Punk style returned with a vengeance

December 20 [Thu], 2012, 19:57

Punk style returned with a vengeance -- at least among Balenciaga Outlet a small but influential group of designers who presented their spring 2011 collections here last week. But this time, the raw, aggressive, do-it-yourself aesthetic, born in London and New York in the 1970s to serve as a howl of anger and disgruntlement, took up residence in some of this city's most elite locations. Studs and safety pins, shredded jeans and torn T-shirts were unveiled in the gilded salons of the Hotel du Crillon, the Westin, a private atelier..

American in Paris (1255 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703-519-8234) customers range from high-schoolers to Capitol Hill lobbyists to television personalities. Although owner Joelle Solimano says very little of the clothing she carries, which ranges from sporty separates to black tie, qualifies as trendy ("My customers are not going to wear big shoulders," she notes), she's mindful of current styles. A black coat from Tibi features a ruffled collar and pockets and Balenciaga Bags a sporty toggle closure, David Meister's midnight-blue one-shoulder long evening gown is embellished with a jeweled brooch and a Nicole Miller metallic cap-sleeve gown shows off the season's love affair with draping and folding fabric.

Once upon a time, runway audiences were populated only by retailers and fashion editors -- professionals who used the shows to plan business six months down the road. Editors would extrapolate the trends from a flood of information, then assign stories and photo shoots aimed at both educating and wooing readers. Retailers used catwalk shows Balenciaga City to inform decisions about how to stock shelves.

Before the show began, the audience sat expectantly amid a maze of white benches that wound through a plain white room. Folks had arrived early because of French labor Balenciaga Motorcycle strikes that affected public transportation and threatened to halt nearly all city traffic. No one wanted to be stuck breathing in diesel exhaust, drumming his fingers against the side of a taxi and wondering if he were missing something grand..

Kelly Wearstler is an interior designer and fashion designer Balenciaga Handbags who is known for balancing old Hollywood glamour with west coast cool. She served as a judge on Bravo's Top Design and in October, released her fourth design book, Chromatic Rhapsody ($55, Rizzoli). The tome offers a look into Wearstler's world, profiling her latest residential projects and hotels, as well as her creative process..

Recently, I've been lucky enough to have some top interior designers Balenciaga Bag who have written books that came out this fall, including Barbara Barry, Miles Redd and the Novogratz. I also had Darryl Carter who not only wrote a book but opened a DC design boutique. I would like to get more retailers to chat with us next year and maybe some architects or remodelers.

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