Thursday, February 28, 2013

The wait is over

Alexander Wang made his much anticipated debut at Balenciaga today in Paris. Worries about a young street-influenced designer taking over such an enormous and classic brand were put to rest. Wang took this collection back to the roots of the house.

A focus on construction, architecture, and fit put all emphasis on the clothes. No gimmicks or trend dominated pieces were shown. Clean lines and silhouettes made for a simple presentation. Marble details, fur, single strap stilettos, and a black and white dominance gave a sophisticated view of classics.

Not only did Wang prove that he is worthy of his new title, but he proved his maturity as a designer.

So much respect for him, and such a big step for young designers.
I'm excited for what the future will bring!

It's the small things

Details at Lanvin Fall 2013 made all the difference. Extremely well executed designs were topped with quirky and fresh accessories. Those necklaces and belts will be a huge conversation starter.

A perfect way to add whimsy to a darker, more structural collection, the styling of the show was on point! Just look at the insects, the roses, the ruffles, the furs! It's enough to make me mad! I want to be living in the lovely land of Lanvin!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Afternoon in the Park

Lavender-Honey ice cream and a day in the park, congratulations it's Wednesday.

Why it's appropriate to sleep in this fall

A major trend of silk pajamas is dominating Fall 2013 runways. Seen in New York with Marc Jacobs, Milan with Missoni, and now Paris with Rochas. The elegance of silk is turned casual in matching head to toe combos.

This will be a trend for the brave, and the lazy. That is a trend I can get on board with.

From Top to Bottom: Rochas, Missoni, Marc Jacobs, and Marc Jacobs in Prada

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In bed with friends...

A quiet night in after a long day of classes typically includes Justin Bieber and myself lounging in bed.
Tonight we are joined by the wonderful Grace Coddington for a bedtime story. Even Kanye West made an appearance! What a night!

Justin Bieber pillow- $5 @ Target
Grace: A Memior by Grace Coddington- Anywhere books are sold *highly recommend*
Kanye MBDTF Sweater- Coachella 2011, Could possibly be found on eBay?

This combination of people makes me feel slightly guilty, but I'm choosing to ignore it. I will use these last months of being a teenager to my advantage.

... I'm so sorry Grace, I have no class. Teach me your ways.

Mmm to the M's at Milan

These were some looks I found myself salivating over during the Moschino and Missoni shows last week.

While they have no direct relation to one another, they all had the power to make me pause. In my world there is never enough black on black, red roses, or Lindsey Wixson. These right here are some show stoppers.
*cue the song show stopper by danity kane*

Pucci Perfection

I have been contemplating what to write about this show for days now. I think the reason I am having such a difficult time is because Peter Dundas already summed it up. He makes clothes that women want to put on, and men want to take off.
The ability for a designer to create clothes that can create confidence for a women and elevate a natural sex appeal is admirable. This collection is exactly what a woman would dream of rocking, and it doesn't hurt that most men would approve. Not to say women should dress for men, but in this case a man's approval is just a bonus.

... But really, THOSE BOOTS!!! I don't care about any stupid boys, I WANT THOSE FOR ME, MYSELF AND I!

Oscar Day

I try not to be a judgmental person, but when there's a red carpet I can't hold back. The best and worst dressed are entirely up to me. No one else has any say, their opinions are irrelevant.

This past Sunday was a night for some of the biggest labels. Dior, Armani, and Valentino held an enormous presence on Oscar night. Although the labels continue to please the crowds, it is upsetting to see such a stark domination. Young designers should be on their way to ubiquity on the red carpet, rather than the obsolesce this awards season has displayed.

Topping my personal list of the best is Jennifer Lawrence in Dior. Her gown created a large presence that demanded attention. Whether or not this was her intention, it was a dress made for a winner.

My other favorites included Charlize Theron in Dior, Halle Berry in Versace, Sally Field in Valentino, Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen, and Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé. Last but not least I loved Anne Hathaway in Prada. Yes, that was read correctly. I though it was a very classic an perfectly flattering choice. Maybe just to piss everyone off I will make her my best dressed. Maybe tomorrow...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Tales of a Misunderstood World/ RANT RANT RANT

It's nothing new to hear people mock the fashion industry. As a fashion major myself, I hear people joke about it all the time. People have some idea that anyone involved in the industry just takes mindless pictures of pretty things all day. The amount of people that think trying to be in the fashion world takes zero intelligence and strictly looks disgusts me.

Part of me wants to put the blame on the Internet. Things like tumblr have completely altered people's views on the subject. It seems as if anyone has the credentials to be a fashion journalist. Left and right I see girls posting pictures of anything and everything with a Chanel logo plastered on top, pictures of skinny girls posing in this week's trend, and screenshots from The September Issue. To the outside world this is fashion.

In no way do I believe that everyone has to pay attention to fashion, trends, or have interest in this strange world. However, I think it is ignorant for people to treat it as a joke. Just like any other line of work, it has it's cliches. Without an understanding for the world it can be easily perceived as simple.

Looks play no part in your success. If you are not trying to be a model, most people could care less. In fact, ask anyone in school as a fashion major what their biggest pet peeve is and you will probably get the following answer. A well-off, attractive person that thinks because they are constantly complimented on their looks and clothes, they can easily make it in the fashion industry. This is not true. Personal style has nothing to do with talent. The first year of school you can see these people drop like flies. School is school, I don't know how many times it most be explained. Going to art school you will be expected to work just as hard if not harder than any other university. While style can be use as a tool, it can not and will not ever replace good taste.

Recently a friend of mine switched schools to become a fashion major, immediately the criticism followed. This person is attempting to turn a phase of their life into a career, while it is not a move I would agree with I cannot judge. What you want to do with your life is such a personal thing. Why does a career in fashion automatically cause a loss in respect for a person? I feel as I am on some sort of quest for respect from others. This is exactly what made me realize I had let people into my head.

People have forgotten that fashion is a form of art. Whether of not you like it cannot change the fact that imagination and creativity were responsible for it's creation. It takes a special type of person to have the ability to design, organize, write or sell something that can be criticized so easily. It is not for everyone. The amount of work that goes into the industry is like no other. A 9 to 5 work structure does not exist, and that in itself should be respected. We should be encouraging people to follow their dreams and fight for what they want.

In the end of the day there is no way to lecture to the world the misunderstandings of the fashion industry. That is exactly why I (along with the millions of other girls) have a blog. I have a place to be as angsty and non linear as I please. Writing about fashion is a way to escape the judgements surrounding me. I can see a runway show and feel a certain emotion in a way an outsider can not. I can see this world for what it is and I strive to work within it. As long as I keep writing like my opinions matter, maybe one day they will.

Gettin Crafty

A DIY will be coming soon for these fluffy bad boys from Versace Fall 2013

Heating up the glue gun...