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The NYC-based British designers of Rag & Bone went back to their roots for a Duke of Windsor-inspired collection for Fall Winter 2011.  And though classic textiles like tweed where prominent one thing that wasn’t lacking was a truly bonafide NYC street credibility.  Dapper suits and coats mixed with eagle embroidered baseball jackets made for a modern take to what would otherwise be a much outdated look.  Wide trousers and cropped leather jackets with fur details added a dash of luxe. However, the stand out pieces hands down have to be the few kilts that snuck into the mix. The added pops of electric blue and mustard yellow really solidify the look and bring into modern day–definitely worthy of the streets of NYC.

images courtesy of Dazed Digital.

Stay tuned for more from New York Fashion Week!

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This fashion film by Gareth Pugh consist of six elaborate outfits that shine in gold and cobalt blue–two things that are way out of the monochromatic and minimalist designer. A few pieces in wet suit-like neoprene, high collars and angular tails keep the classic Pugh aesthetic. With ancient Italian architecture and religious iconography as the source of inspiration, the film exudes a decadence and artistry that captures the true essence of fashion.

Designers from all over the world have launched collections that have cleverly erased the line between genders. And though androgyny is nothing new, the idea of it becoming the signature style of the 21st century and perhaps for many years to come certainly is.

Among the designers that have experimented with this idea of a genderless fashion is Rad Hourani. He blatantly shoved his unisex collection RAD by Rad Hourani in our faces and we loved it.  His minimal aesthetic is perfect. With oversized deconstructed jackets, roomy yet brief shorts,  a few simple tees, and skin-tight leather applique trousers Hourani gives us garments that can be worn by anyone at anytime during any season.

Overall the idea that fashion has taken such liberating steps is great. And if at one point it was taboo for women to wear mens clothing and vice versa now its simply fashionable, so we better get used to it.

Here are some of my favorite looks from the Rad by Rad Hourani A/W 2010 collection:

Images from radhourani.com

For Spring Summer 2011 Burberry Prorsum gets a Punk overhaul, mixing its Brit militant aesthetic with major punk influences. Military, Leather, and spikes–who knew Burberry had it in them? But of course much of this transformation has to do with Yorkshire born, designer Christopher Bailey. He has completely revamped the brand giving it a much youthful appeal—a much-needed change, if you ask me.

Keeping with the expected staples such as trench coats, the Spring Summer 2011 collection comes many new added influences. From biker jackets to leather and jersey trousers, and of course lots and lots of hardware, innovation and transformation is the name of the game.

Here are a couple of my favorite looks from the menswear collection:


images from Oyster Magazine

To view footage of the runway show go here. And be sure to stay tuned for a recap of the Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2011 Womenswear collection.

I couldn’t go without making a fuss about this. After all, whether some guys like to admit it or not, we all like to dress to impress and put on a bow tie and tux once in a while. Lanvin for H&M gives us a great balance: one part dapper the other part hip and casual. Here are my favorite selections from the collection:

Photos: Stéphane Gallois/Courtesy of H&M

1. Tuxedo (only jacket shown): $299 for pants and jacket; Vest: $49.95; Shirt: $49.95; Pants: $59.95

2. Blue metallic shoes: $79.95

3. White Tuxedo Blaze: $149.00

4. Shirt: $59.95;  Bowtie: $29.95;  Tuxedo (only pants shown): $299 for pants and jacket;  Sunglasses: $19.95

5. Purple satin finish bowtie: $29.95

6. Navy blue 3/4 coat: $249

Excited? So am I! What are your favorite Lanvin x H&M looks? Check them all out on hm.com

For those of you who have been waiting for this,  there is no doubt in my mind that you already know about and have seen the Lanvin for H&M short film by now. The collection that is due to launch in select stores on November 20th has created quite the buzz–it is Lanvin after all. And after viewing the short film, there’s no question that it is exquisite and is absolutely worth the wait.

From exuberant Holiday-ready cocktail dresses paired with  borderline gaudy, golightly-esque gemstone neck pieces to over-the-top Faux fur cinched with satin bows,  designer Alber Elbaz gave us all! I love that this is really bringing runway-ready looks to the mainstream retail market.

Now, if only they’d release the men’s looks! If I’m this excited over dresses, imagine how gaga I’ll be going over Lanvin suits!

Meanwhile, here are some shots of some of the outfits as seen in the short film and the video itself:

Photos: David Sims/Courtesy of H&M

SEE THE LATEST VIDEO ON THE H&M DESIGNER COLLABORATION ON HM.COM

Imagine walking into a dim-lit, moody room. Everywhere you look there are various fashionably dramatic and fabulous people–some followed by cameras, others in dark corners standing around like they know all eyes are on them, and some networking chit-chatting away with everyone. Oh, and lets not forget, Kat Von D is sitting in front row as well as Project Runway’s Kit Scarbo (formerly Kit Pistol). 

Now, whoever it was that said that L.A. doesn’t need a fashion week clearly wasn’t at last night’s Exchange LA show featuring one of L.A’s best, my friend, Ashton Hirota’s Ashton Michael S/S 2011 collection.

The eco-friendly line consisted of gothy-punky staples such as low slung trousers, suspender details, shreds,  and an overall androgynous, gender-free aesthetic. My personal favorite look is the pair of trousers with the woven detail (left, in photo above). Sure the styling is a bit drastic, but add a delicate tank underneath, accessorize it with a killer heel and you’ve got for an amazingly chic but tough look.

Stay tuned for photographs and more of  Skingraft and Anthony Franco collections, who also partook in yesterdays show.

I have to say, hands down last nights events proved to be one of the more enjoyable ones I’ve had in these past two weeks.

for more on Ashton Michael visit  www.ashtonmichael.com

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