To kick off June, our month dedicated to “Men,” let’s take a look back at that classic menswear staple, the tuxedo, given a feminine touch by Yves Saint Laurent some five decades ago: Along with the bikini, the wrap-dress and the tranny heel, Le Smoking is the greatest sartorial invention of the past 50 years.
Is it really that time again for the biggest prize in American fashion? Yup! The nominees and honorees have been announced for the 2012 CFDA Awards and it’s a full house. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have graduated from the Swarovski Emerging Talent pool to be nominated for womenswear designer of the year for The Row along with last year’s winners Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCullough of Proenza Schouler and perennial favorite Marc Jacobs. Full list of nominees after the jump!
Commencing September 1st, 2011, arts and culture non-profit BOFFO will present the 2nd Annual BOFFO Building Fashion, a celebration of cutting edge design uniting vibrant architects with acclaimed fashion designers. BOFFO Building Fashion debuts with Mugler creative director and the Bob Mackie to Lady Gaga‘s Cher, Nicola Formichetti. Keep reading to see Formichetti’s video where he explains — in his deep, dreamy and vaguely accented voice — his creative process and what it’s like working with the Lady.
The CFDA Awards red carpet fell somewhere in between Grammy gauche and Oscar opulence. I thought there would be more formal, black-tie, floor-grazing-gown business à la the Met Ball, but some people showed up in jeans while there was enough leg on display to put KFC out of business. But the fashion grab bag of last night’s red carpet provided a few hits, a ton of misses and then of course there was the Gaga factor.
Diane von Furstenberg descended from the heavens in a gilded chariot drawn by 7 wrap-dress-attired muses last night to deliver the nominees for the 2011 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards. Among this year’s honorees, Lady Gaga will be recognized for the Fashion Icon award and Marc Jacobs will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. But he’ll have to compete against Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Womenswear Designer of the Year.