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Month: February, 2011

The Tale of Orion

His name is Orion.
He is the cornerstone of my new look.

I traveled over the hills and through the alleys to a land called Devine Street in an attempt to meet Orion in real life after glimpsing a picture of him and his siblings on Shopping Savage. With the approval of a certain Duchess, I decided to walk about a mile each way in a thick v-neck and shoes that were definitely not made for walking because I thought Orion might be Just the Thing to start my new look.
When I tried him, he fit PERFECTLY! I actually tried him on in addition to one of his twins and their slimmer sibling, but in the end, it seemed Orion had chosen me as he wouldn’t loose my wrist. I walked out of the boutique with the knowledge this was probably the first of many purchases in a revamping of my image, but it was most certainly a step in the right direction.
Everyone welcome Orion to the family.
(silver piece all the way to the right)
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PRE-FALL: Calvin Klein Collection 2011


model Simona Andrejic
label
Calvin Klein Collection
season
Pre-Fall 2011

Francisco Costa has been pushing minimalism and clean silhouettes for seasons now, so it’s no surprise that he’s done so pre-fall 2011. With a long, almost curveless silhouette, the 19 pieces look to be a shell around the Calvin girl, clean, fresh faces. Using very minimal neutral tones, the pieces come off as iconic and timeless. Viewers are left with an impression, silhouette first, shade later. It sort of makes me think of nuns.
And of course what a more suitable time to look back at the pre-fall collection, seeing as the rumors about the exclusives for the Fall showing are beginning to make their rounds. We know with a special certainty that the exclusive slot at a Klein show (especially an exclusive open or close-just ask David Agbodji who bookended the show before his explosion onto the scene) is coveted in the industry by agent and model alike.

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PRE-FALL: 3.1 Phillip Lim


model Victoire Mac-Dauxerre
label 3.1 Phillip Lim
season Pre-Fall 2011

Phillip Lim is known for his effortless cool. More importantly 3.1 Phillip Lim is known for being affordably cool at the same time. Presenting a pre-fall 2011 collection that is the epitome of simplistic elegance and femininity, Lim progresses with his wildly successful business. 40 looks strong, the collection pushes forward a rich color palette of navy blues and cognac as well as the cremes, tans, browns, and grays that we’ve come to know Lim for. While the collection does feature a few season trends like draping, leather, and sheer, the voice is in no way lost.

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INTERVIEW: Lea T of Givenchy


Lea T is a story that needed to be told, and who better to tell it than Lea?

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PRE-FALL: Sheer 2011


Labels: Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Temperly London, Yves Saint Laurent

We again look to Givenchy when we begin to discuss the sheer trend that has been prominent in collections for a few seasons now. Last season the blogs buzzed about Abbey Lee Kershaw‘s street style when she wore a sheer skirt, but the trend been popping up on runways since at the least Spring 2010. Finding the right way to wear the trend is sometimes tricky though, and while some don’t have the legs to bare, designers have been particularly focusing on sheer tops for the season that can be covered with a nice jacket or slipped over another shirt.
Ricardo Tisci is another Miuccia Prada with pushing the fashion industry. You may have read about Givenchy in the past few seasons for a variety of reasons, mainly because of his models: Lea T(a transexual), Stephen Thompson(an albino), or the amount of diverse models on the runway for his Fall 2011 menswear showing. While some say he doesn’t purely for press sake, the fact of the matter is, he’s the only major label, or sometimes just the first, to do it. Because in this industry relevance is key, it doesn’t matter who actually does something first, but it’s who you remember and Tisci sure does have a way of making us all remember.

EVENT: First Thursdays-February 2011

Last night I made my way out to Main Street and attended the February 2011 edition of First Thursdays. While I did snap a few images and video clips with my phone, I also was able to snag a photographer from the newspaper for the article I did, and I may be able to get some better images from her(she took the video below).
Starting off at Gotham Bagel, the night was very interesting. At Gotham, the Next Door Drummers played tribal like music spurring some Tribe SK members to dance for us. In addition to them, a few others started dancing along with the hula-hoopers. Throughout the night, I felt a sort of celebratory mood. While the crowd was a tad older than me, I didn’t feel wholly uncomfortable. I look forward to the next and would like to thank Mark Plessinger of Frame of Mind for starting such an event.


From Mark Plessinger

My videos:

SPOTLIGHT: Tze Goh

Label: Tze Goh
Season: Fall 2010

Designing an all white collection is no simple feat. Beyond that, designing an all white Fall collection in an industry where relevancy is key, and presenting it as your graduate presentation at Central Saint Martins( a school that has graduated the likes of John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Phoebe Philo, Gareth Pugh, and the most recent winner of the BFC/Vogue Fund, Christopher Kane) could be considered downright daring. This is exactly what Tze Goh chose to do though, and has done so to great success.
Born in Singapore, Goh has studied fashion in Paris, New York, and London. It is not this that piques my interest though. His time in the military(which is where in his boredom he actually turned to fashion) and his study of Japanese architect Tadao Ando prove much more insightful to his designs, than any work at the sewing machine, or in class studying color theory.
Only about to show his 3rd collection, Tze Goh, has already made a name for himself. His designs are unique even in the last days of minimalism because of the sensual architectural shapes created with materials never seen before. Some of the fabrics contain foam, giving the individual pieces the appearance of being molded instead of sewn together.
For his next collection, set to show at London Fashion Week in addition to Paris Fashion Week, Goh says his inspiration includes “japanese simplicity, natural elements, and Porsche cars.” While I may not know what that’s going to morph into, I only have to glance at his past to keep myself fixated Tze Goh’s future.

Fall 2010


Spring 2011


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PRE-FALL: Floppy Hats 2011


Labels: Derek Lam, Gucci, Pucci, Sonia Rykiel
Season: Pre-Fall 2011

While this trend could really be expanded to full brimmed hats period(which also were a major trend for the Menswear Fall 2011 shows), floppy hats were certainly a trend on the Pre-Fall 2011 collections. Being from the south, means that floppy sun hats are nothing new to me, but since the Spring 2011 collections, where Prada and Marc Jacobs both showed wide full brimmed hats, it seems that designers have taken a renewed interest in the accessory.
The Pucci collection was was the epitome of feminine sex appeal. Peter Dundas, known for creating his sex appeal, has been working on revamping the Pucci label during his tenure there and there are most certainly more than a few winners in this colorful, stand out collection. His talent for making a woman’s body as beautiful as possible is clearly evident, as is his design longevity.
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SPRING: Prada Beijing 2011

Miccia Prada really has been outdoing herself for the past couple of seasons. With Prada and the diffusion label Miu Miu, there has seldom been a time since the brand hasn’t been circulating in the fashion blogosphere. Last month was the ad campaign(the video as well as the print ad) and the menswear show, and now we find ourselves looking at footage from the Spring 2011 show that she re staged in Beijing.
Not realizing the importance of China in the luxury market will probably prove fatal to brands. Miuccia shows that she recognizes the importance by pulling up stakes and holding an entire(although tweaked) show including menswear and womenswear in Beijing. While the sentiment of the show held constant, with the baroque motifs, there were tiny additions that interested me. Prints were done in different fabrics, and new pieces (like the man bags which look a tad similar to what just showed for Fall 2011) were shown. Stores will more than likely carry pieces similar to the ones shown in Beijing.

PRE-FALL: Pink 2011


Labels: Matthew Williamson, No. 21, Proenza Schouler, Valentino

If you ask me, there aren’t many ways to get more feminine than the color pink. For the Pre-Fall 2011 collections we saw alot of feminine tendencies as well as alot of pink. If you don’t believe me, why don’t you review which Oscar de la Renta gown that Jennifer Lawrence just wore on the red carpet of the 2011 SAG awards. If that doesn’t convince you, nor the four looks from above that I pulled(don’t worry we’re going to get into the Proenza boys in a sec hold your horses), I’m not sure what I can do to convince you.
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez do it for me every season with Proenza Schouler. I can’t lie, they just do! This season was no different. With a black boot(sometimes open toed) to accompany every look, the collection conveyed a sense of strength to me. The funny thing is, I’m normally not a print type of guy and yet every season I come back to them. I think they lace the collars with some type of highly addictive substance. It doesn’t matter though, hand me that black over sized blazer and I’ll take a deep whiff.
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