Is it Fall Yet? Our Favorite NYFW Collections We Can’t Wait to Wear

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Is it just us or is fall fashion just so much better than spring? That was definitely the case at the NYFW FW18 shows the past two weeks. And so while most New Yorkers might be pining for spring sunshine throughout this temperamental (but mostly cold) Northeast winter, we find ourselves counting down the days until September finally returns, and we can look cute again.

From Matrix-inspired office wear at Alexander Wang to ’80s power suits at Marc Jacobs and ’00s-era Paris Hilton puppy vibes at Gauntlett Cheng, we’ve compiled here our favorite Fashion Week moments – plus two honorable mentions because, well, we just couldn’t bear to narrow it down.

 

Alexander Wang

 

 

We’ve loved Alexander Wang since he first debuted his part minimalist, part rock ‘n’ roll It-girl uniforms; but we have to say, the last few seasons have left us with a never-ending #WANGOVER. This season, though, the San Fransisco born designer channeled The Matrix-meets-The Office, delivering a range of post-apocalyptic professional wear that we want every piece of – especially, the fur-lined ’90s CK-inspired undies.

 

Marc Jacobs

 

 

Marc Jacobs is basically the Alexander Wang of the late ’90s. So, needless to say, we’re giant fans. But much like last season’s awful #WANGOVER, Marc has fallen off a bit the last few years. I mean, remember the dreadlocks fiasco? Still, it seams Jacobs got the memo (or finally found it again), and this season felt like a return to form. Part ’80s power suit, part goth noir, the Marc Jacobs FW18 collection felt like Bianca Jagger in her white suit days, if she had Grace Jones’ attitude and Siouxsie’s sense of color. What more could you possibly as for?

 

Eckhaus Latta

 

 

One of fashion’s favorite new brands, Eckhaus Latta has mastered minimalism in its purest form. For their FW18 collection, designers Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta built upon the easy going feel of their last few seasons, but experimented more with shape and color than they ever have before. While the knits and sheer dresses fit right into the Eckhaus Latta playbook, bright yellow flowy fabrics were a new look for the brand. Overall, the collection was bold but understated, yet what Eckhaus Latta does best isn’t actually their clothes. Season after season, and despite its growing popularity, the brand remains dedicated to its outsider ethos. And did we mention their casting always rules? This season saw a diverse runway filled with New York City favorites, including model Paloma Elsesser and indie rock royalty Coco Gordon-Moore.

 

Tom Ford

 

 

Nobody does sleek and sexy like Tom Ford. This season, the designer went all in with leopard print, mixing loud colors with the even louder print in all different sizes from head-to-toe. Not only did each look feel totally timeless, you’ve got to give it to someone who can make lime green or bright red leopard print look not only classy, but cool.

 

Chromat

 

 

Another one of the fashion industry’s favorite young designers, Becca McCharen-Tran built Chromat to empower women of all shapes, sizes and colors. While most brands have embraced a long overdue push for diversity on the runway (not looking at you, Stefano Gabbana), Chromat also delivers it IRL. With a focus on emerging technology and body positivity, the label pushes boundaries and challenges the fashion status quo. For her latest collection, McCharen stuck with oranges and neons, accessorizing each look with Flaming Hot Cheeto bags tied to models’ pants and in their hands. Rapper Slay Rizz finished out the show with a killer performance in an orange two-piece by Chromat, and even though we didn’t get any cheese puffs to go, we were sold.

 

Dion Lee

 

 

Since launching his eponymous label in 2009, Australian designer Dion Lee has consistently delivered classic yet forward-thinking clothing, with his FW18 collection serving as further proof of his talent. Outfitting traditional sportswear looks with architectural bra-tops, it seems Lee also watched The Matrix and The Office before designing his collection. But unlike Wang’s, the Dion Lee range felt modern, not futuristic – the Neo influence was subtle. Lee also brought in more feminine elements, juxtaposing the structured suits and tops with flowy skirts.

 

Gypsy Sport

 

 

Ever since winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2015, Rio Uribe has been making waves with his brand Gypsy Sport. Inspired by New York City, Uribe turned heads last year when he decided to present his Spring collection in Paris. But for FW18, Uribe returned to the city, thank god. Other than that, though, this was an all new Gypsy Sport. Over the last few years, the brand has become recognizable for their upcycled jerseys and I <3 NY logo tees, with the Gypsy Sport name in place of the heart. This season, Uribe ditched the streetwear element, presenting a romantic collection filled with suits and gothic ruffles, as well as a few sustainable aluminum looks. Of course, the designer stuck to his habit of using friends and members of the LGBTQ community as models, including 10-year-old activist and drag star Desmond is Amazing, who stole the show (and probably all of Fashion Week). Known for his willingness to experiment, it’s hard to tell whether this collection was a one-off, or the evolution of the brand. Either way, it doesn’t really matter, because whatever Gypsy Sport does is really, really good.

 

Adam Selman

 

 

Another CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund alum, Adam Selman won Fashion Week in our book. The FW18 collection was kinky, it was campy, it was part John Waters, part new wave, it was punk as fuck. Featuring a collaboration with artist Cheyco Leidmann, who created the surrealist prints Selman used on dresses and shirts, the range was bold and colorful, mixing prints, patterns and styles in an ode to photographer Ypsitylla Von Nazareth. In addition to the outfits, Selman also debuted his latest collection for sunglasses brand Le Specs. If you haven’t already been spotting his metallic cat-eyes for the last few years, get ready – this season’s heart-adorned versions are about to be everywhere. We want ours now.

 

Vaquera

 

 

Most people had never heard of New York City brand Vaquera before last NYFW, when they debuted a dress made only of blue and gold credit cards. For some reason, the look ended up on every news outlet, even though it was one of the weakest of the show. (We’re not saying we didn’t like it – we did.) What Vaquera does best is their more subtle work. This season, the designers seemed to realize that as well, presenting a range of deconstructed pieces that were delicate and cool. The highlights: an oversized blazer dress, cropped suit and crazy snakeskin skirt that all looked like they were slightly unfinished, but in reality, took forever to make. And isn’t that the best stuff anyway? The kind that costs, like, $10,000, but looks like you got it in the back of Duane Reade.

 

Calvin Klein

 

 

Oh, Raf. There’s literally nothing he could do at this point that would make us angry, because every collection he sends down the runway is as close to perfect as it gets. After presenting a men’s collection for his namesake label earlier in the week that revolved around Christiane F. and Cookie Mueller’s Drugs, Simons presented a classic Calvin Klein collection that took all of his quirky eccentricities and somehow made them look, well, classic as fuck. I mean, who else could send swimming caps and sweatshirt-less hoodies down the runway, without looking like he’s trying to be avant-garde? No one. And that’s part of his charm. Unlike a lot of of designers who, when they take over a storied brand, start to lose their individual voice, Raf’s seems to get only louder with each season, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

Jeremy Scott

 

 

We have to be honest when we say that we love Moschino, but have never really caught the Jeremy Scott bug. That is, until this season, where Scott went full-on Fifth Element, with futuristic space-inspired looks. For those of you that don’t know, Jean Paul Gaultier did the costumes for The Fifth Element, and it’s basically a 2-hour fashion orgasm. So, when Scott sent Gigi Hadid down the runway in a silver overall dress, pink crop-top and matching pink LeeLoo-inspired wig – well, we almost stood up to give him immediate applause. The rest of the collection was equally amazing, with all of it feeling retro-futuristic without trying too hard. The key was nothing felt too much like a costume, just the uniform for a school in 2064.

 

Honorable Mentions

Telfar

 

 

This was Telfar Clemons’ second collection since winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and though it was impeccable, it was the presentation that really kicked ass. Following the runway show that saw Clemons’ solidify his gender neutral ’70s aesthetic, singer/performer Dev Hynes, rapper Ian Isiah, Kelela, Oyinda, 070 Shake and Kelsey Lu took the stage for an intimate performance. The result was emotional yet understated, just like the collection itself.

 

Gauntlett Cheng

 

 

We’re big fans of Esther Gauntlett and Jenny Cheng’s self-aware brand that makes clothes for cool girls all over the world. This season, the duo went Westminster – or maybe Paris Hilton circa 2002. Either way, we were obsessed with the high fashion pieces they presented on models and a group of pups.

 

All photos courtesy of Vogue Runway

Donald Trump Says He’s ‘Not a Fan’ of Tom Ford After the Designer Refuses to Dress Melania

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In a recent interview on Fox, soon-to-be president Donald Trump dismissed Tom Ford’s statement that he would not ever dress Melania Trump, saying he was “not a fan” of the designer’s work.

“These designers are saying they don’t want to dress your wife. Did she even ask Tom Ford?” asks a Fox News correspondent in the interview.

“Never asked Tom Ford,” Trump replied. “[Melania] doesn’t like Tom Ford. Doesn’t like his designs. Tom Ford is an example. ‘I will not dress the first lady.’ He was never asked to dress her. And [real estate mogul] Steve Wynn just called me and he said he thought it was so terrible what Tom Ford said that he threw his clothing out of his Las Vegas hotel. I’m not a fan of Tom Ford. Never have been.”

Check out the clip below.

Ford had said in an interview on The View last month that “I was asked to dress her [Melania] quite a few years ago and I declined. She’s not necessarily my image.” He continues: “Michelle [Obama] I dressed once, when she was going to Buckingham Palace, for dinner with the queen. That I thought was appropriate – I live in London – and that made sense. It was an honour.”

Here’s Tom’s full View interview:

Tomorrow will mark the inauguration of our 45th President of the United States, and it’s set to be the least-attended inaugural ceremony in years. Many celebrities have boycotted the event, and to throw things into starker relief, the Women’s March happening on Saturday in DC is set to have several A-listers performing and attending.

Tom Ford Pioneers Show-Now-Shop-Now Model With Show at Four Seasons

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Tom Ford has kicked off NYFW with a stiletto-heeled bang, giving a star-studded Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear runway show and dinner at the soon-to-be-renovated Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan. In attendance at the show were Jon Hamm, Julianne Moore, Alicia Keys, Naomi Campbell, and Uma Thurman, among others.

Ford is the first major designer to adopt the radical new Show-Now-Shop-Now business model, where clothing seen on the runway becomes available for purchase in store immediately after the show. This is in contrast to the decades-long tradition of showing a line several months before it hits retail locations, allowing magazines to continue hyping up the garments within their glossy pages.

In an interview with VogueFord explained: “I designed this collection six months ago, so the creative part, that frustration you go through a few weeks before a collection—Is this the right thing? Is this the right shoe? Should we change it? Rip that off? Change that!—that’s not here, because the collection’s done.”

Other major designers are also experimenting with the new sales model: Thakoon and Tommy Hilfiger are among those pulling a similar stunt later this week.

Ford’s show reflected his timeless elegance and effortless glamour: long fur coats, chunky belts, and flowing, sequined dresses ruled the runway. His models included Lucky Blue Smith and Gigi Hadid. The tight, leather silhouettes paired with oversized jackets and sparkling accessories made this collection into a stunning marriage of modern sensibility and old Manhattan socialite.

The full runway can be viewed here, and purchased here.

Why Ban This Saint Laurent Ad? + 7 More Banned Fashion Ads

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The banned Saint Laurent ad featuring the model Kiki Willems, shot by the house’s creative director, Hedi Slimane.

Fashion is constantly courting controversy, whether dancing the line on a healthy BMI, playing with drugs, or pushing the art of seduction a little too far. See the banned Saint Laurent ad + 7 other banned ads here.

When you look at the most recent Saint Laurent ad, seen above, shot by Hedi Slimane and featuring the model Kiki Willems, what catches your eye? For me it was the near-unconsciousness of the model. But for the ASA in the U.K., it was the Willems’s body, how thin she is — too thin, according to the agency. I take issue with this — she’s not skeletal, she’s not imminently in danger of hospitalization, or passing out and yes, you could say that’s exactly what she did right before this photo was taken. Is this another form of body shaming? Who can say from the photo whether Willems is healthy or not? I see no flies circling.

Models with athletic, curvy figures are de rigueur now, in vogue — look at models of the moment Gigi Hadid and her sister Bella Hadid, both gorgeous, both curvy with insane bodies. See also: the uber-athletic Karlie Kloss, who posts workout videos to Instagram nearly daily. Some women are bigger, and still gorgeous, like Candice Huffine. What about the skinny girls who just can’t put on a pound no matter how hard they try, but are still healthy? Let everyone live! I say.

Does she appear unhealthily thin to you? While you mull it over, take a gander at seven more ads banned over the years, from a Marc Jacobs ad featuring Dakota Fanning to a series of Terry Richardson-lensed ads that were made against everyone’s better judgement.

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A sexualized and 17-year-old Dakota Fanning depicted with a bottle of the Marc Jacobs Lola perfume between her legs.

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In 2001, this Saint Laurent ad for Opium perfume featuring Sophie Dahl was banned.

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Tom Ford‘s 2004 Gucci campaign featuring Carmen Kass getting some controversial grooming done, shot by Mario Testino.

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Sisley ads shot by Terry Richardson. Take your pick!

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Mia Goth for Miu Miu was banned for portraying a child in a sexualized manner.

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And then there’s the spectacularity of this Tom Ford ad, shot by, who else? Terry Richardson.

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Plus check out Kylie Minogue’s banned TV commercial for Agent Provacateur here.

 

21 Hottest Looks from the Cannes amfAR Gala Cinema Against AIDS

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David Gandy at the amfAR 22nd Cinema Against AIDS. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Each year, the amfAR gala rallies celebrities and wealthy do-gooders to support research for the global AIDS crisis. Celebrities are never ones to shy away from donating to charity, and they raised over $30 million (!) at Thursday evening’s art auction and gala in Cannes. Bonafide art aficionado Leonardo DiCaprio donated a Banksy to the auction that sold for 986,000 euros — nearly $1.1 million. Appropriately so, the stars were out in celebratory fashion. From David Gandy (above) looking handsome as always, to super models like Karlie Kloss, Isabeli Fontana, Joan Smalls, and more, all stunning as ever, check out 21 of the hottest looks from the Cannes amfAR Gala.

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Isabeli Fontana. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Joan Smalls. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Jourdan Dunn. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Karlie Kloss. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Karolina Kurkova. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Mary J. Blige. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Rita Ora. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Sampaio. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Shanina Shaik. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Sienna Miller. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Tom Ford. Photo: BFAnyc.com

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Toni Garnn. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Zoe Kravitz. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Adriana Lima. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Aishwarya Rai. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Anja Rubik. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Bella Hadid. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Chanel Iman. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Daphne Groenveld. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Gigi Hadid: Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAyc.com

 

5 Major Things That Happened in the Fashion World Today

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Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Here’s what you need to know today…

Screw Agents, Get Instagram

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Marc Jacobs gives #castmemarc a second go-round

Gucci Fans May Be Rocking Tom Ford. Again.2014 amfAR Inspiration Gala Honoring TOM FORDPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

Gone but maybe, possibly, back again.

Viva La Print!
The paper of record, The New York Times, introduces its first new print section, called “Men’s Style,” which will run monthly, at 12-14 pages, beginning April 3rd.

Banana Republic Is Going Down the Runway
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The major retailer’s taking its amped up, fashion-forward Marissa Webb-designed looks for a strut down the runway. 

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The most endearing take on cold weather fashion

Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Tom Ford’s 50 Lipsticks

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Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford

I might have missed the launch of Tom Ford’s new Lips and Boys collection on a nondescript SoHo street, had it not been for the stark contrast of the black paint of its background and the white lettering of “TOM FORD.”

Once through the glamorous door, however, editors were welcomed to the world of #TFLIPSANDBOYS, all dark vibes and hydrangeas and Brendan Fallis DJ-ing.

Ford’s new collection is comprised of fifty miniature, clutch-sized lipsticks-named for boys — made for busy girls. What’s brilliant about the collection is the irresistible addiction it inspires–suddenly 50 lipsticks seems totally justifiable. Available December 26th!

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Lipstick Pairings to Get You through Several Glasses of Wine at Thanksgiving

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Ella (Marilyn) in Eddie Borgo Gemstone Pyramid Drop earrings and For Love & Lemons sweater

It’s an interesting conundrum; the more wine you drink, the less you tend to care what your makeup looks like. But sober you would tell a different story, so why not start the night off on the right foot? Our advice: begin the evening with a wine-colored lip before you move on to drinking the stuff. Accidental purple-mouthed embarrassment avoided; purposeful, holiday-appropriate sultriness achieved.

Some of our favorite pairings:

For the cabernet sauvingnon sipper: Tom Ford lip color matte in Black Dahlia

For the fan of a petite sirah: Nars Audacious lipstick in Ingrid

For the pour of pinot noir: MAKE matte lipstick in Jakarta

For the barolo afficianado: MAKE silk satin lipstick in Beetroot

Photographer: Justin Bridges
Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Ashley Rebecca
Model: Ella Petrushko (Marilyn)
Fashion/Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert
Location: Ammon Carver Studio

Cake, Art, and More Funky Hats: The 11 Best Instagrams of the Weekend

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Here’s what you missed from the fashionable set on Instagram this weekend: Anna Dello Russo looking more trendy than you, ghoulish make-up, and of course, plenty of chic outfits.

This painting speaks to me.

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A “look at my cute outfit / I’m jumping” photo done right.

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An enviable Rosie Assoulin dress. 

“That’s why her [hat] is so big, it’s full of secrets.”

Most fashionable cake of the month.  

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Trippy mayne.

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#sporty #withit 

Mondays–am I right?!

Art with art. 

A very Tim Burton-esque smile.

Angsty.