Monday, February 23, 2015

A British View of Oscars Fashion

Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe; Felicity Jones; Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter. Credit Noel West for The New York Times
Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett. Credit Noel West for The New York Times
At the London shows Monday morning, the crowd, some looking bleary-eyed and sleep-deprived, rehashed the Oscars, which ended about 5 a.m. local time. There was palpable excitement about two key British wins, Eddie Redmayne for best actor and “The Imitation Game” for best adapted screenplay (though the actual winner, the writer Graham Moore, is American).
But mostly there were grumbles about the fashion, how boring and safe it was (though Marion Cotillard did raise some eyebrows in Dior) and what little presence there was of British designers, even with four British actors (Mr. Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones) among the top nominees.
“No, no, no,” a woman behind me in line at the Erdem show said to her companion as she swiped through red-carpet images on her phone, dismissing one gown after another.
“Well, that’s nice,” she proclaimed as she rested for a second on a picture of Meryl Streep in Lanvin. “Why don’t more women dress like that?”
There were also mixed reactions to Cate Blanchett, in black Maison Margiela, designed by John Galliano in his return to fashion after his post-Dior exile. Some were happy that Ms. Blanchett seemed to be making a statement of support for the disgraced British designer. Others thought the elegance of the look was undercut by the huge Tiffany bib necklace she wore with it.
“It makes her look old,” one front-row attendee said.
As for the Britons, Mr. Redmayne, a former Burberry model, went with an Alexander McQueen tux, while Mr. Cumberbatch wore a white dinner jacket, and Ms. Pike, a best actress nominee, chose a bright red Givenchy. But the most disappointing, according to an informal poll of the front row, was Ms. Jones, outfitted by Sarah Burton of McQueen in a flouncy ball gown that had the whiff of a bridal dress.
“So unfortunate,” one editor said. “She should have gone younger.”
“Awful,” another editor chimed in as others around her nodded meaningfully.
And then the show started, and thoughts turned to fall 2015.
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Burberry Hosts Starry Show at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week rolled out the big guns Monday, with British design powerhouse Burberry hosting the glitziest catwalk show of the season. Hunter, the maker of the classic Wellington boots, evoked wild Scottish countryside with indoor waterfalls, while Christopher Kane seduced with clothes featuring nude life drawings.
Here are some highlights from Day 4:
The fashion industry is notorious for its lax timekeeping - a half-hour delay is normal - but unusually strict show times at Burberry meant that one very late guest almost didn't get to see the show.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, sporting a fluffy white fur coat and dark glasses, arrived well after the catwalk display began and had to push through the crowds to get to her seat in the front.
She didn't seem fazed, though, settling quickly down next to celebrity photographer Mario Testino. Fellow guests swiftly whipped out their smartphones to photograph Campbell, though on the catwalk no one batted an eyelid at the disruption.
With the Oscars clashing with London Fashion Week, the past few days have seen a dearth of big names gracing catwalk front rows. Not so at Burberry. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal squeezed in with Grammy-winning musician Sam Smith, and all the top British models were here: Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn.
Campbell and Moss were clearly having a good time, singing and clapping along to the music as a shower of confetti rained down to wrap up the show.
Reinforcing fashion's current fling with all things retro, Burberry showed off a collection rich in patchworks of floral embroidery, bohemian ponchos and quilt-like textures.
The first look, a cozy turquoise and grass-green printed poncho laden with long suede fringes, set the tone. Then came folksy tiered, paisley dresses and hippie versions of the brand's bestselling trench coats, all tan suede and adorned with tassels.
A tan suede cape-dress, covered all over with tiers of fringes - and worn with tasseled shoe-boots, no less - won approving nods from the stars and models gathered in the front row.
Backstage, design chief Christopher Bailey said he wanted to explore "all the different crafts that we have in the British Isles."
Burberry is the biggest and most successful British brand at London Fashion Week, and it's a fairly safe bet that whatever Bailey sends down the catwalk will be copied in a few months in a store near you.
"You know, it's always delightful when something really resonates with people," Bailey said modestly of the influence he wields in fashion. "But you never really know when you do a show how people might express it or translate it."
Bailey said he was "intensely proud" that Eddie Redmayne - who had modeled for Burberry - won best actor at the Oscars on Sunday.
"Not only is he one of the most charming people that you'll ever meet, but he's one of the most talented actors that you'll ever meet as well, so I'm completely delighted for him," he said.
Hunter Original took guests to the windswept Scottish glens - via a raw industrial warehouse in south London.
The brand, which specializes in cool, outdoor-inspired clothes, installed multiple waterfalls in the dimly-lit show space and had models walk around a dark pool in parkas, rain ponchos and its signature wellington boot.

Monday, February 16, 2015

10 Cute Outfit Ideas for Every Type of Concert

10 Cute Outfit Ideas for Every Type of Concert
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Whether you’re a Bonnaroo gal or the sweet tunes of Sam Smith’s arena tour is more your speed, we’ve got the outfit for you. After all, when it comes to concert-going, a genre-appropriate look is almost as important as the music (well, for us, at least). Of course there are a few factors to consider: You need to be able to dance, possibly hoof it long distances and, if the concert is outdoors, brave the elements. To help, we’ve compiled ten looks of some of our favorite celebs. Get ready to rock out in style!
Click through to see and shop ten concert-ready outfits!
Start Gallery
  • Rock
  • Rock
  • Velour Romper
  • Riley Leather Moto Boots
  • The High Waist Looker Skinny Jeans
  • Country
  • Country
  • Alexa Chung x AG Kety Skirt
  • Britt Button Down Shirt
  • Bonny West Boots
  • Pop
  • Pop
  • Leather Jacket 1
  • Derek Printed Silk-Chiffon Mini Skirt
  • Silk Halter
  • Outdoor Music Festival
  • Outdoor Music Festival
  • Beach Shorts
  • Denim Kimono Jacket
  • Cassy Mini Dress
  • Alternative
  • Alternative
  • Clochette Dress
  • Tournament Leather Sneakers
  • Turn Around Kim Shoulder Bag