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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Inspired by Savile Row

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s fashion line is inspired by Savile Row tailors.

The designer duo revealed their The Row Spring/Summer 2011 collection, which was showcased at yesterday, continues to concentrate on sharp tailoring and “refined luxury.”

“We wanted to concentrate on tailored pieces. The Row is named after Savile Row and refined minimal luxury is what this is all about. Like the trouser suit and doing the perfect blazer,” Mary-Kate told Elle.

The 24-year-old twins had to show their upcoming collection this week after they were forced to cancel their event in September due to the late delivery of a number of their fabric samples. However, the sisters are now happy with the 15 looks that make up the new line.

“We wanted to make sure the production was where we wanted it to be and that meant not being in New York,” Ashley said.


Stars Turn Out For YSL, Dior, McCartney

Kate Moss at Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2011

Florence Welch was among the stars who turned out for YSL’s show last night.

The British singer joined the likes of supermodel Claudia Schiffer and Jade Jagger on the front row to view the French designer’s ready to wear collection. Bold colors paired with smart tailoring proved a popular choice for Yves Saint Laurent, with chiffon blouses, silk jumpsuits and belted evening dresses making for a feminine, yet sharp, look.

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Items Du Jour: Lara Stone Covers Vogue Again, Alber Elbaz Cares

Pregnant Lily Allen at Givenchy—A pregnant Lily Allen showed up at Givenchy in some chic pregnancy wear. True to Fall/Winter looks, she kept it simple and Parisian with a gray long coat, white blouse, and black pumps.

Glee star Lea Michele has become quite the fashion darling, striking a pose with Zac Posen. With her nude robe-like dress, I’d say that she has some more styling etiquette to learn.

—Alber Elbaz is probably the sweetest, most caring designer. The Lanvin creative gave his models the option of wearing comfy gladiator sandals (at the last minute!) for his Spring/Summer 2011 show.

—After scoring Vogue Paris‘s coveted 90th anniversary cover, Lara Stone is right back on Vogue—this time, it’s in her native UK mag.

—Finally taking a cue from some sensible publicists, American Apparel attempts to save the brand’s image in some new ads that feature a less-creepy Dov in the face of their financial woes. He just still couldn’t resist shooting the ads in his bed.

—Traditional and iconic American swimsuit model Marisa Miller changes things up for 944, sporting a dark bob wig and gloves—a far cry from her usual California-esque look.

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Beth Ditto Walks for John Paul Gaultier

Beth Ditto for John Paul GaultierBeth Ditto walked the catwalk for Jean-Paul Gaultier at on Saturday.

The Gossip singer - a size 26 - opened the eccentric designer’s ready-to-wear show with an a cappella performance, and also returned to close the showcase of punk-inspired outfits in one of his flamboyant creations. To a rapturous reception, the designer himself then took to the runway to present the outspoken singer with a bouquet of pink roses and a glass of champagne.

Ditto is currently preparing for the launch of her second collection for UK plus-size retailer Evans. Speaking about the new line, an Evans spokesperson recently said, “It will be Victorian mixed with 80s punk, through to 40s vintage with a noughties modern edge.”

Beth has previously spoken about the importance of larger women being creative with clothes in order to flatter their body shape: “I don’t understand all these women who say they feel betrayed by fashion. A piece of clothing can’t talk - it can’t tell you that you can’t have it - so really, you’re just telling yourself that. You make yourself the victim, because if you want clothes that bad, then make them yourself. You have to get creative if you’re fat. I’m really good at turning a belt into a necklace, and I can always find a nice pair of earrings.”

Martin Magiela Makes Fashion One Dimensional

Martin Magiela Spring/Summer 2011

From monastery wear to nudity, fashion week runways have been through a lot. In Paris, Martin Magiela brings shoulder pads back in a very big way with his Spring/Summer 2011 collection.

Are his looks (more after the jump) avant garde or just completely missing the point?

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Gareth Pugh’s Samurai Style

Gareth Pugh Spring/Summer 2011

Samurai-style took over Paris Fashion Week yesterday when put on a Japanese-inspired collection in the French capital.

The British designer - famed for his use of black - put on an entirely gray collection in a film displayed at the Parc de Bercy sports stadium, chosen by Pugh over a catwalk show. Sharp tailoring, high necks and tight up-dos abounded on the models, in a marked departure for the usually eccentric Sunderland-born designer.

Sarah Burton Opens Up About Future McQueen Collections

Alexander McQueen Pre-Spring/Summer 2011Alexander McQueen Pre-Spring/Summer 2011Alexander McQueen Pre-Spring/Summer 2011

After her initial words upon accepting the head designer role at Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton has kept fairly quiet—until now. Burton, who was hired at McQueen before she was even a graduate at Central Saint Martin’s, talks about her mentor and boss, as well as what her plans are going forward with the label.

One thing she is not continuing are the extravagant, grandiose shows McQueen was known for: “That was very much Lee’s territory—the spectacular show… In that way, I can’t try and pretend to be Lee.”

She is, however, staying true to the designer’s affinity for the macabre and sex.

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La Roux Singer Elly Jackson to Model Menswear

Elly JacksonLa Roux star Elly Jackson is to model for Viktor & Rolf’s menswear collection.

The flame-haired singer - well known for her androgynous dress sense and high-pitched vocals - will be the surprise guest model at the opening of the Dutch duo’s menswear fashion show in Paris today.

“We love her style. We love her authenticity. We love the way she plays with gender. So it felt logical. She’s right for our men’s clothes,” said, Viktor Horsting, one half of the design pair.

Elly herself also reveals she is a fan of wearing men’s clothes, although admits she is a novice when it comes to fashion shows: “I love suits. I wouldn’t feel comfortable in girls’ clothes. Apart from hairstylist Charlie Le Mindu, I’ve never been a fashion show before.”

Elly’s catwalk appearance will not be the only exciting prospect for Viktor & Rolf today - the pair will also be revealing their first collection of men’s bags at the show.

McQueen Crowns Sarah Burton

Sarah BurtonSarah Burton has been appointed the new creative director of .

The designer had been the right-hand aide of McQueen, who committed suicide in February, for the past 16 years and has now been promoted at the London-based fashion house. She was credited with completing McQueen’s last-ever collection - which was showcased at Paris Fashion Week in March - and won rave reviews from the fashion world.

Speaking about the announcement, Burton paid tribute to McQueen, real name Lee, saying, “The creation of modern, beautifully crafted clothes was at the heart of Lee’s vision. I intend to stay true to his legacy.”

Jonathan Akeroyd, president and CEO of Alexander McQueen, said, “We are delighted that Sarah has agreed to take on the role of creative director. Having worked alongside Lee McQueen for more than 14 years, she has a deep understanding of his vision, which will allow the company to stay true to its core values.”

He is hoping her appointment will help strengthen the brand, with future plans including launching a men’s underwear collection: “Sarah is extremely talented and under her creative leadership we are ready to enter a new phase in the brand’s history.”

Items Du Jour: Rihanna Wears a Fanny Pack and a Nude Photo of YSL

Rihanna sporting a fanny pack—After 7 years at the French fashion house, Jean Paul Gaultier will be leaving Hermès to concentrate on his own label. His last collection will be the Spring/Summer 2011 range scheduled to debut this October at Paris Fashion Week.

—If anyone can bring the fanny pack back, it’s Rihanna. The print-happy R&B singer was spotted in Ireland sporting a leopard Dolce & Gabbana bag around her waist. Sightseeing in style!

—After a year of everyone chasing down Olivier Theyskens following his departure from Nina Ricci, the designer is finally coming out with his first project. Theyskens is set to design a capsule collection for Theory, scheduled to appear in their Spring/Summer 2011 range.

—Kelly Osbourne has opted for a new hair color and admits that she’s become an exercise addict, going to the gym even when she doesn’t feel well!

—Kristen Stewart graces the cover for UK Elle looking… awkward. Not only does her face look strained, but her pose is slightly contorted (in a bad way). Twi-hards really ought to stop gobbling up these magazines; I’m rather tired of seeing her on fashion magazines.

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