London Fashion Week S/S 2016 – Ashish and Philipp Plein

September 25th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Fashion Models, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

London Fashion Week is, for me, the most underwhelming of all the fashion weeks.  I know that there are some strong, big names that show collections, but because the bland sameness of Burberry and the like do little for me, there is very little that registers as new and exciting.   Two brands who I always can count on showing something wearable, daring and fun are Ashish and Philipp Plein.  Ashish is responsible for those rainbow sequined ripped jeans that were so popular last year as well as helping to make the creeper shoe popular again.  There is always a positivity to the creativeness at Ashish, and embracing diversity and uniqueness with a joyful openness.  This season was no different, blurring gender norms and literally covering the models in multicolored confetti, making the show feel like being at an awesome birthday party.  Philipp Plein is a weakness of mine – I know that it’s a little one note, but as a recovering goth, I respond to the punky couture-ness of it all.

Ashish

Philipp Plein 

NYFW Spring/Summer 2016 – Marc Jacobs

September 18th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Fashion Models, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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You know something is extra fantastic when you can only respond with Anne of Green Gables gifs.  This is how it is DONE, SON.  From the venue, New York’s fabled Ziegfeld theater where the art of spectacle was invented, to the presentation, with the girls walking the red carpet, being photographed by the paparazzi, and then walking the aisles of the theater as a band played, to the collection itself, this all works together perfectly as a wonderful tribute to Americana through out the ages.  From vintage film actress dresses to bandstand festooning to Letterman jackets to Bowie-esque blue suits to motorcycle jackets and everything in between, Marc Jacobs showed all of these important pieces of fashion from the last century done his way, with a cheekiness and a delight that so many other designers lack.   All this plus some amazing casting, including Beth freaking Ditto.  I think my only complaint about this show was that the girls were all so unsmiling.  If there was ever a reason to have some happy models, this collection was it.  You can read more about the references to past icon fashion moments here, and watch the video of the show here.

NYFW Spring/Summer 2016 – Jeremy Scott and Rodarte

September 16th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Fashion Models, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I am kinda horrified with myself right now.  I actually liked?  Liked, really?  Yes, liked.  In fact I maybe kinda loved both the Rodarte and the Jeremy Scott shows this season.  WHO AM I EVEN?  I haven’t liked a Rodarte show since those distressed knit dresses that looked so bloody that it seemed the last person who wore them was a girl in a horror movie.  Since then I’ve found their collections to be poorly tailored, blindly slopped together,explosion-at-the-discount-fabric-store messes.  This season definitely still had that, but amoungst all that unflattering garbage, there were these vintage, kinda goddess-y ensembles that look like the sequel to Love Story where Ali MacGraw is in heaven.

As for Jeremy Scott, ours is a love/hate relationship.  This man responsible for so much of the horror that lives in Miley Cyrus’ closet, relies so heavily on referential material that sometimes it feels like cosplay.  Yet I can not stop myself from loving things like his 80’s Barbie inspired collection for Moschino.   Again, the vintage references in this collection hit the right, playful mark.  With all star casting a la Hadid both Gigi and Bella, this is pure 60’s-vision-of-the-future kitsch, with big plastic bracelets and earrings, bright vintage TVs everywhere from the prints to the purses, and my favorite, a print made up of a page from a high school yearbook.

Rodarte

Jeremy Scott

 

Privacy Settings by Mert and Marcus for W, August 2015

June 30th, 2015|Categories: Erotica, Fashion Models, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mert and Marcus give us some late 70’s inspired cheesecake in this very very delightful editorial.  It features models that are known for their va-va-voom-ness like Lara, Doutzen, Bella as well as some Victoria Secret stand by’s like Barbara and Rosie in some colourful, summer-ready lingerie pieces.