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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.

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"I got the POWER!"

Collection: Chanel Couture

Season: Fall 2010/Winter 2011

Photo by: MykroMag

Power. To me, that’s what Karl Lagerfeld’s entire Fall 2010/Winter 2011 Chanel Couture show came down to. An exercise and showing of raw unbridled power. I’m not sure what tipped the show over to this point… maybe it was:
  • The oversized golden lion that was front and center, and dwarfed everything else.
  • The concept to send down 63 models… just because
  • Having each individual piece dripping with exquisite jewels and gems
  • Doing all of this while knowing that you are Uncle Lagerfeld, a legend in the industry and to some a godsend, so the criticisms, if they did come would come from people like writers at Marketing Weekly. That translates into unheeded criticisms of course.
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Model: Nora von Waldstatten
Styling: Simon Rasmussen
Photographer: Simon Procter
Wearing: Chanel Couture
Publication: Qvest #42
Song: “Power” by Kanye West feat. Jay-Z and Swizz Beats
When I first viewed the collection I saw excess, pure and simple. Why did Karl need 63 looks.. and then at that why those 63. Some of them don’t even look good. For example, one particular look seemed to be a dead slimy fish with droopy scales to me. Another one… to me it resembled electric eels and all of their… ugliness. Oh, and don’t let me start on the boots. I was just so disgusted… and for 63 looks, I became more and more disgusted. Well, time went by, and although I didn’t ever like that slimy fish dress, nor the electric eel look, the boots did grow on me…a little. And once the remix to Power came out, by Kanye West featuring Jay-Z and Swizz Beats, the entire collection just clicked for me. I went back and knew exactly what I wanted to write about it.
I couldn’t believe that I saw only this power and was disgusted by it. Certain brands are powerful and because of this, every once in a while they feel the need to flex that muscle. Plus, for a Parisian brand… I should have expected this. If New York fashion is about what’s new, what’s in, who’s making the new face, Paris is very much about the legacies in the industry and the fixtures. Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel CLEARLY are fixtures in the international fashion industry so calling them dusty just because their profits were down 11% would have to come from someone outside of the industry. Unless you’re Imran Amed, and you’re studying how these older brands will eventually fail because they refuse to adapt to changing times, if you’re in the fashion industry… Chanel to you is a pioneer. I mean, as one of the brands that assisted in making the deconstruction motif what it is today, Chanel is not a brand to scoff at.

Well in case you haven’t noticed, there is a definite change in the way that I will be blogging from now on. Because I combined both blogs I feel as if now is the time to go ahead and do this. My aim is still to provide informative content but I also will add my own personal spin…. I guess like most bloggers do. You really didn’t see my face much before but… well now you may. I actually used to not like taking pictures but now I have these spells where I enjoy it, but I’m also sometimes forcing myself… Oh and yes, I am holding American Vogue, the September Issue with Halle Berry on the cover. How can you talk about power without talking about the publication that just put out a 726 page TOME? You can’t!

See the entire Chanel Collection at the 803 Gallery.

COUTURE: Jean Paul Gaultier FW 2010/2011

Models: Karlie Kloss(Next), Jessica Stam(IMG), Emina Cunmulaj(Marilyn), Thana Kuhnen(Nathalie)
Collection: Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 2010/2011 in Paris
So Jean Paul Gaultier was at the least… sultry! Whereas it wasn’t the overt couture designs that I had hoped for, it seems that everyone is currently scaling back so I decided to take what I could get. Looks like Jessica Stam’s brought an instant smile to my face. Maybe it was because of the color, I’m not sure but all I know is that on instant sight, my pearly whites were showing. Looks like Karlie Kloss’s, who opened, were strong, feminine, and still sexy. Of course there were those looks that may not have been exactly wearable outside of costume event besides for women like Lady Gaga and Daphne Guiness, others like Thana Kuhnen had the right dash of glamour, but laid back approach that I LOVE!

See the rest of the collection here.

COUTURE: Valentino F/W 2010/2011

Models: Ajak Deng, Sara Blomqvist(Viva), Jenny Sinkaberg(IMG) Jac(IMG)
Collection: Valentino FW 2010/2011 Couture in Paris
So, in an effort to cover shows quickly, we’re back at this condensed format. In case you don’t follow me on Twitter, I’ve been doing alot of things off the blog, so none of my various channels have been receiving any love. Also, if you’ve been following me you’ll see that I was confused about the couture shows and what season was showing, but now I’m back on. Let’s jump right into the Valentino show though. Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri put on a mediocre show for me as a whole. Some pieces individually, like Ajak Deng’s and Jac’s looks above, were pieces that were personal favorites, while others like Sara Blomqvist’s, were to me soooo Valentino. Subliminally I felt small reminders to Alexis Mabille collections of seasons past, like Jenny Sinkaberg’s, but on the whole I actually liked those pieces. Some of the more longer pieces though, especially pieces with skirting included seemed to fit a little awkwardly.

See the rest of the collection here.

COUTURE: Givenchy F/W 2010/2011

One thing is for sure over at Givenchy, Even though they may be scaling back the number of looks, and presenting it all in show fashion, they are in NO way skimping on couture!! Maybe everyone should stop doing shows if the result will be returning couture to what it should be rather than having what seems to be just a new week of ready to wear… but enough about the other collections, let’s talk about the glitz, the glamour… and the DRAMA of the Givenchy collection!
See the rest of the collection and coverage below the clip.

I LOVED Givenchy from F/W 2009 collection, and I love this collection as well. The color palette is very much, neutrals and I’m alright with that. Why, because the garments are BEAUTIFUL, and well black is only used for one look. Was I eerily reminded of the somber Alexander McQueen show from months ago, yes. But that’s just something that I’ll have to get through as time goes by. Every room with golden frames on the walls can’t take me back to that place.

All in all the collection was wonderful. Although at some points I was wondering if there was a Cher influence, I still got through it. I know this post doesn’t seem as invested as others do but there really isn’t much to say. The pieces were stunning, and I have to run to go finish preparations for a project that I should be bringing to you guys soon. Hopefully you’ll like it.


COUTURE: Bouchra Jarrar F/W 2010/2011

Look from the Bouchra Jarrar couture F/W 2011 collection shown in Paris.
Ohkay so I started this post yesterday, I uploaded all the pictures, but then I was supposed to go watch Public Enemy with my family, and i started watching that but I fell asleep :/ The second Bouchra Jarrar couture collection did show yesterday, and very much a contrast to the Dior show, it the color palette included alot of neutrals. To say that I was underwelmed would be an understatement. After seing Dior I wanted dramatics, I wanted color in my life, and sadly Bouchra Jarrar came of looking a little like a jazzed up Resort collection.

See the rest of the collection and coverage below the clip.

Look from the Bouchra Jarrar couture collection from F/W 2011 shown in Paris.

That being said, the pieces were gorgeous. The tailoring and styling were most definitely on point in the collection. Some of the pieces could easily be worn right off the runway as is, and right into town. Is that why I was underwelmed? more than likely yes. Couture should be an inspiration. It should be avante garde and it’s wear should be reserved for balls and only special red carpets and events, Cannes comes to mind! For those who can’t afford it, haute couture should stand as an inspiration for dress. They should be very artistic pieces that are the designers chance to show the art work that they actually can create. They shouldn’t be so… passe.
Look from Bouchra Jarrar couture collection F/W 2011 shown in Paris.
If this had just been, say a resort collection I would do nothing but rave about it. I would rave about the lines, rave about the collor palette. I would have nothing but good things to say about the entire styling of the show, how it’s very complimentary to each of the models’ skin tones, and how all in all it is a very classy, sophisticated line, put on in a very similar way. But alas, this is not the case.
Asia Bugajska closing for Bouchra Jarrar couture collection F/W 2011 shown in Paris.



Opened: Yulia Lobova(Major)

Closed: Asia Bugajska (Metropolitan)

COUTURE: Christian Dior F/W 2010/2011

Grandaddy Dior is FINALLY back! The last two collections were sooo ALIKE! They were so similar and I think I stated that. I was becoming very disenheartened with Grandaddy and John Galliano’s interpretation of his aesthetic. It seemed as if we were being given the same collection… just stuck back in the microwave. This collection, although it uses similar ingredients, DEFINITELY is new. Although the floral/gardener theme is still present, it is clear, that Galliano has again made Grandaddy relevant!

See the rest of our coverage and the collection below the clip
I felt so passionate about this collection that even though I couldn’t just copy and paste the pictures I was determined to have them. Because of that I had to go through and by hand, screenshot each picture and upload it. Think that I complained while looking at these garments? The horse theme that had previously been surrounded by florals is gone, and is now replaced by the garden. Each model was apart of this garden, most dresses, flowers. We’ll UNDOUBTEDLY see more than a few hitting the red carpets in the upcoming seasons.
It’s really sad that I saw those gloves and it was decided. Those gloves were… the decision making tool. Heck, I would go gardening if I was given those gloves. Okay maybe I wouldn’t, but I would walk around town and pretend that I did. And the dress below… HEAVEN SENT. Even Galliano, who walked out in a veiled boater looked stunning… It has been confirmed, whereas we may have thought Givenchy’s decision to change the way they did couture was signaling the end of things, this collection begs to differ.

S/S 2010: Christian Dior


I love Granddaddy Dior as much as the next person but i have to be completely honest. The show had a variety of themes, Galliano sited “The Gibson Girl”, an equestrian leaning, as well as Charles James. That being said… I don’t see much different from the last Dior show. Maybe it’s just the Dior aesthetic combined with the fact that Mr. Galliano again held the show at the line’s headquarters… oh and the fact that the last show was staged with a backdrop of 4,000 roses and this year it was 3,000. Maybe it’s also the fact that lace was a major player in both collections and… so was the opulence of jewelry… They were very different collections… if you take out all the things I just said 🙂 I still love you though Granddad

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Fall 2010: Josephus Thimister


“I feel very peaceful and excited to be returning to couture week,” says Josephus Thimister after his 8 year hiatus from the fashion world, and decade break from couture. You may not recognize his name but you undoubtedly know of his work: Balenciaga circa late 1990’s as well as Karl Lagerfeld before that. Hailing from the Antwerp Fashion School(which gives us so many good names) Thimister has decided to present his Fall collection during the Spring/Summer showing. The collection, which has been ready since October, got it’s slot after the slot was vacated by Christian Lacroix(we must pause for the greats…)

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The theme is kind of evident. you can sense the violence and yet you can see the ornate qualities of the garments. This goes hand in hand with the theme he stated, “Bloodshed & Opulence”. I’m a sucker for jackets as you should know(and tailored ones make me DIE), and red is definitely a color that pops. Combine this together with an earthy green, and a few select knitwear peices and you get a wonderful collection.

Now as for him showing a fall collection… I APPLAUD Mr. Thimister. Do you want to know why? Because back in the day when the schedules were made, the average person didn’t have access to pictures from the shows until they came out in magazines… a year later. Well nowadays, as you can see… we have access, minutes after the show ends. So why show a collection, and build up demand for it… and then watch that demand die over time?? It makes no since so Josephus Thimister gets an A from me for doing it this way… oh and you too Alexis.

Coco and Breezy with Eye Couture

So out of my past ten posts, I think in two of them I have championed spikes and studs as an upcoming trend. I’m looking more into this actually because I think it’s part of a bigger trend and I might find enough evidence to support it, but until then we’re sticking with the spikes and studs.

Well what I decided to do was because I was pushing it I thought I could spotlight some up and coming designers who used them in their designs. Who better than Coco and Breezy, to spotlight??

The 19-year old designers are beginning to make waves in the fashion industry with celebrities coming after their shades. They were thrust onto the national scene when Ashanti rocked their shades to the Hip Hop Honors, and since her, Kelly Osbourne has been repeatedly spotted in them and I hear that Rhianna and Amber Rose are supposedly next in line for a pair.

With a distinction much like Haus of Gaga and the more tamer, Mercura, “Gemela Amor”, which is the name of the line, provides anyone with just the right balance of couture and wearability that allows them to be worn on the streets, albeit by one of your fashionable friends known for taking risks. The twins have been gaining a line of credits that many would die to have, having been featured on the W Magazine website, and having stylists calling in attempts to pull the shades for various shoots.

When speaking with them, I asked whether or not they were going to go into clothing as well as their accessory line and the response I got was “[You] guys can EXPECT clothing, but [probably] not till the 3rd collection of GEMELA AMOR, but our NEW COLLECTION will be DEBUT in FEBUARY”. I for one, am going to be looking out for thm but until then i’m just waiting until I can get my hand on a pair of the unisex shades.

CHECK THEM OUT ON THERE BLOG HERE OR ORDER A PAIR AT THEIR WEBSITE HERE