Monday, March 22, 2010

SJP in Marchesa

When I saw Georgina Chapman's Fall 2010 collection for Marchesa last month I was in love (see my review of NYFW here). It was without a doubt my favorite collection from New York this season (to see the collection in its entirety click here) and I have been excited to see which celebrity would wear one of her frocks first. I was delighted to see Ms. Parker wearing this adorable dress which initially I didn't think was really her "look". Honestly, I first pictured it on a young starlet, but SJP works it! I love the star accents and all the ethereal layering. And the styling was perfection from her hair to the simple black pumps.

So...I still haven't posted my review on Paris Fashion Week yet. I know it's been 2 weeks since the shows ended but I have been so busy with school that I haven't had time to properly sit down and give my all into reviewing each show. I hope to complete it sometime this week!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Oscars 10 Best Dressed

I love award shows. Do I care who the best actress is? Nope. I just wanna see what the ladies are wearing! Here are my picks for the 10 best dressed at the 82nd Academy Awards. (Also included are looks from Elton John's Oscar Viewing Party and the Vanity Fair Post-Award Party).

1. Katy Perry in Zuhair Murad - From the color, to the shimmery stripes to the sexy fit, I loved everything about this dress. Meow!

2. Zoe Saldana in Givenchy Couture - It was a bold choice and I think it was definitely a smart choice. It was one of the looks that stood out the most from the evening. She killed it in couture.

3. Vera Farmiga in Marchesa - The color choice was perfect for her skin tone and the ruffles were heavenly.

4. Malin Akerman in Dolce and Gabbana - Provocative yet somehow sophisticated. Love. Love. Love.

5. Kelly Osbourne in Sue Wong - I never thought I'd see the day where Kelly Osbourne would end up on a best dressed list. My has little Ms. Osbourne matured into quite the fashionista! And kudos to her for toning up and looking absolutely stunning in this form-fitting gown.

6. Demi Moore in Versace - If this dress was in a different color, I would've easily picked it as my favorite dress of the evening. The draping was perfection and the fit was perfect. Not too poofy or heavy. Gorgeous dress, wrong color. 

7. Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta - This is the epitome of old-school Hollywood glamour. Champagne-colored dress, red lips, wavy blonde hair. This might the best she's ever looked.

8. Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab - The print was a departure from what is usually seen on the red carpet and I loved that she took a risk with this gown. 

9. Elizabeth Banks in Versace - So apparently ruffles are in this year. Take note.

10. Jennifer Lopez in Armani Prive - Let's face it. Jennifer Lopez is on every best dressed list there is because she always looks fierce. Last night was no exception.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Milove Milan: Review of Milan Fashion Week

Milan had some brilliant moments. There were only a handful of collections that I didn't care for but even the worse of Milan was better than most of what showed in London. My thoughts on the Milan collections in alphabetical order:

Alberta Ferretti - Simple, elegant dresses that are light, flowy and are tastefully adorned with crystals.

Blumarine - Animal print, fringe and more animal print. There were a few looks were the zebra stripes and leopard print was overkill (like the middle outfit) but for the most part, the outfits were very hip and I loved the mix-matched animal prints with other textures and colors (like look 4).

Bottega Veneta - Here is an example on why fit is so important. A leather suit is an edgy look not everyone cal pull off, but to make it a relaxed fit was just a terrible idea. Nobody would look good in that suit and it just looks like a giant trash bag that was cut into a man's suit and thrown on a model. The rest of the collection had more of ill-fitting dresses that were just terrible.

Dolce & Gabbana - Lace and lingerie are a prominent themes this fall and this collection did something different with it by adding perfectly tailored suit jackets with the negligee-inspired dresses. Do you recognize the black bodysuit with the long-sleeved lace overlay? Britney Spears wore it to the 2010 Grammy Awards and actually looked like a mess in it, but it sure does look lovely on the model. Ahh, to be a size 0 and look amazing in everything. What a life!

D&G - The power duo went with a cute ski-resort theme for their fall/winter looks. And honestly, I couldn't think of anything more "winter" than snowflake-print sweaters and furry boots. The idea to add sheer white blouses under the sweaters was brilliant. The juxtaposition of the feminine, flowy blouses with the thick, stiff sweaters is what made this collection stand out as being both creative and memorable.

Dsquared - This was easily my favorite collection that showed in Milan. I loved the color palette and the use of the different textures. Leather, feathers, fur,  you name it, they used it and it all worked together so well. I also wanted to highlight a particular look that caught my attention. The black dress with the sheer top had red and blue lines that ran down he arms and had a vein/artery like distribution. As a med student, I saw that and was like "Whoaaaaa!!!". As a whole, the collection was sexy, edgy and fun. I loved every piece. Such a drastic improvement from their spring collection that had the predictable and boring girl scout theme.

Emilio Pucci - Oh, you know, just a bunch of gorgeous, perfectly fitted dresses. That's all. No biggie.

Fendi - I have to say, year after year, Fendi comes out with my favorite fur coats from all the fall collections. Mr. Lagerfeld doesn't break any ground with his designs for Fendi but he always makes lovely coats. I am currently obsessed with the white spotted coat.

Giorgio Armani - Nobody looks good in velvet. Nobody! Please, designers, stop trying to make velvet happen. It's not going to happen!

Gucci - Pretty clothes but rather boring. Nothing inspiring.

Missoni - A giant hodgepodge of prints that look terrible together. This doesn't even qualify as a hot mess. It's just a mess.

Moschino  - Aside from the cowboy hats, I loved everything about this collection. From the button downs to the multi-tiered ruffled skirts, the clothes were fun.

Moschino Cheap & Chic - Adorable. Simply adorable. One of each, please.

Prada - How did the designers manage to make the supermodels look huge? Clearly the fit of the clothes was not taken into consideration.

Roberto Cavalli - This why Cavalli is a genius. Let's take a bunch of random animal prints, colors and textures (also seen in Blumarine) but somehow effortlessly combine them into outfits that are not overwhelming. I think the key was to make the prints light and to keep the material sheer. It almost seems like each separate piece is a continuation of another piece to the point where you can't even tell where one blouse ends and a scarf starts. My favorite collection after Dsquared.

Versace - Part futuristic. Part diva. Love it. Well done, Ms. Versace.

Versus - These dresses remind me of cupcakes. Delicious and adorable cupcakes. And the shoes are killer.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Keri Hilson Stuns in Rami Kashou Dress

So Paris Fashion Week kicked off today! Yay!! Milan Fashion Week was wonderful and I will do a full review sometime this week but until then I felt compelled to show you guys this beautiful Rami Kashou dress worn by Keri Hilson at the NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. Does that name sound familiar? He was a contestant on season 4 of Project Runway. Although he lost to Christian Siriano, it most certainly wasn't because he wasn't as talented. He can definitely make a beautiful gown. This dress is modern, it's sexy, it's creative and it looks fabulous on Keri. By the way, hot legs, Ms. Hilson! Can't wait to see more of Rami's designs!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

London Fashion Week

Typically, I'm not a fan of the "London look". There is a certain sophistication and modesty that I don't find alluring. The clothes are typically drab and there is very little ground-breaking going on. This season was no exception.

Basso and Brooke - If you look at this collection for longer than 15 seconds, you start to get nauseous. Way too many busy prints with no relief on your eyes. It just keeps going; one nauseating print after another. 

Burberry Prorsum - It doesn't get any more London than Burberry. The clothes are very tailored, very polished and very safe. The white coat at the end is totally fab. Overall, as a cohesive collection, it doesn't exactly make me feel euphoric, but it doesn't hurt my eyes either.

Christopher Kane - Lace, leather and embroidered flowers. Already sound like overkill? Yeah, he almost made it work. I see what he was trying to do, but the final product was tacky. The shoes were hot, though. E for Effort?

House of Holland - The designer, Henry Holland, is 26 years old, though his clothes look like a 6 year old designed them. Trashy is an understatement.

Jonathan Saunders - I'm running out of synonyms for boring and ugly.

Julien Macdonald - I have to say, I quite liked this collection. Lace and lingerie-like garments are everywhere this season and I feel like he really did it right. It was sexy without being trashy. There was a lot of variety in this collection, too, from leg-baring dresses to casual separates (I especially loved the over-sized sweaters).

Mark Fast - Mr. Fast caused quite the raucous when he sent *gasp* plus-sized models down the runway. But let's be honest, these clothes don't look good on the thin or the curvy models. 

Mary Katrantzou - There was one dress that I didn't hate. The juxtaposition of colorful prints with black and white stripes was clever, but the rest of the dresses were tragic. I don't believe that symmetry is necessary for a beautiful garment, but these pieces are just unsightly. Excuse me, Miss, is that a tumor growing out of your dress?

Matthew Williamson - Usually, his collection is the only London show I look forward to (besides Christopher Kane) and although it wasn't terrible, it definitely was underwhelming. Nothing inspiring.

Mulberry - Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.

Paul Smith - Double Yaaaaaaaawn.

Pringle of Scotland - Painfully ugly. Drab. And the models look like they hate their life. Wouldn't you if you were wearing such awful clothes?

Viviene Westwood Red Label - The show started off with what I'm going to call "Old School London Punk meets Hot Homeless Mess" and finished with a few looks that were actually quite fabulous. And what is with the styling? The hair and make-up only made the homeless theme more prominent. Sigh...Well, considering there were 54 looks, some of which I really liked, I'd say it wasn't a total disaster.