Sartorially speaking, nothing channels the holiday season quite like velvet. But banish any memories of those stiff family-portrait frocks, because this year the fabric is significantly more cutting-edge. Think Proenza Schouler’s Ziggy Stardust-esque printed trousers, or Bottega Veneta’s acid-orange update to the label’s classic intrecciato clutch. Want something a little more basic? We suggest a pair of navy Vans lace-ups or a ruby-red ASOS ballerina. Click through to find something crush-worthy.
In case you were either brushing up on sustainable farming practices in Chile’s Antofagasta Region or dozing through last night’s C-SPAN2 programming and in turn missed the annual extravaganza of bejeweled modesty otherwise known as the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on the CBS Television Network, then you are in luck. As it so happens the good people at CBS have posted the 43 minute program online, which includes steamy, compressed video glimpses of Maryna Linchuk (Ford), Karmen Pedaru (Ford), and Anais Mali (Ford).
Metrovelvet set up a photo booth backstage at GMHC Fashion Forward the other week and the results are in — the models looked fabulous! Amongst the many models mingling backstage at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street, Metrovelvet captured Daiane Conterato (Ford), Cora Emmanuel (Ford Women), C.J. Hancock (Ford Men), Travis and Troy Cannata (Ford Men), and more.
Interview December / January 2012 is finally on newsstands and the double issue packs a considerable holiday wallop not least of which includes an interview with Donatella Versace that features two electric portraits of Karmen Pedaru (Ford) by Patrick Demarchelier.
Just in time for the holidays Bambi Northwood-Blyth (Ford) takes to the watery stage in a new video for the fragrance Agua de Bambú directed by Héctor Zerkowitz. The 120-second video treatment sees the Australian model whirl and twist across a set covered in an inch of water all the while striking suspended glass chimes. It is truly enchanting and all the more so with with Bambi chiming.
If fashion is sport, layering is the offensive line: Beat the elements before they fell you. Here, Tao Okamoto is ready for any weather. A cozy fur chubby slips over a wet-weather trench, while tights, leggings, and a scarf are auxiliary cold fighters. But instead of swimming in so many cover-ups, Okamoto draws attention to what’s underneath in a quirky, paisley-print dress.
Showing your skivvies has never been more encouraged. A hint of underthings has always been the key to an artfully unkempt look, and as designers have warmed to the notion of showing off what lies beneath, underpinnings have merited a longer look. From sheer overlays to all-over lace—not to mention some straight-up lingerie—take your pick from the season’s raciest essentials. (Psst, gentlemen: This stuff is also excellent for gifting.)