16 posts tagged "Versus"
Lace—both the literal and trompe l’oeil varieties—has emerged as a notable trend during the Resort ’14 presentations. And while it started out racy—a see-through panel on a Dior gown, a waist-high slit on a Versus skirt—crocheting has now crossed over to a purer sort of application, invoking heavenly associations in hues of cloud-white and sky-blue. On the casual front, Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg showed a dégradé anorak that went from pure blanc at the shoulder to what resembled a lacy bramble of baby-blue vines at the hem (above, center). It lent a soft dichotomy to the collection’s otherwise bold prints by artist Guy Yanai.
Joseph Altuzarra took a more formal approach, webbing ornate, ivory-colored filigrees across powdery cyan skirts, jackets, and dresses (above, left). The effect was doily-dainty in tone, but visually impactful nonetheless. “The idea came from vintage French monogrammed napkins,” Altuzarra told Style.com. “I wanted to reference Gloria Vanderbilt and an air of the seventies.” And Erdem Moralioglu effectively implemented delicate white lace in his mid-century British-seaside-inspired lineup, employing it as an overlay on a pair of blueberry pants, which were paired with a lace top covered in sheer black organza (above, right). The stuff also appeared on a long-sleeve dress shown over a periwinkle slip—a look that inspired a hint of breezy nostalgia.
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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