Again, a highly commercial collection from Isabel Marant. However, that really seems to be working for her: sales are up, and she’s opening a new store in NY. This time, I like it a whole lot more that last time. She found a way to meld high fashion glamour with real life commercialism because this collection looks a whole lot less common. I like that I can immediately see the French style in it with the belted waistlines and cigarette skinny trousers. Her take on the Benetton stripes is nice; I would love to add that sweater to my wardrobe. It looks both comfortable and stylish; things rarely work out that well. I like the mini, somewhat bubble skirts and how they’re paired with nice loosely buttoned blouses. The lamé metallics are very nice and certainly eye catching. Isabel Marant, you have won me over again.
J’adore Dior. I am such a Dior girl. I usually mean that beauty wise because I have so many Christian Dior products in my makeup bag. However, this time I’m referring to the collection. It’s beautiful. I’ve never liked John Galliano as much as I’ve liked him now. He’s theatrical and inspired, not to mention an excellent couturier. This time he went less with the crazy drama on the set and more with the haute couture drama in his clothes. Inspired by the Libertine (John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Worchester 18th century) as well as by Johnny Depp (he played Wilmot in The Libertine in 2004), the romantic English countryside definitely comes out in this collection. Of course, there is a tiny bit of Mad Hatter, Johnny Depp style in the top hats as well. A study in contrasts, Galliano combines airy sensuality with the buttoned up sensibilities of the 18th century upper class. I love the riding trousers with the studded pockets along with matching thigh high leather boots. There are ruffles galore, flowy gowns, girlish lingerie-inspired details, lace peep toe booties, tea sack gunny dresses, and luxurious capes. I want it all. Seriously. I haven’t loved a collection this much if a very long time. Not to mention hair & makeup is excellent of course. Love the fishtail braid which I’ve yet to master. And to go along with romantic outfits, there is romantic makeup to match with the pink blush and berry lips. Truly excellent. It’s nice to get this excited about fashion again.
Sorry that I’m a little behind. It’s near the end of the quarter and I have finals coming up. Also we’ve hit the final stretch, so I’m getting a bit tired of keeping up with fashion, blogging, my social life, and school. But here’s my review of Nina Ricci:
Romanticism reigns at Nina Ricci. After Olivier Theyskens left, Peter Copping had some big shoes to fill last September. He had a confidence booster in January when Nicole Kidman and Carey Mulligan wore Nina Ricci dresses to the Golden Globes. Nice. This time around, he sticks with a romantic theme and gave hour glass silhouettes with a liberal dose of volume courtesy of what looks like silk flowers. This is almost more like a spring collection than one for fall. However, the dove grey coloring and outer coats add a little weight to it. It feels like spring in winter, which makes for a nice change of pace. Up until now, we’ve been show beautiful minimalist tailoring and the contrast of the wildly theatric 80s (especially at Balmain), but we haven’t been shown the new romantic this season. I like Peter Copping’s take on romanticism. There is plenty to make me feel like a girl, however it grounded with reality, something that I very much appreciate. Details of note: the lace peaking through the tiers of his mermaid dress, peekaboo top with flowers make for a chic nontrashy look, and knee length A line flower skirt is surprisingly very flattering.