Tag Archives: Spring Summer 11

Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney, Queen of sartorial precision

4 Oct

In my mind, Stella McCartney represents razor sharp tailoring. She just nails it right on the head and this collection was no exception. It was the monochromatic, tone on tone trend that has prevailed in PFW but executed in suave, elegant tailoring. Makes androgyny look attractive.

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Paris Fashion Week: John Galliano’s Phantom of the Opera

4 Oct

For John Galliano, it was theather at the runway show, and quite the theatre given its location in the grand Paris opera house, Opéra Comique . When you get over his extreme quirkiness, Mister Galliano is quite the artist-designer and he masters the art of creating a theatrical performance with each show. His muse this time around was Mari Lani, an aspiring French actress in the twenties who conned high profile artists (Matisse, Léger, di Chirico, Chagall, etc) into painting her portrait – with the promise that the paintings would be featured in her upcoming film. When the paintings were completed, she took them, sold all and took off to the US.

Each look from Galliano’s collection took inpsiration from her paintings, with dramatic make up, hats and hair pieces. It is a refreshing take to the runway show if you don’t get caught up with the practical. At this point, with so many shows done, it has to take some drama to keep the fash pack engaged. But having said that, he had pretty wearable pieces beneath all the drama, especially the jewelled dresses towards the end.

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Paris Fashion Week: Transmogrification of a shirt at Viktor & Rolf

2 Oct

Viktor & Rolf definitely know how to give a runway show. After seeing their ‘performance’ for Fall 2010, I’ve been waiting to see what they’ll come up with for Spring 2011. And they sure did not disappoint. By the way, right now, i’m wearing my ‘fashion as art’ cap.

The collection told a story about the transmogrification of  a shirt. It started out as a white dress shirt, became a shirt dress, became many other things and ended up as a mammoth wedding dress. I can’t help but from grin from ear to ear about this collection. It’s amazing, taking a basic dress shirt and stretching its concept beyond the imagination. I mean, who would have ever made a connection between a wedding dress and a dress shirt?  I love these guys, the fashion world needs the Viktor & Rolfs, John Gallianos, Gareth Pughs and Hussein Chalayans. They take fashion to a whole different level and give us the goose bumps.

As for wearability…hmmm…that final wedding dress won’t be bad for my costume themed wedding.

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Paris Fashion Week: Futuristic fashion at Gareth Pugh

30 Sep

Think fashion aboard this super stylish spacecraft or what the fashion forward ladies will be wearing in 3012 and you have the picture of this collection. True to his cyber space, sci-fi style, Gareth Pugh’s collection was chock full of space gear. Fashion forward, über chic space gear.

The absolutely genius twist was his ditching the catwalk and showing the collection in an i-max style movie.

You can check it out on the link http://showstudio.com/collection/gareth_pugh_paris_womenswear_s_s_11

The collection is another blissful reminder that fashion does not have to make sense, at least not in this century. We don’t have to be able to wear everything the creative mind of a designer crafts, after all, fashion is art. Take a peek at some of the pieces in the gorgeous collection.

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Paris Fashion Week: Viva Balmain the rocker chic pro

30 Sep

What better collection to kick off my Paris Fashion Week fantasy with if not Balmain? It goes without saying that I am a massive fan of this signature rocker chic label. And Christopher Decarnin delivered an excellent collection, taking inspiration from the American flag, with classic Balmain sequined jackets, leather pants and ripped, grungy t-shirts.

I especially love the infusion of red, and the American flag is pretty cool for inspiration. Difficult to pick faves, the entire collection was super but hey, for what it’s worth… 

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It’s a wrap Milan, but just one last look

29 Sep

Milan Fashion Week has swirled to an end with great great fashion to remember, and check out in stores and on the fashion scene. Right about now, all roads, train tracks and air spaces lead to Paris for another week of gorgeous fashion. Can’t wait to see what Paris Fashion Week has waiting. To say goodbye to Milan, i took a look again at some of my favourite pieces from the collections I didn’t blog about.

There was a purity about all that white lace at Dolce & Gabbana, inspired by a bride’s hope chest when she’s packing off to her new life.

Dolce & Gabbana was inspired by a bride's trosseau

It was animal motif in all shapes, colours, styles and textures at Blumarine. Makes you look at animal print in a whole new way.

Blumarine worked some wonders with animal print

It was eclectic, candy coloured pieces and smiling models at Moschino cheap and chic. Someone had to get the fash pack to relax i guess. I like that it was fun, a  true reflection of the season. Touched on the bright colours trend too.

Like the retro silhouette of this dress

Tribal Tribal Tribal at Missoni.  Couple with LAMB at NYFW and we just might have a micro trend here.

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Milan Fashion Week: Sharp tailoring at Dsquared

28 Sep

This is one collection that is right up my alley. Preppy, sharply tailored jackets, geek chic, absolutely elegant. Viva Dsquared!

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