October 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
Take it all in, folks! It’s October. Smell the crisp air, hear the leaves fall, admire the subtle beauty of the foliage, and then get the HALE back here for today’s shows! The Paris collections have been disappointing so far, but there’s always hope for that to turn around. Maybe it’ll happen today?
Alber Elbaz has always been one for draping and loose fits, but apparently going with the grain wasn’t working for him this season. Instead, as most designers are rediscovering the joys of letting your clothes breathe, he found it more intriguing to go bodycon. At times there was a duality; a mixture of draped details over a skintight base, but the look was definitively sleek. Obviously Alber can’t do anything without adding his signature elegant touch, so his short and tight dresses never looked vulgar, but they also weren’t much fun. What’s made his vision of Lanvin so exciting has been the glamour and fantasy of it, encapsulated in a practical cocktail-wear shell. This season, nothing really took your breath away, unless you were trying to shove in to one of the tighter dresses. « Read the rest of this entry »
March 9, 2010 § Leave a comment
Hello all! This should hopefully, if everything goes according to plan, be the last mega-update before we get back to the daily, punctual posts. So let’s get through these shows, for the love of god.
In a season where pretty and feminine are again becoming buzzwords, Alber Elbaz didn’t seem to be on board. Perhaps it was just the ubiquitous black wigs that nearly obscured the models’ identities playing tricks on us, but there seemed to be a dark streak to the girl he designed for this season. The techniques he’s built a reputation on, like Grecian drapery and bias cut, were largely eschewed in favor of more masculine tailoring and more constrictive fits. No matter, because when a show’s good it’s good. His glitzier side of things this time around had tribal underpinnings, with dresses that focused more on intricate feather detailing than fit. All in all, it was his strongest effort in a few seasons, which is saying a lot. How is it that someone can always be so right? The world will never know.
January 11, 2010 § Leave a comment
Though the less rowdy of the fashion writing community attempt to avoid stereotype, there’s sometimes no choice but to resort to the old standby fierce. (This applies to anything coined or popularized by Tyra, when you think about it.) As much as I rack my overworked brain, I simply cannot find a better word to identify the Lanvin Pre-Fall show. Alber Elbaz’s relentlessly daring diva was taken to new lengths in the collection, and the results are something worth writing home for. Take, for instance, a fluid leopard jumpsuit with pajama-like tendencies. Seamlessly beautiful in the context of a staged presentation, but you’d better be lousy with je ne sais quoi if you plan on trying it out. That theme underlined the collection, that fragile perfection that takes a lot of audacity to pull off. Or, perhaps, there’s really no hope for anyone to achieve this look in person, if you subscribe to the theory of converging worlds of runway and reality. Either way, there’s nothing stopping you from celebrating Elbaz’s genius. I may only be speaking for myself, but here’s to a Fall show twice as bold!
October 3, 2009 § Leave a comment
Umm, hello. Whoopsy-daisy I’m late again. I uh, got run over by a bus? Let’s catch up.
Rather than bask in the glow of last season’s drastically different and fantastically pervasive collection, Nicolas Ghesquiere returned to what he knows best this Spring: futuristically-inclined streetwear. But it was no rehash. Rather than the more tired concepts he had been showing when he last worked under this theme, the look was quite forward this season. The fabrics had the modern edge he’s known for, the hooded vests will be ubiquitous in the magazine editorial world come next Spring, and the bodycon silhouette has never seemed so refined. Somehow Ghesquiere manages to repeat the same aesthetic without it becoming tiring. This season certainly keeps that tradition going. 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 7, 2009 § Leave a comment
Hello! It’s Friday, also known as the day to really get down and hit the clubs. You can’t keep me away from youth culture, I’m always on the pulse. Anyway, Paris Fashion Week is getting into a certain swing of its own, debuting relevant shows so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. Luckily, you have me to try to make some sense of it for you. You know, I spoil you…
Have you ever heard the expression that a designer could make a trash bag look fabulous? I think that accurately describes Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz. His intricate and mind-blowing construction manages to shine every season, but he never needs to fall back on that alone. This season was similar to his last Fall collection, but with nods at deconstruction. Perhaps it’s a reference to difficult times, but there was no sorrow to be found. It’s partly because, while trends can come and go, a masterfully designed and constructed dress will always be chic, no matter what. That’s where Lanvin comes in. It’s an always reliable label with staying power.
December 20, 2008 § Leave a comment
There are few things as withstanding as denim has proven to be. While trends may come and go, there always seems to be a place for the ubiquitous fabric. One thing that makes it so durable is that anyone can wear it. It comes in all colors, fits, prices, and styles. So when I found out that the truly fabulous (seriously, I’m gonna talk to Meg about an honoree award) Alber Elbaz of Lanvin was pairing up with Acne Denim for a collection of denim pieces, I knew the results would be stunning. With everything from trench coats & blazers to dresses & bows, chances are these pieces will be coveted for many more years to come. To see the rest of the looks, click « Read the rest of this entry »