Haute Couture Spring 2015 – Giambattista Valli, Stéphane Rolland, Alexis Mabille

January 27th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Fashion Models, Runway

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015

It’s interesting that this collection looked more true to the vision of Christian Dior than Raf Simons’ couture collection this week.  Classic empire waist and big skirted lines mixed with beautifully soft colours, gorgeous ruffling, and dramatic capes and cloaks are perfect examples of what couture is supposed to be.  Putting all the girls in the matching bowed veils was a great thematic touch, making this collection look girlish and a touch vintage.

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Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015

Seeing Rolland’s collections always makes me wish that Angelina Jolie would vary away from Versace for some of her event appearances, because each one of these pieces would look so perfect on her.  These innovative, dramatic looks are made for a woman with presence.  The designs are deceptively complex – appearing at first glance to be simple white or black pieces, but upon closer inspection, reveal masterful touches.

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Alexis Mabille Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015

This is Mabille’s 10th year of couture shows, and these bias cut, dramatic dresses show exactly why he’s earned his place amoungst fashion’s top artists.  Though not his best collection, it still showed his strengths – rich colours, impeccable cuts, and his ability to apply a modern sensibility to classic pieces.

 

Naomi Watts by Max Abadian for InStyle UK, February 2015

January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Photographers

Naomi Watts delivers delightful, memorable performances this season in both Birdman and St Vincent. Here’s she’s featured in a lovely little ladylike shoot by Max Abadian for InStyle UK’s February issue.

Long Island Baby: Eva Herzigova by Bert Stern for Vogue Paris, October 2002

January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Erotica, Fashion Photographers, Film

Bert Stern’s photographs of the young actress Sue Lyon as Lolita made an impact on the fashion world that is still felt today.   This beautiful editorial by the photographer of bombshell Eva Herzigova show off the looks of those iconic photographs, girl-next-door things like cardigans, gingham, denim with knitwear and lots of innocent but seductive lingerie.  Mixed with some referencing to Andre de Dienes’s early photographs of Marilyn Monroe, this is a beautiful, sensual editorial that remains timeless and inspirational.

 

Adèle Exarchopoulos by Olivia Bee for Harper’s Bazaar Germany

January 21st, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Designers

Beautiful French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos, of Blue is the Warmest Color fame, is the star of this new editorial by up and coming photographer Olivia Bee for February’s Harper’s Bazaar Germany.  Clad in Dior, Adèle exudes natural charm, sensuality and sweetness in these gauzy, retro-influenced pictures.  Check out more of this photographer’s work here on her blog.

And, hey, why not this great little editorial of Natalie Dormer from this month’s Nylon by Zoey Grossman?

 

Valentino Pre-Fall 2015

January 20th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Runway

That’s right, it’s already about this fall in the fashion world.  Valentino produced a staggering 97 looks this week in their Pre-Fall collection, which provided a large margin for error.  In some cases the looks were costume-y and unwearable, but some of the cuts and prints beautifully played up a 70’s feel, most especially the constellation print dresses and capes at the end.