Sunday, July 10, 2011
The whole world watched Kate Middleton finally marry her prince back in April.
The fashion world waited to see who she'd turn to for the all important dress.
Of course no one was all that surprised that she turned to the quintessential British fashion house Alexander McQueen.
Sarah Burton, now head designer at McQueen, collaborated with Kate on her famous wedding dress as well as her evening dress for the reception.
But is Kate's sweet and prim style bad for McQueen?
Since taking over the helm Sarah Burton has infused a more girlish feeling to the dark moods, strong shapes, and hints of fetish Lee Alexander McQueen was famous for. Burton accomplished this especially well with the Fall/Winter 2011 collection for Alexander McQueen.
The looks are sometimes a little more commercial than in the past but for the most part I think she's stayed fairly true to Lee's vision.
But when it comes to the Duchess of Cambridge the McQueen aesthetic seems to go out the window. And since Kate is (arguably) their most well known client around the world- is she giving off an impression of the house that doesn't really exist?
My mom (an ardent royal watcher) seemed off put when she glanced through my copy of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. She was expecting to see Kate's style reflected in the pages: sweetly detailed ball gowns, little innocent day dresses, and a well structured coats.
The fact that McQueen (especially in life) was associated with skulls, antlers, and "highland rape" was the complete opposite of what she expected.
Of course Kate is in a very public position and she can't embrace fashion in the same way as Daphne Guinness. I understand that. Things have to be appropriate for a royal, a princess, and a role model. As much as I love that McQueen is now a household name, I want to scream at her, "Pick a different designer!"
In my opinion Lee would have been utterly bored by both of the "McQueen" ball gowns Kate has worn.
I was shocked when I read that the dress Kate wore to the BAFTA dinner in LA last night was McQueen. Other than the structured bodice does anything about this gown say McQueen to you?
Other than her ceremony dress at the wedding there has only been one other time that I felt like she was truly wearing McQueen correctly. Here she is in a McQueen military coat at some sort of Irish Guard event.
Here are some more Kate in McQueen moments.
So what do you think? Do you like Kate's McQueen or do you want her to step far away from the brand?
Saturday, July 9, 2011
The mood was somber but beautiful at Chanel.
Karl Lagerfeld has created and re-created the Chanel suit again and again since he became creative director back in the 80s.
This time around he tweaked proportions but the real beauty came from the use of rich, embroidered fabrics, crystals, and jeweled buttons.
Of course the peplum skirt style is nearly impossible to wear.
But if you're a couture client you're obviously having things fit and made to your specifications so I guess that easily overcomes my peplum problem.
Other than the fabrics this didn't exactly feel like a couture collection and part of that can probably be accounted to Karl's "tripartite" looks. A business suit that turns into both a long gown and a strapless cocktail dress is just one example. So many options for each piece is great versatility its just usually found in ready-to-wear.
Don't worry the drama of Chanel couture was still present in the veiled eyes of the models...
....and the robot Coco on top of the set.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
I know things have been bad at the house of Dior this year but I don't think having Pierrot for inspiration is going to help turn things around.
Former longtime Galliano assistant Bill Gaytten was given the reins for Dior's first couture collection in 16 years without John and it was....disjointed at best.
I guess after 15 years of being second in command you get a lot of ideas that get pushed aside (or never even considered) that suddenly being in charge seems like such a miracle you want to realize all of those ideas all at once just in case its your only chance.
Besides the tragic clown Bohemia, the eighties, Cinderella, Frank Gehry, and disco all took turns down the catwalk. It would be hard to top Galliano's over the top couture spectacles and Gaytten would have been better off not trying.
Don't get me wrong there is some stunning craftsmanship and beautiful pieces here. It just wasn't the breath of fresh air or sophistication that Dior desperately needs now.
(Is that a tribal necklace? Why has it been paired with this frothy confection?!)
Thanks to NowFashion.Com
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Elle Fanning is following in her big sister's footsteps once again! You may remember Dakota Fanning starring in Marc's ads back when she was just 12 and she's currently the face of Marc's Oh Lola perfume.
13-year-old Elle is posing for the more age appropriate Marc by Marc Jacobs line's fall campaign. Elle is already 5'7" and still growing so in the unlikely event that the whole acting thing doesn't continue to work out she'll always be able to fall back on modeling!
What do you think of Elle's first official foray into the fashion world?
Do you like it better than Hailee for Miu Miu?
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I'm obsessed with Prada's youth and color infused campaign for Fall 2011.
Steven Miesel shot newcomers Ondria Hardin and Kelly Mittendorf (both American!) with Frida Gustavsson, Julia Zimmer and Antonia Wesseloh on jewel toned couches. The pretty, girlie result is Prada's best showcase of a collection in years.
Thanks to Fashion Gone Rogue for the pictures!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Miu Miu is continuing their history of using young starlets in their ad campaigns but I actually approve of this one!
Hailee "Should-Be-Katniss-In-The-Hunger-Games-Movie" Steinfeld is the new face of Miu Miu! We only have this small preview of the campaign so far but I think she looks charming and age-appropriate.
(I'm lusting over that over-sized velvet clutch, too!)
What do you think of Hailee for Miu Miu?
Monday, June 20, 2011
The winner of the Bonheaur White Shirt Dress from Shabby Apple is...
Everyone else don't fret! You can still get 10% off on lovely, summer dresses at Shabby Apple with the code bostonista10off
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Robyn has quickly replaced Crystal Renn as the plus-sized model of the moment.
As you probably know by now, Robyn was photographed by Steven Meisel for this month's cover of Vogue Italia. She was also on the cover of French Elle in April!
She's funny, articulate, and smart. I can't wait to see where her career goes from here!