Rei Kawakubo’s Coats for Comme des Garcons AW 2012

As I tweeted earlier on – follow me @Patl1n – I have been absolutely obsessed by Rei Kawakubo and her Fall 2012 collection for Comme Des Garcons, following Bill Cunningham’s brilliant article and photo montage in the New York Times. Click here for the article. I thought we should revisit this collection, as a little reminder … Continue reading

Focus… The CFDA Awards The Row Womenswear Designer of The Year

The 50th CFDA Fashion Awards were held last night at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, celebrating the best of American fashion. All the nominees were chosen based upon their outstanding creative contributions to the world of fashion. Womenswear Designer of the Year Award went to Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen for their label The Row. What they … Continue reading

Focus… The iPad Inspires a Runway Trend: the iClutch

  The chicest way to carry your iPad from A to B, along with you cards, keys and essential cosmetics, now has a name; the iClutch. The trend forecasters have selected several different catwalk looks to choose from; here are four of them: the Classic Lady, the Playful Pop, Blue for the Boys and the New Yorker.  Classic … Continue reading

Focus… Bags and Shoes from Paris Fashion Week

Fashion Month may be over, but that doesn’t mean the constant stream of runway inspiration has to end. From the lucite-heeled Mary Jane booties at Chanel to the pastel fur briefcases at Dior, the accessories on offer last week in Paris were some of the best of the season — and are sure to be … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Elie Saab

  Elie Saab showed a wide range of daywear and a beautiful bevy of red-carpet gowns for Fall 2012. With models clad in long hair and blunt bangs, the show kicked off with a multitude of ladylike skirt suits, loose-cut trousers, and fur coats. Casual dresses followed suit, highlighting a range of form-fitting colorblocked sheath dresses … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Miu Miu

Miuccia Prada sent a myriad of menswear-inspired suits down Miu Miu‘s Fall 2012 runway. The tailored looks got a whimsical kick via colorful hexagonal patterns, wide stripes, retro tapestry and flashy plaid prints, and ultra-bejeweled embellishments. As always with Miu Miu, accessories are not to be overlooked; for the Fall think top handle doctor bags … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Louis Vuitton

 Marc Jacobs pulled out all the stops for Louis Vuitton‘s Fall 2012 collection. The show kicked off with an actual custom-made train steamrolling its way onto the runway. When it came to a full stop, models stepped off (with cute little porters carrying their decadent LV luggage) wearing an array of ladylike silhouettes showcasing Marc … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Alexander McQueen

Stepping into a fantasy world that only the McQueen house can create is indeed something to behold.  This season was most certainly a feathery affair – inspired by fungi, apparently – as intricate layers sprayed over each other with fan-like effect.  Statement dresses covered in ostrich feathers payed homage to Lee’s love of all things … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld plays in tweed, sporty silhouettes, and whimsical layers and texture (and bejeweled eyebrows) for Chanel‘s Fall 2012. Lagerfeld sets his catwalk in a snowy white cave, done up in crystal embellishments that mirrored the life-size versions set on the runway. That in itself set the mood for whimsy, which only became more pronounced in … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week AW 2012: Chloé

Clare Waight Keller put on a refined yet romantic show at Chloé yesterday, as the designer paraded pretty pastel hues and no-fuss flirtiness on exaggerated, over-sized silhouettes. Bold red trousers, tailored with an expert drape, were teamed with a delicate cream lace top, while layers of blush pinks and peaches added a feminine edge enlarged bomber … Continue reading