Paris Fashion Week Fall 2015 – Vintage Looks That Don’t Involve Looney Tones T-Shirts

March 7th, 2015|Categories: Fashion Designers, Fashion Models, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is a dark dark time in fashion, kids.  I got Jeremy Scott repackaging the worst parts of the 90s, DSquared2 creating a horribly offensive collection and Donatella Versace degrading herself by putting sequined emojis on dresses like she’s making costumes for a 12 year old’s tap recital.  Jogging pants, straight leg jeans and neurtal tones are considered acceptable streetwear, making young pretty girls look like my dad in 1989.  I, being the sainted human being that I am, endured agurably one of the worst Milan Fashion Weeks in years and combed through all the repeative 90s throwback looks so far from Paris Fashion Week to pull out the collections that presented something unique and new.  You’re welcome.

Alexandre Vauthier

Just try to describe this without using the word sultry.  Lindsay Wixson should do all the lookbooks for every line always because she is a doll-lipped, long limbed, languid goddess.

Lanvin

Okay, first off, fur makes me gag.  So let’s pretend this is faux just for now, because let’s admit it, none of us have the money to buy anything from any of these collections so it’s not like it matters to the plebs like us. Also I’m not feeling these baseball caps.  But everything else?  Fabulous.  Something different than we’ve been seeing from Lanvin for the last few years too, which makes it extra exciting.

Carven

All these circle skirts and cute button downs and pops of red and blue, this is a collection of pieces I would actually wear on a regular basis.

Balmain

I’m usually not a fan of these colours or these colour combinations but the way they’re presented, framed with the black makes me love them. This is the kind of retro revival that I like, the bold geometric shapes and colour and languid lines.  Also, Jessica Stam is serving me starving ghoul realness and I love it.

Julianne Moore recreates famous works of art for Harper’s Bazaar by Peter Lindbergh, May 2008

November 21st, 2014|Categories: Art, Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One of my favourite themes in editorials is when famous works of art are recreated as fashion. This shoot Julianne Moore did with Peter Lindbergh in 2008 is one of the best. In it she poses in couture fashions and recreates works by artists like the one pictured above where she manifests as one of Edgar Degas’ dancers in Armani Privé, as well as shots by artists ranging from 19th century portrait artist John Singer Sargent to provocateur Richard Prince. Julianne’s milk-pale dappled skin, gorgeous bone structure, and transformative talent lends itself perfectly to this awe-inspiring shoot. Below are the shots of Julianne alongside the work recreated for the shot.

Julianne in Calvin Klein/”Woman With a Fan” by Amedeo Modigliani, 1919


Julianne in Bottega Veneta/”The Cripple” by John Currin, 1997


Julianne in Louis Vuitton/”Man-Crazy Nurse” by Richard Prince, 2003


Julianne/”Madame X” by John Singer Sargent, 1884


Julianne in Lanvin/”Seated Woman With Bent Knee” by Egon Schiele, 1917


Julianne in Dior Couture/”Adele Bloch-Bauer I” by Gustav Klimt, 1907


Julianne in Armani Privé/”Three Dancers in an Exercise Hall” by Edgar Degas, 1880

PFW Spring 2015 – Lanvin, Dior and Undercover

September 26th, 2014|Categories: Fashion Designers, Fashion Models, Runway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lanvin Spring 2015

There is nothing in world like Lanvin.  Designer Alber Elbaz’s greatest talent is his ability to take classic designs and make them uniquely his own.  A Lanvin piece is instantly recognizable, beautifully tailored, simple while still luxe in tiny touches.  Mature with little playful touches, like the monkey and foxes that dance through this collection.  Add on to all of this the appearance of supermodel Amber Valletta with a side fade and you’ve got one hell of a fashion week show.

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Dior Spring 2015

I’ve struggled with Dior since the firing of Galliano and the hiring of Raf Simons.  I miss Galliano’s flair for drama, his devotion to history, his obsession with glamour.  I know that his depature was necessary but at the same time it’s been difficult to go from all the excess of a Galliano designed collection to the starkness of Simons.  Add on to that my passionate dislike of gaudy patterns and textiles and weird silhouettes, it’s been very hard for me to generate any positive reactions to the recent collections.  So you can imagine my surprise when I went through this collection and actually liked a lot of the looks.  I’m starting to appreciate Simons’ attention to delicate details, his love of the Christian Dior inspired lines, the simplicity of the palettes and designs.  This is a completely different animal from the Galliano’s Dior, but that doesn’t discount it as being interesting.

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Undercover Spring 2015

When I saw pictures of the manga inspired jewelry from this collection on Instagram this morning, I knew I had to check it out.   It was even more fantastic than I could have imagined.  Black wings!  Ballet skirts!  Hieronymus Bosch printed dresses!  Broken mirror jewelry!  Cherry purses with brass knuckle handles!   This is a surreal trip through fairy tale land, dark and twisted and sinister and silly and fun and I love every piece.

Details/Backstage

Julianne Moore recreates famous works of art for Harper’s Bazaar by Peter Lindbergh, May 2008

August 7th, 2013|Categories: Art, Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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