Dior -

PARIS...John Galliano presented a surprisingly commercial Dior collection for S/S 09, reaching for a younger audience while also reviving some of his '80s era hits. The abbreviated hemlines, body conscious fits and corseted waists all pointed to previous decades, while capricious dot prints and ruffled layers kept the looks in juniors territory. Key items include those aggressive belts, a shiny ...
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Dream Sequence -

Paris...Nina Ricci Isn't it just so interesting to see how each designer has responded to the current economic climate? Unlike the Fall collections that were cast in shades of grey and black, Spring has been presented as overwhelmingly bright and cheerful or dream-like and ethereal. At Nina Ricci, Olivier Theyskens fell into the second group. He showed variations on one theme, ...
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Dekked Out

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Style Pick of the Day: Neo-Rock and Roll -

The neo-rock and roll vibe of studded stilettos, ripped jeans and Sergeant Pepper jackets at Christophe Decarnin's red-hot showing for Balmain marked a fierce start to Paris Fashion Week. Attendees were also garbed in music-related street styles including lots of hard-edged leather and metal combinations. One jacket in particular, embellished all-over with gold studs stood out in a crowd!
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Pockets @ Premiere Vision

Last week, at Premiere Vision in Paris, UCO Sportswear International highlighted some new developments and finishes for the Fall/Winter 2009/10 season. Along with some interesting denim ideas, the Belgium based company, showcased some of the in-house design staff's best work with pockets. These ideas take the focus of stitch logos and look more towards shape and function for the refresher. ...
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Balmain -

PARIS...Christophe Decarnin has revitalized the Balmain house over the past few seasons, injecting a heavy rock and roll edge via short hemlines, embellishment and body conscious cuts. S/S 09 found Decarnin in a Sgt. Pepper kind of  mood, including modifid, military style jackets in his line up, while mixing in layered, shredded mini dresses and paneled, skintight denim. Juniors will ...
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Check Mate -

Paris...Gareth Pugh The hottest ticket in town came right at the start of the week with Gareth Pugh's first show in Paris. Who wasn't curious to see how this British Enfant Terrible would fair in new surroundings? The answer came swiftly. Pugh made no compromise to his signature "sci-fi ninja" style. He may have been showing in Paris but Pugh underscored ...
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Bonjour Paris!

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Style Pick of the Day: Square Bags -

Stiffer, more architecturally shaped bags look remarkably fresh amongst a sea of bohos and soft slouching shoulder bags at Milan Fashion Week. On the runway, Fendi looks to have another hit on their hands with the Birkin-esque “Kangaroo Pouch” shown with nearly every look. Trend alert!
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She sells Seashells -

Milan...Versace What to say about Donatella Versace? Perhaps that she clearly made a decision a few seasons ago to leave the more outré notions of selling sex to the younger crowd and focus more on a sweet and sophisticated design ideal. The irony is that as a result the collections themselves have a new zest that will appeal to a ...
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Go For Baroque -

Milan...Dolce and Gabbana From Italy's dynamic duo, a tale about a girl who falls asleep in her boyfriend’s pajamas and then dreams of the grandeur of a lost age. The new shapes felt reminiscent of those seen at Lanvin last year or at Balenciaga, but didn't detract. The big, rounded shoulder and sleeve looked so much like Minnie Mouse's ears that ...
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Jackie is “it” -

Milan...Gucci Two new "it" bags for the season from Gucci, the "New Jackie," a big roomy shoulder bag, slouchy and hand-stitched with lots of shiny hardware and tassels, plus a utilitarian backpack that transforms into a carryall. Both of course in luxuriously luscious leathers. Who can wait for spring?
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Bike Girls Of The 9 Streets

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DSquared2 -

MILAN…Canadian brothers Dan and Dean Caten set the seventies tone outright, opening their Spring collection with three models in slinky floor length dresses striking a classic Charlie’s Angels pose.  What followed was a nod to Studio 54 era sportswear, with looks ranging from tailored three piece suits to floaty ruffled maxi dresses. Excluding a few giant bubble dresses that had ...
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Gucci Exotica -

Milan...Gucci Isn't it ironic that the criticism leveled at Frida Giannini season after season is because her clothing is TOO wearable? While it is true that if there was a prize for most-knocked-off it would go to her collection but isn't that a compliment of sorts? Gucci for S/S 09 entitled "Gucci Exotica,"incorporated all of the usual elements we have come ...
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