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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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Paris Je T’aime-The End of a Season

Because I am quite far behind on my fashion shows I have decided to condense the last few days into one final post.  That means that these are the absolute stand out pieces from the final days of PFW.

There should also be a moment of silence for both Jean Paul Gaultier’s last Hermes collection and Sarah Burton’s first collection for Alexander McQueen.  Let the changing of the guards commence.

Alexander McQueen

Chanel

Collette Dinnigan

Valentino

Hermes

Louis Vuitton

Mui Mui

Paul and Joe

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Don’t Feed the Animals

These are two of my absolute favorite advertisements, ever.

And they both just happen to be Hermes.

The ads are whimsical, evoking a sense of fantasy and fairy tale.

They are very colorful, bright oranges and hot pinks, with neutral animals.  So that while the animals attract attention to the ad, the colors and clothes draw the audience in.

It makes fashion fun and interesting, shows that different cultures can collide, and that there is beauty in all of them.

Fall/Winter 2008 Ad (My Favorite)

Spring/Summer 2008 Ad

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Au Revoir, Monsieur Gaultier!

Jean Paul Gaultier, also known as the “enfant terrible de la mode” and the creator of Madonna’s infamous cone bra, stepped down as head designer of Hermès a few days ago.

Jean Paul Gaultier

I was pretty upset when I found out about this.  While JPG isn’t my favorite designer, I do love him and the work he did for Hermès. It was a fabulous mix of his eccentricity and French classiness.  He was able to rein in his wildness and create amazing collections one after another.  I actually prefer his Hermès collections to his own namesake brands (yes, and the line he did for Target).

The last collection he will show for the brand is the Spring/Summer 2011, which will be shown in Paris in October.  I’m sure this will be a much coveted ticket, and of course, an amazing show.

The new designer who will be taking the helm of the 173 year old brand is Christian Lemaire.  He is currently the creative director of Lacoste and previously worked for Christian Lacroix before starting his own brand, and then moving on to Lacoste.

After reading up on Lemaire, I think that he might make an excellent replacement for Gaultier, who had been the head designer for six years.  Lemaire worked at Christian Lacroix, so he has the creativeness and couture aspect down, but he also spent nine years at Lacoste, so he will appeal to the preppy, classic side of Hermès as well.

I am excited to see his first show, which will be Fall Winter 2011/12, I hope he can live up to both the Hermès name and the crown passed down by Jean Paul Gaultier.

Below are some of the wonderful looks Gaultier created for Hermès over the years.

Lily Cole opening for Fall 2010

Coco Rocha for Fall 2010

Spring 2010

Spring 2010

Spring 2009

Spring 2008

Spring 2007

Fall 2010

Fall 2008

Fall 2006

Fall 2004

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Day.14.

A non-fictional book

Deluxe: How Luxury Lost It’s Luster by Dana Thomas.

This is such an incredible view into the world of luxury goods/fashion and how they have diminished over the years.

It cites Louis Vuitton bags, Hermes, Chanel perfume and the war against knock-offs in its well planned chapters.

I particularly like the insight she gives into the creators of the design houses and a look into their past that is rarely seen.

I have learned so much from this book and quote it probably a few times a week (then again I do go to FIT).

The New York Times did a wonderful book review about Deluxe and titled the article, “The Devil Wears Hermes (He Bought It at the Ceasers Palace Mall in Las Vegas),” which I think perfectly describes what the book is about, the diminishing of luxury goods.

And on that note, when every reality star can get their hands on an infamous Hermes Birkin bag, yet there are multi-year waiting lists for it, you know there is a problem.

Oh, and the cover is absolutely perfect!

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So I have this little Obsession…

I have a confession.  I love ads.  I am obsessed with fashion advertisements. I have them plastered all over my wall, floor to ceiling, door to window.  They are the last thing I see before I fall asleep and the first thing I see when I wake up.  They are fabulous.  So far I have been a bit disappointed with the ads this season but I have hope that they will be more original and alluring over the summer and of course in September. However, here are some of my favorites of the season:

Prada:

I adore these Prada ads, I even bought new lipstick to try to recreate the look, which resulted in the swelling of my lips to disproportionate sizing because I am apparently allergic to Sephora brand lip gloss.  But it looked cute…

Prada Campaign

Aldo:

Aldo brought in one of my favorite models, Jessica Stam, and photographer Terry Richardson in for their most recent ad campaign.  I love the cutesy, girliness of  Stam’s modeling in contrast with Richardson’s very stark almost harsh photography.  And it was nice of him to let her keep all of her clothes on.  (Just google “Terry Richardson, controversy” and you will immediately see what I mean).

Jessica Stam

Hermes:

Hermes is such an iconic, classic brand which I happen to have a deep love for.  And with Jean Paul Gaultier designing the collections, that just makes it even better.  I have always loved the ads (especially the winter ones with another of my favorite models, Raquel Zimmermann, which I will post at a later date) and the newest ones star Karlie Kloss, American top model at the ripe young age of 17. These Spring advertisements are all based off of Disney movies, try and guess which one’s they are!

My absolute favorite.

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