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Month: December, 2010

PREFALL 2011: Red Carpet Hopefulls

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Labels: Monique Lhuillier, Ports 1961, Zac Posen, Reem Acra

Although I don’t follow it much now, there was a point in time at which I loved the red carpet season. In the past few seasons though, it seems as if the starlets are going safer and their choices are becoming more and more bland. Recently though, I’ve been seeing some images that excite me about the possibilities, not only that the designers are putting out but also that the starlets seem to be wearing. Because of this I’ve decided to feature a few looks that I particularly adore from the recent Pre-Fall collections that continue to roll in. I will have to find a way to adequately cover the international Pre-Fall collections though as the bulk of those have yet to arrive and are sitting on the other side of the new year to attack.

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Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2011

Monique Lhuillier is obviously no stranger to beauty. Every collection that she sends down a runway or presents always has atleast a few red carpet gems that even in a time of red carpet restraint see the light of day. Her collection for Pre-Fall 2011 is no different. With gowns that are silhouette driven, Monique makes evident that her gowns are for real women. While I don’t mean real in the “everyday” sense, I do mean real in the, authentic, curvy woman type of way. To be honest, I was never one to pay attention to particularly which person wore which gown on the red carpet(only paying attention to which gowns were worn) If I had to throw a dart at the board I’d say Kim Kardashian would find herself at home in one of these pieces.

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Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2011

Reem Acra is yet another go-to for the red carpet dressing the likes of Beyonce Knowles. With a collection that mixes a bit of old Hollywood glamour with what I can only quantify as an Egyptian ethnicity, the collection spans from metallic mini’s to heavily draped gowns. Reem Acra clearly knows hows to please the red carpet crowd and I think we’ll be seeing Halle Berry and Beyonce Knowles donning pieces from this collection before long.


FIXATE: Andrej Pejic

Model: Andrej Pejic
Season: Spring 2011(London)

Agency: Storm

Andrej Pejic‘s feminine features are nothing to scoff at. While he may have been the male model known as “that blonde girl” during the Spring 2011 shows, I’m pretty sure that the laughs stopped once he shot for Vogue Italia, Vogue Turkey, and Vogue Paris. I started this post sometime last week, knowing that it was time to bring a model I’ve been following since I noticed his straight platinum blonde hair on the Raf Simons runway. Little did I know, the day that I was set to post, word would come out that in addition to the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2011 campaign(which also stars Karolina Kurkova), Andrej had booked the Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 campaign opposite Ginta Lapina. I’d say it’s been a pretty nice year so far for Andrej and I don’t think he’s quite done with this industry yet. Oh and did I mention he recently debuted on the MDC top 40 Male Model list?

Name: Andrej Pejic
DOB: 08/28/1991

New Madison(Paris)
Storm Models(London)
Chadwich Models(Melbourne)
I LOVE(Milan)


Song: Devil Horns To All

Artist: D Why

Song Originally by Wiz Khalifa
My musical tastes are eclectic and yet distinct. If you’re going to try to just rap about what you have, what you own… then either own something or know the labels. If you’re from the burbs, don’t lie and say you’re from Southside Jamaica Queens, state where you’re from and keep it moving. So an artist like D Why is surprisingly right up my alley. With a style that in no way denies where he’s from and surely makes evident his talent at label dropping in a way that’s in no way awkward or forced, the artist occupies his share of slots on my iTunes (8 to be exact). His latest freestyle, to Wiz Khalifa‘s Black and Yellow entitled Devil Horns to All, in no way deviates from this proven formula and has already been put on repeat. While I play that a few more times my own self, why don’t you get into some of his previous work.

Song: Wasted(Freestyle)

Artist: D Why
Song Originally by Gucci Mane

Song: Runway Remix

Artist: D Why
Originally by Kanye West

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PREFALL 2011: Fur

Models(from left): Ksenia Kahnovich, Tara Gil, Julia Saner, Lisanne de Jong
Labels(from left): Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, J Mendel

So pre-fall is a weird season. I mean it is a working season, this is true so many brands make alot of money off of it, but it’s very peculiar. Why, because the name doesn’t really tell you what it’s for. Spring collections are for Spring, Fall collections are for fall. Resort/Cruise collections are for more tropical locales… like resorts and cruises. Maybe I’m wrong but in the 4 seasons I learned in school there was no pre-fall. Because of this, designers treat the season in different ways, and while some show bikinis, others show heavier pieces… like furs.

Carolina Herrera to me always makes beautiful pieces. That’s really the only way I can describe them, as beautiful. The hats from Spring 2011 sent me into convulsions, in only the best of ways of course. While this collection didn’t quite do the same, it has grown on me a since first seeing it, the more voluminous pieces working down my resistance quicker than the rest.

The Oscar de la Renta collection on the other hand, which I was able to catch the livestream of, really was something that I instantly liked. From the first look, which featured the top backwards on the model, all the way through to what I can only describe as the Indian Princess ball gowns, including every bow, and evening jumpsuit in between, I was practically in lust. It may be a bit weird, but I found myself almost frothing at the simplistic luxury found in the look featured above.

Donna Karan showed two collections during her Pre-Fall collection: the first being a new collection entitled “The Casual” and the second being her main Donna Karan collection. Based on her 7 basic pieces, Donna Karan managed to bring something a bit new to her customer, something that I can only explain as… casual. The layering, the furs, the color palette, everything pointed towards this motif and I’d be a liar if I said that I wasn’t a fan.

I have saved what may have been the best collection in my opinion till last(although not purposefully). The J Mendel collection spoke red carpet moments to me. Continuing with the silhouette mapped out in the Spring collection, Gilles Mendel presents us with a Romanesque architectural collection with an emphasis on draping(I hope that came out right). The furs… the furs… what can I say about the furs? There is nothing to say to adequately describe the beauty embedded within them, and at the same time there’s so much to say about how the inherent masculinity of them contradicts with the femininity in the gowns. Again I can only say… red carpet moments.

FIXATE: Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson is a model that is more than likely about to explode with name recognition. This morning at about 1 AM the above preview of the Givenchy Spring 2011 campaign appeared on WWD and of course was instantly posted to The Fashion Spot. It has been systematically blogged, reblogged, tweeted, and Tumbl‘d, by bloggers around the world. While Daphne Groeneveld may have been the topic of discussion for a while(because of her Vogue Paris cover with Tom Ford and opening for Calvin Klein) I think that it will be, albino model Stephen Thompson from Major NY that will have the bloggers pounding away this season.

Normally Model Mondays are pretty orderly, runway work here, campaigns there, with some editorial on the side. Well Stephen Thompson was only signed to Major Models in November(Jason from Soul is probably regretting not taking him at this moment) and really hasn’t done much since then. This translates into a thread on TFS that was only started this morning, and images with no credits. While I can say that Stephen used to be signed to Ugly Models in NY, this actually isn’t a joke, there was a spot on MSNBC about it, there’s really not much else to tell you guys. Because of this I’ve grabbed all the images I could find and I’m posting them for you to pore over. Continue to check back though because as time goes by I’ll be refining and organizing.

Givenchy Spring 2011


Lx Magazine(Lost Boys)
Dis Magazine(In a Pinch)

PREFALL 2011: The Drape

Models(from left): Yulia Terentieva, unknown, Katie Fogarty, and Hanne Gaby Odiele
Labels(from left): Doo.Ri, Nicole Miller, Ports 1961, and Rag & Bone

I actually didn’t think that finding trends would be this difficult. I find myself going back from show to show observing and comparing, observing and comparing in ways that I never have before. Usually it’s very click, click, click, bam, I have it. Now I have to really look at the shows and find things that are not only going to be apparent to me but apparent to you as well and in an attempt to include as many shows as possible, I really have to be paying attention. But enough of that, let’s finally actually speak to this draping trend that seems to be happening.

Doo. Ri and Rag & Bone happen to be old time faves of mine, Doo. Ri happening to be more recent a fave than Rag & Bone. With the pre-fall collection Doo. Ri seems to stray a little from what she presented for the Spring in color, palette. She stays very true to her technical skill, creating garments that are seemingly molded onto Yulia’s body, as Ports 1961 did on Katie. Rag & Bone on the other hand gave Hanne Gaby Odiele a little more room to move in a sexy, draped cocktail dress that was arguably the most dressed up piece presented in their pre-fall collection. The collection seemed to evoke a Brooklyn girl, comfortable with long nights and late mornings. This contrasted greatly with the architectually dressed, artsy girl wearing Nicole Miller. With a wide legged pant and mostly dark wardrobe the muse seems to be a mix between Rad Hourani and Christopher Kane.

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PREFALL 2011: Black Suits

Models(from left): Julia Saner, Hyoni Kang, Jandra Dziaugyte, Juana BergaLabels: Jason Wu, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Elie Tahari, Jenni Kayne

It is in fact true, the season that we have come to know as Pre-Fall has begun. Well the season hasn’t begun, but show season has. While I have to make apologies for not being around that often I think the best thing to do in this case is to not harp on it and stride along, and into the business that we must attend to for today.

So I wasn’t sure how I wanted to cover Pre-Fall shows. As we approach a new year there of course will be some changes. I’ve decided to do it this way though, in more of a trendier type of way since preseason shows(or presentations which are more common) in general happen to be a bit more commercial than other shows.

As I flicked through the images from the shows, of which up to now have mainly been from New York(most shows from Paris and Milan will show at the end of January and the beginning of February) I continually saw one look with various takes: the black suit. What’s even more interesting is that I saw it with small punches of red(heels on Julia, gloves on Jandra, and hankerchief on Juana). The black suiting made me think back to the black army that Dolce and Gabbana sent down the runway for Fall 2010…

all I can say though ladies is, suit up.

SPRING: Jil Sander Womenswear 2011

Models: Yulia, Jac, Basia, Martha, Nimue
Label: Jil Sander
Collection: Spring/Summer 2011 Womenswear

You all know that the review never starts until you go under the clip so I’m not sure why you expect for me to lapse into it now. I have been feeling sort of bad though seeing as I’ve been lacking a little on posting but I’m just finding myself becoming very enraptured in the blogosphere again, particularly in the forums. I end up writing away there things that I should be writing here. I do still tweet though, regularly, and I find myself utilizing my Tumblr to sort of keep track of certain models and agencies. Also if I think things don’t warrant an entire post here, I’ll put them there. If you guys hold tight though we’ll get back into the swing of things. I do hope you’re enjoying the Model Mondays though. It is a bit of work on my part but I do love learning about agencies and the industry. With all that said though, let’s go ahead and get into the Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011 Womenswear collection.

Models: Hanna Samokhina
Photographer: The Sartorialist
Label: Jil Sander
Collection: Spring/Summer 2011 Womenswear

Watching the Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011 womenswear collection was like biting into a fresh juicy green apple after weeks of only fruit flavored gummies. Nice visual?? I’ve been working on it for a few seconds. That’s really the only way that I can explain it though. We’ve been seeing this minimalism but there’s an undercurrent with it. So many designers seem to want to move in different direction but feel as if at the end of the day we are still in an economic downturn and their garments should reflect that. This latest collection from Jil Sander seems to nod to the economic downturn while keeping it’s eyes on the optimistic future.
With a face bare except for a shock of pink(which was reflected in the soles of some of the heels), and hair pulled back into a bun, this collection seems to scream simplicity. While most were amazed by Raf’s concept to pair a simple t-shirt with the flare of an haute couture garment, I found myself staring at three layered jackets that seemed more streamlined than some sweaters. While I couldn’t help but notice pieces like the orange column(look 32) and pink cloud(look 34), I found myself drawn to a few of the more wearable looks(looks 22, 23, 24, 43, and 44). Even more than those the accessories, like the shades as well as bags were a hit to me.
The Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011 collection was organic to me. It was sublime and organic. From the bags to the soles of the heels I found that the beauty was in the collection’s “loud silence.” Even the color detailing on the backs of the jackets, which was more than likely a holdover from the menswear which should be posted soon, caused me to pause.

Accessories Shot
Photographer: The Sartorialist
Label: Jil Sander
Collection: Spring/Summer 2011 Womenswear

Model: Iris Egbers
Photographer: Sonny
Label: Jil Sander
Collection: Spring/Summer 2011 Womenswear

See the rest of the collection in the galleries.
Opened: Kasia Wrobel
Closed: Daria Strokous