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Alaïa, Alaïa, Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture

Azzedeine Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture

Azzedine Alaïa’s Fall 2011 Couture showing has been just as magical as I thought it would be. If you recall last week, I was patiently waiting to see Alaïa’s first fashion show in 8 years and show it here. When the photos finally came out, I was out in the street running errands. I felt like I had waited a century, but it was all worth it. The croc-stamped leather, knitwear the hugged the curves of the body, and the heavy felted wool. I died Rachel Zoe style at all of Azzedeine Alaïa Fall 2011 Couture’s sexy looks. Check out these pics from Style.com.

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Paris Fall 2011 Couture Week Part 2

Chanel Fall 2011 couture

Paris Fall 2011 Couture Week is still rolling along with a few shows yesterday by the big dogs. Chanel, Armani Prive, and Givenchy showed yesterday, and as you can imagine, they were out of sight. Chanel is usually hit or miss for me. There is only so much you can do with the Chanel aesthetic, but Karl Lagerfeld managed to make cool starry night, cosmos themed couture with light shoes too. Armani Prive was just ok to me. There were some definite knockout pieces, but the prints were a little much for me.  I love Asian inspired clothing, I just didn’t like how it was done here. Givenchy Couture was the best of the day. I think all future brides should look towards this mostly white collection for inspiration. Riccardo Tisci is a genius when it comes to bead work. I don’t know how he does it. Thoughts? What was your favorite piece or collection so far? Photos from Style.com.

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Missoni Is Coming To A Target Near You

MissoniThat great Italian label Missoni is coming to a Target near you on September 13th. This will be the biggest designer collaboration for the discount chain with over 400 pieces of clothing, housewear, and accessory items for sale. I, for one, cannot wait to see this collection. I mean who doesn’t want a little piece of Missoni at discount prices. What do you think about Missoni at Target? Are you excited? Photo from Style.com.

My Dreams Of Owning A PS1 Might Be Over

proenza schouler ps1
I love the PS ! bag by Proenza Schouler, but they are just so gosh darn expensive. Now they have a patent leather version that looks oh so devine. I love patent leather bags because you can wear them in the rain and not have to worry about them. These are the prices for the bag, Pochette ($895), Medium ($1595), and Large ($1995). Crazy! The purse will only be sold online at ProenzaSchouler.com
proenza schouler ps1
I am really in love with this bag. It is one of those bags that is classic, even though it is technically new to the It-Bag world. It looks kind of like an old school bag, and those bags never go out of style. I personally would mind having the bag in black, tan, maybe a green, or even a yellow. I feel like those are classic colors that go with everything. Now that the bag comes in patent leather, I want that bag too!
proenza schouler ps1
The Proenza Schouler boys shot a nice little video to go along with their bag. OK who am I kidding. I did not like that video at all. It was hmmmm…. honestly I don’t ever really get their vision for their fashion videos, but that is neither here nor there. What is here and there and everywhere is the fact that I love these bags, and I think they are really special. Bag photos are from the lovely Refinery 29.

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

Guest Post: Mikelle Street

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A male blogger’s perspective on Men Fashion Week.

My name is Mikelle Street, and I’m a “fashionisto.” I guess you could call it that. I blog, I style, I consult… I do alot, but today I’m here to talk about the menswear collections. You may be saying, the couture collections have shown, pre-fall collections will soon be out and fall campaigns are already hitting the stands, let’s go go go, but sometimes you just have to sit down and synthesize what fashion is bringing to us.

For a few collections now unless you had the emorexic or entirely ripped body, your body type was not in for menswear. I, sadly, don’t fit into any of those categories. At a size 30 in the waist, I’m not big in the least, but as a former dancer/soccer player, my legs do not resemble twigs. So, when the fad of skinny jeans hit, I sighed. And when shorts started to hit around mid thigh, I shook my head. Although since that time I have just learned to come to terms with my body, I find that the collections shown for menswear in 2011 have come to terms with it as well.

The first name that I wish to bring to your attention is Raf Simons. Raf is known for creating silhouettes for men when no one else really pays attention to them. This season he brings the elephant trunk leg to the forefront. With each leg hidden, one can rarely tell whether my legs resemble twigs or… elephant trunks. It gives a very professional yet fashion forward look to the male, while covering any insecurities. Of course the pants could just as well be worn by women. 🙂


Songzio is also a line that carried with it pieces that covered some parts and flaunted others. For example, some bottoms were very baggy around the thighs, but clung like tights at the calf. With calfs of a sprinter, I love these pieces. They show off what I’m confident about while hiding what I’m not so comfortable with. With a boxer like influence, many of their pieces may be baggy in places like the arms, while showing off the chest (this may not be as acceptable for women lol).



Whereas a lot collections did show; those lines when they emerge may be out of our price ranges. They will undoubtedly filter down to us. These are just a few things that I will definitely keep in mind while searching for pieces to add to my wardrobe. A good investment piece is one that I can use to flatter what I like, while hide what I do not.

Photos are from The Fashionisto and Style.com

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.

 

Fall/Winter 2010 Couture Season Is Here

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Fall 2010 Couture Fashion Week started the other day and show pics have started coming in. So far my favorite is Dior. I’m about to change my Twitter Background as we speak. Photos from Style.com.
Alexis Mabille’s collection featured tuxedos, bows, ruffles, and grand ball gowns. It was a very feminine collection. Even though I liked it,I was shocked by it. Every year he manages to do something different. I still don’t really know what his signature look is.

Armani Privé was not as impressive as I thought it would be. It was like he tried to take the whole greige/beige, camel is the new thing to wear trend and translate it to couture. I wasn’t impressed. There were some nice things in the collection, but I just couldn’t get into it. Also a few of the gowns were a bit ill-fitting on the models, and the hair was a mess.

Bouchra Jarrar was a new name to me. Her collection was just OK. I felt like it was missing something. It was very boxy, geometric, and full of shift dresses. I don’t know about this one either.

 

Chanel was Chanel, or so I thought. Once I looked through the pictures I fell in love the the huge silhouettes and beautiful coats. The color scheme of ruby reds, golds, blues, and creams looked so royal. I think this collection was fit for a queen. The hair and boots were not cute though. I could have done without those bits.

Dior was a floral masterpiece. I really couldn’t find anything wrong with it. Seriously. It was gorgeous. All of the dresses were based on flowers and the models’ hair was wrapped with plastic wrap like the kind you see on bouquets. The special hats were made by Stephen Jones. Love at first sight is possible.

For Givenchy, everything was covered in lace, fringe, and long hairy fur. Very interesting. It kind of reminded me of bits and pieces of Alexander McQueen’s collections. I’m not a fan of the white stocking with open toe shoe look. It was very somber, Adams Family scary, and interesting.

 

Resort 2011-Lanvin

This is the final Resort 2011 review.
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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Resort 2011-Cynthia Rowley

So I wrote about Chloe Sevingy for Opening Ceremony Resort 2011 way back into last week or so. After that, the other shows came out one by one and then they had the menswear shows in Milan over the weekend. I am slack. I know. Forgive me. I will post this week about the shows I liked the most.

 First up is Cynthia Rowley. The clothes were cute, fun, colorful, and quirky. I really liked how beautiful and feminine the clothes were. She always makes clothes fit for a lady. I need those blue strappy heels in my life. There was also a big use of shapes and textures in her clothes. That totally kept things interesting. Photos from Style.com.
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New York Fashion Week Begins On A Somber Note

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As you all know New York Fashion begun yesterday with the news of Alexander McQueen’s death.  I think everybody took his death pretty hard. He will be missed. Death and the Snowpocalypse could not stop NYFW. It still moved on at a slower and somber pace. Photos from Style.com.
Vena Cava was amazing. Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock showed what looked like a 1970s Studio 54 meets the wild west. I saw a lot of silk, Western inspired jewelry, and wool. The floppy hats and turtlenecks were a nice touch too. Question to the ladies, will you be sporting Vena Cava’s fall short and fishnet stocking look come fall? Cute yes, but practical? I guess it depends on the climate.
Shipley & Halmos was another awesome collection. Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos really know how to dress a modern woman. The alpaca sweaters and sweatshirts are not only practical for the fall, but they look nice too. The pants were slim fitting, and I even saw a pair of jeans. I wish they would of had a few more jean offerings so there would be a balance between jeans and dress pants. The best thing about the collection were the fur lined coats. Whoever buys them will be so warm next fall.
The thing I liked about Lyn Devon’s collection was that it was full of bright, playful basics that I am sure Audrey Hepburn would have loved to wear. Devon’s collection featured classic cropped and slim pants, cropped shirts, full skirts, playful patterns, and beautiful wool jackets. A perfect collection for the woman who doesn’t like her fashion fussy.
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