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A Little Lanvin Love

I have a thing for Alber Elbaz.   He is quite possibly the love of my (fashion) life. He can do no wrong in my eyes.  Elbaz is a master.  And he is mine.

Alber Elbaz

I have followed his career for years and have done countless projects on both him and the house of Lanvin while at FIT.  Lanvin (and its head designer, Alber Elbaz) is in my Top Three favorite designers. Ever.  And with his 2011 Resort show it is even more solidified.  I really don’t know how to describe how much I love this collection and how I want each and ever item of clothing hanging in my closet by the count of three!

I went in looking at the show hoping to find a few pieces to show here, and ended up with way too many.  So I then had to edit (remember I do want to be a fashion editor) and narrow down to my absolute favorite pieces.  Granted, this was very difficult, but I feel practice makes perfect, and I need to work on editing daily if I want to be editor-in-chief of Vogue by the time Anna Wintour decides to retire (or Grace Coddington accidentally pushes her out of one of Conde Nast’s windows).

Below are my favorites of the amazing show inspired by South America.  Many of the pieces are reversible or can be worn different ways, which personally I think was ingenious of Elbaz considering the economy.

He also threw some bridal into the mix.  Coco Rocha and Lara Stone can keep Posen and Tisci, Elbaz can design my wedding dress!  I loved them, each and every one.

Elbaz kept Resort fresh and flirty, flashy and fun, which is really what it should be.  These clothes are meant to be worn in St. Tropez, or  on a fabulous tropical island surrounded by colorful birds and beautiful shirtless men.  And though Elbaz can have a tendency to be moody, dark and powerful in his clothing (especially his Fall/Winter) this collection shows a different side of him which is equally as magnificent and creative.

Love Him!

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Oh Daphne

I am in shock.  Truly I am.

Yesterday, Daphne Guinness bought Isabella Blow’s entire wardrobe.

The late Isabella Blow was both a fashion editor and creative director, as well as a collector of both art and fashion.  She was once Anna Wintour’s assistant, who actually spoke at her funeral when Blow committed suicide in May 2007.  She is a beloved fashion icon and the discoverer of a great many talents including Alexander McQueen, Stella Tenant, and Sophie Dahl.  Blow even bought McQueen’s entire collection that he showed as a student at Cenral Saint Martins. Oh yes, and she was a muse to world renowned milliner Philip Treacy.

Her collection included 90 McQueen dresses and over 50 Treacy hats.  I can’t imagine how much Ms. Guinness paid for it at the Christies auction.  But I think she did an amazing thing.  Guinness is quoted as saying, “It’s Issy – it’s her D.N.A, it should not be scattered to the four winds.”  The collection was originally supposed to be auctioned off piece by piece by the famous English auction house in September, but Guinness was not satisfied by that, so she bought the entire thing, art, couture and all.

Daphne Guinness is a kind of hero of mine.  She is, of course, an heir to the Guinness fortune and was also married to Spyros Niarchos, son of the billionaire shipping tycoon, Stavros Niarchos.  But that is not why I like her so much.

Simply put, she is fabulous, and she knows it.  She has been and done everything from a stylist, to a film producer, to living in an artists colony with Salvador Dali, she walked the catwalk, been a journalist, a collector, and an expert of haute couture.  Daphne Guinness is also best friends with numerous fashion designers and is quite the supporter of fashion, if her obtainment of Blow’s collection didn’t show that.

She does not dress like an heiress, or like a collector or an artist.  She dresses like Daphne Guinness. How she wants, and she won’t let anyone tell her otherwise.

Daphne Guinness

In a red Alexander McQueen cape

Isabella Blow

In her "Blow" hat

the original lobster hat

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And Now for the Real Awards Show…

Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards were held last night at Lincoln Center, hosted by the ever fabulous, Anna Wintour.

Some of the top winners were Marc Jacobs, recieving Womenswear Designer of the Year;  Rag & Bone took home Menswear Designer of the Year; Alexis Bittar, for Accessories Designer of the Year; and Michael Kors receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.

As for the Swarovski awards which pays homage to emerging designers, Jason Wu received the Womenswear award, Richard Chai took home the Menswear award, and the Accessories award went to Alexander Wang.  These three winners will receive generous amounts of money from Swarovski to help their growing brands.

Sarah Jessica Parker was given the somber task of presenting the Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award in honor of Alexander McQueen.  After she spoke, the stage filled with models presenting McQueen’s final collection to the crowd, the first time it has been seen in its entirety since March in Paris.

Also awarded last night was Christopher Bailey, head designer of Burberry, who received the International Award; Iman was given the Fashion Icon award; Eugenia Sheppard Award for Journalism went to Kim Hastreiter; and the Eleanor Lambert Award was given to Tonne Goodman, Fashion Director of Vogue, and one of my idols.

Anna Wintour with Daughter Bea

Sarah Jessica Parker in Pre-Fall Alexander McQueen

Marc Jacobs

Jason Wu and Rachel Weisz

Michael Kors and Gwyneth Paltrow


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Mind the Gap

Four designers made dresses for Gap for celebrities and models to wear at the MET Costume Institute Gala on May 3rd.  The designers were: Sophie Theallet, winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2009; Thakoon, protege of Anna Wintour and winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2006; Alexander Wang, winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2008; and Rodarte, designed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, winner of the 2009 Womenswear CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund ward in 2009.

These dresses will be on display in a Gap pop-up store in NYC and will later be auctioned off.  I might need to save up some money for the Rodarte, I am absolutely in love.

Vera Farmiga and Jessica Alba in Sophie Theallet for Gap.

Riley Keough and Kerry Washington in Thakoon.

Mia and Koe Kravitz in Alexander Wang with the designer, Kirsten Dunst in Rodate with the designers.

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The Single Most Fabulous Night of the Year

I have been waiting quite a while to write this post, though I do wish I was covering the event from inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Yes, last night was the MET Costume Institute Gala and I cannot even express how much I wish I was there.  It’s not even the vastness of celebrities that make me yearn to go, it is the clothes.  The custom designed gowns, the unique pieces that will only be seen once, the extravagance of the couture.  That is why I want to go, but Joshua Jackson doesn’t hurt either.

Let’s start with the color trends:

Metallics

From left to right; Claire Danes in Burberry, Anne Hathaway in Valentino, Brooke Shields in Michael Kors.  I like Danes and Hathaway’s the best, I think it fits them beautifully and they are both interesting, elegant pieces.

From left to right; Nicole Richie in Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace in her own design, Anna Wintour in couture Chanel.  While I am not a huge Richie fan, I love the Marc Jacobs dress on her and the Chanel is perfect for Wintour and her slim frame.

Erin Featherston in her own design.

Marion Cotillard in Dior couture.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Halston.

Color:

Christina Hendricks in L'Wren Scott

Naomi Watts in Stella McCartney

Rachel Zoe in Marc Jacobs.

Rachel Weisz in Oscar de la Renta.

I will have more pictures up later in the day.  Including the worst of the evening.

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Meet the Models

I am part of that small portion of the population that prefers models on the cover of magazines but recently that has been a growing trend, especially with the ever fabulous British Vogue.  Over the past few years they have featured models on the covers of about half of their magazines.  And personally I find this is the best way to go.  They have a presence on the covers (it is part of their job description) and they entice people to flip through the magazine.

I once heard a quote that has stuck with me.  It was, “Celebrities sell the magazine but models sell the clothes.”  At the time I heard this I agreed wholeheartedly, but now I think that models might be able to sell the magazines on their own.  Remember, there was a time when it was only models on the cover, Ms. Anna Wintour changed that.  Grace Coddington is on my side of the debate.  She once said, “There are no models on covers anymore.  They’re all actors because they’re what sells.” She goes on to say, “An actor often dictates what you’re going to get.  I find that annoying.  And I’m incredibly shy, so they scare the pants off me.  But I feel perfectly comfortable with the models.  They’re like my kids.”

I am intrigued by models, there is something about them that is so fascinating, and I think that people are starting to realize this once again.  After the age of the Super Models in the 80’s and 90’s there was a bit of a lull in the public’s attraction to models but I think that has definitely changed once again.

Below are some of the covers of British Vogue from 2009-2010 which featured models on the covers.

Canadian Model, Daria Werbowy

Russian Model, Sasha Pivovarova

British Model, Georgia Jagger

British Model, Kate Moss who has graced the cover numerous times

British Model, Lily Donaldson

Russian Model, Natalia Vodianova who has also been on the cover many times

Dutch Model, Lara Stone

Any thoughts about the celebrity vs. model controversy?

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The Little Princess

Twenty-eight year old Russian model, Natalia Vodianova, is having a Cinderella moment.  She grew up in a very poor neighborhood in the USSR with her mother and two half sisters (one of whom had cerebral palsy, to help make money she would sell fruit on the street.  After attending a modeling school she became who she is today,  super model known especially for her baby face.  And then she found her prince.  Or rather a British property heir and half-brother to the 10th Viscount Portman.  And with three children to devote her time to she is truly the definition of a multi-tasker.  Vodianova started the “Naked Heart Foundation” the goal of which is to create a safe environment for children to play in Russia.  She was also Medusa in the new remake of The Clash of the Titans and is modeling in countless magazines.

These photographs from April’s edition of French Vogue are absolutely stunning.  It is rightly titled “Princesse Natalia” and styled by Carine Roitfeld (France’s Anna Wintour) another one of my fashion idols.

I love how, Russian, the pictures are.  I used to have a minor obsession in my middle school years with the Romanovs and I could absolutely see Anastasia wearing these clothes to a ball or to tea in the garden.  I think they are absolutely beautiful and Vodianova is truly the last Russian Princess.

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