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The Sportmax girl for Resort isn’t paddling by the pool. She looks more like an emissary from the not-too-distant future, one chockablock with sharp lines, slightly sinister trenches, and space-age fabrication techniques. (To wit: The edges of a fluttery silk dress are “thermal-welded” with grosgrain ribbon, rather than sewn.) In this universe, man and woman are two sides of the same coin—or make that, the same look. A menswear-style pinstripe suit looks like business from the front; turn it around, though, and the back panel is actually a shimmering sheet of silk. Longer lengths and cuts tiptoe toward the severe, but a few plunging necklines add sex appeal to this cool, unexpected collection. And while the cutout gloves are probably best left in the future, there could be a market today for the cutout, patent loafer pumps.
—Matthew Scheier View full post on Runway Feed

Middleton looked polished in Hudson jeans during a London stroll View full post on – This Just In

Biel suited up in Gucci at an N.Y.C. event View full post on – This Just In

Lopez sizzled in Michael Kors at the American Idol finale View full post on – This Just In

Fashion’s Jagger jag continues apace. Bianca J. inspired MaxMara‘s seventies-inflected Resort offering, right down to its stark white suit. (In fairness, Mick, too, liked that look; see his 1971 Saint-Tropez wedding duds for proof.) The printed caftans and long tunic dresses also had Bianca’s seventies-sportif stamp. Classic American sportswear—mixed with a little sixties juice, inspired by Jean Seberg in Breathless—gave the collection its departure point. Flared trousers and silk blouses referenced the Me Decade, while color-blocking and leather accents brought the offerings to the present day.
—Matthew Schneier View full post on Runway Feed

Kim Kardashian wears a casual khaki version for day, Gwen Stefani glams hers up for the red carpet with sequins and plunging neckline. See who else is wearing the all-in-one summer essential. View full post on – This Just In

As the much-anticipated book series ramps up for filming, characters are coming to life. See Jennifer Lawrence’s transformation to Katniss Everdeen. View full post on – This Just In

Oscar de la Renta traded in the church on Park Avenue where he’s been holding his shows for several years in favor of his new showroom high above 42nd Street. The space is currently raw and unrenovated, quite unlike the meticulously constructed Resort clothes on his runway. Then again, the setting was rather apt. De la Renta took Picasso as inspiration, his Cubist period in particular, and you’ve got to think that the artist would’ve appreciated the midtown views of jutting skyscrapers.

With the exception of a few poolside getups (including one particularly racy look on VS angel Candice Swanepoel), this was as urban and urbane as de la Renta’s Cruise collections get, long on skirtsuits and sleeveless sheaths. Picasso came into it via the colorful decoupaged embroideries, the graphic black-and-white scribble prints, and the brooches, belt buckles, and necklaces that looked like they could’ve been lifted from a canvas or sculpture. It was a rare outfit that wasn’t beaded, patchworked, or otherwise embellished—evidence of handwork was everywhere you looked, just how his ladies like it.

The artist’s Spanish roots provided a through line to the collection’s matador jackets; high-waist, narrow-cut pants; and pompom trim flamenco hats made of construction paper. If the headgear was a bit of a head-scratcher, a polka-dot evening dress was de la Renta at his best. And there was more where that came from. Flouncy gowns in shades of flamenco red, blossom pink, and vivid green will be lighting up dance floors come the holidays. Maybe it’s the new address; this de la Renta show was full of life.
—Nicole Phelps View full post on Runway Feed

The world cannot get enough of the Middletons. Check out the sisters’ preferences in clothes, men and careers, and tell us which one you resemble more. View full post on – This Just In

Get one just like it. Click through for our favorite sexy summer dresses—all under $100! View full post on – This Just In