The most talked-about show not just of Paris Fashion Week but likely all of Fashion Month was Rick Owens’s, held yesterday at the enormous Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy. Taking both the race and size debates on in full force, Owens featured his signature asymmetric designs but replaced the traditionally lithe (and predominantly white) runway models with athletic step dancers of all ethnic backgrounds, ranging in age from 22 to 40. In this video, see clips of the dancers express the collection’s teamwork theme, and hear from the designer himself, who explains the concept and his motivations for producing the season’s most memorable show.
With a song like “Fashion Killa” and an artist like A$AP Rocky, we knew the video had serious style potential–and the rapper did not disappoint. Starring himself and “girlfriend” Rihanna, the soft-lit video has the couple visiting high-end fashion boutiques late at night, featuring everything from a playful Jeremy Scott jersey (a Rihanna favorite) to a vampy animal-print Tom Ford gown to a bondage-inspired Cushnie et Ochs bratop.
Since Fall 2007, GQ has selected a new crop of ‘best new menswear’ designers to feature in the pages of the magazine. For the past few years, GAP has shined a more mainstream light on the winners by adding its own prize: selling the designers’ clothes–in limited edition capsule collections–in-store. 2013’s winners were recently announced, and earlier this week, the pieces hit GAP shelves. In the video above, we meet one of the talented design duos in the spotlight, Bespoken’s brother-founders, Liam and Sammy Fayed.
American designer Tom Ford moved his eponymous RTW show to London this year, and in this behind the scenes interview with British Vogue, he explains what it is about the European city he loves so much (“eccentricity is valued here”) and also, at length, what inspired his latest collection. Though Ford admits his muses haven’t changed much over the years and that they tend to be an amalgamation of ’70s models and the late-’80s Supermodel, he did say that for Spring/Summer 2014, he did pay special homage to the kind of physically strong woman “who could snap your neck with her thighs.”
When thinking of fashion brands that have grown to become lifestyle brands, influencing not just what people wear but the way they live their lives in those clothes, Tory Burch is one of the first to come to mind. In a move to once again expand her retail empire, the Tory Burch label added beauty (as is becoming the industry trend). In this video, called “What is Beauty?”, Tory introduces her new collection of fragrances, cosmetics, and scented candles by answering the question in a very personal way–with dreamy footage of that aspirational lifestyle rolling in the background.
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