Male figure skaters are upping the fashion ante in Vancouver.
The world champion, Evan Lysacek of the U.S., lined up Vera Wang to design five costumes for his Olympic effort, including a charcoal gray ensemble with feathers from Lemarié, a supplier to Coco Chanel herself.
Wang, a former competitive skater, is uncertain what Lysacek will wear on the ice. She will be rinkside to catch Lysacek’s acrobatic triple and quadruple jumps. The designer skated with him to “Firebird” and “Scheherazade” before setting out to design his costumes.
Referring to how the sport is judged for athleticism, artistry and technicality, Wang said: “You have to swim like Michael Phelps, dive like Greg Louganis but look good, be costumed and stay to the music. It’s kind of your worst nightmare as a designer.”
It’s not just about looking good. One outfit had a leather panel on the midriff, which had to be replaced with a mesh inset to allow for breathability, Wang said. Wrapped silk, a technique that will be featured in her runway next week, proved to be more suitable.
Although U.S. skater Johnny Weir donned Rodarte for a shoot that appeared in the New York Times Magazine, he prefers to design his own competitive attire, a U.S. Figure Skating Association spokeswoman said.
Rachael Flatt, 17, one of the two Americans who will compete in the women’s singles competition, typically wears costumes designed by Julie McDonough. She has competed in contrasting styles such as a crystal-encrusted red dress and a more diaphanous pale blue one with more discreet beading. Flatt already has a partnership with MAC Cosmetics.
Her teammate, 16-year-old Mira Nagasu, whose first name is a Japanese word for future, has been more daring with her outfits, including a ruby-colored sleeveless dress with dramatic black beading and a more playful pink, black-and-white Pop Art one with long white gloves.
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive