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Raf Simons for Christian Dior Spring 2013 Seems to Be a Hit

Raf Simons for Christian Dior SS 13

Raf Simons for Christian Dior Spring 2013 seems to be a hit amongst the fashion elite and Paris Fashion Week has barely started. The show which is to be the first among what the media is calling a showdown between Raf Simons for Dior and Hedi Slimane for Yves Saint Laurent or Saint Laurent Paris as it is now being called.
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Louis Vuitton F/W 2012 Involved Trains and Such?!?

If you haven’t seen the video for the latest Louis Vuitton show yet, please check it out. It looks like Ralph Lauren wasn’t then only designer influenced by Downton Abbey. Marc Jacobs had a real live locomotive come out on a railroad track. Then the models walked out of the train one by one. Each model was also followed by her own designated porter who carried her Louis Vuitton luggage. I also wonder if Marc and Miuccia Prada had a talk before this show season and discussed designing similar boxy, chunkaliscous platform shoes…

Ouch! Model’s Feet Take A Beating During Fashion Week

Models Feet Bruised After Fashion Week

I am still on a mini blog hiatus. But while I have a little bit of time to post something, I thought it would be great to post this picture of a model’s foot at the end of fashion week. It is no secret that models take all sorts of beatings during fashion week from crazy hair and makeup to crazy clothes and shoes. This picture shows just how cray cray their feet look at the end of the long month.

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Kanye West DW Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Show

Kanye West showed his debut womenswear collection in France for Paris Fashion Week on Saturday, and reviews are decidedly mixed. While I think the collection needed an edit, I thought it was a great first collection nonetheless. Not everyone’s first collection turns out that well, but then again Kanye had some help from Central Saint Martins students.
 

While I think there were some great moments in the line, like the salmon colored zipper dress that Jourdan Dunn wore, and the very low cut black dress, or the Giuseppi Zanotti x Kanye West heels. I also think there were some low moments, like the monster hoodie, and the fact that everything looked like it came from every designer show Kanye had seen in the past. I also didn’t like how the packed front row of the hottest celebrities, designers, and fashion editors barely clapped through the final walk.

He has a ways to go, but it was a great first start. How do you all feel?

Also, I got this video from Fashion Bomb Daily. I haven’t been able to do all of my usual fashion week reviews lately because I have been busy with my final semester of graduate school. If you want some great fashion show reviews, check out Fashion Bomb Daily.

Farewell Paris Fashion Week Fall 2011

Paris Fashion Week Fall 2011 has bid us adieu. I feel like this fashion month has gone by soo slowly because so much has happened. It was only a month ago to the day that I was flying into New York for fashion week And now Paris Fashion Week, with all its rumors, intrigue, mysteries, and scandals is over…finally. *Cue…Deep…Sighs…Now! Oh, but while we are on the subject of rumors and such, apparently it is a known fact that Riccardo Tisci will leave Givenchy for Dior!!!! I saw it isn’t a known fact until a press release has been sent out, but whatever. Whoever knows the truth probably isn’t saying anything at all. Duh!!! If this is true, who will take over Givenchy? Aye carumba!

Anywho! I decided to do something different for these last few shows. In place of my usual pitiful photo collages, I have brought you fashion videos because videos are more fun and entertaining. Thank me later.

Let’s start with Yves Saint Laurent! I love the suiting with the cropped pant or short skirt that Stefano Pilati did. It was a good mix of masculine and feminine. His use of fur was fabulous as well. I loved the white fur coat and the coat before it with the black fur hood. I also loved the white section at the end. I don’t usually wear all white, just a few pieces here and there, but I would wear that white tux.  They say that Pilati may be out soon at YSL, but the higher ups at the label said recently that that is a lie. Let’s hope so, because I like his work at YSL.

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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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The House of Dior Will Survive Without Galliano, While Lanvin Awes

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.

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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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The Last Of Paris

Paris Fashion Week is over and that means that all of the major fashion weeks are done until February and I can now go back to spending most of my time studying and finishing my DIY projects. Speaking of which; I completed this DIY last week from Alice & Daisy and am almost done with this one from love Maegan. I’ve also been hand-sewing and mending things, but that is neither here nor there! Here are the reviews. Photos from Style.com.

I think Sarah Burton did a great job with Alexander McQueen’s collection. There were some motifs, shapes, and textures happening in the collection that made everything seem familiar. Nothing strayed to far from what McQueen used to do.
Alexander McQueen
Louis Vuitton was beautiful. I will admit…there were some pieces that I thought were absolutely ridiculous, but the bulk of the clothes were amazing. Marc Jacobs did a great job with this Asian inspired collection.
Louis Vuitton
The last day of Paris Fashion Week also marked the last time John Paul Gaultier designs a collection for Hermes, and boy did he go out with a bang. He had fashion icon Farida Khelfa walk for him and a whole slew of dressage riders on horseback. Everything fit his horse theme perfectly.
Hermes

Paris Fashion Week Is Still Going On!!!

As much as I love paying attention to all of the different fashion weeks, it can get overwhelming. Can you imagine if I had to travel to all of them. I did New York this year that was crazy. I mean it was fun, but it was crazy ripping and running all over town, and doing homework, and doing blog work. Anyway….I think Paris Fashion Week ends on Wednesday. In the meantime, check out these collections. Photos from Style.com.

John Galliano designed some kind of sailor themed Christian Dior show that seemed more Gilligan’s Island than anything. It wasn’t bad. When I heard the reports of a sailor themed show, I said to myself uh-oh not another sailor themed fashion show, but I liked it. I think it was the colors and prints that did it for me.
Dior
Cacharel was beautiful. The colors were amazing. The prints were amazing! Very impressed with what I saw. I would buy so many of the dresses in that show. They were so bright and beautiful.
Cacharel
Jean Paul Gaultier gets a standing ovation from me. He used plus sized models again. AGAIN! He used Beth Ditto, Crystal Renn, and Marguita Pring. The collection was inspired by rock and roll and Joan Jett, hence the wigs.
John Paul Gaultier
Viktor & Rolf’s collection was inspired by the men’s shirt. I love how they took said inspiration and made pants that looked like they were made from shirt arms, and big linebacker tops that looked like shirt exploded many times over. The design duo always know how to create something creative that you might not have thought of doing before.
Viktor & Rolf

Paris Fashion Week Post Part Two

This post is continued from yesterday’s post. Photos from Style.com.

Balmain was not as good as I thought it would be. I was expecting Christophe Decarnin to stop taking the “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach, but I see that isn’t happening anytime soon. The same skinny pants and boxy jackets were there. The only thing that changed was the fact that they were a different color, and he finally stopped making those short, boxy, bodcon dresses.
Balmain
Gareth Pugh was really good. It looked very creepy to me, but creepy in a good way. His makeup and hair always complements his collection. The shapes and color scheme were purely Pugh, but unlike Balmain, something seemed different. It reminded me of a space ghost, no not the cartoon.
Gareth Pugh
I loved Limi Feu. That collection full of wide shapes and big hair was so cool to me. Limi Yamamoto really took what she learned from her dad and is making it her own. The collection was so classic to me.
Limi Feu
Hakaan was another collection bathed in white. I am not really a fan of wearing white clothes all the time, but these designers are really making white look appealing to me. The pantsuits were amazing. Living up to the hype is hard, but Hakaan is doing it well.
Hakaan

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2011

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2011 has begun and it is looking really interesting. I have been perusing Style.com, as usual, and I found some things that caught my eye for better or for worse. Some designers are doing really well and others are sticking to their same tired formula. Pictures from Style.com.

Balenciaga is always hard to wear. This season’s collection is no different. I feel like you have to be built like a tall, skinny box to be able to wear these clothes. That being said, I usually like the collections, but this season I wasn’t a fan. The collection just wasn’t flattering on most bodies or by themselves.
Balenciaga Spring 2011
Zac Posen made some beautiful clothes this season. Everything looked like it could of been couture, which is one reason why some people don’t see a need for separate couture shows. Designers like Zac Posen and Alexander McQueen have basically been making couture without being apart of the haute couture in France. I still think they should be separated, but that is neither hear nor there. What is here is the fact that Zac delivered with this collection.
Zac Posen Spring 2011
The first words that popped up in my head when I saw the Carven collection were cute and sexy. I could see this collection as my fashion editor goes to fashion week looks because they remind me of Anne Dello Russo.
Carven Spring 2011
Damir Doma is a new name to me, but I like what I see. His mostly orange collection was right on target. Most designers have either been using orange or white as the main color for their collections. His orange was very tangerine and bright.
Damir Doma Spring 2011
Dries Van Noten was very light, airy, and feminine. I really loved the watercolor look and feel of the collection. One thing that I am noticing about these new spring collections is that big shapes and silhouettes are definitely coming back. Big, drapey looks mixed with one even bigger or really tiny element will be important next spring.
Dries Van Noten Spring 2011
Check out tomorrow’s post for more Paris fashion.

Hello Everyone! :) This Is The Post That Never Ends! ;)

Thanks for being so patient with me. I am still in the midst of midterm week(s). I don’t know why my teachers never settle on having one week of midterms. URGH ERGH!!! Whatever! I am also still about what seems like three weeks behind on my blog reading except for a handful of blogs that I have had a chance to look at. I am so stressed out right now that sometimes I just have to back away from everything and go play Farmville (SMH!) to relax. I also get so tired at night, but I can’t sleep because I have things to do. I was chatting with some bloggers earlier this week ,and I cut my chat session short to go to bed. Instead of going to bed, I ended up taking my clean clothes out of my hamper and cleaned up my room before finally going to bed three hours later at 2 AM. By that time I was wide awake. 
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I spent all of Friday night writing two term papers. I didn’t finish until 7:20 AM Saturday morning. Ay- yi-yi! So now all I have to do is study for my Crossing Borders test. Wish me luck and pray for me PLEASE! This is a fun class but sometimes the philosophical and anthropological topics we go over go right over my head. I still like the class and recommend it to any AAU grad student that has to take a GS requirement course.
Photo from Style.com
I don’t know if you guys looked at the rest of Paris Fashion Week. I probably won’t get a chance to do my last post that I had planned with everything coming up, but I must say that I was saddened and happy that Alexander McQueen’s company went ahead with the presentation. The small collection was a beautiful send off to one of the Masters of Design. It was as if he knew his own fate like Biggie and Tupac predicted their own fate. Either way I hope he is in a better place as cliche as that sounds. I just want him to be happy wherever he is in this universe. I loved every piece he created even in this last collection. He was one of the few designers that could consistently present great work. I remember talking to my cousin Alexa about wedding dresses a few years ago. I told her I would either want one that favored Grace Kelly’s dress or one that was medieval in nature because I love the Middle Ages. She laughed and asked me if I wanted a Renaissance Fair costume. NOT THE CASE! I think I finally have an awesome example to show her. Check out my girl Tanya D in this dress from McQueen’s last collection. This is the perfect example of what I would want.
Sorry this post is so long, but there are so many things I have to talk about. This week, as in tomorrow, I am going to do something really exciting. I am scared, nervous, excited, and a number of other emotions all in one. Yippee! I am going to Charleston Fashion Week. I am only going to be there for three days, but I can’t wait. I finally got the OK for my media passes, so I hope to bring you some extra fresh, extra original content with photos, interviews, and hopefully some videos too. My life plans and goals are finally being set into motion after that minor setback from a month ago. I said in September of 2009 that I would go to Charleston Fashion Week in March 2010 to get my feet wet, and then I would go to New York Fashion Week in September of 2010. One down, one to go! If you don’t already, follow me on Twitter @TheFatandSkinny for all the updates from the shows. Hopefully I will try and remember to use their hashtag, #CHSFW.
I also hope to show you the Christian Siriano for Payless shoes that I bought sometime later this week. I received them early because I wanted them to come in fast. They are really hot and fabulous! I can’t wait to show those shoes later.
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