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Spring 2012 Couture Gets Girly

Elie Saab, Valentino, and Jean Paul Gaultier showed either preciously pastel or rowdy rock and roll inspired collections. Elie Saab showed dainty pastels that would be perfect for the upcoming Oscars. Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri created flowery printed gowns perfect for the girlest girly girl. Jean Paul Gaultier’s new couture collection was inspired by Amy Winehouse, so you know it is perfect for any beehived diva! I am really enjoying the couture gowns this season. They are so beautiful! Photos from Style.com.

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Spring 2012 Couture Brings The Embellishments

Yesterday’s couture shows proved that embellishments are in. From crocodile skins to shiny fabrics and ombre colors, there is nothing plain about these clothes. Karl Lagerfeld used every single shade of blue imaginable. Richardo Tisci used reptile skins in the craziest ways. Giorgio Armani’s fabric shined through a dark runway set. I can see a lot of ready to wear trends in this week’s couture shows. I wonder what the designers are going to show next. Photos from Style.com.

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Spring 2012 Couture Season Is Here

Spring 2012 Couture Fashion Week is going on right now in Paris, France. The menswear shows have just finished, and in a few weeks the hoopla of fashion week will start all over again. Aren’t you excited?!?! I am!

Donatella designed a Versace collection that looked like a 60s lacy space gladiator. The colors went from a lavender grey to neon green. This collection was great considering this was the first couture collection they had done in quite a few years.

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Paris Fall 2011 Couture Part 1

Giambattista Valli Fall 2011 Couture

The Paris Fall 2011 Couture Shows are here again and beauty is among us. I am totally loving what I have seen so far. Alexis Mabille and Christian Dior brought the dramatics. If you are looking for a fantastical ball gown, stop there first. Anne Valerie Hash and Bouchra Jarrar showed the finer side of suiting for women by experimenting with neutral and bright shades. Giambattista Valli fell into a gap in between the other four designers by designing cake-like couture in a white, black, and pink palette.

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Paris Fashion Week Fall 2011 Continues To Roll On

Paris Fashion Week continues to roll on without Galliano…well not quite without him. His namesake collection showed in a small salon in Paris to a smaller crowd than usual. Twenty looks went out with his usual 1930s elegant flair. He is such a genius, and it sucks that he had to fall so hard, but racism and anti-Semitic remarks will not be tolerated.

The looks that Cédric Charlier designed for Cacharel were somewhat bland and boring to me. The only thing that saved the collection were the prints.

I don’t know if it was the hair or makeup or clothes, but the looks at John Paul Gaultier were very old and matronly. I really think I would have to see these clothes off the runway to get a better look at them.

Christophe Lemaire did a great job of bringing the 70s and Asian silhouettes back to Hermes. I loved the colors, patterns, and shape/cut of the fabrics in this collection. Oh and the leather word was devine. Good job!.

Giles Deacon is doing his best to bring Emanuel Ungaro back from the brink of destruction. While I think this collection could have been a little better, it is a wonderful change from the drama and bad design we saw with the line’s previous designers.

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Paris Fashion Week Fall 2011 Explodes

Between the Galliano saga, the rumors that Pilati will leave YSL, and the sad rumor that Decarnin was a no show at the Balmain show because he was in a mental hospital, I have no clue what to think about Paris Fashion Week Fall 2011. Everything has gone crazing. Paris is truly burning. I had a small bit of time to look at the recent shows, which really means I looked at them around midnight when I should have been in bed. Here are some that caught my eye.

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Check Out Free People January Catalog

Enter the Fashion to Figure Contest!

Check out the Free People January Catalog video. It features some really cute clothes and Paris.  You can’t go wrong with that. I love the airy, hippie looks for spring. My favorite piece is the Kite and Butterfly Tunic that the model wears in the middle of the video as she crosses the street. That is a look that I would totally wear. What is your favorite look from the video?

So Long Paris, See Ya In September!

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Couture Fashion Week is basically over now. They have a few jewelery shows today, but that is about it. I can’t wait for RTW fashion week to begin in September. Aren’t you excited? Photos from Style.com

 

Jean Paul Gaultier’s collection was straight film noir vixen. Awesome turbans, exaggerated shoulders, and nipped waists were all on that runway. Then Dita von Teese came out and stripped burlesque style. I wish I was there to take in the atmosphere. One day Jai, one day.

The designers at Valentino made sure the collection was for the young at heart. Short babydoll dresses and kitten heels were popular themes throughout the collection. I have to say I actually like this collection better than the past collections that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli and have done for the brand.

If the Valentino collection was for the young at heart, then the Elie Saab collection was for the sexually aware, yet classy woman. The collection was full of fiery reds, bare legs, and deep v-cut necklines. Elie Saab did not disappoint me at all. Between this collection and Dior, you really see what couture is all about. Oh and did anybody catch Karolina Kurkova walking the Elie Saab show? I guess it is safe to safe that the Victoria Secret models have successfully merged back from couture to commercial to couture again.

 

Paris Spring Fashion Week Post 5

I am always intrigued by the Chanel’s show set design, and every year I wonder what is it going to look like and how that relates to the clothes. Imagine my surprise when I heard that there was hay on the floor, some huge barn like structure in the middle of the floor, and there was a big pile of hay with openings on the side. Crazy! The Kaiser seems to me to have spent way too much time in Vermont. The collection was full of kissing models, Victorian looking minidresses, and clogs. The linen pants had no shape and just looked more wrinkled than they should have been. Overall the collection gets a collective meh from me. I get that you have to keep the Chanel aesthetic looking the same without getting boring,but….I don’t know. It wasn’t bad or good.

Hermes was another runway show filled with theatrics. Models were apparently playing tennis on the runway, and people on twitter were totes geeked out by all the major models from different nationalities being represented in the show. Who doesn’t love a little diversity? The show was great because it was based on the sport of tennis, which is why the models were playing tennis. Jean Paul Gaultier created some of the coolest tennis skirts and kilts. The jackets had cool, crisps lines and the tennis sweaters were big enough to wear on a cool Spring night and also in the fall. The belts and bags were amazing. Peta will be pissed at the use of suede, leather, and Hermes’ own specialty bred croc skins. I really liked this collection. I thought it was fresh and absolutely needed for Spring.

Photos from Style.com.

Paris Spring Fashion Week Post 4

Requiem was a pretty solid collection of 17 pieces. This was another one of the chic Parisian ladylike collections with all dresses and skirts. No pants allowed! The fabrics were great except for the construction on few pieces seemed stiff and a little puckered. Maybe it was the way the model was standing. I don’t know, but I could definitely see some of the pieces on the modern woman.

This is one of my favorite Stella McCartney collections in a long time. They colors reminded me of the Tropics. I really like the blue/brown combination. The fabrics, the patterns on the fabrics, and the ruffles were amazing. Silk! Silk! Silk! The whole collection was very flirty and fun.

Viktor and Rolf was one big OHHHH EMMMM GEEEE moment for me with every piece they put out. It really was a collection of ruffles. They were everywhere. I saw ruffles on the pants, ruffles on the skirts, ruffles on the jackets. Then they had this huge dresses and jackets that had holes and shapes cut out of the ruffles. Viktor and Rolf’s construction and genius never cease to amaze me because they are just extremely well done. I don’t know who is going to wear these pieces but they all look crazy good.

Photos from Style.com.

Paris Spring Fashion Week Post 3

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.

Fall 2009 Haute Couture Season

Fall 2009 Haute Couture Season has come and gone. It was so quick, but what do you expect when you only have 9 couture designers. I was very impressed with all the collections this season. Usually I find something or another that does not suit my eye, but I was surprised by the looks. On a sad note, this fall’s Christian Lacroix collection may be his last because his company filed for bankruptcy. They are trying to restruture it, but I read on one website, the other day, that they basically fired most if not all of the staff. 🙁 Since I liked all of the collections. I have decided to show you what I feel are the 3 best looks from each collection.
Photos From Style.com

Valentino Fall 2009 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2009 Couture
Givenchy Fall 2009 Couture

Chanel Fall 2009 Couture
Armani Prive Fall 2009 Couture
Alexis Mabille Fall 2009 Couture

Elie Saab Fall 2009 COuture
Christain Lacroix Fall 2009 Couture

P.S. Here is a little video from New York Times The Cut on the making of a Chanel Couture:

I Want To Move Part Deux

Marie Jo's Apartment in NastMarie Jo's Apartment in Nast

I don’t know if any of you remember my April “I want to move” post, but I stated that I wanted to move. Surprise! Surprise! Well guess what… I still want to move, but this time I have found my ultimate inspiration. In the last post I showed you all some photos from WeHeartIt.com,which seems to be having a site breakdown at the moment, that were going to be my inspiration for my room. They are GORG, but these new pictures are better.

Marie Jo's Apartment in Nast

I found them on the BEAUTIFUL French Style blog Nast. I read this site from time to time, just like I read the others, for inspiration. Well I found it in these pictures. They are of this woman named Marie Jo’s apartment. So amazing! The paint on the walls, the art, the home accents, everything is so wonderful. She has a balcony! HELLO! Some people might be sick of having colors like this in their home, but as they say in “Funny Face”… THINK PINK!

Marie Jo's Apartment in NastMarie Jo's Apartment in Nast

Photos from Nast.