Gossip Girl Takes Paris

July 5, 2010 § Leave a comment


For those of us dreading the return of the fall months, we can take solace in the fact that Gossip Girl has some exciting tricks up its sleeves when it returns September 13th. Yup, you guessed it. Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, and Ed Westwick (Serena, Blair, and Chuck; respectively) have just begun shooting on location in Paris! And though the show left us this spring on a dark, dramatic note, it appears that things will be decidedly lighthearted when it returns (plus Jenny and Vanessa will be gone. Just sayin’). That is, if the clothing is any indicator. We’ll have to wait to see if that turns out to be true, but for now we have Blair & Serena’s American-in-Paris style to peruse.

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Today in Fashion Week:March 5th & 6th

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.

Lanvin

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.

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Today in Fashion Week:March 3rd & 4th

March 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

You can all breathe a sigh of relief. The Paris shows are upon us, and though I’m fashionably late in getting to them, I have finally been fashionably motivated to do so. I know I literally say this everyday, but we have a TON of shows to look at today. For your viewing pleasure:

Balenciaga


Nicolas Ghesquiere was in an experimental mood at Balenciaga this season–as if he ever isn’t. But there was something particularly playful and bold about the offering this time around. Perhaps it was the boxy silhouettes or the headline-splotched pieces (something that could never, ever work outside the context of a Balenciaga show), but the mood was certainly electric and jubilant. There seemed to be an utter disregard for the current standard of beauty. The shapes weren’t dowdy but rather mechanical and robotic in a way. Though they did defy the standard of bodycon, they didn’t seem prudish or directly responsive to it. The show was very much aesthetically connected to last season’s collection, but it was taken to another level. Basics, though incredibly hard to find, were given out-of-this-world dosages of avant garde pep. All in all, it was a thought provoking and immensely interesting show. « Read the rest of this entry »

Today in Fashion Week:October 7th

October 8, 2009 § Leave a comment

The fateful day has come at last. Though the season has seemed enormously short this season, this is it folks. We’ve got our last day of shows to get to, and then you’re free to salivate over your favorites and dig them up a year from now at a warehouse sale.

Louis Vuitton





















After last season’s fantastic collection, anything Marc Jacobs could have sent down the runway would have been a major disappointment. The joke’s on us, however, because that seems to be his intention judging by the sheer hilarity of today’s show. Yes, everyone, there were afros, with bows nonetheless. The clothes were in slightly better taste but not much of an improvement. Though I commend Jacobs for trying something new, there’s a reason no one’s gone here before. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

Today in Fashion Week:October 6th

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.

Chanel





















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 »

Today in Fashion Week:October 5th

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


























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 »

Today in Fashion Week: October 4th

October 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

Ok, so we’re one day behind. I guess punctuality is not my thing nowadays. However, I’m still hoping to get today’s post on time, so let’s get yesterday’s out of the way.

Karl Lagerfeld
























While Chanel becomes more and more dislodged from the modern scheme of fashion, Karl Lagerfeld manages to prove his relevance today with his namesake label. Particularly in the past few seasons, he has offered quite a sharp vision with the collection. This season was all black and white, but found its original footing with geometric shapes that only Lagerfeld could hope to achieve. At times, these shapes became a bit overwrought and unflattering, but the highlights of the show were enough to make it a success. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

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