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
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
Daphne Guinness and FIT have a healthy loving relationship, and this couldn’t make me happier. I went to the Japan Now exhibit currently at FIT, curated by the fabulous Valerie Steele, and was pleasantly surprised. The exhibit was impressive to say the least. Japanese fashion is not my favorite but I loved seeing the minimalistic avant garde design sense of Yojhi Yamamoto and Issey Miyake next to that of Japanese Lolitas and CosPlay characters. I thought the mix of these two vastly different styles was great.
But what I liked the most was this sign.
See that sentence at the bottom? Yes, the last one that says, “Gift of Daphne Guinness”. There were two of these but the guard stopped me before I could take a picture of the second one.
Daphne Guinness donates to FIT, to my school, to my institute of higher learning.
She is one of my fashion icons. Period.
And it gets even better than this. The Fall 2011 exhibit at FIT is going to be Daphne Guinness’s couture collection. I died a little when I heard this (in a good way).
I think it is so unbelievably generous of her to show her world renowned closet to the world. One that she has been building for decades. One filled with Alexander McQueen originals and Chanel and Vivienne Westwood…
Just one more reason to look forward to next Fall.
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.
Of course I am moving out of NYC the day that one of the single greatest shopping events is occurring, I mean it is just my luck right? Not that I would be able to afford the Manolo Blahniks or Chanel jackets worn by the great Carrie Bradshaw, but just to see them, or dare I say, touch them would be enough of an honor.
On May 22 begins the Decades Two/Haute Look shopping event like no other. They have rented out a 400 square foot apartment in Chelsea and have made a pop up store, or rather four pop up closets, one for each of the stars of Sex and the City.
Yes, that is right, the closets will be filled with both items from the actual set and identical pieces no longer sold in stores. And the owners of Decades Two (a fabulous vintage clothing store based in L.A.) have also picked out a few of their own pieces that they believe Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha would love to wear.
Below is a preview of what it will look like, except on a much grander scale of course.
And here are some of the items they will be selling. Try and guess which of the girls they belonged to.
Vivienne Westwood Dress
Christian Louboutin Shoes
Burberry Prorsum Shoes