JW Anderson’s one-off capsule collection for Versace will be unveiled at a “happening” tonight in New York (Grimes is performing) and WWD got a sneak peek at it and the new new Versus Versace collection.
A little confused? We were two. Here’s the deal: there’s Versus Versace, “a seasonless collection of house classics,” and then, separately, the one-season capsule line by Anderson. (Many more one-off collabs will follow.) The former, comprised of timeless Versace signatures–think leather, studs, safety pins and belt prints–is available on VersusVersace.com now. Prices range from $ 250 to $ 1,250. The J.W. Anderson collection won’t be available until June 15 and will also be sold at Net-a-porter, Opening Ceremony, Browns of London and Saks Fifth Avenue.
So what does Anderson’s collection look like? For one, there doesn’t seem to be much of a disparity between the men’s and women’s pieces. In fact, WWD‘s Jessica Iredale admits to mistaking the former for the latter. Both feature plenty of body-con crop tops, lace, and bright colors. “Unisex is the most modern thing that a lot of people do not touch on,” Anderson told WWD. “The whole collection has to feel jarred….I think there’s a sharpness of the bridging of the [male and female].
Shark dress by Tee And Cake £30 at Topshop >>>
Today’s dress is a bit of a departure from our usual finds, but for those of you who’re fed up of pretty dresses, it might just be the perfect alternative! The under the sea trend kicked off last year, with Chanel’s sea shell clutches, Mary Katrantzou fish tank print and Versace’s mermaid’s and starfish. This season, it’s taken a turn towards the darker side – forget those mother-of-pearl shades and tiny reef fish, now you’re a walking shark attack.
I’d wager Tee And Cake’s £30 bargain was inspired by Emma Cook (star of yesterday’s 3 Ways To Wear) who put out a silk shark print tunic dress for Spring / Summer. The cheaper option doesn’t have the subtlety of Cook’s graphic print, but it is a lot of fun. Especially if you’re a surfer with a sense of humour (or should that be dread?). I’d recommend dressing it down with a jacket on top (denim or leather are the obvious choices) so you only get a glimpse of the shark at first.
We sometimes get accused of being a bit too nice at Catwalk Queen, so from now on when we think the world of fashion – or Hollywood – needs bringing back down to earth with a big fat reality check, we’ll be calling on our new columnist, Claus. Our favourite moment following any big catwalk show or red carpet event is when Claus pops over to our desks to pull apart the looks or share a ‘wow’ moment, and we thought it was time we shared him with you. His first topic is, of course, Sunday night’s Oscars…
Right, enough of the schmoozing, the ooh-ing and the aah-ing. The red carpet at the Oscars was a huge snooze, and I’ll tell it like you wish all my fabulous-yet-too-polite ladies had already done!
The spring 2013 season is shaping up to be a big one for Kate Moss. The British supermodel is not only the new face of Stuart Weitzman and Givenchy, she also fronts the latest campaign for Versace.
But she’s not the only big name involved. Kate joins Daria Werbowy and Joan Smalls in the ads that have been shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Dressed like Gladiator women, the ladies are surrounded by quite a lot of beefcake, a.k.a. half-naked buff male models.
“To have three glamorous and iconic women like Kate, Daria and Joan in one campaign is not an easy feat. Mert and Marcus really outdid themselves, each image is composed like a work of art,” said Donatella Versace.
When Andrea Lieberman launched A.L.C. in 2009, the fashion world quickly embraced her vision for the modern woman’s wardrobe. But long before Bergdorfs and Barneys started stocking her designs, Leiberman was already an established industry player.
The Parsons graduate actually started in retail with her own NYC boutique Culture and Reality, which sold bits ‘n pieces inspired by her extensive travels. Eventually Lieberman’s discerning eye led her into the world of styling, where she skyrocketed to fame working with big name clients like Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson. In fact, Lieberman was responsible for J.Lo, who was a client of hers at the time, wearing that now-iconic green Versace number to the Grammys.
It’s not hard to see the designer’s styling background and love of travel in A.L.C. She has a knack for producing a mix of sleek and feminine pieces (think leather pants, floaty tops, thin knits) that mix and match perfectly. We caught up with Lieberman to learn more about how she seeks inspiration everywhere from Africa to New York and how she built her brand.
Ayanna was my coworker at Nordstrom last summer and with the two of us always obsessing over fashion, we instantly became close friends. Many days at work were spent discussing the latest Vogue issue or that morning’s merchandise shipment that was just added to the sales floor.
Rocking a studded blazer, red jeans, and a snakeskin fuschia clutch for an early evening out in D.C., Ayanna definitely stood out in the city as a fashionista. Read on to learn more about her enviable style.
Gisele Bündchen nevertheless sits on top as the world’s most extremely paid model. The Brazilian supermodel has maintained her spot as number a single on Forbes’s annual list of the world’s highest paid models. She ranked at the best by bringing in a total of $ 45 million from Might 2011 to Could 2012 thanks to contracts with Versace, Esprit and Pantene.
Coming in at second spot is Kate Moss who pocketed a rather minuscule $ 9.two million compared to Gisele’s fortune. The British model’s earnings are attributed to her deals with Mango, Topshop and Rimmel. In third spot is Natalia Vodianova, who raked up $ 8.6 million. The 30-year-old Russian model is the face of brands like Calvin Klein and Guerlain.
Victoria’s Secret’s Adriana Lima arrived in at fourth spot mostly due to her two Super Bowl tv commercials, a single for Teleflora and 1 for Kia. This helped her earnings skyrocket to $ 7.3 million. In at fifth location is Doutzen Kroes who has boosted her income to $ 6.9 million courtesy of contracts with Tiffany & Co., L’Oreal and Victoria’s Secret.
Gemma Cartwright writes…
Sunday night is the 84th Academy Awards, and stars will be pulling out all the stops for their Oscars red carpet moment. The night never ever fails to bring us a handful of fashion surprises, but a single thing we can guarantee is that you will have an amazing night if you enjoy glamorous gowns!
On Sunday, team Catwalk Queen will be having a tiny Oscars party of our own, livetweeting the red carpet and updating the internet site as soon as the photos come in so you can see the gowns for oneself.
In my function as resident Oscars specialist, I usually predict what I believe folks will wear, and while they usually pull a thing new and thrilling out of the bag to prove me incorrect, it really is still fun to guess.