Joe Zee goes bold with the styling of the Elle December 2010 cover by dressing Jessica Alba in resort pieces. Pulling from Dior(jacket and denim shorts), Bulgari(saphire necklace), Miu Miu(leather belt), and Tony Duquette(cabochon bracelet) for the non subscriber’s cover, he runs the risk of being labeled as anachronistic by the masses. For the subscriber’s cover he runs the same risk by dressing Alba in Miu Miu(satin top) and Sequin(glass pearl stretch bracelets). While I’m almost positive that the cover was an attempt to find the right month to show Resort collections on magazine covers, during the seasons they are intended to be worn, if the people over at The Fashion Spot are any indication, this isn’t the month.
If it would have been me, to be honest I would save resort for a November or even October cover. If not, and I had to shoot it in December, I would try to make it a multi cover issue, having the Resort cover sent to more tropical locales, or other places that I believe the cover would suit. I definitely respect Elle for the effort though.
Ruled by Mercury, Gemini-considered the smart and versatile planet-has a fashion editor’s eye
Back during fashion week at the last moment I managed to find out about Elle‘s Fashion’s Next. I immediately wrote it off as Elle‘s version of CFDA/Vogue Venture Fund, but caught the livestream no less. It’s not the same though as CFDA competitors seem alot more skilled and experienced while Fashion’s Next are mere students and still mainly see fashion as an art form. My judgements are quick and sometimes harsh so I was surprised when I found myself liking a few of the designers. As the show came to a close some of my favorites included David Yoo, Caroline Hust, Jessica Castellano and Christina Yi. It’s funny because it seems that Elle, Maybelline, and Kate Spade agreed with me as my top three favorites all won prizes. Hopefully we’ll hear more from them, expecially David, but until then… I’ll keep up with the likes of Loden Dager.
So editorially, Elle has never, in my opinion been the strongest magazine I subscribe to, but they do give me nice editorials. I’ve always felt that the magazine is great when it comes to accessories and it just so happens that my favorite editorial, Power Play, features them. Shot by Horst Diekgerdes, Lakshmi Menon thrills me in pieces from teh likes of Cartier, Balmain, David Webb, Givenchy, Chopard, and David Yurman. Brian Molloy layers these pieces over simplistic tops and creates a sultry editorial that happens to be what I believe is the best out of the bunch.
Marc Jacob’s Spring 2011 collection was flawless-modern, pragmatic, and wearable
–Andre Leon Talley
So this issue included small features on the CFDA Finalists and these would have to be my favorite two. As you all know Prabal Gurung(left)was no doubt one of my favorite shows of the Summer/Spring 2011 show season and it just so happens that I didn’t really pay attention to the menswear shows that happened during New York Fashion Week. Because of this Loden Dager(right) almost slipped through the cracks. Thankfully though, the brand did not and has in fact secured a place in my heart… now only if we can transfer that to my closet!
This editorial, shot by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by fashion editor Tonne Goodman, was my favorite of the issue. It was a tough decision, with Grace Coddington‘s two spreads putting up a good fight, but in the end, Sasha Pivovarova won out.
I’ve begun to realize that my coverage is spotty and incomplete. The norm here is, during Fashion Months I cover the shows. Normally I stick to mostly womenswear during the main shows, and then I do menswear for the menswear weeks. Then, throughout the year I normally cover alot of menswear editorials, and since I’ve been doing the Model Spotlight, it seems that I’m covering alot of male models. It’s kind of weird though because I got into fashion because of womenswear. It just so happens that within the last few years, menswear has made leaps and bounds, and I’ve found the developments interesting enough to cover them. The development of the male model, and the male editorial.. the now variety of aesthetics that the man has to choose from, were and are all of interest to me. The variation of the male silhouette is something, while not being majorly reworked, is being tweaked. There is so much farther to go though.
But in saying that, I do plan on making an effort to cover womenswear as well. I mean, I have so much to say about womenswear. While I can be found online discussing the experimentation of the Raf Simmons menswear collection, or greatness that is Lanvin menswear, when you see me on the street and I’m talking fashion, it’s more than likely about why Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of W, or what my opinion is on the latest editorials for Interview, Elle, and Vogue. We are talking about the romance in the pieces that Stefano Pilatti sent down the runway at the latest Yves Saint Laurent show, or the joy that was embedded into every piece in the oh so 70s collection that was Marc Jacobs.
So here’s to my ladies, and the lovers of the clothes they wear. I’m going to make an effort to make my opinion of womenswear stray further than just my Twitter page, and find it’s way up onto the blog.
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Photographer: Marley Kate
Magazine: Vanity Teen Issue 9
So, this will be the second time that I’m writing this blog post but hopefully I will not loose any enthusiasm in writing it. I mean, I still love Vanity Teen and this issue. Even though they strung us along forever with a few pictures here and a backstage video there,(ohkay maybe it wasn’t forever but you know how as an addict, days seem to stretch into weeks) I was pleased when they finally put out and gave us the issue. Full of rippling muscles, fun, and indie fashion, Vanity Teen #9 in no way deviates from their established brand. If any thing it just promotes it with models like Francisco Lachowski and Arthur Sales appearing through the lenses of photographers like Marley Kate and Joe Lally(De Facto).
After 4 delicious editorials featuring Vanity Teen’s signature dark yet relaxed editorial aesthetic, well of course excusing Francisco Lachowski’s fun, colorful, and fresh shoot, Vanity Teen brings us a feature on Romeo & Julian, a Germany based line that finds inspiration in Barcelona. Started by two men, the “boys fashion label” was created for “people who love fashion” and not just homosexuals, as some are led to believe. The line, which has been featured in Vangardist as well as on Small Town Boys, has been in production since the summer/spring 2007 showing season. They have 5 collections listed on their website: Same, Twin, Pure, Club, and Day. To me, the line is fun and refreshing. From the bright colors, to the cut of the pieces, it reads easy, breezy, youth. Check out their Facebook to learn more.
Paris Fashion Week Menswear spread(pg 78-79) in issue 9 of Vanity Teen.
After a pictorial centered around Arthur Sales and other models’ rippling abs, we arrive at a recap of some of the shows from Paris Menswear Fashion Week. Spotting drop crotch bottoms and Jesus sandals as must haves for summer/spring 2011, Vanity Teen quickly goes through the shoes that they had a chance to attend. The recap covers names like Juun J. as well as Damir Doma and says “It was a playful collection full of pears, florals, and plaids” of Walter Van Beirendock. They also attended one of my new favorites that I haven’t had a chance to cover yet, Songzio. Their commentary about that show is as follows: “[It was] a balanced collection, consisting of drapings and volumes resulting in an effortless yet fashionable look.” My sentiments exactly.
Manuel Bolano interview (pg 81-82) in issue 9 of Vanity Teen.
The issue pretty much closes with an interview with Manuel Bolano, the man behind the collection entitled “Why must everything be in pink?” Citing a combination of Lady Gaga, Helena Bonham Carter, and Eloisa Bercero as his muse, Manuel speaks of his inspiration as well as what he does in his leisure time. His evident is pretty evident in the collection but he speaks more to his background as well what may or may not be in his future.
View the issue here!