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INTERVIEWS / November 18 2011 4:33 PM

Alice Ritter Tells Tales and Recommends Some Fashionable Reading

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Jessica paid a visit to designer Alice Ritter as part of LOOKBOOKS.com‘s new feature, “Tales of the Atelier”:

Through the concrete and brick columned hall of the CFDA Incubator, past glass doors with names like Bibhu Mohapatra, House of Waris and Prabal Gurung etched upon them, sits a room on the end that houses the studio of a French expat with a beautiful concept. Alice Ritter works seemingly solitary in a tidy, brightly lit room with a towering cubic bookshelf, a sewing machine and inspiration all around. Her style rings from the authenticity of growing up in the late 70s in France, where Yves Saint Laurent was god and high power glossies were sacred. Having studied economics, she created a fashion lab within her home with her Brooklynite husband to pursue her true art of design. Poring over books and dissecting vintage clothing lead to her creating an aesthetic that is uniquely hers. 

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NYC / November 18 2011 2:28 PM

INDIE ON THE TOWN: 2011 GMHC Fashion Forward and Milk Gallery Underground

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Thursday, November 17, 2011 — Last night, we dolled up for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis annual Fashion Forward charity event at the Metropolitan Pavilion with hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Brad Goreski. Guests included CFDA Fashion Fund winner Joseph Altuzarra, silver foxes Mike Ruiz and Thom Browne, models Andrej Pejic and Jenny Shimizu and blogger/gal about town Bryanboy. Then we sturtted on over to Milk Studios for their biannual group show of artists, Milk Gallery Underground, featuring work by over 70 artists from around the world including model Marcel Castenmiller. Fresh from walking the runway at Fashion Forward, superhunk Rob Evans also stopped by Milk for some art appreciation. Photos after the jump!

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CULTURE / November 8 2011 5:09 PM

International Fashion Weeks: Waste of Time or Next Frontier?

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Glenda Bailey‘s not going to go to Richmond, VA, fashion week.” This quote from CFDA CEO Steven Kolb basically sums up the fashion industry’s attitude when it comes to fashion weeks outside of the big four: New York, London, Paris and Milan. Fashion is elitist, with the haves being vastly outweighed by the have-nots. A small cadre of editors, designers, photographers, stylists and — most importantly — businessmen control this billion dollar industry, but the cracks are beginning to appear in the facade. Milan’s breaking rank and challenging the fashion week calendar and in response Condé Nast has vowed that no Vogue editors will be in attendance should Milan continue its catwalk of impertinence. China is outspending both America and Europe in the luxury sector and many brands are opening stores in the Far East to meet this ever-expanding market. Then there are the some 100 other fashion weeks around the world, showcasing local young, up-and-coming and often, rather talented designers who, while not garnering the attention of Harper’s Bazaar‘s esteemed editrix in chief, are contributing to their own cities’ and countries’ burgeoning fashion industries. 

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FASHION / October 13 2011 11:32 AM

Peek Into “The Fund” With Anna Wintour & the CFDA

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Ever wonder what it could possibly feel like to be nominated for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award? Of course, so do we. Lucky for us, Vogue.com has opened the very private doors to one of the most influential prizes in the industry with an exclusive video series titled The FundIn the first installment of the series, meet Fashion Funders past and present – including Alexander Wang and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler – and start following this year’s competitors on their journey. Video after the jump.

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NEWS / October 11 2011 7:18 AM

Fashion Calendar Debates Get Heated

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It’s a case of she said/she said in the ongoing war over fashion week dates. Mario Boselli of the Camera Nazionale de la Moda claims the “Second Thursday” rule — fashion weeks would start on the second Thursday of February and September — was not a permanent solution and provided paperwork to back up his claim while CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg issued an open letter calling for solidarity and an end to the strife. 

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FASHION, NEWS / October 4 2011 10:13 AM

The Not So Fantastic Four: Fashion Capitals Eyeing War

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New York, London, Milan and Paris. As any follower of fashion knows, those four cities are the main fashion capitals of the world and in that order their fashion weeks have progressed for what seems like time immemorial. Well, New York’s moving their fashion week to Sept. 13th to avoid conflicting with Labor Day, but that leaves Milan in a time crunch. And the Italians are not standing for it.

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