From festival screens to distribution

In its early days, the Frameline LGBTQ film festival was often the only place to view cutting-edge queer cinema making its way into the marketplace. Just how far we’ve come is illustrated by this summary of films from Frameline 42 that have already secured theater distribution or TV deals.

“McQueen” Powerful biopic about queer fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who shocked the world with his designs and a hell of a lot more by the time of his death by suicide at age 40. “I saw myself in the public eye as a gazelle, and the gazelle always gets eaten.”

“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” On the heels of a Sundance Grand Jury Prize, director Desiree Akhavan (“Appropriate Behavior”) tells the tale of a 1990s teenager sent to a Christian-run “gay conversion” camp. Timely hooks include a camper hiding marijuana in her wooden leg.

“Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” “Studio 54” director Matt Tyrnauer gives us the true story of a former US Marine who found a profitable post-WWII job arranging sexual liaisons in Tinseltown. Scotty Bowers, now 94, recalls Hollywood’s pre-AIDS days when helping big stars avoid sexual scandals was a vital profession.

“Skate Kitchen” Crystal Moselle, creator of the Sundance Award-winner “The Wolfpack,” sets her new narrative in the world of Long Island’s teen girl skateboarding scene. The film documents a special way to waste your summer vacation.

“When the Beat Drops” Famed choreographer Jamal Sims directs this bold, energetic nonfiction film about “bucking,” a dance subculture that spread from the African American LGBTQ community in the South. This pop craze took off in historically black colleges and universities, went through an evolution at underground clubs, and led to fierce competitions at large venues.

“Quiet Heroes” This quietly powerful doc from Jenny MacKenzie, Jared Ruga and Amanda Stoddard traces the early days of the AIDS epidemic and the work of a pair of Utah women doctors who became a romantic couple.

“Studio 54” Draws on previously hidden sources to show what went on behind the velvet rope at the former CBS-TV studio turned Manhattan disco. Today it’s hard to believe that Studio 54 lasted a mere 33 months, from 1977-80. Director Matt Tyrnauer zooms in on its celebrity owners Steve Rubell (dead from AIDS by 1989) and Ian Schrager, who met at college and lived to showcase the exhilarating highs and deadly lows of the club scene. The disco was in many ways an apt metaphor for the political and financial shenanigans illustrated by the infamous tabloid headline, “[Pres.] Ford to NYC: Drop Dead!”

While disco remains a touchy subject for those of us loyal to radio formats killed off by the late-70s dance-club craze, the disco era was a moment when early post-Stonewall kids got down with their oppressors, a once-cool society crowd used to deciding who was and was not fit to be seen. So strap on your dancing shoes, feather your hair, and prepare to get down with this documentary about the dance parlor where Elton John, Cher, Grace Jones and other celebs bumped up against common guys and gals lucky enough to get past the velvet rope.Read more at:formal dresses perth | plus size formal dresses

Model citizens: students walk the runway for a good cause

“Deep-breathing exercises,” said sophomore Eliza Aiken, explaining what was keeping her and her fellow students behind the curtains calm and relaxed.

The 25 teens were preparing to walk the ramp for a charity fashion show on May 2 at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay. “Fashion with Compassion” was an entirely teen-produced event to raise money for Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli-based organization that provides pediatric heart surgeries in developing nations.

“This is entirely student-run,” said Rose-Ellen Lessy, a JCHS English teacher and the project’s faculty advisor. “Everything has been done by the students. My role has just been to give advice.”

This was the second time Fashion with Compassion was held at the school. Aiken’s older sister initiated the program last year when she was a senior (students at the school are required to do a big service project in their final year). But Aiken and co-organizer Lucy Moore aren’t seniors, so for them it’s a passion project.

“I just really wanted to continue,” said Aiken, 16. “I just thought it was an amazing thing for people our age to do.”

Fashion with Compassion was founded by students in Los Angeles in 2008 as a one-off school project, but is now an organization that helps students put on a charity fashion show at their own school, with mentorship and guidance.

It’s a lot of work. For the JCHS Fashion with Compassion, Aiken and Moore contacted local clothing and shoe retailers to borrow clothes (or, even better, have clothes donated) for the show. They also managed around 40 student volunteers (including the models), coordinated with the school to use the space, set up ticket sales, rented a catwalk, made sure credit cards could be processed, organized refreshments, made goodie bags and even contacted stores so there would be pop-up shops from brands like Superga sneakers, which donated 20 percent of sales to the event.

Those kinds of organizational skills are a big deal to students who have, so far, mostly been focused on taking care of their own responsibilities.

“I’ve been impressed that 16-year-olds can do this kind of work,” Lessy said.

And the JCHS community turned out to cheer them, with more than 100 people at the event.

“One great thing about JCHS is that students support each other,” said parent Debbie Findling, who came to the show just to watch.

It was a raucous and lively show, with students, parents and school staff applauding the various sportswear and evening gowns and giving cheers to both the shyest and most outgoing models on the catwalk.

“It’s great to see kids pursue their passion,” said head of school Rabbi Howard Ruben.

Moore and Aiken estimate they raised around $5,000 for Save a Children’s Heart through the evening’s ticket sales, shopping and raffles — even if some aspects of the event came together at the last minute. “I’m feeling relieved that it went as smoothly as it did,” Moore said.

Despite all the toil and anxiety, the two girls are already thinking about putting on another Fashion with Compassion show next year and how they can make it more professional.

“I think part of the challenge is actually getting people to sit down backstage and get ready,” Aiken said.Read more at:cocktail dresses online | short formal dresses

Exploring the beauty of Samoa

Allison Dehghan’s trip to Samoa serves two good purposes.

While she is here to be a bridesmaid at her friend’s wedding, she is also able to explore the natural wonders of Samoa.

She is from Sydney, Australia.

Allison says it was a perfect escape to witness another part of the world and the best part of it all was bringing her nine-year-old daughter, Leighton, with her.

“This is our first time here in Samoa and it is amazing. We have been everywhere. My friend’s family took us around Samoa for sightseeing,” she shared with the Dear Tourist team.

“We have been to the To Sua Ocean Trench, the Piula Cave Pool and the Papaseea Sliding Rocks.”

“So they have this random waterfall on the side of the road and we also went there for a swim. It was really good. We barely had time to stay in the hotel.”

Samoa is so far their best holiday destination.

“We have been to Fiji and over there is busy. The resort staff members are always busy. Coming here I was able to experience that it is more laid back and you can feel the presence of a stronger culture.”

“That is within my own opinion and even though Samoa and Fiji are both in the Pacific, they are far different from each other.”

“Even though the weather is hot but we have had a good time here and enjoyed every bit of it,” she adds.

When asked about the highlight of their trip, Leighton enthusiastically replied: “The highlight would be the Piula Cave Pool when the other girls placed flowers in the pool to take a photo.”

There is nothing more relaxing than seeing your child happy and Allison knows it well.

She adds they hope to return for another island experience.

“The staff members of the hotel have been really attentive and the people are so friendly here. We feel very welcomed and just have nothing to worry about is good.”Read more |

Supermodel Soo Joo Park Speed-Shops Saks in New York

In a store where there’s a seemingly endless supply of all the items one could covet at any given time, how does one possibly make up their mind when it comes to figuring out what to buy? And when the destination in question happens to be one of the most iconic department stores in the world—Saks Fifth Avenue in New York—and the current season happens to offer some of the most enticing pieces in recent memory—pouffed Stella McCartney skirts, color-blocked Balenciaga dresses, oversize Gucci butterfly glasses—how does one decide without going into overwhelm overdrive?

“I think it’s all about letting the clothes speak,” says Soo Joo Park. “I’m definitely an impulse shopper—I let the clothes call to me.”

The Korean-born, California-raised Park has always taken an instinctual approach to clothing. Thus, she was the obvious choice when it came to living out what must be every fashion-lover’s fantasy in the video above: In an after-hours, no-holds-barred, dream-wardrobe shopping spree at Saks where nothing is off-limits and every treasure is up for grabs. For Soo Joo, it all began on The Main Floor, continuing straight up the famous escalators to the recently renovated; Designer on 3; pausing for just a moment to ham it up between the bellman’s carts on The Advance on 5; then playing it up in the exclusive Personal Styling Suite on 4 just before heading out in the timeless, wood-paneled elevator in a brand new ever-so-chic pink Miu Miu car coat.

As far as strategy, Park is more about keeping things light than anything else: “I don’t like to plan my shopping ahead,” she explains. “There’s a certain magic to seeing a garment in real life and feeling the fabric—and anyway, oftentimes when I have something in mind to buy, I’ll go into the store and come out with something completely different.”

Still, when it comes to committing to the lucky clothing that catches her eye, Park does follow a few self-imposed rules. Below, her tips for picking the right statement piece, selecting the right investment pieces, and avoiding buyer’s remorse should you decide to go on your own exploratory spring shopping mission.

Start With Small Statements

“Accessories are the best because you can tone them down. Even the craziest accessories look good with simple things like jeans and a T-shirt.”

Consider Real Life

“When it comes to big statement pieces, there still has be some percentage of practicality. If it’s difficult to think of what you’d wear it when you’re not doing a full maximalist ‘look’, maybe skip it.”

Invest in Outerwear

“The easiest way to refresh your wardrobe? A new jacket or coat. The older I get the more I’m loving different kinds of coats. You can wear the same basic stapes underneath—plain T-shirts, jeans—but cool outerwear makes all the difference.”Read more at:plus size evening wear | cheap formal dresses

Is coral pink the latest on the fashion block

Looking for what’s the latest on the fashion circuit? With the warm weathers setting in, vibrant and bold colours are a popular choice and after a bevy of cheery yellows and cool whites, it seems it is time for a much softer hue of coral pink as our Bollywood celebrities showed us.

And who better than the trendsetters to show us how to pull off this pretty shade? Recently, Malaika Arora, who is considered a popular fashion icon experimented with the colour and stepped out in an elegant halter neck pantsuit from Amit Aggarwal. The outfit was washed with a soothing shade of coral pink and we like the hint of metallics on the collar that are a signature of the designer. The look was accessorised with a pair of Viange silver earrings.

Not just the contemporaries, but the colour goes equally well in ethnic also as Huma Qureshi showed us. The Jolly LLB 2 actor was clad in a charming kurta palazzo set from Anoli Shah and her minimalist outfit was layered with an intricately embroidered floor-length jacket.

Lara Dutta also played up the colour on the sets of her show High Fever, where she wore a bodycon gown in coral with a ruffle effect on the bodice. The Rajat Tangri number also featured a cape trailing behind and we think it was an attractive piece. However, the actor’s nude make-up tones were a letdown and we wish she had opted for some rich colour like wine or burgundy on the lips.Read more at:formal dresses sydney | formal dresses perth

Five Minutes With Charlie Puth

Target celebrated its limited-edition collection with Hunter Sunday, drawing the crowds for an all-day event filled with live performances, braid bars, face painting and some shopping.

The event, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, featured OneRepublic, DJ Questlove, Charli XCX and Charlie Puth, with a guest list that included Jenna Dewan Tatum, Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld and Kate Bosworth.

For Puth, Target’s Ultimate Family Festival capped a busy weekend for the musician, who, just the day before, performed during the March for Our Lives rally in Los Angeles.

Puth took a moment Sunday to reflect on the rally and chat about his personal style.

WWD: Why’d you want to be a part of today?

Charlie Puth: I’m excited to be here. I love these collaborations that Target does. They’re always a lot of fun. I’m actually wearing Hunter boots. I was going to wear my own. However, they gave me a free pair, so I might as well rock the blue ones even though don’t really go with the outfit. But it’s a good day. I’m probably going to wear this on stage and it’s going to be a lot of fun. [The collaboration] definitely [allows] brands that might not be so accessible from the get-go [to be available] for a different type of shopper. Target brings it to a familiar and easy marketplace. This one, I was really excited to be a part of, because number one, I love Hunter. Number two, I know a lot of people who will love Hunter more.

WWD: What’s your earliest memory of wearing Hunter?

C.P.: I was three, so I wasn’t remembering a whole lot at that age, but my mom does have pictures of me wearing a bright yellow Hunter winter jacket. I just saw the picture last year.

WWD: How would you describe your sense of style? Do you consider yourself a fashion guy?

C.P.: I kinda do. I don’t really understand my fashion. I’m wearing an Our Legacy T-shirt right now with women’s Adidas pants, some Hunter boots and Chanel necklaces. I’m kinda random, but I feel most comfortable that way. I don’t wear garments just because they’re the hottest thing on the block right that instant. But I like to wear things that mirror my personality — like bright yellow women’s track pants.

WWD: On a different, more serious note, what did it mean to you to be a part of March for Our Lives yesterday?

C.P.: It meant everything. I think I cried when my manager called me and said, “The kids of Parkland specifically asked for you to perform.” That meant a lot. I performed a song that hadn’t been put out yet. It’s going to come out this week. It just felt so right to play that song “Change” there and “I’ll See You Again.” I couldn’t even contain myself. Everyone was dead silent, listening. It was a really special moment yesterday.

WWD: What inspired your new song?

C.P.: “Change,” the song featuring James Taylor? It wasn’t written for [March for Our Lives] specifically. I wrote it a year prior. I don’t really know why I wrote it, but now I know why. It just happened to catch up a year later.

WWD: You’re about to go on tour with Hailee Steinfeld. You’ve performed with Selena Gomez and Wiz Khalifa in addition to producing music for One Direction, Liam Payne and Maroon 5. Who would you love to work with next?

C.P.: I talked to Herbie Hancock the other day. That was pretty cool. I’d love to collaborate with him. I haven’t talked to Bruno Mars, but he is a genius and I’d love to collaborate with him. And Adele. Herbie, Bruno and Adele are on my list right now.

WWD: What are your plans for Coachella?

C.P.: I feel like this outfit is kind of a pre-Coachella kickoff. I just got invited to go there. I’m not performing though.Read more at:plus size formal dresses | red carpet dresses

Will the ’90s Logo Trend Last? Here’s What the Experts Have to Say

Logo-mania has taken over the fashion industry again, making a big return since its last major cycle in the ’90s. Back in the day, being plastered in logos was beyond hot… until it wasn’t. Just as strong as the fad’s infiltration into the scene was its dissipation; what once was a mark of cool faded into a land of taboo trends. But with celebrities like Rihanna already stamping the look and high-fashion brands like Gucci and Fendi reclaiming their place in the mix, the logo craze just may have longevity well into the future.

“The Gel-lyte 180 — that shoe came out two years ago, so you can essentially say we were first on the trend,” said Colin Brickley, senior director of lifestyle marketing for Asics. He’s referring to one of the brand’s more recent sneakers which boasts a large Asics logo on the shoe’s upper, an atypical design for the athletic retailer.

“I honestly think we were ahead of our time, and the market had gone super minimal, with minimal branding to what’s trending now is crazy built-up underlays and overlays,” he said.

Given the shoe’s initial release in 2016, Brickley may have a solid point about Asics’ early arrival to the trend. Seasons later, as other brands are just re-entering the conversation, Asics has taken its branded shoe one step further by collaborating with Foot Locker and Pensole on an exclusive Gel-180 “Fresh Up” design.

“We’re very proud of our logo and our badging so we wanted to experiment with alternate ways to brand our footwear and apparel. Our Asics Tiger logo is a retro logo that works really well on apparel and with taping. There’s a nostalgia connected with [logos] as well and a lot of consumers are Asics loyalists who respond to it,” explained Brickley.

Fila is another prominent example of a heritage brand that has taken advantage of the surge in logo-wear. Its highly recognizable “F” graphic made for a seamless collaboration with Fendi this season at Milan Fashion Week. The dual branding was implemented across both apparel and accessories at the luxury label’s fall 2018 runway show last month.

“It actually sparked from a creative that was out there on the interwebs and it started a conversation between both brands. Karl Lagerfeld is the co-head designer and what we’ve been doing in the market — really staying true to what we are and talking to our customer directly — I think really was the spark that made this beautiful high-end brand like Fendi say lets do something with Fila,” said Louis Colon, Fila’s VP of Heritage.

He continued, “obviously, the logo and font is a part of our DNA and to see it spelled out in Fendi was a great unique street wear take on it.”

While the Fila x Fendi pieces will be available at only about a dozen Fendi retailers worldwide, the sportswear brand has plenty more logo product coming down the pipeline in response to the growing trend. Granted, there will be different variations based on how the company expects the trend to ebb and flow.

“We have a big heritage launch in April called the ‘Mind Blower.’ The logo on the midsole is a huge oversize skewed logo and goes back to this conversation. The good thing with the brand is we get to play with a mixed use of logos, placement, sizing, colors treatment…whether it’s all-over or tonal all-over or an orange sleeve hit or different applications from woven patches to direct embroideries to gold foil and treatments. Our logo is who we are but we aren’t defined by one logo,” said Colon.

Some companies have even directly cited “logo” as a business growth strategy. In a second-quarter conference call with investors, Coach president and CEO Josh Schulman said that there was “a global movement in luxury brands toward a higher penetration of logo product.”

That leaves the question of just how long exactly do the industry pros see the trend continuing? According to Colon there’s at least two years worth of leg room.

“In the next 18 months it won’t be as hot, but I do not think it’s going away. It’s here to stay for at least another 24 months but it will be more balanced. It’s super skewed on large logos right now,” he said.

While Brickley didn’t pinpoint a time frame for the trend, he does contend that the more well-known brands will have the strongest foundation to run with it.

“The market moves so fast that it’s hard to crystal ball it but if you see the brands that are championing this message — Champion, Fendi and some of the brands with iconic logos and badging that they wanted to tout and celebrate — it’s only brands [like those] that have incredible equity that can really go with this,” said Brickley.

Colon adds, “there’s a different maturity for different retailers where some people will still be on oversized logos while others will just move the logos to other bodies, or colors, etc.”

“High fashion is looking at street fashion, while street fashion is doing the inverse. And it’s a really unique time in fashion,” he said.

So as to how long logos will still be cool? The answer seems to be to look to the streets.Read more at:blue formal dresses | purple formal dresses

At Paris Fashion Week, it’s a ’60s ‘Youthquake’ at Dior and an ’80s-era strong shoulder at Saint Laurent

For fall and winter 2018, Dior’s artistic director — and an unapologetic feminist — Maria Grazia Chiuri looked to the turbulent 1960s for inspiration, using a venue plastered with colorful collage-like images of fashion magazines from the decade (Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, among them) as the backdrop for a collection that was patched together, colorful and ’60s-centric.

The show notes cited the 50th anniversary of 1968 specifically as an opportunity to “revive an era when the rules of fashion were turned on their head,” as well as the September 1966 picketing of a Dior boutique by miniskirt-wearing protesters whose signs read, “Mini Skirts Forever,” and Diana Vreeland’s coining of the word “Youthquake” in January 1965 .

The specific year(s) aside, what Grazia Chiuri and company were trying to tap into was the era’s seemingly swift shift from top-down fashion dictated by the fashion houses and the glossy magazines to fashion that started bubbling up from the street as personal style (think embroidered jeans, hand-knit pieces and whole garments cobbled together from patches of fabric). Put aside just for a moment the fact that this just-gotta-be-me approach to style is being put forth by one of the planet’s most recognizable luxury brands.

So it comes as no surprise, that patchworked pieces were the stars of the fall and winter runway collection at Dior, turning up in colorful patchworked knee-length coats, roomy high-waisted trousers, dresses with delicate lace collars paired with wide leather belts sporting chunky “D” belt buckles as well as backpacks and knee-high boots, most with whimsical feather-stitch embroidery over top. More patchwork, or at least patchwork patterns, turned up in a range of denim pieces including coats and high-waisted trousers.

Versions of the sheer tulle tops from previous collections made an appearance; the latest ones embellished with shoulder pads decorated with needlepoint-like designs. Also, tulle skirts came embroidered with floral vines or in plaid patterns that were paired with plaid menswear-inspired jackets or leather biker jackets.

Slouchy sweaters with intarsia knit protest-chic designs were sprinkled throughout, including a peace sign on one and the French slogan, “C’est non, non, non et non!” on another (translation: “It’s no, no, no and no!”), and many looks were given an extra dash of retro flair thanks to tinted sunnies, suede newsboy caps and strappy bags with woven fringe and metalwork detail.

Several hours later, Saint Laurent closed out the first full day of the Paris Fashion Week shows by visiting the more recent past — the ’80s to be precise — sending a series of strong-shouldered looks (for men and women) down the runway. Versions included bold-shouldered black velvet jackets paired with black leather dolphin shorts and mini-dresses in multicolored floral sequins with shoulders that looked sharp enough to grind an ax on.

The shoulder was also bared on many a look; sometimes just one, other times both — in the latter case, framed by either a simple scoop of a neckline or an immense ring of jet black fur that appeared to almost undulate around the model’s upper body like an immense woolly bear caterpillar.

Some of last season’s quivering feather-festooned footwear was back on the Saint Laurent runway for fall, but the statement kicks that caught our attention coming down the catwalk this time were the generously fur-trimmed black boots that had a swashbuckling lady pirate feel to them — a feeling that was heightened further when the models were also accessorized in black, silver-studded do-rags and fierce kohl-rimmed eyes.

With only day one in the rearview mirror, it’s too soon to draw any conclusions about where this round of Paris Fashion Week shows is headed, but it sure feels like the recent past — the last 50 or so years — is a prelude to fashion’s not-so-distant future.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | formal dress shops

Hedi Slimane to Join Céline and Will Add Men’s Wear

One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Hedi Slimaneis to lead Céline into men’s wear, couture and fragrance as its new artistic, creative and image director, WWD has learned.

He is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week.

“I am enchanted, what a great choice,” said Karl Lagerfeld, one of Slimane’s most enthusiastic fans, who famously shed 90 pounds in order to shimmy into his slim tailoring. “It will be great.”

It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation — and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade — as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the Kering-owned house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 — all the while maintaining a close rapport with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior.

In a curious twist of fate, Slimane will be reunited with Sidney Toledano, the legendary chief executive officer of Dior, who recruited the designer to propel the storied couture house into men’s fashion.

Toledano is to relinquish his role to Pietro Beccari, who joins the management helm of Dior from Fendi, and become chairman and ceo of LVMH Fashion Group, which includes Céline along with the brands Givenchy, Kenzo, Loewe, Marc Jacobs, Pucci, Rossi Moda and Nicholas Kirkwood.

“I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the creative reins of our Céline maison,” said Bernard Arnault, chairman and ceo of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, calling Slimane “one of the most talented designers of our time.

“I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme, which he launched to global acclaim in the 2000s. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this maison. Hedi will oversee all creativity for both women’s and men’s fashion, but also for leather goods, accessories and fragrances. He will leverage his global vision and unique esthetic virtuosity in further building an iconic French maison.”

It is understood Céline, prized for its sumptuous leather goods and modernist clothing, is already approaching one billion euros in revenues.

Sources indicate LVMH has ambitions to double that figure as it leverages Slimane’s global following, his design chops, and a widening of the product universe.

It is understood the first freestanding Céline men’s boutiques are to open as early as 2019. Slimane’s designs for men are sure to attract keen interest from retailers and fashion fans alike — while perhaps sparking anxiety among some of his designer colleagues in men’s.

In a statement, Slimane said he is “delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline. I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers.”

The Frenchman takes over Céline from Phoebe Philo, who announced her resignation from the brand last December after an electrifying 10-year tenure, during which she reinvented the brand in her image and made it a watchword for sleek designs crackling with currency.

It is understood Philo will not work for another label in the near future and the fall 2018 collection, to be unveiled in March, will be the last collection crafted by her.

Given his close rapport with the music scene, Slimane is sure to bring a blast of cool and youth to Céline, which enjoyed more of a high-minded, adult allure under Philo.

Daniella Vitale, president and ceo of Barneys New York, said she was absolutely thrilled. “We have had a lot of success with Hedi over the years and the introduction of men’s wear at Céline is an incredible opportunity at Barneys. Genius move on the part of Céline.”

According to sources, Slimane is to maintain his home base of Los Angeles and lead creation there, while shuttling to Paris, where Céline is based. Its Rue Vivienne headquarters boasts extensive ateliers.

The designer is expected to eventually offer made-to-measure designs — in the manner of couture but without big fashion shows — as he did while at Saint Laurent.

It is understood his first fragrance for the brand could be ready before the end of the year. While Slimane did not have purview over beauty during his Saint Laurent tenure, much to his chagrin — that business is controlled by licensing partner L’Oréal — he had a good deal of influence at Dior Homme, introducing several fragrances and a complete skin-care range.

The exacting designer will also have input into Céline’s store fleet, which counts 150 locations and echo his taste for luxurious materials like marble and modernist design references.

Slimane’s career path in some ways echoes Philo’s. Slimane took a sabbatical from fashion after exiting Dior Homme and focused on his photography and art-making sidelines. Philo, who forged her reputation at Chloé, made her fashion comeback at Céline in 2009 after a three-year sabbatical.

“Hedi Slimane is an exceptional designer, complete artist and passionate about his work,” Toledano commented in a statement. “I am certain that he will bring his renowned creative energy and discipline to lead Céline to even greater success.”

Last year, LVMH recruited Berluti’s Séverine Merle to take the management helm of Céline and lead it into online selling.

Merle, who worked under Berluti chairman Antoine Arnault, is a veteran of LVMH, having worked at its flagship Vuitton brand as its general manager for France and women’s wear merchandising director.Read more at:one shoulder formal dresses | formal dresses

What to wear for spring 2018

Florals, sequins and fringe, oh my. This was my immediate reaction after mulling over numerous images of various designers’ spring 2018 collections. What I found to be the most interesting — which is one that all of these collections shared — were the designers’ abilities to repurpose so many of fashion’s most notable and oftentimes forgotten about trends.

My grandmother — who I view as the epitome of trendiness — is a wise woman. She attributes her stylishness to the fact that she’s saved so many of her looks from past style generations. Her excuse for hoarding clothes is that, if she waits long enough, they will one day reappear on the runways.

I find this waiting game admirable because in my 20 years of life, I have seen many trends resurface. One example in particular would be the look of high waisted, distressed and loose-fitting jeans. This hot commodity of the early 90s has come back in the form of what seems to be an epidemic.

I have never before seen so many people braving their days in what I have come to call “dad jeans” and a (insert a popular name of a 90s band) t-shirt. Nostalgia is real and fashion is a shining example of it.

With that being said, here are five of the most notable and or repeated trends that I’ve identified by looking through photos taken from various designers’ spring 2018 collections.

5. Femme florals

Despite what you may have previously thought, florals have definitely made a comeback in the world of fashion this spring. I honestly can’t remember a time when floral prints weren’t a part of the majority of spring collections, but one can never be too sure. What I’m stressing here is that florals have and probably always will be included in springtime collections, which is great for those that, like myself, enjoy wearing clothing with floral accents as well as prints. Flowers tend to bloom in the springtime, so I feel that this trend is an accurate and representative one of the coming season. The major difference between spring and fall florals is that one is usually paired with pastel colors and fabrics, while the latter is paired with deeper and darker ones that compliment the coming of winter. Floral prints are a great way to incorporate femininity into an outfit as well as adding a bit of springtime freshness to it.

4. High waists

Another fashion trend that I saw continuing to be considered as being in-style were high waists. However, the waists of the garments that I saw being featured in the collections were extremely high. I’m all for a good pair of reasonably high waisted pants or a skirt that extends up onto my natural waistline, but the designs were definitely an exaggeration of this look. The idea behind high waisted bottoms are that they will help elongate the wear’s lower half and create the illusion of legs that go on for miles, so to speak. As I mentioned before, I am a fan of the high waisted look and prefer it to the dangerously low cut denim that was popularized by female celebrities during the early 2000s.

3. Sequins

The remnants from the 80s have resurfaced officially with sequins being brought back in style. Much like in the previous era, designers’ like Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs debuted heavily sequined garments. I found the incorporation of sequins in many of the designs to be excessive. However, I do like the concept that I’m assuming the designers had of creating eye-catching garments. I just would have liked to see subtler incorporations of this particular media because I feel that it would appeal to a larger audience of people that are outside of the sphere of high-fashion.

2. Fringe

Fringe is definitely another one of my favorite trends that always seems to come back in style. Some of the looks that I saw had excessive amounts of fringe, but I liked to see it come back. I’ve found that the easiest way to incorporate fringe into any outfit is with handbags. There are so many fashionable handbags that feature fringe and their availability is only going to increase now that it’s been featured in so many spring collections. My advice to you would be to be on the lookout for one that you like, to use it during the entirety of the spring season and keep it handy for the next time fringe resurfaces.

1. Lovely lavender

The color this spring has switched over from what the fashion world has dubbed millennial pink to lavender. This switch is one that I had not anticipated and, nevertheless, I welcome it. I feel like the color itself is very similar to that of pastel pink due to its lightness, but I prefer it to the former because it is a cooler color that I don’t see as being hyper-feminine. This color is versatile by nature and also could be nicely paired with florals.

The great thing about most of these trends is that you probably already have one of each of them in your possession, so all you really have to do is commit to wearing them. These five trends are all super versatile, which is nice because, as many of us know, the most coveted runway looks don’t always match up with what people feel comfortable wearing on a daily basis. With that being said, use this only as a guide to try out looks that are considered trendy for the coming season.Read more | cocktail dresses