Magic of Rodarte – Elsa Sylvan appears like a woodland nymph in Elle Muliarchyk’s ethereal cover story for Gravure Magazine. Priscilla Polley and Caitlyn Leary styled the Swedish stunner in Rodarte’s feminine fashions while hairstylist Adam Markarian and makeup artist Chiho Omae completed her transformation to mythic creature. In black and white, this dreamy feature is as much about art as it is fashion.
Americana – With the 4th of July just around the corner, fashion retailer Free People releases a new style book focusing on Americana style. Model Elsa Sylvan sports a wardrobe of casual denim, red, white and blue stripes, tie-dye prints and lots of bangles in the laid-back images lensed by Anthony Nocella.
A Road Less Traveled – Free People enlists Elsa Sylvan for its December style book inspired by travel ready looks and aptly titled, “The Road Less Traveled”. Decked out in a wardrobe of bohemian wovens, fringe shawls, western-influenced jewelry and eclectic prints; the blonde looks ready for a relaxed yet stylish voyage to wherever her heart desires. / Photos by Anthony Nocella
White – Axel Lindahl (WM Artist Management) captures stark contrasts in light and texture in this dark vision for Stockholm S/S/A/W 2012. With creative direction from Jakob Hysén Hedberg, Elsa Sylvan and Theres Alexandersson haunt with their gaze in an uncanny mix of sound and sight. Lindahl plays with tactile contrasts using Elsa and Theres’ faces and textured looks styled by Oscar Lange. The production is dreamy but austere with a touch of nightmare.
Black on Black – Gareth Pugh delivered his signature gothic style for his namesake label’s fall 2012 collection presented during Paris Fashion Week. Pugh ditched last season’s bondage inspired shapes for more tribal designs complete with fringe dresses, leather outerwear and fur embellishments. High necklines, some of which that even cover the face, were matched with thin headbands, clunky boots and winged shoulders in all black and grey for the new season. Whether donning zipped up capes or shaggy coats, the Pugh woman knows how to bundle up for the upcoming winter.
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.
Ferretti’s Seductive Glamour – Alberta Ferretti’s fall 2012 collection followed in the vein of spring with seductive silhouettes featuring peekaboo cut-outs. Ferretti offered some new elements though, showcasing tailored suiting and outerwear with a masculine overtone which contrasted with her signature gowns. A color palette steeped in black, deep purple, royal blue and crimson red dominated the new season. A touch of glittering sequins and woven leather brought a new twist to classic silhouettes. The show closed with an ethereal white gown worn by model Marte Mei Van Haaster which stuck a balance between soft and hard elements perfectly.
Giles’ Imperfect Glamour – For fall 2012, designer Giles Deacon showcased glamorous looks with an imperfect edge for his namesake collection presented during London Fashion Week. The runway was dominated by menswear inspire looks such a modified tuxedo and frilly dresses embellished with feathers and burn-like patterns. As the show progressed, the tuxedo jackets gave way to form-fitting dresses featuring messy cut-outs almost as if a razor had been used on the fabric. Giles’ innovative take on classic shapes such as the hoop skirt or fish tail dress offered a thrilling view of the upcoming season.
Proenza Schouler’s Cool Woman – After spring’s secretarial inspired fashion, Proenza Schouler designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough focused on modern, Japanese inspired silhouettes for fall 2012. Models hit the runway in androgynous shapes with asymmetrical necklines and skin-baring hemlines. A color palette of pure white graduated into electric blue, burgundy and crimson red hues matched with Eastern patterns. A story of contrast, Proenza’s protagonist was elegant yet sporty, modern yet classic, youthful yet mature for the new season.
The Mad Hatter – For fall 2012, Marc Jacobs teamed up with milliner Stephen Jones to help envision his latest collection filled with oversize and floppy hats that could easily belong to Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter. Playing with the fairytale theme, Jacobs offered a fantastical play on proportions in the form of bulky skirts and jackets layered expertly for the autumn season. The color palette was steeped in moody hues with accents of gold, powder pink and lilac. Patterns ranged from paisley to floral which broke up the heavy silhouettes with levity. The show ended on a more subdued note, featuring a few pared down ensembles that lengthened in hemlines and flattened in shape.