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I See Paris (Part 2: D-L)

I’ve been putting off a Dior post for a few weeks now.  I of course have an opinion about what happened but I don’t really know how to express how I feel about the Galliano incident.  John Galliano is a brilliant designer.  He understands fashion, women’s bodies, fabric manipulation, and drama.  However, I am Jewish, and what he said is obviously appalling and hurtful and I hate that his tenure at Dior and reputation in the fashion industry had to end like this.  Honestly, I am just sad.  That simple word really expresses perfectly how I feel.  I am sad that his time at Dior is up, that he will not design stunning clothes (for a while at least), and most of all I am sad about his feelings towards Jews.  That said his last collection for Dior was, of course, gorgeous.

This Hermes collection is Christophe Lemaire’s first for the house.  It was a bit shaky at the end, but the leather pieces (what Hermes is known for) were luscious and perfect for fall.  I am excited to see what he does for his upcoming collections.

This presentation (the actual fashion show was canceled) was John Galliano’s smallest to date.  The above dresses are my favorite from the line.  His separates really aren’t my style but his dresses always are!

As you can tell from the five photos above I have both a leather and Loewe obsession.  Those two semi-bomber jackets with fur collars are screaming my name and I have never wanted a leather shift dress more.

 

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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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Model of the Month Club: March

This month the right sidebar is dedicated to Anais Mali, a 20 year old French model who walked every major runway from New York to Paris.  Her exotic look was able to translate seamlessly between Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Givenchy and Missoni, to name a few.

Recently she was featured in Vogue and Italian Vogue, and was the face of Levi’s.  I have a feeling there will be much more of that to come.

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LFW Fall 2011

London Fashion Week has ended and we have seamlessly moved on to Milan.  Below are my edits from a few shows, clearly ladylike, tailored coats and cozy sweaters have definitely solidified their standing in Fall fashion.

 

Burberry:

Jonathan Saunders

Pringle of Scotland

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To Dye or Not to Dye

That is the question.

I feel this deep need to do something drastic with my hair.  Maybe not even drastic just something, anything.   My  hair is in the “growing out” stage, and I am too scared to cut it a la Carey Mulligan and too indecisive to pick a “normal” color to dye it.

Then I was re-inspired when I saw Eva Chen’s Tumblr (Beauty Director at Teen Vogue) and all of her beautiful images backstage at the A/W 2011 Fashion Week with the model’s colorful dye jobs.  Last Spring this was a trend as well and I want to do it then too, but I had just gotten my hair done at the Frederic Fekkai salon and I was nervous the dyes would not react well together.

My problem is that I don’t want it to look “punk” or like I am trying to be something I clearly am not, I just want it to be fun and chic!  I also can’t decide if it will look awkward because my hair isn’t very long, it’s about mid shoulder now.  Though, if on a whim, I do end up doing it one random night, I think a light lilac or baby pink would be best with my strawberry blond hair…though I do love the pistachio on the model below.

Photo taken by Eva Chen

Photo taken by Eva Chen

Photo taken by Eva Chen

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The one above of Dree Hemingway is my favorite.  Maybe I will just go all out and bleach my hair then dye random strands and the tips.

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Cynthia Steffe Fashion Show

On Sunday, I had the amazing opportunity to go to the Cynthia Steffe fashion show at Lincoln Center.  This was my first time going to a show sponsored by Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.  And even though I have been to some pretty big shows (3.1 Phillip Lim, Y3 Yojhi Yamamoto, etc), I had never been to the “Tents” before.

It was definitely an experience.  There were photographers snapping pictures everywhere and famous faces on cell phones in the plaza of the arts center.  I saw Linda Fargo (Vice President of Visual Merchandising at Bergdorf Goodman) and Robert Verdi within my first few minutes there, followed by countless Reality TV “stars” (Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen) and models galore.

For Christmas, as I mentioned in a previous post, my Grandfather wanted to buy me vintage dresses because he knows how obsessed with them I am.  I had actually seen a black silk Yves Saint Laurent skirt and dress set about a year and a half ago at the vintage store I go to in Connecticut, Tova’s, and completely fell in love with it.  Do not ask me why but I didn’t buy it the first time I saw it but I actually thought about it frequently since then and wished I had.

Apparently it was fate because when I went in December, because it was there, and it fit, and it now hangs ceremoniously in my closet.  I consider it possibly the most beautiful item I own and I only wish I could wear it everyday.

I decided that Fashion Week would be the perfect time to introduce my vintage YSL to the world, and I chose to outfit myself like a modern day Audrey Hepburn circa Breakfast at Tiffanys.

I paired the dress with vintage YSL heels, sheer black tights, one of my roommate’s belts, my great-grandmothers jewelry and a rhinestone pin in my hair.

The show itself was actually really great!  The designer drew inspiration from modern royalty which could be seen in the jewel tones and incredible fur collars.  I really need one in every color, especially with the turn in the weather today.  The collection was very classic and looked like a beautiful Fall day, very warm and colorful with a bit of luxury mixed in.

It is surprisingly hard to take good pictures at a fashion show from the seats because of the lighting and pace of the models walk, so if you aren’t satisfied by my pictures go to style.com and check out their professional ones, the collection was definitely worth the second look.

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Glitter Glitter Everywhere

Christian McCullough, MAC make up artist for the Vena Cava show yesterday, is my hero of the day.  The glitter eye makeup he painstakingly applied to every model is absolutely beautiful!  I wish I could do my eyes like that every night and have it be socially acceptable.

Or maybe the point is to do it anyway and I should be okay with playing with makeup that might be deemed “a bit much” by social standards.  The show was very 90’s with a slight grunge attitude, maybe with that “whatever” mindset I could pull it off.

If I am brave enough to even attempt to try this I will of course post pictures but for now I will leave to to the models of Vena Cava.

ps. The nail polish on the fingers is really cute. . . may have to try that one. . .

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Project: Runway

So it took a little effort but I think I have figured out a way to show some of my videos from S/S 2011 Fashion Week!

Here is the first installment, my favorite show, 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Enjoy!

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Has St. Valentine Inspired our Designers?

Everywhere on the runway, from New York to Milan, from Lacoste to Project Runway contestants, featured red and pink together in the collections.

This color combination used to be reserved for Valentines Day and wedding bouquets, but apparently it is okay, no, down right fashionable to wear it for Spring 2011.

I’ll be honest, I never would have worn these colors together, for fear of looking like a paper heart or a lipstick ad.  But now I am intrigued.  I suddenly have this desire to go out and buy a bubblegum pink American Apparel leotard and wear it with a long red skirt (I would settle for high waisted pants).  The combination seems so daring, yet at the same time innately girly and romantic.

Here is how the designers showed the colors.  How will you?

 

Lanvin, Costume National, Matthew Ames, DKNY

 

DKNY, Sportmax, Cynthia Rowley, Lacoste

 

Marc Jacobs, Martin Grant, Project Runway, Lanvin

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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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