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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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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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NEWS / October 25 2011 7:56 AM

Oprah and Ralph: The Saga Continues

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Oprah may have hung up her television mic and camera-ready wig, but that doesn’t mean she’s given up the role of interviewer par excellence. Eschewing his sprawling Colorado ranch, legendary designer Ralph Lauren coaxed the big O out for a night at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tulley Hall to sit down and chat about…him to raise money for the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. 

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CULTURE, FASHION, NEWS / October 18 2011 6:49 AM

Designers Doll Up Miss Piggy for InStyle

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Miss Piggy, like any true diva, is having a major comeback. And she didn’t even go to rehab…so she claims. The upcoming The Muppets has once again turned the spotlight on the cloven-hoofed heroine and she’s soaking it up like a pig in…well, anyway, for the November issue of InStyle, eight designers got the opportunity of a lifetime to dress La Piggy in their own creations: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Opening Ceremony, Suno, Brian Atwood and Giles & Brother.

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FASHION / October 9 2011 4:39 PM

4 Trends that Spring Forward

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Fashion Week has spread its Spring seed. The Big 4; NY, London, Milan and Paris have offically had their say, and now we can reflect. (We’re certainly not reflecting on NJ Fashion Week. Wait, what? That exists?! No, no. Well, yes. But really, no.) We’ve collected the trends that have spoken. The four trends that dominated the four cities we trust with our fashionable senses called out to us from many a runway. We’ve taken our favorite from each city, each trend that matters. See what’s abuzz here, there and everywhere for Spring 2012.

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FASHION / October 4 2011 10:00 AM

Give Me a Sequined Bodysuit & Three Gents in Tuxes

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And if those three gents in tuxes could also carry me around so I don’t scuff my heels, that would be great. They certainly know how to show a lady a good time over at Vogue Latin America when she is clad in Chanel, Prabal Gurung and Jean Paul Gaultier and surrounded by handsome models Vladimir Ivanov, Ryan Kennedy and Julian Schratter. A dominating diva in front of David Roemer‘s lens, Julia Stegner brings all the boys to the yard.

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FASHION / September 29 2011 8:25 AM

Full Color Spectrum of Spring Fashion Week

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Amongst the bevy of busy prints that has shaped this fashion week, we’ve noticed how equally represented Roy G. Biv has been. These shades, however, are unique to now, with a sense of vibrancy. According to designers in the Big 4: New York, London, Milan and Paris, it’s going to be a colorful Spring. Taste the rainbow

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EDITORIALS / September 24 2011 12:07 PM

Miss Havisham Haunts in Haute Couture for Vogue Italia

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Ever since Prabal Gurung sent Karlie Kloss stalking down the runway in his much-lauded Great Expectations-inspired fall 2011 collection, fashion has been noticeably obsessed with the decrepit glamour of that story’s ill-fated villainess, Miss Havisham. Still in her wedding gown yellow with age, Miss Havisham wastes away in her attic for years mourning her unrequited love and inflicts her cruelty on everyone unlucky enough to be around her. Think Anna Wintour if she was unemployed. Ah, but pain, sadness, insanity and a dress: that character has editorial written all over it. And for Vogue Italia‘s September couture supplement, Dickens’ demonic diva is once again referened in Paolo Roversi‘s hauntingly beautiful “The Haute Couture” starring Frida Gustavsson, Jac Jagaciak and Kristina Salinovic with styling by Lori Goldstein

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