One piece swimwear is definitely the trend of this season and more seasons to come. Not only they give designers more space to work with, but they slim and trim your body really well and portrait a high fashion statement at the same time. Colleen Hill, associate curator of accessories at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, says having more fabric to work with than a skimpy bikini allows for a wider range of designs.
Justin O’Shea, buying director of online retailer Mytheresa.com, agrees, citing this season’s sleek details: “They are architectural, adding sex appeal and modernity to this classic swimwear style.
According to Judd Crane, Selfridges’ director of womenswear and accessories: “The definition of swimwear is changing, with the crossover between ready-to-wear and swim collections becoming less defined. A woman who prefers simpler styling is unlikely to be excited by prints or frills as she wants pieces that complement her everyday style.”
Mandeep Kaur Chohan, a London lawyer-turned-fashion designer, has just bought her first one-piece for upcoming pool parties in St Tropez, Paris and elsewhere – a high-necked, zip-front Lisa Marie Fernandez swimsuit from Net-a-Porter.com. “I was looking for something different that no one else would be wearing,” she says. “It fits into my wardrobe, unlike other swim pieces. I can pair it with my full skirts or my new Dolce & Gabbana temple-print skirt and block heels.”
Sam Coon, a London-based PR director, finds that an athletic style fits into her working day, and wears a black Adidas by Stella McCartney swimsuit for her daily swim at London’s Shoreditch House. “The sleeker, sporty design means that I can swim faster and more powerfully in a limited time because there’s less frill, and it makes me feel more focused on the exercise. It’s also smarter in case I bump into people I know. A bikini, with midriff exposed, is not how I want to be seen by clients.”
Yet what about that all-important tan: how can those dreaded lines be avoided? Fernandez suggests, “With zipped pieces, unzip the top and roll down so there won’t be lines on shoulders and arms. For cut-outs, put heavier factor 50 or 60 on the exposed skin. Or alternate [with another costume] to even out the tan.”
However, the tan line can be a badge of honor, according to Bethany Mayer, owner of the Surf Bazaar @ The Surf Lodge in Montauk, which stocks sporty one-pieces from established names and newcomers such as Seea, “because [with tan lines] you look like a cool surfer,” she says.
Article source: http://www.ft.com
CHANEL’S MÉTIERS D’ART TRAVELING FASHION SHOW DESCENDS TO DALLAS, TEXAS
Karl Lagerfeld himself said that the Lone Star State has always been close to his heart. He said in January 2013, “First of all, I love Texas. I love Texans.”
Thus, it is not surprising why he took Chanel Métiers d’Art traveling fashion show in Fair Park, Dallas, Texas.
Chanel presents Métiers d’Art collections once every year (since December 2002), showcasing the craftsmanship of the fashion house’s ateliers. The fashion show, which only provides less than 1,000 tickets, is Chanel’s way of paying homage to its artists. Métiers d’Art fashion show presented the works of artisans such as a flower maker, a button maker, a milliner, a glove maker, embroiderers and a shoemaker.
In a season where designers show more commercial pre-fall collections, Lagerfeld opts to standout. Métiers d’Art collections sit in-between haute couture and ready-to-wear. His collections will be made available on boutiques in May 2014.
Basically, Lagerfeld mixed the influences of native Indian and Texan for his Paris-Dallas collection. Past presentation locations were London, Tokyo, New York, Versailles, Venice, Moscow, Shanghai and Edinburgh.
Some of the guests were Anna Wintour and Kristen Stewart. Wintour is US Vogue’s editor-in-chief while Stewart is the collection’s campaign face. Both are seated on vintage convertibles set on a custom-built drive-thru cinema. Lagerfeld also premiered a self-directed film entitled ‘The Return’ which tackles Coco Chanel’s journey to Dallas in 1957. Geraldine Chaplin stars as Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel.
Lagerfeld was presented with Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion Neiman Marcus award. This is the same award that Madame Chanel received 56 years ago. Wintour presents Lagerfeld the award.
Other guests who graced the event are Alexa Chung, Lily Collins, Dakota Fanning, Lauren Hutton, Miroslava Duma and Poppy Delevingne among others.
After watching the film, the guests are ushered to the Centennial Hall aptly converted into a barn. The setting is complete with giant chandeliers adorned with Texas and French flags and with hay-slung runway. The adjoining space was also transformed into a saloon with gambling and pool tables and a mechanical bull.
Aside from the convertibles and the cinema complete with popcorns, candies and corn dogs, other highlights of the fashion show are feather trimmings, Indian headdresses and a custom-built rodeo ring accessible by a bridge.
Local influencers like Heidi Dillon, the Partner/Executive Producer at Morning Dew Pictures and the founder of non-profit The Fashionistas, was on the invitation list. The family rocked their Chanel attires and proved Dallas to be one of the fashion headquarters together with the rest of the local fashionistas and fashionisters.
Image source: Heidi Dillon
I don't think there is another person achieved what she achieved in her life time. Happy birthday Edith Head, eight Oscars winner in the category of costume design. She passed away in 1981. She's been the inspiration of generations of designers including the greatest fashion designers as of today. Dior's 2013 SS collection is inspired by the Edith Head dress wore by Grace Kelly.
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