Nicky Hilton's New Nicholai Collection: American Apparel-esque…

Nicky Hilton is one of our favorite not-a-fashion-designer-fashion-designers. Because she doesn't even have any real claim to fame other than being Paris' sister. (Even Lauren Conrad talked her way into a lucrative reality TV deal.) Yet the girl keeps on trying, telling herself she actually has a "career." Her fall… » 3/14/08 4:30pm 3/14/08 4:30pm

This Fall, Barbie Will Fight The Red Coats And The Apocalypse

Paris Fashion Week is underway, and the Frenchies, we fear, think the end is near. (Are things really that bad with Sarko et Bruni?) Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe and Viktor & Rolf all presented variations on a futuristic post-apocalyptic warrior: Owens riffed on his signature layering to create a… » 2/26/08 4:30pm 2/26/08 4:30pm

Prada Manages To Make Lace Anything But Dainty

Prada is, always, the biggest show of each fashion season. No one manages to be ahead of the trends quite like that PhD-holder Miuccia Prada, whose wares women love and men can't even find remotely sexy. Prada's looks are always "intellectual" and "provocative," but not in the bullshit way those terms are usually… » 2/20/08 2:00pm 2/20/08 2:00pm

Fashion Show

"[H]is child/woman vintage looks had grown up beautifully....The collection was solid but never stolid...after trying to prove with last season's artsy complexities and boudoir transparency that he could match experimental international designers, he did something in this show that was actually much tougher. He gave a… » 2/11/08 11:20am 2/11/08 11:20am

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Founded in 2000, Alice Temperley's Temperley London label is all about fusing boho style with a dash of sophistication and a pinch of punk sensibility, and her Fall/Winter 2008 collection, shown late yesterday, played heavy on the rock 'n' roll sensibility. Leggings of all sorts (pleather, velvet, super-shiny) were… » 2/07/08 4:30pm 2/07/08 4:30pm

Fashion Show

Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are known for much more than being in bed with Hollywood. (Chapman is married to film producer Harvey Weinstein and there are always rumors circulating that the reason so many starlets wear Marchesa on the red carpet is because Harvey demands it of them.) Their… » 2/07/08 1:45pm 2/07/08 1:45pm

Fashion Show

Anna Sui's first runway show was in 1991, and since then, the designer raised in the suburbs of Detroit has launched fragrances, cosmetics and a limited edition Barbie, all with her signature eclectic style: A mix of girly and ethnic, flea-market funky and babydoll-swing. For fall, Anna's serving up deep, rich colors,… » 2/06/08 6:40pm 2/06/08 6:40pm

Fashion Show

At this point, Michael Kors is probably better known as the judge who says outrageous things on Project Runway than as a real, working designer. But real and working he is: Although it did have its Boca Raton moments, Kors' fall/winter 2008 collection shown earlier today stuck to the contemporary, casual luxe formula… » 2/06/08 4:30pm 2/06/08 4:30pm

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Nanette Lepore is known for designs heavy on the frills and tight on the tailoring; garments for sleek mommies and poised, aspiring ones. Her most recent collection, however, fell a little short. The separates were nothing special: One too many a horizontal stripe hugged a hip, and bold prints seemed more tacky than… » 2/06/08 3:20pm 2/06/08 3:20pm

Marc, Narciso, Behnaz & Monique Incite Mini-Revolutions

Four major labels — Marc by Marc Jacobs, Behnaz Sarafpour, Monique Lhuillier, and Narciso Rodriguez — showed their fall looks late yesterday, and though the collections seemed, at first, completely different, there was a major thematic similarity: namely, that they played against type. Rodriguez, celebrating his… » 2/06/08 10:30am 2/06/08 10:30am

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My name is Jennifer, and I'm a Rodarte-aholic. OK, so I don't actually own anything Rodarte, but I really, really wish I did because I just can't get enough of sister act Laura and Kate Mulleavy's ethereal designs, which look like they're patched together with cotton candy, fairy wings, and the high spirit of Art. The… » 2/05/08 6:00pm 2/05/08 6:00pm

This Fall, We'll All Dress Like Hooker Poet Socialites

It looks like the dress' dominance on the runway isn't waning anytime soon, or at least not based on yesterday's showings by Oscar de la Renta, Betsey Johnson, Halston, and Proenza Schouler. While the boys behind Proenza offered expertly-draped and cut trousers as their stand-out items in a decadent fall collection… » 2/05/08 10:00am 2/05/08 10:00am

This Fall, We'll All Be Flappers On Acid In French Boarding Schools

New York Fashion Week kicked off on Friday at the tents in Bryant Park, and in the ensuing three days, plenty of big-name designers have given us their vision of what women can look forward to, sartorially that is, once winter passes, summer swelters, and the chill sets in again. Designers as disparate as Diane von… » 2/04/08 10:30am 2/04/08 10:30am