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NY vs. London

12 Jun

Wow, it’s all kicking off in fashion. The CFDA has announced that New York Fashion Week will run from February 13 to 20…straight over London Fashion Week. NY Fashion Week traditionally runs from February 6 to 13, however, the CFDA is trying to shake things to up top its memebers having to show over Labour Day.

So far, it’s looking like London Fashion Week will now only have four days to show, inbetween February 21 (the day after NY Fashion Week ends) and February 24 (the day before Milan Fashion Week). There was much speculation about showing online, however The British Fashion Council have said that a full London schedule will go ahead as oon as the dates are worked out. I don’t really see how London can be cut down to four days, London is always seen as the vivacious, effervesent fashion capital. There are so many amazing designers who show at London, from established names such as Aquascutum and Vivienne Westwood to newkids on the fashion block such as Christopher Kane and Gareth Pugh. Let’s hope someone can work something out!

* Sources National Geographic, Vogue


Solution to the Size 0 debate?

10 Jun

As most of you probably remember, the size 0 skinny model debate has been raging for almost two years. Back then, the world’s media had siezed upon the issue and the industry was under immense pressure to find a solution. Each fashion capital had their own solution, with Milan prohibiting models with a body mass index below 18.5. Now, the media seem to have forgotten their initial interest, but the fashion industry is still dealing with the burden of finding a solution.

The CFDA has been working for several months to work out some guidelines. Tonight will see the culmination of talks with designers, model agents, casting directors and stylists; a discusssion forum – “The Beauty of Health: How the fashion industry can make a difference”. The event will be hosted by CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg along with Michael Kors and model Coco Rocha. The list of expected attendees includes Donna Karan, Francisco Costa, Micole Miller, Tory Burch, Doo-Ri Chung and Amanda Brooks.

The CFDA initially recieved negative critisism, however, I think that this is such a pertinent issue for the industry and the CFDA should be praised for not only bringing this issue back into the fore, but also working to create a solution. Afterall, it’s not just the models who are affected. Donatella Versace’s daughter Allegra has had a well documented fight with anorexia and Bradley Bayou, former Halston designer, has recently spoken out about his daughter’s battle with anorexia. Bayou had critisised the CFDA just months ago for ignoring the problem.

This month’s issue of Teen Vogue features the story of Ali Michael, a runway model who has felt the pressure to become skinny firsthand. Sadly, Ali has been accused of speaking out because her career is on the brink of extinction. Coco Rocha, on the otherhand, has walked most of the major shows in the past season so there’s little chance of her being accused of the same thing. Let’s hope that, with the help of some fashion heavyweights, the CFDA can come to a solution.

* Sources Style Dash, WWD, NY Mag, Google Images

Jacobs pays tribute

6 Jun

The CFDA attendees provided a gallery of gorgeous dresses, as per. It’s extremely easy to get lost in a sea of gorgeous dresses. Dressed in a Marc Jacobs Resort ’09 dress, Victoria Beckham managed to stand out of the crowd. The dress (below) was overlaid with platinum-trimmed hearts, had clear references to the late Yves Saint Laurent. Marc explains, “Victoria’s dress is an homage to Saint Laurent…In every collection I’ve done, there are always nods to Saint Laurent”.

The heart motifs are one of several references to Yves Saint Laurent in his Resort Collection ’09, which is a very eerily timed homage to one of Jacob’s inspirations. Heart motifs, deep exotic colours and gorgeous accessories, Jacobs has created an awesome homage to one of his favourite fashion inpirations.

* Sources Fashionologie, Off The Rack, WWD

And the winners were…

3 Jun

The prestigeous CFDA awards were held last night. There were no big surprises, though I thought it was a tough choice for the Womenswear Designer of the Year category. The win for Fransisco Costa was well deserved, Calvin Klein’s minimalist look is always stunning. The winners are below:

Womenswear Designer of the Year – Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein (left, with Eva Mendez)

Menswear Designer of the Year – Tom Ford

Accessories Designer of the year – Tory Burch

Swarovski Awards:

Womenswear Emerging Talent – Kate & Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte

Menswear Emerging Talent – Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders

Accessory Design – Phillip Crangi

Many paid tribute to Yves Saint Laurent, including Naomi Campbell who rocked vintage YSL.

* Image sources – WWD, Fashionologie