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Model of the Month Club: March

This month the right sidebar is dedicated to Anais Mali, a 20 year old French model who walked every major runway from New York to Paris.  Her exotic look was able to translate seamlessly between Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Givenchy and Missoni, to name a few.

Recently she was featured in Vogue and Italian Vogue, and was the face of Levi’s.  I have a feeling there will be much more of that to come.

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An Ode to the Seventies

Marc Jacobs has inspired me once again.  Though this time it was to, dare I say it, brush my hair.

I have the kind of hair where if you brush it rather than comb it, it looks like I stepped out of the 1970’s and was electrocuted, at the same time.  It has the ability to be perfectly straight, and hold curls and waves very well, but bring a brush anywhere near it and all semblance of tidiness goes away.

But for Marc Jacob’s Spring 2011 show, the models had hair like that.  It was huge, very Grace Coddington-esque, and quite fun and beautiful.  I loved that it was very free and wild but the models still looked polished.

So then today, while bored at home (in NYC I would have done something productive, like shopping or visiting a museum), I decided it was necessary to brush my hair and give it a shot.

I kind of love it?

I’m not sure if it is socially acceptable given the fact I am not a major fashion icon (yet) or even fashion personality, but I feel very happy-go-lucky with it, and it’s surprisingly soft.

So now I am hoping the 70’s will come back and our days of straightening our hair every morning can be a thing of the past!

 

Marc’s Way:

My Way:

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Rain Rain Go Away

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.

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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-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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The Marriage of Fashion and Politics

Diane von Furstenberg tote

President Obama was in town last night (NYC that is) for a little fundraising dinner hosted by Anna Wintour.  I love this.  I really do.  The whole fashion industry really got behind Obama, designing shirts, reusable tote bags, putting Michelle on the cover of Vogue and creating more eco-friendly clothing.

Tracy Reese Shirt

The dinner cost $30,400 per person and was attended by some of America’s finest, most prominent designers, such as Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, and Donna Karan.

It has also been announced that after much consideration, Chelsea Clinton has decided on a gown designed by Vera Wang to wear during her much anticipated wedding to Marc Mezvinsky.

Marc Jacobs Shirt

I actually think fashion and politics have more in common than they would like to admit.  Both have a foundation in money, relationships, who you know and they are both deeply seeded in change.  Fashions change just as much as who is in power.

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And Now for the Real Awards Show…

Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards were held last night at Lincoln Center, hosted by the ever fabulous, Anna Wintour.

Some of the top winners were Marc Jacobs, recieving Womenswear Designer of the Year;  Rag & Bone took home Menswear Designer of the Year; Alexis Bittar, for Accessories Designer of the Year; and Michael Kors receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.

As for the Swarovski awards which pays homage to emerging designers, Jason Wu received the Womenswear award, Richard Chai took home the Menswear award, and the Accessories award went to Alexander Wang.  These three winners will receive generous amounts of money from Swarovski to help their growing brands.

Sarah Jessica Parker was given the somber task of presenting the Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award in honor of Alexander McQueen.  After she spoke, the stage filled with models presenting McQueen’s final collection to the crowd, the first time it has been seen in its entirety since March in Paris.

Also awarded last night was Christopher Bailey, head designer of Burberry, who received the International Award; Iman was given the Fashion Icon award; Eugenia Sheppard Award for Journalism went to Kim Hastreiter; and the Eleanor Lambert Award was given to Tonne Goodman, Fashion Director of Vogue, and one of my idols.

Anna Wintour with Daughter Bea

Sarah Jessica Parker in Pre-Fall Alexander McQueen

Marc Jacobs

Jason Wu and Rachel Weisz

Michael Kors and Gwyneth Paltrow


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Model Citizens

Everyone wants to dress models.  Remember it is their job to wear clothes.  Therefore some of the best dressed at the MET Costume Institute Gala on May 3, were the models.  Don’t believe me?  Just take a look below at the stunning ensembles.

My favorite, Coco Rocha in a dress designed especially for her by Zac Posen.

Doutzen Kroes also in a custom designed dress by Zac Posen.

Joy Bryant in Marchesa.

Jessica Stam in Rachel Roy.

Karlie Kloss in custom Donna Karan.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry.

Lily Donaldson in Marc Jacobs.

Alessandra Ambrosio in Versace.

Caroline Trentini in Vintage.

Sasha Pivovarova and Kemp Muhl in Marni with Sean Lennon.

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Long Live the Queen

I am surprised I have not written about her sooner.  She is, after all, the reason I am so addicted, in love, obsessed, etc. with fashion.  She is quoted as saying, “I like masculine things…for their simplicity and functionality…  I do think I counteract the masculine thing with my red hair.  It’s the best accessory I could ever have.”  Any fashion maven or aspiring magazine editor would know who sports the aforementioned red hair:  it is famous the world over and easily recognizable as the counterpart to Ms. Anna Wintour’s severe bob.

While you should know who she is by now, I will continue for those fashion virgins.  Wintour herself proclaims this woman is “the world’s most magical fashion editor.”  Yet, she is also the nicest woman in fashion, which is quite a feat in itself.  Even more, she is my inspiration, my idol of sorts– she is the first person I have ever really looked up to as a model of success.  I read Vogue religiously, like an addict, entranced with her spreads, never really knowing who was the ringmaster behind the creativity at Vogue, until now.  The hair, and the quote as well, belong to the person who is the reason I am obsessed with fashion.

Her name: Grace Coddington.  Her occupation: Creative Director of American Vogue.

Grace Coddington

During her many years at British Vogue, Coddington fine tuned her editorial skills and developed her own personal style for photo shoots.  She prefers to turn the potentially harsh and stagnant spreads into stories or narratives, making them livelier and above all else, “tongue-in-cheek.”  This makes the editorials much more accessible to her readers because they can relate to the stories and the characters she creates.  Coddington loves morphing childhood fairytales and famous works of art into pages of a magazine.

While at American Vogue for the past 15 years she has created masterpieces in her exuberant fashion stories.  Coddington’s personal favorite is the famous 2003 Alice in Wonderland photo shoot with Natalia Vodianova as Alice and Annie Leibovitz behind the lens.  The nearly 20 page spread also included designers such as Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, and John Galliano as characters from the Lewis Carroll classic.  Vodianova wore a blue dress (or ensemble) from each of the designers she was photographed with, tying in fashion, fantasy, and the classic story of Alice.  More recently, for the December 2009 issue of Vogue, Coddington styled an elaborate Hansel and Gretel themed shoot, inspired by the Metropolitan Opera’s recent production, with model, Lily Cole and her costar in the upcoming movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Andrew Garfield.  As the witch, Coddington originally wanted British singer Susan Boyles to play the part but Wintour vetoed it opting instead for the extremely high profile Lady Gaga, who infamously arrived completely naked to the photo shoot except for her white rubber rain coat.

Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour

She is also the star of The September Issue (directed by R.J. Cutler) my [The] Godfather or Scarface if you will.  I even went so far as to stand in a very very long line at Barnes and Noble for her to sign my copy of the extraordinary DVD, which I have now viewed about five times since it premiered in theaters last fall.

Cutler’s film brought both Grace Coddington’s genius and her hair to the masses.  It was an inside look into the making of the September issue of the magazine, which is always the largest and most extravagant (and of course expensive).  Shown in theaters across the globe, the movie introduced people to Vogue, Prada, and Coddington and Wintour’s epic standoffs.

And her brilliance has been awarded repeatedly, most notably with the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Lifetime Achievement award.  Less notably, but more amusing, was when the British television show (and my favorite TV show) Absolutely Fabulous, the character Patsy says her idol Ms. Coddington is, “Fash. Ed. Supreme” meaning Fashion Editor Supreme.

Coddington when she was a model

Coddington knows that the clothes are aspirational for most women, yes, she knows we can’t all afford a $500 t-shirt or a $10,000 scarf.  The photo shoots and the way she styles clothes are made to inspire us to look our best and be creative when it comes to what we choose to wear.  But money is everything these days.  On the tips of everyone’s tongues and in the print of the newspapers at everyone’s the fingertips.  She is able to style clothes into wearable outfits, ensembles that can actually be worn to work or to Central Park, and maybe if you’re lucky to the famous MET Costume Gala hosted by Ms. Wintour this upcoming year.

Coddington has created a new way to view fashion.  One that is more inviting and engaging.  Long are the days where only the wealthy could wear designer clothes and look fashionable.  Coddington has brought style and creativity to the masses, showing us it is okay to experiment with clothing and above all, to believe in yourself.  Not only did she make it as a model, and as a design director, and as a brilliant creative director, and as a fashion editor, but she has also been an inspiration for me.  After her car accident in which her eyelid had to be surgically reconstructed, and her modeling took a back seat, she watched her world fall apart, but she also saw that it could be built back up again, so she persevered.  Dressing in black nearly everyday, very little makeup, and hair as wild and crazy as ever, Coddington lives vicariously through the pages of Vogue and through her magical, whimsical photo shoots, and I hope, through me.

Vodianova as Alice with Lagerfeld

Vodianova with Viktor and Rolf as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb

Vodianova with Tom Ford

Hansel and Gretel photo shoot with Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and Lily Cole

1920's inspired shoot with Coco Rocha

Couture shoot from "The September Issue" with Raquel Zimmermann

Coco Rocha in a Superhero photo shoot

Same Superhero shoot dress by Jean Paul Gaultier

A more editorial shot with model Sasha Pivrova in a dress by Alexander McQueen

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