Monday, July 26, 2010

Shoegasm: Spiked Louboutin Ankle Boots

Recently Louboutin has been designing stilettos with spikes all over the place. And I totally love it. It's one part rock'n'roll, one part red-carpet chic which makes for one killer pair of heels. I saw Victoria Beckham wearing the silver pair of the "Bridget's Back" booties in Vogue Turkey and they definitely caught my attention. Alicia Keys (a.k.a the future Mrs. Swizz Beatz) was recently spotted wearing the black pair. Personally, I prefer the gold or maybe silver ones since they're definitely flashier and completely gaudy.

Ads I Love: Miu Miu Fall 2010

Since fashion magazines are basically 90% ads with a few articles sprinkled in here and there, it's important to not forget about the art that is the high-end designer fashion ad. Here is what I find makes an ad successful. 1. Pretty girls 2. Pretty clothes 3. Good lighting. That's it. Too many extra props, detailed scenery or too many people make the ad busy and draws attention away from what they're selling. Artsy/dark lighting makes it difficult to appreciate the clothes. I get frustrated when I see creative teams make these mistakes almost as if they don't even care if we can see the clothes. It's always obvious to me when they get it right, though. A perfect example of such an ad is Miu Miu's Fall 2010 Collection. As I flipped through my August Vogue, these ads immediately caught my attention due their simplicity, bright colors and fierce poses by Lindsey Wixson, Daphne Groeneveld, Ginta Lapina and Siri Tollerod. The dresses are fabulous (in fact, the purple floral frock has been used for 3 covers this summer), the girls are fabulous, and I couldn't ask for anything more.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

First Look at Rodarte's Black Swan Costumes

Rodarte's award-winning sister duo of Laura and Kate Mulleavy are two of the most talented (and two of my favorites) in the industry. I was ecstatic when I heard that they were designing costumes for Darren Aronofsky's next film. I was elated when I learned that the film, Black Swan, is about rival ballerinas who perform Swan Lake. I was borderline psychotic/manic when I read that Natalie Portman was going to be playing one of the ballerinas in the movie. Pretty much, what's happening is that a bunch of my favorite things are being put together into one form of art. The first images of Rodarte's costumes hit the interwebs this week and it looks like the Mulleavy sisters are going to treat us to dramatically beautiful and elegant costumes.  I am literally foaming at the mouth right now. I can't wait for this movie to come out!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Block of Fresh Air

I'm currently obsessed with Balenciaga's Fall 2010 shoe collection. I was flipping through July's Vogue and came across a color blocking spread for shoes and a pair of these architecturally inspired heels were featured. I never got a good look at the shoes during Fall 2010 Fashion Week but the detail on them is definitely worth a closer inspection. I love the sharp contrast between the materials and colors and all of the rigid lines. They're definitely what I would call "statement" shoes. Statement shoes that are color blocked to perfection.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fall Couture Fashion Week

There were only a handful of couture shows so I'm going to review all of them, in alphabetical order.

Alexis Mabille - Pretty clothes but my only complaint is that the collection looked more like a ready to wear collection then a couture one. Where is the drama? Where is the imagination? 

Armani Prive - Well-made suits and dresses that are reminiscent of Old Hollywood but are over all underwhelming. Mr. Armani's couture collection last year was one of my favorites so I was quite disappointed.

Bouchra Jarrar - I really enjoyed her use of lines in this collection and if it was a ready to wear show I would've given it a glowing review, but THIS IS COUTURE, people. Let's show some enthusiasm, please!

Chanel - Now this is couture! There is an extravagance nostalgic of Imperial Russia that demands attention. Although I didn't love every piece in the collection, there were over 60 looks that easily allowed me to pick several looks that I loved. Bravo, Lagerfeld.


Christian Dior - This was easily my favorite couture collection. I may have been a bit biased since I am floral-obsessed but the motif transcended a traditional floral theme and transformed the runway into a full-fledged garden. Galliano is no stranger to drama and extravagance and this collection is a perfect tribute to his loud voice. This man eat, sleeps, dreams couture. 

Elie Saab - I have always liked Elie Saab's point of view. He is able to make beautiful clothes that are exciting and edgy but without losing any femininity. My only complaint is that the majority of the color palette was somber with an emphasis of gray. The colorful pieces were gorgeous, though. Overall, a lovely collection.

Givenchy - There were only 10 pieces in this collection but each one was lovely. With an emphasis on white and gold, the dresses were beautifully embellished. When I picture what goddesses would wear, I'd picture one of these gowns. 

Jean Paul Gaultier - Yes, yes, yes. Loved everything about this collection from the bizarre head-pieces to the breath-taking floor length gowns. 

Valentino - I was skeptical after Valentino retired that anyone would be able to capture the "Valentinoness", a sort of femininity that is innate but not overdone. This collection reinforces my belief that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have been able to do Valentino justice. The use of bows and angelic shapes was perfection and I am a little bit obsessed with the bird-cage dress.