January 31, 2011 § 1 Comment
(L to R: Hailee Steinfeld in Prada, Jennifer Lawrence in Oscar de la Renta)
Whatever its reputation may be, the Golden Globes’ red carpet has become crowded with more and more standard award-show looks in recent years. This year’s offering, other than Helena Bonham Carter’s Swan-dress-esque Vivienne Westwood dress topped off with mismatched shoes, was far more notable for Ricky Gervais’ mischievous turn as host than any of its all-around blah fashion. Last night’s SAG awards, however, had far more to offer. Perhaps because the focus is all on the actors at this soiree, there were several notable risks that paid off greatly. First, and perhaps best, was newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, who’s been lucky enough to not only be a preternaturally composed 14-year-old, but also be nominated for an Oscar for her very first movie role in True Grit. She surprised in a Prada look from the bold Spring 2011 ready-to-wear collection. To the Golden Globes, she wore a beautiful if less flashy Prabal Gurung dress. Props are in order to the girl’s stylist. She manages to look improbably cool and age-appropriate without succumbing to the Dakota Fanning or Abigail Breslin cutesy method.
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October 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
Just one more post to get through before I move on to today’s final shows. Let’s proceed!
Poor Sarah Burton went from being Alexander McQueen’s right hand woman to having the most difficult task possible in the fashion world dumped on her plate: preserving McQueen’s legacy in the wake of his death. In her first ready to wear collection as the newly-instated creative director, however, she showed she’s had some practice. Luckily, she’s been paying attention all these years, and she demonstrated extensive knowledge of the late designer’s techniques and signatures. The collection was gilded and heavenly, somewhat like the one Burton finished for McQueen last season. But it also wasn’t about museum-quality clothes or couture finishes, like that one was. Burton showed that she plans on exploring the wearable side of the line. The clothes lived up to the hype, and were a fitting starting point for the new chapter of the brand. But they were respectful clothes that mostly worked within the archives. McQueen was a constantly innovative and experimental designer, one who never showed the same thing twice. One hopes Burton will be more explorative as she settles into her new role. « Read the rest of this entry »
June 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
In the aftermath of Alexander McQueen’s suicide earlier this year, a flurry of questions arose. Chief among them, naturally, was the future of his label. It’s hard to imagine any individual ever coming close to his incredibly distinct and imaginative style, but the task was finally assigned to his longtime design partner Sarah Burton to a resounding sigh of relief. Hiring a bigger name from outside the company would seem inauthentic if not a bit offensive. No one can come close to McQueen himself, but Burton seemed like just about the next best thing. Her first outing for the label, not including her finishing of McQueen’s final posthumous collection, was last week’s menswear collection. Though it was an adequate offering, it left something to be desired; it lacked the characteristic charm and spark that’s come to be associated with the McQueen name. Luckily she had another chance just a week later, with her first Resort collection for the label. Though it’s a small and by no means groundbreaking collection, it serves as a nice homage to McQueen’s past work as well as a promising sneak peek into what can hopefully be expected from Burton come September’s Spring 2011 show. You can sense an understanding and appreciation of the label’s past, but there’s work to be done should it move past that. We’ll need to see nothing less than showstopping originality and innovation in her future efforts if we’re to hold the brand in such high standing. But Burton’s lucky in that she’s not fighting an uphill battle. There’s nothing that the industry wants to see more than a brilliant future for McQueen’s legacy, and that means supporting her as much as possible in her endeavors to ensure it.
February 11, 2010 § Leave a comment
The fashion world is reeling from this morning’s news that Alexander McQueen was found dead yesterday. In what feels like a neverending series of shocking deaths, McQueen’s may be the most heartbreaking for those familiar with his incredible talent. Even more devastating is how incredibly well received his last major collection was. His unique and always appreciated knack for design will be sincerely missed. His avant garde creations have garnered flocks of devotees, who will surely be mourning his untimely death over the next month of shows and beyond. The loss of McQueen’s contributions to the fashion world is almost unbearable to think about. He was a truly talented individual and a great source of hope for the future of fashion. It will be hard to continue to cover the ongoing festivities over the next month, but the show must go on. A look at his recent collections can be found by clicking « Read the rest of this entry »
October 7, 2009 § Leave a comment
You didn’t think I’d miss this, did you? It’s the second-to-last day of the last Fashion Week of Fashion Month and we’ve gotta power through the extremely relevant shows tonight. Let’s go, vamanos, etc.
Karl Lagerfeld claimed to be getting back to his roots with a barnyard themed collection, an inevitability given his new fondness for Vermont. The show had its chicer moments, but there’s something off. Maybe it has something to do with being American, but this reference is a bit hard to accept. All these drab affectations that we were meant to be believe were the epitome of tastelessness, these are the new hot things? No, in fact, the entire thing comes across as somewhat of a gimmick. Luckily Spring is the time for superficiality, but Karl better get real come Fall. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »
March 10, 2009 § Leave a comment
Can you believe it? It feels like the Fall 2009 shows just started getting good, and now we’re three days away from the end of the season. I guess I shouldn’t worry; Fashion Month has become almost a yearlong event what with the alternative seasons, but I can’t help but be a little sad. Hopefully the last three days will be filled with great shows.
The Chanel brand, and Karl Lagerfeld’s incarnation of it, may be the single most revered in the world. Women from all walks of life flock to the designs which make them look chic, classic, and modern all at the same time. It’s doubtful that there’s any designer out there who can pull off such important criteria whilst being innovative and experimental. But that’s just what Lagerfeld did today. It would be hard to argue that the current state of the economy hasn’t had a clear effect on the shows. Different designers have had different approaches, whether it be a focus on staples, an almost eerily bright neon motif to recall better times, or ubitiquous design to please every possible customer. Aside from the neon, Lagerfeld had all these elements and more in his Chanel show, but it could hardly be said that he fell back on the classic image of the brand. It’d be the easiest approach, Coco herself invented the LBD, the holy grail of staples, but one gets the sense that Lagerfeld isn’t looking for the easy way out. While he did do an almost entirely black and white lineup, with LBDs galore, he tried out new sillhouettes and techniques. There’s a noticeable variety in the shapes he did, most likely to have “something for everyone.” But with pleated, ruffly collars and cuffs, it was clear that all the pieces originated from the same idea. There’s no doubt that the magazines will go ballistic for the timeless glamour, a concept which will no doubt be even further integrated as our situation worsens, but I’m actually looking forward to it.
December 16, 2008 § Leave a comment
I’ve noticed in my monthly near-overdose of fashion magazines lately that ruffled shoes are seemingly everywhere. There was a truly gorgeous pair by Alexander McQueen in last month’s (December) Harper’s Bazaar, but I can’t seem to find them for the life of me. So for now we’ll just focus on the equally stunning ones from Christian Louboutin for 3.1 Phillip Lim. When all of those frantic recession-themed articles are running in the magazines telling people to focus on “the staples,” it’s important to know that someone out there is still offering up a little personality. If you find yourself shoe shopping from the spring collections, keep in mind that hope springs eternal and pick up a pair of these.
picture from style.com