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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Headline Trip

Putting her leggings empire on hold, Lindsay Lohan has been hired as “artistic advisor” at Ungaro, according to a press release we got today. We're so with you, Esteban.

Only a Frenchman could document the 24-hour chaos leading up to a runway show. See Proenza Schouler, Rykiel, Gaultier and Lagerfeld captured in all their glory. [Sundance]

Did Kate Moss storm out of the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London because she was offended by a joke or because she couldn't find her lipstick? You decide. [Telegraph UK]

Tim Barber—photographer, downtown denizen and Tiny Vices honcho—launches his new online studio. [Tim Barber]


photo Tim Barber

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Fur Helmets and Leather Bums, Oh My

While locals had the luxury of sleeping in, the fashion elite braved the Paris rain on Sunday for another kind of luxury: fur helmets! To the synthesized vocals of Oslo band Metronomy, Karl Lagerfeld's fall collection started with giant, statement-y fur hats and helmets, followed by witchy, wide-collared black dresses and jackets with the exaggerated shoulder that has been the defining Paris trend. As if to reassure the clutch-pearls set, the Kaiser came out for the finale in his trademark white-powdered coif, tanned skin and fingerless gloves.


Karl Lagerfeld

At the Carousel du Louvre, Esteban Cortazar set the mood Emanuel Ungaro with crystal chandeliers and girlish pink-orange lighting. Missing from many of the Paris shows this season, a crush of paparazzi accosted the front row before a parade of ruffled polka-dot blouses and shirred dresses came down the runway. True to the Ungaro tradition, Cortazar kept the colors bright, but updated the collection with voluminous tweaks on pleated miniskirts.

Fresh from his retrospective at the Design Museum in London, Hussein Chalayan also favored thigh-baring minis. But in Chalayan's case, girlish fun was pushed aside in favor of powerful sexual silhouettes and molded neon leather bustiers and bums, created by the studio of Patrick Whitaker and Keir Malem. As usual, Chalayan also experimented with synthetic materials such as wood sequins.


Hussein Chalayan

—Bee-Shyuan Chang

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