I've been a very bad inactive blogger. I forgot to inform all you readers that I was going on vacation in Florida for two weeks without a computer, and now on my return, life is allowing just as few opportunities to blog as it did during my vacation. I am involved in lots of extra curricular right now and catching up on the school I missed. I promise I will be back shortly (with lots of new summer outfits!), as soon as life gives me the time to blog again. Right now my life is very cloudy and hectic, but soon, just like in the photo I snapped in Florida, a clear will come. Meanwhile you can follow me on Twitter (If you aren't already!) for little tidbits about my life and fashion.
To be honest, Fall 2010 hasn't been my favourite of seasons. My favourite designers (like Gucci, Balmain, Stella McCartney, Alex Wang and Michael Kors) weren't terrible, but also weren't knockouts. Overall, the season seemed somewhat uninspired. Of course there were exceptions, but for the most part I saw the same-old, same-old. Marc Jacobs was one of the few designers who presented a collection far superior than those of recent history, with his trip somewhere over the rainbow in New York. Jacobs, who is also the head designer of Louis Vuitton, brought much of the wistful, womanly and straightforward themes from his signature collection to the French mega-brand.
The title of the collection was And God Created Woman, after the 1956 Brigitte Bardot film. Many of the styles from the film (and the late fifties as a whole) were reflected in the collection, which required a body type different than the cast of twelve-year-old Russian Elfins who normally stomp the runways. Jacobs flew in some of the world top models to walk the show, and their womanly bodies looked incredible in the clothes! The centerpiece of the collection was Elle MacPherson, who looked divine in a full, pleated closing number. Victoria's Secret models Adriana Lima, Bar Refaeli, Alessandra Ambrosio and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley all made rare runway appearances at the show. As did noughties top models Coco Rocha, Caroline Trentini, Jessica Stam and one other special face...LILY DONALDSON! My favourite model of all time, who up until the last day of the last fashion week walked a total of ZERO shows, finally answered my prayers and walked exclusively for Louis Vuitton. Lily is in high demand, so I knew she wasn't walking because she couldn't find work, so I'm glad to see she didn't skip out the season entirely! Back to the clothes, overall we saw a more colourful and Parisian take on Marc Jacobs' New York collection: full skirts, belted waists and lots of corsets and bustiers, which caused something rarely seen at fashion shows: cleavage! This collection was a perfect ending to the Fall 2010 fashion month, and raises my confidence as to where fashion is headed. Leave your thoughts on the collection in a comment after the jump!
As many of you may have noticed, my coverage of Paris Fashion Week has been pretty dismal. This is due to two reasons: first, I have been very busy at school the past week; and second, to be frank, the collections haven't been that great. With very few exceptions, designers have either stayed safe, doing what they always do (treading on stale), or on the other hand, presented a very bold, incoherent gimmicky collection. While Balmain Fall 2010 is most definitely an example of the former, I still cannot get enough of the signature Balmain look!
This season, head designer Christophe Decarnin didn't bring much change, but if everything is going well, is change really necessary? The theme of the collection took form in a collision of Louis XIV Baroque era dressing and 80s Dynasty shapes and proportions. The shapes were classic Balmain, pointy shoulders, long sleeves, cutaway dresses and deep-Vs, but Christophe also included clothes which could potentially pass as work wear, a first for him. Beautiful double breasted bootcut pantsuits offered a very refined Balmain look, without feeling out-of-place.
The colour palette was mainly comprised of golds and blacks, which looked especially beautiful when paired together in brocades on dresses and pants. The gold came in all sorts of textures, from chunky, rough, embellished fabrics to slick and flowy lame gowns. Shades of purple were injected into the collection to give some colour to play with, and studded belts offered an entry-level priced option for first-time Balmain customers. Overall, the collection wasn't new territory for Balmain, which leaves the world wondering: What can Christophe do next? Leave your thoughts about the collection, after the jump!
For quite some time, Dolce & Gabbana was on the forefront of trendy, flashy, avant-garde fashion; with each collection seemingly more obscure than the last. This all came to an end at Spring 2010, where the Italian duo took a trip down memory lane. “Sicilian Fantasies” best described the collection, which was D&G’s most wearable, poetic, and sophisticated collection in years. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have stuck to the Sicilian formula for fall, offering a wide array of sensual Sicilian clothing.
The show started off with newly proportioned blazers paired with black lace slips and bloomers, infusing D&G’s signature masculine vs. feminine dichotomy into the collection. Other Dolce staples, including whispy hair, plump red lips, and simple black pumps all added longevity and tradition to the collection. Chiffon or lace dresses featuring lingerie underpinnings and shapes contrasted beautifully with heavy, thick knitwear. Although most components of the collection were Dolce classics, there were also some very new aspects. For instance, I loved the gold chainmail, which from far away looked like textured leopard print. I also loved the newly proportioned black skirt suit paired with a black bra.
Perhaps my favourite part of the collection was the rich, sophisticated colour palette. Deep reds, lemons, aged golds and pale blues gave the heavily black collection shots of fresh air, and looked incredible layered underneath black lace dresses. I also loved the winter florals, which varied from bold geisha flowers to flowy Renaissance watercolour florals. The collection wasn’t a huge change from last season, but it is understandably why Stefano and Domenico would want to stick to their heritage, which hit the fashion jackpot.
What did you think of the collection? Leave your thoughts after the jump!