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Monday, March 9, 2009

Greed Expectations

It's tough to beat a front row that includes Salma Hayek, Thandie Newton and an enthusiastic Beatle. Stella McCartney's early morning show was a star-studded event, and the range of hits were sure to keep 'em coming. Her manned-up blazers with thigh-high leather boots were a fashiony take on corporate greed, 80s-style. But the British designer also showed slinky lingerie-inspired dresses edged with lace, and there were always the skintight bodysuits and clingy knit dresses.


Stella McCartney

Giambattista Valli was less about Lycra and more about luxury. Who else but old money can afford peacock-feather skirts and richly patterned silks these days? Necklines ran high and hemlines low. Suddenly, all those leathered-up and sequined rocker-chic looks of the season seemed downright flimsy. The collection was serious fashion for the seriously invested.

Give them a pinch on the cheeks, Viktor & Rolf's white-faced girls looked like mannequins who had come to life. The designers flitted between geometric triangles, curtain-like ruching and curvilinear sculpting on shoulders and skirts. There were no pillows attached to the models' heads or the word NO popping out of trench coats, but after six days of shows, the crazy was just crazy enough.


Viktor & Rolf

—Bee-Shyuan Chang

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Model Behavior

Rogan, Giambattista Valli, Phillip Lim and Chris Benz, among others, have created limited-edition tees to help build the first solar-powered hospital in Burundi, the poorest country in the world. Starting today you can buy them for only $60 at JustOneFrickinDay.com, a charity founded by Elettra Wiedemann—yes, the model and daughter of Isabella Rossellini, but did you know she'll also attend grad school in biomedicine this fall?...


Rogan, Giambattista Valli


Rag & Bone, Phillip Lim

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