Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Princess Bride in McQueen

The only thing anyone can talk about the past few days has been the Royal Wedding. And although the actual wedding itself wasn't at all interesting to me, I was intrigued by one thing and one thing only: the dress. When I heard that Sarah Burton was designing Kate's wedding dress, I wasn't sure what to expect. It's not like McQueen jives with Kate's personal style. She tends to dress quite modestly and that's certainly a word I'd never use to describe the McQueen aesthetic. When I finally saw the images online of "the dress", I was a bit confused. How is that McQueen? It was a simple and lovely dress and very appropriate for Kate but I feel like it was almost a waste to have McQueen's design team create such a classic and ordinary garment. It makes sense they went with a British designer, but why Sarah Burton? Why McQueen?

A few months ago at Paris Fashion Week, we saw Ms. Burton's Fall RTW collection which had several modern and extravagant white gowns. It's not that I actually expected Kate to walk down the aisle in one of these masterpieces but that would have impressed me immensely. And obviously one of the Princess's concerns is to impress a fashion blogger from Texas. 

One last point. Kate is supposed to represent a modern princess. A princess of the 21st century. Yet her gown is almost a replica of Grace Kelly's princess wedding dress from 1956. It just felt a little familiar. Again, Kate looked lovely, but her entire look was just so safe and, dare I say, boring. 

If I were to pick a dress from McQueen's previous collections to wear to my wedding, I'd probably go with this look from his Fall 2006 collection. Deer veil and all. Now, this is McQueen. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Harper's Bazaar is Gagalicious

First of all, if you're reading this and you haven't seen Lady Gaga in concert, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? I saw her show last week and it was easily the most amazing show I've been to. She is such a dynamic and dedicated entertainer and let's not forget she's a fashion icon. And that brings me to her latest magazine cover/spread. May's Harper's Bazaar features Mother Monster and I have to say, this is the loveliest she's ever looked. The incredible spread was shot by Terry Richardson who is a perverted genius. The cover is striking. She has those fabulous monster cheekbones, the long flowing pink hair and the sexy black Versace top that make her looking quite hegemonically attractive. Ok, spell-check just informed me that "hegemonically" is not a word, but my point is that Gaga always wears outrageous outfits, outlandish wigs and avant-garde make up looks that make her fierce, fabulous and very "Gaga" but never the typical Hollywood bombshell. I think this is the first magazine spread she's done where she looks both fierce and classically beautiful. Let's break down all the fashion looks.

Gaga in custom Alexander McQueen dress and mask. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this look. 

Gaga in Alexander McQueen booties and little else on top of Liberace's piano. I love how in the magazine the footnote for this photo says "Panties: Gaga's own". 

Gaga in Tex Saverio. My favorite look in the spread. She looks absolutely stunning in this gown. 

Gaga in Dior Haute Couture. This photo made me giggle. The school of Gagas is adorable. 

Gaga in Francesco Scognamiglio. This is more "classic Gaga" due to its strange anatomy-inspired bodice. Not my favorite outfit but those macaroons add an adorable burst of color.

Cleaner look of Gaga's cover in Versace. Simply stunning. 

Gaga in Thierry Mugler. Walk, walk fashion baby.