Fashion

Changes To Fashion Week: What To Expect This Season

Cancellations, a scavenger hunt, even a (possible) Miss Piggy rivalry! From New York to Paris, fashion month is keeping us on our toes

Peter Som Fall 2012 / Photo Courtesy of Peter Som

Peter Som Fall 2012; Photo by Anthea Simms

NEW YORK: Fashion week regular Peter Som announced a cancellation for his Fall 2013 womenswear show. Originally slated for February 8 at Milk Studios, a representative for the brand confirmed he is indeed designing a collection, but has yet to determine the details of its presentation. The NYFW lineup will surely miss his punchy prints and optimistic sporty staples that usually splash in the dark sea of strict tailoring we’ve come to expect from fall, but for what it’s worth, at least there’s still a collection on its way.

Photo by Keystone Press

Photo by Keystone Press

NEW YORK: Katie Holmes will be sitting out New York Fashion Week (or sitting front row). Either way, Holmes & Yang, Katie’s joint design endeavor with longtime stylist Jeanne Yang, has been deemed undeserving of a second jaunt, after the Spring 2013 collection yielded halfhearted reviews. While individual pieces were pleasantly chic, the 15 looks on display were a far cry from a collective vision. Agreeably, the powers that may be just couldn’t justify a second presentation. Fittingly, however, Holmes just wrapped up a Broadway show, and has newly signed on as co-owner of Alterna Haircare.

Photo Courtesy of Song Pictures Animation

Photo Courtesy of Song Pictures Animation

NEW YORK: To fuel the release of The Smurfs 2, a blue-infused clothing collection will pay tribute to the only female Smurf during New York Fashion Week. Sony Pictures Animation and Junk Food Art House have come together to stage the show, “Le Look Smurfette.” While one might question what the models will wear, Sony has called on Highsnobette’s Lois Sakany and Samia Grand-Pierre to recreate the blue leading lady’s signature uniform. The two editors-come-designers will source the fictional character’s Belgian creator Peyo for design inspiration. Le Look Smurfette will take the runway on February 13, in absence of Katy Perry, the voice of Smurfette in the new film. And we doubt Miss Piggy will make an appearance either – we can smell a fashion feud already brewing.

Photo by Getty Images

Photo by Getty Images

LONDON: For his forthcoming womenswear show, Tom Ford will host his first proper foray on the London Fashion Week roster. For the first time since his September 2010 womenswear comeback, Ford will show his collection on a catwalk, eschewing a previous preference for limiting reveals to private presentations that banned photography – hosted in New York, no less. Perhaps this a statement to be made about the recent immense growth of his namesake stores worldwide.

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LONDON: On the heels of preparations for her first ever fashion show, Rihanna’s whipped up excitement by revealing an exclusive preview of her long-awaited range for River Island. The video is a sneak peak at the collection, which speaks to her hit-or-miss style – think sexy swimwear, jumpsuits, and sheer paneling. Her design debut will be unveiled in full at London Fashion Week. While Rihanna might have been clever in choosing a city known for its brave street style in hopes of receptiveness, if there’s one thing the singer can learn from her celebrity-turned-designer colleagues, it’s that crafting a collection requires single-minded dedication. If she’s not taking notes from Victoria Beckham or the Olsen’s, she might be sitting on the sidelines beside Katie Holmes next season – or worse still, Kanye West.

H&M Fall 2012 / Photo Courtesy of H&M

H&M Fall 2012 / Photo Courtesy of H&M

PARIS: Cheap and chic retailer H&M will stage a runway show for the first time in eight years. After a series of collaborations with some of the most iconic industry faces – including Lanvin, Versace, and most recently Maison Martin Margiela – it’s about time the fast fashion empire honoured its own studio. Slotted for the eve of February 27, the show will be hosted at the neo-classical Musée Rodin, which has previously entertained Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent runways.

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

PARIS: The runways are being laid, but not for Alexander McQueen. Creative director, and heavily pregnant, Sarah Burton announced she has not reclaimed McQueen’s tradition PFW evening show slot for the coming season, opting instead for an intimate viewing. The private presentation will be held at a central Paris location in the afternoon of March 5, for approximately 100 editors. Burton will remain in her hometown of London to heed for her unborn twins.