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I See Paris

Paris is absolutely my favorite of the Fashion Weeks.  There is just something about the city that makes the clothes more magical, more beautiful, more aspirational even.  Below I have edited down some of my favorite collections of the Fall 2011 season.  The rest will be posted shortly.  For now please enjoy A-C.

Sarah Burton’s second collection for Alexander McQueen boasted some stunning gowns, fit for a Queen (hint Ms. Middleton).  The fairly small collection was almost exclusively black and white, very Victorian and full of luxurious fur and structure.

Head designer of Balmain, Christophe Decarnin, has regretfully checked himself into a hospital due to depression, and did not work a lot on the line this season, but despite that the old world house pulled through and created a luxe tomboy ish line.  I appreciated the departure from the safety pins and ripped tees, the sequin dresses and metallic fabrics are so fabulous.

Cacharel’s show was interesting, half was the beautiful flower design and the other half was the very simple neutral colored separates, both were equally wearable and modern.

Admittedly the Celine show this season was not as great as it was in the past, but the four looks above I found to be the exception.  Fur is clearly not going anywhere (yay!) and for some reason I cannot get that pink suit out of my head.

Hannah MacGibbon didn’t get the best review of this season’s Chloe collection, there was too much snakeskin and not enough of her beautiful 70’s camel pieces that made the line so popular again.  However, I really loved the leather pants and these new colors she is introducing for Fall.

Seeing that I am not a “tomboy” in the least (though you should have seen me in the 90’s) I wasn’t a huge fan of Chanel and all of the skirts over pants and boyish clothing.  It was mainly black and dark colors, and I feel like only models can pull off the skirt/dress over pants look.  But I did love some of the chiffon dresses and black jumpsuits, it is Chanel after all.

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Paris Je T’aime-Day 6

Day 6 makes me wish I was in Paris even more than I usually do.  Chloe, Stella McCartney, and Yves Saint Laurent are some of my all time favorite brands.  I realize I say this with a lot of fashion houses, but this time I really mean it.  I do.

However, I’ll be honest, these collections were not my favorites the designers have done, it is like Meryl Streep being in a romantic comedy, or Karl Lagerfeld designing a line for Target.  The clothes are still absolutely amazing compared to everything else out there, but they aren’t up to the previous standards they have set in the past.

Chloe

 

Emanuel Ungaro

 

Giambattista Valli

 

Stella McCartney

 

Yves Saint Laurent

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A talent of yours

Collages have been my creative tool of choice since I was in kindergarten and had to make a book of colors.  My mother still has it, lying in the second drawer of her nightstand.

I love putting pieces together and trying to make them work.

My walls at home are completely plastered with pictures.  From the floor to the ceiling, I have Chanel and Chloe, ads from every fashion magazine available to me.  I put up pictures from editorials, news stories, advertisements, and covers, they don’t necessarily go together, but it is so much fun trying to get them to work as one.

Scissors have helped me de-stress for years.  I would just sit on the floor of my bedroom and cut up 4, 5, 6 magazines at a time.  I was completely entranced by them and all of the colors and textures of the clothes or the different positions the models contorted their bodies and the wild makeup they had in editorial shoots.  For those few hours nothing could distract me, my mind was set on those pictures and making my wall the best it could be.  Johnny Depp and Moschino rarely go together but somehow in my collages they did.  It’s really all about finding connections, like Johnny Depp is dating a model named Vanessa Paradis and I have a few pictures of her on my wall so having that connection, in my mind, makes it work.

My Room

Close up of the side of my wall

Close up of my other wall

When I took Summer Live classes at FIT the summer before my senior year, I took a class called the Anatomy of Fashion.  In that class, we just cut up magazines and put them in a “Croquis Book” this was a portable collage, a portable wall for me.  Soon my collages changed and grew into more of an art where I would weave pictures together or make cut outs at various spots.  My Croquis Book has come with me to college, it is the grown up version of the color book I made in Kindergarten.

The Front of my Croquis Book

First Pages

Art Pages

Single Page

One of my favorite pages

Shoes and Bags

Mini Italian Vogues

Last summer I got a trunk for my birthday (read: begged my mother to buy it for me) and it was my summer project to decoupage it before taking it to college.  It took a while to go through my hundreds of magazines and find my absolute favorite photographs and then I had to glue them onto my trunk in a cohesive way.  The final task was to cover the entire trunk in Mod Podge, a glue/finish, to make it look shiny and nice.  It took the whole summer but I love the end result.

I received another trunk for Christmas this year, so guess what I will be doing this summer?

Top of Trunk

Front of Trunk

Back of Trunk

Side of Trunk

Other Side of Trunk

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