The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week

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It’s been a big week for fashion: Gaga met up with Nicola Formichetti, Gaga wore a leather ankle-length zip dress, and Gaga wore a checkered jacket with a blue dress. We recall the best fashion Instagram posts of the week.

Shante you stay!

 

Gaga in the Zip Dress

Gaga in NYC today! (July 11, 2018)

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Gaga Back With Nicola Formichetti

@nicolaformichetti @wanaynay You know just making art and stuff. #haus

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Gaga in A Checkered Jacket and Blue Dress

Gaga in NYC today. (July 10, 2018)

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Gaga seen in an LA Recording Studio

Gaga in the studio today. (July 15, 2018)

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Are those trumpets we see with her?

 

This Gaga Throwback Post

Sarah Paulson Haunts a Neon Fantasy in Prada Campaign

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Fans are on the edge of their seats for the upcoming eighth season of American Horror Story. But Sarah Paulson’s latest project looks like it could be a highly stylized Ryan Murphy work itself.

Paulson stars in Neon Dream, a short film by Willy Vanderperre for Prada’s Fall/Winter 2018 campaign. Aptly titled, it features a collection of neon accented pieces on model Amanda Murphy. It plays out against the neon lit dreamscape that is Las Vegas’ Sunset Strip, like a fashion-forward homage to Hunter S Thompson.

Paulson makes multiple appearances as a hauntingly mysterious woman. A suited valet, a roller-skating bartender, and a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, she shadows Murphy through this colorful fashion fantasy. RuPaul’s Drag Race season seven winner Violet Chachki also makes an appearance as the front woman of a Marilyn army and a showgirl performing onstage for Murphy and Paulson.

See Prada’s FW18 collection here.

 

Take A Look at Gucci’s New Dapper Dan-Inspired Collection

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Photography: Ari Marcopoulos for Gucci

 

Gucci has just unveiled a new collection inspired by the legendary designer Dapper Dan.

Operating in Harlem in the 1980s and 90s, he built his name creating one-off outfits for hip-hop and street style stars including the likes of LL Cool J, Eric B., Rakim, and Salt-N-Pepa.

His looks were often matching-full-length tracksuits, often covered in logos, as well as great long jackets. The new collection takes favorites from Dapper Dan’s work and reimagines them using high-quality Gucci fabrics and leathers, with the famous logo printed often over the garments.

Photographer Ari Marcopoulos shot the campaign in and around the streets of Harlem to capture the authenticity of Dapper Dan’s original shop neighborhood.

 

Anna Wintour Gives Her Stamp of Approval on Air Jordan Collab

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Anna Wintour has long been the definitive voice of American fashion. Indeed, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast can arguably make or break a project.

Now she has quite literally contributed that stamp of approval to her new collaboration with Nike, as the original influencer has teamed up for a limited edition collection of Air Jordans. Two iconic silhouettes feature “AWOK,” which stands for “Anna Wintour Okay,” Wintour’s sign-off for pages of Vogue before they’re published.

The AJI Zip AWOK comes in both university red and sail, with soft leather accented by a gold metallic zipper and other embellishments, including an “Edited by Vogue” tag and the “AWOK” signature on the sole and tongue. The AJIII SE AWOK comes in black and red, with tweed inspired by Wintour’s signature Chanel suits.

The AJI Zip AWOK will be available July 23 on the SNKRS app. The AJIII SE AWOK will be available September 7.

 

Beyoncé X Balmain Collection Serves Black Collegiate Greatness

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Beyoncé recently turned heads during her performance at Coachella with some eye-popping threads by Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing. She and her dancers sported sequined hoodies that served total collegiate glamour. They paid tribute to marching band uniforms and the Greek lifestyle of historically black colleges and universities.

Luckily for her fans, she and Rousteing decided to collaborate on a collection inspired by the looks. Indeed, the pieces feature the same graphic. Available this week, it includes hoodies in both pink and yellow, as well as a black t-shirt.

Although the prices range from $290 to $1790, the proceeds will be donated to the United Negro College Fund. It follows Beyoncé’s donation of $100,000 to four HBCUs after her Coachella performance. The collection is available July 13 at Balmain.

 

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The Power of Texture at Paris Haute Couture Week

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Paris Haute Couture Week has come and gone, leaving a trail of puffy sleeves and dramatic leg slits in its wake. This season saw the world’s greatest fashion designers exploring texture – via textile choice, fabric distorting and ruching, and intended effect – creating altogether otherworldly ensembles that beg their viewers to touch them.

We explore this season’s textural transformations through the eyes of three top trendsetters: Valentino, Xuan, and Schiaparelli. The first, and perhaps most high-profile of the three, gave a positive jungle gym of different surfaces to their runway: there are giant feathery gowns, poofy satins, floral headpieces, and, of course, beehive hair for the gods (as seen here on Kaia Gerber).

 

 

Don’t you just want to dig your fingers in?

 

Xuan, a smaller-scale designer with a more concise collection, still gave us much to fawn over texture-wise. Here, we see lumpy florals on shirts, cascading tulle, and bunchy pants: a more corporate approach to Haute Couture.

 

With Schiaparelli, we see the boldest approach to texture of the season. Here, textile choice and implementation is used to transform models into literal animals. Scream!

Behind-the-Scenes at Valentino’s Couture Show

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Valentino’s Paris Couture show turned heads, and grew them: Kaia Gerber’s gigantic hair is now the stuff of tabloid fodder everywhere. The collection is Haute Couture perfection, touching all the notes a Parisian runway should: a bit extreme and over the top, definitively colorful, and, of course, overflowing with beautiful feathers and flowers.

Aside from the hyper-elegant gowns of unusually-draped silhouette, what really elevated the show into the forefront of the week were headpieces: similar to Moschino’s recent floral runway, models were seen sporting giant bouquets of uniformly-colored petals alongside their great sweeping fashion robes.

Feast your eyes.

 

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Prema Is Absolutely Your New Favorite NYC Salon

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Lower East Side mainstay and BlackBook favorite Prema has a new couple in charge. Hair and makeup gurus-turned-married couple Nick and Gregg Lennon Jr. have taken over Prema’s Lower East Side location, with the goal of turning the space into a haven for all of the city’s coolest creatives.

Launched in 2004 by Francesco Ruggerino with its first location in Bondi, Australia, Prema has been a radical force in the industry for over a decade. With two locations in Australia (Bondi and Surry Hills), the salon set up shop on Stanton Street in 2014. Walking through the neighborhood, there’s no shortage of quirky hair salons; but there’s none like Prema anywhere in the city.

To celebrate their appointment last month, Gregg and Nick threw a “Paint It Black” party in which the space got its ’80s goth makeover. With all black everything and a giant painting of Edward Scissorhands, it’s no wonder Prema is the go-to salon for some of NYC’s freaks, influencers and artists.

 

But it’s not just the top of the line stylists and unforgettable vibe that make Prema our new staple. As part of the queer community, Gregg and Nick are dedicated to making the salon an all-inclusive and safe space rooted in community activism. The duo plans to initiate “salon nights” at the salon, in which members of the community can come together for events and to engage in creative conversations. In the future, the partners also plan to produce events in which proceeds will benefit different LGBTQ charities.

 

Since its opening in 2004, Prema has developed a reputation for creating cutting edge looks with unique products, including Ruggerino’s own line, ANTI, (which is sold at the salon) and an innovative aesthetic. The owner has brought the same ethos to the Lower East Side, with the help of Gregg, Nick, and their team of leading stylists.

 

Prema is located at 101 Stanton Street in the Lower East Side. The salon is open Tuesday through Friday from 11AM to 9PM, and until 7PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Runway Rundown: All The Best From Spring ’19 Ready-to-Wear, Resort and Fall ’18 Couture

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Valentino Fall ’18 Couture

 

A lot has happened on the runway over the last few weeks. There was Paris Couture Week; before that, some designers showed their Spring ’19 collections; and in between all of those, there was Resort (which we don’t usually care for, but this season had one great moment). So, we don’t blame you if you’ve missed some things. And because we love you, we’re going to be your fashion fairy godmothers, and round up everything you need to see if you haven’t already (and if you have, all of the amazing things you should look at again). Below, our favorite runway moments — or, as we like to call them, the only ones worth mentioning.

 

Spring ’19 Ready-to-Wear:

Spring can be really boring. I mean, florals, for Spring? Groundbreaking. No, but seriously, it can really hard to re-invent the wheel when that wheel is a limited range of flowing skirts, mini dresses and caftans. That’s why our favorite brands threw out seasonal rules altogether and did things like patent leather and hoodies.

 

Alyx

 

For Matthew Williamson’s first ever runway show for his four-year-old brand Alyx (or, as its named now, 1017 Alyx 9SM for Williamson’s birthday and the location of his first studio at 9 Saint Marks), the designer went all out. Instead of debuting a ton of cliche Spring pieces, like bathing suits and floral dresses, the collection looked almost as if it could’ve been for Fall. With a post-apocalyptic vibe perfect for our current political climate, Willliamson’s pieces looked like a uniform for, albeit incredibly fashionable, anti-fascist soldiers. Sign me up.

 

Vetements

 

VETEMENTS SPRING-SUMMER 2019

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VETEMENTS SPRING-SUMMER 2019 – WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO – LINK IN THE PROFILE

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VETEMENTS SPRING-SUMMER 2019

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For fashion world darling Demna Gvasalia’s turn on the runway, the designer paid homage to his home country, Georgia. Gvasalia casted the show with all Georgian teenagers, and took the opportunity to teach fashion insiders about the current political turmoil happening in the region. In fact, each piece from the collection comes with a giant bar code, that once scanned with your iPhone, will open an app that features facts about the country. And as much as I want to hate Vetements, I wish I could afford to pay $1,000 for a sweatshirt.

 

Kenzo

 

Prints, prints, prints. #KENZOSS19

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Kenzo S/S ’19 was all about prints. Gingham, checks, polka-dots, snakeskin — you name it, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon designed it, and styled it together. The whole maximalist, should-be-clashing-but-instead-looks amazing thing has always been Kenzo’s vibe, but each season Lim and Leon seem to do it better and better. After last year’s Spring collection, I really thought the brand had reached their peak, but this season even makes me want to wear color.

 


 

Resort:

Honestly, I shouldn’t have even included Resort on this list, since it’s really not a list – it’s just Miu Miu.

 

Miu Miu

 

If Miu Miu’s Resort ’19 collection was bad, it truly wouldn’t have even mattered. With a casting like the one they had at The Regina Hotel in Paris last week, including Rowan Blanchard, Kaia Gerber, Uma Thurman, Chloe Sevigny and Naomi Campbell, no one would have even noticed the clothes. But we did, because the collection was perfect. Kind of preppy, but with a race car driver-meets-Valley of the Dolls-meets-Maui sort of look, the Miu Miu collection was what Miuccia Prada still does best, even after all these years: it was fun, it was free, and somehow, between all the clashing prints and furry heels, it was still subtle.

 


 

Fall ’18 Couture:

Couture is all about fantasy; it’s about staring at beautiful clothes you desperately want but have absolutely nowhere to wear them to. When it came to this year’s Couture Week, our favorite designers didn’t let us down, delivering some of the dreamiest collections we’ve ever seen grace the runway. I mean, Kaia Gerber at Valentino. Enough said. But don’t worry, we’ll say more anyway.

 

Chanel

 

For his Fall ’18 Chanel couture show, Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to Paris. Honestly, everything the guy does is good, and the fact that he’s still able to send tweed two-pieces down the runway, and make them look good — well, that alone, proves he’s a genius. In addition to his love of Paris, the designer built this collection around what he calls the “high profile” — long skirts that unzip to show thigh-bearing minis underneath. “You can wear it zipped down when you visit your banker, no?” he told Vogue. “And zipped up when you see your lover after!”

 

Valentino

 

At this point, there’s no way you haven’t seen at least one photo from the Valentino couture show. Images of Kaia Gerber in her amazing beehive have literally been flooding the internet. But for once, the talk is true and all the hype is worth it. The Valentino collection was the MVP of Couture Week — and maybe all of 2018. Obviously, Pat McGrath and Guido Palau killed it with the beauty; but the collection itself was completely breathtaking. I mean, the models looked like actual angels floating down the runway in their billowy gowns and floral headdresses.

 

Fendi

 

 

Fendi always knows what they’re doing. For their couture collection, the brand took a step back from the logomania that’s taken over their last few seasons, and created a ’60s-inspired ode to fur. While a lot of the industry has vowed to go fur free, Lagerfeld has doubled down with Fendi. Though the collection included bits of actual fur, it was more about the ways in which he treated other fabrics that created a sort of gaudy (but in a good way), glam feel that I totally could’ve imaged Liz Taylor or Anne Welles in.

 

Margiela

 

Discover highlights from our Autumn-Winter 2018 ‘Artisanal’ Collection designed by @jgalliano: The nomadic idea of taking life on the road is conveyed in abundant layering where garments interweave and mutate. #maisonmargiela #artisanal #artisanalartistry – Music: “Unchained Melody” Written By: Alex North & Hy Zaret Courtesy Unchained Melody Publishing LLC – Black Saturn, Nicholas Hill, Luciano Ugo Rossi, Glenn Herweijer; Ben Sumner. KPM Music When The Clock Stops, Nikky French. KPM Music Breakacuda,Benjamin Medcalf. Anger Music Circus Caravan MYMA. Justement Music Flight Remembered, Nicholas Hill, Glen Herweijer, Ben Sumner. KPM Music The Arrival, David James Caton, Harry Valentine. Anger Music Etude in e major, Frederic Chopin, Tolga Kashif, KPM Music Warhammer, Darren Mudge. Anger Music Arrangement : Jeremy Healy

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Galliano went all Fifth Element for his latest Margiela Artisanal collection (he’s too cool for couture, natch). Using VR headsets and iPhones as accessories, the designer sent a retro-futuristic, technology-obsessed collection down the runway. And hey, since people are already attached to their phones, physically adhering them to our outfits seems like a natural next step. That, or we’re going to war with aliens and Galliano is designing the outfits.

 

Viktor and Rolf

 

To celebrate their 25 years together, Viktor & Rolf decided to take 25 of the brand’s most iconic looks, and update them for their Fall ’18 couture collection. That update meant turning everything white and covering them in Swarovski crystals. Though I’ve always been a fan of Viktor & Rolf, there’s literally nothing more perfect than the bed dresses they originally created for their Fall ’05 collection — or, at least, I thought, until I saw this season’s iteration, complete with white bedazzled pillows and a down evening dress. Sigh. This is what dreams are made of.

 

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