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.
My favorite Marc Jacobs umbrella broke today during my mile walk to school this morning. Great start to the week if you ask me.
A moment of silence for her. She was so young and had such a promising life ahead of her. Thankfully my purse was Louis Vuitton (virtually waterproof) and I had on a long black wool riding coat to shield me from the rain (hail? freezing ice?) that came pelting down on me for close to 20 minutes.
However this adventure did make me remember this Tommy Ton photograph of the Vogue Nippon team trying to escape the rain during fashion week. I only wish I looked as elegant as they do, in their single file line and fur jackets.
Filed under Magazines, VOGUE
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.
Paul and Joe
Models walk in fashion shows, this is a part of their job description. Supermodels used to walk in shows all the time back in the 90’s, recently they have been more limited to editorials and advertisements. Giles Deacon decided to change this. He was obviously influenced by the Prada and Louis Vuitton shows last Spring, but he decided to take it to the next level.
The models in the Giles show were the top names in the industry. Opening the show was Agyness Deyn followed by Bambi, a few models later new mother Alessandra Ambrosio strutted, in a bikini no less. Then there was Karolina Kurkova, Lindsey Wixon, Chanel Iman, Behati Prinsloo, Jessica Stam, Dree Hemingway, Kasia Struss, and Coco Rocha. But then comes the true surpise, the heavy hitters which have walked in quite some time, Stella Tennant and Veruschka.
Veruschka photographed by Richard Avedon
For those who don’t know, Veruschka is 71 years old, and one of the first super models popular in the 1960’s.
And Stella Tennant is now 40 years old, and is a very popular British model known for her androgynous look.
There was something else quite surprising featured on the Giles catwalk. Curves. He was following the hourglass trend from last season and amplified it in his dresses.
Coco Rocha in Japanese Vogue
As today is my birthday I felt the extreme need for a birthday post, complete with balloons, cake Marie Antoinette, Coco Rocha and, of course, Vogue.
Whatever tickles your fancy
We all know I love award shows and red carpets so it is only fitting that I dedicate this day to the Cannes Film Festival 2010.
Along with fashion and clothes and things of that nature I am also slightly obsessed with movies (and TV, and theater…).
I try to see as many foreign films as I can, and I usually get most of my newest movie obsessions from the Cannes Film Festival.
But I also get my fashion fix. Below are my favorite ensembles of the festival so far (it still has another week), hopefully I can be there myself one day.
Carey Mulligan: I love how classy and bright she is, in my opinion she leaves all of the other “starlets” in the dust with her great dress choices and elegant ensembles. (Plus I love her boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf)
Carey Mulligan in Azzaro at the premiere of "Wall Street 2"
Carey Mullian in Prada in Cannes
Carey Mulligan in RM by Roland Mouret
Cate Blanchett in Pre-Fall Alexander McQueen
Lea Seydoux: I think she is one of the best newcomers in the movie industry. I thought she was great in Inglourious Basterds and her fashion choices are very interesting, and of course very French, which is much needed.
Lea Seydoux in Louis Vuitton
Lea Seydoux in Jean Paul Gaultier
Kristin Scott-Thomas in Armani, pictured here with Tim Burton
Salma Hayek in Gucci
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!