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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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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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