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Milan Fashion Week: Sprinkling stardust at Versus

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Watching Christopher Kane's Versus show just hours before the Oscars were set to begin on Sunday, I thought, "Get this man to Hollywood!"

But really, the collection (from Versace's secondary line) was chock-full of pieces that would find favor on the red carpet any day of the week.

It was all about lingerie-like effects--black coats, jackets and little black dresses (for day and night) with sheer bodice detailing and boning. And sparkle! Nordic sweaters were reworked in Lurex; glitter block prints were splashed across glam pants, skirts and sleeveless dresses.

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Some pieces were so glitter-coated that the models walking down the runway left glitter in their wake. How great is that?

--Booth Moore in Milan

PHOTOS: Versus fall-winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

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

Milan Fashion Week: Versace goes for baroque, but it's too little, too late

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By opening the show with Gianni's signature baroque swirls and flowers blown up to Pop Art proportions on mod minidresses, it seemed Donatella Versace was going to have some irreverent fun with her fall collection.

The trouble is, Miuccia Prada already did baroque pop -- and better -- for spring, with her cartoony-fun, gilded monkey and banana prints, which editors here are already wearing, despite the freezing temperatures.

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Then in came the cavalry. Narrow-waist coats, cropped jackets and box pleated skirts were cut with military precision, with cargo pockets and big brass buttons placed here and there, even on the bum.

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A white snakeskin coat with enormous fur sleeves had a certain pop-meets-pimp appeal. The serpent theme continued on sexy tight black dresses with leather swirls snaking around the bodices.

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But the feather-flocked evening wear was better than all the rest, from an amusing canary yellow dress that brought to mind Big Bird in a good way, to an Oscar-worthy finale gown shimmering like diamonds, with a string-thin strap down the back, dissolving into a swoosh of white tail feathers.
And was that a crystal Medusa head minaudiere I spied? I hope so. Because there should be a kitsch factor to this brand, along with all the sex appeal. But she could have done so much more.

-- Booth Moore in Milan

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

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Versace via Facebook: Men's runway streams live Monday

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Here's a good way for a fashion brand to increase its number of Facebook followers: Make a live streaming video of the runway show available only to official "fans."

That's what Versace has announced plans to do, starting with the upcoming Fall and Winter 2011 menswear collection. Clicking the thumbs-up "Like" button at the top of the label's official Facebook page is all it takes.

The show will be streamed live starting at 8 a.m. Monday, and fans apparently will be able to chat live with one another, follow the official Versace Twitter feed and take a look back at previous seasons.

Live streaming of runway shows has become increasingly common, but this is the first I'm aware of that's using Facebook as a platform. It'll be interesting to see what kind of bump the page gets in fans (as of this writing, it lists 374,229 "likes").

My guess is, this won't be the last runway show streamed on Facebook.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: looks from the Versace Spring and Summer 2011 menswear runway collection shown in Milan in June 2010. The upcoming Fall and Winter 2011-12 runway show will be streamed live through Facebook starting at 8 a.m. PST Monday. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For the Los Angeles Times

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Golden Globe nominee Ryan Gosling is the cover boy for January's issue of GQ

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Ryan Gosling, who just picked up a Golden Globe best actor nomination for his work in "Blue Valentine," is going to show you "how to dress like a movie star" as the cover boy for the January issue of GQ[Celebrity Gossip] 

Fashion photographer Mario Testino shot January Jones for Versace's spring ad campaign wearing accessories. Only accessories. [WWD]

Singer Avril Lavigne launched a junior's line two years ago at Kohl's and is kicking things up a notch now with a rock-inspired line that will sell on the Web and in boutiques around the world.  [WWD] (Subscription required.)

For some interesting takes on the little black cocktail dress, meet designer Meredith Fisher of Charles Henry. Barely out of college, Fisher has an innovative, sophisticated approach to this staple of most women's wardrobes. [Mondette] 

We've been noticing two-tone or two-material boots (think black and tan, or polished leather and suede together) on shoe store shelves (and women's feet) all season. If you're ready to dip a toe in, FabSugar has a look at a nice sampling.

With cotton prices on the rise, denim designers are looking to fabrics like Cupro, MicroModal, Tencel, viscose and rayon as alternatives. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Golden Globe nominee Ryan Gosling is the cover boy for January's issue of GQ. He looks the part here, at the Los Angeles premiere for "Blue Valentine."  Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for AFI

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Keith Richards looks the part at book party, Angelina Jolie looks the part at premiere, 'Black Swan' reminds us of other ballet looks

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-- Keith Richards looked like the aging rock god he is at a party thrown by Louis Vuitton at the Gramercy Park Hotel in honor of his autobiography, "Life." There was the eyeliner, the bandana holding back the graying mane and the skull-bedecked scarf tossed around his neck. His wife, former model Patti Hansen, says she still hasn't read the book all the way through, because after 30 years of marriage, "you kind of figure you know the story." [WWD]

-- Angelina Jolie looked radiant at Monday night's New York premiere of her new film, "The Tourist," dressed in a long-sleeve white gown, slit almost to the hip, from Atelier Versace. Brad Pitt looked decidedly more casual in a sweater, scarf and the stubble that seems to be mandatory for male stars. [People]

-- In honor of the ballet film "Black Swan" (pictured above), Fashionista has posted its top 10 picks for best ballet-inspired fashion pictorials. Work from mags including Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and InStyle is included and a couple feature stars, such as Julianne Moore channeling a Degas ballerina in Harper's in May 2008 and Zoe Saldana en pointe in InStyle in April 2008.

-- Prada's Miuccia Prada boosted her art-world credentials on Monday night when she presented the award to the winner of the 2010 Turner Prize at the Tate Britain in London. The fashion designer is a collector of contemporary art. [Telegraph] 

-- Lauren Luke, one of YouTube's best known beauty advisors, has a book and a cosmetics line under her belt. Now she's about to launch an ap for iPads, iPods and iPhones. [BellaSugar]

-- Stocking stuffer idea, via StyleSectionLa: a cute pair of fingerless gloves. They seem to be, er, All the Rage. Why? Because you can wear them while texting, of course!

-- Susan Denley

Photo: "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky on the set with star Natalie Portman. Credit: Niko Tavernise / Fox Searchlight

Donatella Versace: I called 'SNL's' Maya Rudolph to tell her how to 'do me' better

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Forever-platinum fashion designer Donatella Versace made an appearance on "The View" Friday, introducing pieces from Versace's fall/winter collection and -- in her broken English -- taking on a few hot topics.

Co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck introduced Versace by giving a little background on the brand, including the fact that founder Gianni Versace was murdered at his front doorstep in 1997 (a little strange to bring up 13 years later, no?).

Donatella Versace noted that she stepped into the role of head designer after her brother's death because "I had so much responsibility from people around me. Could I run away? No, I couldn't. So I decided to do ... to do it. We were so proud of what he created, what he did."

The interview lightened up considerably when a clip of Maya Rudolph doing her famed Donatella Versace impression from "Saturday Night Live" was aired. Versace giggled along with the show's co-hosts and said she thought Rudolph's impression of her was "hilarious."

Still, she said she would have fine-tuned the performance. "I talked to her on the phone once, and I gave her a suggestion on how to do me better," said Versace. First off: "I don't drink." And second: "Take off the jewelry because it looks too fake -- I only wear real."

But of course.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Donatella Versace attends the Vogue Fashion's Night Out event at the Versace boutique in Milan, Italy on Sept. 9. Credit: Vincenzo Lombardo / Getty Images

 

 

 

Milan Fashion Week: Versace, the minimalist

Ver9 Opposites attract. That was the theme of Donatella Versace's terrific spring collection, a graphic play on the contrasts of modern versus antique, angles versus curves and fabric versus flesh.

The palette was bold (bright white, azure blue, red and black), and the silhouette column-like. High-waist skirts fell just below the knee, and were worn with cropped jackets to expose a sliver of bare midriff. That wasn't the only new erogenous zone. Nude shoulders and waistlines were framed and revealed by sculpted cutouts, and bare backs highlighted by arching straps and angular harnesses with decorative buttons.

Verplast3 One dress was constructed of curving panels of contrasting matte and embroidered fabric, reminiscent of a piece of modern furniture. Another was cut with inlays of plastic, in the tradition of Courreges, interrupting the line of the silhouette and exposing skin. A colorblocked dress had a kind of techno-antique print peeking out from a slit in the skirt.

Vercutout2 The Greek key motif was the basis for the colorful print, which got me thinking about classical architecture and the body surface. Columns, arches and friezes -- all influences on this collection in one way or another -- were just the tools Versace needed to create a sexy spin on fashion's clean new look. 

Versace may never fall head-over-heels for minimalism, but at least she can flirt with it.

-- Booth Moore, reporting from Milan 

Photos: Versace spring-summer 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Looks from the Versace spring-summer 2011 runway collection shown during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter / For The Times.

Versace goes rockabilly chic for Spring/Summer 2011

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Fitted jackets, bangin' Medusa-head belt buckles, super-slim trousers and Elvis-worthy fringe came down the Versace runway Saturday, a rockabilly-inspired romp that played out against a stark, black-and-white geometric set piece.

The show notes called it a glance back to the Versace archives (one of several labels to explicitly reference mining its own past this week, including the Alexander McQueen collection, presented on Sunday) and the photos shot for the house by photographer Bruce Weber in the '80s.

But if the collection had one skinny cuffed-to-mid-calf pant leg in the past, it had the other firmly in the future, with a series of swirling black-and-white optical effects that could easily give a good eye doctor a bad headache, patterns that could be found on suit jackets, pullover sweater vests, short-sleeve henley-collar T-shirts, jackets and underwear.

The retro-meets-future mashup doesn't seem like it would work, but it actually does, and this collection could well cross over to a segment of the population that currently doesn't know Versace from Versailles.

Now, all they'd need is the right face for the ad campaign -- and I bet the Stray Cats  (Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker) have a couple of those nine lives left in them.

 -- Adam Tschorn, in Milan

Photo gallery: Versace Spring/Summer 2011 menswear collection

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Photos: Looks from the rockabilly-themed Versace Spring/Summer 2011 menswear collection shown on June 19, 2010, during Milan Men's Fashion Week. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times.

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Scarlett Johansson on her looks. Armani teams with Alicia Keys. Versace wins a counterfeiting case. Givenchy casts a transsexual model. And more Mother's Day gift ideas.

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The stories clothes tell: With her mother slipping away to Alzheimer's, author/photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron held onto the memories by creating a fashion diary. Just published,  "My Mother's Clothes" (Welcome Books) is a transporting read. [Wall Street Journal]

Not to be outdone by its rival across the river, the Brooklyn Museum on Friday launches its own sartorial exhibit, "American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection." [wwd, subscription required]

To illustrate the "masculine-feminine dichotomy," Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci has cast a transsexual model in the line's fall/winter photo campaign. [Huffington Post]

How important is good grooming? She has loads of talent, but Scarlett Johansson credits hair and makeup with making her a movie star. [People]


Padmajewels This could be a sweet gift for that special mom in your life: Top Chef host and new mother Padma Lakshmi has designed a limited-edition pair of gold and garnet earrings, on sale for $350 at Neiman Marcus, and 20% of the  proceeds will go to benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Lakshmi co-founded the organization to raise awareness about the condition. [People]

Need more Mother's Day inspiration? Find out what Zac Posen, Vera Wang, Gisele Bundchen and 17 other designers and models would like to give and get. [Vogue]

Giorgio Armani is dressing Alicia Keys for her current European tour. [Telegraph]

Shoe designer Elisa Ferare, a Northern California native whose footwear was sold at Neiman Marcus, Maxfield and others, has died. [wwd]

Double whammy for Elizabeth Arden: The company is reporting third-quarter losses AND reportedly once employed the Times' Square bombing suspect. [wwd and wwd]

Check out Forever 21's beauty and the beach collection. [FabSugar]

Versace wins $20 million in Los Angeles counterfeiting case [British Vogue]

Ann Taylor's oh-so-cute vintage floral sheath dress sells out in two days, and is now going on EBay for $200 more than retail. [Stylelist]

-- Susan Denley

Photos, from top: Scarlett Johansson. Credit: Marvel Entertainment. Padma Lakshmi's limited edition earrings. Credit: Neiman Marcus

Your morning fashion and beauty report: 1990s grunge fashion returns. Giorgio Armani and Lady Gaga. Betty White and Donatella Versace

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Grab your flannel and meet me at Starbucks: The 1990s are back. [The Daily Beast]

Somewhat apropos, Jean Paul Gaultier -- who created Madonna's cone bra -- is delving into home furnishings. [WWD, subscription required]

Decades' Cameron Silver to launch denim label. [WWD, subscription required]

The average woman spends three years of her life shopping. [New York Post]

The best of spring's new style books. [WSJ]

HiStyley! checks out L.A. street style. [Mondette]

Giorgio Armani on dressing Lady Gaga. [Vogue UK]

Video: Dolce & Gabbana male models wrestle and dance. [The Frisky]

She really is having a moment: Betty White and Donatella Versace are now friends? [Huffington Post]

An old Parisian law banning women from wearing pants may finally be lifted. [Telegraph]

No, Roberto Cavalli is not firing his wife/creative director. [Styleite]

Can Patrick Robinson save Gap? [Fashionista]

Seven spring fashion essentials from Pucci's Peter Dundas. [Marie Claire]

Simon Fuller's Fashionair website to shutter. [Fashionista]

What are the most popular brands in L.A.? [Shop It To Me]

The 10 wildest looks from Australian Fashion Week. [FabSugar]

-- Whitney Friedlander

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Photo: Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring / Summer 2010 runway show. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times


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