Menswear designer Michele Savoia, best known for creating custom suits for the likes of Robert DeNiro and Mickey Rourke, was found dead Sunday in the water next to his docked yacht.
Eccentric fashion designer and owner of former Lower East Side boutique House of Savoia, Michele Savoia, was found dead in the Hudson River on Sunday, after an almost three day search for the missing 55-year-old. Savoia, who was last seen leaving the newly-revamped Marquee nightclub at 4 a.m. early Friday morning, was reported missing by his driver, Alberto Alonso, on Saturday. Alonso had not heard from the designer in nearly two days.
The designer, who was known as "Savoia the Tailor," was best recognized for his 1930s-style suits and art deco-era clothing. His pieces were a favorite of Robert DeNiro, Chris Noth, Mickey Rourke, and Matt Dillon. Savoia also designed for Broadway, creating Ricky Martin’s costumes in the revival of "Evita," as well as the outfits for Tom Hanks's performance in Nora Ephron's posthumous play "Lucky Guy."
We’ve come to expect designers to push their boundaries on the runway, but there’s something to be said for the reliable three who always give us what we want—the classics.
There’s something to be said for designers who don’t need to push their own boundaries—those who have created such a reliable label that to design something unexpected would actually be worse than showing the same thing season after season. It’s not bad to have a consistent aesthetic, especially when it’s one that shapes the idea of ready-to-wear and the classic Americana ideals.
When Ralph Lauren introduced his line in the 1970s—first showing only women’s suits—the designer quickly became synonymous with preppy and sophisticated. His runways are always filled with intricately tailored separates, soft gowns, and lush fabrics. For his Fall/Winter 2014 collection, Lauren did it again with a series of winter whites, pale pinks, and lavenders, along with subtle nudes and greys, that floated down the runway in the form of elegant, slinky eveningwear, cashmere sweaters, comfortable-yet-chic fur coats, and a slew of turtle-necks matched with fitted skirts. Some may say it was too boring, too soft, too simple. But it was the elegance that we expected from Lauren…and he delivered.
Move over, Johnny Weir. There’s a new style star in Sochi. Nineteen-year-old figure skater Jason Brown has been rocking a signature hairstyle that even has its own Twitter account.
Former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir has set high style standards in Sochi, with millions watching to see what he’ll wear next to the NBC commentator’s table. But he’s not the only one bringing fashion to the Russian games. A newcomer to the sport has begun to steal the spotlight…with his hair.
Jason Brown, the 19-year-old U.S. figure skater from Highland Park, Illinois sports a signature ponytail that has just earned its own parody Twitter account.
If you, like the entire lady-loving population of America, are interested in learning a little more about the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover models, read on.
Every year, Sports Illustrated inexplicably publishes a full issue of models in bikinis (or body paint). Yesterday, Sports Illustrated revealed this year’s swimsuit edition cover, celebrating fifty years of incredibly picturesque objectification. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is fairly deplorable from a feminist standpoint; plus, it has very little to do with sports. But everyone looks so pretty and happy! Plus beaches, and butts!
The 50th anniversary cover features Chrissy Teigen (right), Nina Agdal (left), and Lily Aldridge (center). Watching this video, in which the models learn that they’ve just achieved SI cover status, is genuinely adorable. It’s pretty endearing to watch the women, who actually seem like close friends, freak out. We almost believe that the three of them hang out topless and take innocent booty pics in their free time. Read on if you, like the entire lady-loving population of America, are interested in learning a little more about the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover models.
And Mary Katrantzou partners with Lyst.
Kendall Jenner Bares Breasts at Marc Jacobs: The younger, half-sibling of the Kardashian trio made her high-fashion runway debut on Thursday night at the Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2014 show in New York. "The New York fashion scene is crazy, madness, but I love the energy," Jenner told Into the Gloss. "I love everything about it-like the hair and make-up today, it's incredible. I've never had my eyebrows bleached; I don't even look like myself!" Styled in a brown see-through top, bleached eyebrows, and a cropped, light-pink tinted wig, the eighteen-year-old model proved she might just be the chicest offspring of the reality-TV family. [The Telegraph]
Raf Simons Previews Home Goods Collection: When news first broke last November that Dior designer Raf Simons would be collaborating with Danish textiles company Kvadrat, his audience could only dream of what it would entail. In the latest issue of Wallpaper magazine, out Friday, the glossy released details of exactly what the designer has in store. Launching in April, the textiles will include “textured upholstery fabrics, wool and cashmere throws, and mohair blankets in a palette that runs from royal blue and vibrant orange to pink and pale gray.” [WWD]
For the designer's first collection since his departure from Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs went back to the basics, creating a blank canvas for the next design era to come.
“Happy days are here again. The skies above are clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy days are here again.”
The aura of Marc Jacobs’s Fall/Winter 2014 show was a bit haunting, as Jessica Lange ominously recited the aforementioned lyrics from the 1929 single—which is best associated with the end of the Great Depression and the repeal of prohibition—on repeat. It sounded like a cult-line mantra—“the kind of thing you might hear at a spa,” Jacobs said. And the audience was sucked in.
The boys behind Proenza Schouler decided to go rogue this season, presenting a collection full of bright prints and colors, rather than the sedate monochromatic looks seen on many runways this season.
Energy. Abstraction. Humor. Color. Instinct. Spontaneous. Fast.
That was how Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez described the inspiration behind their most recent Proenza Schouler collection.
As many designers explore gender roles with androgynous looks, Oscar de la Renta and Marchesa produce consistent collections that seem to ask, what's so wrong with looking feminine?
Throughout fashion week, there’s been a lot of talk about exploring and blurring gender roles. Hood by Air designer Shayne Oliver produced his usual unisex collection, showing shirtless “models” with bright wigs vogue-ing across the runway, and outrageous clothing and hairstyles that were clearly meant as social and gender commentary. Jeremy Scott’s collection, themed “Football Lingerie,” showed flamboyant, sports-themed garments that were appropriately timed to the current conversation about sexuality in athletics. And an array of designers—from Marc by Marc Jacobs to Duckie Brown—featured menswear-inspired pieces, including boyish outwear and tailored power suits, that emphasized a growing trend in androgynous dressing. While those designers should be applauded for utilizing the runway as a platform to present progressive social ideas, it’s hard not to wonder, what happened to simply showing gorgeous clothes? Really, what’s so wrong with being…feminine?
Oscar de la Renta has always been reliable. He designs painstakingly gorgeous gowns, flirty frocks, and tailored tweed separates for the woman who likes to look, and feel, beautiful. For his Fall/Winter 2014 collection, the 81-year-old designer—along with his nine design assistants as listed in the show’s program—presented a series of clothes that once again failed to disappoint, or stray away from its steady and dependable aesthetic. The silhouettes and color scheme were quintessentially Oscar: pencil skirts, structured blazers, and day-dresses meant for the lady who likes to lunch. An oversized blue cashmere turtleneck was paired with a black flared skirt with royal flowers and gold petals; a white alpaca sweater meshed with a tight leather skirt; and a laser-cut, gold-studded leather jacket was paired with a skirt of the same pattern. For his grand gown finale, Oscar pulled out all the usual tricks: a ruffled, black-and-white polka dot dress with a billowing skirt; two a-line, feather and beaded gowns (one in silver, one in gold); and a strapless, red rose-printed black dress with an attached bustier and a maroon fur collar.
As part of The Daily Beast's recurring feature on innovative creators, Misha Nonoo dishes on her design inspirations for her eponymous clothing line and her closet essentials.
And LVMH announces finalists for 'Prize for Young Designers.'
Cara Delevingne's Secret Mulberry Project: The rumor mill has been circulating that "It" girl Cara Delevingne has been working on a secret project for London-based luxury band, Mulberry. On Thursday, Mulberry confirmed that a collaborative "creative project" with the supermodel will be unveiled at a dinner at Claridge's on Sunday night during London Fashion Week. Delevingne, who is the current face of the brand, will host the event alongside House & Holmes's creative director Ronnie Cooke Newhouse and Mulberry CEO Bruno Guillon. The brand is known for naming bags after major celebrities—think the 'Alexa' and 'Del Rey' purses named after Alexa Chung and Lana Del Rey, respectively. Could the “Cara" be Mulberry's next big thing? [Vogue UK]
DVF Names New Art Director: After overseeing the design team of her namesake brand for the past few years, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has named Bally Switzerland’s creative director Michael Herz to take over “the promotion, direction and design of the DVF brand.” Von Furstenberg told WWD, “as the company continues to grow—and we continue to expand our product categories—it is so important to have someone next to me who will ensure that all products with the DVF name remain true to our brand.” [WWD]
It’s not easy breaking into the fashion world. But three young new designers are doing just that, presenting fierce and sophisticated collections at New York Fashion Week.
Among the big names at fashion week—and the near 200 shows taking place there—it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Especially for new designers. In an already overexposed market, it’s difficult to carve out a unique spot. This season, however, three young labels have continued to amass a following that proves that they too have discovered their spot in the industry.
Although still under-the-radar when it comes to the general public, 28-year-old Rosie Assoulin (who was named one of Forbes’s 30 Under 30 in Art & Style) has already garnered a cult-like following within the fashion industry. She’s a favorite and close friend of ‘Man Repeller’ blogger Leandra Medine, fashion editor Taylor Tomassi-Hill (and many of her former Moda Operandi colleagues), and most recently, supermodel Lily Aldridge, who wore a white, billowing strapless gown by the designer to New York’s amFAR gala. Despite her youth and recent introduction to the industry (the designer introduced her debut collection for Resort 2013), Assoulin has found her niche in the market: producing sophisticated evening wear, cocktail dresses, and tailored suits, skills that could take, for even the most experienced designer, years to develop. For her Fall/Winter 2014 presentation, Assoulin showed a collection that was the right balance of structure and drapery, brightness and neutrality in an intimate space at Industria Superstudio in the Meatpacking District. Continuing to push her own creative boundaries, Assoulin presented a mix of daywear and evening gowns to create a collection that she described as somewhere “between the romantically fantastical and reliably practical.” The first look, a gold velvet crop top with a pair of yellow balloon pants that resembled a set of bananas, was the perfect indicator of Assoulin’s draping and voluminous shapes. The mix that followed—a structured grey wool coat, a cream cashmere sweats set, an army green tailored suit—were everything the Rosie girl needs and wanted to be.
And Topshop will host a "virtual reality" fashion show.
Michelle Obama Wore Carolina Herrera to State Dinner: For Tuesday night’s official state dinner in Washington, D.C., First Lady Michelle Obama chose a dramatic and voluminous gown by Carolina Herrera. A press release described the outfit as a “black hand-sewn beaded embroidery appliqué scallop-edged top over a liberty blue silk faille corset with a wide black velvet belt detail and liberty blue silk faille inverted pleat long skirt and train.” [The Cut]
Sports Illustrated Models Star in Flight Safety Video: “I love this in-flight safety video!” said no one ever. Air New Zealand has apparently caught on. Teaming with Sports Illustrated for its 50th anniversary, the airline has enlisted a slew of sexy models to make things a bit more entertaining and a lot more educational in their “Safety in Paradise” in-flight video. The “babes in bikinis” include Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis, Ariel Meredith, Jessica Gomes, and Christie Brinkley. [Fashionista]
In this Fashionable Selby film, dive into Audrey's beautiful world of natural, earth-infused colors, dyes, and designs.
A group of young women is trying to prove that it’s possible to be hip and stylish, while still covering up. Can they break the stereotype of the hijab as a symbol of oppression?