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Street Style, Paris: 21 shots from outside the last day of fashion week


Street Style Paris Fashion Week Fall 2014

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With the Fall 2014 shows wrapping up yesterday in Paris, the international circuit has come to a close. On an especially sunny last day of fashion week, editors and patrons showed that a little bling can go a long way. Miroslava Duma chose an oversized oval belt buckle, large even by Texan standards, to jazz up a burgundy asymmetrical trench. Franca Sozzani’s camel coloured ostrich jacket given some refined glitz thanks to a horse-bit inspired belt. Caroline Issa chose not to compete with the bright hue of her orange suede jacket, letting the high-shine metallic zipper be the only accent. Giovanna Battaglia opted for a demure pistachio green cape and grey turtleneck, giving her sparkly studded heels top a place in the lime light—a hint of punk done in an age appropriate manner. Just wait until you see one show goer’s embroidered and fringed bomber jacket—plenty of understated sparkle is made daytime appropriate thanks to a periwinkle blue dress and demure heels. Proving that metallic and shiny accents aren’t just for the ladies, James Goldstein chose to elevate a head to toe leather ensemble with some gold swan embellishment. You’re never too old to rock out in leather on leather.
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Remembering Anna Piaggi: We mourn the loss of fashion’s most fabulously eccentric editor

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Even if you only glanced at a picture in passing, the image of Anna Piaggi would have undoubtedly left an imprint in your memory: her blue marcel curls, rouge-dotted cheeks, flamboyant hats and colourful, pattern-clashing clothes were an unmistakable fixture on the front row, one that will be sorely missed as the fashion world learns today of the 81-year-old’s passing.

Piaggi was born in Milan in 1931, and broke into the editorial world as a translator at the Mondadori publishing house. She moved into fashion journalism as the fashion editor of Italy’s first women’s magazine Arianna in the ‘60s, and began contributing to Vogue Italia in the ‘70s. She’s began writing for everything from Vanity Fair to L’Espresso, and as her editorial page count grew, so did her eccentric wardrobe. Her 2865 dresses and 265 pairs of shoes were celebrated in a Topshop-sponsored, Victoria & Albert Museum exhibit entitled “Fashion-ology” in 2006, while friend and admirer Karl Lagerfeld documented over 250 sketches of her many looks in Lagerfeld’s Sketchbook.
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They said/We said: Franca Sozzani takes to Harvard to discuss body image and eating disorders


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Perhaps in attempt to combat her critics, Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani hit Harvard yesterday, to speak to students about body image and eating disorders as well as the role that the fashion industry may or may not play in endorsing the ideal of thinness.

At the helm of the often-controversial publication, Sozzani has been responsible for both steps in the right direction (think the June 2011 beautifully-covered “curvy” issue) as well as some major gaffes (think Karlie Kloss’s overtly jutting hipbones earlier this year).

While accepting part of the blame, Sozzani stated that other factors must be tackled, such as anorexia-endorsing websites, family issues and the food industry. “I can accept that fashion may exaggerate, but I cannot help but mention all the negative tools that society employs to spread false information on food and aesthetics. How can all this be possibly caused by fashion?”

So how do we eradicate this problem? Banning pro-anorexic “thinspiration” content on social media sites such as Tumblr and Pinterest is a good start (as addressed in the speech).

We have to give it to her for speaking so openly and attacking the ever-controversial issue that contains no clear-cut solutions. And with more support of those in the public eye (see: Sarah Palin), we hope this issue will become a thing of the past.
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They said/We said: Eco-fashion reaches the red carpet with Chanel, Gucci, Tom Ford, and others creating pieces for the Golden Globes


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Green is the new black. At least according to Chanel, Gucci, and the nine other stellar brands that have all pledged to create eco-friendly designs for this season’s red carpets.

It’s all part of Livia Firth’s (otherwise known as Colin Firth’s wife and the luckiest woman in the world) Green Carpet Challenge (GCC), an initiative she started with journalist Lucy Siegle two years ago. Since then, the movement has garnered some serious support from fashion heavyweights like Frida Giannini, Franca Sozzani, and Tom Ford.

Starting with the Golden Globes this Sunday, the designers will create gowns, accessories, and suits conforming to the GCC’s design principles. As to who will wear what, everything is very hush-hush. Firth, however, has announced that she will be wearing a Giorgio Armani creation made entirely from eco-friendly fabrics.

During the past two award seasons, Firth has only worn environmentally friendly gowns on the red carpet—including a repurposed wedding gown and a cocktail dress made from scrap fabric. Perhaps the most famous of them all was a gown made from her husband’s old Tom Ford suits. Yes. Please.

Pictures of Firth’s dresses along with the other eco-friendly creations will be available on starting January 15.
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They said/We said: The fashion week feud rages on, with Milan firing back!


Photography by Peter Stigter

You’ve already heard about the kafuffle caused by fashion week scheduling next fall, that timing for MFW is going to overlap with both LFW and PFW. Quelle horror! To make matters much worse, a press release surfaced this morning from the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana in which Milan responds to New York, London, and Paris’ unwillingness to alter their fashion week schedules, and claiming that a written agreement from 2010 had MFW scheduled to take place between the 19th and 25th of September—as per usual—and which they’ve decided they’ll stick to. Dun dun dun…

But here comes the real drama: today’s statement from the Italian board of directors reads: “Such an accuse, in addition to representing an aggressive and arrogant attitude towards CNMI, used unfair argumentation in order to impose—in a unilateral way—not shared decisions. In conclusion, the Board of Directors and the Designers’ Roundtable have unanimously decided to confirm the schedule as it was previously announced on March 17th 2010: [MFW] will be held from Wednesday 19th to Tuesday 25th of September 2012.”

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NYFW style snaps: We spotted Valentino Garavani, Franca Sozzani, lots of neon green, and Prada galore!


Photography by Lewis Mirrett

While the trends for next spring are being dreamed up for next spring inside Lincoln Center and across Chelsea, we’re spotting quite a few outside as well. In today’s snaps especially, we can’t help but notice all the vibrant neon green amazingness, as well all the spring and fall Prada. Can you count ‘em?

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They said/We said: Vogue Italia blames “bad translation” for their “slave jewellery” gaffe


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By Louise Coleman

More than 150 years after the American Civil War and 50 years after the civil rights movement, we’re pretty sure that using the term “slave” to denote a style of dress still ain’t kosher. Apparently Vogue Italia didn’t get the message. An article for the magazine’s website headlined “slave earrings” has caused a major outcry, resulting in editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani apologizing and citing “really bad translation.”

The article stated, “Jewellery has always flirted with circular shapes, especially for use in making earrings. The most classic models are the slave and creole styles in gold hoops.” The piece then goes on to explain that the word “slave” should inspire thoughts of “women of colour” during the slave trade—an image of “pure freedom.” Umm, what?

After twenty pages of (mostly) furious comments and a barrage of negative tweets, the article has since been removed from the website.
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They said/We said: We weigh in on the Kate Moss vs. Charlene Wittstock weekend wedding battle


Left: Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco shot by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images. Right: Jamie Hince and Kate Moss shot by Indigo/Getty Images.

We didn’t think it was possible to rival the buzz around the royal nuptials (or the buzz around the royal visit, either), but this weekend in Europe, a double wedding of sorts pegged supermodel Kate Moss and former Olympic athlete Charlene Wittstock against Kate and Will in the battle for the biggest wedding of the year. Here’s everything you need to know about Mosstock and the wedding we like to call the Monaco Magnificence.

Moss married Jamie Hince of the Kills on July 1, at St. Peter’s Parish in Southrop. Confirming rumours, the supermodel made a controversial decision by wearing a custom-made sheer, bias-cut John Galliano dress, while Hince opted for a couple of Yves Saint Laurent tuxedos by Stefano Pilati. After the ceremony, the couple hosted a weekend-long reception at Moss’s nearby home. The fashionable guests included Anna Wintour, Jude Law, and Daphne Guinness, as well as a surprise appearance by Galliano (what was on his acid tongue, we would love to know). Stella McCartney also designed three outfits for the bride, including the white pantsuit she sported as she left for her honeymoon on a helicopter. Very Bianca Jagger, if we may say so.

Wittstock chose an off the shoulder, beaded Armani Privé gown for her big day. The ceremony took place at the medieval palace of Monaco and was said to be more formal than Moss’s the day before. Naomi Campbell managed to make it to both events, with outfit changes to boot. Karl Lagerfeld, on the other hand, chose to attend the royal affair, as did Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Karolina Kurkova. Despite the gossip that Wittstock attempted to leave her fiancé, Prince Albert of Monaco, after learning of his third illegitimate child, the event went on as planned and ended with a heartfelt speech from the prince to his new wife.
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