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10th Anniversary: Marc By Marc Jacobs Through The Years

10th Anniversary: Marc By Marc Jacobs Through The Years

In two months, Marc Jacobs' diffusion collection Marc By Marc Jacobs is going to close a decade of crazy sales figures and Bleecker Street's main tourist attraction. Interestingly enough, Marc By Marc Jacobs wasn't even Marc Jacobs' idea. The diffusion line is the brainchild of Jacobs' business partner Robert Duffy. He had to convince not only LVMH but also Marc Jacobs himself that a lot of money can be made by selling a dumbed down version of Marc Jacobs to young people. To this day, a separate design team works on creating Marc By Marc Jacobs with the man himself only approving it at it's final stage.

It is interesting to see Marc By Marc Jacobs evolving over the past ten ...

Mary Katrantzou Wins The 2010 Swiss Textiles Award

Mary Katrantzou Wins The 2010 Swiss Textiles Award

Mary Katrantzou's Spring 2011 collection, shown during London Fashion Week last month, won her a wide array of rave reviews around the world. When Anna Dello Russo sits at your front row - you know you're doing something right.

And indeed she does. Katrantzou's Spring 2011 collection mainly consisted of simple cut trapeze mini dresses. But what really won her the appreciation were the trompe l'oleil prints. Each dress was an interior design marvel of it's own. The prints had an incredible sense of depth to them. One dress had you looking inside a stunningly decorated villa, another took you outside to the poolside. And when the look didn't include a print, it had a stiff lampshade skirt to continue the ...

Richard Nicoll For Cerruti Spring 2011: Camel and Geometric prints

Richard Nicoll For Cerruti Spring 2011: Camel and Geometric prints

Cerruti is an Italian brand that lost it's steam ever since Nino Cerruti retired from the chief designer position in 1996. Since than, Cerruti has been a revolving door for head designers. Narciso Rodriguez and Jean-Paul Knott listed among them.

Cerruti Spring 2011 (and the next two seasons) are designed by the Australian Richard Nicoll who continues to create his own line and shows at London Fashion Week. It's a good marriage for the two as both treasure perfect tailoring and minimalism.

The collection ranges from super elegant sportswear to tailored camel daywear and geometrically draped gowns. Geometric monochrome print, sometimes hidden under sheer fabric, is contrasted with brick-red and camel and brings innovation to the otherwise reserved looks.

Felicity Brown Spring 2011: Watercolors And Voluminous Silhouettes

Felicity Brown Spring 2011: Watercolors And Voluminous Silhouettes

Spring 2011 is Felicity Brown's second collection, but the first to be walked down the runway. I suppose when your debut collection (Fall 2010) is noticed and promoted by Vogue Italia, you are bound to end up on the runway by the next season. And indeed, Felicity Brown Spring 2011 collection was strutted down the runway as part of the Fashion East show during London Fashion Week. Fashion East is a non-profit British organization that stages a runway show for three new but talented designers each season as part of London Fashion Week.

If for Fall 2010 Felicity Brown created movement and fluidity using micro-pleat hand-dyed ruffles, for Spring 2011 she used the ruffles in a completely different ...

Shao Yen Spring 2011 Collection Lookbook

Shao Yen Spring 2011 Collection Lookbook

I discovered Shao Yen's dreamy knits and fluffy silhouettes made of nylon stings a few months ago. His Fall 2010 collection was beautifully featured in Dazed & Confused magazine. He was one of the lucky few Central Saint Martins graduates that got to show their graduation collections on the runway during London Fashion Week Fall 2010.

His Spring 2011 collection is smaller, but good nontheless. Shao Yen presented the small Spring 2011 collection during London Fashion Week a few weeks ago. While continuing to use the fake fur made of nylon strings, he introduced new colors, silhouettes and materials. Pieces like the black leather vest with ruffle-like zipper trim and cream mini dress with cutout-ribs detail are standing out ...

Japan Fashion Week: 10 Quirkiest Spring 2011 Looks

Japan Fashion Week: 10 Quirkiest Spring 2011 Looks

Japan Fashion Week came to it's conclusion last week. While most of the shows were quite levelheaded, giving us a myriad of fashionable high-street looks (G.V.G.V is even retailing at Opening Ceremony), some stood out. And not in a omg-i-must-have-this-right-now way. Is it cultural differences that account for my branding these as quirky? Perhaps. You'll be the judge of that. I still think these are just plain weird.

Slideshow after the jump!

Sang A Spring 2011 Bags Presentation: Fish Leather And Exotic Skins

Sang A Spring 2011 Bags Presentation: Fish Leather And Exotic Skins

I popped in for Sang A Spring 2011 handbags presentation at the CFDA fashion incubator (Times Square is tolerable during morning hours!) last week. Sang A uses a lot of exotic skins (her water snake bag was featured in WWD alongside Bottega Veneta and Chanel last year), but what I like about her is that she doesn't rely on the leather texture alone, rather she creates great contemporary bags that just happen to be made of exotic skins.

More photos and details after the jump.

Lucy In The Sky: Fannie Schiavoni Spring 2011 Metal Accessories

Lucy In The Sky: Fannie Schiavoni Spring 2011 Metal Accessories

Fannie Schiavoni broke into the London fashion scene less than two years ago but her metal accessories are already all the rage. I say metal accessories because you can't quite call these jewelry. Fannie Schiavoni's pieces are more than that. Bigger. Each one is transforming you into a woman warrior without the comic-con connotation. We're talking strictly high-fashion here.

Fannie Schiavoni's background in tailoring and working experience with Hussein Chalayan, Giles Deacon and Julien Macdonald has won her a NEWGEN sponsorship from the British Fashion Council and her pieces were already adorned by the likes of Rihanna (Rockstar 101), The Scissor Sisters and Lady Gaga.

Lingerie: Bordelle Spring 2011 Collection

Lingerie: Bordelle Spring 2011 Collection

I love Bordelle. Their lingerie really reminds me of Jean Paul For La Perla lingerie, but I suppose that timeline wise I should really say that it's Jean Paul Gaultier For La Perla that reminds me of Bordelle.

Bordelle's Spring 2011 lookbook is out and of course, as always, we get more super sexy, alluring lingerie.

In the U.S you can find Bordelle in online stores like Nancy Meyer (which probably has the biggest selection) and Journelle. Their price range is quite wide, a lace soft cup bra will go for $148 and up to $883 for a bondage hour-glass girdle dress.

Print Mixology at Japan Fashion Week: G.V.G.V Spring 2011

Print Mixology at Japan Fashion Week: G.V.G.V Spring 2011

I discovered the brand G.V.G.V only recently while doing imaginary shopping at the Opening Ceremony webstore (am I the only one who does that?). The Japanese label was created over 10 years ago by the Japanese designer Mug. A mix of femininity and masculinity is how Mug best describes her style.

What immediately caught my attention in the new G.V.G.V Spring 2011 collection is not only the bold use of color but also the bold print mixing. The most eye catching prints G.V.G.V offers us for Spring 2011 are the Ikat and leopard prints, but also included in the collection are other East Indies inspired prints.

The collection of course is a few months out of our reach, but in the ...