March issue of Harper’s Bazaar US brings a fashion editorial with American pop star Lady Gaga. She is wearing a white corset dress by Carolina Herrera on the cover photo and a lot of fabulous disco outfits by Christopher Kane, Atelier Versace, Saint Laurent, Moncler Gamme Rouge, Emilio Pucci, Gareth Pugh and Three as Four on the pictures inside the magazine. She was photographed by Terry Richardson and styled by Brandon Maxwell.
In the interview which was conceived like a special custom-made Proust questionnaire for her, she opened up about her personal life and fashion. She confessed that she was very depressed at the end of 2013: “I was exhausted fighting people off. I couldn’t even feel my own heartbeat. I was angry, cynical, and had this deep sadness like an anchor dragging everywhere I go. I just didn’t feel like fighting anymore“, she said and admitted that she feels much better now.
When asked what are her guilty pleasures she replied: “Russian hookers and cheap gin”, and she also confessed that the most expensive items she bought are her sable, a strand of diamonds, and Mikimoto pearls.
Even though she is famous for wearing the most eccentric cutting-edge fashion, in this interview she revealed that her taste is actually more classical than we thought. She said that her favorite outfit of all time is the clothes Audrey Hepburn wore at the derby in ‘My Fair Lady’.
However, Gaga also disclosed that her archive of fashion pieces she wore throughout her career is one of the most sacred things in her life: „I keep everything in an enormous archive in Hollywood. The clothes are on mannequins, also on hangers and in boxes with a photo of each piece, and there’s a Web site where I can go to look through everything. It’s too big—I could never sort through it myself! But these garments tell the stories of my life. And then there are the tour pieces. This is the section that is most sacred to me. These are the pieces that have collected energy, joy, and screams from fans all over the world. My fashion is my most prized possession for two reasons: 1) because it is a visualization of all the hard work I’ve put in to get where I am today; 2) because it is a legend to the encyclopedia of my life. It is exactly what I’ve aimed to seep into the artistic consciousness of people all over the world—that life is an art form“, she concludes.
From girly ruffled dresses to leather biker jackets, plenty of metallic colors were seen at spring/summer shows in Paris, New York, Milan and London. While some designers like Alber Elbaz from Lanvin and Gareth Pugh were inspired by futurism and used hi-tech metallic fabrics, collections by Dries Van Noten and Rochas were very feminine and romantic. Dolce & Gabbana used a lot of golden materials and even made a gown from metal coins, and Anna Sui made them work with her flamboyant boho style dresses. Cristopher Kane was brave enough to mix multicolored metallic fabric with feathers, while Haider Ackermann used patches of gold and silver for her asymmetric dresses, but also skirts, trousers and suits.
Donatella Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Altuzarra used this trend as an excuse to make very sexy dresses, and collections by Meadham Kirchhoff and Marc by Marc Jacobs created some fabulous urban-wear pieces like metallic jackets.
How to wear this trend?
Since we could see a lot of modern light-weight fabrics, this trend can easily work for both spring summer parties. It is ideal for parties and glamorous events, but is can also be worn during the day in a more casual style. Head-to-toe in metallics would probably be too much, but if you choose one cool piece like a top or a jacket and combine it with other colors, it will blend in nicely. Haider Ackermann’s styling for her spring/summer 2014 show is a very good example how to rock this trend during the day.
Christopher Kane’s pre-fall 2014 collection is inspired by origins of human life and deals with it from both biblical and scientific perspective. It features snake skin bandages that is a reminiscence of the story about Adam, Eve and the serpent, as well as colorful molecular structures. The collection is dark and mostly black with a bit of fuchsia and dark green and sprinklings of blue, pink and white.
Boa snake in black and fuchsia was used for dresses, jackets and corset belts, while a few black dresses feature huge pink zippers. The collection also includes goat fur jackets, straight-cut trousers and silk skirts and it is followed by bright-colored accessories such as pink python gloves and colorful jewelry.
Prepare yourself for the festive season and find that perfect dress for Christmas dinner or party. The ideal Christmas dress is probably a red one. It is a trendy color this season anyway, so there are many options from Dolce & Gabbana red satin and lace dresses to Valentino floor-length gowns. Resort collections are also going to reach the shops soon so you can browse through them as well, in order to find that ultimate Christmas dress.
White and gold are also Christmassy colors, but it is always tempting to wear something black simply because it is so elegant. This season’s darkly florals are a great solution for a more formal occasion, as long as there are cheerful colors involved like in Vera Wang or Lanvin collections.
If you are looking for a great party outfit, think of bright colors and shimmery fabrics used by, among others, Christopher Kane and Julien Macdonald. However, Stella McCartney’s pop art 60s style A-line dress with embroidered red lips and matches from her Resort collection is a killer.
When thinking about what coat to buy this season, there are many options from classical trench or a fur coat to an oversized cape. Sleeveless coats may not be the best choice if you are looking for something warm, but they certainly are a huge trend and can be mixed with leather jackets, for example. Some of the best pieces are seen at Victoria Beckham, Antonio Beardi, and Marni. If they are not sleeveless, they can be collarless, or even both. However, if they are not too good at protecting you from the cold weather, they certainly look nice.
Huge masculine loose-fitting coats as seen at Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane and Max Mara are also very trendy. They are so big that you can literally fit in another one underneath, and no one will ever notice. If you are in the mood for the classic British look this winter, you can’t make a mistake with Burberry, but you can also go for Moschino’s cute little tartan coat or Dolce & Gabbana tweed coat.
Long elegant coat like the one from Louis Vuitton can also be an investment buy, but if you want something truly beautiful and original you will fall in love with Valentino coats with scalloped edges. However, if you want a bit of bright colors in your life, Paul Smith or Emporio Armani can be just the perfect choice.
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From Dolce & Gabbana to Burberry, many designers used red for their fall/winter collections. It is certainly one of the hottest colors of the season. Valentino used it along with royal blue and the combination of black and white in his dreamy collection inspired by Flemish artists of the 17th century for elegant romantic dresses, coats, shoes and tiny bags.
There is a lot of red color going on in floral print winter dresses by Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Lanvin and Giambattista Valli, while Burberry, Margaret Howell and Christopher Kane decided to go for bold red in their minimalistic design.
Dior red coat with a big bow is definitely a statement piece and one of the ModXchange’s favorites, along with Dolce & Gabbana gorgeous velvet strap shoes with mosaic decorated heels.
As for the beauty trends, red nails are also hot this season, as seen at Valentino, Burberry and Chanel, while burgundy lips are also popular from classic dark red to soft, smudged look.
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“Fashion in News – Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2012 Collection”
by ModXchange Fashion
4 December 2011
LONDON, United Kingdom – | Awarded the year’s accolade with the Outstanding Achievement in British Fashion to power-designer Sir Paul Smith, many a known f a s h i o n designer may have felt a slight diminutive in the panorama of formidable talents; including the Designer of the Year Award fete by the internationally known and prolific Sarah Burton. A royal twist summoned fresh corps d’ elite at the British Fashion Awards, 2011 this time around, when two additional award categories were introduced, Emerging Talent – Menswear, and the New Establishment for unique and all-brilliantly British fashionable creations.
He’s delighted affably with fashionable wear: earlier in the year he came away with the British Fashion Council/ Vogue Fashion Fund award for fresh and upcoming talent.
C h r i s t o p h e r K a n e, artist of signature sectionals and innovative-pared design, with influences from Princess Margaret and the Hubble (telescope); he’s anew recreating wallpaper-esque textures and metallurgy themes – floral and aluminum in pique. Little question and sans doubt to Kane’s glory – vested the New Establishment Award; he takes the ordinary, as seen by the world and transforms it into fashionably wearable imagery. The British Fashion Award for creative artistry with consummate finesse, see rote of Kane’s inventive and trend-style behind the scenes at this year’s London Fashion Week.