Nina Persson performs at Rodebjer's Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week presentation.
Photo: Billy Farrell Agency

Even if you aren't familiar with Rodebjer quite yet, you soon will be. The Swedish label is gaining traction stateside in its own right for trademark strong silhouettes, luxe materials, and a sense of everlasting ease. Part of this timelessness has to do with designer Carin Rodebjer's upbringing —she grew up in the Swedish countryside— and her rural childhood had influence yet again on the Fall 2013 collection. Taking cues from her home on the island of Gotland, the slouchy trousers, oversized sweaters (with a knitted fringe!), and breezy chiffon dresses came in a color palette of nature-y hues like mud, hazelnut, and raw umber. In other words, these cozy-cute clothes were the perfect complement for the snowy Nemo aftermath happening outside...if we could've worn them straight out off the runway, trust us, we would've.


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Looks from Alexander Wang's Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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We really could have used Alexander Wang's Fall 2013 collection today. The weather outside was, as they say, frightful, but just looking at the luxurious furs, gorgeous leather, and cozy-yet-elegant layering on Wang's t-shaped runway made us feel a little warmer. Outfitting each of his models with a rich auburn ponytail, Wang's show seemed to be all about warmth, and it's not just because of the weather in New York right now. Combining a very sophisticated, urbane silhouette, with architectural collars on coats, graceful folds in everything from skin to wool, with unexpected touches like dark aubergine or silver fur, this was not your usual collection. Perhaps trying to send a message about his upcoming Balenciaga debut, Wang presented a confident collection that immediately had both the Twitterverse and the fashion world talking. There were a number of truly unexpected pieces in the collection, the most striking being Wang's opera-length gorilla mittens. Part boxing glove part king kong's paw, the dramatic gloves also come in a shorter, very high fashion rocky, silhouette. While definitely not suited to everyday wear, the gloves create an animalistic feeling, rendering the models both ready to fight and somewhat immobilized. Wang also took an interesting take on one of fashion's most hated shoe shapes: the mule. The fashion nightmare of many an editor (Carine Roitfeld has declared that she would never wear them), the mule is one of the least popular shoes. They appear, though, to be having a comeback, making appearances both that Alexander Wang and at Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony today.


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Looks from Mara Hoffman's Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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It seems Mara Hoffman lives in a gypset world of eternal sunshine. She's the queen of color and dazzling, well-traveled prints year-round, but it's now, in the dredges of winter, that we appreciate her sunny design disposition most. The collection Mara unveiled today was steeped in corals, cobalts, and ultra fuschias with intricate, symmetrical prints, seemingly influenced by all corners of the world — speckled radials, stained glass motifs, and technicolor zebra stripes. Whether silhouettes were body-conscious or floaty and ethereal, every ensemble on Mara's runway was striking and dramatic. Models were accessorized with metal cap-toe shoes, Pamela Love armor rings, and earring chains draped from lobe to lobe across each model's back and long hair.


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Looks from Charlotte Ronson's Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week presentation.
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Charlotte Ronson's uncanny ability to capture all a girl's potential moods in a single, cohesive collection makes her shows consistently one of our most-anticipated every Fashion Week. While C.Ronson opted for a presentation this season rather than a runway show, the clothes were nothing short of covetable. The format for the designer's newest collection reveal may be different, most everything else remained constant. PYTs like Angela Simmons and Holland Roden still turned up in droves (even through Nemo's wintery mix!). The looks created by Charlotte were still both strikingly unique yet also ceaselessly wearable. And of course, her twin and reknowned DJ/musician Samantha Ronson flew in from sunny LA to spin her show soundtrack.


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Looks from the Rebecca Minkoff show during New York Fashion Week.
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When a band has the models dancing backstage at T-5 minutes til showtime, you know good things are gonna happen when the curtain rises and the real show finally begins. And that's exactly what went down at Rebecca Minkoff today, when Nashville duo Wild Cub singlehandedly transformed the final runway prep into a groovefest— makeup artists, stylists, and photographers included. After all, the New York designer is no stranger to recruiting bands to spice up the traditional catwalk soundtrack (she's had Theophilus London and THE GOASTT perform in the past), but felt that Wild Cub's clap-happy pop vibe particularly resonated to her Fall collection. "It's one of those weird things when you don't know if anyone is ever actually listening to your music, but Rebecca contacted us a few weeks ago and said she's been playing it in her office," frontman Keegan DeWitt told us. "She said it worked great with her new collection." Rebecca was right. As Keegan and bandmate Jeremy Bullock performed their single "Thunder Clatter" while models paraded in leather separates, pinstripes, and holographic accessories, this music-fashion collision was THE epitome of effortless cool.


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Cara Delevingne models in the DKNY x Opening Ceremony campaign.
Photo: @CaraDelevingne's Instagram

The '90s are back, y'all! Justttt kidding. You'd had to be living under a big huge rock to miss THAT memo. From Azealia Banks to Demi Lovato to Rihanna, absolutely EVERYONE is returning for second helpings of the decade that saw enough plaid, florals, and acid wash denim to almost—but not quite— burn our eyeballs out. The latest in this long line of throwbacks? Check out this new collaboration between DKNY and Opening Ceremony, who've teamed up to resurrect some key fashion moments...all with a modern twist. Delving into the DKNY archives from back in the day, the limited-edition capsule features new takes on streetwear like hoodies, maxidresses, and more. And just like VFiles' recent fashion throwback, the brands have recruited someone who is barely old enough to remember the decade itself to show off the reissued wares: miss Cara Delevingne. Even so, she's is WORKING IT in these ads, decked out in some killer logo maxis and Gwen Stefani mini buns.


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A$AP Rocky teases collaboration with Raf Simons 1995.
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ZOMG, you guys. LOOK at the sweatshirt A$AP Rocky Instagrammed himself wearing yesterday. Do you see what that says?!?? It reads, "RAF A$AP" in white, paint stroke lettering. RAF! As in, the immeasurably talented Raf Simons, helm of his own line and new artistic director of Dior. AS IN, the very same Raf Simons of is one of Rocky's absolute favorite designers on the planet. And what's more? The caption that went along with the picture is even better: "RAF SIMONS 1995 X A$VP - FRIENDS AND FAMILY." Ajakhdfjkgh, ex-CUUUUUSE me? Holy. Mother. Of Couture. A$AP Rocky and Raf Simons are teasing out a collab. This is MAJOR news.


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Charli XCX wears MaKers LDN/ Designer Melody Maker.
Photo: via MaKers LDN Facebook/Emile Kelly

Unless you've been living under a rock the past year (or, on the flipside, sans wi-fi connection), chances are you're already familiar with the work of Melody MaKer whether you realize it or not. The London designer's streetwear label MaKers LDN is a mishmash of abstract graphics, kaleidoscopic color wheels, and crop tops practically BEGGING to be incorporated into every cool kid's wardrobe— celebrities included. Longtime fan M.I.A. loves the brand so much, she regularly rocks these rad custom pieces onstage and off. The latest MaKers London girl? Charli XCX, who donned the brand's black and white top and leggings in her "You (Ha Ha Ha)" video this month. After we saw Charli shout out MaKers LDN on Twitter soon after, we HAD to find out exactly what the brand is all about. Get the lowdown from Melody herself below!


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Kanye West and Theophilus London at Pyrex Vision's Colette Paris exhibit.
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This weekend, Pyrex Vision caught another major milestone for its early sophomore season. The budding line, helmed by Kanye West's style consultant Virgil Abloh, launched an exhibit at legendary Paris store Colette alongside the release of the All Gone book's 2012 edition. The event drew a select but sizable crowd including Yeezy himself and Theophilus London to the French boutique to celebrate the latest in stylish streetwear.


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John Galliano and Oscar de la Renta.
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I don’t know about you but I'm happy that John Galliano will be designing again. I realize that he’s said some damnable, hurtful things. We all watched the vile camera phone video that came to light in early 2011 wherein he drunkenly spouted unprovoked anti-semitic remarks to Parisian cafe patrons looking like some insane racist pirate. We also heard of his Anti-Asian sentiments and while I have in the past wanted to carve bastards in their bigot-faces for such odious behavior (which, for the record, is how Dior heads labeled it right as they sacked him) today I feel nothing but relief. I’m especially pleased that highly-respected members of the fashion community are spearheading this move to give him another chance.

The report originally told to WWD states that Galliano will be installed in Oscar de la Renta’s design studio for a three-week residency at the prompting of Vogue’s Anna Wintour. In the article, Oscar says something nice and mild. And then Galliano responds with gratitude, contrition and thoughts regarding his battle with alcoholism. It’s all lovely and measured. It’s also vague in terms of what a “residency” actually means which seems exactly right considering the amount of scrutiny under which this collabo will fall.


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