Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Seeing Red

Alexander McQueen Prefall 2009

In honor of World AIDS Day (which was yesterday), I decided to dedicate this post to my favorite (red) designs from this past year. Although not exactly this year's "it" color, there were still many designers that chose to include fiery hues to their collections. Here were some of my favorite crimson looks:

Louis Vuitton Fall 2009

Versace Resort 2009

Valentino Spring 2009

John Paul Gaultier Spring 2010

Dior Spring 2010

Dior Couture 2009

Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2010

Carolina Herrera Spring 2010

Alexander McQueen Resort 2010

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Please Don't Fall

When I saw the Fall 2009 shoes Alexander McQueen sent down the runway, I immediately cringed. Not because they were ugly, quite the contrary, they were extraordinary. But the platform heels were so high, I was afraid the models were going to fall to their doom. Who on earth could outdo McQueen's outrageous towering heels? Alexander McQueen, of course! His Spring 2o1o collection featured the much talked-about ankle boots that, to me, look like ballet pointes on steroids. Appropriately named "The Armadillo", these shoes seem like quite the feat to wear. I literally held my breath while watching the models strut down the runway as they mentally coached themselves "please don't fall. please don't fall. please don't fall."

It seems as though platforms are only getting higher and higher and this vertically-inclined trend can be seen in Balenciaga's, Christian Siriano's, John Gallioano's, and Versace's collections this year. Honorable mention goes out to Nina Ricci. In the Fall 2009 collection, the shoes literally seem to defy gravity as the platforms lift you up several inches.

Let's go back to reality for just one second. Who is actually going to wear these shoes? Yes, they may be cool to look at. We can appreciate the artistic risk and admire the engineering accomplishment of creating a shoe with half a foot of platform without an effective heel. But if they are not wearable, if you would fear for your well-being every time you put them on, what is the point? I personally would not risk breaking bones for fashion (yes, i would). Lady Gaga donned the McQueen Armadillos in her "Bad Romance" video, but she doesn't actually count as a real person.

For all of you dare-devils out there that would actually wear these ridiculous yet fabulous shoes, you have my blessing. Just please don't fall.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2009

Alexander McQueen Spring 2010

Balenciaga Fall 2009

Christian Siriano Spring 2010

John Galliano Spring 2010

Versace Spring 2010

Nina Ricci Fall 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Women of Couture Fashion Show

When I lived in San Antonio I used to dream about an event like this. I would ask myself, "Why aren't there any fabulous fashion shows in this city?". That is why it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside to see that not only is there going to be a very fabulous fashion show in San Antonio, but it's also for a great cause! The Women of Couture Fashion show is going to be at the Witte Museum next Friday evening and they will be raising funds for Charity Water, a non-profit organization that builds wells of clean drinking water in developing nations. More information about the charity here:

The show promises to be fierce! There is a "Doll Asylum" theme, which is very fitting for the upcoming Halloween festivities. Sushi Zushi has also agreed to cater the event! Yummmmmz. I regretfully will not be able to attend since I live on a deserted island but I'm glad that my hometown is finally becoming more fashion-forward. I urge all of my San Antonians to attend the fashion show for a night of beautiful couture, a great cause and delicious sushi!

Reception starts at 8:00 PM, show starts at 9:15 PM. Witte Museum is at 3801 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209. Tickets and additional information here:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

On the Hunt for a Fur Vest

I've been on the fence when it comes to wearing fur all my life. And my apprehension doesn't come from the animal rights issues (which I acknowledge are important to consider but that's not what my blog is about) but comes more from the fact that I've never really known how to wear fur. Living in Texas, the opportunity to wear it rarely arises and if I owned a fur coat, I'm fairly certain it would sit in my closet, sad and under-appreciated. I recently came to an epiphany, I could wear a fur vest in the fall/winter and not feel awkward about it! After seeing a beautiful Fendi silver fox fur vest in the November Vogue, I've been looking for the perfect fur vest. I see myself wearing the vest over a long, solid fitted tee and jeans or maybe over a dress with some knee high-boots. Topshop has some affordable faux fur vests that I'm considering to buy but let's go into my fantasy world of designer fashion and take a look at vests I can't afford.


French Connection

Phillip Lim

Haute Hippie

Sunday, September 27, 2009

NY Fashion Week Closing Thoughts

So I decided to follow up my last post with some closing remarks and some honorable mentions I didn't have room for. Here is a brief overview of some of the other collections I enjoyed. Cynthia Steffe displayed very cutesy looks with an abundance of ruffles, florals and all things girly. Her designs are totally my taste and I would wear everything she created.

Cynthia Steffe

Cynthia Steffe

Cynthia Steffe

Although, I wasn't a fan of everything she sent down the runway, I loved the black and yellow floral mini dress in Anna Sui's collection. I thought Dennis Basso's juxtaposition of metalics and floral in his collection was both daring and very aesthetically pleasing. Isaac Mizrahi's collection had 2 show-stopping gowns that I thought were joliesimo! If I was a celebrity and needed a dress for the red carpet, I would definitely opt for his black/white gown. It's chic, edgy, and just plain freakin gorgeous.

Anna Sui

Dennis Basso

Dennis Basso

Isaac Mizrahi

Isaac Mizrahi

That's all in New York! I have to end things with the most WTF collection I saw. Alexandre Herchcovitch is either a visionary whose vision I don't quite grasp or is completely tasteless. Not sure which it is, all I can say is, WTF.

Alexandre Herchcovitch

Alexandre Herchovitch

NY Fashion Week

Fashion Week in New York was 2 weeks ago, but I am just now finished catching up on all the designers that showed this year. Stupid med school has gotten in the way of properly taking in the upcoming trends of Spring/Summer 2010. My overall impression was that I wasn't too impressed with the American designers this year, although there were a few gems that stood out.

The first trend that was very dominant and seen in collections such as Diane Von Furstenberg and Custo Barcelona was colorful, tribal patterns. I loved what Nanette Lepore did with mixing tribal and stripes. Mara Hoffman, who had my absolute favorite collection this season, had several different tribal patterns, mixed with kaleidoscope looking prints. Each look was lovely, vibrant and feminine. I want to own and wear every single thing created in this collection.

Diane Von Furstenberg

Custo Barcelona

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman

Michael Kors, Zac Posen and Max Azria, three designers who I usually love, all disappointed me. One of the trends that I saw over and over on the catwalk was tears and holes with peek-a-boo lace or clear fabric underneath. Micahel Kors used clear fabric underneath his tears and it looked completely awkward and unwearable. Max Azria's dresses looked like they were literally cut with scissors or attacked by some angry animal. Not chic. Not to be outdone, Zac Posen put a coat down the runway that was not only a hideous shade of baby blue, but had diagonal cutouts and furry sleeves that made it one giant frilly mess. On the other hand some designers took this idea and made it quite lovely. For example, Jill Stuart had peek-a-boo cutouts with black mesh underneath that looked quite chic under colorful tones. I also loved the 80s pink cocktail dress with the whimsical bow.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Max Azria

Zac Posen

Jill Stuart

Jill Stuart

Jill Stuart