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Fashion Fight, Claws are Out!

4 Oct

It’s said that the fashion industry is full of catty individuals, well whether that’s true or not, fights do ensue. Raf Simons is the designer who took over at Dior, while Hedi Slimane is the designer over at Saint Laurent. All eyes were on these designers with intense anticipation for their spring debuts, however the real drama was taking place off of the catwalk. Tensions rose between Cathy Horyn, famous for her work at the New York Times, and Hedi Slimane. Now this is where things get complicated, so bear with me. Many years ago, Horyn wrote a piece on her blog about how if it wasn’t for designer Raf Simons there would be no Hedi Slimane, and how that is the reason why she is not invited to his shows. Slimane quickly fired back on his Twitter and said many things about Horyn, including that she is a “schoolyard bully” and that her “sense of style is seriously challenged.” His response goes on for a while and concludes with him saying how she will never have a seat at a Saint Laurent show.  Many people in the industry are taking sides and a lot of journalists are unimpressed by Slimane’s approach and way of dealing with the issue at hand. At a time when Saint Laurent is trying to rebrand itself, I would say this argument is extremely poor timing. Now, can’t we all just get along?





Bright, Bold Fashion

29 Sep


Every year I look forward to seeing new and inspiring talent at the Academy of Art University Runway Show in New York. This year was no exception, and while I was mesmerized by many of the collections, designer Ginie C.Y. Huang’s show was my favorite.  For those of you who don’t know me, I am a huge fan of bright colors; bright dresses, bright running shoes, I love any all things bright. This collection was a burst of energy, from the bright green jackets to the enchanting fuchsia dresses. The lush color palette represented the freshness of spring and the colors used flattered each other without being overdone. Feathers accented the garments harmoniously and complimented the silhouettes, allowing for wonderful movement as the models worked the runway. The use of minimal trims and no patterns worked for her advantage, as our attention was focused on the silhouettes and colors, which were the main attraction. In her next collection I would like to see her play around with prints and incorporate them with her exquisite color choices. Textiles used in this collection included silk organza and wool, making for beautifully unique and comfortable pieces perfect for the spring season.  Dresses were feminine and form fitting, accentuating the models figures without being clingy. Ginie is clearly a designer who is not afraid to have fun with fashion and her bright and bold collection was a breath of fresh air from the run of the mill staple colors we see in almost every other collection. Reminiscent of 1960’s silhouettes, the playful colors and retro glasses transported me back in time. The collection as a whole worked extremely well together and I wish that I could fast forward in time to see these pieces worn. If you, like me, love bright and beautiful collections, make sure you check out Ginie’s Spring 2013 Runway Show, believe me you won’t be sorry. She is a designer to watch and I’m really looking forward to what she presents to us in the future.