Everyone from WWD to Grazia is reporting that Raf Simons is in talks with Dior. This seems odd. So many people have been reported to have been in talks with the company after Galliano got the boot. We’ve heard everyone from Ackermann, Tisci, to Elbaz, and of course, Marc Jacobs. This new pairing just doesn’t seem to fit. Don’t get me wrong, Raf’s designs are wonderful, but he’s first and foremost a menswear designer, and his work at Jil Sander doesn’t seem to mesh well with the Dior crowd, perhaps. Maybe we’re all used to John Galliano’s drama and excessive exuberance. I know Galliano’s designs have been said to be overdone and getting a little been there, done that, so why is it so hard to find a replacement?
Angela Lindvall in Andrew Gn Pre Fall 2011 and Karlie Kloss in Christian Dior were captured together at the Met Ball. While Lindvall looks forever youthful, we have to hand it to Kloss for bringing out her beauty and maturity. The cropped hair is also fresh.
Supermodel, Raquel Zimmermann, was ravishing in black, feathered Alexander McQueen with a McQueen clutch to match. If everyone stuck to the theme like Raquel, the night would have been that much more exciting and interesting.
Lily Donaldson wore a blue lace Erdem Spring 2011 dress and looked super chic. Many were worried about the gown, but she looked sexy with a touch of delicate beauty.
Last but not least on my model watch, Jessica Stam. I was surprised to see Jessica so prim and sweet in a dressed made for her by Tommy Hilfiger. She paired the saccharine tulle with a Chopard 50-carot diamond necklace. I found this unexpected for her, since she usually adorns herself in this street fashion, rock girl and it was definitely a lovely surprise.
*Doutzen, Natalia, and Gisele looked fabulous too, but everybody knows that already.
I love Natalie, don’t get me wrong, but I’d have to say Natalie isn’t so much a Dior girl. Lily and Maryna did it better. The commercial was just recently released and I’m not too excited about it. Miss Dior Cherie commercial was directed by Sofia Coppola once again, this time, just not as great.
Christian Dior Fall 2010 Haute Couture really has me excited. Galliano took the idea of florals and laid them out quite literally. Almost every model that strutted down the runway represented a different flower. My favorite comparisons are from Fashionista.com where they put the dresses side-by-side to the flowers they look like. Every gown, every piece are absolutely stunning.
Models such as Karlie, Stam, and Magda donned plastic wrap headpieces and raffia-tied waists had an array of colors straight from the garden on stunning fabrics from mohair to organza in various tedious techniques. Such whimsy. These are the pieces I’m dying to see worn on a red carpet. It would be an amazing sight for all.
In the fine, poetic words of Katy Perry that rival only Shakespeare: Fine, Fresh, Fierce
Flawless. Veteran Christy Turlington, Karen Elson, and Natalia Vodianova head up Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2010/11 campaign and it is absolutely stunning. I love the line more than I did beforehand: the soft palette, the feminine silhouettes, the twill and interesting fabrics, that leather skirt, etc. The whole LV line is very reminiscent of Dior’s “The New Look” and let’s not forget those bags. I often find the normal bags with the logo tacky and boring, but these are exquisite. Much better than last season, Marc, even though I would have loved Lara again, you couldn’t have picked a better cast or have had a more interesting line.
I get a text from Emma last week at work asking me what couture meant. She told me not to laugh in her face, so I gave her the simple definition. Haute couture literally means “high sewing” and in a more broader sense, “fashion”, yet it nerves me and the people who are actually involved in the higher industry for it to be defined anything but “high sewing” and the French connection it has.
In France, the term haute couture is protected by law. Those that are a part and follow the strict guidelines of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, can call themselves haute couture. You must be a member essentially to be named that. The first couturier being Charles Frederick Worth in the 19th Century. Bringing back my class of history of costume. The term is widely misused with prêt-à-porter lines, which is just french for ready-to-wear and other high-art fields. I rolled my eyes at the show titled “Jersey Couture”, because none of the clothes are couture clothes, just the fact that they may be custom or whatever. I hate broad definitions. Haute couture is the top of the top of the fashion industry and sets standards that slowly flow down. Standards include:
– Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
– Have an atelier in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.
– Each season (i.e., twice a year), present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear.
Of course, you must be a member, but I’m not sure how they go about doing so. Some of the official members/foreign are:
Anne Valérie Hash
Jean Paul Gaultier
Of course there are correspondent and foreign members, but these are the people that create it and are members. The concept is a part of history for Paris and fashion, exclusivity, and the highest form of the art.
The more you know…
Back in the 317 from the East Coast where I would rather be living, but hey, can’t change everything yet. I’ve missed the Bottega Veneta and Christian Dior Resort shows while traveling DC up to Maine through New York again and countless magazine covers that I’ve been dying to see. Didn’t actually spot it, but I guess Legs McGee is on the cover of Vogue. While she is looking stunning, excuse me while I vomit. Girlfriend does not deserve the cover again for a long time. Change it up; take some chances. Like speaking to a wall, US Vogue. Like Glenn Close, I don’t like to be ignored…yet I’m still reading, because you’re the superior magazine to Elle anyway, although this leads me to my next topic.
I picked up some magazines before the trip and almost went the way of Vogue Italia/Paris yet found Elle UK: Collections, which showed the spring shows, previews, etc. and I actually read it through cover to cover. I’m looking forward to the fall edition in a few months. I also picked up BON International and RUSH, Swedish and Australian respectively. The formal had Eniko Mihalik and the latter with Jacquelyn Jablonski. Independent fashion magazines are always the best with photography, styling, and model choices. They take more chances with content and are generally more interesting. You don’t feel as bad for prices because you’re getting a quality magazine that has quality print that isn’t some glossy. My favorite in the states is Z!NK and I can only find them at the B&N at school and the Borders at the mall I work. Good stuff.
On the East Coast I took note and observed people’s styles. I saw interesting professional women in DC where the women would change it up and wear pearls. In Boston, you could tell when the women were on break when you spotted them in suits with skirts and tennis shoes power-walking through the park at Beacon Hill. One trend that is timeless that dominates the East Coast is actual my favorite trend that is also elsewhere: the horizontal stripes. These are the sailor stripes. Effortlessly cool and chic. It’s really hard to get it wrong for any age and sex.
I needed something else to read in the car when I wasn’t gazing at mountains and architecture. I picked up My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler. I not only already wanted to be her friend from watching her show every night, I got to thinking about her wardrobe. Girlfriend has a killer shoe fetish so she’s fine their. At times her hair is flawless and it shows she likes to have fun. What’s not always good is what she’s wearing. Many times her tops or whatever flaunt things one wouldn’t generally and not show off what’s good about her body, although I will admit she shows her arms, which are really in shape. Love the woman, but she should seriously fly me out to style her. I’ll do it cheaper than any Rachel Zoe could AND we’d drink together as much as possible. I can see a blooming friendship on the horizon. Get on that, Handler. I’m waiting for my flight ticket.
I can’t stop loving Proenza Schouler and their tie-dye. I see many DIY’s online and I don’t know if I can successfully pull them off. I just want the damn top. The places I would wear it and the people I would laugh at for their inferiority. Bwahaha. What I’m saying is Proenza Schouler need to contact me and send me one. The thought of owning one makes me wet.
Good news keeps coming my way this week. The latest would be Karlie Kloss snatching Dior for the second time in a row. I can’t wait for her ads, because I know she’ll werk that campaign better than anyone could. This bitch is only 17, which isn’t unusual, but damn. Girl is dominating the modeling industry one step at a time while other girls her age are dealing with mindless high school drama that will surely follow into college. Love everything she does, well, except maybe for what they put on her in Vogue’s April edition. That was just bad news bears all over.