Wednesday, May 12, 2010
What is that noise?!
Oh, just the sound of a weeping Coco Chanel turning over in her grave.
To be fair, in the nearly 30 years since Karl Lagerfeld took over the reigns he has revitalized and saved Chanel from near financial ruin. Chanel as a brand is, arguably, as much now Karl Lagerfeld as it is Coco Chanel.
But this collection....it was an uneven mess!
Karl's inspiration was his favorite beach town, St. Tropez (where the show was staged) so a certain amount of gaudy was to be expected. But so much of this was just Euro-trash! I know that St. Tropez is often referred to as the Jersey Shore of Europe but c'mon!
Still, you know I worship at the alter of Uncle Karl so there were some great pieces and we'll start with them.
The robin egg's blue nail polish, plus size model Crystal Renn walking the runway, the bathing suits, the black & white looks (where Lagerfeld always shines), the (mostly unworn) shoes and the jewelry! Oh the jewelry! I'm still swooning.
(Click the thumbnails for full size views.)
Where do I start? At the kaftans, the patchwork denim, the ruffles, the color blocking, the stripes, or the crop tops? I hate the "return of the 90s" and there were times that this collection felt like my own personal hell especially with all the denim on denim! I don't know about you but I don't want to wear brown corduroy ever let alone on my glamorous tropical vacation! By the time the flashy club wear (a complete 180 from corduroy) appeared all I could think was, "Who decided that any of this was a good idea?!" Cruise/Resort collections often now makeup 60% of a designer's sales and while this may appeal to the logo-happy, over tanned shopper it may feel alienating to the rest of Chanel's clients.
And don't even get me started on the men's portion of the collection which can only be described as "icky".
Click the thumbnails for the full size images!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Diane Kruger & Joshua Jackson are in St. Tropez for Chanel's Cruise collection show.
I love that she's carrying a wicker basket instead of a bag- tres chic!
I can't wait to see what she wears to the actual presentation!
And I love a man in purple.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
And now for the questionable fashion choices of the evening!
I was surprised that Diane Von Furstenberg was the only woman to go the stars and stripes route but I have to say that I think she pulled it off really well!
Karlie Kloss looks amazing in purple but it looks like a suburban prom dress. Then again she probably didn't get to go to her prom so that makes sense...
Chloe Sevigny in Proenza Schouler. I think I would have liked this with different makeup and hair. She just looks so washed out! I don't know I just can't decide if I hate or love the actual dress.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
This year the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute's exhibit is American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity so the gala was co-hosted by the most iconic American brand- no, not Ralph Lauren and no, not Calvin Klein but the Gap!
I suppose the Gap has helped fashion a national identity in the last 25 years or so but not exactly the height of American glamour. It also led to some awkward designer "for gap" collaborations except of course none of the collaborations made any real sense and in the end it was really just one of the designers usual looks.
Oprah (!) also co-hosted the event along with Anna Wintour and she encouraged everyone to go see the exhibit at the MET this summer.
I always looks forward to the Met Gala because after the annual disappointment of Oscar fashion you know that everyone will be going all out with over-the-top fashion for the Costume Institute!
Unfortunately, this year was a little bit of a let down.
I've read many people blaming the theme of the exhibit for the lack of exciting fashion choices but American women have been at the forefront of style for the last century!
Well, even if the celebrities played it safe the models never disappoint!
Check out the models:
Now for my best dressed of the night:
Kate Bosworth in Valentino and Sienna Miller in Pucci
Jessica Stam in Rachel Roy
Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte for Gap
Best Quick Change: Camilla Belle in Jason Wu (during and at the after-party)