Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011


It has been just over a year since Alexander McQueen's suicide.
I still find it hard to believe.
His friend and protege, Sarah Burton has since taken over the helm at McQueen and with her third collection she has successfully fused her point of view with Lee's vision. She's carrying on with such dignity!
Perhaps this season is a little more light hearted than he would have done- I feel that he seemed much more interested in the sinister aspects of life although always with a twist of dark humor.
Of course, we'll never know where he would have taken his line or where his genius would have led him.
But I think he would have been proud of this collection.

It was a madcap line of renaissance, dominatrix Eskimos and I loved it!
Inspired by the idea of an ice queen Burton used a limited color scheme with a mix of velvets, silks, and organzas. The flowing femininity was kept in check with flairs of fetishism and strong shapes. The fur detailing and metal headpieces added a touch of glamour.
All in all I think it was everything you want out of a winter collection!

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Lanvin Fall Winter 2011


Alber Elbaz is one of my favorite designers because he consistently delivers at Lanvin.
This collection was no different!
Although it began a little more austere and even monastic than usual it quickly moved to a sexy, cozy, and even glamorous collection.

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So feminine, and chic!
I especially love the looks paired with flats!

Paris Fashion Week F/W 2011: Dior

Any interest in this season's Dior show was obviously overshadowed by John Galliano's antics this past week. And that's a shame because Galliano's final collection for Dior, though disjointed, was beautiful.
From the jewel-tone Bohemia in the beginning to the romantic sheer final gowns there was a lot to love at Dior today. There were certainly weak moments and the overall styling was a bit disastrous (the fake fur need to go!) but when the looks were broken down to pieces there was a lot of wear-ability.
Certainly the accessories (where I imagine Dior makes the bulk of its sales along with cosmetics) were impeccable and sure to become best sellers.
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One of the things that I personally find so troubling about Galliano's recent anti-semitic comments is that the story of the house of Dior is so wrapped up with the World War 2 era.
They opened today's show with a speech that didn't condemn Galliano as a person but did condemn his words and explained how Dior moved to lighten the burden of the war from the shoulders of all women through fashion and fantasy.

Thanks to NowFashion.Com for the pictures!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Milan Fall/Winter 2011: Versace!

I have a love/hate relationship with Versace.
I love the history of the house. I hate how overtly sexual most of the pieces are.
I love Gianni. I go back and forth on Donatella.
So I didn't watch the live stream today.

I have to say this collection felt....different.
It was far less about sex appeal than usual which was a good thing.
I'm fairly certain that the floral prints were lifted from the Versace archives.
The minimal baroque theme ran through out and felt like a weak attempt at Prada's spring collection.

There was still some signature Versace here- tight dresses, leather, super high heels, and feathery fringe! Plus, the coats were beautifully constructed. I could have done without some of the color combinations- purple and green remind me of cartoon dragons.

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Thanks to NowFashion.Com for pictures!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Milan F/W 2011: Gucci!

7os glamour at Gucci!
Color, big hats, even bigger sunglasses, lots of fur!
A little bit tacky. A little bit fabulous.
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(Thanks to NowFashion.Com for the photos!)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

London Fashion Week F/W 2011

London is AWASH in color!!
If Matthew Williamson and Sass & Bide are any indication LOUD prints in lady like shapes will be all the rage in the fall!

Lets do a quick round up of the shows so far!
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Acne:
This collection wasn't for me but these two looks were standouts.
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Jonathan Saunders:
I could see some Prada but I felt that Saunders stayed pretty true to his own aesthetic while popping in some polish.
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Matthew Williamson:
This is very much a Matthew Williamson collection. Sexy, colorful, covetable.
I like that it actually LOOKS like a fall/winter collection- very cozy without losing an an inch of style.
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Mulberry:
Mulberry is hands down my favorite collection out of London so far!
I always forget that Mulberry is not just an accessories company. They have such a massively popular handbag line that its easy to overlook RTW but not this time! A little bit of British school girl mixed with color, fantastic coats and to-die-for accessories!
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Sass & Bide:
As a whole, I didn't like this collection. It wasn't a winter collection- which makes sense as the label is Australian and has a different season schedule than we do. But it felt like they were trying too hard to make it a "global" influence collection. It was far too literal for my tastes. That said, I'd happily wear any of these three looks!
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(Thanks to Style.Com and The Fashion Spot for the photos!)
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