Thursday, January 28, 2010

Couture Week: Day 3

Soo...midterm tomorrow. I'll keep this brief.

Jean Paul Gaultier: Apparently Mr. Gaultier was inspired by Mexico for this collection but the majority of the garments looked like Project Runway reject dresses made out of banana leaves. And couture?! NO!! But there were a few pieces (the last 3) I didn't hate. The metallic arm/leg brace.....LOVE.

Elie Saab: Ethereal. Effortless. Gorgeous. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Valentino by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. Part Avatar/part feminine. Semi-futuristic but still very pretty, well-made dresses. Neon yellow and electric blue: two colors you don't usually see in couture but was a welcomed change.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Couture Week: Chanel and Givenchy

Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld: If you've read my previous blogs, you would know that I'm not a huge fan of Chanel. Don't get me wrong, Lagerfeld is brilliant, but he continues to design the same boring "Chanel suit", collection after collection. I'm sick of looking at pastel Chanel suits. The only thing new this time around was that he decided to include hideous baggy shorts instead of pants or a skirt. I can't blame Karl. I understand that it's the brand's signature. So instead of trashing the old-lady suits, I'm just going to completely ignore them and talk about the rest of the collection.

There were over 60 looks so there was a lot of variation between suits, cocktail dresses and gowns. Overall, the collection was romantic, cohesive and the color palette was strictly pastels, beiges and silvers. My only problem with the dresses was the proportion. These models have BMIs smaller than their ages but yet they still looked huge due to the unflattering cuts. Amongst the 60 or so looks, there were 3 that I loved. Were they good enough to save the collection? Yes. Original, romantic, futuristic. The white gown with the long black tie was probably my favorite piece. The metalic and frilly dress coming to a close second. And the white sequin and lace dress was dreamy. I also looooved the styling. The adorned mouse-ear hair-do was adorable and chic!

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. Although there were only 20 or so pieces, there were several things that I liked. Nothing that blew me away, but definitely some great use of color and texture. My only complaint was the lack of connection between the pieces. The show was a random hodge-podge of pants, jackets, jumpsuits, dresses and gowns; all with different colors, textures and patterns.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Spring 2010 Couture Week Kick-off

I have a midterm I should be studying for, but Haute Couture takes priority. I'm sorry, that's just the way it is. Spring 2010 Couture Fashion Week was kicked off yesterday in Paris and already I'm inspired, intrigued, in love. Here is the breakdown of what went down.

1. Christian Dior by John Galliano. All I can say is "wow". Galliano definitely didn't disappoint with his couture take on equestrian clothes. From the perfectly tailored jacket + skirt combos to the elegant and show-stopping gowns, his collection was the perfect start to Couture Fashion Week.

2. Thimister by Josephus Thimister. Thimister said he was influenced by the bloodshed and the Russian military for his collection. I am not a huge fan of drab military olive tones so I wasn't blown away by anything he sent down the runway. The only garments I loved were the several red sequined hooded dresses and gloves. Also, 2 of his designs seemed to be directly influenced by Lady Gaga. Not sure if it was a coincidence but I definitely saw the connection.

3. Anne Valerie Hash. Ms. Hash is apparently new to the fashion game and still has a lot to learn. Not sure she has her style figured out yet. I was unimpressed; bored. I was too bored to even copy the photos to show you. Trust me, you're not missing out.

4. Alexis Mabille. I'm a huge fan of color-blocking so I really enjoyed this collection. Any Batman fans? I loved the homage to the Two-Face suit. If Two-Face was a transvestite that appreciated couture clothing, this is what he would wear. Also, there was a very odd half-bride/half-nun dress that was the last piece from the show. Not sure if I love it or hate it. Definitely interesting.

5. Armani Prive by Giorgio Armani. Last but definitely not least, Mr. Armani's couture collection was inspired by the moon and it was a strict literal interpretation of all things lunar. Everything he sent down the runway was either gray/silver or black with moon stone looking motifs. Although the show started off with several blah grey and white suits and dresses, it ended on a high note with a couple of stunning gowns. All in all, a cohesive and lovely show.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Puts the Wu in Wunderful

This is why Jason Wu should become a household name. Diane Kruger was easily the best-dressed last night at the SAG awards. This look epitomizes old-school Hollywood glamour. The goldenrod color, the draping, the elegant trail. This dress is perfection. The styling was well done as well. Red lips, a loose up-do and that's it. Simple yet stunning.

Jason Wu was basically a nobody until Michelle Obama wore one of his gowns to the Inauguration Ball and he became an overnight success. I definitely had no clue who he was until then but when I look through his previous collections, it is very clear to me that this man has talent. When reading about him, I learned that he interned for Narciso Rodriguez and you can definitely see his influence on Wu's work. The man is only 27 years old and his looks already seem timeless and polished. He definitely is on my list of favorite new designers and I can't wait to see what he sends down the runway for the Fall 2010 collection!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Gaultier and Posen for Target. Yes. Yes. Yes.

In March of 2009, Target launched its first of many collaborations with high-end fashion designers. The idea was to make cutting-edge fashion more accessible to the average fashion-obsessed gal (e.g. yours truly). The first designer to create a collection for Target was Alexander McQueen, and many other notable designers followed, including Proenza Schouler, Anna Sui, and Rodarte. The Rodarte collection is currently what is in stores and from March 7- April 11 2010, Jean Paul Gaultier's collection will be available with Zac Posen's collection to follow starting April 25 till May 30. Although some may claim that designer fashion shouldn't be demystified and be more of a fantasy, I disagree. I think making fashion more accessible and denying it of its rarity doesn't make it any less valuable. Both the JPG and Zac Posen collections are youthful, fun and very wearable although I have to say the Zac Posen looks appear to be more high-end and trendy. Especially the red cocktail dress at the end, that I feel is the must-have piece from the collection.

Some of my favorite looks from Jean Paul Gaultier's collection:

See the entire JPG for Target lookbook here.

Zac Posen's Target creations:

My 2 absolute favorite looks. The red cocktail dress definitely looks expensive and the tuxedo dress is freakin adorable.

See the entire Zac Posen for Target lookbook here.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The It Bag

Let's talk bags. Throughout my many years of interest in fashion, I've witnessed the coming and going of many "It Bags". Ever season, there is a must-have bag that becomes idolized and made into a legend (i.e. the Hermes Birkin, Fendi Spybag, etc.). Most of the time they are limited, rare creatures that mere mortals usually cannot own, but only dream about. Well, no "It Bag" has left speechless the way the Louis Vuitton Headphone Doctor Bag has. Designed for the Fall 2006 Collection by Marc Jacobs, it is made from black vernis leather and alligator. The gold handle is made from gold lambskin and shaped to look like a DJ's headset and it retailed for $14,000. If you want it now, be prepared to pay double that. I found one on ebay for $20,000. It was a limited release (only 30 made) and I remember seeing Gwen Stefani carrying one, but other than that, it was a rare sighting to see a celeb photographed with one.

Anyways, I still get chills when I see photos of it. It's THE BAG that I would shell out thousands for and I'm determined to own one in the distant future.