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It’s no secret that Phaidon’s epic The Fashion Book, first released in 1998, is an authoritative resource for industry insiders and fans alike. Now the coffee-table tome has been given new life with a definitive updated addition. Among the seventy-two new entries are Style.com and sartorial luminaries like Bill Cunningham, Nicolas Ghesquière, and Tilda Swinton. To fete the book’s release, Phaidon will be hosting a panel discussion at Topshop’s Soho outpost on Thursday, October 10, at 6 p.m. Iris Apfel, Vera Wang, and Style.com’s own Dirk Standen will be on hand to talk fashion history and the new guard of style alongside moderator Simon Collins, dean of fashion at Parsons the New School for Design. Need another reason to turn out? You’ll have a chance to pick up the new book (as well as a limited edition tote bag and a signed print by cover illustrator Mats Gustafson) four days in advance of its official release.
The Fashion Book New Edition, $59.95, will be available from Phaidon beginning October 14.
Sheers were regulars on the trend circuit long before Beyoncé appeared at the 2012 Met Gala wearing a diaphanous Givenchy gown. The look’s staying power comes from its versatility. “Unlike other fabrics,” explained fashion consultant Yasmin Sewell, “a single layer allows a designer to explore possibilities in depth and illusion.”
A quiet translucence has taken effect on the womenswear front. Sass & Bide (above, center) showed a Resort ’14 collection with long, sheer panels over simple skirts. Vera Wang traded minimalism for romance by piling on the sheer layers. In one instance, a delicate dot-pattern shift appeared underneath another shift embroidered with matte paillettes. Known for his cool and straightforward aesthetic, Phillip Lim (above, right) produced sheer shorts in white and blue for his latest play-while-you-work collection.
When it came to sheers in menswear, London-based designers were among the first to experiment. The various incarnations were far more structured, referencing traditional tailoring. Meadham Kirchhoff (above, left) offered a lineup of translucent jackets crafted from yellow-tinged and cloudy green rubber. Benjamin Kirchhoff denied any sort of deeper meaning in its use, but he did confess to being moved by the fabric’s texture. Christopher Shannon (above, center) went so far as to wet sheer nylon in an effort to capture an out-all-night-clubbing vibe. “I’d never want it to look too soft, so we used some really fine nylons as layers this season,” Shannon told Style.com. “It’s something that felt modern and sporty but had fluidity.”
Stripes are relatively de rigueur in fashion. But they’re most often seen in a horizontal orientation. Such is not the case with Resort ’14. A crop of designers have printed vertical lines down, down, down their silhouettes, adding both height and graphic pop along the way.
Vera Wang showed a number of daytime outfits with various takes on referee stripes, offering simple black and white repetitions, which were offset nicely by banded waists and lace panels. Helmut Lang‘s Michael and Nicole Colovos, too, procured a sharp T-shirt dress with abstract grayscale striations.
Yet the most alluring banding occurred when designers went for full-length looks. Gucci‘s Frida Giannini offered a brilliant pajama suit, if you will, composed of ocher, saffron, cinnamon, and chestnut stripes in alternating widths (above, center). Narciso Rodriguez showed a daring mod-meets-modern striped strapless dress over white boot-cut pants (above, left), and the ever-original Thom Browne showed inside-out garments, many of which were lined with longitudinal strips in preppy hues (above, right). The takeaway? Tall girls will look very, very good in Thom.
The CFDA Awards, which, sponsored by Swarovski, will be broadcast tomorrow morning exclusively on Style.com, were held tonight at Alice Tully Hall, and we’ve got to say, it was a particularly competitive year. Honorees Riccardo Tisci, Vera Wang, Colleen Atwood, Oscar de la Renta, and our very own Tim Blanks all took home their much-deserved trophies, and winners of the CFDA’s Womenswear, Menswear, and Accessory Designer of the Year Awards, as well as the Swarovski Emerging Designer Awards, were announced. Congratulations to this year’s victors, all of whom are listed below.
WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernadez for Proenza Schouler
MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
ACCESSORIES DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip Lim
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR
Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis for Suno
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORY DESIGN
The CFDA Awards—in all their glittery glory—are set for June 3 (tune in on June 4 to see our broadcast). Each year, the Council compiles a mega-watt journal, including portraits of and information on all the nominees and honorees, which is handed out to guests at the event. Last year, Craig McDean had the honor of shooting the portfolio, and for 2013, the CFDA and the journal’s art director, Trey Laird, tapped Peter Lindbergh to lens the 150-page tome (the book was styled by Vanity Fair‘s Jessica Diehl and written by Max Berlinger). Here, black-and-white snaps of honorees Riccardo Tisci, Vera Wang, and Oscar de la Renta make their exclusive debut (below), as does a portrait of our very own Tim Blanks (above), who, having been named the Eugenia Sheppard Media Award honoree, is featured today on Style.com in an in-depth interview with our deputy editor, Matthew Schneier. To celebrate Blanks’ win, the likes of Raf Simons, Mary Katrantzou, Dries Van Noten, Thom Browne, and more came together to talk all things Tim in our exclusive video, A Change in Perspective.