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April 30, 2011

Read my lips (and between the lines). The royal fashion reviews are in.

Prince William: You look beautiful.

Eric Wilson: The gown was well received not merely because it was pretty — or flawless, actually. This was also a significant fashion moment because the design of the dress, the selection of its designer and even the secrecy that surrounded its preparation seemed remarkably well calculated to project a specific image about Miss Middleton. That is, she represents a new breed of the British monarchy, one that is respectful of its boundaries and traditions, but is not stuffy and off-putting to the general populace.

Hamish Bowles: I think it’s magnificent. Entirely lived up to and exceeds anyone’s expectations. It’s a traditional style, but it’s been tweaked in a nuanced way. It has great body and stiffness and architectural drama, but it’s very light and airy. … It’s perfect and highly sophisticated. A triumph.

Leila Rose: I think the dress is perfectly beautiful but somewhat uninspired. … Knowing it’s coming from Sarah Burton — and she is so enormously talented — I expected a little bit more of pushing the envelope.

Robin Givhan: In the end, the McQueen gown, designed by the house’s creative director,  Sarah Burton, and hand-sewn by the atelier, did not change Western  fashion as the world knows it. It did not alter everything that defines  modern femininity. And it did not force a reassessment of what it means  to be elegant, sophisticated or sexy. But it was a gasp-inducing,  slightly sexy gown worn by a beaming bride. It put a giddy smile on the young prince’s face and caused him to seemingly murmur: You look  fabulous. And really, what more can one expect or hope for a wedding  dress to do?

 Annabel Tollman It’s McQueen doing royal wedding. It’s not runway. But can you imagine if it had [been]? It would not have been a great start. The fashion industry would love it, but…this is not the Grand Palais. It’s Royalty. You don’t really want her turning up in look 12.

Julia Panciroli: With McQueen designing, I was wondering if there would be feathers on it, or edgier materials and embellishment. Although I didn’t like the style of Princess Diana’s gown, it was more sensational than Kate’s.

Lily Samii: The gown was nice and clean, but I wanted it to have more style. It was blah; it didn’t wow me.

Mark Badgley:  It’s the kind of gown that will stand the test of time. Not all gowns do. Any bride across the world will want to wear it. It’s got a touch of vintage, a classic 1950s ball gown, so timeless that her daughter would look gorgeous in this gown 30 years from now.

 James Mischka: She’s not taking a lot of chances with this dress, but in the best possible way.

Hubert de Givenchy: It’s a lovely thought, a nice tribute[to McQueen].

Oscar de la Renta:  She had a perfect dress, a very traditional dress for a very traditional wedding. What I liked about it was, it was not ostentatious. There was not 50 meters of train, and it was not overembroidered. It was just a very traditional dress for a ravishing girl who doesn’t need a lot.

Vera Wang: Diana’s dress had a sense of innocence, whimsy, almost storybook romance. In contrast Catherine’s gown was about way more than simply the dress. Sarah Burton channeled a new take on classicism for a modern-day bride who will one day be queen.

Tom Kolovos: A tasteful, understated and conservative dress may indeed serve as both economic and political spin. On a personal level for Catherine, a commoner, a reverential dress can signal that she intends to straddle the  fine line of ascending to the ranks of royalty without betraying her commoner lineage. We have already heard how she intends to live with Prince William without the help of any staff and even do her own cooking and laundry. The savvy Duchess of Cambridge may share more than a couturier and a milliner with Lady Gaga. She may be humming to herself  “don’t be a drag, just be a Queen,” just loud enough to drown out the noise of the spin cycle.

Karl Lagerfeld: The dress is classic and goes very well in the Westminster decor. It almost reminds me of (Queen) Elizabeth’s wedding, the royal weddings in the (19)50s. The proportion of the train is good. The lace is very pretty. I like the veil a lot.

February 21, 2010

Black Gold

If you were trying to wrap your head around New York Fashion Week or the Vancouver Winter Olympics (or both), you could justifiably conclude that the designers and Olympians who turned in the strongest and most memorable performances or were marking a career milestone (or both) did so in black.

On the Fashion Week scoreboard, Joseph Altuzarra, a relative newcomer, produced a star making collection early in the week, mixing goat fur, wool and leather to stunning effect.

Then the fur and feathers came flying at Chado Ralph Rucci, in a sensational   American couture quality show.

For her 25th anniversary, Donna Karan produced an impeccably tailored (and styled) collection that demanded to be worn right now. (If you were Demi Moore, you got your wish!)

Altuzarra Fall 2010                              Donna Karan Fall 2010

Fall 2010 Chado Ralph Rucci and Vera Wang

On the Olympic side, Evan Lysacek became the first American gold medalist in figure skating since Brian Boitano in 1988. In as flawless a performance as has been seen at the Olympics in recent memory, Mr Lysacek, who looks and is built much like a men’s runway model, outclassed the rest of the field in no small part due to the beautiful costumes designed for him by Vera Wang.

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Ms Wang is not the only high profile designer to lend a high fashion hand to the men of the Olympics. For the Opening ceremonies, Dean and Dan Caten, the Canadian twin brothers behind the label Dsquared2, designed the sleek black suit for rocker Bryan Adams and the wool double breasted topcoat with an astrakhan collar for the French Canadian singer Garou.

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Italo Zucchelli’s collection  for Calvin Klein was arguably the best men’s collection of the week. acclaimed it as  “confident, forward-looking, and fist-pumpingly masculine.”  Unlike much of the Olympics, the show was steamed live.   Mr Zucchelli is among the first major designers to embrace the technological changes that will drive the  future of “fashion week.” But with this collection in particular, he makes you long for the time in the future where he, and let’s just say,um, not Polo Ralph Lauren, designed every Olympian’s uniform. The cut and innovative fabrication of the clothes make a strong case that here is what any truly chic Olympian this side of Jean Claude Killy would want on his back in the new millennium.

And if Mr Lysacek is in the market  for other elegant looks off the ice, I’d suggest he take a good look  at the Fall collection of Yigal Azrouel.

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

Yigal Azrouel