Sunset Dreaming

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Dreaming of adventures that flit across time zones in pursuit of the world’s untouched beaches? Instead of snapping a golden sunset to capture that feeling, try wearing the richness of its flame-licked yellow-to-orange palette. The sun-drenched shades of the new dresses make perfect packing solutions for the first escape of summer.

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Spring/Summer 2016 Altuzarra

No matter how many we encounter, there is just something about a sunset that ignites the imagination. Perhaps it’s the pure romance, or the memories of salty, sunkissed holiday skin, or simply the magic of that moment when dusk turns to night. It got designers thinking, too; from yellow to fiery orange and cinnamon, there isn’t one colour this spring but an ombré of glowing sunset hues.

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Spring/Summer 2016 Alberta Ferretti

Clueless turns 20 | As If!

Hard to believe as it may be, Clueless celebrates its 20th anniversary this July. To mark the occasion, Jen Chaney conducted interviews with the cast and crew, and compiled the results in the encyclopedic paperback As If! The more-than-300-page book covers everything, from how they got those tiny flowers into Dionne’s braids to initial screenings of the film. Here are seven facts about the costumes worth noting.


The budget was fairly low, considering the number of costumes needed. 

“I think [the budget] was like $200,000,” said costume designer Mona May. “Which was nothing. To have the main character have 63 changes, and you’d have all the big female characters have that many changes in the film, plus all the supporting cast and the background that I had to dress head to toe: That was really not a lot of money.”

Cher’s plaid look didn’t come easy. 

Finding the Jean Paul Gaultier plaid skirtsuit that Cher wears for the first day of school was no easy task. Writer and director Amy Heckerling describes the search to find the right outfit for Cher’s first in-school appearance as a struggle for May, until the JPG number appeared and just clicked. “For that scene, we probably tried 10 or 15 different outfits. They were all plaid. Different colors: little dresses, little jumpers, or just different things. Once we put the yellow on—I don’t remember if it was number five or number 10 or whatever—but it was like, ‘Wow. Here it is,’” May said.

Those knee socks are inspired by Cabaret.

“The over-the-knee socks have just been an obsession of mine my whole life. You know, because of Cabaret, and movies from the ’20s where they have the roll-down stockings,” said Heckerling of the inspiration for Cher’s go-to socks. “When Liza Minnelli is singing ‘Mein Herr’ [in Cabaret] with the short black shorts with the over-the-knee stockings, I go, ‘Well, that’s the best outfit a girl could wear, ever.’”

Alicia Silverstone kept all her clothes, but you’re not going to like what she did with them.

“I didn’t do a very good job at saving any of them. I was stupid about that whole thing. I think I gave them all away,” Silverstone admitted.

Elisa Donovan, who played Amber, wore the same lipstick in every scene. 

“She was game for anything,” explained Alan Friedman, the film’s makeup supervisor—except for maybe her lipstick. “She generally wore the same lipstick for every scene, but she would let me sort of go at it.”

Paul Rudd wore his own clothes for several scenes. 

“I had only gotten out of college a few years before. I think they just kind of wanted it to be like what I would wear,” mused Paul Rudd. The Amnesty International tee his character, Josh, wears was Rudd’s own, as was a tee he picked up from a band in Minneapolis. “In one of the scenes, I was wearing a T-shirt from this band called Trip Shakespeare, that was a band that I loved from Minneapolis.”

Cher’s closet was inspired by Victoria’s Secret.

Cher’s infamous wardrobe was actually built in a pool house on the property where the movie was filmed and was inspired by the look of Victoria’s Secret. “I recall painting her room in pink and white stripes, which was basically—the inspiration there was the box from Victoria’s Secret,” noted production designer Steve Jordan.134bf408e300363641948b821b22a1d8

Spring/Summer 2015 Emilio Pucci

THAT Seventies Show – is fast becoming the way to sum up Milan Fashion Week, from Gucci to Prada and onto Emilio Pucci.

“It’s always resonated with me. I think it’s a reaction,” said Pucci creative director Peter Dundas backstage by way of explanation. “I really wanted to do it last time so just thought I’m just going to do it.” Fair enough.

Whether the fashion forces of Milan got together to conspire in favour of the era or not, it’s on next summer’s agenda for sure – but it just depends on what kind of Seventies spirit you are.

“It’s my girls,” said Dundas, referring to Poppy Delevingne who was bejewelled and Pucci-fied out front. What he meant was that bohemian and carefree spirit – but situated in a contemporary context.

And this was very much a happy-hippy collection: plunge-neck crochet dresses embroidered with flowers, be-tasselled ponchos of the same effect, wispy butterfly-billowing maxi dresses, psychedelic shades and prints of Zap ice lolly optics, waistcoats, skinny suits, flares – tick, tick, tick for the Seventies. There were even those orange and brown colour clashes.

Halter necks, empire lines, gypsy tops and gilets – the repertoire continued as a mash-up of Fleetwood Mac played out – and then Naomi Campbell took a turn on the catwalk.

With all its colour and exotic psychedelic prints, Pucci is a brand that sits well in the Seventies – and will do in the second wave of the Noughties with so many trend boxes ticked this season.

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Spring/Summer 2015 Burberry Prorsum


CHRISTOPHER BAILEY loves to riff on a topper. In previous seasons he’s reimagined the biker, the aviation jacket, the gritty parka, the trench – of course – and this season, he turned his hand to the indigo denim jacket, that forever young wardrobe staple that’s imbued with good times and optimism.

Serenaded with a live performance by James Bay, Malaika Firth opened the show (fellow Burberry girls, Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne sat front row, alongside Mario Testino) in a fitted wasp-waisted jean jacket with white sheepskin erupting out from under its little peplum.

Varying versions were in never-ending supply. Some were lined in sprouting white ostrich feathers, others were fiercely cropped, another was clad in dusty pink mink, or rendered in grass green suede with a glossy plastic collar and breast pockets. You’ll be spoilt for choice. It wasn’t only those jackets that conveyed a young-at-heart appeal, every luxury house seemingly has a hit sneaker right now and Christopher Bailey debuted Burberry’s all-white style, the “field” sneaker with a bright striped foamy sole.

Under those jackets were tulle dresses as light as candy floss that were whipped around bodies in sensual swathes of bandaged twists or pleats.

The British countryside comes alive in spring and there were nods to that feeling, which arrive with the first signs of summer, rooted in this collection. From those fluffy soft lambswool accents, to that particular shade of grass green, to the oversized butterfly prints and enlarged and abstracted bumble bee motifs and slogans that screamed “insects,” “flower,” and “sun” plastered over trench coats and printed dresses, and yes, all further enhanced by Bay’s The Clocks Go Forward, and the sunlight streaming through the Burberry tent in Hyde Park – as though right on cue.

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