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I See Paris: Part 3 (L-Y)

Admittedly, this post is very late.  But better late than never right?  These beautiful clothes still need to be shown even though Paris Fashion Week ended a few weeks ago. They are beginning to slowly trickle in to magazine’s fashion closets.  Editors are using their best sweet talk to persuade PR companies to let them have these pieces first and assistants are dueling over who gets to feature the Louis Vuitton French maid outfits before the rest.  So below is the rest of the best if Paris Fashion Week.  It’s pretty crazy that there is only a bit more than five more months until it starts all over.

Oh, Lanvin and Alber Elbaz, how I love you so.  This season was a but subtler than the past but his gorgeous pinks and oranges rule the runway once again.  Now who do I contact for one of those amazing “Why yes I am a celebrity” hats?

The show in general was a bit kitschy for me but the huge pailette skirts and dresses are really amazing and made it all worth while.

Nina Ricci is consistently one of my favorites, season after season.  The ultra femininity without looking at all childlike or weak is very impressive.  Peter Copping is a design genius in my mind and is right up there with Mr. Elbaz in terms of women’s clothing.  The soft baby blue-gray color is too pretty, I want to dye all of my clothes that color.

Rochas designer Marco Zanini has this innate ability to take very vintage, retro shapes and fabrics and make them overtly modern and luxurious.  Who wouldn’t want that snow white furry dress for a blisteringly cold December day?

Stella loves her spots.  The Fall trend of polka dots is absolutely solidified with the Stella McCartney collection.  The designs are actually very wearable, even the see-through spotted jumpsuit.

I wouldn’t consider Valentino one of my favorite designers, but I thought the collection above is the best I have ever seen from the house and I would give a kidney (you only need one right?) to own the 6 looks above.  The designers at Valentino made a leather dress sweet and completely sin-free.  Impressive, no?

Fur and capes.  Enough said.

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The Beginning

And with the Golden Globes behind us, Award Show Season is officially underway.  I have always liked the Golden Globes because it mixes both television and movies which in my opinion makes for a less serious, fun environment.  The Academy Awards are of course my favorite, but it often seems a bit tense and everyone takes themselves quite seriously.  The Golden Globes are supposed to be a bit less dressy, and often more playful, but not to the extent of the Grammys.

Sunday night I was happily surprised by the clothes on the red carpet.  There was experimentation and some very sleek and sophisticated gowns.  There were only a handful of dresses that I really disliked, and a few lackluster ones, but other than that the show made me very excited to see what is planned for the Oscars!

My Absolute Favorites:

Michelle Williams in Valentino, channeling Twiggy.

Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf

Emma Stone in Calvin Klein

Julianne Moore in Lanvin

Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung

Claire Danes in Calvin Klein

Honorable Mentions:

January Jones in Versace

Scarlett Johanson in Elie Saab

Nicole Kidman in Prada

Leighton Meester in Burberry

Julianna Marguiles in Vintage YSL

Jayma Mayes in Alberta Ferretti

Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood

Anne Hathaway in Armani

Angelina Jolie in Versace

And the Bad:

Jennifer Love Hewitt in Romona Keveza

Julia Stiles in Romona Keveza

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Christina Aguilera in Zuhair Murad

Milla Jovovich in Armani

 

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I Heart

I know, I know, everyone is writing about Lanvin + H&M, but I have been with this story from the beginning, I would be doing a disservice to both Alber and myself if I did not pick out my future wardrobe from the collection.

So here it is, just a few more weeks and hopefully I will have made enough room in my tiny closet for all of these pieces. (There is a lot, bear with me)

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Fashion Blasphemy

Today is a lesson in Fashion Blasphemy.

The below pictures are not suitable for all audiences.  They may cause mild peril and shortness of breath.

I found this bag laying on the floor of the 34th St. subway in NYC.  I was too nervous to look inside in case there was a rather fashionable family of rats nesting amongst the baby blue tissue.

This is not okay.  A Lanvin bag should never, ever, ever, be on the ground of any station be it subway or in Grand Central.  If they are no longer needed they should be sent to me so that I can a. pretend that I am fabulous enough to have one or b. so that I can make a lovely collage and decorate my wall with the iconic shopping bag.

This is fashion blasphemy.  May it never happen again.

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Golden Ticket

Lanvin for H&M is going to have a fashion show on November 19 in the Pierre Hotel.  I am Charlie Bucket and this is my golden ticket.  My Wonka Factory if you will.  I really need to know who I need to pay off, bribe, charm, etc. to get this ticket.  While it obviously is not the actual Lanvin show, it is the closest I will come to seeing it (until I am EIC of Vogue).

After this fabulous fashion show, the line will then premiere in Las Vegas (really…?) three days before it opens anywhere else.  Therefore my camping date has been changed to Nov. 22 so that I can be waiting outside H&M when the doors open the morning of the 23rd.

To tide me over until then, a new picture has been released, this time there is color involved.

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I. Can’t. Wait.

I feel like a child weeks before Christmas (please don’t ask why my past few posts have been about Christmas when I am Jewish…).  I have that anxious, excited feeling and I am so ready to tear open those presents.  And in this case presents means H & M’s doors on November 20.

Yes, yes we know Alber Elbaz is a god to me, and Lanvin is Mount Olympus.  I suppose that makes H &  M my shopping mecca because the two are teaming up to create the most fabulous line, well, ever.

I wanted to save this post until some images of the clothes came out and today they were all over the internet.

First there was the video with Natasha Poly, with the clothes blurred out of course, but now we have an advertisement!  A printed image of four models in seriously chic black clothes.

I am counting down the days until November 20.  I am saving all my money and not shopping until then so that I can buy every single piece.

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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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Paris Je T’aime-Day 3

Now we are up to October 1, PFW Day 3.  Yes this was the day that the ever talented Alber Elbaz sent his Lanvin collection down the runway.  It should really be a national holiday, a day dedicated to the most beautiful clothes.  Lanvin Lover’s day?  It has a nice ring to it.

I love clothes which means that I love a lot of designers.  However, I find that there are two or three that I know I will love every collection they put out.  And Alber Elbaz is at the top of that list.  His collection on Friday was absolutely gorgeous, dare I say, better than last seasons?  The colors from poppy to the pale mint green were almost as stunning as the draping and movement of the clothes.  If there is one thing Elbaz does best it is making women look incredible in his designs through the use of drapery.

The Christian Dior collection on the other hand was not nearly as good as last seasons.  John Galliano is one of the best, however, I do not always admire his design aesthetic and taste level.  His couture show in the summer inspired by flowers included some of the prettiest dresses I have ever seen, and the collection in the spring with the Victorian twist was gorgeous.  But I really did not like his collection this fall except for the finale evening gowns, which in my opinion are his strong suit.

Isabel Marant is the cool girl.  There is no way around it.  Her clothes are always put together in a way that you wouldn’t think makes sense but somehow it does.  Her sweaters this collection look so cozy I just want to run down to SoHo and buy all of them.

Vivienne Westwood knows how to make people talk.  Her clothing is never shy or polite, and this season is no different.  I can’t wait to see some model or celebrity try to pull of the heart blouses, and the first who does should really receive a round of applause.

Lanvin

Christian Dior

Isabel Marant

Vivienne Westwood

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American Woman

Every summer I take a trip into New York to see the Costume Institute’s most recent exhibition at the Metropolitian Museum of Art.  And last Wednesday I had a chance to see the newest one, sponsored by Conde Nast and Gap, the title is “American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity.”

Personally, I think all of the exhibits they put on are beyond incredible.  The first one I went to was all Chanel, and I happened to bump into Tim Gunn so that was exciting.  This one was beautiful.  I loved seeing the changes in American styles and how they developed in the beginning part of the 20th Century.  The clothes were always stunning but in different ways, and completely different from each other from decade to decade.

My favorites were the Bohemians and the Flappers, followed closely by the glamorous movie stars of the 30’s.  There was one dress that I was instantly drawn to in the Flapper room, and of course, it was Lanvin.

If you can get to the city to see it I really recommend it, if not for the clothes, to see the psychology behind how clothing was impacted by society and vice versa.

Exhibition Poster

The Athletic Gibson Girl.

Bohemians

Close Up of Bohemians

Flapper

Old Hollywood Glamour of the 30's

Glamour

Close Up of Hollywood

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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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