Through a sea of black-and-white and sheer chiffon came three stand-outs at the 2013 Massey graduate show, Launch. Sean Kellyâ€™s desert-island-themed collection really stood out, as did the closing designers, Lucilla Gray and her crisp neoprene collection, and Soontariya Utto, with her refined, elegant gowns.
Kellyâ€™s collection, inspired by an island, consisted of layered, tailored menswear in linen-looking khaki-greens and whites. This collection combines exceptional new ideas and design lines with impeccable tailoring. Quirky accessories also featured, such as a fishing-net backpack. Thick, brown leather hats, sandals and other leather items were specifically made for the collection to immaculate standards. Emphasizing impact and wearability through clever styling, Kelly has really hit the nail on the head here.
Grayâ€™s collection created similar impact but for completely different reasons. The colour palette of fresh electric blue mixed with fluro-pink and the whitest white stood out from the dull colours of some other collections. Structured elements were innovatively moulded from neoprene to create out-of-this-world curved shapes where printed chiffon overlays bikini-like undergarments. This fresh collection really caught my eye for all the right reasons. We especially loved the curved, structural sleeve shapes and the tactile print in the white neoprene jacket. Lucilleâ€™s collection reminds me of a different take on Nicolas GhesquiÃ¨reâ€™s use of neoprene at Balenciaga and the Australian designersâ€™ obsession. Perhaps this is the New Zealand response to the comeback of neoprene, which is no longer restricted to the un-shapely wetsuit.
From the opening outfit of Uttoâ€™s collection, there was something special in the making. The precision cutting and the exceptional tailoring to the couture-like nature of her garments all spoke of a refined elegance, which can so often be lost in ready-to-wear clothes. For someone so young, her taste level far exceeds her years. The moulded hips of her ball gowns matched her jewellery, which was made by hand, bringing a tactile old-world feel. The collection was sewn by hand, bringing it to life. Although crafted all in black, it was still evident that a lot of attention to detail had gone into this collection, from the pin-tucking on the structure corsets and bodices, to the cut of detailing and ostrich feather plumage that appeared on collars and peplums. This was a collection made for the red carpet and was a true show-stopper.â€”Anna Deans and Sopheak Seng, Fashion Editor
It’s the best way to kick off the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and this season did not disappoint with the brotherâ€“sister design duo of Nicholas K. delivering their signature style of layered, ready-to-wear to an appreciative, fashion-ready crowd. Backstage, models prepared for the first show of the official calendar with Haven for Essie nails and natural yet striking make-up from Janell Geason for Aveda.
There was not a spare seat in the house as Bryan Boy and Elle USâ€™s Joe Zee entered to join the loyal crowd of Nicholas K converts ready to kick off another season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Aside from the khaki and black colour paletteâ€”signature shades for Nicholas Kâ€”this season the designers showcased stunning burnt orange and lavender to add splashes of spring to the collection. Tailored, wide-leg pants and floating outerwear creating the distinctive Nicholas K look. Styled by Wendy Schecter, it built upon the best of last springâ€“summer while adding a new dimension to the brand’s Ã¦sthetic.
Unbeknown to many, the brand styled its womenswear with Nicholas K jewellery and footwear, a relatively new addition to the collection, something we are very excited about. When you’re a fan of this brand it’s nice to know you can go head-to-toe.â€”Angela Gilltrap, Associate Editor
Above Heidi Klum in a publicity shot for the new season of Project Runway.
Heidi Klum has reached a milestone for her TV show Project Runway: its 10th season. To promote it, she was at Times Square on Thursday commenting the struggles starting the series.
â€˜I’m extra proud. Itâ€™s like one of my babies being born and being out there for so many years already now. â€¦ Figuring something out, trying to sell something, I ran all over town to explain what this show could be all about, that people might love watching talented designers at work,’ said the 39-year-old model and businesswoman.
â€˜A lot of people turned us away and they said, “Why would we want to watch that?” We were really passionate about it and then finally we did find a network that put us on the air and then we got started.
â€˜Then we started filming and I didnâ€™t have a stylist in the beginning, [and I asked,] “How am I going to look really stylish?” This is a show about fashion. So I started calling friends and asking, “Can I borrow this? Can I borrow that?” A lot of designer friends and Michael [Kors], of course, helped me out.
â€˜I couldn’t do a show on jeans and T-shirts and things that I wore a long time ago when I didn’t have that kind of a closet so we made do. So as Tim [Gunn] always says, “I made it work”â€”we all made it work.’
The latest season premiÃ¨red Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.
Italian house Missoni has teamed up with the European fashion chain Lindexâ€”part of the Finnish Stockmann groupâ€”to support breast cancer research.
The collaboration has resulted in a collection consisting of 70 fashion items, of womenswear, lingerie, accessories and childrenswear. Ten per cent of the sales price goes to the fight against breast cancer, which Lindex has supported for the last 10 years.
Missoni is famous for its iconic designs and use of colour. Founded in 1953, it has been led by generations of women from the Missoni family.
â€˜The collaboration with Lindex has given us a unique opportunity to bring affordable design to every woman, and at the same time to give something back, through creating worldwide awareness for breast cancer. We are impressed by Lindexâ€™s longâ€“term commitment to breast cancer research, which the company has supported for many years. I believe that all individuals and organizations deserve recognition for the dedication and effort they input into the fight against breast cancer,’ says Angela Missoni.
The collection will be released on September 25, and will be sold in all Lindex stores in the Nordic countries, Central Europe and online at www.lindex.com.â€”Samantha O’Reilly
Top Designs from the Anna Dello Russo at H&M collection. Above Anna Dello Russo and H&M’s Margareta van den Bosch.
In the spirit of having famous designers collaborate on mass-market fashion, H&M has said that it will now work with fashion director Anna Dello Russo on a new accessories’ collection.
The new collection will hit 140 H&M retail stores worldwide, and online, on October 4. It will feature jewellery, sunglasses, shoes, bags and even a trolley, says the company.
Milano-based Dello Russo is perhaps best known as former fashion editor of Vogue Italia, former editor-in-chief of Lâ€™Uomo Vogue, and fashion director-at-large for Vogue Japan.
â€˜I am excited by this collaboration: this is the first time H&M involves a fashion director in a special project. This is the sign of an important evolution in fashion, and I am both thrilled and humbled to be the one chosen to lead it. I wanted to create precious accessories that are impossible to find. As a stylist, I know accessorization [sic] is essential: it is the personal touch to any outfit. With these pieces everybody can have fun, turning an ordinary day into a fantastic fashion day,’ says Dello Russo in a release.
â€˜Itâ€™s been extremely exciting to involve Anna Dello Russo in this project, something completely different from what we have done before. Anna has a fantastic eye and a strong taste, apart from being a veritable fashion icon. She produced an extravagant range of accessories that will get H&M customers and everyone in love with fashion excited. The collection is a celebration of excess, fantasy and decoration,’ says Margareta van den Bosch, creative adviser at H&M.
KÃ¸benhavn native Stine Riis, a 28-year-old graduate of the London College of Fashion, has been announced as the winner of the ﬁrst Hennes & Mauritz Design Award. Her winning collection, called Decadence & Decay, was shown on the catwalk at Stockholm Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week earlier today.
The win sees Riis receive â‚¬50,000 and 15 of her designs sold in selected H&M stores in Sweden, the UK, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands in September.
Stine calls her style ‘tailored future elegance’. She sees the construction of the garments as being part of the design, while ensuring the clothes are comfortable.
The competition jury featured Christopher Kane, Hilary Alexander, Kristopher Arden Houser, Susie Lau, Margareta van den Bosch, and Ann-Soﬁe Johansson.
â€˜I am still overwhelmed. Showing at Stockholmâ€™s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has been such a great experience. I canâ€™t believe so many people came to see my collection! This award gives me the conﬁdence and ﬁnancial back-up I need to pursue my dream of building my own brand. I couldnâ€™t have imagined a better start to my career as a designer,’ said Riis in a release.
Alexander complimented Riis, calling her entry ‘a polished, well-cut collection of strict tailoring in contrasting materials including leather, wool, metallic and bonded fabrics. Her silhouette was lean but ﬂowing, and particularly effective was her use of colour: a slim blue and orange bi-colour top, for example, or a blue coat stamped with white.’
The H&M Design Award People’s Prize, decided online by visitors to the Awards’ website, was won by Anne Bosman. She receives a one-month internship at Christopher Kane in London.
Students at fourteen colleges in six countries competed for the prize.