NEW YORK (AP) — Diane von Furstenberg walked the catwalk by herself Sunday at New York Fashion Week — and that’s something she hasn’t done in a long time. The moment was all hers because, unlike in recent seasons when she’s had a creative director at her side, she called all the shots for the fall looks. The clothes from the “Glam Rock” collection were von Furstenberg from head to toe. One could imagine her wearing any of the wrap dresses, long her calling card, the jumpsuits or metallic jackets. Maybe von Furstenberg, who first came to the fashion industry in the 1970s, won’t quite be rocking the high-shine silver leather skinny pants, but one can imagine she once did. “The idea is not that it’s clothes for a party, but it’s clothes. It’s life that’s a party — and that was my inspiration,” she said in a backstage interview.
New York Fashion Week — Richard Chai showed his fall 2013 men’s and women’s fall 2013 runway collections at the Lincoln Center tents on Thursday, the first day of New York Fashion Week.
Inspiration: The designer seemed to be mining military motifs for many of his silhouettes, the world of men’s suiting for his fabrics and raiding a jewel box of gemstones to add pops of color to a palette based in brown, navy blue and olive drab.
New York Fashion Week continues with Fashion Celebs
Peter Brant, Harry Brant, Stephanie Seymour, Jaime King and Allison Williams attend the Jason Wu showing
Designers and brave fashionistas turned up in force for Day Two of New York Fashion Week as the blistering blizzard rages outside. Jason Wu presented his fall-winter collection at posh Park Avenue. Celeb guests included Jamie King, Allison Williams and Stephanie Seymour. Wu, who designed two dresses for Michelle Obama, sent down a variation of the First Lady’s scarlet inaugural gown down the runway. The Rebecca Minkoff collection was presented with live music from Wild Club. Ashlee Simpson and Jamie King sat front row, and Lauren Bush Lauren wore unconventional footwear to the show as freezing sleet fell on the city. Lauren tweeted: “My trusty LL Bean boots sitting front row at @rebeccaminkoff Surprising amount of stilettos despite Nemo.…”
With a schedule of shows that spans seven days, New York Fashion Week can be a doozy to navigate, with many emerging designers getting drowned out by high-fashion heavyweights. In our attempt to spread the love around, we’ve pulled together a shortlist of designers to watch through the NYFW melee. From dystopian menswear to faux nude knits, we’ve compiled six brands that will be making a splash and garnering some much-deserved attention in the upcoming days. Check back all Fashion Week long for more FADER NYFW coverage including backstage photos journals, FADER TV interviews and exclusive runway jams.
Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012-2013 Italian designer Giambattista Valli was feted for his Haute Couture collections in Paris this year. Valli’s organic shapes featured butterflies and gilded leaves as elaborate accessories.
Photo by Greenfield-Sanders studio 2012 :: BEAUTY BONUS: Don’t assume that anything left on the cutting-room floor is inferior to the finished product. At least that’s the case with the DVD of “About Face: Supermodels Then and Now,” a documentary directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. In the film, Carol Alt, Marisa Berenson, Karen Bjornson, Christie Brinkley, Pat Cleveland, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Jerry Hall, Bethann Hardison, Beverly Johnson, China Machado, Paulina Porizkova, Isabella Rossellini and Lisa Taylor discuss their careers, the current state of modeling and their views on aging.
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Ann Maskrey found herself cast in the role of costume designer overnight on the set of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Having worked as a costume cutter for much of her career – most notably for Batman Begins (2005) and Alice in Wonderland (2010) – Maskrey had turned down many other projects to travel to the New Zealand set to originally take a different position within the costume department. “I really wanted to go to New Zealand and work on the film,” said Maskrey. “It is the sort of project I love doing and have had a lot of experience with,
Joanna Johnston, costume designer on director Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, had only a few months to research and prep for the film. She started the hard work in July 2011 and the shoot began the following November. However the film had been on Spielberg’s to-do list for nearly a decade and she had been asked several times to come up with a preliminary budget. “That long build-up process helped me think out my strategy,” she said. Johnston, who has worked on five previous films with the director going back to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989, found there wasn’t much available from the world of costume houses that was quite right, “because when Hollywood got into its rhythm in the 1930s and 1940s, clothes were heavily tailored in historical pictures, including most recreations of the Civil War era. But what men really wore in the 1860s was not heavily tailored at all.” And the cast is overwhelming male in the movie, with Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president – brilliantly portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis – at the center. A few outfits from the period were found in “a worldwide gather.” Key was coming upon some of Lincoln’s original clothing stored in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. A trove of period photographs was her fallback. Photography had just been introduced in the mid-19th century and it quickly gathered momentum across all strata of the population. “Everyone was getting their picture taken, so that was my main resource, because so much information was contained in those photos. Lincoln himself realized the power of the photograph and was extensively photographed by Matthew Brady,” observed Johnston.
Costume designer Paco Delgado first met Tom Hooper in Spain, when they worked on the Academy Award-winning director’s series of commercial shorts for Captain Morgan rum together. The pair got along so well, Delgado recalled this week in an interview from his home in Madria, that to his pleasant surprise nine months later he was invited to meet Hooper in London and discuss the director’s next project, Les Misérables. For Delgado, best known for memorable film collaborations with Spanish auteurs such as Pablo Berger, Alex de la Iglesia and Pedro Amodóvar, the preparation on a star-studded Hollywood film of this scale was as immense as it was intense. From the overall colour scheme and the historically accurate bicorn hats to the high-waisted button trousers and the revolutionary rosettes, nothing about the costumes in Les Misérables is by accident.