PFW 2011

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CHROMATIC… JEAN CHARLES de CASTELBAJAC

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The king of pop art prints and pigmentation, Jean Charles de Castelbajac continued his run of eclectic lithographs and hip hues for his F/W 2011 showcase.

With tartan fringed fabrics that included gowns, jackets and jumpers as well as elements that morphed tweed parkas into high collared wind gust protection, chunky inlaid sweaters and slinky party wear proclaiming “all eyes on you” impressions (literally)…His thoughts are certainly “Out of the Box”.

LOVE…

JEAN CHARLES de CASTELBAJAC

McQUEEN MAGNIFICENCE…

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Although the designer that began the incomparable brand is no longer among us, Sarah Burton, the creative director for Alexander McQueen continues the superior archetype that we’ve grown accustomed…

With a possible, resume amplifying, nod from soon to be princess Kate Middleton, the collection was inundated with the most minute specifications that equated into spectacular creations. Incorporating organza, zippers, tulle, leather and fur textiles the presentation was destined to be a success.

We can’t wait to see the wedding gown!!!

Magnanimous Magnificence…

ALEXANDER McQUEEN

YVES ST. LAURENT

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The F/W 2011 Yves St. Laurent presentation is compiled of classic looks that include Glen plaid and coagulated Houndstooth details. With the immersion of above the knee dresses, kilt style skirts, palazzo jumpers and patterned suiting, the simplicity of the collection was it’s greatest asset.

Stefano Pilati, known for his eye of elegance, showcased a walk through the eras, from the 70’s with neck bows and wide leg trousers, to the 80’s when punk (studded vest) and plaids were all the rage.

Bona Fide…Impeccable…Unequivocal.

YVES ST. LAURENT

DIOR – ADIEU GALLIANO…

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Infusing three musketeer connotations, iconoclast gypsies and provocative damsel ensembles, the final curtain call for John Galliano and Christian Dior was, as always, dramatic…

The luxurious jewel tone fabrics, tailored ingenuity and diligence to details is synonymous with the infamous LVMH brand that is in search of a new creative director.

My favorite??? The knee high, front laced boots, patterned culottes, bulbous pantaloons and floor sweeping cloaks…

What a way to make an entrance!!! Or should I say…EXIT.

CHRISTIAN DIOR

 

INNOVATIVE…ISSEY MIYAKE.

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Are you in search of a prescription for the state of your ineptness when constructing your latest fashion masterpiece??? If so, your best bet is to schedule an appointment with one of the masters…Dai Fujiwara, the Issey Miyake head designer, provided a clinic on how to do just that…construct a masterpiece.

Utilizing simple accoutrements (tape, staples, etc.), the basics were developed before our eyes and then morphed into wearable geometric art.

Through form and pattern, Mr. Fujiwara’s perspicacity and innate, adroit, introspective eye on fashion displayed how simplicity for him translates to complexity to the rest of us…

Inventive…Incandescent…Illustrious.

ISSEY MIYAKE

MANISH ARORA

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Always prepared to crush the proverbial “Think Out of the Box” motto, Manish Arora was a bit subdued with his F/W 2011 creations compared to his previous “Talon” collection.

Still showcasing pops of color, pattern and sometimes, enhanced lines, the collection teetered between wardrobe staples and wearable art. Understand, this is a wonderful place to hover, after all, sometimes, a true talent has the tenacity to take you there AND the presence to bring you back.

Being that he has “chutzpah”, these feats will supplement his new post as creative director for Paco Rabanne.

Illuminating…Insightful…Intriguing…

MANISH ARORA

MUGLER – REVAMPED

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Nicola Formichetti, a fashion editor and stylist that has the upmost respect from me for his work in the industry over the years presented his first fashion presentation as creative director for the visionaire, Thierry Mugler’s F/W 2011 collection.

With revamped, elevated shoulder pads ensconced with fur and various textiles, coupled with sheer fabrics, bustiers, brassieres, catsuits, slim pencil skirts and super steppers (stacked heels), the show displayed the Mugler influence and Formichetti’s propensity to parlay the entertainment effect.

That being said, love it or hate it, Lady Gaga’s presence gave his new found career more precedence…Strutting like a pro, Ms. Gaga, in entertainer fashion, stole the show.

But, Nicola made that possible.

BRAVO!!!

THIERRY MUGLER

LOUIS VUITTON

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I don’t know how Marc Jacobs has the energy OR the wherewithal to produce so many shows that have their own sense of individuality…True, sometimes, there is a small dash of similarity between the Marc Jacobs collections and Louis Vuitton. But, it’s VERY small dash…

“Decadence Amplified”…The LV S/S 2011 collection is intense with enticing hues that will add a punch to any wardrobe for those party nights.

Streaming through the presentation was a mixture of era (1970’s), culture (Asia) and safari…Fringe, Color Blocking, Tassels, Animals…He missed no mark. (No pun intended ; – )…

LOUIS VUITTON

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ALEXANDER McQUEEN

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It has to be a daunting undertaking to step into the shoes of one of the most influential visionaries of our time and produce a show that is expected to be as groundbreaking as every other collection that has graced the McQueen runway…

It’s still hard to believe that Mr. McQueen is no longer here, but his design team, headed by Sarah Burton, presented a show that was just as poignant as any of the previous seasons.

The mind that creates the expertise and ingenuity to produce such astonishing garb must be an exhausted one…Dresses, skirts, bodices, etc. engineered from feathers, diaphanous fabrics drenched in pattern and on and on and on…

Exquisite…Frabjous…Magnificent!!!

ALEXANDER McQUEEN

ISSEY MIYAKE

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I’ve always adored Issey Miyake’s “Pleats Please” collection and loved the ensembles that were included in this presentation…

Each look exhibits distinct minute details. The most noticeable? FABRIC…Fluttering as if translucent and weightless, which, ironically, makes the clothes look full of life.

As usual, a gorgeous array of textiles…The origami halter dress is divine and the construction of the multi-color frock is extraordinary.

Breathtaking…

ISSEY MIYAKE

BALENCIAGA

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Nicolas Ghesquière presented a show that was 50% “PUNK” and 50% “ROCK”…What’s the end result?

SUCCESS!!!

Behemoth graphic garb, leather jackets, slim mid – calf slacks…All looks that could walk right off the runway and onto the street…

Let’s face it…At the end of the day/year, what’s the reason for all the fashion frenzy? MONEY…The clothes will sell.

A fact that will make retailers and customers VERY happy!!!

BALENCIAGA

VIKTOR & ROLF

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Who else would look in their closet and get inspiration from a man’s dress shirt???

Design team Viktor & Rolf, that’s who…French cuff shirt dresses, the inclusion of lacy fabrics in shirts and dresses, etc.

And then there were the wedding dresses…ABSOLUTELY fabulous!!! There are a couple, but the one that took my breath away was made of shirt tales, one short sleeve and multiple collars (see image above)…

Melodramatic??? Yes…LOVE!!!

VIKTOR & ROLF

ZAC POSEN

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For Zac Posen’s first Paris extravaganza, he chose to pay homage to the phantasmal French boudoir.

Lace, Feathers and Fur were the pillar of the collection, peppered with tweed and skin baring fabrications. Feathers suspend from various parts of the body (shoulders, hips, arms, etc.) and cleverly placed niches provide the seductive variable the fantasy represents.

Overall, the collection was an upstanding first outing in La Ville-Lumière (City of Lights)…BRAVO!!!

ZAC POSEN

MANISH ARORA

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In the Manish Arora F/W 2010 presentation, he made it clear where his design visualization travels…FAR.

Similar to that collection, the S/S 2011 show is as eclectic, kaleidoscopic and vivid!!!

Embellishment is the operative word…Whether you refer to it as baubles, doodads, appliqués or trimming, it was ALL there. Suspended from the shoulders, wrapped around calfs, hips and chest, it was NOT to be missed.

He also included looks that could be worn during your daily routine, halter dresses and intricately detailed coat dresses are my favorites.

Entertaining and chock full of wit…We LOVE it all!!!

MANISH ARORA

BALMAIN

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Deconstruction to the Nth degree!!!

Shirts riddled with mud, hot pants and jeans marred with holes, tears and spotted with bleach. If it was a form of damage, it was included in the presentation.

After viewing show upon show of design perfection, (in some form or fashion), the disassembly was a welcome sight. My must have item??? The studded jacket (red leather/ jean/ vest…It doesn’t matter). ; – )

Rocker Chic…HAUTE!!!

BALMAIN

GARETH PUGH

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The concise construction of the Gareth Pugh collection is something that we’ve come to expect…

Visionary…Futuristic…Innovative…All adjectives that describe his designs to a “T”.

Murmured eccentricity… Gauchos/ Printed Pegnoirs/ Wide Leg Trousers and Metallic Apparel is the foundation of the show.

Infallible design is the heart.

GARETH PUGH