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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

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Yesterday we asked if society is ready for (or at least trending towards) street style that verges on nudity. And the answer seems to be in the affirmative. For the most part the comments left across Fashionising.com and our Facebook page were positive, with the few detractors taking anything but a puritanical approach – instead opting for an argument that tended towards the notion that …
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An impressive cast of nomadic silhouettes saw the Ann Demeulemeester collection manifest in the name of freedom of movement. The desert inspiration is the continuation of her menswear collection presented in June. That time Demeulemeester expressed her internal feeling about the desert environment. On the contrary, the spring 2012 womenswear collection is more divided into a decadent-androgynous tribe detailed with wide brimmed hats, chain and …

There was no need to guess which of the elements was inspiring Karl Lagerfeld for spring 2012: that much was evident in the giant coral and clam shell props that turned the Chanel stage into an underwater paradise. For the most part, though, this wasn’t one of the more detail-heavy collections of Karl’s. It was the influx of pure white and pastel pieces in clean …
Chanel S/S '12
Chanel S/S '12
Chanel S/S '12
Chanel S/S '12
Chanel S/S '12
Chanel S/S '12
Chanel S/S '12
Chanel S/S '12
Louis Vuitton never do things by halves. So it was that their current-season collection arrived on a Paris fashion week catwalk by way of three custom-made elevators and their spring 2012 fashion offering revolved on an equally bespoke carousel. While this time around it was again left to model Kate Moss to close the show, few other similarities were to be found. Whereas the autumn collection …
Louis Vuitton S/S '12
Louis Vuitton S/S '12
Louis Vuitton S/S '12
Louis Vuitton S/S '12
Louis Vuitton S/S '12
Louis Vuitton S/S '12
Louis Vuitton S/S '12
Louis Vuitton S/S '12

In a recent discussion with my Fashionising.com colleagues about the future of street style we turned to jokes about pulling out an easel and painting portraits of the subjects as they posed for us on the street. “Just stay still for a few… more… hours…” we envisaged. The reality is though that it’s a nice – if highly impractical – idea. And while the likes …

It’s always seemed to me that the best fashion models have two career high points: there’s the first when they appear on the scene as the next big thing. That’s followed by a lull, where their popularity wanes. Then there’s the re-rise, a time that only models with real influence (i.e. the ability to influence the fashion we purchase) enjoy. Ruby Aldridge is enjoying hers …


If you’ve got dark hair and have (or are contemplating) a pixie crop then model Hanaa Ben Abdesslem has two lessons for you: one in how to rock it, and one in how to soften it.

A plunging neckline and a sheer mini skirt? Only in high-summer.


Whether it’s the sheer fabric, the man-style loafers, or the thick rimmed sunglasses, this is a look replete with gaze grabbing elements. It’s also a look capable of crossing the season divide, with the trends it takes in just as suited to spring as they are to the coming autumn / fall season.

Cut to be less of an ‘interview’ and more of a steady stream of Karl Lagerfeld’s thoughts, this video from behind the scenes at Chanel’s fall 2001 Haute Couture show is something of a direct link into the designer’s brain. Discussing why a fashion show’s set designs shouldn’t be too complex (“the sets are great when you arrive, you sit there, but when the collection …

For over 25 years, dwelling into Chanel’s historical legacy hasn’t been an arduous task for Karl Lagerfeld. His vision follows the lines of feminine sophistication with an added gothic element. The man always has a story for each one of his designs. This time, that story was about Mademoiselle Coco Chanel. On a really late night in Paris, Lagerfeld poked nostalgia by turning the Grand …
Chanel Haute Couture A '11
Chanel Haute Couture A '11
Chanel Haute Couture A '11
Chanel Haute Couture A '11
Chanel Haute Couture A '11
Chanel Haute Couture A '11
Chanel Haute Couture A '11
Chanel Haute Couture A '11

They’re not flip flops, but I suspect that Tom Ford would still hate this look. And he would’t be the only one: somewhere along the line men’s shorts have become something of a divisive issue – there’s a camp of people who utterly deride their very existence, who will argue until they’re blue in the face that men simply should not wear shorts. I’m certainly …

The aesthetics of Louis Vuitton’s menswear past offerings have often sat uneasy with me. They’ve had their place, but that place seldom felt like it should have been under the moniker of a luxury fashion house with such pedigree. To be certain the quality was there, but the overall look could come off a little too rough-and-ready, a little too casual for my liking. For …


If you’re a fan of either sumptuous detail or cute boys (and when we face facts, menswear catwalks offer up both in abundant supply) then a look over the backstage happenings of Louis Vuitton’s men’s spring 2012 collection ought to be just your thing. Because there’s just about something for everyone in our photo gallery of the backstage of this spring 2012 showing; a backstage …

At this point, we’re all used to seeing Candice Swanepoel in next to nothing. So why is it that when she was photographed outside Christian Dior fall 2011, she was even more provocative than when donning the standard Victoria’s Secret uniform of bra and panty? Perhaps this is due to the fervor incited in us by her crocheted black bra top with diamond webbing wrapping …

“It is a movie about an ill-advised use of money which begins with violence and ends with feeling.” – Karl Lagerfeld, May 2011 The Cruise collections cometh. With them comes the spectacle of the catwalk, but also the necessity of the souvenir. For Chanel’s 2011 / 2012 Cruise collection that souvenir comes in the guise of The Tale of a Fairy, a short film imagined, …

The show must go on, and for the house of Alexander McQueen, that means a behind-the-scenes process of hard work attention to detail, and intensity. This video was captured behind the scenes at the McQueen fall 2011 collection at Paris fashion week.