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Q&A With Michelle Ng – Creative Director Of Young&ng Jewelry

Q&A With Michelle Ng – Creative Director Of Young&ng Jewelry

Young&ng jewelry is the brainchild of designer Michelle Ng. Her second collection to date -Fall 2011- was inspired by the intricacy of the human body (blood cells, bones and muscles) and debuted to public, very appropriately I must say, at the BODIES Exhibition here in New York. Be it the little red Swarovski crystals resembling blood cells or metalwork mimicking the bone matrix, Young&ng headpieces and cuffs are definitely making a statement with each piece being a wearable art.

Having received a formal art training at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, Michelle Ng walks the fine line between art and fashion, creating unique but accessible jewelry. With two beautiful Young&ng collections under her belt, to say we expect great things ...

Shao Yen Fall 2011 Collection Debuts Fur And Crystals

Shao Yen Fall 2011 Collection Debuts Fur And Crystals

Sha Yen presented his Fall 2011 collection during London Fashion Week, showing his incredible development as a designer over the year. Last year's Fall 2010 collection was highly conceptual - all white nylon fibers creating the illusion of fur got him noticed and featured in Dazed & Confused. Fall 2011 is much more versatile.

For his Fall 2011 collection, Shao Yen used wool, fur and crystal jewelry elements and left out the nylon yarns he's been doing for the past two seasons, thus creating much more wearable and functional looks. Be it the saffron knit dress, the navy cropped sweater or the crystal jewelry vest, they are all pieces a girl would love to have in her wardrobe.

Shao-Yen Chen is ...

Miu Miu Fall 2011: ‘It’ Cat-Eye Sunglasses, Oversize Clutches and Glitter

Miu Miu Fall 2011: ‘It’ Cat-Eye Sunglasses, Oversize Clutches and Glitter

While normally Miu Miu collections serve us with an over-the-top dose of young playfulness, this time Miu Miu Fall 2011 was all about vintage coquettish chic. One could consider vintage dressing as adult, remembering a mother's style in the Fifties, but there was something very young and fresh about the collection. No dowdiness in sight.

Miu Miu Fall 2011 served us with familiar vintage hourglass-shaped dresses and coats, updated into the now with oversize elements like huge shoulders, outsize collars and fur stoles used as belts.

The best part of the collection were the accessories. The bags were all oversize gold frame clutches, made out of leather, suede or fur and those cat-eye sunglasses, cropped at the tip, will surely become an ...

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Gives Us The Perfect Wedding Dress

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Gives Us The Perfect Wedding Dress

Perhaps what started the rumor that Sarah Burton will be designing Kate Middleton's wedding dress is the insiders' prior knowledge that Burton will be sending wedding dresses as the final looks for Alexander McQueen Fall 2011.

In true McQueen spirit that Burton so skillfully continues, none of them were banal or traditional. Not quite white and highly textural, one dress was even harnessed with a black belt/necklace type contraption. Perhaps it was wishful thinking that caused those Kate Middleton rumors, as who wouldn't want to see a future princess (pardon the monarchical term) walk down the isle in an edgy gown.

United Nude Spring 2011 Shoes Bring Architecture To Your Feet

United Nude Spring 2011 Shoes Bring Architecture To Your Feet

I like United Nude shoes because their price point is very (really, very) reasonable for a high-quality, well-designed pair of shoes. Created by architect Rem D Koolhaas and shoemaker Galahad Clark, their designs can get too conceptual at times, but in their collections you can always find wearable shoes that will stand out in the crowd, day or night.

For Spring 2011, United Nude brings us a fresh batch of hits. Whether it's the wood paneled Abstract wedge ($365) - an answer to Finsk I suppose, the more tame Block heel ($315) or the flat ($185) - featuring that same block detail, you can find a pair of shoes for any occasion, but with a twist.

United Nude Spring 2011 shoes, $185 ...

Ann Demeulemeester Fall 2011 Where The Wild Things Are

Ann Demeulemeester Fall 2011 Where The Wild Things Are

Three Cousin Its walked the runway at Ann Demeulemeester Fall 2011 runway show. It is not to say it came as a total surprise, Demeulemeester's entire collection was generously embellished with horse hair, creating a very raw, Gothic vibe. The three full length fur looks following one another mid show seemed like a combination of horse and goat hair. How devilish!

Hussein Chalayan Fall 2011 “Kaikoku” Collection Film

Hussein Chalayan Fall 2011 “Kaikoku” Collection Film

Kaikoku - "Open society" in Japanese. That is the name of Hussein Chalayan's recent Fall 2011 collection. Besides showing a presentation and creating a look book, the designer also created a film. Whether you can call it a short film is debatable when it comes to fashion films - it's 19 minutes long. A play on models walking the collection in a smokey space, shadows and darkened silhouettes. Some very sharp coats and double breasted jackets live alongside the more deconstructed and asymmetric pieces in this collection, while simple dresses in mute prints complete it.

Formichetti’s Mugler Fall 2011: Lady Gaga Runway Walk And Other Good Things

Formichetti’s Mugler Fall 2011: Lady Gaga Runway Walk And Other Good Things

After much anticipation, buzz and heavy internet promotion, Nicola Formichetti's debut womenswear collection for Mugler Fall 2011 finally happened yesterday. The who-is-who of fashion world was in the front row and many more watching the runway stream live on Mugler's Facebook page. Besides directing it musically, Lady Gaga also walked the runway for two looks - doing her best impersonating a 90's supermodel.

As far as the clothes go, I cannot help but feel a bit disappointed. With so much PR, one would expect the debut collection looks to be ... more. Strong shouldered body-con dresses and rubber bras is not something we haven't seen before - created by Formichetti for Lady Gaga in the past. Some of the pieces, like ...

Prada Fall 2011 Collection Is About Going Back To Naiveté

Prada Fall 2011 Collection Is About Going Back To Naiveté

Cartoonish oversize buttons, belt buckles, lapels and graphics prints. Such is the world according to Miuccia Prada for Fall 2011. And a very drastic turn from Prada Fall 2010 as well. If this fall we enjoyed plunging necklines, bustiers and hourglass figures, next fall we'll be reconnecting to the little girl in us, wearing drop waist over-the-knee dresses with oversize details mentioned above.

As far as outerwear goes, the coats were cut in the same silhouette as the dresses - made out of snake print leather or embellished with fur. For evening, Prada Fall 2011 played with big semi-lucid paillettes creating ethereal shift dresses in fish-scale effect.

While some of the details might seem outlandish, the collection was mostly very wearable - ...

Gucci Fall 2011 Collection Is All Shades Of 70′s

Gucci Fall 2011 Collection Is All Shades Of 70′s

For Gucci Fall 2011 collection, Frida Giannini chose not to leave the 70's - trend that began already in Spring 2011. Thus, while not revolutionary, the looks were full of glamour and sensuality, yet completely wearable. Sure some of the day dresses sported a risqué front slit and the evening dresses were as sheer as they can get, paired with matching panties; but, let's not forget that we live in a era where pop starlets find it completely legitimate leaving the house without any bottoms.

For day, Giannini envisioned the Gucci girl in a lot of fur - be it fur stoles paired with dresses, fur trim on jackets, or jackets simply made of fur. We can't of course ignore that ...