Archive for September, 2010

September 25, 2010

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Karolin Wolter by Benny Horne for Russh #36

Russh is just killing it lately.  The shadows are so nice in this editorial.  Karolin showcases the swimsuits wonderfully.  I guess since the publication’s Australian, they’re prepping for summer down there.  Although I love Autumn, it’s making me long for warm weather as well.   I like how Karolin varies the poses and manages to find the light really well.  Moreover, she works with the shadows, making sure that the light bounces off the angles of her body.  Not to mention, I am a total sucker for bandage swimsuits and dresses (thanks Hervé Léger for encouraging that one).  They remind me of bondage straps, which is a big thing for Spring 2011 apparently.  Oh…I just checked; they are in fact by Hervé Léger.

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September 25, 2010

Austin

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Ashley Smith by Will Davidson for Russh #36

Va-va-vooooom.  A lot of people call her the poor man’s Lara but I find that unfair.  I like her.  While she does have a curvy body atypical to the industry, a gap in her teeth, and blond her, she doesn’t remind me of Lara at all.  Her demeanor is different and gives off an entirely different feel to her editorials.  When Lara does sensual editorials that focus on her admittedly spectacular body, she totally owns it. She’s in your face in the best possible way.  Ashley’s a lot quieter.  She’s equal in confidence, but there’s a naiveté about her.  Perhaps it’s because she’s younger.  And even though she’s styled as a bombshell, I love how the military boots ground the looks.  Not to mention, I absolutely adore her cover.  It’s really what caught my eye about this issue of Russh.

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September 25, 2010

Hollywood

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Devon Aoki by Will Davidson for Russh #36

I’ve been quite impressed with Russh lately (especially after that spectacular Alessandro Ambrosio editorial); Stevie Dance runs and styles the excellent Australian publication.  While I wasn’t terribly enamored with Devon’s entailing editorial, her cover is gorgeous.  JGL’s rumored lady looks stunning in Dolce & Gabbana on this black and white cover.  Although, I wish her editorial had a little bit more innovation and moreover, close-up shots.  Devon’s too gorgeous of a model to waste.  I hope she does more editorials; I was under the impression that she’s largely retired.

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September 24, 2010

Versace Spring 2011


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Hellooooo Milano!  So far we’ve seen a great return to high luxury and sexy silhouettes.  No quiet minimalist or romantic seventies looks for these ladies.  And of course Donatella does what she does best: sexy cut-outs and geometric shapes.  She brings us directly back into the heyday of nineties Versace: bright colors and happy embellishments.  However, it is all carefully controlled.  No maxi shapes for Donatella.  She gives us this new long length that everyone’s been raving out and sculpts it so that we get a clean new tight look.  It is well structured with tiny teasing glimpses of skin.

Make no mistake. Donatella is excellent at her craft.  People may only recall that particular Elizabeth Hurley safety-pin dress or that belly-baring dress Jennifer Lopez wore to the Grammys, but Donatella creates so much more than that.  I recently posted up her Fall 2010 Lookbook, and while the dresses are sexy, they do so much more than show lots of skin.  Donatella has a great understanding of a woman’s body and how the right dress can highlight all those curves.  And in this collection, she demonstrates excellent control and an understanding of structure without the sacrifice of glamour.  Oh and I positively adore those shoes.

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September 24, 2010

Gucci Spring 2011

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Forget the clothes, look at the beauty!  Nothing compares to a well-done face.  And thanks to Pat McGrath (makeup artist) and Luigi Murenu (hair-stylist), Gucci perfectly executed the Seventies Studio 54 beauty moment at its best.  The girls were positively glowing.  I believe that I saved more beauty shots for this collection than anything else.  That is not to say the clothes weren’t spectacular as well.  Applying a neon color-scheme (that did not hurt my eyes) with excellent gold accents, Gucci does what Gucci does best.   Frida Giannini stated that this is a collection is “a continuation and a celebration of who we are, and what we do.”  And she’s quite right.  She sends down rockstar-ready looks with high-refined glamour.  Giannini refuses to delve into the current trend of loose silhouettes and romantic seventies.  She’s ready to party with her seductive shapes and gilted edges.  She takes Gucci’s fans to a “place that’s sultry, sparkling, and always, but always, hot.” (from Mark Holgate’s review)

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September 24, 2010

N°21 Spring 2011

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Clean spring showing from N°21.  I like the way this minimalist trend is going for Spring.  While it has mainly given sway towards the high glamour of the 70s, this collection makes a compelling argument for a non-fussy clean look for spring.  The lines are nice; they are well-balanced in terms of steam-lined and volume.  And those shoes remind me of the sandal loafers that I wore all the time in the 90s.  Lovely little tribute to the Helmut Lang-era minimalist street style.

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September 24, 2010

Champs de Mars


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Edita Vilkeviciute by Camilla Akrans for Numéro #117

This features an unusually blond Edita, but moreover, an un-PhotoShopped Edita.  Brunettes going blond seems to be popular this season (Abbey Lee recently went platinum blonde).  In any case, this is another lovely Camilla Akrans editorial for Numéro.  While I don’t like all of it (, there’s a couple shots that I like: the one above, 6, 7, and 8.  Oh the French.  They don’t sweat the little things: goose-bumps, pores, laugh lines.  And thank God for that.  There’s such a microawareness of that elsewhere that it’s reaching ridiculous levels.  While I love avante-garde pieces, there is no need for obviously airbrushed images of people.  So bravo Numéro.

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September 24, 2010

Christopher Kane Spring 2011

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“Startling chic” indeed.  Citing “Princess Margaret on acid” as his inspiration, Christopher Kane continues his aesthetic of ladylike offerings with an innate sexual undercurrent.  See-through neon lace and heavily blocked cut-outs.  Most definitely made for the young.  His neon palate and Japanese tattoo prints shock the eye, and you can’t quite make out what you’re looking at at first.  I was ready to write him off as he’s not one the London designers I normally look at.  But I kept looking back at this collection again and again.  I dislike florescent colors and garish prints, but somehow it all works well together.  Christopher Kane excellently crafts pleated skirts and dresses with highlighter bright strips of color accenting all of it.  Precise and well thought out, one cannot help but applaud such audacity.  Hardly a quiet collection.  Thank you for changing my mind about you.

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September 24, 2010

Jonathan Saunders Spring 2011

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Pretty young collection by Jonathan Saunders.  I really loved the shoes (totally adore wrap shoes) and the easy ponytails he presented.  There’s a cute summery feel to his collection, which is exactly how I want o feel by then.  The patterns to his dresses are lovely.  They almost seem like paint splatters, but there is more elegance to them.  This is also one of the best presentations of red lip for spring/summer that I’ve seen.  Just the right amount of make-up without making one feel heavily overdone (not to mention also avoids meltage).

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September 21, 2010

Atelier Versace Fall 2010 Lookbook


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Monika Jagaciak for Atelier Versace Fall 2010 Lookbook

It is difficult to choose one shot to feature because all of it is breathtaking.  With a lookbook like this, there hardly needs to be any sort of concept to interest me.  When I first saw an Atelier Versace Lookbook (Kasia Struss for the Atelier Versace Lookbook Spring 2010), I was blown away.  Donatella has always been known for her creativity and the innate sexiness of her dresses, but she has proven that she can do Haute Couture with the best of them.  This is no different.  While the dresses from the last one are more armor-like with clever cut-outs, these are sleek and well-crafted with a high slit.  There is a timeless quality about the Fall 2010 Lookbook.  I feel like Donatella is going for more high glamour, and she’s achieved it.   Of course, I was already sold at Jac.

I can now say with certainty that she is my absolute favorite model.  Funnily enough, I think she has the makings of a young Coco Rocha (who was my favorite model, but still is one of my top 10).  Jac’s figure is well-proportioned and just right for these curve-hugging gowns.  She has a smoldering gaze that pulls me every time.  And she’s young at that.  Although she’s already rapidly becoming an industry favorite, she’ll continue to learn and grow.

Would you just look at the last shot?  Her hands are what make this shot spectacular.  They are balleticly (I know. Not a word but it fits so too bad) graceful and wonderfully arched.

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