Raf Simons Debuts For Dior
In the words of Cathy Horyn of the New York Times, Raf Simons’ first collection as head designer for legendary Paris house Dior was “the high point of the fall haute couture shows.” Ending over a year of speculation, first regarding who would take the place of disgraced and dismissed Dior designer John Galliano, then centering around whether or not Simons was an appropriate choice in the role, this week’s presentation wowed a crowd of stars, editors, and fellow designers. As models walked before walls draped floor-to-ceiling in bright blooms, looks including gowns, suits, day dresses, and amazing coats honored Dior’s venerable past while promising an exciting future. Click here to view the collection in slideshow form via New York Magazine.
Katie Holmes to Show at NYFW
Though hardly the Katie Holmes headline drawing the most attention this week, British Vogue reports that the soon-to-be-former Mrs. Tom Cruise’s clothing line will make its first showing at New York Fashion Week this September. Holmes & Yang, designed with partner Jeanne Yang, launched in 2009, specializing in “classic all-American sportswear with a twist.” Click here to view current offerings from Holmes & Yang at Barneys, such as this beautiful (if insanely expensive) leather cape jacket.
Teens Protest Retouching, Seventeen Magazines Listens
Finally, from Styleite we learn of a new pledge by Seventeen, promising to “be totally up front about what goes into our photo shoots.” Prompted by an online petition and in-person protest organized by Maine teen Julia Bluhm, the magazine has recommitted to featuring healthy girls of all body types and skin tones, with minimal retouching. Just a few stray hairs, bra straps, and the like will be brushed away, promises editor-in-chief Ann Shoket. Click here to learn more about Seventeen’s Body Peace Treaty.
(Photo credits, from top: 1. Worlds-Luxury-Guide.com, 2. Blog.Zap2It.com, 3. Seventeen Magazine via Facebook)