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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.

RESORT: Derek Lam 2011

So, while looking for the next show package to post I noticed that Elite Milan was up. I immediately thought, how appropriate. I love Milan Menswear… and the show package is soccer themed so why not… I’ll tell you why not. The package was 228 pictures strong! Now while I think it’s amazing that 113 models from one agency alone will shortly be descending on the city of Milan… uploading their pictures 5 at a time… isn’t going to cut it. And so instead we are here with Derek Lam and his collection for Resort 2011. A nice quaint, 16 looks :).

See the rest of our coverage and the collection below the clip
Call me stuck up, call me whatever you like really, but there are certain things I adore in fashion and certain things I wish would just GET LOST! I mean Mr. Lam and I don’t have an ongoing relationship but looking at this collection I could TELL that if we did it would be a tumultuous one. I either LOVED a look or HATED it.
Pieces that I loved included reinterpreted basics, like the t-shirt above, and pieces that utilized draping, like the piece below. Mr. Lam, in my humble opinion, seems to thrive in those simplistic moments, while floundering helplessly in the more… ornate times. For example, the purple frock with the many ruffles… I’m not sure I can quite express my discontent with it. It’s too much, just too frivolous for my tastes and furthermore… FOR THE STATE THE ECONOMY IS NOW IN. You want to return to your staples, a return to minimalism… and I find that Mr. Lam flourishes when he does.

Models: Megan McNierny(IMG NY), Ksenia Kahnovich(IMG Paris)

LA Fashion Week: Dead or Alive?

So, as usual this post stems from my Google Reader!!!

I’m scrolling through and I finally arrive at a Fashion PR Blog PR Couture post. I read

Are we witnessing the demise of Fashion Week? (via WSJ) Los Angeles may be better known for wearing fashion than selling it, but the problem goes beyond L.A. There is a growing sense among designers and producers of fashion events that the time-honored system of selling fashion from runways is losing ground. Inspired by the recent PR […]

and immediately tweet about it!!

OMG!!!! LA fashion week sees it’s demise?http://online.wsj.com/artic… I die! No I blog

and then lapse into research mode. I see NICK VERREOS in a picture so I use that as a starting point. Dead End but still I want his input so I resign to leave comment on his blog. I then am left to my own resources.. GOOGLE OF COURSE!! I find a few articles and click click click, before devouring as much as I could find on the subject. What I found quelled my fears.

Apparently IMG, an organization that I will deem a fashion power house until proven otherwise, has pulled out of LA Fashion Week along with SMASHBOX STUDIOS. These two sponsors along with a few others pulling out means that the location that has been used for LA Fashion Week for the longest, SMASHBOX STUDIOS, is no longer a viable option. Also, because LA Fall/Winter fashion week occurs after all of the rest, most of the money that magazines, and other companies have to spend on shipping their teams around the world is spent by the time LA rolls around.

The shows aren’t a big with A-list celebrities either, even though they are in Hollywood’s BACK YARD!

Contrary to popular belief though, people are going to the shows!!! WSJ paints me a picture of models walking for empty seats. This though, is not the case. While the budgets are slimmer, the shows have become more creative, and are still well attended. Fashion Week in March was NOT CANCELLED according to ALISON NIEDER at APPARELNEWS.NET and the proof is in the schedule. While the shows are no longer centralized, they are still occuring and only require a little effort, which in my opinion is more LA style.

In New York you are blinded by flashing lights, and everyone pulling you to be at their event, spend your money here, well at least that’s my take on the situation. In my opinion, in LA you have all those things still there, but it’s more laid back wherein you have to go look for what you want. It’s there but you have to find it. New York is bunched together, and cluttered while LA is sprawling! As a matter of fact I think that LA Fashion week will benefit from this change because the shows will more than likely become more creative. They will be staged in various places that will help designers more thoroughly develop the mood. Also, I think that it’s going to give bloggers like me a better chance of getting in!!! Hahaha!

Bottom Line: LA Fashion Week is ALIVE!!! You just have to go look for it!!!!

Alexander McQueen

A procession of models in all back, followed by a newly renovated royal family feel describes Alexander McQueen’s 2008 Fall RTW runway show to a T. Starting the show off with Amanda Laine in a shoulder baring halter top, asymmetrical skirt, leggings, and boots all in black, the mood is immediately set. The models are done up in dark hair, a pale coat over their entire body, and a heavy brow, up until look 24 where our palette is revitalized with golds and fresh fabric. By look 29 we complete our transition into the royal family and we are presented with deep, rich colors, in thick fabric. Consisting mostly of tulle, the skirts are very full, yet short

The first image is Amanda Laine, in the first look of the show. The mood that McQueen has created for the show is severe and effective. Amanda seems to be evoking the tone with her prominent, and clenched jaw, and angry demeanor. Amanda is from Women Model Managagement. The second picture is Guinevere Van Seenus, the 18th look. I really do like this fitted knitted cashemere dress. I absolutely love the hood, but that’s probably because i am a hood person. The loose color, huge pocket, and skirt beneath to make the look have volume, and movement, only takes the already good design, and put it right on the edge of being over the top, making it a great look! Guinevere is from IMG Modeling. Siri Tollerød is the 29th look of the show. She is the beginning of the actual full fledged royal family feel. Head aloof, she doesn’t strike the same nerve as Amanda did, but commands the same attention. The dress is magnificent, just the right length, with just the right amount of movement. McQueen has taken old corpses, and brought them back to life. Vlada Roslyakova, also from Women Model Management, was the 32 look of the show. In this look, McQueen takes a not so simple dress, with a tulle skirt, and adds a royal blue jacket. Coupled with indian diamonds, and a model who’s nose is high enough that the front row can see her brain, McQueen makes sure to continue in his royal family theme. The last look of the show was, Alyona Osmanova, from Women Model Management. At first glance I am transported back to the movie, The Golden Age. It’s not the same color, but Alyona enovokes the same feeling, the same attitude. The vibrant red commands power, while the bejewled headdress commands attention. McQueen has surely surpassed all of his own, and other shows for this season.