Let’s be honest, I am not a Dolce and Gabanna kind of girl. I don’t dress up in a leopard print bustier daily, though I am all about the red lipstick. Now, this is nothing against the designers or the designs in general, it just really is not my personal style. I find that it is often too matchy-matchy and sexy, and they have the tendency to be slightly gaudy. But, that works for certain people, and I have come to terms with the fact that I am just not their customer.
That said, I loved their Spring 2011 collection. The pieces in white lace were gorgeous and the epitome of Spring time. Though the transition into the black and cheetah print pieces were nice, they were not in my mind the stars of the show. However, the black look with Alessandra Ambrosio is beautiful. (Speaking of which, they had amazing models!)
There were 80 looks in all, which I feel is a bit much and difficult to edit down, but I managed to get my favorites down to 20 ensembles.
I never thought I would be posting a Dolce and Gabbana collection here, but apparently there is a first time for everything!
Since we are nearing the end of September, I have decided that a recap of the Vogue covers from both the American version and the international versions was in order and completely necessary. The faces gracing these magazines are picked because they will both set the tone for the Fall season and because they will entice people to want to buy the magazine. Remember, it is the face on the cover that usually sells the magazine.
Personally, I am loving all of the models on the covers. Only two of them featured actresses, Halle Berry on American Vogue and Marion Cotillard on French Vogue. All of the other international covers had models front and center, from Karlie Kloss to Coco Rocha, Freja Beha Erichsen, Kate Moss, and Miranda Kerr (twice!).
Today is my first day of work at Anthropologie, and in honor of such a momentous occasion I have this, a photograph taken from their website.
Models walk in fashion shows, this is a part of their job description. Supermodels used to walk in shows all the time back in the 90’s, recently they have been more limited to editorials and advertisements. Giles Deacon decided to change this. He was obviously influenced by the Prada and Louis Vuitton shows last Spring, but he decided to take it to the next level.
The models in the Giles show were the top names in the industry. Opening the show was Agyness Deyn followed by Bambi, a few models later new mother Alessandra Ambrosio strutted, in a bikini no less. Then there was Karolina Kurkova, Lindsey Wixon, Chanel Iman, Behati Prinsloo, Jessica Stam, Dree Hemingway, Kasia Struss, and Coco Rocha. But then comes the true surpise, the heavy hitters which have walked in quite some time, Stella Tennant and Veruschka.
Veruschka photographed by Richard Avedon
For those who don’t know, Veruschka is 71 years old, and one of the first super models popular in the 1960’s.
And Stella Tennant is now 40 years old, and is a very popular British model known for her androgynous look.
There was something else quite surprising featured on the Giles catwalk. Curves. He was following the hourglass trend from last season and amplified it in his dresses.
Muiccia Prada does no wrong in my eyes. Both Prada and Mui Mui are amazing brands which speak to me. I loved loved (loved) the Spring/Summer 2010 collection as well as the Fall/Winter which will hit stores soon. The advertisements are always quirky and charming (see below) but the most recent campaign features very alien like models and a whole lot of air brushing.
This is the Spring/Summer campaign featuring Lindsey Wixon, big lips and all.
Super 60’s, Twiggy inspired, it is amazing and perfect and I love it.
But now with the Fall/Winter, the trend is more towards completely washed out faces and unrealistic face/body shapes:
I love the so called “alien” models such as Gemma Ward and Lily Cole, and it seems to me like this trend is coming back in the fashion industry. However, Daphne Groenveld, the far left model honestly scares me in this image, but she is super pretty in real life. And Lindsey Wixon is featured in these ads again, she is the one with the completely unrealistic cleavage. The amount of photo shopping done to her chest bothers me to no end, and especially because it is done quite poorly. I am no expert on photo-shopping, and I won’t pretend to be, but the shading and highlighting looks too fake to me, I am overly distracted by it too appreciate the great clothing.
These are images of Lindsey in a bathing suit:
The eight covers of Love magazine’s September issue:
Sienna Miller, The Pin Up
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, The Siren
Lauren Hutton, The Heroine
Gisele Bündchen, The Bombshell
Alessandra Ambrosio, The Angel
Agyness Deyn, The Rebel
Kelly Brook, The Sweetheart
Ms. Perfect, The Mannequin
My favorites would have to be Rosie and Gisele, how about you?
So my first actual, legitimate fashion show where I didn’t have to help models into their shoes or seat the fabulous attendees was DKNY. I would count myself pretty lucky. I was seated in the third row and had a perfectly lovely view of both the Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar editors. And, yes, Leigh Lezark, Estelle, and the Veronica’s.
My heart skipped a beat when I saw the all-American model turned editor, Tonne Goodman, now Fashion Director of Vogue standing on line with me to get into the show. She, along with Grace, Anna, and Andre are why I am so obsessed with this industry. Ms. Goodman was seated two seats in front of me with Virginia Smith, Market Director at Vogue.
The show itself was very girly and flirty with a slight French attitude in the air. I need to own all of the ruffle trimmed bathing suits, blazers, and blouses. And I really loved the jumpsuits, both camel and navy, they were very classy and looked unbelievably comfortable.
These were my favorite looks from the collection:
Here are some images of the venue and editors:
Smith and Goodman
Karan, Smith, Goodman
EIC of Harper's Bazaar, Glenda Bailey