Monday, August 29, 2011

Great Italian Ladies: Teaser for the Met's Next Major ShinDig

Just found out about the Met's next major exhibition, which will launch with the always ultra-glam Met Ball.  The exhibition is set to showcase Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli, two of fashion's most influential Italian women.  Naturally, this got me really really excited, considering what an astounding success this year's exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, was (which by the way met with a record breaking 661,509 visitor count).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Restoin Roitfelds: The Power Quadruple

I love the Restoin Roitfeld family.  I'm obsessed intrigued by their deep artistic veins, and the fact that once again they are a shining testament that where there is a power couple, there are gorgeous talented children too.  Perhaps most famous of the family, Carine Roitfeld was the former editor of French Vogue, and has this killer fashion sense.  She also loves to wear that which no one else but her could pull off.  Her longtime partner (a whopping 30 years!), Christian Restoin is the creative consultant of the shirt collection Equipment that was relaunched in Spring 2010 by Serge Azria.  Their son Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld is a former model living in New York and currently working as an art dealer/curator doing some of the most incredible shows around.  Their daughter, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, is likewise making a name for herself as a rising socialite and muse to legendary designer Tom Ford.  I've seen some of her modeling stuff, and she is really talented, one of the next up and coming in the NYC scene.
 All in all, this family scored ridiculously high in the talent section, and not too badly in the looks section too.  But my favorite part of them, is their sense of style.  Bold, sexy, and always on top of things.  The fashion blog Demi-Couture says of the Restoin Roitfelds, "I can’t imagine a more intense, brutally elegant French family."  Well said indeed.

 Carine Roitfeld, As Taken by 'The Sartorialist'

Julia, Featured in Vogue China

Vladimir, Latest Art Showcase for Nicolas Pol

(Vladimir is on the right in both pictures) 

Christian and Carine

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Stella McCartney's Ready-to-Wear Spring 2012 Collection

Stella McCartney's career as a fashion designer has been very controversial and often prone to staunch criticism.  In the past, she's always been described as capable, though not always innovative or the height of talent.  Some harsher critics would even go as far as to argue that she rose to fame solely as a result of her father being the former Beatles' member Sir Paul McCartney.  While I do think Stella McCartney possesses quite a fair amount of talent, she never was what I would call an inspired designer.  Recently though, I took a look at her ready-to-wear Spring 2012 collection and found that either my tastes have changed, or this year Stella McCartney has finally designed a collection that inspired me.  Below are my favorite looks I took away from the collection.

It's not ultra fabulous or stand out-ish, but it is elegant and I'm in love with dresses that cut off just above the knee.

I love the splash of yellow that makes this outfit come alive yet still remain professional, but the blazer is a bit frumpy for my tastes.  The idea of this outfit though, is very chic, what with the high waisted skinny pants and the white button up collar wrapped up together nicely with a colourful blazer and great clutch.  

This look is similar to the one above, but with a colourful blouse peeking through underneath, and very neutral tones on the outside.

I don't know what the hell kind of brooch that is pinned to the dress, but the dress itself is very elegant and luxurious with the neckline border (silk?) dropping and ending near the hip to give the illusion that it's a wrap dress.  Also, I love how this dress again ends just before the knee and how the gold detailing on the clutch (and even that weird brooch) wrap up the whole look with a sense of extreme beauty and modish simplicity. 

Oh, if only all pantsuits could look as splendid as this one.  It's sophisticated and casual, and yet exudes a sense of demure femininity.  And the red purse adds just a big enough splash of colour to make this look interesting, while still drawing attention to the graceful figure the pantsuit creates.  

This dress is admittedly plain, but it has aspects that make it great: it has pockets (a definite love),  three-quarter length sleeves, is form fitting, and is white.  With the blonde hair of the model giving the look a glow, it gives the dress an angelic look that paired with a few bright accessories, would turn this look into something infinitely stylish.    

To check out more of Stella McCartney's 2012 Spring Collection, click here.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Christian Louboutin Vs. Yves Saint Laurent: The Shoe Feud

Christian Louboutin has (almost ridiculously) decided to sue Yves Saint Laurent for over a million dollars in damages, claiming that Yves Saint Laurent was "copying" its shoes' most distinctive feature, the trademark red sole.  That being said, the case plot thickened when YSL decided to countersue Louboutin stating that a designer has no right to monopolize a whole colour.  The judge working on the case was unconvinced with the countersue apparently and sided with Louboutin, refusing to accept any of YSL's arguments.  The YSL lawyer David Bernstein argued that YSL has been using the red as a signature colour since it began in 1982 and that even King Louis XIV of France and Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ had red-soled shoes! Ha.
To bad that was considered unreliable findings by the judge.  Anyway, they won't know the verdict until later as the judge presiding over the case has asked for more time.  He's probably going to find out which shoe his wife likes best and side with that designer.  

What do you guys think? Whose right, YSL or Louboutin?

Christian Louboutin

Yves Saint Laurent

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

1920s Pin-Up Girl Style

There's something oddly appealing about the early 20th century, specifically the 20s.  Maybe it was the wonderful new automobiles and the carefreeness that seemed so prevalent.  OR, maybe it was the sudden emergence of fashion hounds like Coco Chanel and the simplicity and playful feminism that seemed to emerge in fashion.  Recently, I've become sort of intrigued with the 1920's pin-up girl style, the sort of style major icons like Marilyn Monroe enjoyed so much.  Even today, pin-up girl style seems to be sticking around, with celebrities and fashion moguls turning up the heat in characteristic bold red-lipstick, wavy hair, fake luxurious eyelashes, dropping necklines, flared skirts, and sometimes the odd piece of hosiery.

The ultimate pin-up girl. Marilyn Monroe!


Britt Maren

Diane Kruger

Charlotte Sullivan

Dita Von Teese