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High Heel Hiatus

At this Spring’s shows, fashion’s refreshing reign of comfort moved into full swing, with legions of designers suggesting flat-soled silhouettes to go with everything from cropped pants to ankle-length pleated skirts and even evening clothes.

Prada - flat sandals - Spring 2014

Prada – Spring 2014

Marc Jacobs - flat sandals - Spring 2014

Marc Jacobs – Spring 2014

Givenchy - flat sandals - Spring 2014

Givenchy – Spring 2014

 

 

Alexander Wang | News

Alexander Wang’s latest collection is available to pre-order, giving us an early insight into what it costs to create a coat out of heat-sensitive (or, as Wang calls it, “thermo-reactive”) fabric.

The coats – which start off a dull green-brown, but become a vibrant yellow, lime, blue or purple when exposed to heat – will retail at $7,995, with a $3,998 deposit required to pre-order. The heat-sensitive skirt and top suit – worn by Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Anne V, among others at the show – begin at $2,550, and all look similar until their underlying colour is revealed.

Alexander Wang - heat sensitive

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Diane von Furstenberg | News

Michael Herz has been hired as artistic director of DVF. His position means that he will oversee the brand’s promotion and design, from the creative direction of the ready-to-wear and accessories lines to the aesthetic of stores and advertising campaigns.

As the company continues to grow – and we continue to expand our product categories – it is so important to have someone next to me who will ensure that all products with the DVF name remain true to our brand,” Diane von Furstenberg said.

DVF - Autum Winter 2014-15

DVF, Autum Winter 2014 – 15 ready-to-wear

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Miss Piggy | News

Miss Piggy has hired Vivienne Westwood to design her wedding dress. Although her beloved Kermie is yet to propose, the glamorous puppet is already primed if and when the big day does ever happen. The ivory-coloured couture gown – which features in new film Muppets Most Wanted – is decorated in paillettes made using recycled plastic bottles, and is accessorised with a tulle veil.

Vivienne Westwood - Miss Piggy

Vivienne Westwood is fabulous – just like moi,” said Miss Piggy. “When I asked her to design this wedding dress for moi’s new movie, Muppets Most Wanted, she was thrilled and I was thrilled.

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Desire for Logos | News

Recognisable status pieces are back, and with them a desire for logos. We no longer wish for rebellious individualism, instead preferring to show off our inclusion in fashion communities.

Across the spring/summer ’14 catwalks, the logo was abundant. Marc Jacobs’s startlingly beautiful swan song at Louis Vuitton had Edie Campbell naked but for hand-painted Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse graffiti covering her lithe body. Similarly for Carol Lim and Humberto Leon at Kenzo, Missoni, Alexander Wang, and DKNY.

Edie Campbell - Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs - Stephen Sprouse

Logos offer free marketing and add value to products. You may not be able to afford the $4,000 Saint Laurent biker jacket, but you can have Hedi Slimane’s $200 Saint Laurent T-shirt which has been redesigned by the artist Zane Reynolds for spring.

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Chatelles | News

Chatelles began as a love story,” François du Chastel, the brand’s founder and owner, explained. “I fell in love with a girl and offered her a pair of slippers I designed with a verse by Victor Hugo embossed in the inner sole of each flat: “Je ne puis demeurer… loin de toi plus longtemps. [I cannot remain… far away from you any longer]”. It worked. She fell in love with the shoes, broke up with me, and left with the slippers. From here, I launched my own line of slippers. I believe girls can shine and look easy, comfy and effortless – all that is very Parisian – in slippers which are a seductive alternative to heels and ballerinas for any occasion.

Chatelles - Francois du Chastel  Chatelles - slippers blue

Designed by Central Saint Martins graduate Tiphaine de Bodman – a former shoe creative for Alexander McQueen, Kenzo, Hermès and Paul Smith – the shoes are handmade in Portugal, using the finest Italian leather.

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Georgia May Jagger

Jagger – who is currently the face of Rimmel and the ‘Just Cavalli’ fragrance – first appeared on the British Vogue cover in November 2009, before becoming one of Britain’s most sought-after young models. The model, who first came to the attention of most as the daughter of Rolling Stones frontman Mick and model Jerry Hall, has steadily built a successful career as a catwalk model – with appearances for Chanel, Balmain, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton last season (2013) – and campaign face, appearing for H&M, Miu Miu and Vivienne Westwood among others.

Georgia May Jagger

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David Beckham’s new H&M underwear collection

Crouching on a rooftop in his pants, the former footballer displays new pieces from his David Beckham Bodywear collection for the Swedish high-street giant. From pants and vests, to long-sleeved loungewear T-shirts, Beckham models the whole collection himself, while running around semi-clothed on the rooftops of London.

David Beckham’s new H&M underwear collection

H&M, Swedish multinational retail-clothing company, is ranked the second largest just behind Spain-based Inditex (parent company of Zara), and leading over the United States based GAP. Guest-designer collaborations with Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Comme des Garcons, Roberto Cavalli, Lanvin, Versace, Sonia Rykiel, Maison Martin Margiela, Jimmy Choo. Beyonce is the brand face in 2013 and her advertising campaign draws heavily on Knowles’ personal style.

Riccardo Tisci | Nike

Riccardo Tisci has unveiled his debut collection for Nike: four pairs of trainers based upon the sport brand’s most celebrated style, the Air Force 1. With Chanel’s couture trainers unveiled one week ago and now Tisci’s new incarnation, sneakers have never looked so luxurious.

Fashion Book - Riccardo Tisci - Nike - trainers 2014

 

Riccardo Tisci is the Creative Director of Givenchy. He was educated at Central Saint Martins in London and worked for Puma before establishing his own line in 2004. It was his dark, sensual outlook that marked him out as someone unusual. “There’s something of the night in myself,” he said.