loved the Lahssan trenches and, fresh off a project with Lapo Elkann on sunglasses, was in a collaborative mood. “We had a nice café in Paris near Le Palais-Royal and she proposed me to rework their iconic stripe,” Dryce says. “I wanted to design something a little less conceptual but still fun—something between Façonnable and Daniel Buren.” (Buren, for the uninitiated, is one of the grand sires of French conceptual art, with a particular predilection for stripes; his installation Les Deux Plateaux sits in the courtyard of the Palais-Royal.) The striped trenches, in brilliant blue, green, yellow, and red, will have farther reach than usual: They’ll debut at Barneys in the States, Le Printemps in France, and Isetan in Japan this spring. To celebrate them, Dryce did what now comes naturally: Tossed a few Nalin’s way and set her and Tommy Ton loose in Paris.

Photos: Tommy Ton/Courtesy of Lahssan