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.
Photo by Tommy Ton of Jak & Jill for 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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