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Friday, August 14, 2009

Headline Trip

Living fashion legend Daphne Guinness ruminates on her collaboration with David LaChapelle—ten days of divine madness. [Starworks]

It's worse than we feared: Jesus Luz has joined the ranks of aspiring celebrity DJs. Is this a Misshapes revival? [NY Post]

A peek at Gareth Pugh’s filmic collaboration with Nick Knight from 2006. [Showstudio]

Esteban Cortazar: "proportions, balance, movement, truth" [Facebook]

Bon Marche in Paris to exhibit never-before-seen photos by Guy Bourdin, fashion's own Marquis de Sade. [WWD]


Guy Bourdin

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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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