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Month: January, 2011

PRE-FALL: Leather 2011


Labels: Versace, Giambattista Valli, DSquared2, Celine

Blame Celine or Givenchy, take your pick, but leather has taken a hold on the industry and refuses to let up. The number of little black leather skirts on the runway this season probably pushed record numbers. While the little skirts appeared most commonly in shorter versions, the leather came in other pieces as well, even a plunging v-necked, sleeveless top at The Row that’s deceptively casual.
The Celine pre-fall collection was one I was heavily anticipating. The reason being, Phoebe Philo has been pushing the trends for the past few seasons and from the Spring shows it was evident that there’s an undercurrent of something striving to be expressed that was different. For the Celine Pre-Fall 2011 collection Phoebe Philo moved the brand forward, showing that the clean color blocked minimalism isn’t the extent of the aesthetic. It was the patchworked denim and high necks that caught my attention the most though. The strong pieces of outerwear excited me as well and the collection does what any good Pre-Fall collection should, supply customers with a variety of commercial pieces as well as pique my interest for the Fall collection.
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FILM: Mimetic Desire

So I’m saddened to say I’m trying to get adequately acclamaited to my new workload. I mean I have the images pulled for pre-fall trend posts and I need to begin to address the Parisian men shows as well as some more couture shows but until then I bring you the latest fashion film entitled Mimetic Desire shot by Jason Last and artistically directed by Jaime Rubiano. The film features model fave Nicolas Ripoll in pieces from Dior Homme styled by Jenke-Ahmed Tailly. It has just enough art and fashion to pique my interest.

Oh and you may find some things switching around on the blog. I just want to warn you

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COUTURE: Dior Spring 2011

John Galliano
Label Dior Haute Couture
Collection: Spring 2011 for Paris Haute Couture

The couture shows have begun. While I didn’t cover Paris Menswear(I was waiting for video which sadly hasn’t surfaced for many shows) I have all intentions on covering some of the couture shows and what better way to start than with Grandfather Dior?
For Spring 2011(I had a slight mixup on which season we were in on Twitter), John Galliano seems to have hit his stride with the Dior Haute Couture collections. For this latest collection, he’s kept the same general silhouette, one that will fit beautifully on the new Miss Dior Cherie, Natalie Portman, in her pregnant state, while changing the color palette and experimenting with a few tweaks in materials and detailing. Opening the show with runway stomper Karlie Kloss, Galliano evokes a strong, but beautiful aesthetic for the brand including a few sheathes and even some full skirts. The show only has me anticipating the rest of the week.

Golden Globes 2011 Red Carpet


Top Row: Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone, Dianna Agron
Top Row Labels: Versace, Armani Prive Fall 2010 Couture, Custom Calvin Klein, J Mendel Pre Fall 2011
Second Row: Claire Danes, Nicole Kidman, Olivia Wilde, Tilda Swinton
Second Row Labels: Custom Calvin Klein, Prada, Marchesa, Jil Sander Spring 2011

I actually did it, I sat and actually watched the Red Carpet, albeit online. Was I wowed by the choices of the actresses on the Red Carpet of the Golden Globes, no, but I wasn’t disappointed. Green seemed to be the color of choice for the night. Valentino Red would probably come in with a close second. I’ve put a few of my favorite looks above the two standouts being Angelina Jolie in Versace and Anne Hathaway in the closing look for the Armani Prive Fall 2010 Couture show with Van Cleef and Arpels jewelry styled by the lovely Rachel Zoe. While Dianna Agron is sometimes chided for being a Carolina Herrera girl, for this red carpet she tried a different label but obtained the same look and for me, it works. The J Mendel Pre-Fall 2011 gown is another clean mature look to add to her image that she’s been so carefully cultivating.

VIDEO: Gareth Pugh for Pitti Immagine 2010

Gareth Pugh is no stranger to fashion film. For the past few seasons he has been doing projects with fashion film industry pioneers over at SHOWstudio and creating works that the industry, and myself, have come to love and respect. It is with these things in mind that we watch the latest 10 minute film from yet another Pugh and Hogben collaboration that showcases garments that were made specifically for the production that utilize something that we have seen little of from Pugh: color.
There were 6 pieces showcased in the film, and they comprise a “preview” for what’s to come in Paris, says Pugh himself. The colors that were chosen included gold and from what I can tell, a cerulean blue. The silhouettes in no way deviated from Pugh’s proven aesthetic and the last 3 minutes of the film(my favorite actually) seemed to actually spill over from his last film. As you may can tell from the images below, color didn’t cause the pieces to seem unlike Pugh’s other pieces, but instead in some cases, allowed the beauty to be shown even more.


Fashion Film
Label: Gareth Pugh
Director: Ruth Hogben
Event: Pitti Immagine #79



MODEL: Silviu Tolu


We start the new year off with our first Model Monday, Silviu Tolu. A name that’s heavily connected with the recent Guess campaigns, and thus a 60’s like Elvis inspired style, Silviu has not seen a sudden outpouring of work due to one particular event like some models, but instead seems to be gaining steam slowly, booking job after job, which in the long run may be better. Represented by agency favorite Red Model Management(NY), Silviu most recently appeared on FIASCO Magazine’s most recent issue, The Black and White Issue. With a piercing gaze Tolu is most definitely one of my picks for ones to watch for this upcoming year.

Name: Silviu Tolu

Agencies

Allure(Romania)
Red(NY)
Success(Paris)
d’management(Milan)
Storm(London)
Traffic(Barcelona)
Viva(Berlin)

MOOD: Color on the Rack

So this is the first time I’ve ever made a blog post like this but I felt like trying out something new. The board is sort of crude and very messy but I think it still does what I wanted it to. With everything going on in my life I can’t seem tot get this idea out of my head. These are some images I decided to use to exemplify my thought process. Maybe it’ll be inspirational to someone else, maybe I’ll never do a post like this again in my life… who knows?
Are you not feeling colour,Stefano?

Anna Wintour in The September Issue

LookBook Image
Label: LaRoque
Collection: Spring 2011

Runway Image
Label: Topshop Unique
Collection: Spring 2011

Runway Image
Label: Dior Couture
Collection: Fall 2010


Yuri Pleskun

INSPIRATION: Jay-Z on OWN

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Jay-Z Special
OWN Network

I’ve always been one to believe that success can be replicated. I think it can be studied, pertinent principles can be extracted and then reapplied in a variety of circumstances and one will again arrive at success. Because of that I frequently watch stories about or involving successful people. I’m not going to lie and say that I know everything about Oprah, because I don’t(I actually don’t think I’ve ever watched an entire episode of her show) but I will say that when I saw the video I jumped at the chance to watch her excel, once again, and even get into the head of another very successful person, Jay-Z.

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SPRING: Tom Ford Womenswear 2011

We waited, we waited, and we’ve waited some more. Some have fallen off along the way but there are a select group of us that have held on, striving for the end result, struggling to satiate our hunger with the meager scraps left for us here and there, knowing that nothing could really replace what we were searching for but trying to satisfy our hunger anyhow. Well the main course has finally arrive and I present to you the complete imagelist, along with a short video of the Tom Ford Womenswear Spring 2011 collection. Welcome back Father Ford.

Since September I’ve been culling together every bit of information I could about the Tom Ford‘s return to Womenswear. I’ve scoured editorial after editorial, and read credit after credit to see pieces as soon as possible. The result was, besides editorials that were done specifically featuring the collection, a cumberbund here and there. The hard work and dedication did allow me to see what probably amounts to half the collection though before it debuted on TomFord.com. The amount of secrecy, exclusivity and ceremony that surrounded the production probably caused 70 percent of the excitement. Well that, and the fact that while this is Mr. Ford’s return to Womenswear, it will be his last womenswear showing(all future collections will be seen by appointment only).

The pieces that Mr. Ford showed cause many to pause. While his return was touted as him picking up from where he left off, and the production seemed similar, it seemed that many of his audience expected that his design aesthetic wouldn’t be. The Spring collection seemed very Fordian to me: a strong connection to his work at YSL, and traces of what he did at Gucci. Each piece contains a permenancy that is more often than not, absent from the pieces that go down many runways today.

If you’re wondering who all will be wearing Tom Ford Spring 2011 on the red carpet for the Oscars, well it will come down to one name. Mr. Ford said that in attempt to step out of the entire “step and repeat” game, and give his clients the exclusivity they need, want, and deserve, after the nominees are named he will choose one woman, and one woman only. He will approach this woman and offer to dress her for the awards. Let the competition begin.