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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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Wake Up and Smell the Couture

Couture season has just ended in Paris (sigh) and the clothes were absolutely lovely.  I noticed a distinct return to femininity, from the shapes to the pale colors and light fabrics.   It’s quite sad because I know from experience that the photographs really do not do the clothes justice.  What might look merely “beautiful” in an image is amplified by 10 when you actually see the piece in person and feel the fabric and see the intricate details the camera barely picks up.  I am lucky enough to have this experience at Vogue and I absolutely cannot wait to see these exquisite pieces in person.

My edits:

Alexis Mabille

Chanel

The Whole Collection

Christian Dior

 

Givenchy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentino

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Paris Je T’aime-Day 5

This is kind of like the Tipping Point in Paris Fashion Week.  The days following Day 5 are the heavy hitters fashion wise.  Today is John Galliano, Celine, and Givenchy, and the next three days are when the biggest and oldest fashion houses show their collections.

As almost everyone knows, Celine is up there with Lanvin to me.  Fashion doesn’t get any cleaner or minimalist chic than Celine.  Phoebe Philo is a descendent of the fashion gods in my eyes, and her last collection was so inspiring and beautiful, that if it wasn’t so pathetic I would have cried and every night until I owned the complete collection.  This season was still lovely, perfectly summery and Parisian in my eyes, but I don’t know if anything can top that last collection.

John Galliano, like Jean Paul Gaultier, creates amazingly fun fashion shows, with unrealistic clothing that could hardy ever be worn in public.  But his last few evening gowns were to die for.  Their sheerness was on the verge of unwearable but he walks the line so well no one cares and I would wear them every day if I could.

The Givenchy couture collection shown this summer was the best Givenchy collection I have seen.  To me, this one fell short of the extravagance and beauty of the last show but there were still some pieces which would look amazing in my closet.

Celine

John Galliano

Givenchy

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Feel My Bones on Your Bones

The Givenchy couture show, designed by Riccardo Tisci, is one of the most incredible collections I have ever laid eyes on.  The intricacy of the embroidery and the details are like nothing I have ever seen before.  The small collection was very reminiscent of the human skeleton, and while most of the pieces are not overly wearable, they are just too gorgeous to complain about.

I really haven’t seen anything like it.  It is the craftsmanship and Victorian charm of Alexander McQueen mixed with Tisci’s sexiness and Givenchy’s beautiful glamor.  It is not tacky, costumey or cheesy at all, which it could have so easily been.  To me it is so eerily angelic, delicate but striking.

I am not in love with the bottom it is a little too 70’s for me, but the detail of the bodice is insane.

The goat hair jacket looks so sleek and cozy, and the bottom of the see through dress is divine.

I really appreciate the 20’s influences in the dress, from the all over fringe to the bolero like top.

I really hope this is worn to an award show or benefit, maybe Tilda Swinton or Anna Wintour.

Now we see where Lara Stone’s post-wedding dress came from.  It is even more extraordinary in this length.

I love feathers.  On everything.  Plus, this reminds me of the Vogue September cover with Sienna Miller.

Meet my wedding dress.

The full collection.

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Bring on the Couture!

The next few days will be entirely devoted to something I hold very close to my heart, couture.  This is the greatest art form in fashion, it is the medium in which fashion designers are their most creative and experimental.

First a definition to clear up a few misconceptions.

Haute Couture:  French for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking”.  It is custom fit clothing of the highest quality with the most expensive and luxurious fabrics and more often than not hand sewn, always with extreme attention to detail by the best and most experienced seamstresses.  The term is protected by law in Paris and defined by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris. And only companies listed by this elite group are technically allowed to call their designs “haute couture”.

The end.  No Juicy Couture or Romeo and Juliet Couture.   Only four designers are not French, and others show their collections as “Guest Members”.  The members come and go, like Donatella Versace, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent no longer show couture collections but the houses once did.

There are also jewelry and accessories designers included in the group, but not too many.

The most famous current official members are:  Anne Valerie Hash, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, and Jean Paul Gaultier.  And the four foreign members are, Elie Saab, Giorgio Armani, Maison Martin Margiela, and Valentino.

The shows began this week in Paris and I have compiled my favorite looks from the collections.  Some I found absolutely amazing (Dior and Givenchy) and others were underwhelming (Chanel) but each of them offered exquisite craftsmanship and beauty, which is rarely seen anymore with our fast-paced, over efficient, busy world.

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Whatever tickles your fancy

What tickles my fancy right now is Lara Stone’s wedding this past week.

Riccardo Tisci, head designer of Givenchy, designed two incredible couture dresses for Ms. Stone’s spring wedding to David Wailliams. I wrote about this before in an earlier post about which model I am more envious of, her or Coco Rocha (Zac Posen is designing her dress).

While I like Coco better as a model, I am honestly not sure if Zac Posen can top Tisci’s two dresses.  The wedding dress itself was gorgeous, much different than I expected, but in a good way.  Tisci has a slight tendency to go a bit gothic, but this dress was anything but.  It was a cream lace, edged with a gold braid which fit her body perfectly.  The only picture of the dress so far is this one below, it shows the detail nicely but it doesn’t have the full dress in it unfortunately.

The second dress he designed for her was for the after party.  It a a gold, sequined short busty dress that is perfect for a glamorous, fun evening.

The couple drove away in an adorable, British chic Rolls Royce.  The perfect getaway car.

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Bad Romance

I’ll be honest.  I don’t get it.

I’m not going to try to come up with some excuse for the two of them or try to fathom why they like each other’s work so much, because I really just don’t understand.

(I would, however, love to sit in on a meeting between the two of them, I’m sure it is absolutely hilarious.)

Of course, I am talking about Giorgio Armani and Lady Gaga’s recent love affair.  Which I have cleverly deemed a “Bad Romance”.

When I think of Armani I think, Italian, gray, luxurious fabrics, classic, eternal, stylish.  None of these, in my opinion, relate to the entertaining Lady Gaga experience that I suppose has grown out of being a fad.

She does entertainment art, is brash and loud, ever changing, bright and colorful, and very shocking.  But apparently Giorgio is infatuated with her, maybe it is his old age (he is 75) or he is trying to appeal to a younger audience, but whatever it is I find it strange.

I love partnerships (see Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn, Karl Lagerfeld and Emma Watson) but I am not enchanted by this one, rather confused.

Below are some of the ensembles he custom designed for her.  When will this romance end?

Red Carpet Dress for the Grammy's 2010.

Grammy Performance Ensemble

Grammy Audience Outfit

Bodysuit for the MET Ball

Black Lace Ensemble for the Controversial American Idol Performance

Armani's Sketch for the American Idol Performance

Armani's Sketches for Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Concert Tour

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