Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2010 year in review

Cat Girl

The aviator jacket

Connect the dots

Modern mariners

The fire-red suit

The combat jacket

Our look back at the way we wore

When you take a look back at the year’s monumental moments in fashion, it’s clear there was no shortage of big ideas: whether channelling the 1950s, 70s or 80s, or whipping up clever minimalist and maximalist looks, designers delivered plenty of covetable and utterly wearable clothes.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Valentino for Gap capsule collection

First look! SEE Valentino's first fashion collaboration with Gap

Carine Roitfeld to leave Paris Vogue

Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld has resigned after ten years of service. She will leave the magazine at the end of January.

"It is impossible to overstate Carine's powerful contribution to Vogue and to the fields of fashion and magazine publishing. Under her direction, Vogue Paris received record levels of circulation, advertising and editorial success," said Jonathan Newhouse, ceo of Condé Nast International. "Vogue Paris has established itself as one of the most iconic magazines in the world, with huge influence in the field of fashion and photography."

Roitfeld has decided to concentrate on personal projects.

"Carine herself has become widely known as a beacon of style, fulfilling the role with charm and graciousness. She has become a giant in her profession," Newhouse said. "Carine will be deeply missed. I am extremely grateful to her for what she has achieved."

Roitfeld's replacement will be announced in the coming weeks.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

lock’s top gong

Simon Lock receives 2010 Australian Laureate

Congratulations to Simon Lock who was announced as the 2010 Australian Fashion Laureate by Minister for Arts Virginia Judge at an intimate ceremony in Sydney.

As the founder of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, which this year celebrated its 15th anniversary, the prestigious accolade was a well deserved win for one of the industry’s most influential names.

Unable to accept the Jan Logan designed statue in person, Lock will be presented with the award in early 2011. He announced his gratitude for the prestigious title, which was voted by a panel of leading fashion identities including David Jones’ David Bush, designer Nicky Zimmermann and Vogue Australia’s editor in chief Kirstie Clements.

“I greatly appreciate the recognition of my industry colleagues and in turn pay homage to those that believed in my vision and helped me create an international landmark for all in the Australian fashion industry,” Lock said. “It’s an industry that I love and will continue to be of service to in the future.”

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

lauren bush to wed david lauren

Fashion and political dynasties unite

Philanthropist, model and niece of former US President George W Bush - Lauren Bush has become engaged to iconic designer Ralph Lauren's son David. The couple met at US Vogue's Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art six years ago and David proposed this weekend at the same venue.

"David told Lauren that he was taking her to see an exhibit, then got down on one knee," a source told the New York Post. "He had a beautiful ring ready. It was a total surprise to her, and they are both so happy."

David is the executive vice president in charge of worldwide branding, communications and marketing at Polo Ralph Lauren, the world's largest designer brand with more than $10 billion in annual sales. Lauren has helped more than 60 million impoverished children through the sale of her Feed Projects bag collection. The former model, who appeared on the cover of the 2002 Pirelli calendar and Vogue Australia in 2005, also recently launched the Lauren Pierce clothing line.

oprah on the house

Oprah Winfrey guests’ Kailis gift bags

Television talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has taken over Sydney with the filming of her show at the Sydney Opera House and 6,000 guests couldn’t be happier.

The overwhelmed audience received a specially designed Kailis ‘O’ medallion featuring an Australian South Sea Pearl on a 90cm sterling silver chain.

“We are thrilled to be a major part of the Australian shows with our bespoke design,” says Kailis Jewellery’s general manager Sonia Mackay-Coghill. “Kailis Jewellery has always believed in bringing joy to the wearer of Australian South Sea Pearl and to be able to share this with over 6,000 audience members is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The extravagant offer was worth over $4 million. For a limited time The Kailis ‘O’ Pendant is available to purchase online through Kailisjewellery.com.au, and through Kailis Jewellery Australian stockists and retail boutiques for $450.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Best-Dressed Celebrities of 2010

Alexa Chung

Carey Mulligan

Emma Roberts

Olivia Palermo

Rachel Bilson

Emma Watson

We've sifted through all of the year's fashion-forward outfits to determine the stars that deserve the highest honors.

Honeysuckle: 2011′s Color of the Year

Earlier this year, the Pantone Color Institute named the top colors for 2011, including colors like beeswax yellow, regatta blue and peapod green. But now, they’ve narrowed the list down to one, predicted to be the hottest hue next year—honeysuckle (mimosa and turquoise were previous number-one colors, in 2009 and 2010, respectively). “Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going—perfect to ward off the blues,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

sailing to byzantium

Karl Lagerfeld takes us on an extravagant journey

Clémence Poesy, Gaia Repossi, Marianne Faithfull, Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson, Vanessa Paradis, Anna Mouglalis, Ines De La Fressange…it must be a Chanel show!

Karl Lagerfeld presented his Métiers D’Art Collection for the house in Paris, drawing a suitably stylish crowd to witness the collection dedicated to the city’s couture ateliers including costume jeweller, feather specialist, embroiderer, shoe-maker, milliner, goldsmith and floral accessory specialist.

The result was an opulent show, embellished in antique gold and encrusted with Byzantine-inspired jewels in reference to the second Chanel boutique opening in Istanbul, and Mademoiselle Chanel’s first costume jewellery line from the 1920s.

Models including Natasha Poly, Freja Beha Erichsen, Frida Gustavsson and our own Lauren Brown walked the sumptuously decorated couture salon at Chanel’s Rue Cambon store, hair piled in towering beehives each circled with a ring of gold.

Signature tweed wove its way through the collection alongside textures of leather, cashmere, chiffon, velvet and lace shimmering in a jewel toned mosaic of emerald, sapphire and violet. The verdict: delightfully decadent.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010