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

 

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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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Penélope Cruz is the New Face of Chanel

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Oscar winner and incomparable beauty Penélope Cruz has been named the new face of Chanel – and Karl Lagerfeld will photograph her for the brand’s Cruise campaign.

“It’s such an iconic brand and Karl is a genius,” Cruz told WWD, “and I’ve been admiring everything he’s done since I was a little girl – so it’s such a pleasure working with him. He’s the king of fashion.”

She joins other official Chanel ambassadors including Margot Robbie, Kristen Stewart, Keira Knightley and Lily-Rose Depp.

The new Haute Couture in Paris today show was as elegant and glam as ever, but this time around featuring more zippers than usual. Cruz was front row, alongside other notables like Tracee Ellis Ross and Lily Allen.

 

Bill Nye Explains the ‘Adventure’ in Fashion’s New Space Age Obsession

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In fashion, something is always the new black. Florals. Gender nonconformance. Dads. Now, it seems that black might be the new black, but, in this case, the blackness is the vast, cold expanse of space punctuated with billions of tiny suns light years away.

In the move that would make Buzz Lightyear and Buzz Aldrin smile, the latest trend in the fashion world is coming from out of this world. Gucci’s Fall 2017 campaign paid homage to Star Trek and Star Wars with aliens and UFOs; Tom Sachs and Nike rereleased the artist’s iconic Mars Yard sneaker; and Karl Lagerfeld literally launched a rocket to close out Chanel’s space-themed Fall 2017 collection.

The space age is clearly having a moment and who better to explain why than Bill Nye, the most fashionable scientist around? “NASA is the best brand the United States has,” the bowtie enthusiast said to The Cut. “Everywhere you go in the world, people may not like the United States, but they respect NASA.” There’s truth to that statement. After all, our president’s blatant Neo-Nazism may be fashionable to some subsets of the population, but it’s the NASA space program that appeals to everyone.

 

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As the earth heats up and we look for ways to escape the planet, there’s a certain kind of optimism in space travel. As Bill Nye explained, “Space brings out the best in people, because it’s inherently optimistic. You’re dipping your toes in the cosmic ocean. We’re exploring, and when you explore, you’re going to have an adventure. That’s what fashion is all about.”

CHANEL “THE FIFTH SENSE”

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No brand celebrates women in all their complexities quite like Chanel. It is constantly finding new ways to fuse the modern and the classic, the strong and the feminine – something that’s perfectly encapsulated in its iconic perfumes. For their latest project, a multimedia online experience aptly titled The Fifth Sense, Chanel teamed up with i-D to highlight some of the most innovative and complex women working in the arts today. As part of the project, Chanel and i-D are highlighting the artistic practices of six women, specifically exploring the ways in which their visions are influenced by smell.

Entitled “Making Movement,” the fifth film in the series profiles the stunning Japanese ballet dancer Nozomi Iijima as she choreographs her very first piece. Inspired by Chanel No. 5, Iijima’s piece marries technical precision and fluid self-expression to create something that’s at once beautifully unfamiliar and timeless. “In dance, the classic is the foundation of the modern,” she explains. “And so as a woman and as a dancer I feel I have to carry both.” Not only is Iijima’s unique approach to movement endlessly mesmerizing, it illustrates strength in femininity – a notion that couldn’t be more Chanel.

Through The Fifth Sense, Chanel and i-D challenge female artists to view their work through a different lens, ultimately urging them to create something fresh and beautiful.

Find out more about The Fifth Sense and click here to watch “Making Movement”.

Kristen Stewart Embodies Coco Chanel in New ‘Gabrielle’ Campaign Film

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In the new campaign film for Chanel’s upcoming ‘Gabrielle’ handbag, Kristen Stewart takes on the persona of the iconic designer and goes on an emotional journey through a big warehouse.

The film is directed by Daniel Askill, and sees KStew (still with her hair) running around and turning off light bulbs, before seeing a beautiful bag and freaking the f*ck out. Naturally, a chandelier falls and shatters dramatically. Even more naturally, Stewart sees the word ‘Gabrielle’ written on a window and starts breathing really intensely.

Stewart’s video will be the first in a series of films coming out this month each week, with others featuring Chanel’s collection of handbag ambassadors, including Cara DeLevingne, Caroline de Maigret, and Pharrell, the first man to front a Chanel bag campaign.

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Chanel’s ‘The Fifth Sense’ Celebrates Empowerment With Surrealist Short ‘JellyWolf’

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CHANEL is synonymous with femininity. That’s why the iconic brand has partnered with i-D to celebrate women across the arts with a new platform, The Fifth Sense. A multimedia experience that showcases original content from today’s leading voices, it evaluates the relationship between creativity and fragrance. As part of its mission, the site will spotlight six women from different creative fields, as they analyze the role scent plays in the artistic process.

For their fourth project, Israeli-American filmmaker Alma Har’el delivers a hypnotic short that analyzes the relationship between scent and vision, fantasy and the real world. Inspired by CHANEL Nº5 L’Eau, JellyWolf presents a synaesthetic experience through the lens of a coming-of-age story, using surrealist imagery to explore the different realms of female identity. Starring Kiersey Clemons and Lisa Bonet, the film captures the spiritual nature of scent while also serving as a visual feminist manifesto that embodies the ethos of empowerment. Through i-D’s relationship with CHANEL, The Fifth Sense offers creative women the opportunity for self-acceptance and expression.

“This film is a trippy little love letter to women,” says Har’el. “I wanted to capture a sense of wonder that scent holds and a liberated feminine identity that develops from getting connected to what scares you.”

Learn more about The Fifth Sense, and watch JellyWolf, below:

Lily-Rose Depp is the Face of Chanel No. 5

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Lily-Rose Depp is looking flawless as the new face of famed fragrance Chanel No. 5 – although we probably would too if our parents were Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis.

The actress and model had already teased excited images from the photoshoot with photographer Karim Sadli on her Instagram:

I’m so excited to announce that I am the face of the new Chanel No. 5 L’EAU! ❤️ @chanelofficial #newchanel5

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Today she was able to release the official image, and we have to admit she looks fantastic. 

Depp has appeared in previous campaigns for the Karl Lagerfeld’s iconic brand. She’s been seen in an eyewear campaign as well as playing poker on the runway of the AW 15 Haute Couture show – don’t ask, Karl’s idea – with the likes of Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore.

The actress is kicking off a big chapter in her career: she’ll star in three movies coming out this year:Yoga Hosers, The Dancer, and Planetarium.

Karl Lagerfeld to be Honored with Outstanding Achievement Award

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Karl Lagerfeld is having a big week, which we’d imagine is pretty standard for the fashion giant. Following the news of his guest appearance on Kim Kardashian’s wildly successful mobile app, the British Fashion Council announced today the 82-year-old designer will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award on Nov. 23 at the British Fashion Awards.

Lagerfeld joins an impressive lineup of previous winners, including Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, iD Founders Terry and Tricia Jones and Designer Manolo Blahnik. His award is in recognition of the designer’s impressive lifelong contributions to the industry as creative director of luxury labels Chanel and Fendi.

“Karl Lagerfeld defines outstanding,” said British Fashion Council Chairman Natalie Massenet. “In Karl’s hands the future of fashion will be an exceptional one.”

Karl Lagerfeld’s Avatar to Appear on Kim Kardashian’s App

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Karl Lagerfeld’s image over the years has become deeply embedded in the pop culture landscape, lending his trademark white ponytail and jet black sunglasses to everything from The Simpsons to Tokidoki figurines.

In a time when fashion’s future seems uncertain, Lagerfeld’s been one of the strongest examples of a designer capitalizing on his celebrity status to keep his brands at the forefront. Therefore, his decision to appear in Kim Kardashian’s mobile game, “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” comes as no surprise, since submitting to the Kardashian empire has proven time after time to be an unstoppable means for success in the digital era.

Starting tomorrow, Lagerfeld’s avatar will come to life in Kardashian’s virtual world, joining a strong lineup of fashion editors who’ve also gone this route, including André Leon Talley and Anna Dello Russo. The Glu Mobile game, which currently boasts more than 30 million downloads, will feature a Karl Lagerfeld boutique fully stocked with a selection of the designer’s latest collection where players’ “aspiring celebrities” can shop and style ready-t0-wear bags and shoes.

The fashion industry is speculating a major social media boost for the Chanel Creative Director as a result of this A-list collaboration. Falling just behind @Instagram and @TaylorSwift, Kardashian’s Instagram account boasts an impressive 50.2 million followers to Lagerfeld’s much slimmer 1.7 million—a discrepancy that’s likely to reduce over the next few days.

“Kim’s contribution to beauty and fashion—and what made her such an icon—is the fact that you don’t have to be super slim and very tall to be beautiful,” Lagerfeld said to Vogue. “Others tried, but she succeeded in giving other girls like herself confidence. And I admire her for that.”