Welcome to the first Friday Fashion Round-up, our weekly compilation of fashion news and style gossip from around the web.
Get excited, people—Andre Leon Talley has landed his own Bravo reality show. The series is tentatively titled Fashion Stories of NYC and will follow four design teams as they create collections under the watchful eye of ALT himself. We predict Talley’s show will include voluminous, dramatic capes, punchy catchphrases and guest appearances by famous besties Whoopi Goldberg and Tyra Banks. [Coco Perez]
Speaking of Tyra Banks, the latest episode of America’s Next Top Model had contestants vying to appear on the runway during Toronto Fashion Week. The girls were sent on castings to designers Martin Lim, Triarchy, Pink Tartan and, of course, Attitude Jay Manuel. At a later photo shoot, the models were challenged to pose wearing strategically placed autumnal leaves while someone dumped maple syrup all over their heads. Just like we do it in Canada! [America's Next Top Model]
Have you ever heard of Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis of Germany? Apparently she’s a real person with a real job as the editor-at-large for Vogue. And she has a Twitter account. Sample tweet: @ElizabethTNT: “Sprinted in 25 min late and MK show had started! Impossible to get to my seat…So I climbed to the standing section & saw the show from there. Guess now I know what it feels like to see a show standing! It sucks!” [Fashionista]
Prada spring/summer 2012. Image courtesy of ImaxTree.com
I’m not exactly sure what’s behind my rather sudden—and unexpected—sartorial adventure with prints and colours. We’re talking wildly patterned flowers and geometric slashes, not to mention bold corals, emerald greens, lush yellows and vibrant pinks. My nun-chic dark-hued preferences are legendary. I can wax on about the subtle shades of black with as many descriptors as the Inuit have for snow (from coal, charcoal, obsidian and onyx to soot and sable). So, what gives? Even before I accepted the “colour” challenge last week from my hue-adventurous colleagues (features editor Kathryn Hudson and associate editor Ally Dean), a subtle style shift had begun to take place.
Two weeks ago, I opened my closet and felt burdened and bored by a solid wall of black. “I think I need to bring some colour into my life,” I said to my husband. “Yes, that’s a great idea. Do you want to go shopping this weekend?” he asked (a little too quickly, I might add). Every spring, designers attempt to seduce us with their colour statements. I’ve been immune to their persuasions for years, but there’s something about this season that is irresistibly cheerful and optimistic, from Prada’s whimsical car prints and Christopher Kane’s floral appliqués to a parade of delicate pastels in violet, peach, sea green and icy blue. Even Isabel Marant—a designer who isn’t known for her sunny sensibility—showed a weakness for lemon and coral shades.
Isabel Marant (image courtesy of ImaxTree.com)
So what else—or who else—was behind my colour conversion? Read on. Read more…
Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in The Hunger Games. Image courtesy of Lions Gate Films.
The Hunger Games is smashing box office records faster than Katniss Everdeen can draw her bow. But what of the fashion? Yesterday, Kathryn Hudson, ELLE Canada’s features editor, wrote about the off-screen and on-screen style highlights, and today, our Kristan Chan is playing stylist, selecting our favourite Spring/Summer 2012 runway looks for six of the most compelling characters.
Cinna, we got this.
1. KATNISS (Jennifer Lawrence)
Character: Tough, brave, amazing. Katniss is a fierce competitor and even fiercer protector of the people she loves.
Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2012. Image courtesy of Imaxtree.com
Click through to see our fashion picks for Gale, Peeta and more!