London Rounds Out Its Fashion Week; Milan Fashion Week Begins. London is wrapping up their fashion week, and the fashionable crowds are moving on to Milan. London finished up their last collections for menswear on September 22. Menswear Day, traditionally the last day of London Fashion Week, featured Ozwald Boateng, who is the Savile Row celebrity tailor, Topman BFA nominee E.Tautz and J.W. Anderson. Anderson’s latest collection was just bought by Liberty. This was the second season Topman showed separately from the MAN umbrella, which it sponsors. Now in its 11th season, the MAN event showcases three up-and-coming designers each year during London fashion week. Yesterday’s most successful show was Felipe Rojas Llanos, who showed men’s sculptural silhouettes, shiny fabrics and voluminous coats. September 22 was also the start of Milan’s fashion week, and the first collections shown were from Gucci and Alberta Ferretti, while Fendi, D&G and Prada are scheduled for September 23. Other highlights include Versace, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana and Missoni. Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani and Versus will bring the proceedings to a close on Monday.
Courtney Love Is The Subject Of New Fashion Blog. Courtney Love was a fashion icon for about five minutes when she cleaned herself up circa 1997 and became the face of Versace and covered Harper’s Bazaar. But for the most part, she’s just bizarre. But with a new fashion blog, she’s hoping to get back to her red carpet heyday. Love launched a new blog, What Courtney Wore Today, to show that while she’s a mess, she’s well dressed. The purpose of the blog is reportedly to try and clean up her image and show off her fashionable side yet again. The blog is chockfull of extremely blurry camera phone pictures of Love in get-ups by designers like Prada, Givenchy, Lanvin, Valentino, Balmain, and more. Only Courtney Love can make these designers look grungy. Love’s imagine only became worse as reports of her behavior at shows on her current tour, in support of Hole’s latest album “Nobody’s Daughter,” said that she wasn’t performing up to par and also spewing racist remarks. While What Courtney Wore Today will continue to feature the singer’s daily designer ensembles, I imagine a What Courtney Said Today blog would be more popular.
Gucci Goes Green; Announces New Eco-Friendly Initiative. Gucci is going green. The Italian luxury brand has announced that it is going to make a few green changes, including redesigning their packing to be eco-friendly, using 100 percent recyclable FSC Certified paper. The Italian label will now forgo the usual plastic laminate surfaces found in their tissue paper, bags and boxes. The ribbon and garment bags have been switched to cotton from the original polyester material. They will be packing their shoes in one flannel instead of two. They will also give out gift boxes only when requested. Also, Gucci is replacing all of its mannequins with a new version, designed by Frida Giannini, which is made with shockproof polystyrene and finished with water-based paints. Creative director Frida Giannini was quoted by vogue.co.uk as saying, “This project proves hat you sacrifice nothing creatively when working with environmentally friendly materials.” “The new packaging is very beautiful and evokes perfectly the combination of Gucci’s values and the traditions for which is has become renowned since Guccio Gucci founded the company in Florence nearly 90 years ago.” “I believe we have a collective responsibility towards future generations to minimize our impact on the environment.” The initiative will be introduced in all of its 284 stores starting this month.
Edita Vilkeviciute is a Lithuanian model and is the current face of Karl Lagerfeld and Calvin Klein Jeans. With brand names such as Prada, Balenciaga, Gucci, Balmain and Versace emblazoned across the chest and torso of model Edita Vilkeviciute, the editorial ‘Heat It Up’ in Numero Tokyo sizzles. The spread appears in the 38th edition of the magazine, which is also the July/August 2010 issue. Photographer Sebastian Kim is behind the lens for ‘Heat It Up’ in Numero Tokyo, which sees a writhing Edita Vilkeviciute shot in an industrial setting while flaunting brand names. After her discovery, she signed to Women Management in Milan, and later, VIVA in Paris in 2006.Her runway debut was at Just Cavalli for the spring/summer 2007 shows. She later walked for Paul Smith, Preen, and Marios Schwab in London. She made a comeback after not participating in fashion weeks at Milan and New York at the spring/summer 2008 Paris fashion week, walking for Balenciaga, Chanel, Dries van Noten, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton. In late 2008, she participated in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2008, in the PINK section. During the spring/summer 2009 season she walked over 35 runways for some of the world’s top designers, such as Chanel, Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Zac Posen, and Dolce & Gabbana. Vilkeviciute has graced the pages of many fashion magazines around the world in including Vogue in Germany and France, Allure, and i-D. In 2009, she appeared nu-de in a steamy photo shoot for Interview magazine with Zac Efron. She is the current face of Karl Lagerfeld, GAP in Japan, Dior Beauty and Emporio Armani.In the autumn/winter 2008 campaigns, Vilkeviciute replaced Hilary Rhoda as the face of clothing line Etro. She also did a campaign for Louis Vuitton’s Mon Monogram range of personalised leather goods
In British English the term “short trousers” is used, but only for shorts that are a short version of real trousers, e.g. tailored shorts, often lined, as typically worn as part of school uniform for boys up to their early-to-middle teens from roughly 1920 to 1980 (and still in Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and South Africa), and by servicemen and policemen posted overseas to tropical climates. The American-English term “short pants” is probably the nearest equivalent. These might nowadays be called “dress shorts” or “walk shorts”, terms which have not gained currency in Britain. A somewhat similar garment worn by men in Australia is called “stubbies”. “Shorts” is used unqualified in British English to refer to sports shorts, athletic shorts, or casual shorts, the latter nowadays being, in the United Kingdom itself, commonplace in warm weather. Matters are further complicated by the fact that “shorts” in American English can refer to underwear, which is not the case in British English (except recently in the compound term “boxer shorts”). Conversely, the word “pants” refers to outerwear (= trousers) in American usage and usage in the north of England but when used unqualified in British English usually means underpants. People sometimes refer to short pants as “hot pants” and “Daisy Dukes”. With summer starting, ‘Keep it Short’ in Vogue UK June 2010 is an editorial that pulls out all the leggy fashions. Every image features a pair of shorts, some of which are quite short. Short shorts are a must-have in the heat, and the creative combinations of fashion editor Miranda Almond reflect the ultimate summer wardrobe. Constance Jablonski shows off her gams in high-waisted, animal print and leather styles from Prada, Celine and Gucci. Add ‘Keep it Short’ in Vogue UK to your summer style inspiration.
Italian fashionistas on Wednesday hit back at foreign media reports that their latest creations were for “bimbos” inspired by the sex scandals surrounding Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s private life. In reviews of Milan’s spring/summer 2010 womenswear fashion shows on Monday, the Financial Times and International Herald Tribune had linked the abundance of short and sexy dresses this past week to the 73-year-old prime minister. Berlusconi has been hit by a spate of scandals surrounding his private life in recent months, including allegations that a businessman paid women to sleep with him. His wife announced in May that she wanted a divorce because of his womanizing. “I was very surprised .. I did not expect this judgment. I find it without motive, unjustified,” Mario Boselli, chairman of Italy’s national chamber of fashion, told Reuters. “I saw at least 50 shows … certainly I did not see that what was written and I believe that this fashion week was dominated by balance and great elegance, certainly nothing vulgar and uselessly provocative.” Italy’s fashion capital is known for top names such as Giorgio Continue reading →