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Archive Saturday, January 21st 2017

The creative director of the French label has spent a long time making its debut scent Dahlia Noir. The dark and mysterious fragrance is perfect for Fall/Winter 12, when gothic looks are going to be big business.

Amusement and disgust intermingle in her work with the cumulative effect something like a handcrafted Theater of Cruelty, put on in a suburban backyard, by a girl who most of the kids aren’t allowed to play with.

Losing grunge rock god Kurt Cobain in his prime was a watershed moment for a generation. Now, nearly eighteen years after his death by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in his palatial Seattle home, photographs of Nirvana’s signer/songwriter are on view at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo.

Creating clothes for the femme fatale in everyone woman is the what Lithuanian designer Milda Cergelyte under the fashion line MIMI.C is always aiming for. “My label is for fashion aware people with intelligence,“ adds Milda, at the moment creating fashion in London.

Balenciaga and PPR are pleased to announce the appointment of Alexander Wang to the post of Creative Director of the Balenciaga fashion house, as of today. Alexander Wang has responsibility for designing the brand’s women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections, as well as for Balenciaga’s image.

What has happened to Dolce & Gabbana? They’re officially gridlocked in a campy nostalgia, in a kitschy bucolic loop that looks to be inescapable. A year ago they hit upon something big, a special way of doing things. You can pick out the same notes in last Spring’s show, to last Fall’s foray to this latest collection for Spring ’13.

Behati Prinsloo advises wearing flats when busy so you can “run with a broken leg”.

We saw trends we loved repeat this season from last year and a few new ones we had to adopt into our routine. Highlighting the best runway hair and the products to achieve it, we’ll be ready to move right into the spring season polished and poised with sleek style.

In many ways it was a classic Marc Jacobs kind of evening. He served a collection with a big point of view, a bombastic production, a little show tunes sensibility sprinkling, maniacal styling and a hodgepodge of themes and ideas that never get so tangled up that you can’t discern one element from the other.

Marc Jacobs is not through with bombast. After a boisterous double-whammy last February and March with his eponymous line and Louis Vuitton, Resort finds Jacobs upping the quirk quotient with a colorful line inspired in part by artist Cindy Sherman’s clown series.

There is a caveat. The similarities between this Fall/Winter 2012 lineup and Balenciaga’s own celebrated F/W 07 outing are rather severe. Altuzarra’s dip into LBD territory also recalls Nicolas Ghesquiere’s little black dress opening numbers for F/W 08.

The Museum of Modern Art’s Performance Program will resume in April with Words in the World, a series of performances and programs that generate a “live” response to the possibilities opened by the relationship between performance and language.

Working dexterously from sources inspired by literature, Old Master paintings, and photographs in popular magazines, Wulff makes paintings inflected by wide-ranging references and in the process builds a surreal universe that moves across time periods.

Heidi Klum says the two designers who walked out of the latest Project Runway series were “childish”

Danny De Munter, a Belgian architect specialized in high-end interior design and restoration, and Wim Gyselinck, have been designated to build the new city palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Attention all fashion-minded scribes! Bloginity.com is looking for NYC-based fashion interns and LA-based beauty interns to start ASAP!

A major new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Valentino will open at Somerset House this November. “Valentino: Master of Couture” will be a glamorous exhibition focusing exclusively on haute couture created by the legendary Italian designer.

Last Wednesday was a special evening for amfAR and presenting sponsor, Hublot, when Roberto Cavalli and others were honored for leading the global struggle against HIV/AIDS.

It was a veritable layers-fest. No dress came down without a pair of tailored black flares with encrusted hems underneath.

Using forward-looking technology to look back on a phenomenal year, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) presents Story of a Year, a newly designed iPad app that documents and celebrates the 2011 fiscal year at the museum.

Summer fashion is often associated with floaty dresses, crop tops and plenty of skin on display. But one of this season’s hottest trends is more about smart silhouettes than flirty frocks, giving our vacation attire a new sleek edge.

It was the strongest season in recent memory. Even those brands who faired well in the summer collections uped their game for fall, making for one nonstop month of grade-A capital-F Fashion.

Hair was prepped with Fekkai Full Blown Styling Whip in wet hair, then blow-dried flat into a deep side part. After spraying Fekkai Coif Sheer Hold Hairspray into sections, hair was pulled into a tight, low ponytail and misted with Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Sheer Shine Mist for an intense luster.

Candice Swanepoel photographed by Terry Richardson for Vogue Japan. A larger-than-life, fun editorial, Candice poses alongside giant crayons, ice-cream sundaes and oddly enough, a shark.

After winning the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear and delivering on that promise with a Fall collection that landed right at the tippy tops of most editors’ best of the season lists, one could only guess that being Joseph Altuzarra these days comes with pressure most mortals would crumble under.