I know we are just getting into the holiday and winter season posts here at TFAS, but LaRoque just debuted her Spring 2011, and I am so proud of her. You might recall that I interviewed Annabelle in her studio last Spring. She had big dreams for her custom brand, and they are definitely beginning to blossom. LaRoque’s spring line is going to be in 17 stores across the Southeast. That is so amazing.
The clothes are what I would like to call “Southern Belle Goes To Palm Beach Chic”. They are cute, fun, and sassy. Pink, teal, white,and black are the most used colors in the collection next to the yellow and orange printed pieces. The skirts, shorts, tops, and dresses are very preppy and feature LaRoque’s signature bows and ruffles. Annabelle most certainly knows her customer, and I can see them gobbling up this collection.
Dressing up like your boyfriend is soooooo last season people. Thank goodness, the masculinity meets femininity trend is fading and girls and starting to dress like girls again. What I discovered from viewing several fashion collections throughout the month is that many designers are bringin’ sexy back and I’m loving it. Derek Lam, Chloé and Nicolas Andreas Taralis are just a few designers that have traded the ultra baggy looks for structured, feminine silhouettes with revealing necklines or human flesh. My personal favorite is structured, sexy tops and bottoms with a bit of flare and edge. So lets bring in the sexy for the spring next year. Who’s daring enough to pull it off?
Nicolas Andreas Taralis in Paris
Chloé in Paris
Derek Lam in NYC
Images via LATimes
-Ariel Twenty Two Couture
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.
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.
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.
After some turmoil (Lindsay Lohan) , and then some more turmoil (Estrella Archs), Ungaro is a success. Giles Deacon did a really good job of bringing back some glory and none of the shame to the Paris fashion house. Photos are from Style.com. Enjoy!
I would say that I am a bit of all of them. What do you think of these collections? I love them all and am totally fantasizing about filling up my closet with these clothes. UGH! One day my Paris fashion dreams will come true! Photos from Style.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out tomorrow’s post for more Paris fashion.
Milan Fashion Week has come to an end and Paris Fashion Week is on day two. I am behind in shows due all kinds of craziness, but I wanted to bring you the last little bit of Milan Fashion Week, so you four shows that really made an impact on me during the last few days. Photos from Style.com.
Moschino Cheap & Chic was very beautiful and colorful. I am really getting into shorts and bold prints for spring, but the midi-length skirt really caught my eye too. This is something I probably wouldn’t wear too much of, but I like the way it was presented in this collection. I think it changed my mind.
Missoni was inspired by different cultures, and I think that was obvious. The clothes looked like a mix of prints from all over the world Missoni style. The bright colors are perfect for spring, and the wide hats are perfect for shielding you from the summer sun.
Dsquared² was a perfect mix of feminine and masculine. The pants, tuxedos, and dresses really looked great without making the woman look too androgynous. I am noticing a lot of hats in the Milan shows this season. These fedoras match the oxfords that the models wore. Speaking of which, wasn’t it refreshing to see some shoes from the Dsquared boys that didn’t look like you would break a hip in them?
Jil Sander was by my favorite show of Milan Fashion Week Spring 2011. Apparently a lot of other people liked the show as well. The colors and stripes, mixed with the prints and silhouettes made for a perfect collection. I used to wear t-shirts with long skirts a few years ago. I think I am going to break that look back out again.
Official Statement From Christopher Kane:
For this Versus SS11 collection I played with combining floral, tartan stripe prints from the Versus archive, to achieve twisted and drape mesh dresses. The colour palette is very bright and optimistic (yellow, green, purple, orange, red and blue). I have worked printed mesh into longer, leaner dresses, and knitwear for a more casual sporty/grungy approach. The core of the collection is multi drape stretch mesh dresses using layers of printed mesh. Short comes in multicoloured pop dresses. Shoes and bags feature print and brogue details.
image via NYmag.com
I love Burberry. Always had a knack for it although its style was a bit too mature for my taste. The plaid cashmere scarves and khaki trenches have always been super cute to me but always a bit too grown for my age. However, things are certainly different as Burberry has made a MAJOR come up for their spring 2011 collection. Although the show wasn’t a favorite amongst critics, just about everyone important in the London fashion scene was in attendance. The trenches next season are fabulous.. Seriously, you’ll be a rock star with these studded and metallic jackets. There a little bit of that Burberry sophistication with an underground London edge to it and it’s definitely the hottest thing on the runway for fashion week so far.
-Ariel Twenty Two Couture
The first office look came from DKNY. This one is from Versace, and I would probably add a black shell or even a red shell underneath so I wouldn’t get fired. Heh Heh!
DKNY SPRING 2011 LOOK 3
Black Cotton Blazer with Modern Frill Lapel
White Silk V-Neck Blouse
Parachute Cotton Pinstripe Ankle Length Pant
photo from style.com
I’ve been noticing that designers are mixing insanely bright colors with toned downed neutrals. I think it is perfect for spring. Don’t you just love bright colors after a cold, gloomy winter? Tell me what you think of these designs. Photos from Style.com.
Always wanted a front row seat to a Versace runway show?
For the first time, Versace is excited to announce that they will live stream their Spring Summer 2011 women’s collection runway show from Milan exclusively for Official Versace Facebook fans.
The show will take place on Friday September 24 at 11am EST / 5pm CEST – to get all the Fashion Week action, “Like” the Official Versace Facebook page and visit the “SS2011 Live” tab. During the show, users can post comments and discuss the show with other Official Versace fans.
I was completely inspired by Jeremy Scott’s recent collection during NYFW. For a long time now I have been thinking in terms of trash, dark, or street inspired clothing not just because I think it’s an interesting concept, but because it puts a strong message out in terms of reusing materials and that fashion can be found in all places and forms.
A lot of things we consider trash are in fact completely reusable and sometimes add interest to an otherwise drab ensemble. I would much rather tell someone a story about a piece I’m wearing like, “Oh I made this from reusable materials”, rather than I bought it at Dries a few weeks ago. I think fashion can be found everywhere and I’m really glad Jeremy Scott put that out into the open.
I’ve noticed a lot of designers this year are taking their inspirations from very interesting places like sex, human flesh, trash, etc. And I’m loving every second of it. It makes me want to work even harder to finish my duct tape bustiers and garbage bag dresses. It’s SO time consuming. I can’t even begin to start it half of the time. So please by some unknown force of nature help me be like Jeremy Scott and just do it.
So why aren’t we married Jeremy Scott?
-Angelena (Hipster Scum)
I had heard such rave reviews by the Twenty8Twelve show that I knew I was bound to love it or at least like it, but I was wrong. The denim pieces didn’t thrill me and some of the other dresses left me with a blah feeling. I usually like a lot of the pieces designed by Sienna Miller and her sister, but I just couldn’t get into it. I think that if they were to stick with one cohesive idea, things would have been better. There was fringe,suede, leopard print, denim, colorful prints, stripes, and a few Chloesque pieces thrown in the mix. Too much was going on. Photos by Style.com
I love London Fashion Week because it is so very different from the other fashion weeks. It isn’t very commercial or overly frou-frou. It just seems like the designers in London are more experimental. Maybe they are having more fun? I don’t know what it is, but I do find London fashion to be more fun, daring, and exciting. How do you feel about London fashion? Look at these designers and give me your take on them. Do you know of some other designers? Let me know. Photos from Style.com.
Erdem is one of my favorite international brands. Erdem Moralioglu always seems to design fantastic clothes that I think don’t get enough coverage stateside. The prints and detailing on his dresses have officially blown my mind. I would love to go to one of his shows so I can see the garments up close and personal. They always look so beautiful.
Roksanda Ilincic’s collection reminded me of the 70s; which is on trend because the 70s are back. The flowing fabrics, wide leg pants, and turbans reminded me of the pictures I’ve studied from the disco era. It was a good solid collection. I would like to see more of her clothes in America as well.
Mary Katrantzou’s collection was full of graphic prints and shapes. I wonder why designers in America don’t experiment more with these kinds of prints. Her clothes always remind me of what it must be like in a graphic designers head. Her garments feature a trompe l’oeil efffect. See if you can spot the interiors on the clothes.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Tibi show (thanks to a friend) and the Isaac Mizrahi show (which I’ve wanted to attend since seeing Unzipped as a little girl). Both shows were amazing, and I am not just saying that because I was there. I really mean it. The clothes were beautiful and very spring like, and you guys know how I feel about collections being presented for the season that they are in. I was going to put up my finale runway videos, but my flip messed up the lighting. Photos from Style.com.
First up is Tibi. Amy Smilovic really knows what women that want to look nice, but not too fussy want to wear. The colors were black, khaki, tangerine, white, gold, mustard, and one purple piece that really fit in in the middle of the collection. Cute sundresses, cropped pants, and flowy dresses made me long for spring even though summer was ending. Everything about this collection, and the Isaac Mizrahi collection, just screamed femininity. The little spring coats were cute too. Perfect for spring!
Isaac Mizrahi was gorgeous of course. He always knows how to dress a woman in clothes that make statements, clothes that don’t overpower the wearer. You would have to be very gutsy to wear these prints, but with the way they are designed, you wouldn’t be competing with the dress for attention. The last floral printed dress look left me gasping. Two of the young ladies sitting next to me kept commenting on how great everything looked. It was just too spectacular for words.