Monthly Archives: July 2010
Last week I decided to let my hair down. I have been getting headaches (as was expected) from my super tight ballerina buns and I wanted to show off my new color as well.
My boyfriend and I decided to go to Providence for the day and take a mini shopping trip. I assumed I would be in air conditioning the entire time and just put a little Bumble and Bumble in my hair and went on my way.
This was not the case. We thought it would be fun to walk around near Brown and visit the Urban Outfitters and vintage stores in the area, and yes hopefully see the elusive Emma Watson. It is was so humid out I wanted to cry. My hair which looked perfectly lovely in the car turned into a poof. A huge red poof.
By the time we got to the mall it was bad, just bad. I will not complain about the weather or the temperature or if my feet hurt, but I will complain about my hair.
So as I am whining away about how I will have to walk around all day with silly poofy hair and I won’t like anything I try on because of it my boyfriend says something I never could have expected.
“At least now you will look like Grace Coddington!”
I’m not sure if I should be proud that he knows who she is, and sadly used her name in the correct way. Or if I should be insulted…
So I am a tiny little bit obsessed with this new singer-songwriter Diane Birch. She is 1. absolutely adorable and 2. a lovely singer, different from the Gaga’s and Duffy’s of the world. Birch has a really unique voice and interesting lyrics. My favorite song of hers is “Nothing But A Miracle” but “Valentino” is a close second, mainly becasue of the title of the song and the amazing music video.
She looks like she stepped right out of the 60’s and onto my iPod. Her huge Twiggy eyelashes had me at their firts bat and those bangs almost make me want to grow mine out again.
Diane Birch is funny. She is ironic. The title of her CD is “Bible Belt” that takes quite a bit of courage considering her father is a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, and she spent her childhood in churches both in South Africa, Australia and America. She had little contact with the outside world, tv, radio, pop culture etc, and created a fantasy world in her head, including her friend Valentino, who was fashioned after Motzart.
She then, as expected, went through an extreamly goth phase, arriving at her father’s church dressed like a Gareth Pugh collection.
But after turning herself around a bit she discovered her “old soul” slightly hipster style and truly found herself.
She was also at the Rachel Antonoff fashion show last year, looking amazing:
And she was in Modelina:
Here is my favorite song by her:
And her “Valentino” music video which is pretty incredible:
I think it is time I devote a post to Karlie Kloss. This is mainly because she is everywhere. Opening runway shows, doing advertisements, being featured in editorials. And she is only 17. And grew up in Missouri. No big deal. She is also 6 feet tall.
Am I envious? Jealous of this doll faced girl traversing the globe wearing the most beautiful clothes imaginable? Well yes, maybe a little bit.
But I have to hand it to her, she’s good at what she does, she has an interesting look to her, and she is such a chameleon. One day she will look like a carefree teenager, 16 years old at best, and then a few hours later with a little mascara and some blush she is a Dior vixen twice her age.
Let’s examine some of her best magazine work, both ads and editorials:
And the runway:
I really cannot believe I am about to say this, but the truth must come out. This is like the time when I said that I didn’t like Sarah Jessica Parker’s yellow Valentino dress at her movie premiere. This is something I do not do very often, but I cannot just ignore it.
Mr. Lagerfeld has a habit of making me yearn and lust for his dresses, occasionally dreaming about them and their absolute stunning beauty. But this couture collection did not. I was completely and totally underwhelmed, upset even, at the lack of creativity and wonder. The pieces were pretty and obviously well made, but I do not want to think, “Oh, well isn’t that a nice jacket,” when seeing a show, I want to think, “What can I do to get my hands on it? Who do I need to distract to sneak backstage and rip it off the model?” And I did not feel this way about any of the pieces. And this is Chanel! One of the single greatest fashion houses in the world. There were a few that I liked and I have posted them below.
I understand that they are great pieces, that the clothing is wearable and cautious of the uncertain times that we live in. But I want to be transported from my quiet little sea side town, I want to forget about money, jobs, people, and the world frankly when I see a couture show.
I would really like to hear others opinions about the show, maybe I am way off base, but I have a feeling that I am not alone in this thinking. (Also, remember that Lagerfeld often does a lot of looks in his collections, I have picked the absolute best, there are over 30 looks not present here.)
There are about 4 things (out of 64 looks) that I loved. What happened Karl?
The Givenchy couture show, designed by Riccardo Tisci, is one of the most incredible collections I have ever laid eyes on. The intricacy of the embroidery and the details are like nothing I have ever seen before. The small collection was very reminiscent of the human skeleton, and while most of the pieces are not overly wearable, they are just too gorgeous to complain about.
I really haven’t seen anything like it. It is the craftsmanship and Victorian charm of Alexander McQueen mixed with Tisci’s sexiness and Givenchy’s beautiful glamor. It is not tacky, costumey or cheesy at all, which it could have so easily been. To me it is so eerily angelic, delicate but striking.
I am not in love with the bottom it is a little too 70’s for me, but the detail of the bodice is insane.
The goat hair jacket looks so sleek and cozy, and the bottom of the see through dress is divine.
I really appreciate the 20’s influences in the dress, from the all over fringe to the bolero like top.
I really hope this is worn to an award show or benefit, maybe Tilda Swinton or Anna Wintour.
Now we see where Lara Stone’s post-wedding dress came from. It is even more extraordinary in this length.
I love feathers. On everything. Plus, this reminds me of the Vogue September cover with Sienna Miller.
Meet my wedding dress.
The full collection.
Let me begin with saying that Dior, in the past, has not been one of my favorite design houses. I find it too costumey and just not my personal style. But John Galliano’s past two collections, the Fall/Winter 2010 and the Fall Couture 2010 contain some of the most beautiful clothing I have ever seen. They have been delicate and feminine, without being cliche.
When I interned at Elle Magazine last semester I was able to watch the runway shows online, and then within days I could touch the clothes that I admired so much. I loved it when Dior came in, I remembered the clothes from the collection and handled them with the utmost care, hoping that one day I could wear them myself.
So, obviously, I was very excited to see the Dior couture show, because this is Mr. Galliano’s real stage, where his creativity rules the second you receive the much envied invitation.
His inspiration for this show are tulips, a simple pretty flower, which he was able to turn into anything but simple, and exquisite instead of the requisite “pretty”. Both the ball gowns at the end of the show and cozy sweater dresses really captured the essence of the flower, and amplified it to couture status.
It was a truly beautiful collection, and I wish I could see the clothes when they come into Elle instead of being stuck in the suburbs.
I edited down the collection to my absolute favorites, you will see that there are still quite a lot. (And yes that is Karlie Kloss opening the show, again).