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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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Wake Up and Smell the Couture

Couture season has just ended in Paris (sigh) and the clothes were absolutely lovely.  I noticed a distinct return to femininity, from the shapes to the pale colors and light fabrics.   It’s quite sad because I know from experience that the photographs really do not do the clothes justice.  What might look merely “beautiful” in an image is amplified by 10 when you actually see the piece in person and feel the fabric and see the intricate details the camera barely picks up.  I am lucky enough to have this experience at Vogue and I absolutely cannot wait to see these exquisite pieces in person.

My edits:

Alexis Mabille

Chanel

The Whole Collection

Christian Dior

 

Givenchy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentino

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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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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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Karl, Where’s the Love?

I really cannot believe I am about to say this, but the truth must come out.  This is like the time when I said that I didn’t like Sarah Jessica Parker’s yellow Valentino dress at her movie premiere.  This is something I do not do very often, but I cannot just ignore it.

The Chanel couture show.  What happened?  Where is the Karl Lagerfeld, I know and love?  The man who gave us:

Mr. Lagerfeld has a habit of making me yearn and lust for his dresses, occasionally dreaming about them and their absolute stunning beauty.  But this couture collection did not.  I was completely and totally underwhelmed, upset even, at the lack of creativity and wonder.  The pieces were pretty and obviously well made, but I do not want to think, “Oh, well isn’t that a nice jacket,” when seeing a show, I want to think, “What can I do to get my hands on it?  Who do I need to distract to sneak backstage and rip it off the model?”  And I did not feel this way about any of the pieces.  And this is Chanel!  One of the single greatest fashion houses in the world.  There were a few that I liked and I have posted them below.

I understand that they are great pieces, that the clothing is wearable and cautious of the uncertain times that we live in.  But I want to be transported from my quiet little sea side town, I want to forget about money, jobs, people, and the world frankly when I see a couture show.

I would really like to hear others opinions about the show, maybe I am way off base, but I have a feeling that I am not alone in this thinking.  (Also, remember that Lagerfeld often does a lot of looks in his collections, I have picked the absolute best, there are over 30 looks not present here.)

There are about 4 things (out of 64 looks) that I loved.  What happened Karl?

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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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Dear Sarah,

It is public knowledge that I love Sarah Jessica Parker.  She can do no wrong in my eyes.  I don’t think I have ever said a bad thing about SJP.  Until now.  And I honestly cannot believe I am doing this, but fashion takes no prisoners.

Yesterday, I was casually looking on the French Vogue website, like any other girl my age does, when I happened across a picture.  It was a bad picture and an even worse dress.  I wanted to see who was wearing this unattractive dress in public so I innocently clicked on the image.

And then my world came crashing down.

It was Ms. Sarah Jessica Parker.  The creator of Carrie Bradshaw.  Fashion Icon.  Style Maven.  Insert cliche fashion phrase here.

Now, SJP isn’t the only one to blame, the dress was Valentino haute couture, so I suppose some of the blame must rest in the current Valentino designers hands.

To me, it looked like a very well made junior prom dress with poorly done hair and make up.  If she wanted to make this sunshine yellow dress work, I think that the hair needed to be pulled up in a tight bun (which she pulls off so well) and the makeup needed to be a bit brighter, she looks washed out in this image.

Now the dress, with it’s high side slit awkwardly up to her knee and then a long train on the other side, is not good for her (or her fashion image) at all.  I also really don’t like the neckline, I think it makes her look shorter and just completely cuts off her chest.

And now for the picture:

Sarah Jessica Parker in Valentino at the Sex and the City 2 premiere.

I do understand that it is not an ugly dress, it is Valentino, Valentino dresses are very rarely ugly, however this is Sarah Jessica Parker we are talking about, she usually does much better than this.  My problem with the choice is that the dress is not fashion forward, it is not a new fresh designer, it does not scream avant-garde or even fun for that matter. Frankly, I am disappointed.

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