Friday, December 5, 2008
Sasha Pivovarova led out a parade of extravagance at Chanel Pre Fall 09. Karl's Byzantine ladies laughed in the face of the world-wide economic melt down to create one of the best, most inspired Chanel collections of the past few years.
Silhouettes varied from sloping, almost rounded shoulders to sleek, strong military coats and shapes. But it was the intricate details like crystal embellished feather fringe, hand-sewn pearls and beads embroidered into the brocade, and extravagant furs. My favorite part of the show was the high, gilded hair pieces and tiaras created by Japan's Kamo. Inspired by Slavic folklore and Imperial Russia Karl has created a fantasy of layering and beauty. But considering the state of the world was it really appropriate? Sure. As Karl told WWD following the show, "These dresses come out in six or seven months from now, and the world may have changed by then. (Besides) There are very simple jersey dresses, too, but the way it's shown it's not a bore."
As if Chanel could ever bore us!
Some of my favorite looks...
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I know I've been bad about updating (I have a new job!) but coming up at some point tomorrow I'll review Chanel's Russian inspired Pre-Fall 09 (which began with Karl's directorial debut!) and showcase some of my favorite looks from the collection!
Until then enjoy a snippet of Karl Lagerfeld's mini-homage to Coco Chanel in all of it's silent and b&w glory!
Monday, December 1, 2008
I'm not usually into anything too hippie-esque but I figure anything involving Swarovski crystals is good enough for me. This piece by SOGOLI is made of braided lambskin leather, Swarovski crystals, and a 14k gold chain. You can wear it as a headband, bracelet, necklace or belt. So even though the price tag is a little bit steep at $195 it's like getting four pieces instead of just one. But I think I'd keep it as a headband or bracelet bc I don't tend to wear belts and I think it would make any ugly necklace. But anyway, I'm terribly in love with it as a headband.
You can get them in different materials and colors and prices.
"VOGUE, THE MOVIE: The films in competition at the next Sundance Film Festival won’t be announced until the middle of this week, but insiders are already saying that R.J. Cutler’s documentary about Vogue has a good shot at making the cut. Announced in December 2006, the documentary was produced by A&E Indie Films and focused on the preparation for the magazine’s September 2007 issue, with the full cooperation of editor in chief Anna Wintour and staff. A spokesman for Vogue referred a reporter to Cutler, whose spokeswoman said he was traveling and couldn’t be reached."Source: WWD
Friday, November 28, 2008
Nicole dropped baby Harlow off for a play date today in LA in a pair of killer Louboutins. I think she might just be the most stylish mom on the planet, don't you?
And isn't Harlow just a little doll?
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Pictured: Dasha Zhukova and Camilla Al Fayed
Russia's stock market may have suffered a tremendous fall in the past few weeks just like the rest of the world but that didn't stop the glittery Moscow types from celebrating Russian Vogue's tenth anniversary the other night. All the usual jet setters like Derek Blasberg, Eugenie Niarchos, and Camilla Al Fayed showed up to drink Veuve Clicquot all night. Camilla is my favorite socialite thanks in part to her amazing taste and how beautiful is that head piece she was wearing? And those rings? To die!!
It's pretty amazing that Russian Vogue has been so successful (they have a circulation of 300,000) considering that it started in less than stellar economic conditions and in place that, until recently, wasn't really known for high fashion. But now it has some of the best editorial fashion spreads in the business and an impressive cover resume thanks mostly to its editor-in-chief, Aliona Doletskaya. Looking back Russian Vogue has had a really phenomenal year and I can't wait to see where it goes in the next ten!
If you want to see what all the fashion fuss is about (and you have an extra $16.50...thats the US price for Russian Vogue) check out the December issue with Naomi Campbell on the cover!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Sorry I've been so bad at posting and commenting this month. The cold weather makes me super depressed and I stop caring about anything. Anyway, to make up for it a bit I put together a collage of some of the images I'm currently finding inspiring. I had to use Acorn so it isn't the best thing you've ever seen but it works for an inspiration board I think.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
A lot of people have been asking me why I didn't go to LC's college tour stop at The Estate in Boston the other night. Why? Because Lauren Conrad isn't fashion. I have zero interest in her or her clothing line or what she is wearing in paparazzi photos or what is going on in her show. I haven't watched the hills since the middle of season two and I was absolutely gleeful when it seemed like the show was finally over a few months ago. Although I will admit to a fondness for Whitney (she's just so darn pretty!!!) and that I might be watching The City when it premieres in January. But I can't stand LC.
That said I realize her line is (inexplicably) popular and you all gather around your TVs on Monday nights NOT for Blair & Chuck but for...Lauren and Audrina. I find it utterly confusing.
If you are interested in her, the event, her line try Brandeis University's paper.
I can't handle thinking about these people anymore.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I am now the proud owner of my very first Vena Cava dress. Isn't it adorable? I love that even though its a slightly cinched waist the whole dress is actually very forgiving. It's super comfortable but can be dressed up or down to fit any situation. I love the tiny details and how curvy it makes me look.
I think thats the genius behind Vena Cava's designs. They're flirty and feminine and also demure and elegant.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I'm sure by now you've all seen, or at least heard about, Lindsay Lohan being floured by a PETA supporter outside of an event in Paris the other night.
I'm not going to really argue the points of fur or leather as ethical or not. I think it's up to an individual to decide if something is right for their life or not. As horrific as the fur trade is if I could afford it I'd probably wear it (although I'd try to find vintage fur first.) I wear leather and I eat meat. If that makes me a bad person then...
Anyway, Lindsay was wearing a lovely black fur vest to an event she was hosting in Paris and a tiny French woman yelled, "Lindsay!" and then poured flour all over her. Lindsay ran and then security strong armed the woman away while paparazzi asked her why she did that she responded, "Because she wore fur! FUR HAG!" before running away looking like an idiot.
Check out the video from X17:
My problem with PETA isn't that they want animals to be treated ethically. I want animals to be treated well too! It's that they use the majority of their $32 million a year to create high-profile ad campaigns attacking celebrities, designers, chefs and the average American including a campaign targeted at very young children entitled "YOUR MOMMY KILLS ANIMALS!" . They frequently donate money to convicted arsonists as well as to ELF and ALF two organizations that are on the FBI's domestic terrorist group list. But the worst part is that they could have used this income (the majority of which was donated by people thinking it would be used to actually help animals) to find homes for the 22,896 healthy, adoptable pets their HQ shelter received in the past ten years rather than euthanizing 19,215 of them. Yes, PETA's own shelter kills the majority of the animals it takes in. And actually uses a walk-in freezer to keep the bodies until they can be picked up by the crematorium.
"In 2000, when the Associated Press first noted PETA's Kervorkian-esque tendencies, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk complained that actually taking care of animals costs more than killing them. "We could become a no-kill shelter immediately," she admitted."
Ingrid Newkirk also maintains that PETA is for total animal liberation and for animal liberation to really occur besides ending the fur trade, banning leather, and turning everyone vegan one of the goals is to end pet ownership. I guess it's more ethical to euthanize a healthy animal than to give them a good home. Isn't that just a bit hypocritical?
Rather than harassing designers, celebrities and chefs who don't have their beliefs how about embracing and celebrating those who do? Actually save animals at risk! I understand and appreciate the passion of the people who protest events and of course I think they should be able to continue to do so but what is that saying? You'll kill more bees with honey? If Samantha Ronson's Myspace rant shows anything its that Lindsay being attacked hasn't made her want to convert to faux fur and soy burgers.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Archaeologists recently discovered this 2,000 year old earring under a parking lot in Jerusalem and literally jumped out of the excavation site yelling EUREKA!
Apparently there was a destroyed Byzantine structure under this old parking lot but they believe that the earring is even older than the ruins and that it had been passed down in a family for generations! In fact, it's actually believed to be a piece from the Roman Empire era because jewelry had usually been melted down and/or sold during the many takeovers of the city after the demise of the Roman Empire.
It's made of gold, a giant pearl, two emeralds and two smaller pearls. In the statement that was released along with the photograph the archaeologists expressed amazement at just how well preserved the earring had been after all this time.
Can you imagine if they found the matching earring? I hope that they will be able to archive this and have it on display and maybe tour it with an exhibit. It's such an amazing piece not only in terms of jewelry but in the context of history. I'm sure it has such a story to tell and I hope we're able to hear it someday.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
So I know they are a little tacky and probably not very comfortable but I am totally obsessed with these Sigerson Morrison for Target flats. And it looks like I'm not the only one! The shoes are actually completely sold out from the Target website. If you're not satisfied they also come in a pretty pump and lots of different colors.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It might seem a little lame to have a wedding dress based around an animated movie but I'm simply in love with this dress inspired by Cinderella. It's from the Disney Bridal Fall 2008 Cinderella collection designed by Kirstie Kelly. Every season Kelly designs wedding gowns, prom, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses based around seven classic Disney princesses. Kirstie has been designing timeless looks for the past 12 years and just a few seasons ago signed up to work with Disney to create an all encompassing luxury bridal label.
So now I have everything I need for my fairy tale wedding except for one tiny detail: the groom. Oh yeah, and the engagement rings!
Monday, November 10, 2008
I was lucky enough to meet Miss Lindsay Lohan a few weeks ago. She was incredibly sweet and ridiculously beautiful. Seriously, pictures and film do not do this girl justice.
Anyway she's gracing the cover of the Harper's Bazaar for December and I'm not a huge fan. She looks great but the styling and set is just terribly blah. Plus, how many times have we seen her in a white Marilyn-esque dress? Enough already!
Friday, November 7, 2008
It's not quite the white mask of my dreams but how fun would it be to walk down Charles St wearing your Luella Batman Mask Sunglasses? Or just all the time?
It would be super fun but probably not $400 worth--of course you could always rent them for $36 a week!