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Above: Sienna Miller protests bluefin tuna at Nobu. Photo: Sushi: Tetra Images/Alamy; Miller: Fotonoticias/WireImage.
Special thanks to Christos Katsiaouni, who took these photographs for us.
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Jean Paul Gaultier: The designer chose to low-key his greatest hits reprisal, sending out familiar motifs under the guise of a mini filmography. A short, racy pin-striped suit with matching thigh-high boots took the handle "La Blonde ou la Rousse" (or "Pal Joey"); a snappy sequined sailor T-shirt over slit bell-bottoms, "Querelle de Brest"; a short metallic sequin tunic under a leather vest, "A Star Is Born." And so on through Gaultier's own lexicon—trench, smoking, pj's, glamour gown, lavish fur, molded corset, now swinging two ways, Mae West and Barbarella. Make no mistake, this show featured some very appealing, client-friendly clothes. But given Gaultier's talents and subject matter, its only surprise was it didn't develop into a blockbuster... more
Givenchy: Riccardo Tisci has taken Givenchy far from Paris and set up camp in North Africa. To the rat-a-tat-tat of Moroccan cymbals, the designer staged a transporting, open-air couture show, with fluttering chiffon hoods and swishing sarouel pants evoking the traditional costumes of Berber women—albeit with a streetwise edge. The show opened on a strong note, with black velvet carved into coats and jackets with demonstrative shoulders and cinched waists. Tisci has mapped out tough glamour as his fashion turf, and his models—with chunky gold rings on every finger and tiaras of spikes worthy of the Statue of Liberty—looked ready to defend it... more
Chanel: Provocateur that he is, Karl Lagerfeld knows that there's something to be said for a high-profile flap now and then. So much so, that he transferred the notion to his haute couture collection for Chanel, which he showed on Tuesday evening against a set of four towering Chanel fragrance bottles. Though its near-10 p.m. start time seemed to herald otherwise, this was, by Lagerfeld's standards, a low-key collection, one focused on the complete wardrobe needs of Chanel's tony clientele. Hence, the plethora of fine suits, several appealing coats—including a brown-and-black tweed over jaunty cropped pants and autumn-leaf-toned tweed with triple sable border—and smart, versatile dresses, all shaped from a small, girlish, rounded shoulder. If it rings classic, it was... more
Giorgio Armani Prive: Bring on the smart pantsuits with lean-cut jackets in countless distinctive variations, some fastened with large, studded dome buttons; the slim dresses, the savvy glam gowns. As for playing to his gal's radical side—and his own cool assurance—Armani dared to evoke a sporty attitude, which borrowed unmistakably from the boys, rendered in shirts (albeit sometimes of the naughty-lace variety) tucked into low-slung pants, as well as ample appearances of hoodies, blousons, polo shirts and demonstrative utility zipper, which made tracks across day clothes and high evening alike. Within the ever chichi context of couture, it made for a bold statement. Yet Armani's intent was not to rethink couture by dressing down... more
Christian Lacroix: The designer showed a breathtaking collection that, while utterly signature—not
one item could have been conjured by anyone else—was completely
reality-based and wearable, from start to finish. Though apparently a
product of necessity—the coffers are pretty much empty—the newly
sedate collection looked as haute as ever, yet now utterly suited for
life beyond a dream sequence. Lacroix's ultradecorated Basque jackets
became a saucy spencer with jeweled pockets and a gold-buttoned
military affair; an asymmetric draped cocktail dress had a controlled
spill of jewels down the front; a drop-waist coatdress looked almost
stark. But the biggest surprise was evening, almost all black and
linear (save for a remarkable full-skirted, flamenco-influenced
knockout), his passion for decoration as subtle as a point d'esprit
fichu, and for color, a single vibrant, well-placed ribbon... more
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Christian Dior: "In this economic climate, I want to focus on the established codes of Dior: the Bar jacket, the panther, the lily of the valley," John Galliano said of his approach for Christian Dior this fall. That platform translated into a collection both controversy-free and superb in its own right.... "It all begins with the corset," he said. He thus sent out models wearing dresses worked in various transparencies, or seemingly caught in states of undress—jacket sans skirt, enormous ball skirt sans bodice. It was, he quipped, as if the girls weren't ready, and someone said, "Just go!" This allowed him to show off the craft of couture-building via the most intricate, exquisite undies imaginable—hand-made bras, corsets, girdles, garters, tap shorts, stockings—and to provide the kind of rich theater that is now as core to the house as the Bar jacket. Atop the corsetry: inventively molded and decorated takes on that iconic item; lean, your-slip-is-showing dresses, and volume galore, in a fab embroidered coat; short, crisp crinolines and dream-sequence evening stunners... more
Alexis Mabille: This hot young French designer can do girly or glamorous--and it all looks like a dream. Dressing gowns, lace-trimmed handkerchiefs and antique bedsheets were among the elements Mabille summoned from his childhood memories of linen closets to create a chic collection that woke up his audience at the start of Paris couture week. Mabille has a very Gallic sensibility, and he evoked French maids with his eyelet-edged gauze dresses and vintage Yves Saint Laurent in his pajamalike smokings and a black evening column that revealed touches of flesh in between pert black bows. But he also has a young and fresh sportswear sensibility all his own, rendering an oversize T-shirt dress in layers of cloud-blue organza and edging it with pastel organza petals... more
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Rachel Feinstein and John Currin
Gavin Brown at the grill.
Dan Colen and curator Darren Bader
Photos by Ryan James MacFarland.
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