Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2012

It seems like we just met Jason Wu and yet he has been hustlin hard in the fashion game for most of his 29 years. Yes, the man is only 29, yet he has become a household name since dressing Mrs. Obama at the Inauguration 3 years ago. What's wonderful about Wu is his impeccable ability to just know what women want. Ladies, am I right? Wouldn't you love to wear these fabulous clothes to work, a cocktail party, an inauguration? Mmmhmm, that's what I thought.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Chanel Pre-Fall 2012


It's technically still 2011, yet here we are, enjoying the 2012 Pre-Fall collections.  Karl Lagerfeld has apparently never been to India yet his latest collection for Chanel is heavily influenced by India. Still, there is a distinct European ambiance to it. I feel as though the clothes tell the story of a Parisian woman vacationing in India trying to blend in while wearing a $5000 white silk blouse. I adore it. I thought the styling was absolutely stunning and really enjoyed the jewelry/head pieces and dark eye makeup. The clothes were also spectacular and had a luxe feel to them that was harmoniously accompanied by the lavish display of fruits, flowers and candles on the runway. All in all, another gorgeous collection that keeps me satisfied until February when the Fall Fashion Week frenzy begins!





Monday, December 5, 2011

The Other Fabulous Olsen in Valentino


First of all, I'd like to apologize for being MIA for the past few months. I've been quite busy with residency applications, interviews, moving to LA, etc. I actually went through and watched every single fashion show during the Spring 2012 Fashion Weeks in September but I never had time to blog about it. Le sigh. Well I'm still super busy but found a pocket of time and some much needed inspiration to blog again!

I think it's pretty safe to say that the name Olsen is here to stay in the fashion world. Of course, we immediately think of MK and Ash, the designing duo behind multiple clothing lines, including the very fabulous The Row. But there is another trendy Olsen in the family proving that their genes are indeed FABULOUS. Elizabeth Olsen is the twins' younger sis and while her style is distinctly different than her older sibs, it's still very Olsen.



The younger Olsen was never really anyone I paid attention to until I recently saw the movie Martha Marcy May Marlene, which by the way is terrific. She is definitely on my radar now, especially after seeing her recent red carpet appearances. Here she is at the Gotham Independent Film Award last week looking absolutely glamorous in a Valentino Resort 2012 gown. The amount of detail in the beading is stunning and I love the nude tone of the dress with the crystal embellishment. I am officially a fan, Ms. Olsen!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I See London, I See France...


One of this year's hottest trends is long, sheer dresses. Seen both in the spring and fall collections, this look is equal parts ethereal and sensual. There is an obvious provocative component due to the inevitable display of underpants, but there is also something quite chic about it, no? When I saw Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wear a sheer dress from Gucci's Fall 2011 collection, I was breathless. She looked absolutely stunning. But then again, girlfriend is a model. So the question remains, can regular people like you and I pull off such a daring look? I say hell yes! I noticed stores are now stocking up on long sheer skirts and dresses, many of them with built-in miniskirts or shorts under the daring garments. I think with the proper undergarments, this is a trendy look any girl can confidently rock.

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2011 

Christian Siriano Fall 2011 

Dolce and Gabbana Fall 2011 

Emilio Pucci Spring 2011 


Gucci Fall 2011 

Marc Jacobs Spring 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Couture Fashion Week Fall 2011

I'm going to be completely frank. If you read my blog, then you must know how much I worship John Galliano and his brilliant designing mind, especially during Couture Fashion Week. The Dior couture fashion shows have consistently been my favorite collections due to Galliano's ability to effortlessly epitomize the meaning of 'couture' in every single garment he makes. I wasn't expecting the same kind of magic this time around for Couture Fashion week sans Galliano and was correct to assume that I wouldn't be blown away with any other collection. That being said, there were some collections that surprised me and plenty of beautiful clothes to gush about.


Alexis Mabille - I absolutely fell in love with the showstopping Cruella deVil inspired dalmatian gown the moment it came down the runway. The feathers add a bit of edge to most of the gowns in this collection and nicely complement the overall theme of 'fierce femme fatales'.


Anne Valeria Hash - Although these garments were well made and I enjoyed the sexy yet sophisticated suits, I still don't feel like this brings the drama that comes with 'couture'.


Armani Prive - The previous Armani Prive collections have had a futuristic feel to them and while this one continues that theme, it does so subtly, and with a Japanese twist. With cherry blossom prints and origami-like folds, there is certainly a Japanese presence but overall this collection does nothing for me.


Bouchra Jarrar - I adore the color scheme and would wear every single one of these outfits to work but this definitely looks more like a ready to wear collection than a couture one.



Chanel - Karl loves to make collections where I love half of it and despise the other. I would like to draw your attention to the lovely black lace dress on the top row. The drama, the passion; this is what couture is. I also loved the long sleeved floor length blue and white gown next to it. I was feeling the entire collection until the latter half of the show when the garments on the bottom row came down the runway. The textures were offensively rough, the shapes were not flattering and the there was just an abundance of dark, heavy fabric that was unsightly.



Christian Dior - Sigh. Dior will never be the same without Galliano. Bill Gaytenn, a veteran member of the House of Dior, took the reigns as head honcho to design for this collection and dear God was it awful. To be fair, the first few looks he sent down the runway weren't terrible. There was a whimsical, youthful feel to the brightly colored, mismatched prints (top row). The giant blocks and balls in the models' hair was not very pleasing to the eye but I would overlook the hair don'ts if it weren't for the abysmal gowns that dominated the majority of the show (bottom row). Dear important fashion people, kindly please allow Galliano to return to the industry and create couture magic. Thanks, Lu.


Elie Saab - Oh, Elie. You continue to create the same predictable, gorgeous gowns in every single collection you do. I ain't mad, though. Keep doin yo thang.


Giambattista Valli - I loved every single piece in this collection from the more subdued black and white ensemble with the adorable black bow to the dramatic animal print dress with matching cape. I feel like people don't wear enough capes. I don't think I even own own. I should get on that.


Givenchy - Riccardo Tisci has one note when it comes to  his couture collections, and that note is FABULOUS. Yes, the collections look identical to each other from afar but take a closer look to the tremendous detail in each individual garment. So lovely.


John Paul Gaultier - My heart seriously skipped a beat when I saw the gorgeous Coco Rocha walk down the runway in that fabulous copper colored outfit with the feathered sleeves. Absolutely stunning collection.


Maxime Simoens - This shouldn't even be allowed to be called 'couture'. I am sufficiently bored. Next.


Valentino - I've been complaining about the two punks that took over Valentino for years now, because honestly, they haven't put out a decent cohesive collection since they started. But things are looking up for the designing duo (Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli). I really liked this collection! I especially adored the sheer garment with the floral detail. Simply stunning. And Gwenyth Paltrow will wear the long-sleeved beige gown at her next red carpet event. Guaranteed.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Other Kate's Wedding Dress

When a member of fashion royalty gets married, you know it's gonna be fabulous. Kate Moss married The Kills guitarist, Jamie Hince this weekend in Southrop, Gloucestershire. I was patiently waiting to see what Kate would wear down the aisle and was ecstatic when I learned that it was a John Galliano dress. The dress was lovely, not over the top or dramatic and very unmistakably Kate. Kate and John go way back and she had planned to wear one of his designs prior to his exile from the fashion world and I'm glad she stuck with him because honestly, this dress was perfect for her.

Apparently the gown was inspired by Zelda Fitzgerald, who also was the inspiration for Kate's vintage 1920s engagement ring. Although the dress does have a flapperesque appearance, it does not come off as too costumey. I made up two words in that last sentence, by the way, which is probably why I'll never win any awards for my blogging but I'm pretty ok with that. Back to the dress....I especially loved all the detailed sequined designs at the bottom of the gown. Oh and Kate's man looked pretty fly in his blue-gray Yves Saint Laurent suit




Monday, May 23, 2011

Cannes Film Festival's Fierce Fashion Moments

What's interesting about the Cannes Film Festival is that only a small group of celebs head to the French Riviera for a week each year for the film festival so it's a chance to see them in several different fabulous gowns throughout the week. Some celebs get it right every night, while others are a hit or miss. I didn't even post all of the different looks the celebs had this week because some of them made up to 5 appearances so I'm just going to highlight the good, the bad and the ugly.

TOP 10 BEST DRESSED:

1. Rachel McAdams in Maxime Simoens (left) and Marchesa (right) - She looked absolutely stunning in that Marchesa gown. That's quite a difficult dress to pull off but she definitely worked it. And that floral Maxime Simoens dress is absolutely adorable.

2. Kirsten Dunst in Chanel Haute Couture (left),  Chanel Haute Couture (middle), Chanel Haute Couture (right) - I have to say, I'm quite impressed with Ms. Dunst. She effortlessly pulled off 3 gorgeous Chanel Haute Couture gowns. It's hard for me to say which one is my favorite look but I'm kinda leaning towards the one of on the left. Some of the critics hated that she matched the white dress with black Valentino pumps but I love the contrast.

3. Georgina Chapman in Marchesa (left) and Marchesa (right) - One half of the creative team at Marchesa, Ms. Chapman is pretty much always seen wearing her own designs and wows each time she does. 

 4. Naomi Campbell in Givenchy Haute Couture (left) and L'Wren Scott (right) - Naomi is not just a supermodel, but a true fashion icon. She definitely brought her A-game to Cannes.

5. Gwen Stefani in Armani Prive (left) and L.A.M.B. (right) - God, I love this woman's style. The Armani bow cut-out dress is such a fun, youthful and edgy look while still somehow remaining classy. She also looked stunning in one of her own designs. The black L.A.M.B dress hugged her curves in all the right places.

6.  Karolina Kurkova in Armani Prive (left), Marchesa (middle) and Chanel Couture (right) - So she's a gorgeous supermodel who looks great in everything. Including all of the lovely dresses she wore this week.

7. Bar Rafaeli in Roberto Cavalli - This is such a stunning dress on such a hot body. The amount of detail on this garment is unbelievable. From the feathers to the sequins, all the glamorous components come together for a gorgeous look for Bar.

 8. Diane Kruger in Chanel - Diane is seriously one of my favorite Hollywood stars simply because of her impeccable choice in clothes. It probably helps that she used to be a model but either way, the girl's got style.

 9. Emily Blunt in Georges Chakra - Red is definitely her color. So lovely.

10. Milla Jovovich in Atelier Versace - Milla looks like a goddess in this floor-length gold gown. Love it.

SUPERMODELS LOOKING  HOT IN CANNES:

 Alessandra Amrosia in a gorgeous floor-length blue gown. She's not one of my favorite models but she looked exquisite that night.

Ana Beatriz Barros in a one-shouldered white dress. Surprise, surprise, she's from Brazil, the land of models.

 Brooke Shields in Marchesa - Pretty sure she doesn't act anymore, and I'll always remember her from her days as a Calvin Klein model when she was a teen. So basically she'll always be a  model in my eyes.

 Claudia Schiffer in Chanel - So this dress is borderline trashy but for some reason Claudia manages to look elegant.
Irina Shayk in Atelier Versace - This Russian beauty is seriously the hottest woman alive. 

ALMOST HOT LIST

Jennifer Lopez in Roberto Cavalli - I feel like there is just a little too much texture going on in this dress. If the bustier on the top didn't have the same texture as the skirt, I think it would've been a perfect look.

Kate Beckinsale in Armani Prive - The color is not working for her. The shape is not very flattering. She still looks glamorous but she could've done much better.

Michelle Rodriguez in Jean Fares (left) and a hot pink gown (right). I didn't love the soft pink look on the left. I think a lot of it had to do with the styling and her lackluster hair/make-up. I much preferred the bold fuchsia look on the right.

Michelle Williams in Sonia Rykiel - It's a cute dress but this is Cannes! Step it up a notch, Michelle. She seriously needs a new stylist.

 Rachel Bilson in Chanel Haute Couture - Nice try, Rachel. I know it's like Chanel and everything but somehow you don't look exceptionally glamorous. Maybe it has to do with the model?

Rosario Dawson in Roberto Cavalli (left), Roberto Cavalli (middle),  and Roberto Cavalli (right) - Clearly, Ms. Dawson is a fan of Cavalli and although none of the dresses are terrible, they aren't show-stopping either. Seems like a lot of the stars at Cannes were wearing Cavalli and they all had much more memorable red carpet moments.

Salma Hayek in Gucci (left) and Gucci (right) - I have to say I absolutely hated the red leather dress but I adored the embellished gray gown. My problem with the leather dress is it seems outdated. Like that would've been cool in the 90s. And the length is all wrong, it's way too long. Pair that with cha-cha sleeves and it's just one hot mess.

Uma Thurman in Chanel (left), Versace (middle), and Armani Prive (right) - Uma is a stunning, statuesque woman who looked breath-taking in almost everything she wore this week. Almost. That gray Chanel gown was unsightly. The color was dull and the silhouette did nothing for her gorgeous curves.

WORST DRESSED AT CANNES: 

 Aishwarya Rai in Elie Saab - This gown is lovely but the color is ghastly on her. Seriously, this woman loves to wear brown and beige. I have no idea why. NAGL.

Courtney Love in  Givenchy Couture - Courtney Love. Enough said.

Elizabeth Banks in Atelier Versace - Elizabeth is definitely one of those hit or miss actresses. In this case, definite miss. Everything is glamorous until you get to the end of the dress and it gets all bridesmaidsy on you.

 Freida Pinto in Lanvin - I hate to be a mean girl but Freida is just not cool enough for this dress. It's definitely an edgy fun dress that needs an edgy girl to pull it off. I can totally see someone like Leighton Meester rocking th is look.

Janet Jackson in Haider Ackermann - I like the two pieces separately but together the colors clash and become quite an eyesore.