Fashion is no stranger to a historical reference – from 1970s flares à la Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to 19th-century pie-crust collars the likes of which have had people swooning over a trailer for a new adaption of Little Women. But lately it’s also been looking even further back, embracing a love of tapestry and all things Bayeux chic. At Givenchy’s latest menswear show, models wore tapestry coats inspired by the poet Charles Baudelaire. At Lanvin’s poolside Parisian show, intarsia knits of seascapes borrowed from the tapestry aesthetic, while as part of a collection entitled Orlando, Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo added tapestry-like elements to clothes. “Alongside tapestry proper … historic needlepoint designs, often called tapestry, are also appearing on the catwalk,” said Elisabeth Murray, fashion curator at the V&A. The recent Gucci Tapestry Backpack, which is in fact made from velvet lurex jacquard fabric, … [Read more...] about Why Bayeux chic will be the next big fashion trend
Eric Wankerl is probably nobody’s idea of a swaggering jock, but when Paige Marquardt caught his eye on a Minnesota basketball court in 2013, he didn’t hesitate to let her know he was curious. “He asked me 20 questions,” Ms. Marquardt said. “He wanted to know a lot about me, how old I was and all that.” Given the setting — a Special Olympics tournament — he already knew at least one thing about Ms. Marquardt. Like him, she has a disability. He thought they might have more in common. Maybe she, too, was a Minnesota Twins fan, or maybe she would like to be his friend. Mr. Wankerl, of Spicer, Minn., is 31. When he was a toddler, his parents were told he would have diminished intellectual capacity. His mother, Paula Bredberg, a business development planner for a tour company, remembers the advice handed out by a small army of test administrators and specialists she and Mr. Wankerl’s father, Rich Wankerl, had consulted in the early … [Read more...] about They Met on the Court. They Both Won in Love.
Dress hemlines have been inching higher and higher. As my awkward body language probably makes clear, I feel very conflicted about it. At one point in my life, I loved summer dressing because of its relative absence of clothes. I grew up in a southern US beach town where the summers were hot enough to walk around in the tiniest dresses and shorts. In 37C weather, sometimes it’s the only way to stay cool. As a graduate, I carried that love of high hemlines into my working life, favouring little black leather shorts with men’s shirts and swingy dresses. Then the era of modesty rolled in. Under the spell of designers such as Phoebe Philo, Simone Rocha and Jonathan Anderson, waves of women, including myself, gave in to the allure of demure clothing that covered up the body: voluminous midi-length dresses and trousers with just the right amount of slouch. Wardrobing that better suits the British climate. So, when the fashion pendulum began to swing in a new direction, with … [Read more...] about How to wear: a mini-dress
Going up Anti-summer manis Opt for navys, blacks and maroons. Lucy Boynton and Margot Robbie are fans. L plates Marc Jacobs is uploading his driving lessons to YouTube. Move over Maureen, we’ve got a new favourite learner. Square eyes Or rather, rectangular sunglasses, as seen at Balenciaga and Céline. Cat-eyes, we won’t miss you. Levitating See Will Smith as Aladdin’s Genie, and in his first fashion campaign, for Moncler. ‘These Bangs’ Aka a “step mullet”. The trend in long, parted fringes is as hard to pull off as it sounds. Swim skirts The retro trend is making a return. Bikini wedgies be gone! Going down Portion control plates It’s a no from Macy’s, which has stopped stocking the tableware that advises on meal sizes, and a no from us. Sweaty sleeves Thermal images show that tattoos make it more difficult to keep cool in heatwaves. Time for sun worshippers to rethink the ink. Bracelets Swap for anklets to really … [Read more...] about From Marc Jacobs to swim skirts: this week’s fashion trends
Tiffany & Co. is launching its first comprehensive jewelry collection for men in October as it seeks to diversify its traditional customer base. The line announced Thursday is part of the Tiffany’s strategy to attract younger shoppers and pump up sales, which have been dampened by a decline in spending by tourists from China and elsewhere. Tiffany has sold money clips, cuff links, rings other traditional jewelry for men. Now it’s seeking to put a more modern spin on what it offers men. The new men’s collection includes nearly 100 designs ranging in price from about $200 to $15,000 for jewelry. It will also begin selling home furnishings and accessories like cocktail shakers, ice tongs and beer mugs, with men in mind. The new line of goods will get its own floor space in Tiffany’s 300 stores, rather than being sold side-by-side with other items, said Reed Krakoff, the company’s chief artistic director, who developed the collection. High-end jewelry is … [Read more...] about Tiffany & Co. launches larger men’s collection to pump up sales