Archive for September, 2010

Issey Miyake’s Latest

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
Dresses from Issey Miyake's 132 5 collection, on view in Paris

Dresses from Issey Miyake's 132 5 collection, on view in Paris. Photos from Women's Wear Daily

Japanese designer Issey Miyake has long been a fashion innovator. Since handing over daily design duties at his Tokyo fashion house in 1997, Miyake has spent his time exploring new ways to make clothes more efficient, ecological and accessible while remaining stylish and modern. Today, he leads the Reality Lab, a consortium of young designers that, as he explains, “challenges, explores and celebrates the infinite possibilities of creativity.

Is Lagerfeld’s Reign at Chanel Coming to an End?

Sunday, September 12th, 2010
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Karl Lagerfeld presented his 55th ready-to-wear collection for Chanel in March in typical over-the-top fashion. Staged at the mammoth Grand Palais in Paris, the show featured models dressed in fur-trimmed tweed minidresses and fur moon boots, sloshing around a giant iceberg that Chanel had shipped in from Sweden. The fashion press howled that Chanel was tone-deaf when it came to the environment—especially after Lagerfeld told reporters backstage that global warming might be “nonsense.” If the controversy was a planned exercise in media hype, it worked.