September 30, 2008 § Leave a comment
First things first, I’d like to commend Gossip Girl on their Fashion Week episode last night! There were a few nods to the fashion crowd that I noticed, so I was very pleased with what they did. Now, there are like a million shows today, so let’s get to that!
Balenciaga was so boldly different this season that I cannot express admiration or disgust. I have a feeling that as I inevitably adjust to seeing this everywhere I will learn to love it.
To see the rest, including Junya Watanabe and Comme Des Garçons, click
Junya Watanabe had an ethnic feel to it. You have to admire them for so boldly embracing the look they chose, but some of it just wasn’t working. The headpieces, however, were brilliant.
Issey Miyake was still stuck in sheer mode. Like I’ve said, I’m ready for a new trend already, but it was still a solid show.
I think Ann Demuelemeester is another one of my favorites this season. She played with ruffles and draping for some seriously covetable items.
Comme Des Garçons
Oh my god! Cotton candy wigs? I’m interpreting this as a county fair gone zombie.
Jean Paul Gaultier
The show opened with a series of ballerina-like leotards. They were minimal but I got them. What followed was a series of subdued looks that leave me with a little more worry. Do we really want to live in a world where the conservative person in the office is wearing JPG?
Veronique Branquinho is fantastic at what she does, and whatever that is is extremely agreeable to me. The suits alone make this another one of my favorites.
Loewe is in the process of reinvention under Stuart Vevers. This collection, shown on mannequins, is sure to help with brand identity. It was chic and approachable, but did not forget its Spanish roots, with ruffles shown throughout.
That’s it for today, but Karl Lagerfeld and Givenchy are only some of the highlights tomorrow.
September 29, 2008 § Leave a comment
Ok ok, I’ve been putting this off waaaaaaay too long!
This is what were going to make today!!! YAY!
If you can’t see, or just don’t get it, this is a jewelry hanger (I made it about 4 yrs ago…) I don’t know about you but I like to have all my jewelry displayed instead of just shoved into a box somewhere. It makes it a lot easier to pick stuff out in the morning, and you don’t have to worry about it getting all tangled.
So that being said, here’s how you make it! (don’t worry, its really easy)
– small scrap of wood
– wooden spools
– wood glue
– paint/decorations etc.
– a screw gun
– a stud finder (optional)
So first you want to take your spools and arrange them in a line (or not… just however you want). Glue these down with wood glue. If you don’t have wood glue, other glues will do (hot glue, Elmer’s glue) but this is the best when it comes to hanging heavier necklaces.
When the glue dries, you can decorate it however you want. I used acrylic paints, and finished a glitter spray paint, but you can use whatever you have.
The last step is the hardest… Securing it to the wall, since it involves the ever complicated screw gun! ahhh Ladies, if you’ve never used one before, find someone who has (boyfriend, dad, brother, neighbor, whoever) But basically you just find the stud in the wall, and screw it on in…
If you simply can’t manage a screw gun, you might be able to hang it with a picture hanger and wire. But this way will be kind of unstable. So keep that in mind…
Once its hung, just go ahead and arrange you necklaces/bracelets on it, and you’re good to go!
September 29, 2008 § Leave a comment
Bonjour! Today is a fashion week kinda day, judging by tonight’s episode of Gossip Girl, which will be prominently featuring Abigail Lorick’s Spring collection, as well as boasting cameos from Michael Kors, Nastia Liukin, and Tinsley Mortimer. Their filming was all over the news during NYFW, so let’s just try for authenticity, guys? Now that that’s out of the way, we can move on to the goings-on in Paris, where things are starting to heat up.
Dior is, well, Dior, so it can never be bad necessarily. There will always be those who worship the collection, and those who have criticisms. I don’t have criticisms, but I’m not exactly worshiping it either. The hair and makeup seemed like an ill-fated attempt to top YSL last season, and the clothes were, for the most part, bland.
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Despite those highly questionably lips, AF Vandevorst was a classic collection that speaks true to the idea of “staples” being preached in every article about dressing in recession. Simple takes on black blazers and white shirts were shown with cut-out leggings that actually make me consider them again. Also, their rose printed lace, unabashedly old lady, shows the other side of the trend of the moment.
From the first look I got a sort of Marilyn Monroe vibe that continued throughout. It had the classic Hollywood feel, but it was still so new, in the way that only Undercover can be.
Maison Martin Margiela
Amidst rumors that he’s hoping to break things off with fashion altogether, Maison Martin Margiela showed a collection that appeared to protest against clothing in general. From a fashion standpoint, there’s really nothing to judge, but visually it’s packed with the kind of brilliance only present in Margiela’s mind. Is this his way of transitioning into something artsier? Judging by the presentation, I hope so.
After going tribal last season, a somewhat subdued and all-around pretty chic collection was unexpected, but certainly not unwelcome. When designers can only rely on their quirkiness failure is bound to happen, so a show of skill is always a good thing. But don’t go thinking this wasn’t classic Westwood. There was still plenty of rock and roll cool to ogle.
Yohji Yamamoto’s signature topsy-turvy deconstructed style was reinvented with a sleek edge for Spring. This is probably my favorite collection of his I’ve ever seen.
That’s all for today, but tomorrow is a pretty huge day with Balenciaga and Commes Des Garcons just part of the lineup!
September 28, 2008 § Leave a comment
When I’m not preparing my comprehensive and genius coverage of fashion week, I like to partake in the great American pastime of TV. TV is having sort of a renaissance, with the lesser programs of the season (hello Do Not Disturb and Knight Rider) either canceled or extremely close to it. TV is arguably better than what’s showing in theaters these days, so I’m happy to be a viewer! I give you my thoughts on Ugly Betty and The Office, after you click
Ugly Betty is one of my favorites, so I waited for this with baited breath. After the predictable but most likely necessary solution to last season’s cliffhanger, Betty returned home from a cross country trip where she went to “find out who she was.” Cheesy, but the checklist that Betty came up with for a more successful year served as a good outline for the episode. 1.More responsibility at work. Betty returns to a revamped Mode (Marc and Amanda stole the show once again.) only to find that Daniel’s office is now a nursery, and he no longer works there. She travels downstairs to Player magazine, Daniel’s brainchild and the “third bestselling no-nudity men’s magazine in the country.” The new receptionist got a lot of laughs, but my reaction to this change of scenery was similar to Betty’s, not good. Luckily I have faith that the writers will find some way to get Betty back to where she rightfully belongs. 2.Her own apartment in the city. Betty, wonderfully naive, fell for the ways of a fast talking New York City real estate agent and ended up with the worst apartment ever. Luckily, her family pulled through and fixed up the place, and I have a feeling she’ll Betty-ize it enough. 3. No more romantic entanglements. Easy enough, until she meets Val Emmich’s character in her building. I think I like him better than Henry and Gio, mostly because he’s pretty much Betty’s polar opposite. Also of note:Lindsay Lohan began her role. I can’t tell whether it was amazing or awful, really. She didn’t have a lot of lines, but she was pretty funny at some parts! All in all, it’s a good role for her to restart her career with.
I have to say, this just may go down in history as the best episode ever! Fan favorites Jim and Pam are finally engaged, and of course it was in front of a gas station/rest stop. My favorite character, however, is Kelly, and this was a great episode for her! There was a company-wide weight loss competition, and of course she was all over it. She went for the lemonade diet, and looked a lot like death. Hands-down the funniest moment of the episode was when she fainted on the scale. I could go on and on about the goings on, but I think I…won’t. Just watch it!
September 27, 2008 § Leave a comment
Bonjour readers! First things first, Je suis désolé. I know I promised a post yesterday, but there were only two shows and I’m lazy, mmkay? But never fret, I will be covering the shows from yesterday today! So go grab a croissant and let’s get started!
Somewhere between Victorian and futuristic, Gareth Pugh reinforced his avant garde style with another collection that’s sure to be remembered.
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Kris Van Assche
Kris Van Assche went for that sleek, menswear inspired look. It’s still effective, sure, but after a few seasons I’m ready for something new.
Anne Valerie Hash
Anne Valerie Hash wasn’t bold in that color or fabric choice. She put her skills to the test with intricate draping that made for some pretty nice party dresses.
Christophe Decarnin did the smart thing and showed a sequel to his Fall collection. This means rock and roll edge with a super delicate fit. While some looks were still definitely strong, it wasn’t nearly as impressive as the last time. At some points it just got…tacky.
I’ve been waiting all season to be able to categorize a show as all black and white. This is the one!
Rick Owens was strikingly minimal, but the shapes were a little much. I can appreciate the off the beaten path approach, but there’s a fine line to looking ridiculous.
With delicate dresses over sheer tights, Nina Ricci had a graphic appeal that I can’t describe. I can definitely tell you that I like it, however.
That’s it for today, but come back tomorrow for Maison Martin Margiela, Dior, Vivienne Westwood, and more!
September 27, 2008 § Leave a comment
It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about our favorite shows hasn’t it?
While i am super excited to start on Heroes, i must restrain myself. Because Gossip Girl has taken off in a whole new direction. It’s getting back to basics with the drama, and our forecast for next week? With Dan out of the way, Serena and Blair will go at each other like old times. Overall, we love it. Although, with all this scandal, it does get to be a little much. Like the creators of the show are trying too hard to keep viewers attention.
We’re pretty divided when it comes to Privileged, the other new show on the CW. Joey likes it, saying that its funny, and much better than 90210 was. But I’m bored by it. Maybe it’s because the main character is just too much like myself, lol. (Come on, she even stole my name!!!)
The Heroes two hour season premiere i must say was superb!
Hiro and Ando have gotten themselves into another pickle (you gotta love them). A new character, with a new power has come into the picture. Yep, it seems the storyline CAN get more complicated after all.
Meanwhile, I think Mohinder had gotten tired of not making any progress what-so-ever with his thing, so he got a little compulsive when he finally figured out the… whatever it is that gives the people the powers. On the other hand, its going to be fun to see him in action!
So everyone get psyched for tomorrow night!!!
September 25, 2008 § Leave a comment
Oh mio! There’s a lot to get through today, so please be patient with poor old Joey!
I was pleasantly surprised by DSquared this season! It’s normally one of the shows I write off, but I got a very cool 70’s bond girl vibe from it.
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Max Mara went all minimalistic on us, with takes on the white shirt and gingham. It’s another one of the highlights this season. Exactly what a Spring show should be.
Those famously funky love them or hate them patterns took a turn for the geometric this season. It’s refreshing to see brands try something new.
Last season it was Erin Fetherston who tried to emulate Juliet Capulet, but I think it’s Luisa Beccaria who emulates her best. The classic, romantic, and girly look is timeless.
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce and Gabbana established themselves as the latest proponent of the pajama look with their latest collection. But these aren’t your comfy jammys. These are silk versions that wouldn’t look out of place strolling down Fifth Avenue.
Ah, Karl Lagerfeld. It’s difficult to critique your shows without knowing that you’re secretly reading every word in a private jet while an assistant serves you diet coke in a diamond encrusted goblet. But of course you deserve it, because you seem to be completely incapable of a bad collection. Who knows what will happen come Chanel time, but Fendi was good enough on its own.
Gianni Versace allegedly once said “I dress sluts,” regarding his sexed-up designs. Donatella is continuing the legacy, judging by the crocodile miniskirts, but this season her slut is looking for love. She adorned the clothes with elementary-style hearts, giving a sweet touch to the seductive style.
That’s it for today (and Milan), but come back on Saturday for the first day of Paris!