Looks from 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2012 at New York Fashion Week.
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From voluminous plumes of smoke and the thumping momentum of the Drive soundtrack to silver collars and flashes of pixilated teal, the fall 2012 3.1 Phillip Lim show was a spectacle of monochromatic noir. The mood in the room was intense to begin with. For one, it was super warm and the phalanx of fash-photogs was not too happy about the fact that smoke machines would diffuse their usually pristine photographic view. Still, front row indie music lovelies like Oh Land and Annie Clark of St. Vincent filed in ready to behold a collection depicting a modern heroine dressed "with a strength that belies her innate vulnerability," as it was described in the show's notes. What Lim delivered for fall was a diverse set of primarily black and white separates with focused structure, figure-enveloping drama, and overt pops of green and orange. To put it succinctly, these are clothes for a somber badass—aka the female equivalent to Ryan Gosling.
Adele on the March 2012 cover of "Vogue."
Photo: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot/Courtesy of "Vogue"
We knew it was coming. No, we're not just talking about the full-on Grammy Awards sweep Adele achieved (SIX awards!) last night, but also the March 2012 cover of Vogue magazine, which just hit the fashion wires. When it was first revealed that she would be shot for the magazine, there was resounding applause from women the world over. The magazine has often been criticized for its lack of diversity where the cover is concerned, so the choice of the bodacious and beautifully curvy Adele was met with triumphant fanfare. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Pigott, she is captured in a full-lipped, cat-eyed, classic Hollywood meets Raphaelite painting sort of way, and HOLY BAZOOMBAGE is she stunning. In the accompanying cover article, she opens up to Vogue about her breakup, Grammy nods, Beyoncé, and just how she felt on the MTV VMA red carpet.
The 54th annual Grammy Awards were full of sparkle and spectacle despite the somber mood in the air with the passing of a Grammy legend. While there were no arrivals in alien eggs or dresses made out of intestinal linings (#ew), what was on offer this year was nothing short of pure red carpet class. We're talking designer dresses—predominantly in black and white—accents of gold, lace, plunging necklines, delicate appliqueé, and a giant mouse head. Here are our choices for Best Dressed of the night.
JESSIE J IN JULIEN MACDONALD
Jessie J at the 2012 Grammy Awards in L.A. on Feb. 12.
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Ladies and gentlemen, Jessie J turned it OUT. Arriving on the bright red carpet wearing a silver Julien Macdonald gown made of a cotillion of small squares, the hourglass silhouette gave her a modernized old Hollywood feel. Macdonald was the former head designer of Knitwear at Chanel, and he has a knack for creating futuristic feminine designs. This particular dress was a perfect choice for Jessie, and with her slicked-back ponytail, blunt bangs, clavicle-dusting tresses, a mermaid hem, and jet black Lulu Guinness clutch tucked into her palm, she was a shimmering triumph.
Nicholas Kirkwood's spring collection at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.
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To say we're bananas about shoes is an understatement. Give us sky-high platforms, wooden clod-hoppers, sparkle oxfords, or neon yellow heel warriors and we're beaming with everlasting joy. Give us a pair designed by Nicholas Kirkwood, however, and we're gone. Finito. Passed out under the table. You guys, Nicholas Kirkwood's heels, nay works of art, are so bazonkers amazing, we need to break out the smelling salts when a new collection debuts. And once you see them in person and/or feel their gloriousness on your feet—like we did last night at Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan (*squee*)—their beauty becomes three-dimensional yet still totally unreal. Mr. Kirkwood himself was in attendance from his native Britain to debut the spring collection, and from the lines of well-heeled ladies waiting to get a moment of his time to the oohing and ahhhing over a pair of scribbled flower color block platforms, we knew we died and went to shoe heaven.
House of Waris gold "Boo" earrings.
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BOO isn't just a word ghosts use when they want to frighten you; it's actually a term of endearment derived from the 18th century word "beau" and is used to describe a significant other. For jewelry designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia, the dapper don of the House of Waris, it's also the name of his latest jewelry collection. Debuting just in time for Valentine's Day, the "Boo" collection features gold necklaces, bracelets, and earrings intended to let you show your appreciation for your boo on your collarbone, wrist, or earlobes. The pieces will be available exclusively online at Moda Operandi and in-store at New York's Kirna Zabete and Miami's The Webster. Always a storyteller, be it through jeweled accessories, scarves, or in movies like The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and I Am Love, Waris asked a few of his creative friends and collaborators to produce short films entitled "You're my Boo" to go along with the launch. Lucky for us, we have an EXCLUSIVE one to show you!
Looks from the BCBG Max Azria Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
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You know you're about to be swept up in the consuming maelstrom that is New York Fashion Week when you enter the tents to see the BCBG Max Azria show. Not only does the Hollywood-friendly label typically kick off Fashion Week, it's always filled to capacity and boppin' with enough front row lovelies to keep the cameras flashing. For Max Azria's fall 2012 show, in addition to a bevy of bloggers including The Man Repeller (aka Leandra Medine) and The Glamourai (also known as Kelly Framel), Run's House alum Angela Simmons vamped it up in a black dress and metal harness, and Maria Menounos and Food Network fave Giada De Laurentis gabbed in blue BCBG dresses. And what about the fashion, you ask? It was dark, color-blocked, and incredibly furry.
We don't know about you, but we're not really into the whole dressing in all over red or pink on Valentine's Day. Not that we begrudge those who wish to shout their love spirit in color, mind you, we just sometimes feel we can celebrate in a more subtle way (like maybe just with a pint of ice cream, some festive bangle bracelets, and yet another viewing of The Notebook). Whether you're celebrating with a loved one, your pals, or in an independent who-cares-about-this-holiday (but maybe I do still kind of care?) sort of way, here are some Valentine's Day-inspired accessories to get into the heart pumping holiday spirit.
LOVE HEARTS AND TINY KISSES
We're big fans of this Jonathan Adler Pink Heart Sunglasses Case which recalls vintage Lolita and a happy place in retro Palm Springs where there is sunshine and the possibility of love. These NW3 Lips Earrings are cute on their own and don't even need a holiday to accompany them on your ears. Pair 'em with an all black outfit and a stack of ASOS Neon Love Rings. The Kate Spade Meet Your Match bangle is also subtle and able to be worn year-round. But if you want to be more overt and put LOVE around your neck like a tattoo on an arm sleeve, we suggest the Tatty Devine Enamel Love Necklace. Need more ideas? Right this way!
Looks from the Steven Alan Fall 2012 show at New York Fashion Week.
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Do you hear heels clacking, repressed yawns, and banshee screams coming from the distant caverns of our closets? It's the sound of New York Fashion Week, everyone! And we're elated to kick things off with one of our favorite indie labels, Steven Alan, which was presented bright and early this morning at Pier 59 Studios along the Hudson River in Manhattan. The mood was chipper, the coffee plentiful, and everything in this Mexican road trip-inspired collection was begging to jump into our wardrobes immediately. Steven Alan started his business as a super cool downtown retail shop selling other designer wares, but he soon morphed into a designer himself, creating one of the most wearable collections for both men and women that mixes casual classics with aloof cosmopolitan flair. For fall 2012, Alan is all about driving along a dusty road blasting vintage Colombian Cumbia music while your red skirt whips around in the breeze. Also, there are fedoras, pops of red, and battered leather handbags aplenty.
Kanye West is confirmed to show at Paris Fashion Week.
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BIG NEWS. Kanye West is showing another collection at Paris Fashion Week! According to today's WWD, West will return to Paris to show his namesake collection, KANYE WEST (it's just his name, y'all, let us never, ever in a million light years evahhh make the mistake of calling it "Dw" again), at 9:30 p.m. on March 6. Even though it will not be on the official Paris Fashion Week calendar, it will run on the sidelines of the shows. As you might remember from his Paris fashion debut last year, Yeezy was nervous and the fashion critics were harsh, but we're glad to see him pulling through to give it another go whatever the case. You might also be familiar with the fact—per his triumphant Twitter rant—that the KANYE WEST collection had no financial backing or PR as of a few months ago, so the future of his foray into fashion design remained uncertain.
But, ladies and gentlemen, the power of #DONDA has seen him through! KW is back and, hopefully, better than ever with his new creative conglomerate company crowdsourced and powered by anyone who might have emailed that Gmail address he tweeted on that fateful rant of a night. We're hoping he's put together a winning team of enthusiastic (and talented) peeps who will help make his dreams of being a real designer to contend with come true. We're also mega jazzed to see if there will be anymore sweater heels, jetpack fur bags, mixed silk trousers, and snarling dog jackets that may or may not have been slightly derivative of a certain Givenchy Rottweiler T-shirt, but that's neither here nor there. We LOVE and BELIEVE in you, Kanye. Get up there and show Paris whatcha got!
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Topshop NEWGEN T-shirts by Jonathan Saunders, Holly Fulton, Louise Gray, and Mary Katrantzou
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We're about to dive headfirst into New York Fashion Week, which means that London Fashion Week is just around the corner. Our fashion compatriots across the pond continue to put on quite the runway spectacle due to the fact that they're all about supporting young designers. As you know, mega trend retailer Topshop is U.K.-born, and they have partnered with the British Fashion Council on a program called NEWGEN, which showcases new designers every fashion week (they were responsible for introducing Alexander McQueen to the world, too), and this season they'll be releasing limited edition T-shirts designed by London's latest and greatest fash minds. There are soooo many good ones, but we've picked our faves!