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Signs of Spring At Paris Fashion Week

Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

PARIS This city doesn't need to rely on bright sunshine and fragrant fall breezes to make it beautiful. But yesterday, Paris had both. The Tuileries gardens were teeming with people lounging outside, making the most of the good weather. With so many languages, the city's international flavor was easy to capture: The world comes here to witness and share in something grand. And the same holds true for Paris fashion week.While the biggest draw of the day, Christian Dior, is a symbol of France...

Moving Fashion Forward

Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The Industry's Governing Body in France Proposes Bold Reforms, Pia Catton Writes

Point, Click, Bargain-Shop

Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Sample sales were once exclusively the bastion of savvy (and determined) New Yorkers, but the markdown events have migrated from the showrooms of the garment district to the simplicity of point, click, and buy. A crop of recently introduced, invitation-only online shopping Web sites such as Gilt Groupe, ideeli, and HauteLook offer designer merchandise at a deep discount: Apparel, accessories, and home goods are sold at prices 30% to 70% below retail for a limited time only (generally between...

Designing Women

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

From their garment district studio, the Magnes sisters are crafting timeless leather handbags.

Reimagining Fashion as Decorative Art

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Christie's to host an auction of vintage clothing culled from the private collection of the owners of Resurrection.

Will the Real Alyssa Milano Please Stand Up?

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

A reporting error led several news publications to say that the "Who's the Boss" star wore an unfortunate gown to the Emmys.

Georgia On My Mind

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

At Georgia, a beauty shop and full-service salon that opened recently on East Houston Street near the Bowery, clients can shop for lingerie or bath soaps while waiting for a cut and color. The owners and operators of the shop, sisters-in-law Jodie Patterson and Kiara Ellozy, were consumers with their own particular needs when they came up with the idea for the place. After experimenting for years with the dizzying array of products available, for the long, curly locks in particular, the in-laws...

The Real Story on Organic Dry-Cleaning

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

In everything from fruit to furniture, consumers have a choice between conventional or organic goods. And increasingly, the option is available in dry cleaning, an industry known for its use of hazardous chemicals, namely the volatile solvent perchloroethylene, known as perc.The definition of "organic" is somewhat unclear when it comes to dry cleaning. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certifies agricultural businesses as organic based on a list of requirements. Dry cleaning is not...

Leather Worth Caring For

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The Ralph Lauren collection for fall 2008 is strong on outdoorsy themes and hunting motifs. And that extends to the accessories. Several handbags in the brand's most popular shapes, including the "Ricky" and the "Greenwich" (shown here, $2,995), are made in leather known as baranil, which is naturally tanned in France. The rich color of the leather a light shade of brown nicknamed "RL Tan" has made it a favorite of the designer himself, who has a Mercedes-Benz lined with it. The bags have a...

A Fitting Finale for Fashion Week

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 19:24:09 EST

The spring 2009 installment of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York concluded Friday much the way it began a week ago today drenched in the downpour brought on by powerful storms (first Hanna, then Ike). But the interminable rain was no match for the exuberance of devoted fans of Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan, who presented runway shows at separate, downtown venues.

So Hip To Be Square

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

It wasn't just minimalism that Francisco Costa delivered for the 40th anniversary collection at Calvin Klein. It was the geometry of minimalism. Squares and cubes were the defining shapes, which were gracefully twisted or wrapped around the body to form what we know as dresses. The three-dimensionality of the cubes was maintained by way of a corner or a whole line jutting out away from the body. In some cases, stiff, square panels were contrasted against curves that looked inspired by Frank...

Fashion Ticker: Rebecca Taylor

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

With her spring 2009 collection, Rebecca Taylor lived up to her reputation for romantic, ultra-feminine clothes, sending out airy, ruffled tops and dresses that seemed to float on the models wearing them. The New Zealand-born Ms. Taylor, who has said she is fascinated by all things sparkly, added glitter to belts and shoulder bags trimmed with fringe; her dresses shimmered with sequins or beads. Khaki jodhpurs and blazers were matched with flowing tops, giving a preppy element to the...

Fashion Ticker: Zang Toi

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

In lieu of a runway show, Zang Toi rented out the restaurant Daniel and threw a combination fund-raiser-presentation to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation. A crowd of supporters and fans of Mr. Toi gathered in the bar area of the restaurant to sip Champagne and place silent bids on lots that included sketches by the designer. One guest, Janice Montanta, flew in from Arizona to attend. Wearing a silk organza white shirt by Zang Toi, she said she was introduced to the brand by a salesperson...

Patricia Field Sells Directly

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The costume designer for "Sex & the City" has a new clothing line to be sold exclusively on the Home Shopping Network.

Fashion Ticker: Milly

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Hippie-inspired looks dominated the Milly spring/summer 2009 collection on Wednesday. Tie-dye prints, slouchy caftans, and headbands worn around the forehead played up the 1970s mood. Models walked through an archway erected under the Promenade that evoked somewhat oddly the architecture of a Middle Eastern mosque. A palette of lavender, brown, and olive green was manifested in swirling patterns on loosely cut silk chiffon dresses. The label's designer, Michelle Smith, accessorized by...

Razor-Sharp and Rustic on the Runway

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Anna Sui and Vera Wang Are Among the Masters at Fashion Week, Rebecca Thomas Writes

Fashion Ticker: Marchesa

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

At the Chelsea Art Museum on Wednesday, Marchesa delivered a collection with allusions to ancient Chinese aesthetics. The presentation included 10 installations that celebrated dynasties past. Mandarin collars adorned stunners such as a gold, embroidered, thigh-length dress with beaded detail. Yet the collection turned decidedly toward the West with a black glass organza embroidered dress with a gold bird on the shoulder, reminiscent of ancient Rome. Dramatic patterns of black and gold, black...

Fashion Ticker: Nanette Lepore, Tory Burch

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

EIGHTIES REVIVAL At the finale of the runway show for her spring 2009 collection yesterday, designer Nanette Lepore and her daughter, Violet, appeared wearing T-shirts bearing the plea, "Save the Garment Center." Ms. Lepore's show at the Promenade under the Bryant Park tents made the best case for what can happen when a young talent is nurtured by the fashion industry in New York the designer has said she started "with a $5,000 loan and a dream." Her collection was creative, focused, and...

Fashion Ticker: Vivienne Tam

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

A stunning red satin sheath splashed with peonies opened the Vivienne Tam spring/summer 2009 show at Bryant Park on Tuesday night and it set the tone for the entire collection. Ms. Tam created an ode to her native China, and to the blooms of spring. Along with the peony the country's national flower a variety of floral prints adorned the demure looks, including a silk accordion dress matched with a cotton canvas trench. A black wool pinstripe suit played on a long, linear silhouette, and...

Calmed by Fashion

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta hit cheerful, reassuring notes with their collections.