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Fashion News: Samantha Cameron, Lana Del Rey at London Fashion Week

Samantha Cameron, Lana Del Ray, Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo are among the celebrities taking in London Fashion Week
It's Presidents Day in the U.S., but fortunately we have London to satisfy our taste for fashion news. Starting at the top, Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, sat on the front row of Christopher Kane's runway show Monday during London Fashion Week. She is her husband's "ambassador" to the British Fashion Council. [Telegraph]

Mulberry adopted singer Lana Del Rey for its showing, creating a bag named after her, sitting her front row at the runway and enticing her to sing at the brand's party Sunday night. [The Cut]

Plenty of other celebrities and socialites have been taking in the shows as well, including Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof and singers Alexandra Burke and Kate Nash.  [Telegraph]

So far, the designers in London seem to be showing more colorful clothes for fall than did the designers at New York Fashion Week. [The Cut]

Top modeling agencies in Britain are prohibiting their models from using tanning beds, due to the risk factors for skin cancer -- and wrinkles too. [Fashionista]

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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Samantha Cameron, center, at Christopher Kane's London Fashion Week show. Credit:  Lewis Whyld /PA / Associated Press

Top talent lands in L.A. at British Fashion Council event

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Just days after Concept L.A Fashion Week commenced at the Ace Gallery on Wilshire, a group of  established and all British designers moved in to present their spring/summer 2012 collections to editors, buyers and stylists.  Erdem1 

The event called London Show Rooms is put on by the British Fashion Council and brings together an impressive group of top talent all representing Britain. The designers at the inaugural L.A leg of London Show Rooms (it was initially launched in 2008 in Paris, added New York and a men’s presentation in Paris in 2010) include E. Tautz, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto, Richard Nicoll and Roksanda Ilincic, as well as a “ones to watch” group including Louise Gray and David Koma.

All the designers were present and excited to talk about their lines as well as their feelings on Los Angeles. “I love L.A.!” said Erdem Moralioglu, who is known for his use of vibrant color and quirky, ultra-feminine prints that sell at Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus here. He landed in town just a few days earlier after stopping in Vancouver for work, he heads to Seattle after L.A for an appearance at Nordstrom, but had a checklist of things to do — like try wheat grass and go to LACMA — while in Southern California for the week. “I love the idea of women pairing my pieces with something unexpected,” he RoksandaIlincicsaid. “And I think women in L.A are great at that. They will mix it up and maybe wear a floral dress with flats or an Alaia sandal.” His spring/summer 2012 collection was full of ladylike dresses made from 1950s girdle fabric (genius) and smattered with various bold prints that felt fresh and appropriately springtime. _JSF6969

It wasn’t just Erdem’s collection that popped with crazy bright color against the stark white walls of the Ace Gallery. Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda Ilincic and shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood all showed super-bright lines filled with bold patterns and angular cuts.

Marios Schwab had a slightly darker tone to his line, but there was plenty of texture (diamond cutouts all over fitted cocktail dresses and sequins adorning the under layer of evening dresses). The young designer was influenced by film noir and incorporated the light and shadow effect by layering ultra-light black tulle over solid-colored fabric or simply crafting an entire gown out of a thin spray of the stuff — a sequin bodysuit underneath showed through just enough for a little nighttime pizazz. _JSF6927  

London Show Rooms started Monday and ends Wednesday with a party at the Mondrian Hotel. But, despite the quick trip, a few of the designers managed to squeeze in a little field trip to the Westside over the weekend, hitting up the Vintage Expo at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. “Roksanda got this amazing Balenciaga dress and I picked up some Alaia pieces for my sister.” Moralioglu said.

The presence of the London Show Rooms in Los Angeles is certainly a bright spot in the lineup of fashion events happening this month. The presentation was simple, straightforward, organized and really let the talent in the room shine. Top stylists and buyers (Ron Herman himself was in attendance at the first day of the event) showed up to see the collections. Many didn’t attend London Fashion week and were seeing everything for the first time. In any event, the opportunity to show the work up close was important and may ultimately be effective in gaining exposure for British designers here in L.A.

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— Melissa Magsaysay

Photos, from top: Participating designers with their models at the British Fashion Council's London Show Rooms; a model wearing a look from Erdem's spring-summer 2012 collection; designer Roksanda Ilincic, left, with a model wearing a look from her collection; shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood; Marios Schwab with a model wearing a look from his collection. Credit: British Fashion Council

Fashion Diary: Destination Los Angeles

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 Los Angeles may be far away from European fashion capitals, but for designers, it's always near -- whether they be inspired by Hollywood or the open road.

This week, I write about 12 of London’s top designers who plan to hit the road next month, bringing their clothes to Los Angeles in a bid for red carpet stardom. Speaking of hitting the road, Miuccia Prada seemed to have Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Kustom Kulture and Hollywood hot rods in mind when she designed her spring 2012 collection shown in Milan last week. 

Justine Picardie, left, and Liz Goldwyn at the Chanel dinner Thursday at West Hollywood's Soho House Many years ago, Coco Chanel was also lured to Los Angeles, not by its street culture or red carpet, but by studio head Samuel Goldwyn, who orchestrated the ultimate publicity coup in 1931 by paying Chanel $1 million to design film costumes during the depths of the Depression.

I chatted with Justine Picardie about Chanel's time here, and other things. Picardie wrote “Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life,” originally published in 2010, with a new edition out now with drawings by Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld.

The book was feted Thursday night in Los Angeles at a dinner hosted by the French fashion house and Liz Goldwyn, who said the last memory her grandfather had of Chanel's fabulous film costumes for Gloria Swanson, Ina Claire and others was seeing them in garbage bags on the loading dock at the studio. What a pity.

-- Booth Moore

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Photos, from top: The iconic Hollywood sign. Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

Justine Picardie, left, and Liz Goldwyn at the Chanel dinner Thursday at West Hollywood's Soho House. Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Chanel.

Frugal Fashion: Eliza Doolittle gets colorful at London Fashion Week

ElizadoolittleYou may be bracing yourself for fall with coats, stockings and, perhaps, rain boots, but just because the weather may turn a little cool and cloudy doesn't mean your wardrobe has to follow suit. Fall weather tends to bring with it a sea of gray and other muted colors, but there' s no law that says Southern Californians have to follow suit. (Some of us find the rain to be more bearable in a hot pink raincoat.) 

British singer Eliza Doolittle faced the dreary London weather during London Fashion Week with some powerful color blocking. She chose a handful of bright colors to pair with one of her signature looks: a pair of short shorts. Doolittle attended the Christopher Kane spring 2012 runway show in cutoff shorts (this time in hot pink), a multi-hued striped T-shirt, pale orange denim jacket and blue lace-up pumps.

The look was dynamic and confident, even if it was a little reminiscent of an exploding rainbow.  Doolittle made it work by accentuating a soft orange and pink, creating what we'd like to call a cool California color palette.

For a similarly colorful T-shirt, try the blue, pink, and green American Eagle Outfitters striped crop T for $19.50 from Ae.com. A faded denim jacket would work with this look, but for more color, try the Moto western denim crop jacket in royal blue from Topshop.com for $84.

 

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For a pair of funky hot pants, in a pink similar to Doolittle's, try the Taylor denim color short in hot pink from Delias.com for $14.99 or the Moto pink denim hot pants from Topshop.com for $55. Or go with a yellow pair such as the  American Eagle Outfitters Twill cuffed short for $29.50 from Ae.com or go blue with the 7 For All Mankind silky safari short in Emerald for $59 from 7forallmankind.com.

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Doolittle's shoes are the icing on her outfit. She could have gone for a neutral tone to balance out the rest of her look, Elizashoeasosbut instead chose to go for it with the blue pumps. For a similar pair, get the Asos Prima peep toe lace-up wedge shoe for $45.74 from Asos.com.

If reading this sent you into a color frenzy, not to fret. Each piece can be worn separately for a playful bright pop in subtler outfits. So the next time you see gray clouds above, grab a colorful denim jacket, stand out, and brave the cold in style.

Happy shopping!

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

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-- Jenn Harris

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Top photo: Eliza Doolittle arrives at Christopher Kane's show in London last week. Credit: Jonathan Short / Associated Press

Other photos:

Shirt and jacket: American Eagle Outfitters striped crop T, $19.50; Moto western denim crop jacket, $84. Credit: Ae.com; Topshop.com

Shorts: Taylor denim color short in hot pink, $14.99; Moto pink denim hot pants, $55; American Eagle Outfitters twill cuffed short, $29.50; 7 For All Mankind silky safari short, $59. Credit: Delias.com; Topshop.com; 7forallmankind.com

Shoe: Asos Prima peep toe lace-up wedge, $45.74. Credit: Asos.com

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Vanessa Hudgens stars in Candie's ads. Carolina Herrera designs 'Twilight' wedding gown. And Kim Kardashian plans ahead.

Stop the presses! Carolina Herrera has been confirmed as the gown designer for Bella Swan's wedding to Edward Cullen in "Twilight: Breaking Dawn." I guess there's been almost as much speculation about this dress as there was in the run-up to Kate Middleton's wedding to Prince William. [Fashionista]

Ahudgens Vanessa Hudgens stars in Candie's' new ad campaign, and fans have a chance to vote on which version of the commercial should run on national TV. That's Vanessa at left in a behind-the-scenes shot from one of the ads, which are themed around "Candie's-isms," such as "Candie's girls believe you can do anything in heels" -- like ironing, for instance. I bet this shot won't show up, since it's too hard to see her Candie's-shod feet. From now through June 22, people can go to www.facebook.com/candies to vote on their favorite commercial, which will begin airing in late July. Ads in magazines and on billboards are scheduled to start in August. [People]

Kim Kardashian is busy planning her wedding to Kris Humphries, which includes setting up her gift registry. Make that registries. At Williams Sonoma and Geary's in Beverly Hills. Her choices are certainly drool-worthy: a Baccarat Cosmos extra-large vase ($7,500), Hermés presentation plates ($304 each), ice tongs ($195), a Tourbillon black vase ($6,500), Havana ashtrays ($840 each). I guess I could afford one of the $46 martini glasses on the list. If I was invited. [Los Angeles Times]

The secretive Tom Ford has finally released a video look book of his fall/winter 2011 collection, shown four months ago during London Fashion Week to only a select few, who were sworn to secrecy. It's completely in keeping with his flout-the-system, build-the-buzz M.O.  But the long-sleeved lace-bodied dresses, snakeskin coats, satin jackets, chiffon devoré dresses and feathered clutches feature the kind of texture that also showed up in fall/winter collections from other designers, such as Prada and Gucci. [Telegraph]

Band of Outsiders put on its catwalk show in a former cigar factory Wednesday night at the Pitti Immagine Uomo trade show in Florence, Italy. It's one of two Los Angeles-based design companies invited to show at the prestigious event. (The other is Rodarte.) [WWD] (Subscription required.)

The biannual (or more) "fashion weeks" in major cities around the world typically don't last for a week. Now the folks behind London Fashion Week (five days) want more time. Officials of the British Fashion Council won't say exactly how much more time, but they are discussing the concept with their counterparts in Milan, Paris and New York. [The Cut]

"Jersey Shore's" Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi -- or as I like to think of her, the poor man's Kim Kardashian -- is adding flip-flops to her line of stuff, after signing a new licensing agreement. [WWD]  (Subscription required.) 

GQ plans to team with new e-commerce site Park & Bond to offer merchandise from the pages of the magazine selected by the magazine's creative director Jim Moore and the magazine's fashion editors. The deal is to start in September. [WWD] (Subscription required.)   

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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Vanessa Hudgens in a behind-the-scenes shot for advertising campaign. Credit: Candie's

 

Four fashion weeks, hundreds of ways to look stylish this fall

Pariswrap New York, London, Milan, Paris. Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore spent the last month in a whirlwind of runway shows in the world's style capitals, eyeing designers' visions for women's ready-to-wear for fall-winter 2011. She reported many of the details in All the Rage posts filed from the shows.

Before she hopped on a plane home from Paris last week, she sent us a story summarizing the best of Paris' fine fashion, which you can read here.

Then she distilled all of the hundreds of offerings from all four cities into her picks for the top five trends (hint: how often do you see the words "glam" and "grunge" juxtaposed?). Read about it here.

But Booth knows that what the designers imagine on the runways is only a part of the story. It's also important to know how retail buyers react to it, because they are the conduits from the catwalk to your closet. She asked a few of the most influential to share their thoughts on the season's big ideas and must-haves.

Grab a mimosa and settle down with your laptop. If you're a true fashionista, you'll want to check out what Booth and the retailers have to say -- and review our galleries of photos shot on the runways too.

-- Susan Denley

Photo: A look from the John Galliano fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fasion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

Top 10 shows from New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week

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If you're in fashion withdrawal because the fall-winter 2011 women's ready-to-wear shows in  New York, London, Milan and Paris are over, fear not. You can revisit them by taking a look at my top 10 shows of the season:

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Jason Wu

Rodarte

Erdem

Marni

Bottega Veneta

Jil Sander

Haider Ackermann

Alexander McQueen

Lanvin

Check out a photo gallery of looks from all the top shows here.

-- Booth Moore

Photos from left: Looks from the Marni, Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu fall-winter 2011 runway collections. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

London Fashion Week: At Erdem, color-saturated gorgeousness [Updated]

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Designer Erdem Moralioglu could well be described as a painter with fabric. Over the past few seasons, his Impressionist-looking floral print silks have made for some of the most gorgeous clothes coming out of London.

For fall, he went from florals to abstract, color-daubed digitized prints, as well as adding lush velvet to the mix.

Moralioglu let the colors and pattern take center stage, keeping the shapes simple and wearable. That meant knee-length sheaths in velvet or sheer shimmery chiffon; a print pencil skirt painted with strokes of gold, and coats so sweepingly beautiful, they could have been art canvases.

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Like so many other designers this season, he incorporated lace into his collection. A fuchsia sheath was covered in black lace embroidery that appeared to melt into the background. Other dresses were a melange of lace and boucle.

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For evening, long skirts were worn with patterned knits, and gowns had scarfy chiffon ends trailing behind. There were plenty of extras, too, including color-soaked gloves, trench coats and velvet shoes.

[Updated Feb. 27 at 5:25 p.m.: An earlier version of this post misspelled Erdem Moralioglu's last name as Moraliglu.]

-- Booth Moore in London

Photos: Looks from the Erdem fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during London Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times

London Fashion Week: Christopher Kane's one-trick collection

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Christopher Kane, who nabbed this year's British Fashion Award, began his fall show auspiciously, with the coolest crochet knits your grandma has never seen.

Knit skirts and cardigans came in geometric patterns, with lava lamp liquid-filled plastic insets creating a homespun-meets-futuristic look. I wish Kane had lingered on the thought a little longer, pushing himself to do more with it.

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Instead, day wear segued into an endless parade of little black dresses, one barely distinguishable from the next, with the same liquidy trim at the waist or necklines. (Reminded me of the "oily" stickers I used to collect as a kid.)

The finale dresses didn't say much more, merely adding clear sequins to the formula.

But looking up at the cheap seats, I couldn't help but notice Kane's cheering section, clad in the galactic- and floral-print T-shirts he's been producing as entry level products over the past couple of seasons.

The liquid-filled plastic motif will probably lend itself to similar saleable goodies, such as the awesome, lava-look plastic clutch purses seen on the runway.

--Booth Moore in London

 Photos: Looks from the Christopher Kane fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during London Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

London Fashion Week: Burberry gets sentimental over Jean Shrimpton

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For the fall Burberry Prorsum show, designer Christoper Bailey got sentimental over British fashion model Jean Shrimpton, symbol of the 1960s youthquake, according to show notes.

He sent out models in mod, cow-print flat caps, round sunglasses, sculptural, drop-shoulder coats and cropped cape jackets that brought to mind vintage Balenciaga and Courreges.

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The coats came in every conceivable bright color, as well as black-and-white windowpane checks, with bubble backs, gathered back pleats or leather martingale belts

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Adding to the retro look: Zip-front mini-dresses, flared pants and tweedy leggings worn with tunics with puffball fur sleeves. It was a cute show, especially with the snow falling on the finale. And Bailey was right to keep the focus on outerwear. (Which is what people really look to the brand for anyway.) But the double-layer fabrics and heavy twills were miles away from the seasonless clothes so many shoppers are looking for these days, even from Burberry.

-- Booth Moore in London

Burberry fall-winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Photos: Looks from the Burbery fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during London Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times


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