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Color for the Boys


Thomas Gibbons shot by Chris Petranis in GQ Russia

It’s always interesting to see the looks from the shows and then watch at how the various voices screaming for attention in the industry are interpreted to the masses by the various fashion editors and stylists. I could have told you when the shows were going on that for menswear it was going to be a colorful season. With heavy hitters like Prada, Raf Simons, and Calvin Klein all showing some type of color blocked collections for men, it was sort of a given. Sure enough, publications around the world turned out more than their share of color blocked stories featuring those candy colored striped sweaters that Miuccia sent down the runway and the bright trousers from Jil Sander. Here’s just a handful of images from those editorials as color makes it’s rounds on menswear.


Nicolas Ripoll shot by Takay in Velvet Magazine

Bastiaan Ninaber shot by Matteo Montanari in GQ Germany

Linus Gustin shot by Jason Kim for Essential Homme

Hadrien & Toon shot by Steve Beckouet for Blast Magazine

River Viiperi and Sebastian Sauve shot by Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca for GQ Style Russia

source | thefashionisto, thefashionspot, thefashionspot, thefashionisto, bananas, thefashionisto

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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.

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.

SPRING: Prada Womenswear 2011


Model: Jessica Stam
Photographer:
The Sartorialist
Label:
Prada
Collection: Spring/Summer 2011 Womenswear

Before I actually begin to discuss the hedonism that was the Prada Spring Summer 2011 Womenswear collection, I would like to get something off of my chest. Blogging womenswear is decidedly alot easier than menswear. Runway that is. Information and resources are light years ahead in womenswear compared to menswear. For example, to find out the casting list for this show, I only had to click through Style.com and I got the models name as well as a short GIF of them actually walking in the show. For menswear, I had to track down a list, which was alphabetized, and then in turn look up every model on said list(if I didn’t know them) to find who exactly they were. I mean, I have no problem with womenswear bloggers, and don’t completely consider myself a “menswear blogger” but I just wanted to make that point.

Now why don’t we get into some bananas, 20’s, color blocking, and good old fashion hedonistic behavior; in other words, the Prada Spring/Summer 2011 Womenswear collection.


Shala Monroque(Editor at Large for Pop Magazine)
Photographer:
Jak and Jil
Blouse and Skirt: Prada Spring/Summer 2011
Bracelet: Delfina Delettrez

Always the first one to rock peices from new Prada collections, days after Miuccia Prada showed the Prada Spring/Summer 2011 Womenswear collection in the same space she showed the Menswear collection a few months prior, Shala Monroque was spotted by Tommy Ton of Jak and Jil wearing pieces from the collection. The detailed shot of the blouse(Look 26 in the show worn by Hannah Noble) makes evident what the funky designs covering pieces of the collection are: monkeys. Of course and you can’t realistically do a collection featuring monkeys as the cherubs for your work without bananas, now can you? Miuccia even got in on it herself, taking her bow in a small pair of bright yellow banana earrings, which I sadly didn’t catch on any of the model’s ears.

Deciphering a Prada collection is always like attempting to figure out what your mom puts in your favorite dish. There’s just so many things that it could be, so many things that are blatant, but you always have the uncanny feeling that you’ve missed something. In the collection, the monkeys are evident, as are the bananas. Even the flapper-esque fit of some of the dresses, with the fringe adorning the hem is there for all to see, and hear apparently. But is that the depth of the 20’s influence? Only a little fringe, and the flapper fit? Or are those fur stoles supposed to remind us of the Jazz Age with a more modern, hedonistic twist? Are we to look to the stacked boaters and think of decades past and platforms forgotten? Oh and what about that darn sombrero? Although packing a punch in the color department, where exactly did that come from? The bananas maybe? Of course and all of that isn’t even touching on the question of who exactly closes a Spring/Summer show with a black dress?

Accessories Shot
Photographer: Sonny
Label: Prada
Collection: Spring/Summer Womenswear 2011

All in all, while the collection nods to the trends, including a little to minimalism, it’s fully hedonistic. That’s really the only word I can find to describe it. It seems that the Prada woman will have something to celebrate in the Spring/Summer of 2011 and it will include her tall heels no matter what Prada’s CEO, Patrizio Bertelli, has to say or thinks about it. And the only thing I have to say is… I’d have it no other way.

Backstage Shot
Models: Jourdan Dunn(left), and Melodie Monrose(right)
Photographer: Sonny
Label: Prada
Collection: Spring/Summer 2011

See the entire collection in the galleries.

Opened: Arizona Muse
Closed: Arizona Muse
Exclusive: Lynn Amelie Rage

Prada’s "First Spring" Menswear Film

First thing’s first, I don’t understand the video and I’m not sure I’m so supposed, to myself being a lowly blogger. That being said I wasn’t trying to understand the film until about 4 minutes into the 9 minute clip. That’s when I started to realize that not only were there people impeccably dressed and styled in a black and white video that made me feel that everything was sooo soft, but that it was in fact an actual video that probably had a plot-like feature to it in addition to the beautiful cinematography. Needless to say I never caught on to the plot-like feature.

See more of my opinion after the break

I’ve never been a fan of these films that designers have come to put out, never joined the cult that loves these “presentations.” Call me old school but I want to see my models walk the catwalk! I want to see them strut up an down the runway a few times and then I want to see someone like Grace Coddington make greatness and turn it into a still photo, centered around some idea that no one but she could create. That’s what I want my fashion experience to be.

Watching this film I realized that they have no combined the two. I get the movement from the runway(Well kinda… there aren’t any stomp walks but I see the garments in motion) and I still am allowed to see the detail because I’m getting an extended period of time to see this garment. The person is walking around, standing, motioning… floating for crying out loud! It’s Grace Coddington’s creation in motion!

“First Spring” envoked a feeling of softness, and for me a feeling of longing… longing for those mesh umbrellas, maybe a cardigan or two, and that white suitcase. (I’m a stickler for the small things sometimes I know I know!). I loved seeing the way the unfinished hems floated in the breeze and how the light played on the fabric(it was in black and white but hey I could still see it!). To be able to see how the clothes moved other than when just walking in a way that only a minority of people walk everyday, was a welcome surprise… I probably don’t need to say this but more than likely we’re going to be seeing a couple more films around these parts.

(Oh and don’t get me started on my love for Asian culture!! The sense of purpose… kimono sleeves!!! Rachel Zoe what did you say… oh yeah I DIE!)

See our coverage on the stills that compose the campaign here.

CAMPAIGN: Prada Spring 2010


The editorials for Spring 2010 have been utilizing the pieces from Prada’s collection ALOT, so I was of course awaiting Prada’s campaign. The mesh and unfinished summer suiting were an interesting way to go with the collection and I think this really was the best way to go with the campaign. Black and white really brings attention to the clothing, even though the color was already toned down in the show. Furthermore the campaign runs in the same vein as the inspiration for the show “black and white movies”.

See more of the campaign under the clip




See the editorial in it’s entirety here