Monthly Archives: September 2010

Dolce and Gabbana Get It Right

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!

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The Many Faces of Vogue

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.

America

Australia

Germany

Italy

Korea

Mexico

Paris

Portugal

Russia

Spain

Turkey

United Kingdom

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!).

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In honor

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.

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Giles Shows Us the Unimaginable

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.

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Mui Mui Shows Us (Clevage)

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:

Thoughts?

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Love Bug

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?

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Bella Donna

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:

Tonne Goodman

Smith and Goodman

Karan, Smith, Goodman

EIC of Harper's Bazaar, Glenda Bailey

venue

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Gary Graham, Where Have You Been All My Life?

I don’t think that I have a particular style, necessarily.  The problem is I love too many things to want to have to stick to one.  My interests range from J.Crew to Alexander McQueen to vintage 60’s dresses, not exactly a cohesive look.

And this is part of the reason why I am so entranced with Gary Graham’s clothing.  Some of them were sweetly vintage covered in sequins or pearls, while others were a color blocked masterpieces in neutral tones.

And don’t think I am biased because it was my first fashion presentation, the whole experience was great, from the clothing to the hair to the choreography of the walk.

The models were on a raised platform and on the ground were chalk circles that the models would move to as music played, a bit like musical chairs.

Out of the 20 looks these were my favorite:

Here are two of my (amazing) pictures from the presentation, just to give you a feel of the set up:

And because I know you were wondering, this is what I wore to the event:

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2010 FNO

Scene: Fashion’s Night Out, New York City, September 10, 2010.

I really (really) wanted to see (meet, talk with, ogle) Daphne Guinness and Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington, now none of that happened, I didn’t even get to catch a glimpse of any of their infamous crops of hair, but I still had a worthwhile time.

Admittedly, last year was more exciting, it was brand new and not nearly as crowded or corporate, but it is still an amazing opportunity to meet famous fashion folk that you might not ever get to see.

I first went to Bergdorf Goodman, and after standing in line for a while (read: cutting the line of a few hundred people) I made it inside only to find out I missed all the food and drinks, and Sarah Jessica Parker was scared to come out of the elevator because there were so many people.   I did, however, get to be about a foot away from (and smile at) Linda Fargo and Robert Verdi.

Bergdorf Goodman window

Linda Fargo has one of the most amazing jobs on the planet and I am supremely jealous of her.  She is Vice President of Visual Merchandising and Women’s Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman.  Her taste level and creativity is like none other.  And Robert Verdi, is a lovely eccentric stylist.

Linda Fargo

Robert Verdi

Robert Verdi

After that I went over to Barney’s, with the hope of bumping in to Daphne, but as we know that didn’t happen.  However, I was able to meet Simon Doonan (Creative Director of Barney’s and one of my favorite people on the planet) again.  We had a cute little photo shoot and then I went on my way up to the 5th floor where Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were supposed to be, but it was so crazy and not worth it in my mind so I left.  And according to Twitter they didn’t show up for like an hour.  I did get a picture of the Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington dolls though. . .

Anna and Grace dolls

Simon Doonan and I

Simon Doonan and I

So, I started wandering around New York City without a plan, heading into stores I thought looked interesting, and I ended up having pretty good luck.  At Fratelli Rossetti, Behati Prinsloo (Victoria’s Secret model) was showing her photographs, which were actually really good.  I got a few pictures with her and a talked with a photographer for a while.

Behati Prinsloo and I

Then I went over to the Bergdorf Goodman Men’s Store where a ping pong, air hockey, and foosball table were set up where you could challenge famous designers to a match.  When I was there Henry Holland was facing off against Georgina Bloomberg (Mayor Bloomberg’s youngest daughter).

Henry Holland

Then I went over to Prada, where I knew Grace Coddington was holding court, but of course she left right before I got there.  There was an amazing mannequin made up to look like her.  There were amazing mannequins everywhere, with wigs that must have been done by Julien d’Ys.  Oh yes, and the floor was fake grass, which was super fun to walk on in heels.  On the second floor Michael Urie (Mark on Ugly Betty) and Tessa Thompson were sitting on a bench completely undisturbed and deep in conversation.  Why no one swarmed them is beyond me.

Mannequins at Prada

Grace Coddington mannequin

Michael Urie and Tessa Thompson.

I popped over to a much too crowded Versace where I just took a picture of the models and then headed over to Saks Fifth Ave where as I was walking through the door Anthony Williams from Project Runway was leaving with a camera crew.

Versace Model

Anthony Williams

So all in all I would say a pretty successful night.

(All photos were taken on the newest addition to my family, the iPhone 4, my digital camera died this summer, but hopefully I will get a new one soon so that I can show better quality photos!)

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World’s Largest Fashion Show. Ever.

Last night I should have been one of the 1,500 guests at Lincoln Center watching 150 models walking in the world’s largest fashion show.  I should have been in the front row, sitting among the magazine editors and celebrities.  I should have seen the 9 act show, 171 looks in all.

But instead I was in a lecture on The Oresteia written by Aeschylus in 458 BCE.  I was in my Greek Mythology class instead of attending (or at least viewing the live stream online) this fabulous event.

This fashion show, hosted by Andre Leon Talley of Vogue and fashion blogger/model Hanneli Mustaparta, was supposed to kick start Fashion Week and Fashion’s Night Out.

The venue was pretty amazing, like a Shakespearian theater in the round.

Anna Wintour

Carolina Herrera and Lynn Wyatt

I love Carolina Herrera’s Fashion’s Night Out shirt, it is the perfect representation of both her and her sense of style.

Coco Rocha walking in the show.

Gisele Bundchen

Thankfully, CBS is airing a recap of the show Sept. 14.

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