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New York Fashion Week's garden variety


Maybe it's the grow-your-own food movement, the popularity of farmers markets, or simply the fact that these are spring collections, but botany is sprouting up as a theme all over the runways. Monique1

Carolina Herrera took colors, prints and floral appliques from 18th century botanical plates for her collection, which included a gown hand-painted with the image of a flower, along with its name and species.

 For her Garden of Eden-themed collection, Monique Lhuillier worked with cherry blossom print taffeta, draping it into a pleated A-line cocktail dress and a ball gown. (Also spotted: "sage green," "mint floral" and "poppy" organza.)


At Donna Karan, shoes were decorated with leather leaves and gauzy long slip dresses were "saffron-stained" and "tamarind-distressed." A rough-textured, jute-colored nubuck jacket was reminiscent of a seed sack.

 Jenny Packham, who is fast becoming a favorite of the red carpet set for her lovely gowns -- many of which have sleeves, for those who care about that sort of thing -- tapped wallpaper specialists de Gournay to design the moody, hand painted florals for her finale gowns, one in a silk crepe de chine with a beaded tulle shoulder.

Jpeckham1 And Barbara Tfank was inspired by the goddess Persephone, who was gathering wildflowers when she was stolen away to the underworld, as the myth goes. Tfank designs her own textiles, including the "morning garden" floral silk made into a swing 7_Sarah jacket with gathered sleeves, paired with pale pink pants, and the topiary-print silk crepe draped into a gown that fell to the floor. (Tfank, who lives in Los Angeles, also produces most of her clothing there.)

She didn't use any jewelry, accessorizing models with contrast floral head scarves instead. The only thing missing were gardening gloves, which Tfank said she ultimately decided against because they were just too ugly to bear.

You might call the trend a "greening" of fashion, at least in sensibility if not yet fully in practice.

-- Booth Moore  

Carolina Herrera spring - summer 2011 collection photo gallery

Donna Karan spring - summer 2011 collection photo gallery

Jenny Packham spring - summer 2011 collection photo gallery

Monique Lhuillier spring - summer 2011 collection photo gallery

Barbara Tfank spring - summer 2011 collection photo gallery

Photos, from top: A look from Carolina Herrera, credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter / For The Times; cherry blossom dress by Monique Lhuillier, credit: Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press; jacket by Donna Karan, credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter; beaded gown by Jenny Packham, credit: Dan and Corina Lecca / Associated Press; floral jacket and pink pants by Barbara Tfank, credit: Kevin Sturman


Martha Stewart takes on fashion in her first prime-time interview special


The name Martha Stewart conjures up images of striped linens, puffy souffles and leaf blowers. So it's surprising that the lifestyle doyenne has chosen fashion as the subject of the debut episode of "Martha Stewart Presents," a new prime time interview special on the Hallmark channel.

"Martha Stewart Presents: The Women Who Dress America," a one-hour special  scheduled to air Sept. 19 at 9 p.m., will celebrate four modern-day fashion forces: living legends Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Karan;  Jenna Lyons, president of J. Crew; and Tory Burch, the queen of seaside prep.

The show will be formatted in the style of a traditional talk show, with Stewart engaging in conversations with famous faces from various realms. And like Barbara Walters' sporadic specials, this one will happen only occasionally; a second “Martha Stewart Presents”  is scheduled for November.

Timed to coincide with the close of New York’s Fashion Week, the show is hoping to "dig beneath the surface" to find the sources of inspiration for each designer.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring our viewers a different side of the world of fashion," said Stewart in a press release, "and a better understanding of the challenges and rewards of being on fashion’s front lines.”

Do you think Stewart (who, let's be honest, is almost always photographed in a smock-like button-front shirt) is the right person to interview four of fashion's most illustrious designers?

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Martha Stewart attends a party earlier this year wearing a smock-like shirt. Credit: Peter Foley/EPA

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Lady Gaga falls (it's the shoes!). Katie Holmes dishes on her clothing line. Prince Albert sets the date


We always knew those shoes were dangerous. Lady Gaga took a tumble at Heathrow Airport wearing 12-inch platform boots that weren't too different from these she's wearing onstage. No one seems to be sympathetic. [ABC]

Tres chic English "revolutionary" John Galliano was awarded the French Legion of Honor in a quiet ceremony Wednesday night. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Louis Vuitton and Donna Karan are both launching sophisticated, elegant ad campaigns. And the models are actually wearing clothes! [WWD]

Katie Holmes dishes on her "classics with a twist" clothing line. [People]

Another royal wedding is in the offing ... and here at All the Rage, we just can't wait to see the clothes! We'll have a year to anticipate: Prince Albert of Monaco announced his wedding to former South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock will take place next summer. [People]

Make life simple: Designer Vanessa Vogel can help with her Vogel10. Each month she introduces 10 items --- seven articles of clothing she designs and three jewelry pieces from others -- to mix and match. Perfect for summer packing. [Mondette]

Nicole Richie is eye-catching in tribal jewelry, and you can be too. There are a lot of great pieces out there. [FabSugar]

The reportedly most expensive bespoke men's suit ever made is on sale in Britain for about $900,000. It's cashmere and wool studded with diamonds. Only three have been made, and one is already sold, so you better hurry if you're interested! [Telegraph] 

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Lady Gaga  Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Queen Latifah's effortless glam. Ungaro hires Giles Deacon. See what the stars wore to 'Sex and the City' premiere in NYC


Queen Latifah has evolved from rap royalty to beloved movie star to arrive at a look of seemingly effortless glamor and grace. [InStyle]

Emanuel Ungaro taps British designer Giles Deacon as its new creative director. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Sarah Jessica Parker wore Valentino, and Cynthia Nixon was in Carolina Herrera at Monday night's New York City Premiere of "Sex and the City 2." But what on Earth was SJP thinking when she changed for the after-party? [New York Post]

Designers turned out in force Monday night to honor nominees for the CFDA Fashion Awards. In the crowd were Jason Wu, Donna Karan, Elie Tahari, Nicole Miller, Thom Browne and more. [WWD]

Talbot's is planning upgrades and outlets. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

How to pick a pair of sunglasses that look just smashing! [FabSugar]

The latest word in premium denim is the "banana cut," introduced by designer Domenico Vacca with styles named after some of his celeb clients, such as The Jeremy (Piven) and The Mickey (Rourke). [StyleList]

In case you missed it: See Marc Jacobs show you exactly how sexy his new men's fragrance, Bang, is as he bares all in ad campaign. Oh, my! [StyleList]  

Consumer Reports rates the best sunscreens. [StyleList]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Queen Latifah. Credit: Donald Miralle / Getty Images

New York Fashion Week: After 25 years in the business, Donna Karan's line is more boardroom exec than ladder climber

Donna Karan presented a collection that was largely a study in black, focusing on texture and volume to bring out the richness.

Karan was celebrating 25 years in business, and although there were small references to the women's wardrobe solutions that she made her name on, otherwise known as her seven easy pieces (draped matte jersey dresses and body suits), Karan has changed since then.
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