Talking Dirty

This week denim has gotten a bit dirty on the New York runways. Several designers have given their latest jeans some rough treatment, from graffiti style paint over distress and holes to the allover paint effects making a strong return. More subtle looks included faded stains and rusted colors, courtesy of Miss Sixty.
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Nanette Lepore -

NEW YORK...Nanette Lepore was another designer who championed the "Save the Garment Center" cause, clothing herself and the staff in slogan t-shirts. The same type of passion came through in her collection, which despite a rather toned down palette of garden hues against a sand colored background, had a healthy dose of feminine flirtation. Satin jumpsuits, floral tunic tops and ...
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Anna Sui -

NEW YORK...Anna Sui has proven to be one of the most consistent designers on the fashion roster, exploring ethnic tinged themes season after season, as well as championing a variety of causes. For Fall it was a public spat with Forever 21 which got Sui going, while S/S 09 found her looking to save New York's garment center from gentrification. ...
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Unto This Last

Unto This Last, written in 1860 by John Ruskin, advocated a return to the local craftsman’s workshop during the Industrial Revolution. The latest 3D modeling software, linked to a custom-built database, allows Shoreditch’s Unto This Last to recreate this dream of locally distributed manufacturing. You can actually watch your pieces being made through a glass window that separates this ‘mini-
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Yoming

Though he studied interior architecture, a job in furniture restoration caused Paris-based designer Yahïa Ouled-Moussa to turn to fashion. Here at Yoming, Ouled-Moussa transforms sturdy, vintage French linens, army sacks, and canvas belts into stylish smocks, one-of-a-kind totes, and “strap-band chairs.” The newest item available is “Yoming Airways,” a multi-purpose travel bag that is ideal for weekend getaways. 95, rue Nollet, 75017
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Le Depot-Vente De Buci

Le Depot-Vente de Buci is a two-part vintage store, run by Celine and her daughter Lawrence, filled with clothing, accessories, furs and shoes from the early to mid 1900s. On one side, these ladies sell couture items from designers like Chanel, Valentino and Lanvin. The other side is chockfull of funky prêt-a-porter finds from Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler and Sonia
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Matieres A Reflexion

Matières à Réflexion is a design collaboration by Laetitia Azpiroz and Cyrille Raillet. Founded in 2002 with women’s bags and accessories, each piece is unique and handmade using vintage leather jackets. In addition to a newly launched men’s collection of bags called MAR, they also sell attire from Karine Jean and Baron Y and jewelry from House of Done and
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Estelle Yomeda

Originally trained as a visual artist, shoe designer Estelle Yomeda opened her successful eponymous boutique just one year ago. Her shoes possess a creative, elegant and sensual quality, combining feminine forms with a hint of vintage. The boutique recently began selling jewelry from Adeline Cacheux, who mixes silver and gold in chain-link necklaces, earrings and bracelets. 4, rue de Normadie 75003 Paris Tel:
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Caramel Baby And Child

Having opened fours shops in London (and outposts Florence and Tokyo), Caramel Baby and Child’s success is due to its understated, yet luxurious touch in the world of children’s apparel. Founder Eva Karayiannis expertly interprets modern design into comfortable and stylish goods that are a hit with both children and parents. 77 Ledbury Road Notting Hill, London W11 2AG Tel: 44 (0)20 7727 0906www.caramel-shop.co.uk
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Sense Of PRPS

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An American Boy -

New York...Michael Bastian Michael Bastian sent his models out through a shower shack at the beach. There were lifeguards in bikini swim-wear and an athletic influence; but that's only part of a much more extensive collection that now fits somewhere between Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren. This was a seasonal showcase that included classic basics like jeans, tee shirts, zip-ups and ...
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Style Pick of the Day: Harem Nation -

...On the 5th day of Fashion Week, harem-inspired pants ruled the streets and the runways. At Benjamin Cho’s show, which drew a hipper-than-thou crowd, the Middle Eastern style staple showed up on attendees as a onesie and as an ethnic punctuation to a leather jacket, while Jeremy Laing’s ode to geometry yielded dramatically distended trousers-cum-skirt.
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Midday at the Oasis -

New York...Peter Som If, heaven forbid, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta were to retire, East Coast socialites should not fear, there are two designers ready to fill their inestimable shoes, Jason Wu and Peter Som. Last season Peter Som focused on the “quirky, dark, and idiosyncratic” but just like Mrs Herrera he did an about-face for spring focusing instead ...
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Matthew Williamson -

NEW YORK...One of the most energetic designers working today, Matthew Williamson's work is always alive with color and print each season. For his New York S/S 09 show, the British talent stuck to a mostly abbreviated silhouette, focusing on minis and little dresses with pockets, shine, sparkle and vibrancy. In addition to the short stuff, tight knee length shorts and ...
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Marc by Marc Jacobs -

NEW YORK...Marc Jacobs can do no wrong in the eyes of many consumers, especially the younger fans of his Marc by Marc Jacobs line. S/S 09 was no different, full of dependable key pieces. Without pushing the envelope the Marc line used typically creative styling to enliven cute basics like ruffled denim dresses, blazer and shorts combos, heavy cargo pants ...
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