Saturday, March 7, 2009

Lagerfeld Collection F/W 09


It's certainly not anything new. And it is very Chanel-like but, well, he designs Chanel as well so is it that surprising that eventually his inspirations or ideas for labels would overlap? Anyway, it was sleek and modern if not colorful and new. Besides, I think it showed his cynical side in terms of what sells from collections now (accessories!) and where technology is leading us.


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Friday, March 6, 2009

A Celebrity Moment: Stylish Sisters


Shiloh and Zahara Jolie-Pitt went shopping at Jan's Boutique in DC today. They are so close in age and size but it's funny how clearly their personalities have come out in their style. Shiloh is a tomboy and ZZ is clearly a girlie-girl diva just look at the shoes: chucks vs sparkle flats! But the sisters do share some taste in accessories with their matching sunglasses and watches.
I don't know what the girls picked out for clothes but they did get incredibly fluffy looking stuffed animals: Zahara picked a cow and Shiloh a hippo.
How adorable (and warm!) is Shi's (presumably) faux fur hooded coat? Can that come in grown up sizes please?


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Lanvin Fall/Winter 09

Lanvin's Fall/Winter 09 collection was a stroll through pre-war Paris but embraced a realness that will help Lanvin endure the economic hardship.
Alber Elbaz continues to be a designer who understands women and creates collections more around real life than runway spectacle.
The big season trend- the eighties- was mostly ignored in favor of dramatic draping and neatly cinched waists. This was a collection for the minimalists but the lack of embellishments beyond furs and some metals allowed for a timeless collection that works now as well as it did five years ago and five years from now.


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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Nina Ricci F/W 09 Paris


I can't decide if I love or hate this collection.
Was Olivier Theyskens trying to save his job by creating a more consumer friendly collection or was it a big "F you!" to his boss, Mario Grauso, who tried to fire him earlier this year?
Between those shoes and, is it just me or or does that leotard make it look like she might have a penis, it has to be a joke right?

I am so disappointed with Nina Ricci as of late. Olivier is (was?) one my favorite designers because he designs collections with emotion and with such an ethereal aesthetic. His vision is nostalgic, romantic, and whimsical. That vision always separated him from the rest of the pack.

Now, with this collection, I am sensing that his romanticism is dead. It makes me sad to think there is 'no room' in the fashion industry for his ethereal dreams...

I'm trying to figure out if I would have had such a strongly negative reaction by this if it was from another designer. I mean, the clothes are ridiculous for the most part, and it's not the best take on the eighties I've seen, but most of my dislike of this comes from the fact that it couldn't be less Olivier Theyskens.

The shapes, the embellishment, the eighties...it's all foreign for him, at least since his turn at Rochas, and it's not territory that I can honestly say I'm interested in seeing him explore. Certainly his work before Rochas was subversive but it was never garish or obvious. He wasn't about latex goth or wooing the Paris Vogue crew. I think that's what made him remarkable, the fact that his collections had so much integrity, consistence and confidence! This collection lacks confidence because it feels so desperate to appeal to a much wider audience. Olivier is capable of capturing women on a level that's less cartoon-like and more modern, powerful, and dignified.

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I can't believe none of the models fell in those shoes! I hope they offered them some kind of model insurance because if one of them HAD fallen those were some damn leg breaking shoes. And it would be bad for a model to fall and break their leg on basically the first day of Paris fashion week!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Vendetta!


The likelihood that I'll ever be able to afford Chanel hanging in my closet is slim to none. Which is probably why I always get sucked into the latest Chanel polish craze because it is a part of the collection that I can afford and still feel stylish. More than two years ago, when Sarah Michelle Gellar told a reporter she stole a bottle of the coveted Black Satin from a stylist, I marched myself into the Chanel Boutique on Newbury St., put myself on the wait list, and with sheer persistence had my very own bottle in two weeks flat.
So it really isn't a surprise that I shelled out for the latest must have- Vendetta from Les Noirs de Chanel collection. Chanel polish used to be unreasonable at $18 but, as I was surprised to find out at Bloomingdales, the price has gone up to $23. I flinched and handed over my credit card even though I always end up feeling like it chips too easily or loses its cool factor too quickly.
I don't know if Chanel has changed the formula recently or if OPI has perfected their top coat formula but I got my nails done four days ago and they are still, miraculously, chip free. In the past my Chanel polished has chipped and lost its shine within a day while my normal manicure is lucky to make it to the end of day three. But Vendetta has withstood hours of typing, three long showers, driving, tapping my ipod touch, etc.
Plus, the color is just mesmerizing and changes from its deep purple to black to blue depending on the light and what I'm wearing. I recommend heading over to a Chanel counter and picking up a bottle!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Marni Fall 09

Youthful elegance reigned supreme at Marni! It was surprising to see the more grown up look but certainly refreshing. The collection shouldn't have made sense (seemingly hundreds of elements from heavy to subtle scattered about the pieces) but Consuelo Castiglioni managed to pull it all together to create a coherent collection.
Boxy, sporty coats and tops, lots of fur panels and tweeds, and plaids piled on top of plaids all in a very urban colors.
I love most of the collection especially the use of furs and jewelry but I really dislike the over sized gloves that kept me humming "Big hands I know you're the one..." over and over in my mind. It didn't look like creating a new silhouette or shape but rather that they were simply wearing gloves nine sizes too large for their tiny model hands.
Other than that though this collection is pretty and one of the more inspiring collections shown in Milan.

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A Model Moment: Anja in Spring Time...


Because I'm sitting here in my sweats looking out at a foot of snow on a very bleak day. Because the only thing I want right now is to be some place warm and sunny. Because I'm sick of uggs and ear muffs and snow plows. Because spring seems very, very far away.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Prada Fall/Winter 09


The sinister and perverse have found a home in Milan on Miuccia Prada's fall 09 runway. This was a serious collection for a serious woman one who may not often be identified with Prada. Beyond the usual feminine and ingenue delights (remember last year's much coveted Prada fairy bags) this collection was about utility and an almost disturbing kind of lust.
Leather boots went higher than mid thigh and only stopped to expose flashes of skin under high hemlines or tiny hair shorts. Occasionally glimpses of bright color could be seen thanks to surprisingly placed slashes and split-open seams that would have been indecent if it wasn't so Prada.
Fur was sparsely but brilliantly used as vests and bags and the shoes went from simple and demure to powerful and sexy. The models glittery red-lined eyes only added to the serious vibe and allowed the pale girls to be turned into stomping, angry women.
My only complaint? Does a serious woman not condition her hair? I found the frizzy, pinned hair distracting.

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A Model Moment: Cato at Marni


Spotting Cato Van Ee on the Marni runway got me to wondering what happened to the Vogue/IMG internet series, Model.Live? I enjoyed the 14 mini episodes from last show season and when I checked the website today (as well as the I- Tunes podcast) I noticed it hasn't been updated since it ended way back in October. The very last episode says that new episodes would be coming in February (presumabley in time to watch the girls head to New York castings) so what happened????

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Blumarine Fall 09

If you're a leggy, sex bomb you'll have to look no further come fall than Blumarine for your wardrobe.
Anna Molinari's gloriously cheesy, pop-art inspired collection may have been a little too...Playboy for some fashion tastes. But the endless animal prints, graffiti printed jeans, and micro mini dresses will open the line up to a wider audience and the lavish pieces are of such an impeccable quality even the most stern of women is sure to find something to love.

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Plus, it's hard not to respect a woman who has her own Warholian-esque portraits projected as the show back drops.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Moschino Cheap & Chic Fall/Winter 09/10

There were only two good looks from the Moschino Cheap & Chic runway in Milan.

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The undone belts and two tone shoes just weren't my cup of tea.


Monday, February 23, 2009

My First Award!

Thank you so much to Poshhh at Babydoll Rage for giving me the "Your Blog is Fabulous!" award! She has a fabulous personal style blog that you should check out if you haven't already!

Part of the rules of accepting this award is to pass it on to other fabulous bloggers and so I'm giving the award to...



Sunday, February 22, 2009

THE OSCARS FASHION!


White was the color of the night! From Anne Hathaway to Evan Rachel Wood at least six big names and nominees were wearing white. And it worked really well. I think there is a sort of belief that young women especially should avoid white for formal events in case you look too bridal. But even Penelope Cruz in her vintage Balmain (its sixty years old) wedding dress looked more regal than bridal. I wore white to my senior prom and it makes you stand out in a sea of blacks, reds and pastels.

Here is my Top 4 best dressed list for this years Oscars...

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4. Natalie Portman in Rodarte! I'm not a huge fan of Portman but her appearance on the red carpet was stunning in this sweet Rodarte gown. Notice the red and white crystal detailing on the bodice? A glamorous but subtle touch. I find the color to be particularly brave since it could have clashed with the red carpet and also because she tends to wear blacks, whites and other neutrals on the red carpet. But it was worth the risk! Lovely!

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3. Last years winner, Marion Cotillard, wore an amazing dress that you might remember from the Dior Haute Couture Fall 08. She altered the top part of the dress and, unlike Sarah Jessica Parker who also wore altered Dior HC Fall 08, kept the integrity and form of the dress intact.

2. Mommy Dearest couldn't believe how breathtaking Marissa Tomei in Atelier Versace was and neither could I! At first I was unsure about the fan of pleating around the knees but the dress grew on me immensely and honestly it moved like water around her on the red carpet. Just absolutely beautiful.

1. Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive! She looked like a mermaid with a shimmering fin and I just loved it. It was elegant and over-the-top and just superb for the first time nominee. It hugged every curve without being vulgar and although you may not have seen it she pinned the back of the dress with a stunning black onyx broach. It was the perfect way of accessorizing an entirely swarvoski crystal covered gown without overwhelming it. Perfection!

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