Wednesday, July 7, 2010
If you were a glamorous IT girl in 1920s Paris JPG's fall/winter 2010 haute couture collection would be your ultimate dream wardrobe. It was certainly Dita Von Teese's idea of heaven- she even graced the runway twice! I'm sure that Lady Gaga has already placed an order for all of that insane head wear!
For me this collection was just IT for haute couture this season. Yes, it has a lot of black but it was also exquisite, classic, Parisian, chic, sexy and perfect.
I have nothing bad to say...I'm too busy drooling!
Thanks to Now Fashion for the pictures!
Click the thumbnails for a better look!
FYI: I had written a really amazing review for this collection. I saved multiple drafts as I was writing. Unfortunately, I saved them to blogger and when I went to "publish" I got an "error" message. This is probably only the second time this has happened in the three years I've been using it but I'm still pissed off.
...is going on at Valentino?
I know Valentino retired and is no longer involved in the company (to my understanding at least) but don't you care when the brand you have spent your life building that has YOUR NAME on it starts going down in the flames?
The only two tolerable looks from Valentino HC fall/winter 2010:
Super boring but better than the egg-shell straight jacket look!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Riccardo Tisci caused a minor stir earlier this year when he announced that Givenchy would no longer hold couture runway shows because the expense took resources away from the designs.
Rather than showing 30 mediocre looks in an extravagant setting he wanted to focus on a smaller, extravagant collection in a presentation open only to a handful of editors, couture clients, and their own sole photographer.
Now as a fashion enthusiast, who will never come close to even being in the same room as a true couture gown, this pissed me off. Fashion is art! The runway is an extension of the artistic vision! How dare they exclude the rest of us!
However, if I were a couture client I'd be thrilled! And I have to admit, with more money and attention poured into the pieces the art of couture can, of course, beautifully shine through.
Tisci looked back on his debut for the house and created investment pieces that, thanks to their beauty and timelessness, will surely become heirlooms.
You would think multiple shades of white, lace, pearl, and some feathers would scream bridal nightmare but Tisci managed to make it a couture dream.
I didn't like the looks with embellished jackets- it was just too much o on top of the opulent dresses. But where the extravagance worked it really worked- like with Natasha Poly's naked feather dress!
Monday, July 5, 2010
I have to admit: I rolled my eyes when I saw that John Galliano's inspiration for Dior's HC F/W 10.11 was flowers. Flowers? Really? It just seems like such an easy, cop-out of a source of inspiration. Especially since for the past few years Dior has been toeing the line between tacky and tragic.
But leave it to Galliano to surprise me only after I've written him off!
Don't get me wrong- there is still nothing truly innovative here. The shapes, cuts and fabrics are basically the same old same old.
I love the clashing colors and the bizarre cellophane masks. The girls truly could be blooming flowers in Wonderland- beautiful but taunting.
The styling is as tacky as always and the showmanship of days gone by is still missing but I think this is a baby step back into the right direction.
Click the thumbnails to see my favorite looks...
Thanks to Now Fashion for the pictures!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The truth? I'm not a hair girl.
Oh, sure, I have my own idea of "perfect" hair- long, straight but bouncy, and blond.
And most of my life since age 12 has been spent in pursuit of this ideal.
But when other girl's were braiding their Barbie's hair I was whacking her head against hard surfaces. I had a bowl cut until I was 12 so the art of hair styling never really took hold.
It doesn't help that my hair is thick, coarse, straight on top but wavy underneath.
In middle school I was teased relentlessly for my "puffy" hair so most of the time it was in a ponytail.
Of course every few months I dutifully get my hair colored and for proms I always had cascades of curls and fresh flowers and chignons but that was always done by professional stylists- on my own I'm useless.
So when John from the family run Misikko offered to send me the Hana Elite ceramic flat iron I was a little skeptical. But when your best friend calls your hair "a lion's mane" you pretty much take all the help you can get.
It came beautifully packaged with a sample size of the yummy-smelling Hana Shine Shield as well as a rubber iron mat and leather case. I have to admit when I saw it I thought it was going to be too thin for my mane but I was impressed with the many different heat settings. I've had two (cheapie) irons before- one you had to put water in to create the steam that left my hair a tangled wet mess and one ceramic that had two settings: off and the sun. So I was happy to see the many heat settings to choose from!
It heats up fast and has a light so you know the exact moment its ready to go! I separated my hair into four sections and got to work. I was immediately impressed- my straw turned smooth! Now, it took me a long time to do all of my hair but that probably has more to do with my own hair skills than with the Hana. I did each section twice but I probably didn't need to especially if I used a higher temperature setting. I was thrilled with the results.
There was no burning smell, my hair didn't feel heat damaged, and the results lasted for about 36 hours- including partying, humidity, sleeping and a pony tail.
All in all I think the Hana from Misikko is worth the money. Misikko actually sells it for 40% off its suggested retail price and you get loads of extras! Since Misikko is a family-run business their customer service is friendly and excellent. They really want to make their customers happy.
I can't thank them enough for giving me the Hana- its changed my hair personality!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The moment I saw these $4150 Manolo Blahnik's in the July Vogue I fell in love!
You don't even need clothing with those shoes- I'd wear them & nothing else!
According to Vogue they're available at Bergdorf's but I couldn't find them!
Of course even if I did find them I couldn't afford to buy them anyway!
So what other shoes am I (realistically) obsessing over?
They're a little intense but these zebra-printed wedges by Chinese Laundry are actually fairly versatile. The black and white print means that they are neutral enough to go with pretty much any outfit you can think up! And at only $69 you don't have to feel too bad if the love affair doesn't work out.
Now if you love animal prints enough to spend at least $860 you can try to find the much sought-after Alexander Wang Alla wedges...
But don't hold your breath--they're pretty much sold out everywhere. And by the time you actually find a pair they might be :gasp: so last season.
The other drool-worthy shoes I spotted in Vogue this month are these green Pour La Victoire wedges. I'm not sure how I'd wear them but I do think they're lovely.
If the green is too intense but you like the style don't worry! They come in a wide variety of colors everything from white to black to yellow.
And for the sensible, comfort-loving girl I am deep down (really deep down)...
Yep. I'm craving a pair of simple, white canvas Keds.
I know! You think I'm crazy! But they're my three Cs: Crisp, Clean, and Classic.
What shoes are you dreaming of for summer?