Monthly Archives: July 2010

Bring on the Couture!

The next few days will be entirely devoted to something I hold very close to my heart, couture.  This is the greatest art form in fashion, it is the medium in which fashion designers are their most creative and experimental.

First a definition to clear up a few misconceptions.

Haute Couture:  French for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking”.  It is custom fit clothing of the highest quality with the most expensive and luxurious fabrics and more often than not hand sewn, always with extreme attention to detail by the best and most experienced seamstresses.  The term is protected by law in Paris and defined by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris. And only companies listed by this elite group are technically allowed to call their designs “haute couture”.

The end.  No Juicy Couture or Romeo and Juliet Couture.   Only four designers are not French, and others show their collections as “Guest Members”.  The members come and go, like Donatella Versace, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent no longer show couture collections but the houses once did.

There are also jewelry and accessories designers included in the group, but not too many.

The most famous current official members are:  Anne Valerie Hash, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, and Jean Paul Gaultier.  And the four foreign members are, Elie Saab, Giorgio Armani, Maison Martin Margiela, and Valentino.

The shows began this week in Paris and I have compiled my favorite looks from the collections.  Some I found absolutely amazing (Dior and Givenchy) and others were underwhelming (Chanel) but each of them offered exquisite craftsmanship and beauty, which is rarely seen anymore with our fast-paced, over efficient, busy world.

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Blast from the Past

I recently came across an editorial involving  Kirsten Dunst in V Magazine.  The second my eyes landed on the first image I immediately feel in love with it.  It looked so, old.  So vintage and antique.  Like I was looking through a torn faded magazine from the 1930’s.  A Depression era piece trying to remind people of “The Good Life”.

Kirsten Dunst doesn’t even look like herself.  She looks like a silver screen siren with a European name and demeanor.  She eminates Marlene Dietrich so well it is scary.  I am so impressed with both the photography and hair and make up, even the lighting which casts the much needed shadows on her eyes to make it appear like this was taken in the first half of the 20th century.  The evocation of true Hollywood glamor here is pretty remarkable.

If you don’t believe me here are some famous actresses of old Hollywood:

Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich

Greta Garbo, who looks just like Ms. Dunst here.

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Happy Fourth of July!

Teen Vogue

Chanel

Michael Kors

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A RUSSH of Blood to the Head

I’m in a bit of an artsy mood and decided to show off some Australian editorials.  These three images come from the Australian bi-monthly women’s fashion magazine RUSSH.   I came across them a few weeks ago and thought they were pretty incredible.

There is a definite difference between the way the Americans and the Europeans do fashion and how our friends across the world do it, and  I really like it.  The magazine only has six people on the masthead, so the fact that they produce beautiful images and stories twice a month is truly amazing.  Oh yes, and they have models, actual models on their covers!  However, it is $185 for a year’s subscription.  My birthday is coming up . . .

And after seeing my first Australian Fashion Week a few months ago I feel a deep need to go visit this country even more.  The creativity is running wild down under.

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HAIR!

I know, I know it has taken me days to post this much anticipated picture of my hair.  But here it is!

The lovely Shelly at Fantasia Salon in Mystic, CT is to thank for this!

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A Day at the Beach

Today I am off to the beach for the first time this summer.  Yes, I do realize I am a bit behind, but I’ve been busy!  Try not to think too poorly of me.

Watch Hill, RI

But back to the beach.  I have decided upon Watch Hill, RI, a super WASP-y wealthy little town with great beaches and shopping.

The beach also happens to be an excellent location for photo shoots.  Many amazing photographs and clothes have graced the gorgeous beaches of the world, and below are some of my favorites.  If they don’t inspire you to don your newest bathing suit and 30 spf then I don’t know what will.

Japanese Vogue

Herb Ritts

Russian Vogue

French Vogue

American Vogue

French Vogue

American Vogue

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