Tomorrow morning, the official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week schedule will kick off with BCBGMaxAzria's Spring 2014 runway show. And then, for the next month, prepare to be bombarded by high-octane fashion images on this website and others.
To get a glimpse of how frenzied Fashion Week preparations can get, today we attended the hair and makeup tests for BCBGMaxAzria and sister label, Hervé Leger. Because photographs from tomorrow's runway will beam all over the world almost instantaneously and will then screen practically on loop (a video of last season's BCBG show greeted me in the reception area) into next year, the stakes for tomorrow's show are high. Everything has to be perfect; there literally can't be a hair out of place.
Spring 2014 beauty looks for BCBGMaxAzria and Hervé Leger were created by NYC-based hair salon Bumble & bumble and makeup giant Sephora. Both teams gathered at the BCBG showroom today to test out the full beauty looks for both shows and fine-tune them in conjunction with the design group's Chief Creative Officer Lubov Azria. (Azria also happens to be our September guest editor.)
Two things of note:
The models booked for today's tests (one girl per label) will appear on the runway for their respective brands later this week. (As opposed to traditional fitting models, who work in the showroom but don't typically walk the runway.)
Although I want to say Leger's intense smoky eye was the most dramatic event of the day, I'd be remiss not to mention the minor fire that broke out in the studio, prompting an evacuation. No one was hurt (as far as I know); everyone gathered downstairs was treated to the amusing sight of models loitering on 41st Street in bathrobes.
See the looks here:
Hanne Gaby Odiele could (subjectively) be considered God’s gift to the street style blogosphere, so hearing she’s a fan of your brand is as pretty sizeable as compliments come. And Odiele’s definitely got a thing for designer (and Miss Vogue stylist) Kym Ellery.
Earlier this year, the Belgian model made an exclusive appearance on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia runway to walk for Ellery. At the same time she was tapped by online retail platform Jasu to front its AW2013 campaign, wearing pieces by Ellery as well as Romance Was Born, Dion Lee, Ginger and Smart, Michael Lo Sordo and Bec and Bridge (and while she obviously got paid for doing that, she’s also been snapped for style blogs wearing Ellery’s ankle cuffs).
Now the Belgian model and the Australian brand have joined forces again. Odiele is the face of the Ellery’s Fall 2013 campaign, full of sculptural silhouettes and graphic prints of the sort you’d expect to find in Odiele’s own closet. Kym Ellery doesn’t do anything meekly, and her thigh-split skirts and billowing flare pants, in particular, abide by the ‘go big or go home’ rule. If you only buy one talking point accessory this season, make it a pair of the Clydesdale-like cuffs Odiele’s already added to her own closet.
See all the images, plus a behind-the-scenes video, at Vogue.com.au.
Finding that oh-so-perfect pair of pants is a challenge and, with fall fast approaching, the pressure is on to cover up those pins. But as with most clothing, manufacturers work to a standard size and, if you happen to be a pear, apple, ruler or hourglass, not every cut will suit your body shape. That’s where LOFT is taking action and embarking on a quest to tackle camel toes and muffin tops.
To help women find their perfect pant, LOFT has partnered with style and shopping expert Theresa Quick to host “Personal Pant Fit Clinics” at the Eaton Centre LOFT store. Theresa will provide free one-on-one fit assessments and styling sessions in-store, helping ladies shop the 45 options of cuts, fabrics, colours and prints fit for any style or occasion.
After surveying more than 10,000 women over four hours, LOFT is extremely confident they’ve solved our pant fit issue by offering three simplified styles: “Marisa,” “Julie” and “Zoe,” which guarantee to fit every bump, hump and lovely lady lump. You can get your own assessment from Thursday, September 5 to Saturday, September 7 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. What’s more, on September 7, for every pair of pants sold in LOFT stores in Canada, LOFT will donate a pair of pants or other clothing item to Dress for Success, the not-for-profit company that provides professional work attire to disadvantaged women.
With news of its Fit Clinic, LOFT sent out a few sketches of common pants problems and their fixes, which you can check out below this post, as well as a video guide that you can view here. I may personally take them up on their Fit Clinic offer next week or else become one of those gals forced to purchase a Smooth Groove in the near future. Amiright?
Images via LOFT
I am, and always will, remain a loyal fan of Converse: the wear-anywhere-with-anything sneaker that’s been a staple accessory on the floor of teenage bedrooms ever since its introduction in 1917. Without question, Converse is a heritage brand and so, it’s rather fitting that the company would partner with Canada’s most famous heritage store, The Hudson’s Bay Company.
Incorporating HBC’s iconic red, green, blue and yellow colouring, Converse has released one-of-a-kind styles for Fall 2013. Yes, your shoes, too, can look like that famed woollen point blanket as the recognizable Jack Purcell badminton sneaker is candy-striped in the print we all know and love.
Just like HBC, the Jack Purcell style is steeped in Canadian history as the eponymous man behind the show was a world champion badminton player from Guelph, Ontario. He designed the first hard-court shoe in 1935, which was later bought by Converse in the 70s.
I mean, I know there are a lot of sneaker collectors out there, making these shoes more suitable as keepsakes than kicks to team with your favourite skinnies. They’re incredibly loud, proud and Canadian, with the Purcell and Hudson’s logos adorning the footbed and each shoe carrying a “Seal of Quality” to officially recognize the authenticity of a Hudson’s product. But by playing the nostalgia card, these limited-editions may just fly out of stores like a speeding shuttlecock.
The range will be available at Hudson’s Bay Stores throughout September for prices in varying between $120 and $140, so get them while you can is all I can say.
Images via Converse.com
If Carine Roitfeld knows how to do one thing (or two), it’s intrigue and surprise us. On the cover of her third issue of CR Fashion Book, she does just that.
“Ohh… I wonder who she is?” LizzyF shared.
“Wow. Simply wow,” ohmycolin wrote. “This is stunning and we can’t even see the model’s face! Trust Carine to bring this hat out of the bag for the [one-year anniversary issue].”
“I see a Margiela mask, Givenchy earrings, but who designed that glittering crown?” asked Luxx. “This is an inspirational image, take it out of the fashion context and it would still be very compelling and unique. It makes you ask a lot of questions – namely who is the person behind the mask, but that is almost inconsequential. Excellent work by Carine and her team as per usual.”
YoninahAliza posted, “It is a very clever cover, I love that it has a hint of mystery about it while making a statement. It's the sort of compelling cover that would make you want to pick it up at the newsstand.”
We’re all clearly hooked on Carine’s lure here. More, please.
UPDATE: Maybe we don't want more after all?
Daniel Jackson photographed Jennifer Lawrence for her second Miss Dior ad campaign, and unlike the highly glamorous, overly Photoshopped first time around (photographed by Willy Vanderperre), the Fall 2013 campaign shows the young actress appearing essentially fresh-faced and naturally beautiful. The ads may not showcase high drama, but they’re an interesting example of where Raf Simons is taking the brand and what his vision for Miss Dior in particular is.
Jennifer Lawrence photographed by Daniel Jackson for Miss Dior Fall 2013
Jennifer Lawrence photographed by Daniel Jackson for Miss Dior Fall 2013
Forum member opinions on the campaign were predictably all over the place. Kite posted, “I love it. I quite like that she looks a bit tired. It’s wintery without snow and stereotypical references.” I have to agree.
“I love it. I think she looks lovely. Even though I also loved last season’s overuse of Photoshop, this looks much better,” kokobombon shared.
VogueDisciple93 was not so positive. “Looks like a Gap campaign,” he shuddered.
Others had issues with the simplicity of the coat (chanelh called it “not a very smart choice” while Cosmic Voices found it “boring”), but I actually think the coat is one of the campaign’s strengths. Jennifer is not completely tricked out and neither are her clothes. The Dior woman doesn’t need to be showy to be beautiful, and I think that’s something we sometimes forget. This is a worthwhile reminder.