Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Joan Smalls for Prabal Gurung Spring 2013 Campaign by Daniel Jackson

The Sway of Spring – Drawing inspiration from the work of Anish Kapoor, an artist known for his geometric and biomorphic sculptures, the spring 2013 campaign from Prabal Gurung highlights the shape and movement of the new season. Model Joan Smalls poses for Daniel Jackson in black and white studio images reflecting a sense of liberation and ease. The campaign’s creative director and stylist, Tiina Laakkonen, gives Joan a perfectly refined look in the ethereal images. / Hair by Esther Langham, Makeup by Hannah Murray (Fashion Gone Rogue)


Mona Johannesson Stars in Costume's February 2013 Cover Story by Mikael Schulz

Colorama – Mona Johannesson looks super chic in the February cover shoot of Costume Norway, wearing lavender colored hair. Captured by Mikael Schulz, the Swedish model enchants in the selects of stylist Mette Mortensen featuring designs from the likes of Acne, Carven, Mulberry and Maria Black amongst others. / Hair by Peter Johansson @ Mikas Looks, Makeup by Sophia Eriksen @ Agent Bauer (Fashion Gone Rogue)



Kerrie Luft S/S 2013

Her sculptural and artistic creations are incomparable!

Masters in Footwear Design at Cordwainers, London College of Fashion. Internships with Lulu Guinness and Patrick Cox.

Current projects
"I'm currently working on my collection for Fall Winter 2013/14 which I will be presenting in Paris at the beginning of March. For this collection I will be introducing a boot, lots of gold and polished titanium.

What's next
"I'm currently working on a new heel design that I will be launching for SS 14, an evolution of my Nouveau Collection." (Vogue.it)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Eco-Chic Shoes by Coclico

Coclico founder and fourth generation shoemaker Sandra Canselier
The Rachel flat ($259)
The Drew bootie ($390) and the Penelope ($295)
The Adele bootie ($342)

Stylish, quality, comfortable footwear that's also eco-friendly might sound too good to be true, but New York-based Coclico is rising to the challenge. Its flagship SoHo store features boots and booties as well as heels, flats, clogs, wedges and sandals. Made in an array of colors and styles, each design is durable, fashionable, and perfect for marching around those merciless New York pavements. And they look hot, too.

With a manifesto of finding beauty in the "simple, rugged, and understated," it's no wonder Coclico has quietly become a favorite accoutrement of the New York woman, especially since they actually look better as they get more worn in and gain character. (Coclico uses vegetable-tanned leathers, for example, which tend to look better with age.)

The line was founded by Sandra Canselier, who happens to be a fourth generation shoemaker. "Coclico is all about finding beauty in the understated and intentionally simple, offering stylish women fashionable, practical, and eco-conscious shoes," she says. I founded Coclico when I noticed a lack of interesting and high-quality shoes.”

In terms of sustainability, Coclico is made from organic linens, recycled cork for internal platforms, recycled foam, vegan-tanned leather lining, and hardware that’s blessedly lead and nickel free. Most materials are sourced close to the company's production facility, located in Mallorca, Spain. 275 Mott St., 212-965-5462 (gotham-magazine.com)

A Look Back: The First Fashion Week

An interesting bit of fashion history.

Runway look from Calvin Klein’s Fall/ Winter show in 1973.

With France under German occupation during the early ’40s, European fashion was forced to take a backseat to the harsh realities of life during wartime. Stateside, legendary publicist Eleanor Lambert, who would go on to found the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1962, saw an opening to bring American fashion to the forefront of the global conversation for the first time. Lambert launched Press Week—a series of events beginning on June 20, 1943—with 53 designers showing looks at The Plaza Hotel to an international group of journalists. Even Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia saw the value of fashion in spite of the war. “We have kept up with our cultural activities, with education and all that goes to make life better and happier,” he said at the inaugural Press Week. “Along with the vast war contributions that are being made, New York seeks to keep alive the beautiful and splendid things of life.” Now called Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, the event unites the world’s couture communities each February and September, kicking off the season, which then moves to London, Milan, and Paris. This year, Fashion Week celebrates its 70th anniversary with events at Lincoln Center, February 7 through 14. Designers like Calvin Klein—whose acclaimed 1973 looks (pictured) established palettes and silhouettes that would come to define American sportswear— will exhibit looks from the Fall 2013 collections. While the designers have been tight-lipped about any plans to celebrate the anniversary, everyone knows that this important week will define the way we will dress for the season to come. (gotham-magazine.com)

Street Style: Paris Haute Couture 2013 (Part II)

More Hot looks from the chilly streets of Paris via Harper's Bazaar.

(Images: harpersbazaar.com)