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TI Preview: Style.com Magazine: Issue #2

Nadja Bender backstage at Lanvin.  Photo by Nick Waplington.Nadja Bender backstage at Lanvin. Photo by Nick Waplington.

Loving Nadja Bender (backstage at Lanvin ) on the cover of the upcoming style.com magazine. And the issue sounds like its bursting with too juicy sound bytes. Take this choice one from Alber Elbaz "³I always say I cannot work with bitches; they block my creativity". Keep it real Alber, keep it really real. Here are some other highlights of the new issue, on newstands April 2 :

New York Diary: Fashion Is Not Yet Dead

This coat made TI want to become a drag queen for the dayThis coat made TI want to become a drag queen for the day

Yesterday I went over to Women/Supreme to Q+A Rianne Ten Haken for Spur.

TI IS MAD FOR: LANVIN'S BLACK SATIN KICKS

Ti has been mad for lots of things recently but I really do love Lanvin's classic kicksTi has been mad for lots of things recently but I really do love Lanvin's classic kicks

Sneakers with dress pants usually makes for a big "yuck"

Paris Diary: Retail Rally

Hermes leads the charge of the indefatiguable bourgeoise shopping hordesHermes leads the charge of the indefatiguable bourgeoise shopping hordes

TOKYO FUTURES MARKET

Yoshio Kubo Spring/Summer 09Yoshio Kubo Spring/Summer 09

Beige is a challenging color to use, it’s difficult to use well in the right shade and style to get the beauty out of the clothes. Black has a more immediate effect. This show was a real challenge.

Yoshio Kubo on his Spring Collection

WITHER THE YOUNG DESIGNER?

Alexander Wang must stand the test of his times! NY needs that. Image via alexanderwang.comAlexander Wang must stand the test of his times! NY needs that. Image via alexanderwang.com

Men On Show: MILAN + PARIS FW08

Red's Tyler Riggs is very coveted for the Milan/Paris Shows FW08Red's Tyler Riggs is very coveted for the Milan/Paris Shows FW08

At the women shows I look at the models. At the men's shows, I come with a magnifying glass seriously trained on the clothes. The clock's counting down to the FW08 men's presentations in Milan and Paris and this very specialized market-that of high end designer menswear - is in a very transitional place right this minute. Time was you knew what you would be getting well in advance when it came to "The Shows" . And what entertainment these shows would provide, Tom Ford's flagrant Gucci vs Miuccia Prada's highminded men's line. Raf Simons's art gallery perfect wauldrobe vs Galliano's flamboyant bucaneers. And then the piece de resistance. Hedi Slimane's rock inflected couture level work at Dior Homme. What clear identities they had then.
So what are the shows with the best advance billing right this minute? After being eclipsed by the perverse streamlining at Dior, the Prada suit has a lot of lost ground to cover. Oddly enough Ralph Lauren's return to Milan this season has high expectations building for the glimpse of some kind of spectacle, if not in terms of the looks which are sure to be conservative, then in terms of the show's production values. The revamp of Ferre, as previously mentioned on TI has the label whores (like us) drumming the thumbs in suspense.

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