Saint Laurent: For the Expensive Trash Enthusiast in You

Hedi Slimane presented the Saint Laurent spring 2014 line in Paris, and it is exceedingly tacky. Not subversive tacky, not thoughtful tacky — it looks like if someone took a teenaged girl with a vague interest in alternative music to a Forever 21 and said, "Quick! You have 15 minutes to find an outfit for my Courtney… » 10/01/13 12:40pm 10/01/13 12:40pm

Kim and Kanye Showered With Free Designer Baby Clothes in Paris

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been enjoying Paris Fashion Week, and also accumulating a bunch of stuff to declare at customs. Instead of frankincense and myrrh, fancy-pants designers are offering tiny luxury outfits to the infant deity known as Baby Nori, and Kim's been posting the presents on Instagram. » 10/01/13 10:00am 10/01/13 10:00am

What the Front Row Is Wearing at Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week is the grand finale of the Spring 2014 collections, but what the front row attendees are wearing is often a more accurate trend forecast than what's going down the runway. For example, Anna Dello Russo wore mouse ears, so you'll probably look like an asshole if you trot out your cat ears in public… » 9/30/13 7:40pm 9/30/13 7:40pm

Lanvin: For the Intergalactic Party Girl Dancing by a Dumpster in You

Paris fashion week glides along with the Lavin spring 2014 collection, which was a shiny concept-heap of many varied silhouettes and styles, some of which seemed to be a highbrow take on Eurotrash — perhaps reified in the very beautiful shiny trashbag-style purses carried by some of the models (when asked about the… » 9/27/13 6:30pm 9/27/13 6:30pm

Rick Owens Replaced Runway Models With a Step Dance Team

When fashion does "subversive," it tends to faux-subvert industry norms within a very unoriginal arena, while mostly upholding industry (very thin, mostly white) norms. "Subversive" fashion is ugly clothing and ugly makeup on very thin, mostly white models; "subversive" fashion is making some kind of bizarre gender… » 9/26/13 7:00pm 9/26/13 7:00pm

Elie Saab, for the No Nonsense Badass Bitch in You

If you want to channel Katherine Parker (ALL HAIL THE QUEEN) or Naomi Campbell, this is the collection for you. Elie Saab's Autumn/Winter 2013-14 is agressive, sexy, and shows the empowered side of femininity. Saab features impeccable tailoring, incredible lace work, and very slim silhouettes with natural waists… » 3/06/13 9:30pm 3/06/13 9:30pm

Valentino: What If Wednesday Addams Was a Sister Wife?

The fall/winter collection for Valentino — designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaulo Piccioli — was presented yesterday during Paris Fashion Week, and it was a wee bit buttoned-up. Sure, there were some girlish jumpers and with crisp white collars and luxurious ermine coats. But what about the long dresses with… » 3/06/13 5:15pm 3/06/13 5:15pm

Louis Vuitton, for Dolls and Molls Who Thinks the '20s and '30s are the…

A dame like you, a skirt who loves the giggle juice, needs somethin' to wear to the speakeasy, to the clip joints, where you can ogle the swells gettin' flim-flammed. But maybe you're a hot tomato going nowhere, just throwing a swinging wingding in your own boudoir. Marc Jacobs has made sure Louis Vuitton's gotcha… » 3/06/13 11:40am 3/06/13 11:40am

McQueen: A Breathtaking Elizabethan Dream for Royals Only

Holy crap, guys: The new McQueen collection — shown in Paris today — is jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring. Sarah Burton's designs stay true to fantastical visions dreamed up by Lee Alexander McQueen himself, and catapult us into an era of majesty and imperialism. Vogue's Jessica Bumpus calls the vibe "High Church meets… » 3/05/13 6:20pm 3/05/13 6:20pm

Saint Laurent, for Running Away from Boarding School to Find Courtney…

Hedi Slimane's second Saint Laurent collection — for fall/winter 2013 — looks familiar. Anyone thrilled about how the '90s are back will dig this show: Babydoll dresses, plaid, combat boots. Of course, ignore the styling and you'll see a pretty little dresses that would be perfectly at home on the red carpet — ruffled… » 3/05/13 4:20pm 3/05/13 4:20pm

Givenchy, for the Sad, Bedspread-Loving Eastern-European Orphan in You

Sheer skirts, sweatshirts with Bambi on them, ruffles, patchwork florals… that's what Riccardo Tisci designed for the Givenchy fall/winter 2013 collection. Look closely: Apparently this is the "show of the season", and Cathy Horyn of the Times calls it "heartbreaking and ultra feminine." To me it looks like these poor… » 3/04/13 2:25pm 3/04/13 2:25pm

Stella McCartney, When You Long for Something Hideous and Shapeless to…

While you were sleeping, Paris Fashion Week was sashaying along, and Brit designer Stella McCartney presented her fall/winter 2013 collection earlier today. Reuters describes the clothes as having a "structured, masculine feel in line with McCartney's tomboy sensibility." I'd call them ugly, droopy, cavernous and… » 3/04/13 12:35pm 3/04/13 12:35pm