Haute Couture Mind

Balmain

Less about in-your-face sex appeal and more about discreet confidence.

Styled by Tonne Goodman, photographed by Peter Lindbergh, model Fei Fei Sun in Balmain knit top and skirt.

The Feminine Mystique Tonne Goodman Peter Lindbergh Fei Fei Sun Balmain

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Hedi Slimane

To promote his grunge second collection for fall 2013 – plaid shirts, baby-doll dresses, men’s overcoats, fishnets, and slouchy sweaters – he launched the Saint Laurent music project, which featured his black-and-white photos of musicians with vintage allure, such as Kim Gordon, Marilyn Manson, and Courtney Love.

Courtney Love couldn’t resist him. “When Hedi’s collection came out, I was blown away. I was so happy,” she says. “They were such rock clothes. Everything seemed like it was mine.”

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Hedi Slimane

His first Saint Laurent women’s collection (his first expressly designed for women) for Spring 2013 reached back to late-sixties, early-seventies L.A., with broad-brimmed Janis Joplin-style hats, fringed suede, billowing chiffon sleeves, cropped jacked, and skinny black trousers.

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Louis Vuitton

Designers have been working with layers of different materials and textures, slipping fabulously detailed top pieces over simpler foundations.

Here, a razzle-dazzle, jet-embroidered halter draped over a sheer black under layer creates a look that’s extremely rich – by Louis Vuitton.

(Styled by Grace Coddington, photographed by David Sims, model Edie Campbell)

American Gothic Grace Coddington David Sims Edie Campbell Louis Vuitton

Proenza Schouler

The lavish volume of long skirts big enough to swing as you walk imparts a sensation of grandeur to your step.

(Styled by Grace Coddington, photographed by David Sims, model Edie Campbell wearing Proenza Schouler)

American Gothic Grace Coddington David Sims Edie Campbell Proenza Schouler

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

 

 

John Galliano

Vogue UK December 2013: John Galliano makes a creative return as guest fashion editor for an fantastical shoot with long-time friend and supporter Kate Moss.

John Galliano - Kate Moss - Vogue UK

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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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John Galliano Series, 5 of 6

A John Galliano show – whether for Christian Dior or his own collection – is guaranteed to be an over-the-top display of his imaginative vision. And the experience is not limited to the spectacular clothes sent down the runway, for nearly as delightful to witness are the intricately executed, masterfully thought-out ensembles Galliano wears for his final bows. One gets the sense that nearly as much work and planning goes into them as goes into the entire collection.

John Galliano - Dior - Spring 2007

John Galliano for Dior – Spring 2007

Throughout the years, he’s dressed as a matador, Edward Scissorhands, and even an astronaut. He’s never the same, but he’s always John.

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John Galliano Series, 4 of 6

Kate Moss wears a Jazz Age-inspired slip dress designed by pal Galliano to wed rocker Jamie Hince.

John Galliano - Kate Moss - wedding dress

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