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Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy: Spring/Summer17

This week Riccardo Tisci showed his Spring/Summer 2017 collection for Givenchy. For the better part of a decade Givenchy has maintained a spot in the upper echelon of the high-fashion luxury sector due to Tisci's creative vision and the marketability of his clothing. With his bold and envelope pushing designs, he redefined men's sports wear. He can even be credited with shifting the way men dress and their attitudes towards fashion. While he continues to thrive in the menswear market, the Spring/Summer women's collection has us wondering if the designer has already reached his summit. This season it seems as if Tisci is placating us with a few simple statements, and left us waiting for something more profound.

He went through a series of consumer friendly stories within the collection that seemed more suited for appeasing buyers rather than fulfilling our Givenchy hope and dreams for next year. He said he wanted to do something "more powerful...tied to nature," in reference to the inspiration behind the collection. But I found the agate print fishnet slip dresses to be bold but removed from empowering. I suppose the idea of a women gaining strength from wearing such a bold piece could be the rationale, but I think the sentiment was lost in execution. I am an avid fan of Riccardo Tisci but this wasn't the best representation of the scope of his creative abilities. Next came a series of suiting and outerwear with outward sewn zipper lined pockets that mimicked the men's SS17 collection and satin cocktail dresses. Where I feel Tisci made the most impact this season is the seventies inspired school boy shirt dresses. With muted earth tones and exaggerated collars Tisci turned out psychedelic and wallpaper inspired pieces that were colorful and will keep fashionistas impeccably dressed on their Saturday lunch dates. This might not have been Riccardo's strongest effort for the the French fashion house but we haven't lost our faith.

Jim Duran.     

Photos by Monica Feudi courtesy of Vogue.

Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton: Spring/Summer 17

Earlier today in Paris, Nicolas Ghesquiere closed what has become known as fashion month, with a stellar collection for Louis Vuitton. Taking place in what is to become the brand's flagship store on the Place Vendome, Ghesquiere showed a sophisticated and more style conscious collection appealing to the brand's jet set clientele. With jersey bead embellished wrap dresses featuring strategically placed cut-outs, Ghesquiere opened the show with a brilliantly chic take on relaxed fashion.  The designers well tailored play on suiting for Spring/Summer offered exaggerated shoulders, caplets and cross paneled buttoning more in line with his traditionally technical style of design. The highlights of the collection were the variety of sheer dresses with swooping body suits and the sleeveless lace tops and pants that are sure to be coveted items by style stars everywhere next season. It was a beautiful collection for Louis Vuitton, but what had everyone chattering were the Petit Malle phone cases the models clutched as they walked down the runway. I am sure that as I write this review fashionistas everywhere are already vying to get their hands on one.

Jim Duran.

Images by Yannis Vlamos/Marcus Tondo courtesy of Vogue.

Hailey Baldwin's Best Looks On and Off the Runway: NYC, London, Milan and Paris!

Model-of-the-moment Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) has been knocking out the miles on the runway while strutting her way through fashion month. Appearing in shows for some of the worlds most celebrated designers including Prabal Gurung in NYC and Dolce & Gabbana in Milan, this street style star has grown into a full-fledged model. Alongside other fashion week maven Kendall Jenner, Hailey has been all over the "it" scene in the latest trends including off-the-shoulder looks, thigh-high boots, corsets and metallics. We’ve gathered some of her best looks from fashion month!

Jackée Trinidad

Photos courtesy of Hailey Baldwin.

FENTY x PUMA SS17

This week fashions elite have converged onto the City of Lights for Paris Fashion Week to find out what we will all be wearing next year. Many of the most anticipated shows: Saint Laurent, Olivier Theyskens, and Lanvin had people anxiously awaiting their new direction, but non have had the excitement, energy and buzz quite like Fenty x Puma. Last season Riri introduced us to her line by debuting a black and white sport-goth themed collection filled with thigh-high boots, oversized faux-fur hoodies and an abundance of lace detail all playing wonderfully on proportion.

Rihanna and stylist, Nini Nguyen.

Rihanna and stylist, Nini Nguyen.

This season Rihanna took us on journey to her softer side presenting her collection within the classically gilded walls of the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. With chinois brocades, pearl accents, ruffled details, and a sweeter palette of pink, lavender, mocha, white and army green, Rihanna showed us how a contemporary urban aristocracy might dress while holding court. With this collection Ri also gave us romance with lots of length and fuller silhouettes pairing bedroom inspired jumpers with tiered and ruffled outwear. Stylist Nini Nguyen (@ninistyle) says of the collection "the show was amazing...very wearable. Beautiful quality." Walking in the show were models Geron McKinley and Anwar Hadid who's supermodel sister cheered him on from front row. When piecing together a collection Rihanna positively blurs the line of gender by putting clothes on people versus distinguishing menswear from womenswear. Respecting and inspiring how her client might choose to wear a garment and leaving it up to them to interpret their vision of themselves in her clothing.             

Images courtesy of Fenty X Puma.