October 5, 2010 § Leave a comment
Late, late, late! If I’m gonna finish on time tomorrow as the season wraps up, we’d better make this short.
Yves Saint Laurent
Stefano Pilati has had his fair share of ups and downs at Yves Saint Laurent, but he hit his stride this season with a collection that showcased impeccable design on simple garments. There were unconventional details and blasts from both Piliati’s and Saint Laurent’s pasts, and it all made for a pleasing and riveting line-up. « Read the rest of this entry »
October 6, 2009 § Leave a comment
We’re coming to a close on Paris Fashion Week, the last of the bunch. Today is the third-to-last day. And boy will that time fly by. So take some time to reflect, I know I sure have, before we start the post.
Stella McCartney was very much herself, with a sunny collection that was decidedly optimistic. The breezy tunics et cetera were Summery and relaxed, but things were a little sophomoric when McCartney veered from this course. It’s understandable that she wants to spread her wings a bit, but it’d be wise to stick to what she knows best. And she did, for the most part, so kudos. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »
May 5, 2009 § Leave a comment
Last night’s annual Costume Institute Gala (paying tribute to models as muses and chaired by Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss and Anna Wintour) drew some familiar names to its red carpet, although a number of classic muses were noticeably absent over a reported rift between model-favorite Azzedine Alaia and the exhibition’s curators. Bad blood aside, the stars came out and had their usual array of good and bad looks. See the best ones by clicking « Read the rest of this entry »
March 9, 2009 § Leave a comment
Well folks, we’re in what would be called “the final stretch” in a baseball game. How did I get from fashion to baseball? That’s a good question. But the point is the principles are the same. Designers are trying to get in their best “plays’ before the season, or stretch, ends. So maybe we’ve seen a lot, but we still haven’t seen it all. Shall we proceed?
Yves Saint Laurent
Stefano Pilati presented a very no frills, no nonsense collection of business-wear staples and leather goods. It’ll be startling for fans of his past two statement making shows, but I fondly remember his Spring 2007 show to this day and appreciate this season in a similar way. Perhaps the trade-off for approachable, smart clothing was a lack of grand statements and overall innovations, but that’s something I’m willing to accept. Pilati’s impeccable tailoring and understanding of clothing are strong enough to stand on their own, something which can be said about less and less of his peers as the years go by. So maybe this collection won’t earn him immediate hall of fame status, but you can’t deny that it will age well. Good clothing, no matter how toned-down, is good clothing. Surely these pieces could be implemented into any stylish woman’s wardrobe with ease, and when that woman looks fabulous it won’t be about how bold of a statement Pilati made any more.
January 27, 2009 § 1 Comment
With the low-key SGA awards, a lot of stars strayed away from the expected labels in favor of more fashion-friendly names. Among them: Prada (a high-profile but rarely red-carpet-worn brand) Jason Wu, and the old standard Azzedine Alaia. Sometimes the risks paid off (see my choices) but other times they fell flat. But only the best ones made it in to my list.
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December 14, 2008 § Leave a comment
I know you probably saw Giambattista Valli’s range of puffer jackets for Moncler months ago, but let’s take a moment to indulge my sheer admiration for Valli’s ability to create elegance (and for lack of a better word) out the wazoo. To stay warm, people are willing to wear the most ghastly creations if it means a little extra lining. The puffer jacket has been spoofed countless times for its ability to drown a person in its monstrous size. But as the Gamme Rouge collection teaches us, there’s always a better way. I’m not sure how much one of these babies will set you back, and to be perfectly honest I’m not sure I want to know. But for the sake of your fashion fantasies, to see my picks from the collection, click « Read the rest of this entry »