Fashion month may be over, but there are other ways to satisfy our fashion cravings. Here’s what you need to know today:
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The dudes (women?) at Lifetime had zero authorization from Donatella to create their made-for-TV "House of Versace", and Donatella is saying that it should be considered fiction. Rather different from the hilarity she found in Maya Rudolph’s portayal of the designer on Saturday Night Live…
Lost your invite to the Saint Laurent show?
That’s ok. Listen to the music from the show, ("Mr Your On Fire Mr" running for 20 minutes, courtesy of Liars), here.
Twerkin’ in Chanel
Chanel-wearing, money-licking, stripper-pole-dancing: Rih Rih. What else would you expect from Rihanna in her new music video for "Pour It Up"?
Don’t call it a comeback—seriously. Thanks to brands like Opening Ceremony, It girls like Chloe Sevigny and nostalgic devotees like BlackBook’s own Miles Klee, the ’90s are alive and well. The beloved fashion era that brought you grunge and kinderwhore style has somehow managed to stay relevant in the fashion game for its effortlessly cool, unapologetically messy and easily replicable ways. But is it time for a change? Just when you thought those flannels, oversized cardigans and babydoll dresses were on the out to make room for spring’s futuristic offerings, Saint Laurent comes along to explain that it’s okay to continue living in the past.
Today during Paris Fashion Week, the famed French fashion house’s newly-appointed creative director, LA-based Hedi Slimane, debuted a rebellious range of looks that saluted both his West Coast point-of-view and affinity for rock ‘n’ roll. Veering away from the witchy-boho look from his inaugural collection last season, Slimane’s current vision seems to be inspired by what’s happening on the streets right now. From leather mini skirts with sheer, punky tops to pretty minidresses nonchalantly paired with flannels to top-collared, vintage-like dresses, I’m guessing you’ve seen a variation of every single one of these looks in your life recently.
My question for you: Is the ’90s thing comforting or played-out?
It happened. Hedi Slimane’s highly-anticipated Saint Laurent Paris debut happened last night, and the reviews are mixed. While Slimane’s West Coast-inspired, witchy-rock-boho vibe à la Stevie Nicks caught the eye of YSL’s longtime muse Betty Catroux, who declared the new creative director as "the savior for all womankind," not everyone is on the Slimane train. Read on for the bad, as well as reviews for Chanel and Chloé head ’round the web.
Amidst all the praise for SLP’s new look, notoriously tough NYT fashion critic Cathy Horyn took to her column to reveal that she wasn’t invited to the show because of an 8-year grudge. (Apparently she wrote a non-favorable review in 2004 where she said that without Raf Simons, there would be no Hedi Slimane.) But that didn’t stop her from reviewing yesterday’s show anyway; after surveying online images, here’s what she had to say: "Considering that Mr. Slimane was an avatar of youthful style, I expected more from this debut. I had the impression from the clothes of someone disconnected from fashion of the past several years." Damn.
Over at Chanel, reviews were more resounding. People were really into Karl Lagerfeld’s hula-handbags, his solar-powered wind farm setting was an interesting touch, and front-rowers included Kanye West and Jennifer Lopez (with Casper Smart!). The Telegraph said that "Lagerfeld generated more than enough fashion voltage in this one collection to power up the Chanel order-books for months to come" and Reuters called Chanel’s green focus "a breath of fresh air."
Chloé was another crowd-pleaser, especially since this is the French fashion house’s 60-year anniversary. Style.com declared that it was creative director Clare Waight Keller’s "most accomplished collection yet" and LAT‘s Booth Moore claimed that "Keller tapped into a lot of the trends of the season, namely modern femininity, sheer layers and ruffles, in a down-to-earth way."