If you’re still reminiscing about London Fashion Week and already have that little imaginary shopping list of Spring 2013 pieces by your favourite designers which you’re totally obsessed with (but realistically will never have the money to buy unless you get a million promotions at work this year!), then you will be elated by the news that designer Mary Katrantzou is currently having a sale on Cocosa.com.
Although Mary Katrantzou was born in Greece, she completed her fashion studies at London’s Central Saint Martins and she was also most famously granted NEWGEN sponsorship for six consecutive seasons. As each season passes, she is becoming more and more of a sought-after designer, which also means that the worth of her designs is set to skyrocket. For anybody who is buying into her collections for the mere love of her hyper-realist aesthetics, bold graphics, and industrial jewellery signatures, then perhaps they are now also making a real investment into garments which are set to become true collectors pieces.
What’s on Sale?
Obviously, it’s not her S/S13 collection which is up for reduced grabs on Cocosa’s site, but gorgeous pieces from her previous collections have prices slashed up to 50%! The sale also features a little something for everybody’s shape and taste with printed silk blouses, graphic print dresses, and floral trousers. The sale also ends on October 11, so you have to be quick in order to snap up those very best pieces.
When Kate Moss showed up to take in Hedi Slimane’s debut collection for Saint Laurent Paris she was wearing a little black dress that Slimane designed exclusively for her. Hooray? Not really. The dress was kind of boring and the most exciting thing about her look was the fabulous pair of Alaia booties on her feet. The bag she carried was also a Hedi Slimane design but it’s something others will eventually be able to get their hands on as it’s now available online for pre-order.
“After viewing more pictures of that dress, I don't really like it,” lemeray commented. “Looks like something from her Topshop phase…boots are awesome though.”
Nita-karoliina was slightly won over as she saw more images of Kate in the dress, but she did say, “I just hate dots on clothing,” so she still doesn't really in fact like it.
The bottom line is, this dress is kind of nothing special. It’s not ugly; it’s perfectly fine actually, and I would probably wear it myself, but if you’re making a hotly anticipated return to fashion design at a legendary French label then you should probably up the ante on a dress you’re designing for the world’s biggest trendsetting supermodel. Just sayin’.
Responding to Cathy Horyn's negative review of his PR table manners (the fashion critic wasn't invited to his runway show) and first Saint Laurent collection, Hedi Slimane decided that instead of taking the high road, he would take the lowest road possible. Following in Oscar De La Renta's footsteps (because it worked out so well?) the designer released an open letter brimming with immature personal attacks against Horyn.
Unlike ODLR, who at least had the good humor to conjure up an inventive insult, calling the critic a "stale three-day-old hamburger," Slimane took a different and boringly embarrassing tack: according to the designer, Horyn is "a schoolyard bully" (yawn), "a publicist in disguise," and her "sense of style is seriously challenged." Pro tip #1: The easiest way to discredit a woman is to criticize her appearance. Keep at it!
Slimane's behavior is at best childlike, at worst narcissistic and dumb: “As far as I’m concerned, she will never get a seat at Saint Laurent, but might get 2-for-1 at Dior. I don’t mind critics, but they have to come from a fashion critic, not a publicist in disguise. I am quite mesmerized she did get away with it for so many years.” And I'm quite mesmerized Hedi Slimane got away with being such an arrogant jerk for so many years.
Reached for comment by WWD, Horyn had just this to say: “It’s just silly nonsense to me.” The critic (rightly) dignified Oscar de la Renta's hamburger insult with more of a response.
Top image via IMAXtree, bottom image via Hedi Slimane's Twitter
This isn't gimmicky, it's greatness. This is what people mean when they talk about wanting "to make a difference." If anyone ever tries to tell you that fashion isn't an art form equal to painting, poetry, music, and so on, just show them this picture. I cried.
Image via Derek Blasberg's Instagram
I know plenty of people are rightly disappointed by Sally Singer's premature (if you believe that she was pushed out) departure from T magazine, but I have two words for those people: Deborah Needleman.
The Daily Front Row spotted Needleman fashion week-ing in Paris and forced her, practically against her will, to showcase her awesomeness.
Here's how she responded to The Daily's first question, which was not a question at all but just your run-of-the-mill one word statement of "congratulations!"
"I'm not going to say anything interesting today!"
Are you sure, Debbie? [Note: In the interview, she says she goes by "Deborah" in her adult life, and only refers to herself as "Debbie" when she's being ironic. So even though I just called her "Debbie," don't call her "Debbie!" Sorry Debbie. Ahhhh can't stop.] Because that thing you just said was more interesting than most things people say in interviews.
The Daily kept pushing and instead of disengaging, Needleman just talked about how she wasn't going to answer their questions, in response to their questions!
Any idea who your first cover will be?
Can you give us a hint?
Did you eat breakfast this morning?
How can I be like you when I grow up?
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As Hedi Slimane undoubtedly knows by now, if Mitt Romney's still on the market for a "zinging" coach, he could do a lot worse than Cathy Horyn. The designer didn't extend an invitation to The New York Times fashion critic for his debut "Saint Laurent" collection which — and maybe Giorgio Armani can back me up here? — has never really worked out too well for anyone. By forcing Horyn to write her review of his collection based on the digital images, like all the Internet's great unwashed (literally — I haven't showered yet today), Slimane dug himself a pretty deep grave. Let's go look at it!
Horyn thinks Slimane's still bitter about a piece she wrote in 2004, which concerned Raf Simons' influence on menswear:
"Essentially I wrote that without Mr. Simons’s template of slim tailoring and street casting, there would not have been a Hedi Slimane — just as there would never have been a Raf Simons without Helmut Lang. Fashion develops a bit like a genetic line.
Because geniuses have no influences, Slimane, then at Dior Homme, was understandably furious. (Who knew the Slimane/Simons rivalry ran so deep?) The designer came to believe that Horyn preferred Simons' designs, and so his resentment has held at a slow and steady boil for the past eight years.
Just to recap: Slimane is so unwilling to take criticism that he banned a critic from seeing his work. And so Cathy Horyn exacted the best revenge. She reviewed him:
"The collection was a nice but frozen vision of a bohemian chick at the Chateau Marmont. Or in St. Tropez."
"I had the impression from the clothes of someone disconnected from fashion of the past several years."
"Also, the self-important air of Saint Laurent’s media relations — the calls informing reporters that Mr. Slimane wouldn’t be taking questions backstage — is out of touch. Meanwhile, its competitors— Balenciaga, Dior, Givenchy, Celine, Lanvin — are having a terrific season."
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