Come on, fashion week. Hit me with your best shot.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Wow. Sorry about that title, as it is incredibly blase. "Tartan dreams." It sounds like body wash that smells like wallpaper from the 1960's and stale vanilla. Anyways, here is what I'm wearing:
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
This is a really blurry picture of my house during Christmas time.
First off, I hope everyone is having a wonderful break and has a great new year. Second off, you all need to go see the new Hobbit movie. Okay, let’s get down to business.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Ah, the sound of Holiday commercials in the distance. What a great assortment of things you can choose to give or receive! In a world where holiday shopping has reached its zenith (Black Friday has seen too many days), it seems as if everyone has built up a summit of stress about the holidays. Gift giving should not be this way. It should be enjoyable, like eating chocolate pie in front of roaring fire and a Netflix binge-watch.
Gifting should also be appropriate, so setting a price range (as I’ve done here) is key. So, without further ado, here is my gift to you: some gifts to give (or ask for!) this holiday season.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Happy 30th Birthday, Moschino! You can send teddy bear hats down the runway and I would be okay with it! Seriously, though. The Moschino show was jumping with excitement; the brand has earned its place in fashion hierarchy, and the show was so full of fun, sexy, 90’s esque clothes. Plus, the models walked down the runway in pairs. There was a juxtaposing theme of black and white and good and Goth, which was genuinely fun to look at. It was as if the Moschino team’s brightness and pride were seeping through the folds of fabric. Some of the models even smiled! It was awesome.
Welcome back, Sarah Burton (from maternity leave, that is)! With emphasis on reds, whites, and blacks, Burton’s innovative spring 2014 collection used silhouettes from the 90’s and African tribes, executed beautifully. There is a certain baroque style Burton always uses; it would be quiet shocking if a McQueen collection lacked beading, feathers, or embroidery. She also used Piet Mondrian, one of my favorite modern artists, as an inspiration; red and white square shaped prints were a large part of the collection. I love how Burton never restrains from the crazy spectacle that fashion can be. She lets her inspiration explode and creates provocative collections; her style cannot be tamed, and this is why I always love her clothes.
Nerdy comment: the white dress in the front of the line of models looks like a Dalek from Doctor Who. I really wanted to say that.
With pastel shades and avant-garde sportswear, the Balenciaga collection looked like an updated version of Balenciaga from 4 or 5 decades ago. Creative Director and prodigy Alexander Wang’s second collection played up the houses roots, while incorporating part of his aesthetic. The two collections Wang’s designed as Balenciaga’s creative brain have been minimalistic and polished; Wang’s own namesake line is completely different. What I love most about his Balenciaga takeover is that he respects the house- you never see a Balenciaga collection that looks like Alex Wang. This time, looks were updated with embellishments, origami hems, and really cool sandals. Unlike his premier collection for the house, Alexander Wang has taken risks this season. And boy, have they paid off.
Quilted, checkers, houndstooth, chains- a parade of looks, all products of Olivier Rousteing’s brain child that made for a fabulous Balmain show. What looked like sportswear at first morphed into a Parisian bombshell. Oversized varsity jackets were quilted and paired with pencil skirts, and an overall maxi skirt (I’m not joking) may have been my favorite part of the collection. Besides being utterly amazing at fashion design, Rousteing can make ‘things work’ in ways unimaginable to many. An embossed leather skirt with a ruffled hem sounds odd at first, but Rousteing makes it look chic. The styles he combines- proper, punk, baroque, casual- would appeal to women of many styles, which is perhaps why his Balmain girl is so successful.
PS: There were fabulously ornate backs on certain Balmain jackets.
I’m obsessed with Raf Simons so it’s fair to say that whatever he does, I will love. This time it was a lot of artistic prints, bright bags, and beautiful dresses. Simon’s creations are walking art. Shoes, bags, coats, venue, whatever- it would look good in a section of Saks or the Guggenheim. This was the first collection where Simons took the reins and didn’t use as many archival Dior silhouettes, and it came out looking really, really great. In the words of most fashion girls, Raf Simons is a genius.
Layers are good in many things: cake, characters in novels, and clothes. Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Fendi are layering experts: bright red and blue organza dresses were the highlight of their collection. Artfully constructed leather and really fabulous shoes were also a highlight. What’s odd about Karl Lagerfeld – besides his well-know eccentricity- is that whatever he creates, people seem to fawn over it. He is, as fashion puts it, ‘genius’, a title well earned by his creativity. He and Silvia Fendi always work well together, in my opinion, to create a collection resembling digital pop-art. Both deserve credit for the visually appealing, very innovative Fendi collection.
Do you ever see something in fashion that is so interesting that you long to wear it? A similar feeling occurred when looking at the Gianfranco Ferre show, with its big, sculptural belts and asymmetric draping. The metallic accessories were beautiful touches to the almost all black, gray, and white collection. Ferre’s ability to create sculptural pieces that can be worn day or night is a rare gift; for the modern woman, it is a blessing. I would love to have a Ferre hanging in my closet- it’s uniqueness makes a strong statement without saying too much.
Gods be praised; flat shoes are finally a fashion mainstream. There were many last season, but this season they’re the cake instead of the icing. Helmut Lang’s spring show included many comfortable looking burkenstock-esque sandals with straps across the toe (my favorites). The collection was relaxed- cigarette pants with slouch, fitted jackets that didn’t look fitted, shift dresses with patches and panels of color- could it be that fashion is retreating to comfort? I hope so. I’d wear Lang’s black and white printed combos and effortless looking creations any day. These clothes actually look like you could just throw them on any morning and look chic. Such are the effortless ways of Helmut. To discuss: the draped dresses and the gorgeous doctor bags.
J. W. Anderson
J. W. Anderson uses a number of innovative techniques, each causing you to wonder how on earth he got his ideas sewn and drafted into patterns. This is a good thing. Anderson’s collections are always very sculptural and completely memorable. Whether it’s T-shirts slashed on the sides or crop tops with origami-like folds, his collections always leave you with a certain impression about how fashion could be if it was purely sculptural. For this collection, he used intricate folding, sheer materials, beautiful gathering/draping, and geometry, which sounds like a lot of concepts but coincided nonetheless. If you are a memorable fashion designer like J.W. Anderson whose Topshop lines get completely sold out, you’ve probably hit gold. Or really comfortable, awesome looking versions of orthopedic sandals. I would be happy to wear both.
Besides one of the coolest venues at fashion week (besides Chanel), Kenzo’s collection burst with upbeat colors and resort-ready clothes. The blacks, whites , and blues fused together with colorful sandals and bright prints. Kenzo’s clothes are always effervescent and fun; what I particularly loved about this collection was that it looked like it was a joy to create. Creative Directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim had fun making those clothes. The woman wearing Kenzo, like the clothes themselves, is bright and beautiful.Louis Vuitton
Marc Jacobs has been at Vuitton for a remarkable 16 years- remarkable because he has brought an unsurpassed sense of creativity to the house. Marc Jacobs designs for a spectacle. He knows fashion can be reduced to basics or blown up into something extravagant, and Jacobs chooses the latter. His last show was dedicated to ‘The showgirl in all of us’. Models wore Avant Garde feather headdresses and walked between fountain and carousel. It seemed fit that the punk, 90’s vibe clothes were black and appliqued with beads and lace. As somber as the colors were, the garments were beautiful and sensual. Marc has made his exit as fantastic and possible, and left with a giant bang.
Ah, color! During a season that has been (selectively) black and white, it’s so nice to have digital, futuristic prints in blues, purples, and greens. The prints on Mary Katrantzou’s S/S 14 collection are always fun and startling, especially when they evoke emotions (last season were light blues in somber shades). This season’s prints were popping like a 1950’s comic book, or a Roy Lichtenstein painting. Dresses embellished with flowers and ruffled at the bodice are a perfect silhouette for spring, and reminded me of butterflies. Katrantzou’s collection was so happy, youthful, and fun, that it ALMOST made me forget that I had just done 4 hours of AP US History homework.
Feminism was brewing in Muiccia Prada’s spring show. She took public materials- murals of women- and placed them on fur coats and bustier dresses, paring the outfits with rubber high heeled Mary Jane’s. At first, it was chaotic, at a second glance, it was interesting and provocative. I’ve always admired Prada’s audacity; she is the woman who can put geisha shoes on the runway and make them coveted. The luxury sport looks mixed with bejeweled bustiers and fur coats stood opposite each other perfectly. I will never stop loving Prada for her creative ways, or the way she wants to promote feminism and strength among women. She expresses her opinion with eccentricity: walking art. Or fashion, if you like.
3.1 Phillip Lim
Phillip Lim’s collection was the perfect amount of weird. There was a lot of white- screw the blasé idea of none after labor day- and pastel shades that created an edgy, spring-like vibe. The sheer panels and flat but strappy sandals added subtle sex appeal. My favorite part of Lim’s collection were the prints that looked like those in my calculus textbook, re-interpreted in different colors, and then cast onto his garments. The grunge affect of the make up was a nice balance. Models looked like they had just stepped out of a shower that could somehow arrange wet hair in a messy yet stylized bun. Ah, if only that shower existed. Perhaps it could also produce 3.1 Phillip Lim looks for me, but I’d need about 3.1 x 104 dollars before I could afford them all.
Jack and Lazaro never let you down. Well, unless they drop hemlines, which was precisely what they did this season. Hems that reached the ankles (or just above them), glazed with black and white patterns- or simply black and white – made the majority of the collection. Is black and white ‘right’ for spring? When you combine the colors with interesting patterns and shapes, yes. What was most enticing about the collection was its ability to look grunge-y (long coats, black, deep necklines), mature (longer hems, solid colors, beautiful shapes), and also uptown NYC 20-something (clunky jewelry, shapeless trousers, sculptural yet flat bodices) at the same time. Even the ankle boots/sandals were visually appealing. Would I, age 16- expected to be inclined towards mini-skirts, tube tops, and tan lines - wear clothes from this collection? Yes, most definitely. Tube tops require no intellectual thought or planning; Proenza’s collection did.