10 posts tagged "Versus"
Judging by the wares spotted on recent red carpets, like the sheer-paneled Antonio Berardi gown Gwyneth Paltrow donned to the Iron Man 3 premiere and the posterior-flashing Givenchy frock Ke$ha sported at last night’s Billboard awards, it would seem there’s a risqué trend afoot. And it’s spilling over onto the Resort ’14 runways, but with a ladylike twist. Chanel, J.W. Anderson’s Versus Versace, and Christian Dior each offered examples of flowery, diaphanous lace. Karl Lagerfeld opted for subtle applications, namely with a bra-revealing blouse shown under a matching blazer, while Raf Simons went full monty-ette, splitting one dress with a mint-colored, neck-to-knee filigree. Anderson offset the neon pink of a slash-away skirt with a hip-high black-lace inset. Needless to say, it left little to the imagination—save what one would possibly wear underneath.
According to the New York Times‘ Cathy Horyn, Alexander Wang is the frontrunner to take over at Balenciaga. The move would make a certain amount of sense given that Wang, with his rapidly expanding New York-based line, has shown that he can make the edgy commercial. What then of the rumor, first reported in WWD yesterday, that Balenciaga’s parent company PPR is looking to invest in Christopher Kane’s label? Kane was posited by the Twittersphere as a likely Balenciaga candidate, though he denied it himself. Even after I plied him with several margaritas at a recent London dinner, he insisted he wanted to concentrate on building his own business. If PPR were to invest, it could give credence to the rumor that rival LVMH tycoon Bernard Arnault has struck a deal with outgoing Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghèsquiere, and PPR wants to strengthen its own stable as much as possible. Along with the news today that J.W. Anderson will be doing a capsule collection for Kane’s former boss Donatella Versace at Versus, this could be a rare case of designer shuffling where everyone turns out to be a winner.
Christopher Kane has had a busy weekend.
The house of Versace, which has supported Kane since his student days at Central Saint Martins, announced today that Kane is leaving the Versus line, which he has designed since 2009.
The news follows hot on the heels of rumors this weekend, first published in France’s Nouvel Observateur, that Kane had been tapped to lead Balenciaga in the wake of Nicolas Ghesquière’s departure. The rumor created a brief flare of internet buzz before Kane issued a statement denying it from London on Saturday afternoon.
There’s been no official update on the opening at Balenciaga—the house issued no comment on the Kane rumors—and Kane said in a statement today that “the time has come to dedicate all my focus to the future of the Christopher Kane label.”
As for Versus, it will now be under the watchful eye of Donatella Versace herself, in collaboration with a series of young designers and stylists. Rather than remain a traditional fashion collection shown on the runway in Milan, it will transition to become a series of capsules and limited-editions, shown during special events wherever and whenever the spirit may strike. The first will take place in New York this Spring. An e-commerce store for Versus is also in the offing for next year.
“This is a very exciting development for Versus, and I’m thrilled to be engaged in such a major shake-up of the fashion world’s rules,” Donatella told WWD. She added that Kane “will always have my total support.”
Around the Style.com offices, we are all excited about finally getting to wear our new fall clothes (the ones we spotted at the runway shows that feel light-years away at this point). For the chilly days ahead, we have rounded up the perfect outfit. From Pierre Hardy’s color-blocked booties to Versus’ perfectly distressed denim and a rocker-chic jacket from Faith Connexion, this is one look that you can wear over and over again. See the essentials below.
1. Tibi sweater, $495, available at www.tibi.com
2. Christopher Kane clutch, $571, available at www.farfetch.com
3. Faith Connexion jacket, $1,530, available at www.intermixonline.com
4. Versus denim, $525, available at www.netaporter.com
5. Pierre Hardy boots, $1,375, available at www.netaporter.com
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When Alexander Wang sent his models down the Fall 2012 runway, he may have set the tone of the season. That same deep burgundy, on his leather coats and separates, is just hitting stores in ready-to-wear and accessory form. From pointy-toed Tabitha Simmons booties to Tibi printed trousers, we’ve rounded up six must-haves in the of-the-moment oxblood color.
1. Versus dress, $1,125, available at www.net-a-porter.com
2. Balenciaga bracelet, $225, available at www.barneys.com
3. Alexander Wang sweater, $750, available at www.forwardforward.com
4. Chanel Vamp nail polish, $26, available at www.shop.nordstrom.com
5. Tibi pants, $425, available at www.net-a-porter.com
6. Tabitha Simmons bootie, $1,495, available at www.bergdorfgoodman.com
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