KRISVANASSCHE eponymous label


Kris Van Assche creative director at Dior Homme for 11 years celebrated his birthday on Saturday. To commemorate some of his best work at the prestigious luxurious French house, I am writing this post to honor a designer I got to know by chance. I discovered    that he attended Raf Simons first haute couture show for Christian Dior. In my opinion it was a very noble gesture from him since Raf Simons was replacing John Galliano. Well, they have something in common: the two designers are Belgian, their lines are known for being minimalistic, their collections excel in tailoring and both did sneaker collaborations for adidas.  Kris Van Assche introduced his own personality and craft at Dior Homme with rigorous attention to detail, an almost   unshakable color palette of shades of black, chocolate, blue and gray and varied references: Amish, sailors and fishermen and Belgian subcultures. The high-neck knit with the Christian Dior face and the sentence ” They should just let us rave” for the Fall 2017 collection is pure perfection and enchanting. I also became mesmerized with his eponymous line KRISVANACHE, those boys (photo above) remind me the students of Dead Poet Society. He has a new challenge, in April he was named Berluti’s creative director. I wish him the best.


Swimwear Trends for Spring/Summer 2017


Summer has already started, although the weather has been unstable. So, it’s time to think in swimwear. Here is a breakdown of swimwear trends for Spring/Summer 2017. One-piece swimsuits are garnering fans year after year since they are versatile and flattering. They can be worn as a top. Baywatch and the surf culture continue to influence brands. Swimsuits with high-cuts give the illusion of elongated legs. Swimsuits with slogans are big for SS 17 and perfect to express an urban attitude.  Ethnic is very in vogue this season. Countries like Mexico, Costa Rica, Tunisia and Morocco had a major impact and many brands showed bikinis with ethnic and folklore prints and featuring details like embroidery, beads, small mirrors and tassels.  Blue Lagoon, blue tones like aqua and turquoise were seen on the runways. They bring to mind the movie The Blue Lagoon starring Brooke Shields and Cristopher Atkins, shot in the idyllic Turtle Island in Fiji.   The hue is ideal to enhance the tan. French romance is an aesthetic that evokes Brigitte Bardot. Bikinis with Bardot necklines, flouncy ruffles and floral and gingham prints are sure to invade the beach. Fun prints it’s an emerging trend and perfect to inject amusement into swimwear. Bananas, watermelons, flamingos, stars, cactus and ice-cream motifs, some of them combined with other prints like stripes make swimwear appealing   and eye-catching. Whatever your style or body type there is plenty to chose from.

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Sales Finds


Deconstructed shirt



Sales are always a great time to find pieces we need in the wardrobe with the advantage of saving some money. In this post I suggest 4 covetable pieces which are on sales. Military was a big trend for AW16, coats and jackets with details like gold buttons and epaulettes marched down on innumerous shows. The trend continues for SS17, seen at Burberry Prosum, Dsquared2 and Fay. A shirt is a timeless piece and a must have in a woman’s closet. The good news, they appear reconstructed with new volumes, large sleeves and frills. Denim has become a classic fabric. For AW16 we saw embroidered denim and also denim with patches. And of course the iconic fabric also made its appearance on the catwalks for SS17. Distressed jeans were spotted at Dsquared2 and Alexander Wang.   Velvet was the fabric of AW16, from pantsuits, dresses, skirts and shoes, the textile invaded all fashion weeks: New York, London, Milan and Paris. The fabric makes a transition for SS17 thanks to Victoria Beckham, Nina Ricci and Marc Jacobs.


Highligths from Paris Fashion Week SS17

Paris Fashion Week said au revoir on Wednesday and it was a particularly thrilling week with several debuts in some of the most famous fashion houses. ‘80s glam, fuchsia and mini bags were some of the most seen trends on the catwalks. Louis Vuitton presented a contemporary collection with a ‘80s vibe. The show opened with three bias-cut dresses with cut-outs around the waists and black ribbon fastenings. Two of the dresses were rendered in gray and brown and the other one in a metallic fabric. Skirt suits and pantsuits were given a spin and appeared with  deconstructed details, wide shoulders, slits and zips, inspired by the movie Rive Droite, Rive Gauche, about a very important law firm.  The ‘80s nods were seen in the suits, shimmering fabrics like lurex, cobalt pieces and accessories such as turbans.  The looks that featured pants and a dress with black fastenings and sheer tops with a grid pattern felt notably ultramodern and evidenced great technique.   Accessories comprised pointed-toe midi boots in array of colors like black, red, silver and gold. There were also pointed pumps with cross straps.   The brand debuted a new bag, the Petite Malle phone case, which comes with a key ring attachment and it will certain become a hit. Balmain showed a powerful and glamorous collection amplified by the use of bright colors. This time the Olivier Rousteng, decides to replace his very sexy silhouettes for more fluid and looser shapes. Still, the sexiness was still present and visible in pieces featuring thigh-high slits and cut-outs.  The majority of the garments are aimed to the spotlight. Although, there were some great pieces for the day too, like the orange suede jacket with utility pockets modeled by Alessandra Ambrosio,  the green snakeskin jacket and matching skirt sported by Isabeli Fontana, a snakeskin caftan with contrasting black details, a black suede jacket with cut-out details on the shoulders and a matching belt comprising cross straps.   The vertical stripes, one the house trademarks were present and seen on a knitted top and metallic dresses. The striped metallic dress modeled by Kate Grigorieva was absolutely stunning. The show closed with several dresses in gold and silver that had a 80s vibe.  The looks were complemented with high-heel platform sandals. Olivier Rousteng is doing a great job by bringing grown-up glamour back.  Lanvin showcased a super elegant collection that mixed feminine and masculine elements. Bouchra Jarrar, in her first collection for the house reinterprets the Maison’s codes and delivers refined and luxurious elegance that play with opposites.  The show opened with a riff on the white suit worn with a long striped chemesier. There were plenty of marvelous pieces: the cropped jacket embellished with feathers paired with a black sheer midi skirt featuring buckles on the side sported by Taylor Hill; a white vest with feathers teamed up with a long sheer skirt modeled by Julia Nobis; the striped mini dress paired with a sleeveless tuxedo; a floral mini dress paired with a matching bomber jacket; the last look on Karlie Kloss, a double-breasted blazer paired with a white blouse and a long sheer skirt. Details like floral brooches and fringed metallic necklaces accentuated the elegance of the collection. The looks were accessorized with flat sandals, jays embellished sliders and high heel sandals. Bags came in small and medium sizes to be carried on the wrist. Sophisticated elegance that mixes classic and modern items.  Carven presented a joyous collection galvanized by the idea of a “Madame Carven’s imaginary heiress”. The range included miniskirts, slim cargo pants featuring utility pockets and buckles, scarf-print skirts and sheer colorblocking tops and floral skirts and dresses. An A-line dress in lavender and with buckles on the front was very sweet and alluring. Style tricks like skirts over pants, a plastic miniskirt over a floral mini dress and pieces of cloth similar to a veil felt undeniably fresh and modern. Many pieces were embroidered with the C logo of the house. And some of the house staples like stripes and laced featured in the collection. Mostly looks were accessorized with open-toe leather shoes in black and white, in snakeskin and also with the C logo which are hard to resist. Many models displayed necklaces resembling belts which gave the looks a cool edge.    Fashionable and youthful clothes that deserve a space in real closets. Saint Laurent showed an almost black collection loaded with sex appeal. Nods to ‘80s nightclubbing were visible throughout the range, mainly in voluminous sleeves, one-shoulder tops and dresses and gold lame. Other pieces comprised reinterpretations of the famous Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo, like the sleeveless tuxedo paired with a long skirt featuring a slit; cigarette pants, lots of leather in form of tops, miniskirts, dresses, pants and jackets; jeans and velvet jackets.  The looks were accessorized with pumps, some featuring a strap, biker boots and brogues paired with socks. Youth, sex, leather, velvet and smart tailoring were the key elements of Anthony Vaccarello’ s  work which share similar characteristics with his predecessor, Hedi Slimane who mastered the rock’n’roll aesthetic. The Italian-Belgian designer made a fierce start by mixing feminine sensuous elements with masculine silhouettes.  Kenzo presented a strong and heterogeneous collection with    nods to the legendary nightclub Studio 54 and utilitarian gear. The show opened with a series of utilitarian pieces like the white oversize parka modeled by Edie Campbell, skirts with utility pockets and zips, denim combos and garments with a camouflage print. The red and black trench coat with contrasting lapels and the jumpsuits in nylon had a ‘80s vibe. The duo collaborated with the artist Antonio Lopez and several Polaroids of famous models like Jerry hall and Pat Cleveland featured on tops and dresses. The PVC pants with strings on the bottom, the monochrome print dress with puff sleeves, the lame top embellished with sequins on the shoulders and matching skirt  and graphited with a with a blue and pink pattern were the trophy pieces. The show closed with a series of slip dresses strewn in paillettes.  The spiral-heeled sandals and the shiny chainmail bags added a cool touch to the ensembles. Hip and modern clothes that will be coveted by many gals.  Valentino showed a superb collection inspired by the Renaissance colors and The Garden of Earthy Delights. As always big part of the range was dedicated to evening wear. Dresses with elongated sleeves, mostly of them red carpet winners: the long pink pleated dress; the long black sheer dress modeled by Lexi Boling; the long pink dress with ruffles and fanned sleeves. Piccioli collaborated with Zandra Rhodes and together they reinterpreted the work of the Bosch painter, whose landscape prints appeared on skirts and dresses. There were also great offerings for the day like the pink velvet devore coat, the white blouse paired with velvet pants and the fuchsia mac. The looks were accessorized with mini bags with a chain strap and flat sandals with velvet ribbons. It is always admirable the craftsmanship and attention to detail put on the clothes. This was Pierpaolo Piccioli‘s first solo collection and it’s fair to say: well done. Alexander McQueen presented an enthralling collection inspired by the Shetland Islands. The show opened with two maxi dresses made of Shetland lace, the first one topped down with a leather bralet adorned with silver studs and the second one paired with an embellished leather jacket.  Then came tartan suiting comprising cropped pants, mini kilts and sharp tailored blazers, a clear nod to Savile Row. There were also Fair Isle deconstructed jumpers and floral prairie dresses. Many dresses were teamed up with leather bralets which toughened up the romanticism of the pieces. Some looks included all black ensembles featuring floral embroidery and panels of lace. The show closed with embroidered gowns, one in black, two embellished with silver sequins and shredded trains.  Chunky leather boots covered with studs complemented all the looks. The amount of handwork put in the collection was pretty impressive. Clothes with an exquisite beauty that honor British tradition. As always Paris Fashion Week had innumerous celebrities attending the shows. As always PFW had innumerous celebrities attending the shows. Denim jackets, checks and black were favorites among the fashion pack.

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Highlights from Milan Fashion Week SS17

Milan Fashion Week wrapped on Monday and as always the frenetic city provided loads of memorable and exciting moments. Sportswear, bralettes and flatforms were some of the most seen trends on the runways. Alberta Ferretti presented a sensuous collection with a gipsy feel. The range comprised long tiered skirts in taffeta paired with small bustiers, chiffon dresses and tunics worn with slouchy trousers and cinched by leather belts and long gipsy skirts. Details like bra straps peeking out from unbutton shirts felt surprisingly seductive and fresh. The floral embroidery which featured on several dresses and kimonos was really beautiful. The looks were accessorized with high heel sandals and embroidered mules, leather belts with silver buckles and shoulder bags. The opening look sported by Bella Hadid, a purple tiered skirt paired with a leather bandeau is definitely a winner for the red carpet. No. 21 showcased a strong and feminine collection with a sporty touch. Alessandro Dell’Acqua played with layering which resulted in refreshing and fascinating silhouettes. Contrasting pieces like sporty tops adorned with fringes and pompons worn with folk skirts. A lace bomber jacket was teamed up with an asymmetrical mini skirt. Several looks comprised all white ensembles like: a dress ornamented with pompons, a shirt paired with a lace skirt and a dress with long sleeves and ruffles. The looks were accessorized with strappy pumps, flatforms and small bags, some were tied around the models’s waists. Clever glamour that mixes femininity with sporty and folk elements. Emilio Pucci presented a dynamic and colorful collection with some of the house’s hallmarks. Yellow, orange, light blue, green and pink were the dominant colors. The first section of the show comprised fluid dresses and jumpsuits. Then came geometric and modernist prints featured on dresses, skirts and matching combos. Details like draping and knots added interest to the ensembles. Two sequin-embellished looks closed the show. The looks were finished with leather sandals and jerseys boots, rectangular shaped bags with fringes and raffia hats. Frisky and flashy clothes that will liven up a girl wardrobe.  Salvatore Ferragamo presented a modern and feminine collection which took inspiration in Japan. The color palette was dominated by cobalt blue, green, yellow and brown. Floral dresses, boxy jackets suits, cropped   sweatshirts, a perforated leather pantsuit and dress were the standout pieces. The looks were accessorized with platform sandals and sneakers. Contemporary and wearable clothes for the working women of the city. Versace presented an empowering, sporty and sexy collection with a burst of color. Track pants and anoraks alternate with dresses and skirts, whether pleated or featuring thigh-high slits and black suits. There were also sparkly beaded mini dresses. Some of the best looks were the striped track jacket and flowing skirt sported by Naomi Campbell, the printed top and high-slit skirt featured on Adriana Lima and the last look on Gigi Hadid, a blue beaded mini dress teamed up with an oversize sequin and bead-embellished anorak. Accessories comprised Teva-like platform sandals and knee-high leather boots. Modern and practical clothes with a sexy touch. Dolce & Gabbana showed a joyful collection that celebrates the symbols of the Italian dolce vita. Many Italian iconography was seen on the clothes: a sheaf of spaghetti printed on a skirt; dresses and pyjama-style suits featuring ice-cream and cocktail prints. It was a refreshing and fun mix of old and new. The paillette coat paired with jeans, the cropped jacket combined with embellished shorts and the embellished matador jacket teamed up with a polka-dot sheer skirt felt particularly fresh and uplifting.  The range also featured the duo’s signatures: florals, several religious motifs and the black lace dress.  The finale saw all the models in D&G logo t-shirts and miniskirts. The front row had singers, actresses, models and socialites from varied countries. Florals and corsets were popular amongst the style crowd.

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Highlights from Paris Fashion Week AW16

Paris Fashion Week the last leg of the fashion tour wrapped on Wednesday and is always the most anticipated fashion week with its legendary fashion houses. Irregular hems, quilting and the trench coat were some of the most seen trend on the runways. Chanel presented an amazing collection with the house’s classics updated. Karl played with layers and proportions and the tweed suits had frayed deconstructed edges. The show opened with a series of looks in pink tweed and denim separates. There were plenty of marvelous pieces: the pale pink leather hoodie trimmed with black sported by Kendall Jenner; the metallic quilted coat with embellished cuffs and scarf on Gigi Hadid; knits with metal rivets; the Choupette print  (Karl’s cat) spotted on lurex tops and on a skirt; the white dresses with leather detailing; the layers of pearl necklaces. Almost every look was paired with riding boots and topped off with bowler hats.  Karl Lagerfeld masterfully balances the brand’s heritage with newness. Louis Vuitton showed a magnificent collection that merged sporty influences and sharp tailoring.  The sports theme was seen in color-blocked stretchy knit tops and tube dresses and mohair jumpers with racing stripes up and down the arms. Pants were abundant, mostly in leather and track pants with contrast piping.  There were also sultry pieces like the white silk dress and a black dress both topped by leather harnesses. Zip-front vests and jackets had interesting and original silhouettes. Nicolas Ghesquière also looked at the label’s heritage with scarf dresses printed with ropes and chains. Accessories included lace-up combat boots and a wide range of bags: leopard print backpacks and trunks, monogram holdalls and doctor bags. The show ended with a series of sequin dresses. Nicolas wisely combines wearability with artistry. Saint Laurent showcased a glamorous collection that paid homage to the 80s. Emphasis on power dressing: one-shoulder mini-dresses cinched by wide belts to accentuate the voluminous shoulders; a tuxedo paired with a polka-dot shirt with Pierrot collar; sculpted leather dresses; puffball skirts paired with leather jackets daubed with glittery stars; sequined catsuits; colorful fur coats in bold shapes. Accessories included pointed stiletto pumps, sheer hosiery, tubular metal chokers, metal cuffs and heart-shaped mini shoulder bags. Show-stopping designs that used couture techniques. Balmain presented a collection with high-octane sex appeal twisted by an unexpected color palette. The tones icy grey, pale pink and beige added novelty and vigorousness to the range. Olivier Rousteng focused on an hourglass silhouette and almost every look was cinched at the waist, either with a corset or a wide metallic belt.  Sheer body stocking dresses, mini crinoline skirts, striped body suits, mini-dresses embroidered with pearls, crystals and fringes all marched down the catwalk on the bodies of the most famous supermodels.  The looks in pastels tones were the ones which stood out the most, as well as the last look sported by Kendall Jenner: a black lace body-hugging dress. Footwear included suede thigh-high boots and brass buckled high heels. Lavish clothes made for the limelight.  Céline showed and elegant and understated collection. The long tunics and wide-leg trousers which became the brand’s signatures were perfected through new textures and fabrics. Mannish shirting with elongated collars and longer cuffs, satin and silk dresses with ruching and knotting, smart utility coats were also part of the range. Most of the clothes was rendered in neutral tones, blue and black.  Accessories comprised flat sandals with leather straps, trompe l’oeil crystal belts and bags that came tied around model’s waists. All in all, Phoebe Philo stayed true to the Céline aesthetic and delivered covetable and wearable clothes.  Givenchy presented a clever collection that mixed mysticism and streetwear. Psychedelic music and the Egyptian culture were sources of inspiration. Mandalas decorated blouses and dresses with exposed backs and the Exe of Horus and other Egyptian motifs appeared on print frocks. Riccardo Tisci also delved into military tailoring and band jackets appeared updated in a myriad of colors paired with shorts.  Leopard and python also featured on dresses and coats. Several looks comprised all black ensembles like: a military coat, bomber jackets, dresses with tiers and fur trimming. Footwear included thig-high boots with a gold cone heel and python boots. Elegant blend of different genres and cultures. Kenzo presented a fun and eclectic collection with some references to Sailor Moon – a cult Japanese manga series from the 90s.   The adorable wardrobe from the character came in the form of schoolgirl uniforms, namely, blouses with puffed sleeves and A-line leather mini-skirts. Florals, tiger print, grid checks and stripes reinforced the kookiness and distinct style that made Kenzo so sui generis. For Fall, the Kenzo girl also wears denim suits, pleated flowing dresses, velvet cigarette pants and knit combos. Outerwear comprised envelope coats and short jackets.  Accessories included zebra print boots and pumps, leather boots and small rectangular bags. Carol Lim and Humberto Leon sartorial partnership continues fresh and frisky. Valentino showed a very pretty collection inspired by ballet and dance movies. The ballet references manifested in tutu skirts paired with turtlenecks, footless tights, ballet flats and ribbons tied around the model’s waists to   emulate the bands ballerinas wear. The velvet dresses in marigold, green and taupe were really marvelous. The range also comprise tough outerwear like military-style coats, a trench coat in black leather and a burgundy patent leather coat. Accessories included combat boots, velvet ballroom sandals, quilted handbags with chain straps and silver layers of necklaces. The eveningwear as always was astonishing and closed the show with a series of nude gowns with smatterings of Swarovski crystals.  Beautiful and magic clothes with remarkable workmanship.  As always Paris Fashion Week attracted a huge number of celebrities. Black, green and the cowboy boots by Céline were favorites amongst the fashion pack.

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Highlights from Milan Fashion Week AW16

Milan Fashion Week said Ciao on Monday and as always the fast-paced city provided loads of delightful and indelible moments. The cinched waist, eye-catching prints and oversize sleeves were some of the most seen trends on the catwalks. Gucci presented a triumphant collection full of joyous color inspired by the bourgeois Renaissance, 70’s sport and 80’s Italian and French Couture. An array of clothes with a mishmash of influences: 70s style dresses with flared sleeves and platform sandals, silk cheongsams, cute kawaii colors and brocades. Long gowns were abundant:  one-shouldered dress with a rainbow tulle skirt, a ruffled dress with birds embroidered on the chest, a floral dress with a pink belt,   a nude dress adorned with feathers, a sheer aqua gown with puffed sleeves and an embroidered panther which closed the show.  The range also had men’s style suits in red, black and white. Outerwear comprised aviator jackets with padded lining and colorful fur collars, double-breasted brocade coats, fur coats in vivid shades like pink, yellow and red, capes in tromp l’oeil shape and white belted coats. Accessories included glittering glasses, varsity socks, furry-finished Mary-Janes, metallic sandals, bags in bright colors and mostly square-shaped. Alessandro Michele teamed up with Trevor Andrew, a graffiti artist whose spray painting of the words ‘real’ and ‘GG’  appeared on bags and on the back of fur coats and leather jackets.  Irresistible and retro-chic clothes for the woman who praises creativity and escapism. Prada showed a superb and compelling collection inspired by the idea of ‘vagabond’.  The French Revolution and Louis XIV were also sources of inspiration. Lavish layering and a surfeit of jewelry was predominant.  Almost every look featured a cinched waist, a half corset and a series of leather belts. The color palette was foremost autumnal: black, blue, brown, green and gold. The brand collaborated with the artist Christophe Chemin who created illustrations which appeared on T-shirts and brocade coats. The leather pencil skirts and the brocade dresses were truly divine. The Hawaiian shirt was given a spin when paired with corseted belts and quilted jackets. Outerwear comprised tweed hunting jackets, capes and military and fur coats. Jewels were done in heavy doses: keys, diaries and mini bags hang from necklaces and belts which gave an unexpected twist. Accessories included: sailor hats, wooly Argyle tights, elbow length knitted gloves, open-toe lace-up boots, velvet Mary-Janes and high heel sandals. Artsy clothes with a fashion-forward twist. Fendi presented a fun and groovy collection inspired by the Japan’s kawaii culture and the waves. Wavy details were seen in almost every garment and even on boots and bags. The color palette was dominated by blue, black, green, brown, gold and purple with splashes of sherbet shades.  The lengths were varied and comprised mini, midi and long.    The range featured midi skirts, pinafores, 60s shifts, fur coats and stoles and trapeze coats.  The standout pieces were the navy dropped-waist coat dress with a fur collar sported by Kendall Jenner and the brown brocade dress with a botanical print.  Accessories included   turquoise thigh-high boots, maxi bags in multicolored fur and cat-eye sunglasses with stripes at the corners. Exquisite and well-crafted clothes that will attract a younger clientele.  Moschino showcased a bold and wacky collection with the theme ‘It’s a Lit’.  Some of the looks harked back Franco Moschino staples like the giant satin bows in purple, yellow and pink. But Jeremy Scott gave the range his own twist and humor. The designer definitely burned the house down with prom dresses with hems burned thanks to portable smoke machines and a chandelier turned into a gown. Other looks featured plenty of leather pieces like the opening look modeled by Lexi Boling, a leather gown with an unzipped slit. There was also garments with skeleton-like details made of chains, distressed denim and a dress with a cigarette and lip print. Accessories consisted of biker boots, long black leather gloves and fishnet tights and leather caps.  With a doubt fashion need this kind of flippancy. Versace showed an empowering and functional collection with a touch of athleisure. The first section of the show consisted of sleek ensembles like a navy duffle coat, a military-style coat, and tailored wool suits with sporty details, zips and striped gauntlets.  Then came pastel mini dresses, muticolored furs, slinky slip dresses and kooky prints.  The house trademark baroque print designed by Gianni Versace was abstracted and featured on silk shirts, pants and dresses in icy tones. Accessories comprised metal stiletto ankle boots with neoprene, embroidered backpacks and elastic headbands. Polished, wearable and covetable clothes for the city woman. Dolce & Gabbana presented a fairy-tale themed collection fit for a princess. References to Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty were scattered across the clothes like: a white dress with mice, bags featuring clocks representing the striking of midnight; a dress with gold collar and printed with red apples; the concept of magic mirror was seen in a dress covered entirely in a mirror mosaic; the princes were represented with military combos festooned with rope trim.  The range contained the duo classics as well: florals and sheer. Accessories included embellished pumps and metallic flat leather boots and sparkling, jewel-encrusted hair bows. The star pieces were the houndstooth coats, the embroidered midi skirts, the frilly jumpers, the metallic striped dresses and the bags featuring buttoned velvet quilting and jewels. The finale saw all the models in a stream of sequined mini dresses. The front row had actresses, models, singers and socialites all dressed to the nines. Garments with fringes, fur accents and red were popular amongst the style crowd.

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