Category Archives: Designers

Alexander McQueen: Evolution through Fashion

Some of the many amazing details at the Alexander McQueen show!

Some of the many amazing details at the Alexander McQueen show!

Alexander McQueen’s recent Paris Spring 2010 collection was the third in a series observing the relationship between humankind and earth.  In the latest installment of his fashion exploration, McQueen reduces humans to creatures of the sea.  He suggests that as the world continues in its downward spiral of global warming, pollution and human waste, the ice caps will eventually melt and humankind will be forced to adapt into underwater beings.

As always, McQueen’s collections represent fashion at its finest, balancing artifact with imagination.  And above all else, he gives unparalleled attention to detail.  From head to toe, the models are transformed into walking reptilian goddesses: hair braided into the shape of horns, faces polished in a silvery frost, and the garments covered in an elaborate construction of jeweled scales.  Even more, McQueen’s use of computer generated art in his garments gives fine credit to the pioneering advancements in fabric printing technologies.

Overall, I must admit the garments are a bit much in terms of wearability.. but it is Paris fashion week and designers are almost required to go to a certain level of extreme. With that being said, McQueen’s work still remains nothing short of amazing in pure craftsmanship.  I appreciate the cohesiveness of the collection and the incredible detail given to each ensemble.  I could only dream of what it would be like to experience such a show in person.  Ah-mazing.

As a last note, I cannot review McQueen’s Paris collection without giving credit to the models for their ability to walk the runway in these hoof-like shoes! ..Insane!

I don't know if my foot actually bends that way...

I don't know if my foot actually bends that way...

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Paris Fashion Week: John Galliano Spring/Summer 2010


A Master at Theatrics

A Master at Theatrics

He embraces every aspect of show business with dramatic runways, stagy lighting, and over the top makeup, and for that John Galliano is a master at theatrics.  Galliano is the example of the principle, ‘every little detail counts.’ 

Yesterday, Galliano topped it all with his Paris Fashion Week show as he presented his collection on a runway surrounded by levitating laser lit bubbles floating around the models.  The runway was a vision of burning red streaming light.  And the fashions were once again nothing less than incredible.  Layers of delicate lace and chiffon, dresses and lingerie-like camisoles, the collection reflected back to old Hollywood.

What I most adore about a John Galliano show is the way in which he combines individual standout garments into a collection of dramatic fashion.  He crosses into new territories through his styling, accessorizing, and expressive runway visions.  In truth, each separate Galliano garment deserves its own spotlight, but this designer knows that a real show succeeds when you can transport your audience into an entirely new world and environment simply through an imaginative runway and exquisite collection.  

 

this designer clearly understands the key to a dramatic runway

this designer clearly understands the key to a dramatic runway

Spotted: Anna Sui’s Gossip Girl inspired line for Target!

 

Blair, Serena, Vanessa, and Little Jenny Humphrey

Blair, Serena, Vanessa, and Little Jenny Humphrey

 

 

Creating fashion buzz first with Alexander Mcqueen, Target succeeded once again by releasing Anna Sui’s new line of Gossip Girl inspired woman’s wear clothing 

Representing each of the four main Gossip Girls, this line has something for every personality.  Blair’s Upper East side persona is captured through a more fine-tuned, prim and proper style; high neck lines, in your face bows, and full flavored fabrics.  Serena’s collection is a cool mix of polished and hip; mixing jean with velvet trim and sexifying a conventional party dress with a plunging neckline of metallic silver teeth.  The garments inspired by Vanessa blend mismatching prints with clashing colors to represent the boho chic style commonly associated with java drinking, poetry reading Brooklyn.  Finally, Jenny’s character is personified in rock and roll fashion, shameless and unabashed.  

Anna Sui’s collection of 19 outfits compete with all of the stylish looks seen in the high fashion designer boutiques yet these garments don’t break the bank! Dream come true?  You better believe it!  These dresses are irresistibly adorable and will add fun and flirty additions to anyone’s closet.  Keep in mind, the collection is only around up until October 17 so hurry up and get to your nearest Target before this amazing collection is gone for good! 

Fashion Inspired by Art

Every season there are always a few fashion designers  who look to art for inspiration.  See if you can find the parallels between these four designers and the painters and artists they found inspiration in for their own Spring 2010 collections.

Tracy Reese found inspiration in French painter Pierre Bonnard

Tracy Reese found inspiration in French painter Pierre Bonnard

London designer Duro Olowu incorporated the graphic style of Pablo Picasso into his collection

London designer Duro Olowu incorporated the graphic style of Pablo Picasso into his collection

Nicole Farhi looked to German Expressionist painter Emil Nolde for inspiration

Nicole Farhi looked to German Expressionist painter Emil Nolde for inspiration

Lela Rose took from the color schemes of painter and print artist Alex Katz

Lela Rose took from the color schemes of painter and print artist Alex Katz

Who said the Red Carpet had to bring the Red Dress?

Can you even distinguish the dress from the carpet???

Can you even distinguish the dress from the carpet???

What is it about red carpet events that brings out the need for a red dress??  It was like every celebrity at the 2009 Emmy Awards talked to the same stylist!  Truthfully, most of these gowns are so simple in cut and design that there is almost nothing helping distinguish them from the brilliance of the matching red floor.. and when the carpet is a competing factor in your designer wear gown, well, thats an problem.

Of these women, I have to pick Mila Kunis as the best red dress of the night.  Kunis steered away from the popular choice of scarlet and opted for a slightly darker shade of cranberry.   Her Monique Lhuillier gown had a fresh ballerina style silhouette with all of the layers of tulle.  Even more, the way the  skirt and bodice comes together with a simple band of black at the waist offers a wonderful nod to the beauty of the 50’s era gowns.  The choice of wearing the richer cranberry tone also complimented Kunis’s olive skin and dark brown hair in just the right way.  And finally, the way the the tulle skirt came right above her Ferragamo shoes gave a youthful feel to the entire look.

Mila Kunis wearing a Monique Lhuillier gown

Mila Kunis wearing a Monique Lhuillier gown

Emmy Awards: Best Dressed

Marchesa and Atelier Versace win this Red Carpet

Marchesa and Atelier Versace win this Red Carpet

I must say there was a definite lack of jaw-dropping, statement making gowns at last night’s Emmy Awards.  Usually at award shows you expect to see gowns so exquisitely beautiful you have to remember to catch your breath when watching the TV screen.  While there were a number of beautiful actresses present wearing top designer names, the ‘jaw dropping’ effect could only be credited to a select few.

Fortunately for us, these three actresses reminded us that yes we are in fact at an award show and therefore the fashion needs to be bold, over-the-top, drama! Mad Men’s January Jones look incredible in a white Atelier Versace gown.  The contrast of the geometric corseted bodice with the flowing sheer chiffon train was striking and perfectly showed off Jones’s curves.  In a similar shade of ivory white, Olivia Wilde, of House, pulled some strings with the Marchesa designers by wearing a dress straight off the Spring 2010 runway!  This dress hit every mark.  It paired asymmetry with the illusion of embroidered tulle wrapping around the body.  The intricate detail that went into this dress forced people to take a closer look and appreciate its true beauty.  And the way in which Wilde downplayed her hair along with her accessories was the perfect approach when wearing a dress like this.  Finally, Grey’s Anatomy Sandra Oh looked like her own statuesque Emmy award in yet another Marchesa gown.  Truthfully, Oh is always a top pick for me at award shows, but at the 2009 Emmy Awards, she did it once again wearing a body hugging, gold embellished dress complimented with a simple rope belt.

Ralph Lauren: Denim Couture

Denim Couture!

Denim Couture!


Ralph Lauren broke away from the elegance of fashion week and brought us back to a more familiar, more recognizable, and certainly more comfortable style with his Spring 2010 collection. He reminded us what is at the foundation of American fashion and of what all of us choose to wear on a daily basis, the jean pant.

It was nice to have a designer recognize that we are currently in a recession and to present a clean and basic collection stripped of all the frills and ornamentation usually found in Fashion Week. In respect to today’s economy, Ralph Lauren didn’t try anything pretentious or impractical. Inspired by the newsboy, the farmer, and the cowboy, Lauren was able to come up with a few fun twists on our everyday wardrobe staple, denim. Even his silk garments were presented in a faded blue silk to simulate the style of a perfectly worn in pair of jeans.

In the end, the collection was a group of familiar pieces that occupy many of our closets. Its been a long time since we’ve seen the jean overall come down the NYC Fashion Week runway. But its definitely a first seeing the jean overall directly incorporated into the final show gown of the collection!