Jacquie “Tajah” Murdock is 82 years old and she is starring in a brand new Lanvin ad campaign. She used to be a dancer at the Apollo Theater in Harlem in the 40s and did all kinds of cool things in her life. She is absolutely beautiful. Check out her interview on Fashionista right now! It is so amazing! Photo from Fashionista.
The Asymmetrical Silk-Satin Wrap Gown from Lanvin and sold at Net-a-Porter is the stuff of Hollywood goddess legend. It is beautiful. Simply to die for. Literally. You could sell one of my kidneys or lungs just to get the $4890 to buy the dress. I am totally lusting after this dress. Photo from Lyst.
OMG! Watch Karen Elson, Raquel Zimmerman, designer Alber Elbaz, and two male models dance to Pitbull for Lanvin. This is the best fashion video I have seen in a long time. It is fun, cute, hip, and funky. Plus the fashion is great! Who doesn’t love a little Lanvin?
The fall/winter 2011/12 campaign video was shot by Steven Meisel. Who do you think was the better dancer? I think Karen has got Raquel beat, but Alber really did it towards the end. He is too cute for words. Also what is up with the sudden influx of fashion videos? I’m not complaining.
So I guess we can pretty much say that the House of Dior will survive without its genius John Galliano, while Lanvin continues to awe the critics. Looking at the Dior show yesterday, I think we can pretty much say that while the show wasn’t perfect, it was still a pretty fantastic show with elements that we have seen before like big hats, thigh high boots, and pretty fabrics. The part that made me feel some kind of way was when the entire in house design team came out in white lab coats at the end of the show with no John Galliano in sight, which brings me to this little tidbit.
Sheer was a big trend for fall/winter and is shaping up to continue being a trend for spring/summer 2011.
A side-effect of the lingerie trend, sheer fabrics are a great way to play peek-a-boo with your favorite parts. Although I can’t condone sheer shirts, a bit of sheer paneling here and there is sexy enough to stop traffic.
Pick a Part
Love your legs? Try a sheer skirt.
Beautiful decolletage? Try a trompe l’oeil neckline.
Sexy back? Pick up a dress with a sheer panel that goes all… the… way… down.
Or got killer curves? Just take a look at the Kardashian sisters. Their signature style is all about tight, body-con mini dresses with cut-outs and sheer bits.
Of course, don’t discount layering sheer over non-sheer. Even if you wear a tank under a sheer shirt, the texture and drape of the floaty fabric is still divine.
It should go without saying that if something is sheer and cut up to there, something else better be conservative. Just take a look above at Givenchy, Chloe and Lanvin. They chose to pair all of their sheer pieces with conservative, office appropriate pieces for a cool juxtaposition that reads as nonchalant sexy as opposed to just easy (in a bad way).
Recently Ingmary Lamy was photographed in pieces from Lanvin ♥ H&M, very unusual to see someone older portraying as a model. A few “behind the scenes” shots have been released together with a video on the Swedish site Rodeo.
Lately I’ve been inspired by by the spiritual world after spending many a night at my boyfriend’s mom’s house. (Which we think could potentially be very haunted). The last night I was there I had a “strange occurence”. I came downstairs with Sue to get some food and everything is quiet.
Although everything is quiet there is a radio in the dining room that we were told never to turn off or change the station. Why? Because the woman who owned the house previously was incredibly Christian and always had a Christian station playing on the radio. She passed away from cancer. It was weird enough that we were told basically never to touch it unless we were going to turn it up. (And god knows that wasn’t on our to-do list).
Anyways, as I went back downstairs alone…. in the dark, literally 5 min after I had just come down with Sue the radio was up blasting that Christian station. No one turned it up because no one was down there. I got chills throughout my entire body like I’ve never felt before. It was one of the weirdest things I had ever felt. There’s a lot of strange little things that go on there like windows slamming shut that are really hard to close, sounds that appear to be someone walking, and dogs barking at nothing a lot during the night time.
Ever since I was a child I was also interested in the spiritual world or whatever you’d like to call it. A lot of people think’s its a bunch of crap, but I’m not so ignorant to the point where I won’t be a little open-minded and at least leave myself open to experience things like that.
Some people will say it’s your mind’s paranoia playing tricks on you, but we all believe different things. And I personally think it isn’t too far off to think a presence can remain somewhere when someone passes especially their home or in other words their domain.
What do you think? Are you a believer in the spiritual side of yourself? Have you ever had a strange occurrence happen to you that made you question if there really is another spiritual realm?
P.S.- Don’t forget Halloween is coming up around the corner. I already know what I’m going to be =]
Is the secret finally out? WWD seems to think they know who H&M is going to collaborate with next. When I showed you the videos, I was stumped. There are men and women in the videos, and they all say really cryptic and unique things. WWD seems to think that the quotes are from none other then Alber Elbaz, Lanvin’s designer.
While the camera never lingers on the faces long enough for recognition in the clips, the voice-over of designer musings, while electronically altered, are unmistakable Elbaz-isms. “Design is very important because it actually brings dream to our life,” says one.
Alber Elbaz really knows what to do with color, shape, and draping. He is another designer that somehow knows what women want. If I had the funds, I would buy every piece from the resort collection. It was just that amazing to me. The draping reminded me of of a Grecian Goddess on vacation, and the shoes that where mixed and matched with one another is totally something I would not only do but have done before. All of those platform wedges are to die for. Rachel Zoe is probably dying in the arms of Brad right now as we speak. There were 40 pictures to choose from on Style.com. It was really hard deciding what to show on the blog since I loved all of it. I didn’t even post all of the beautiful Lanvin swimsuits.Don’t forget to go to Style.com and check out the other Resort 2011 collections.
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Before I get into fashion week, I just want to say, please go see Alice in Wonderland. It was a very good movie. While watching the movie, please don’t focus on the book version because it follows the book, but it doesn’t follow the book. I don’t want to give too much away, but you will understand what I am talking about once you see the film. Also if you are a super geek like me, you will be uber happy to know that the preview for the new Tron movie, Tron Legacy is shown during the previews.
Paris Fashion Week has been really impressive. I expected it to be this way though. I love Paris Fashion Week. I rarely find bad clothes or bad collections during the fashion week there. I have been perusing the style.com and other sites looking for pictures of the collections, and they have been amazing. John Galliano created another equestrian themed collection for Christian Dior. It feels like a more ready to wear version than the last couture show, but that doesn’t mean it is more toned down. Issey Miyake was very United Colors of Benetton looking to me. The colorful coats and knitwear look very exciting for fall. Lanvin was very dark and featured amazing draping and tight silhouettes. Roland Mouret was very structural, but I’m not surprised. The way is shapes his fabrics makes it look like geometry is his best friend. Yohji Yamamoto showed some of the best knitwear and menswear on the planet. This is what Alexander Wang should have showed. Tim Hamilton’s collection was small, but very wearable. It reminded me of something Karen O would wear on her day off. Photos from Style.com. I hope you all have a great weekend. I am now going to attempt to write an essay on Rick Owens with a broken A key.
If you haven’t seen this by now, this is the Lanvin Men advertisement featuring the famed fashion photographers Inez and Vinoodh. Before you get all crazy on me, the last photo is a remake of another I&V; photograph called “Me Kissing Vinoodh (Passionately)” . I think the photographers are beautiful and breathtaking. The thing that makes these photographs so real is that they are actually married. You can see the passion in their love.
I want to find a love like that. I want to find someone who I can work with on a daily basis, communicate creatively, and just be so passionately into each other that it shows without being super cheesy. I’ve never been in a relationship, and even though I know I am really young, I turn 23 on the 22nd of January, I feel like there is a part of me missing out of a lil piece of life. I go on facebook, basically everyday, and see all of my friends getting married, engaged, pregnant, having babies, and finding new relationships.
Even though I am happy for my friends, it still bites. With every couple’s photograph or new wedding album, my heart breaks a little bit each time. I go places and my parent’s friends always ask me if I have a boyfriend because ” You are so beautiful” or “You are so pretty and smart.” I hate to tell them no, or I’m still boyfriend-less, but its true. Then I see these articles and video clips about the lack of Black men, or how hard it is for a Black women to find love and I just feel worse.
I guess what started out as a fashion post has really turned into something more, but I just don’t know how to express, explain, or even try to understand what I must be doing wrong. I think this is one of my most personal and extremely real posts. I hope you don’t mind it, but I just needed to vent.
Karl Lagerfeld’s show was full of black, with few colors thrown in. Surprise Surprise! The main color were black ad white, with some silver and apricot thrown in. I was surprised that the bulk of his show had shorts, shorts, shorts, and even shorter mini dresses. There were flat shorts and pleated shorts and shorts that appeared to be made from leather. I guess Uncle Karl wants everyone to bear their legs this coming spring. Lanvin was an exceptional show. Alber Elbaz really knows how to dress a woman. While I thought the makeup and hair was more than a little harsh, the clothes totally made up for that. This collection was full of hot dresses and dress suits with peplum swirling around the hips. I also like the color scheme of the show. There were you blacks and neutrals, but there were also reds, and blues, and yellows that popped. The jumpsuits were very ladylike and chic. I also like how Elbaz included the big billowy sleeves without making them look cliche. The shoes were gorgeous and very high. The last few dresses in the collection were great because the mixing of patterns and fabrics with the draping was just out of this world. Dior carried the theme from the house’s last couture show into the spring ready to wear show. All of the models were dressed up as glamorous 1940s movie starlets with long wavy hair and shiny platform shoes with socks. The wore long flowing gowns or short jackets and trench coats with exposed slip dresses or camisole tops. Galliano also made dresses out of lace,lame, busitiers, and tulle. It was a very classic collection. Photos from Style.com.
Fashion Rumour Karl did not sign his contract, rumour has it…..
Dear Shaded Viewers,
This is not a fact until you officially read it somewhere else but rumour has it that Karl Lagerfeld will not renew his contract at Chanel and that Albert Elbaz will take his place and Olivier Theyskens will take Albert’s place at Lanvin. Both choices make perfect sense to me. Schaparelli has decided to change directions and do a not so expensive line . Nothing is engraved in cement, these are still just rumours you will have to wait and see.