Biker Couture – DSquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten were inspired by the decade of glamour and grunge, the nineties, for their resort 2013 collection. Model Cara Delevingne plays a strong female lead in nautical inspired denim, bustiers, mini skirts and cropped pants. Posing in biker couture looks, Cara waits by a pay phone in flirtatious ensembles sure to catch any guy’s eye. For the evening wear section, the Catens offer renaissance maxi gowns in black paired with leather jackets. / Photos by Lorenzo Marcucci
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BLK Beauties – Photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin recently held a casting and shot 100 women in the BLK DNM Tux Jacket 11. We have a selection of the stunning black and white portraits featuring models Anja Rubik, Aline Weber, Alyssa Miller, Behati Prinsloo, Cara Delevingne, Charlotte Free, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen, Dotuzen Kroes, Elisa Sednaoui, Jamie Bochert, Kel Markey, Lily Donaldson, Maryna Linchuk, Maud Welzen and Xiao Wen–but you can view all 100 images on BLKDNMCloseup.com.
Cruel Summer – Cara Delevingne smolders on the summer cover of German glossy Tush Magazine. Captured by Armin Morbach with styling by Ingo Nahrwold, the British beauty dons wet tresses by hair stylist Lok Lau and a bold red lip by Lili Choi.
Cruise Pastel – After taking a look at the runway show earlier, we focus on Chanel’s press kit images lensed by creative director Karl Lagerfeld for the label’s cruise 2013 collection. The photographs star British model Cara Delevingne styled as a cross between punk rocker and eighteenth century French royalty. Pretty pastel bobs matched with bow-tied ponytails are in for the season as well as platform sneakers and large, unapologetic ruffles.
The Faces – Matthew James Arthur Payne shares behind the scenes portraits of some of the industry’s leading models. Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Alima Fofana and Herieth Paul show off their striking features as they pose in the black and white images.
Keeping it Simple – Sonia Rykiel creative director April Crichton created a pared down showing of sophisticated knitwear and suiting for the label’s fall 2012 collection presented during Paris Fashion Week. Using a muted color palette of pewter, ash grey, black and sherbet, the Rykiel woman embraces mix and match separates for the new season with a modern edge. Asymmetrical hemlines, thin belts and cropped jackets all dominated the runway as models sported slick hair matched with headbands. A finale of mostly sheer black ensembles brought a sense of dark romanticism to the practical collection.
Ricci’s Dark Elegance – For fall 2012, Nina Ricci creative director Peter Copping delivered dark elegance with an autumn color palette of inky black, plum, burgundy and ash grey dominating the runway. Despite the gothic colors, the Ricci woman was still her ladylike self with fur embellished gloves, hourglass silhouettes and modest hemlines. Lush wool coats were matched with sheer chiffon pieces and heavy knits. Using a mix of the classic and the modern, Copping managed to give the signature Ricci sophistication a slight edge for the upcoming autumn.
DSquared2′s Teenage Dream – Well known for collections with quirky themes, the fall 2012 showing from DSquared2 designers Dan and Dean Caten went back in time for their own take on 1960′s high school fashions. Opening with modified versions of the pencil skirt, knitted cardigan and cigarette pants, models walked the runway with cigarettes in gloved hands and teased tresses. A color palette of powder pink, forest green, canary yellow and light blue transformed into black as the Catens took on evening wear or “prom fashions”. Black, slinky gowns adorned with jewelry and sparkling sequins closed the show for a more sumptuous take on the upcoming autumn.
Dolce & Gabbana’s Baroque Woman – Dolce & Gabbana’s Italian glamour took a turn for bejeweled, Baroque inspired beauty with designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s fall 2012 showing presented during Milan Fashion Week. Influenced by Sicilian art work, models took to the runway in brocade and cherub tapestry prints. Accessories for the show included bejeweled headbands, gold jewelry and pearl adorned handbags. Delicate lace work was also on display with ladylike dresses that reached the knee and black veils worn like the Madonna. Bringing some sex appeal to the demure showing, Dolce sent out lingerie inspired bustiers and hot pants for a cheeky take on the Baroque influence.
Blumarine’s Playful Fall – For fall 2012, Blumarine showcased a collection of over the top glamour with colorful fur coats, wild animal prints and techno silver fabrics. Opening the show with sexy ski bunny coats, designer Anna Molinari made sure the autumn season was a playful one by featuring oversize bags that looked like poms poms more than actual accessories. As the show progressed, some sparkle was added in the form of sequin embellished tops, pants and chunky jewelry. Always unapologetic with the amount of excess and glamour, Blumarine brought a sense of carefree style to the upcoming season.