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.
I have a thing for Alber Elbaz. He is quite possibly the love of my (fashion) life. He can do no wrong in my eyes. Elbaz is a master. And he is mine.
I have followed his career for years and have done countless projects on both him and the house of Lanvin while at FIT. Lanvin (and its head designer, Alber Elbaz) is in my Top Three favorite designers. Ever. And with his 2011 Resort show it is even more solidified. I really don’t know how to describe how much I love this collection and how I want each and ever item of clothing hanging in my closet by the count of three!
I went in looking at the show hoping to find a few pieces to show here, and ended up with way too many. So I then had to edit (remember I do want to be a fashion editor) and narrow down to my absolute favorite pieces. Granted, this was very difficult, but I feel practice makes perfect, and I need to work on editing daily if I want to be editor-in-chief of Vogue by the time Anna Wintour decides to retire (or Grace Coddington accidentally pushes her out of one of Conde Nast’s windows).
Below are my favorites of the amazing show inspired by South America. Many of the pieces are reversible or can be worn different ways, which personally I think was ingenious of Elbaz considering the economy.
He also threw some bridal into the mix. Coco Rocha and Lara Stone can keep Posen and Tisci, Elbaz can design my wedding dress! I loved them, each and every one.
Elbaz kept Resort fresh and flirty, flashy and fun, which is really what it should be. These clothes are meant to be worn in St. Tropez, or on a fabulous tropical island surrounded by colorful birds and beautiful shirtless men. And though Elbaz can have a tendency to be moody, dark and powerful in his clothing (especially his Fall/Winter) this collection shows a different side of him which is equally as magnificent and creative.
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.
I am part of that small portion of the population that prefers models on the cover of magazines but recently that has been a growing trend, especially with the ever fabulous British Vogue. Over the past few years they have featured models on the covers of about half of their magazines. And personally I find this is the best way to go. They have a presence on the covers (it is part of their job description) and they entice people to flip through the magazine.
I once heard a quote that has stuck with me. It was, “Celebrities sell the magazine but models sell the clothes.” At the time I heard this I agreed wholeheartedly, but now I think that models might be able to sell the magazines on their own. Remember, there was a time when it was only models on the cover, Ms. Anna Wintour changed that. Grace Coddington is on my side of the debate. She once said, “There are no models on covers anymore. They’re all actors because they’re what sells.” She goes on to say, “An actor often dictates what you’re going to get. I find that annoying. And I’m incredibly shy, so they scare the pants off me. But I feel perfectly comfortable with the models. They’re like my kids.”
I am intrigued by models, there is something about them that is so fascinating, and I think that people are starting to realize this once again. After the age of the Super Models in the 80’s and 90’s there was a bit of a lull in the public’s attraction to models but I think that has definitely changed once again.
Below are some of the covers of British Vogue from 2009-2010 which featured models on the covers.
Canadian Model, Daria Werbowy
Russian Model, Sasha Pivovarova
British Model, Georgia Jagger
British Model, Kate Moss who has graced the cover numerous times
British Model, Lily Donaldson
Russian Model, Natalia Vodianova who has also been on the cover many times
Dutch Model, Lara Stone
Any thoughts about the celebrity vs. model controversy?
Filed under Models, VOGUE
Yes, we get it. We really do. You are models. No, Super Models. You are also beautiful, thin, talented, tall, famous and rich. And now you both are getting married. I am okay with all that. What really puts me over the edge though is the fact that you have, arguably, two of the world’s greatest designers creating the dress of your dreams.
The fashion world is buzzing about the upcoming weddings, Lara Stone and Coco Rocha’s to be exact. And to add to their wedding bliss, two designers have stepped up to the plate to design their dream dresses.
Riccardo Tisci, of Givenchy, is currently designing Dutch supermodel Stone’s dress to British comedian, David Walliams, while Zac Posen is designing Rocha’s to interior designer James Conran. I can’t decide which of the girls is luckier. Tisci’s ball gowns are extraordinary (see Zoe Saldana at the Oscars) but Posen is known for showing off women’s bodies like no other.