Insta-Critic: Saturday in London, The Kookier Side of FW

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While you were at brunch this weekend, a host of England’s fashion finest sent their new collections down the runway. A new week has begun (Monday, groan) so let’s make it a little brighter with some exciting fashion from across the pond.

Sibling

Sibling’s collection, simply called “Woman,” was full of Debbie Harry references (complete with tufted black mohawks) and neon-colored fair isle.

Electric fair isle    

Efforts capillaires punk chez Sibling #LFW #FW1516 @cozettemc #siblinglondon A photo posted by Printemps Official (@printempsofficial) on

   

The next big hair accessory.

J.W. Anderson

An all-out homage to the 80s in a season where the 70s have reigned supreme. Think kooky color combos (even Christmassy red and green), oversized suedes, slightly bigger shoulders–and even a wolf sweater.

JWANDERSON AW15

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The good news is you can get this look for less if you go vintage.

Simone Rocha A luxe collection in print and texture, Rocha’s clothes were heavy on blacks and velvets with rich brocade (a bolder print which has been popping up around LFW).    

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Fit for a modern-day queen.

House of Holland

Always one to make some noise, Henry Holland put his models on a conveyor belt–no walk necessary. The collection was unsurprisingly bright–filled with clashing tartans and brightly striped shearling.

Tartans on the moving walkway.

Gareth Pugh A darkly patriotic collection, Pugh sent a collection that marked his tenth year, filled with dark black drama (think a Mongolian lambswool coat), chains, and most notably, St. George’s cross, red, and painted onto each model’s face.    

Garett Pugh slays…#fashion #garethpugh #LFW A photo posted by artistic evolution (@utopia_electro) on

   

The full effect. 

BFC Announces Fashion Film Winners + 9 of the Best Fashion Films We’ve Ever Seen

Gareth Pugh FW13. Photo: Leandro Justen/BFAnyc.com

Fashion shows and front rows… concepts we’re all used to. It’s the alternative media, the additions and extras, that seem to be gathering speed. Productions, performances, and film are all becoming de rigueur, and the British Fashion Council is continuing to take note.

The program, started in 2012, has helped to fund films for designers such as Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders, and Nicholas Kirkwood, pairing them with director/producers like Nick Knight and Ellen Von Unwerth. This year the recipients are Gareth Pugh, House of Holland, and Jean-Pierre Braganza.

The films will debut in the tents during London Fashion Week.

Fashion films draw a deeper connection between the brand and the viewer, offering an extra glimpse inside the designer’s world. These are some of the best we’ve ever seen, from models dancing to Pitbull at Lanvin to a Lena Dunham directed short on the topic of best friends. Enjoy.

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Lanvin Fall Winter 2011 campaign video starring Karen Elson and Raquel Zimmermann (to the tune of Pitbull’s “I Know You Want Me”)

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WREN’s “First Kiss” video, which went completely viral, featured pairs of people meeting and kissing for the first time on camera

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Yohji Yamamoto on the rituals of “Getting There” for Nowness

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The revival of Bon Qui Qui by Alexander Wang

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Karl Lagerfeld’s fairy tale for Chanel

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Rye Rye performs in Prabal Gurung

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Prada presents “A Therapy” by Roman Polanski, starring Ben Kingsley and Helena Bonham Carter

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In bed with Cara Delevingne for LOVE

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Lena Dunham’s short film “Best Friends” for Rachel Antonoff

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+ Watch an amazing Rag & Bone video featuring Lil Buck and Mikhail Baryshnikov dancing together 

Rita Ora Looks Adorable in New House of Holland for Beats by Dre

Well how cute is she! Pulling off cowgirl style as no real cowgirl could ever do, Rita Ora is seen here showing off the new House of Holland for Beats by Dre strap meant to hold the ‘pill’ speaker (which, by the way, can connect via Bluetooth to another Beats speaker to *surround sound* effects).

Reminiscent of a guitar strap, the case has hands free room for all of your summer essentials… iPhone, cashola, lighters, and of course, the Beats by Dre Pill XL.

Of the collab, Henry Holland himself said,” The best thing about the Beats pill XL is that you can take it anywhere so why not carry it like a fur trimmed accessory?!”

Totally.

The House of Holland strap goes on sale today exclusively on Henry Holland’s website.

House of Holland’s Brilliantly Campy FW11 Video

Ever since he rolled out those infamous “Fashion Groupie” slogan tees in 2006, British designer Henry Holland has been giving fashion a much-needed sense of humor. His cult label, House of Holland, features loud colors with even louder prints, and is favored by just about every It-girl across the pond—Agyness Deyn, Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, and Pixie Geldof—who also, of course, happen to his close friends. Speaking of Geldof, the socialite stars in the HOH fall/winter 2011 collection short film alongside the designer and model Dree Hemingway. And it’s hilarious.

Directed by Sarah Chatfield, known for creating kitschy music videos for the likes of Kid Sister and Lily Allen, the film features the three stars mocking a bad ’80s infomercial. With Geldof and Holland as the show’s hosts, Hemingway strikes seductively-cheesy poses in the label’s latest offerings, with phrases like “100% CROCHET!” and “DIAL NOW!” sprawling across the screen. It’s funny, it’s ironic, it’s Holland. Watch the video below.

Video source: Highsnobette

Hot Hosiery That Makes Spending New Year’s Eve Outdoors Less Hectic

Now that you have a few NYE outfit options and party plans, it’s time to think about the little things, like what accessories to bring that will make you feel prepared for anything. You know that at some point in time you’re going to be outside, which means enduring the freakin’ freezing cold weather in your little dress and heels, secretly resenting all the boys walking around in their warm pants without a care in the world. The thought of getting really, really drunk to warm up crosses your mind, but remember what happened last year? You do not want to repeat that midnight kiss ever, ever again. So, what are your options? You could wear pants, but those Camilla Skovgaard heels you really want to wear look so much better with a dress. Hosiery is the next best thing, and although they’re not quite as supportive as pants, the thin layer of warmth really does make all the difference. See a few favorites after the jump.

From left: ASOS Lace Over-the-Knee and Sheer Tights, $17.24; House of Holland For Pretty Polly Super Suspender Tights, $20.69; Grey Antics Shirred Mesh Leggings, $78; Anna Sui Black Crochet Sweater Tights, $19.99; Anthropologie Daisy Chain Tights, $9.95.

Why Kelly Cutrone Is the New Lady Gaga

Just a few months ago I went out on a limb and anointed Lady Gaga as a more powerful a fashion figure than Anna Wintour, in some respects at least. Gaga has endorsed avant-garde designers in a manner never before seen with regard to pop culture. Take her video for Bad Romance, where Gaga schooled an audience far wider than that of Vogue’s monthly readership on one of the late Alexander McQueen’s most talked-about collections (for SS10). While she may be doing so on a significantly smaller scale, PR maven-turned-reality TV star Kelly Cutrone is following suit.

On the two most recent episodes of Kell on Earth, Cutrone and co. travel to London Fashion Week for SS10 shows. While much of the episodes revolves around inter-office drama, there’s a fair bit of coverage of shows from Jeremy Scott and Henry Holland. Neither is the kind of designer that typically gets prime time television coverage. Scott for one sent down a collection of Flintstones-appropriate styles and topped it all off with fluorescent, neon-streaked hair. Meanwhile, House of Holland showcased quite a few completely sheer lace ensembles (including separates for men). Not exactly mainstream.

What’s interesting is that while neither designer is near household name status beyond the fashion industry’s extended circle, coverage on Bravo is no doubt exposing their brands to an entirely new market. And the same goes for any one of People’s Revolution’s clients who garner face-time on the show. Cutrone may not be bringing House of Holland to the homes of tens of millions of people the way Gaga has for certain designers, but she’s definitely helping encourage a focus on lesser-known houses in a manner not seen before. Sadly, the exposure solely benefits those designers paying for Cutrone’s services. That said, it’s surely not a bad deal for her clients.

Two New Sets of Eye-Catching Shades

The Olsen twins aren’t the only fashion designers collaborating with the eye wear mavens at Linda Farrow. While Ashley and Mary Kate will be debuting circular, John Lennon approved seventies shades, among other styles, a British designer is teaming with Farrow to create some seriously bold spectacles. Henry Holland, the brains behind House of Holland, is launching a series of plexiglass shades in an extremely bright palette (think tangerine orange and lime green).

Meanwhile Mykita is launching new specs for for SS10 as well. Designers from Bernard Wilhelm, Mario Schwab and Romain Kremer have collaborated on the line, which includes a range of frame shapes and styles. Sunglasses range from slit, wrap-around styles that scream Kanye West, as well as some Lennon-appropriate circular glasses that should give the Olsen’s aforementioned creations a run for their money. High Snobette has a full preview of all of the eye candy here.

Paris Fashion Week: House of Holland

Henry Holland, the mastermind behind this collection at Paris Fashion Week, showed shift dresses all perfectly matched with gradated colors and striped ensembles in fur, knitwear, and wool blends. The shoes were a mile high, with strapping and offset in more bright colors. Holland’s power comes through when he plays with fantasy, and therein lies the magic. And in times like these, we can all use a little magic.