Midriffs are certainly the way to show a little skin for Spring ’14, but it’s summer now and there’s a new bare body part that’s catching the attention of haute designers like Carven, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs — all who’re showing off the sexy asset in dresses, sweaters and tops. Lookout taut tummy, the bare shoulder is back in town.
Immensely more all-body flattering and reeking of coquette-status, the off-the shoulder cut adds loads of sex appeal without trying too hard. From red-carpet gowns (We’re looking at you Lupita Nyong’o!) to cozy slouchy sweaters, baring your shoulders has never been so on-point.read more
Resort ’15 is peeling off a few decades from the current ’90′s buzz and bringing back that hippie-fave, tie-dye — and this is not your summer camp craft project. Collections from the likes of Alexander Wang, Burberry Prorsum, Michael Kors and Fausto Puglisi are featuring tie-dye prints that are perfect for summer’s music fest mania, tooling around the city, or jetting off for your beachside vacation. Just take a gander at this latest variation on of-the-moment prints and tell us you’re not ready to bust out the bleach. Paired with some funky, cool baubles and colorful summer pumps, this 60′s staple is now prime trend-setting real-estate.read more
All good things must end — just not quite yet.
Target’s high-end designer collaborations enjoyed their spot in the sun, garnering record sales and leaving shoppers clamoring for more. But with collaboration-fatigue creeping in, and the mega-retailer’s latest efforts not showing the remarkable success of… say… their Missoni capsule, Target is turning to a new type of pairing partner: the celebrity stylist.
Taking her turn at the collaboration bat is celeb stylist Kate Young, who regularly works for such luminous red-carpet lovelies as Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams.
“Kate is a nontraditional partner for us,” a Target rep explains the switch to WWD. ”This is the first time we’ve worked with a stylist. It’s interesting [to work] with someone that may not have formal training. It’s the first time a limited-time collection has been so focused. We always wanted to do a line of semiformal and special occasion dresses. Here’s someone that creates jaw-dropping moments.”
By “first time” the Target rep must have meant “first time-ish” — since Young also had a hand in creating the Jason Wu for Target lookbook and has dressed both Williams and Portman in pieces from Target collaborations like Wu and Rodarte — but never mind. Chock full of semi-formal and special occasion dresses, the Kate Young for Target collection is set to hit store shelves on April 14th with an accessories collection that will only be available online.
Of course, Kate Young for Target will be affordably priced between $29.99 and $89.99 — so set your calendars!
No stranger to high-culture, Rodarte’s Mulleavy Sisters have worked with art musuems LACMA (Fra Angelico Collection) and their solo exhibition States of Matter at MOCA, but now they’ve taken it one step even more high-brow by pairing up with famed conductor Gustavo Dudamel and legendary artist Frank Gehry on the L.A. Philharmonic production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
We were recently invited to a pre-view of the shows short, four-performance run where we saw the splendor of the Mulleavy‘s costume designs which included two beaded gowns for the female leads, using such opulent materials and silk, sequins, intricate hand embroidery and a strategic use of color vs. gray and white — all to great dramatic effect. The gals used denim for the men in a combination straitjacket armor, with hand-painted, marbled chest plates, inspired by the chess pieces in Don Giovanni‘s world.
The Mulleavys’ spoke of their operatic costume debut and how it differed from their typical process in designing for their own runways, “You are working with material that is so classic that everyone knows it, so you’re starting from a ground point that’s already decided for you,” Laura Mulleavy said of the project, adding that the process evolved greatly over the course of a year in collaborating with such art world heavy-weights. “When you’re designing for characters, you really have to become a costume designer. You’re not the sole decider and you’re not a fashion designer in that situation.”read more