Fashion collections.

1.dark level: darkness but not gloom

When it reaches for the depths, fashion is about communicating wordlessly. It can send an image flashing into your mind’s eye or an emotion creeping through your veins, all at the glimpse of a silhouette or the blur of a colour. Part of that is shaped by our own biases, our experiences and projections. Partly, it’s shaped by the designer. Much of what label 1.dark…
ALCHiMiA, 1.dark level S/S '13
ALCHiMiA, 1.dark level S/S '13
ALCHiMiA, 1.dark level S/S '13
ALCHiMiA, 1.dark level S/S '13
ALCHiMiA, 1.dark level S/S '13
ALCHiMiA, 1.dark level S/S '13
ALCHiMiA, 1.dark level S/S '13
ALCHiMiA, 1.dark level S/S '13

Why Anna Karenina x Banana Republic is far from the 1870s

High street collections based on (and timed with the release of) major films raise one fundamental question: that of authenticity. That’s especially the case with endeavours like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo X H&M – the obvious remark being that the target audience of an alternative collection aren’t the types to buy their t-shirts pre-shredded from H&M. But such arguments undermine just how careful…
Banana Republic Anna Karenina collection
Banana Republic Anna Karenina collection
Banana Republic Anna Karenina collection
Banana Republic Anna Karenina collection
Banana Republic Anna Karenina collection
Banana Republic Anna Karenina collection
Banana Republic Anna Karenina collection
Banana Republic Anna Karenina collection

Margiela x H&M: the full men’s collection

As with the Margiela x H&M women’s collection, the men’s offering is a crafty ‘re-edition’ of iconic Maison Martin Margiela pieces from across 23 years of the label’s history. From the Trompe l’Oeil t-shirt to the guitar-case-shaped weekend bag, H&M assures us that the pieces are incredibly accurate to the originals.
Maison Martin Margiela X H&M men's collection
Maison Martin Margiela X H&M men's collection
Maison Martin Margiela X H&M men's collection
Maison Martin Margiela X H&M men's collection
Maison Martin Margiela X H&M men's collection
Maison Martin Margiela X H&M men's collection
Maison Martin Margiela X H&M men's collection
Maison Martin Margiela X H&M men's collection

The opulence of Versailles: Camilla & Marc

A bold print of scattered jewels conveys the opulence best: this is a collection inspired by the lavish interiors of Versailles. It’s the resort 2012 collection from Australia’s Camilla & Marc and it marries the brand’s expertise in clean, easy tailoring with its penchant for youthfully appealing details. This time interiors and architecture are key points of reference, with the decorative opulence of Versailles being…
Nicole Pollard: Camilla & Marc Resort '12 campaign
Nicole Pollard: Camilla & Marc Resort '12 campaign
Nicole Pollard: Camilla & Marc Resort '12 campaign
Nicole Pollard: Camilla & Marc Resort '12 campaign
Nicole Pollard: Camilla & Marc Resort '12 campaign
Nicole Pollard: Camilla & Marc Resort '12 campaign
Nicole Pollard: Camilla & Marc Resort '12 campaign
Nicole Pollard: Camilla & Marc Resort '12 campaign

Wearable anatomy from Yulia Chulkova

To the lover of science, the curious mind, the human anatomy is a thing of complex beauty. In our modern times it’s a beauty that even fashion draws on in a way that has wide appeal. Who’d have thought that stringy sinews of muscle or the unmelodious xylophone of the human ribcage would take on their own cold and clinical beauty in the eyes of…
Reflective by Luca Meneghel
Reflective by Luca Meneghel
Reflective by Luca Meneghel
Reflective by Luca Meneghel
Reflective by Luca Meneghel
Reflective by Luca Meneghel

Dresses made from hair, and other dark things: Kathryn Beker

Where to begin? The Gothic romanticism, the plays of feminine and masculine, the studs and spikes and silk and feathers, the dress made of human hair? When it comes to Kathryn Beker the influences of a collection are always manifold, the techniques always complex. Because there’s no singlar story but many disparate inspirations, you can view the same collection over and again, and each time…
Kathryn Beker: VARGTIMMEN '13 collection
Kathryn Beker: VARGTIMMEN '13 collection
Kathryn Beker: VARGTIMMEN '13 collection
Kathryn Beker: VARGTIMMEN '13 collection
Kathryn Beker: VARGTIMMEN '13 collection
Kathryn Beker: VARGTIMMEN '13 collection
Kathryn Beker: VARGTIMMEN '13 collection
Kathryn Beker: VARGTIMMEN '13 collection

Tom Ford: video of next collection

Such are his views of how a collection unveiling should be handled that his the hardest London fashion week invite to get, and yet designer Tom Ford is slowly coming around to this digital world. In the past it was a case of no catwalk being held at all, but now Ford’s salon shows have steadily become something of a salon-cum-catwalk fusion. And while the ban…
Tom Ford S/S '13 preview
Tom Ford S/S '13 preview
Tom Ford S/S '13 preview
Tom Ford S/S '13 preview
Tom Ford S/S '13 preview

So girly it’s sinister: like the stuff of Lana Del Rey’s dreams

The rainbows, the garlands of flowers, the scatterings of 1960s influences and the overwhelming girlishness of it all. On seeing Lady Petrova’s new collection for the first time you think you must have slipped into the world Lana Del Rey inhabits in her dreams. And no sooner did the bouffant hair and lilac organza put Video Games on repeat in my head was I told…
Lady Petrova S/S '12
Lady Petrova S/S '12
Lady Petrova S/S '12
Lady Petrova S/S '12
Lady Petrova S/S '12
Lady Petrova S/S '12
Lady Petrova S/S '12
Lady Petrova S/S '12

Guess who inspired Free People’s latest campaign (gallery + video)

A model blonde with effortless style and a touch of grunge gets followed by the paparazzi around the streets of London. It doesn’t matter if she’s walking in the autumn air in a leopard coat and skinny jeans, or stepping out of a cab in a minidress and easy up-do hairstyle – eyes are always on her, cameras are always flashing. Free People don’t name…
Martha Hunt: Free People September '12 catalogue
Martha Hunt: Free People September '12 catalogue
Martha Hunt: Free People September '12 catalogue
Martha Hunt: Free People September '12 catalogue
Martha Hunt: Free People September '12 catalogue
Martha Hunt: Free People September '12 catalogue
Martha Hunt: Free People September '12 catalogue
Martha Hunt: Free People September '12 catalogue

Karl by Karl Lagerfeld: the second collection

The first Karl by Karl Lagerfeld collection for Net-a-porter sold like hotcakes, but how will the second collection fare? Is there enough buzz to sustain it? We won’t have to wait long to find out: part two of “Karl” launches today, so if you’re after a new detachable collar or pair of trademark Lagerfeld fingerless gloves, keep an eye on Net-a-porter.com.
Karl by Karl Lagerfeld second collection
Karl by Karl Lagerfeld second collection
Karl by Karl Lagerfeld second collection

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