Fashion weeks look east for spring-summer 2013 inspiration

Paris Fashion Week starts Tuesday, the last and most important of the September weeks dedicated to designers’ collections for spring-summer 2013. The Cut blog notes that so far, in collections seen in New York, London and Milan, there’s been a big Japanese influence, evident at Rodarte, Marni, Gianfranco Ferre and Alexander Wang, in details such as wing-shaped shoulders, wide pants and “origami-like organdy.” [The Cut]

(Follow Los Angeles Times’ Fashion Critic Booth Moore’s coverage of Paris Fashion Week on our All the Rage blog.)

Victoria’s Secret apparently took the Japanese influence a bit too far recently with a lingerie outfit the company named “Sexy Little Geisha.” The outfit, a mesh teddy with floral accents, provoked criticism and complaints of racism and stereotypes, and now it seems to have been pulled from the Vicky’s website. But they still have Sexy Little Cowgirl, Sexy Little Mobster, Sexy Little Sergeant, et al. [Huffington Post]

Four months after committing to stopping the use of models under 16 years old, Vogue has reportedly violated the pledge twice: using a 14-year-old in a Vogue Japan shoot last week and a 15-year-old in Vogue China’s August issue. [Jezebel]Emanuel Ungaro announced another stab at resuscitation on Monday. The label, which faltered when Lindsay Lohan briefly served as artistic advisor in 2009 and which later hired and then lost designer Giles Deacon, has tapped young designer Fausto Puglisi  -- who has designed masks for Madonna’s MDNA tour -- as creative director and plans to return to the Paris runways next year. [The Cut]


Former Philippines’ first lady Imelda Marcos’ infamous shoe collection (she had well over 1,200 pairs) has been almost destroyed by termites and water damage in a basement at the museum in Manila where they were being stored. [Styleite]

Estee Lauder plans to launch a new brand specifically for China that blends traditional Chinese ingredients (such as ginseng) with Western marketing. [NYT]


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