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The Witchy World Of Alexander McQueen


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On March 6 Sarah Burton debuted one of her most breathtakingly exquisite Autumn 2017 collections. One galvanized from an outing taken with her clan to Cornwall, England where she spied a Cloutie tree (on which people tie rags and ribbons as they make wishes), visited the ruins of castles and medieval churches, and where a subculture of paganism and healing witchcraft is said to still exist. From there she was off and running with her imagination and research (which she is wont to do) into the creative communities that inhabit these walls, its traditions, their ancient signs and symbols, and the power that laid within the landscape.

The Cloutie tree inspiration, a prominent theme throughout the collection, was witnessed from the very first look of floating ribbons on a whipstiched black leather coat. It then made its way onto bodycon-ribbed knits, and as wisps of threads streaming from embroidered patches of flora patterned dresses. It was present via the extra long cinched belts on a few of the softly tailored pieces made from cashmere felting. These black/grey pantsuits with their extra long jackets, paired with thick-soled sneakers seemed fit for a modern-day priestess.

Burton wove her Cloutie theme all the way through to its final evening looks. The last 2 exits with their glistening silver sequin embroidery, and their sleeves and hems trailing in black or cream feathers were pure beauty. When the day comes that I finally get married, I’ll happily walk down the aisle in either the cream with green, blue and beige flora and fauna embroidered dress, or the final silver sequin and feather frock. Maybe a visit to the Cloutie tree is in order for me.

 

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The Cinematic Traumas of Kenneth Lonergan The Cinematic Traumas of Kenneth Lonergan

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A Celebration of Dries Van Noten’s Models: Then and Now A Celebration of Dries Van Noten’s Models: Then and Now

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Living The Daydream Of Valentino


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I want to live in the dresses of Pierpablo Piccilo’s Autumn 2017 collection. And, while I’m inhabiting his daydream, clothed in his tunics and frocks, I’ll reside at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild where he unearthed his romantic, strong and vibrant collection fit for a modern-day princess.

Piccilo’s mood boards were a study in the fusion of opposites: Victoriana and Memphis Group — an Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass in 1981, and inspired by Art Deco, Pop Art, and the emerging postmodernism movements. Nathalie du Pasquier and George Sowden were cited by Piccilo as his main influencers, with fabric designer Pasguier priming his numbers, serial florals and hand motif graphics.

There were plenty of the beautifully intricate, high-waisted and high-necked Victoriana dresses that have been a house staple of late, but it was the Memphis inspirited dresses that really stole my heart. The flowing, waistless, knee-length dresses in lemon yellow satin, colorful sequins, and black and white patterned prints, along with the hands and numerals print maxi dresses, paired with rugged to-the-knee boots that will surely be touted in all the upcoming fall fashion magazine issues.

Now excuse me while I go buy my lottery tickets, a girl has to finance her daydream somehow.

Valentino’s To Die For Accessories:

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See the entire collection Valentino Autumn 2017 Collection here.

Some of my other favorite from the Paris collections.

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Christian Dior // Dries Van Noten // Loewe // Nina Ricci // Balmain // Mugler // Balenciaga // Off White // Rochas // Chloe  All Autumn 2017

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Paris Fashion Week Fall 2016 – Business Attire For The Unconventional


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There is a new freedom to what strong, powerful women are wearing in the work place. Gone are the days when the “Power Suit”  — the Armani and Tom Ford’s Gucci suits of the 90’s —  was the epitome of a woman’s work uniform. This abandonment of “appropriate” dress codes gives way to a fresh, modern creativity around the office.

The Paris collections offered many distinct choices for millenial working girls’ wardrobe: flashy metallic suits; jackets with volume and plenty of structural detail; boots and flashy shoes replacing the everyday  pump. Turtleneck knits, tops with zipper details and loose fitting tees replace the basic button shirt.

And this is as it should be, after all, it isn’t the clothes that convey authority, it’s one’s attitude and willingness to take risks.

Shop the look below.

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Emanuelle Ungaro  // Courreges  // Dries Von Noten // Balenciaga // Cedric Charlier // Dries Von Noten // Christian Dior // Chayalan All Fall 2016

Maison Margiela Silk Chiffon Paneled Wool Blazer // Finery Belgrave Jersey Culottes // ASOS Trapeze Sweater Dress // Theory Sedela Linen Crepe Vest // Finery Boxmoor Pleated Peg Trousers // Zara Short Blazer W/Zipper & Jumpsuit

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Paris Fashion Week: The Departure Of Alexander Wang At Balenciaga & Christian Dior


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The departure of Alexander Wang as creative director from Balenciaga saddens me. I loved what he did with the house in three short years. No one who is talking is saying why he left, we are all left to speculation. Perhaps we will never know, and perhaps it doesn’t matter why. Maybe we just thank him for the beautiful clothing he created while at Balenciaga, and wish him good fortune in taking his eponymous label to the next level. Rumor has it (per The New York Times) he is about to land a minority outside investor, and when one invests a lot of money they want to feel the love!

As for his farewell Balenciaga collection, it was a softer, freer collection than he has created for the storied house. A single color, off-white, lingerie feel in luxurious silks, cottons and linens, infused with a street attitude that reads — Alexander Wang was here! Yet, plenty of work went into this laid back collection, as witnessed in the smocking, ruching, and ladder stitching. “When you know it’s your last anything, you say, ‘Let’s take a risk,’ what do you have to lose?” Wang said backstage. “At a house that’s known for innovation, I thought, ‘Let’s think about it the opposite way, let’s think about fabrics and shapes that feel supple and simple, but approach them in an artisanal, couture way.’ ”

I for one will will miss witnessing the two sides of Wang, but delight in the anticipation of what lies ahead for him and his brand.

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Speaking of soft and simple, Raf Simmons previewed another breath taking collection for Spring 2016. He mused about his motivation backstage, talking about keeping things quiet and less elaborte: “It’s a calm one, and very soft—away from the overdone. I didn’t want to embellish. So I was thinking about the South of France—rainbows and the simple things. And there’s a bit of Victoriana: something of that film Picnic at Hanging Rock. With a slight sexual undertone of darkness.”

At the core were scallop-edged handkerchief cotton dresses or tops and shorts in sheer cotton organdie. The latter visible under neath bias-cut organza dresses, shapely black bar jacket, with a delicate pleated hem, thrown-on parkas, one with a flourish of 3-D flowers, and cropped knits, fitted and over sized.

The sexual undertone he alluded to came in the form of tight scarves and chockers, each carrying a single jewel and dangling a metal tag, some of which read 1947, the date of Dior’s revolutionary New Look collection.

We’re Not Done Yet

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Fringe Benefits


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Tory Burch Fringed Disc Drop Earrings

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Fringe has caught my fancy. Once I saw the collage of fringe earrings in last Sunday’s New York Times Style Magazine I knew I had to have a pair. I’ve always been a fan of Art Deco, and the roaring twenties style, and this season it’s as simple as pie to obtain a pair.

Tassels of beads, metal links and frays of fabric…… the selections are plentiful and the looks varied. My favs are the gun metal pair by Tom Ford, and Marc Jacobs Acanthus blue multi earrings which utilizes an innovative technique of printing directly onto metal chain.

Chloe Delfine Gold-tone Fringe Earrings // Tom Ford (888) 866-3673 // J Crew Beaded Fringe Earrings // Bauble Bar Gatsby Fringe Earrings // Tory Burch Fringed Disc Drop Earrings // Marc Jacobs Geetysburg Blue Multi Earrings

We’re Not Done Yet

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Givenchy’s “Chola Victorian”


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My first thought when I glimpsed the beginning Givenchy model as she strode onto the runway with her hair slicked into kiss-curls around her temples, and braided into rows at the back, along with her pronounced septum rings and striking face full of glued-on gems (besides, ‘Does that hurt?’) was that this was a whole other level of cool. “Chola Victorian,” he declared backstage. “She’s the boss of the gang.” This sublime Ricardo Tisci collection not only ruled Paris fashion week, but all of fashion month.

While the striking face jewelry formed the”chola” section of this story, the Victorian came by way of the exquisite clothing. Velvet dévoré tops and dresses, rich black tail coats, peacock feather-printed silk dress gowns, rouched sleeving and peplum waists high lighted Tisci’s remarkable and indisputable tailoring skills. Givenchy may no longer play in the couture world, but Ricardo’s final exits of ornately embroidered jet bead pieces – a strapless bustier dress over slimline cropped ankle trousers (one of my most beloved looks), bias-cut net gowns, and a pair of tailcoats with wide, short sleeves — were surely crafted from a hand, gifted with extreme couturier talents. They were remarkable, as was this, one of Tisci’s best collections!

As women’s fashion month is put to bed, I’ve selected a few of my favorite looks from Paris’ fashion week to highlight.

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Maison Margiela Fall 2015Saint Laurent Fall 2015

Stella McCartney Fall 2015Juan Carlos Obando

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Giambattista Valli // Chanel // Saint Laurent // Juan Carlos Obando // Christian Dior // Miu Miu // Valentino // Alexander McQueen // Stella McCartney // Maison Margiela –  All Fall 2015

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Paris Fashion Week – Dries Van Noten’s Fred & Ginger Collection


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Dries Van Noten’s fixation on Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing cheek to cheek in the 1935 classic, Top Hat, eventually became the inspiration for his new sublime Fall 2013 collection, playfully dubbed “Fred and Ginger”. Van Noten mixed the idea of classic “men’s clothes and men’s fabrics invaded by female embellishment,” as he expressed it, presented in combinations such as “English wool with ostrich and diamonds.”

The fusing of these opposite spectrums was displayed by Van Noten’s own favorite outfit – a mannish white shirt, navy skirt trailing plumes of ostrich anchored by crystal, layered over gray flannel pants. This also represents the perfect lesson in layering as does my other stand out favorite – a 20’s cream tiered fringe dress worn over a light blue oxford shirt and navy flannel pants, topped off with an old-fashioned cricket striped blazer with floral embroidery (both with crepe-soled oxfords as footwear). Elegance firmly planted in 21st modernity.  Another dalliance with the 20’s came in the “daddy-huge cabled sweater” over a varsity-stripe skirt that dissolved into flapper fringes. Tres chic!

The color pattern never strayed far from the neutral greys, blues, whites and burgandies except for the few exits in pale silver and rose lamé brocade, and the froth of ostrich feathers, also anchored with crystal, sent down in an aforementioned rose-pink top and a brightest of sunny yellow below the knee skirt.

Dries had his own feelings about synthesis of his collection: “There are boys and girls, there is night and day, but above all there is love.” And after all, that, along with a few of Van Noten’s delightful fall looks, is all you need!

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