Thursday, July 3, 2008
Alessandra Facchinetti's couture debut stumbled a few times while she attempted to bridge who she is as a designer with the style and imagery of the iconic house but for the most part she seems to have established herself with this collection as the next best thing to the recently retired Valentino himself. While Style.Com may have felt that some pieces were too weighed down with embroidery and beading I loved most of the detailing. But I especially loved her use of chiffon...I think she should consider it her speciality! Oh, to have a piece of Valentino Couture of my very own...! Someday, someday!
Here are some of my favorite looks from the collection:
I'm not actually a fan of that last look; I just was fascinated by how it really made her appear to be completely 2d...she literally looks like a paper doll! There is also just something really creepy about the design. It reminds me of Lurch from the Addams Family!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Extravagance was the name of the game at Christian Lacroix. While some might argue that in this economy it's time for muted, somber designs Lacroix was all about excess and escape.
Acres of lovingly embellished lace, bead work, layers of hand painted fabrics and fantastical hats and headbands walked the runway as if the models didn't exist; These creations are alive all on their own. Pleats, structure and fabrics folded into petals were so obviously lovingly constructed with every detail made painstakingly perfect. Every detail had dozens of details of its own! I adored the satin hoods, long lace veils and jeweled hair pieces.
John Galliano pulled out all the glamorous stops at Dior Couture. The collection was a study in regal contrasts with nods to French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the New Look, lady-like charm and Galliano's own love of the perverse.
The fifties dance dresses in pastels and muted grays were familiar silhouettes with interesting, modern details like the very sheer skirts and matching fetish heels.
At first I thought this was the perfect collection. I thought it had been designed just for me in my dreams. But the more I looked at it the less inspired I felt by it. It's beautiful but I lost interest very quickly. It's an unexpected look from Galliano this classic, safe, pretty idea and maybe that's why I was so charmed at first? But getting past the Galliano idea it's pretty much your average, expected couture show. What do you think?
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Couture week always makes me a bit giddy.
Right now I'm pouring over pictures from this morning's Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 08-09 collection.
From the Gotham City homage set to the almost architectural structure of the dresses Karl seemed to have been inspired by an industrial muse. It's a beautiful collection where even the most futuristic and innovated piece felt feminine and still a classic Chanel collection.
This collection is certainly more focused on the art of design and innovations in proportions, shapes, and use of fabrics than it is about being wearable. The last few Chanel Couture shows have been beautiful and amazing but they often seemed like Ready-To-Wear collections with a few Couture pieces. This felt more like an actual couture show. But it's the attention to detail; the absolute perfection of the construction that made this collection fascinating. The head pieces framing some of the models faces as portraits and works of art was a truly genius step. It was the perfect encapsulation of fashion as art.
So what didn't I like? The Anna Wintour bob wigs! Karl's used them for what? Three Chanel collections? Not to mention at least a season at Karl Largerfeld Collection! Is he aiming for a Vogue cover or something?
Sorry for the lack of updates the past few days! Now that it's Couture Week I'll try to be updating a few times a day but I can't promise anything!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
A very sad post today.
20-year-old model Ruslana Korshunova apparently committed suicide yesterday afternoon. The IMG model leaped from the window of her 9th floor one bedroom apartment in New York's Financial District around 2:30 PM. She was just three days short of her 21st birthday.
According to police there were no signs of a struggle leading to the suicide conclusion despite the fact that she always appeared cheerful to those around her. According to the NY Post friends say that there were no signs of her depression and that she was very happy modeling and living in New York. But other media sources, including The Fashion Spot, are claiming that she posted suspicious and seemingly depressed messages on her myspace.
Korshunova appeared on the covers of French Elle and Russian Vogue as well as ads for Christian Dior, DKNY, Nina Ricci and Vera Wang. She had successful runs at both NY and London fashion weeks walking in shows for Libertine, Jill Stuart, Rosa Cha, Betsy Johnson and Lela Rose. But she was most famous for her Rapunzel long hair and her Nina Ricci contract.
She began modeling professionally at age 15 when her photograph was spotted in All Asia magazine by Debbie Jones at Models 1 and has lived abroad and been a working model, sending money home to her family, ever since. Ruslana was born in Kazakh (it was then part of the Soviet Union) on July 2nd, 1988 in and eventually spoke Russian, German and English fluently.
I think this is a haunting and unfortunate reminder that models, no matter how beautiful or successful or seemingly glamorous, can have a difficult time just like anyone else. This was, after all, a woman who had essentially left her family and home as a child to live in a foreign country, constantly be on the road between multiple countries, working in a high pressure, demanding industry entirely by herself. It's one of the most isolating and lonely careers in the world and, for the most part, it's a career chosen by teenage girls. They travel alone, eat alone, sleep alone, etc. It's sad. And it makes sense that a maybe heartbroken and/or exhausted girl could lose sight of things in that. I'm just devastated that she chose to take her own life.
My most sincere prayers are with her, her family, and her friends.
Ruslana Korshunova, July 2nd 1987-June 28th 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Every fashion blogger seems to be obsessed with Polyvore. And it makes sense...who doesn't want to create their own dream outfit? I've actually been a member for a few months now but haven't been making many sets. I get bored easily. But I watched The Devil Wears Prada for about the billionth time the other night and I don't think I'll ever stop being obsessed with Anne's all Chanel post-makeover outfit. Then this morning I was reading about the fashion collage making site on Fashionista so I thought I'd share it and my re-creation of it with you via the magic of Polyvore.
Remember to add Bostonista on Polyvore! Plus, click the image for details on each of the items.
I've been feeling super uninspired and unimpressed lately about everything, including fashion. I guess I'm in a mood. But one of the best people to pull you out of a sartorial rut?
Enjoy some beautiful photos of her in Liberation Next France!
I would like to be able to wear lace booty shorts and look that amazing.
Or at least be able to blow the perfect bubble gum bubble.
Alas, neither are possible for me.
Right now at least.
I'm off to lay on my floor, surrounded by fashion magazines, listening to Duffy in the dark.
It will be very fabulous.