Archive for February, 2011

February 27, 2011

Emilio Pucci Fall 2011

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Peter Dundas has spun the fairytale for Fall 2011.  This collection is a sensual feast of Victorian lace, silk brocade, and deep velvet.  I love the use of corset lines in the bodices throughout the collection; the shaping is gorgeous and utterly sexy.  I think that Dundas has further developed his vision, moving it beyond ultra sexy evening gowns and highly laced swimwear.  Moreover, he is pushing Pucci to evolve from its history of outrageously bright prints and sexy revealing dresses.  These looks still pay homage to that heritage with plunging necklines and enticing cutouts, but the design work is more sophisticated than before.  For one, he presents a very well thought out knee-length skirt, resisting the urge to make it overly provocative.  And I like how Dundas has expanded to trousers and high shouldered jackets, presenting an almost Victorian menswear aesthetic.

And I absolutely love the beauty and hair.  I think I almost paid more attention to that than the clothes.  I find the messy flyways and winged eyeliner on the bottom lashline an effortlessly lovely contrast to the high-watted glamour of the clothes.  It’s easy and just the right amount of undone.

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February 27, 2011

Roberto Cavalli Fall 2011

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Roberto Cavalli really draws me in with his metallic layering this season.  This is like hippy boho easiness meets rockstar glam.  I don’t normally like Cavalli; I find his message too obvious and his “sexy” designs too blatant.   However, this time around, I am riveted by the over-the-top deeply metallic smokey eye and the rather delightfully careless piling on of silk scarves, animal print, peacock feathers, and fur vests.  Not to mention, the attitude of the models walking down the runway is absolutely fierce.

I love how Cavalli melded the various fabrics together; instead of a jumbled mess, it comes together in an intriguingly effortless manner.  His looks are decadent and surprisingly whimsical.  A cascade of silk is tempered by feathery scarves and tough oxfords while leather jackets and fur accents weigh down fluttery pleats.  Each look remind me of hammered metal with shiny brocade jackets and pewter and bronzed bodices.  Overall, it may seem a little one-dimensional aesthetic-wise, but I find Roberto Cavalli’s decadent layering rather unique.  It is not easy to make volume glamorous.

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February 27, 2011

Jil Sander Fall 2011

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There’s something compelling about the way Raf Simmons does minimalist glamor.  It could be the cut or the color, but his simplicity is always very striking.  His shows always makes me feel like I am viewing modern art.  And apparently Fall 2011 is all about glamorized sportswear for Raf; he sent down sleek ski pants, abstract printed sweaters, and boule-shaped dresses.  Plenty of black and white, but with brilliant pops of color throughout (especially that beauty look).   And while this collection doesn’t particularly suit my own aesthetic, the quality of Raf’s craftsmanship most definitely wins me over.  I am always incredibly impressed by how he controlled the boule-shape of the dresses, and I couldn’t stop staring at the fluid line of his black trousers.

And yay for the pop art beauty.  I see that Jil Sander has continued with the matte bright lip; this time with an orange-red over the watermelon pink.  The touch of turquoise lid is fabulously bright.  I like how the vibrant color still comes across controlled and not too overly done.

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February 27, 2011

Bottega Veneta Fall 2011

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It’s all about the details for Tomas Maier.  The pieces in this collection are exquisitely intricate, highly gorgeous, and utterly feminine.  I’m not into the return of the beehive look, but those deconstructed Mad Men-esque daytime silhouettes are an excellent tribute to sixties ladylike sophistication.  And I love the lace overlay to a good portion of these looks; the delicate layering add enthralling sensuality to the minimalist cut.  The patterns become something entirely new.  The raw edges to that and the unraveling linen provide excellent contrast to the elegant put-together looks.

I really enjoyed the complexity of the design and how I had to take extra care to see all the work that went into the craftsmanship.  The layering and deconstruction are all carefully done; the result is an intriguing piece without coming across as excessive or showy.  Moreover, I can become easily carried away by Maier’s vision.  I am enchanted by the ombre palette that deepens into the lace on the A-line skirts and intrigued by the peeled back satin folds on the evening gowns.  The revealed corseted bodices resemble Stockman dressmakers’ dummies, providing a rawer casualness to the eveningwear.  Overall, this collection is very well thought out and masterfully crafted.

Oh and check Sarah Mower’s review for this.  I found it rather thoughtful and insightful.

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February 26, 2011

Versace Fall 2011

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Now this is classic Versace.  Trust Donatella to be the one to bring back the ultra luxurious fantasy back into fashion.  And to recapture my attention.  High luxe glamor has been missing from Milan Fashion Week these first couple of days, and I’ve been feeling that lack of vibrancy.  I thoroughly enjoyed Donatella’s display of flourished tulip color-blocking, fluffy fur accents, bodycon snake skin lined dresses, and embossed golden Versace buckles and clasps littered throughout the pieces.  Her color combinations are extremely vibrant and joyful without giving me a headache due to an explosion of color.  And I absolutely love the cut of Donatella’s clothes; she always employs highly unusual necklines.  Not to mention, she is like queen of the thigh high slit; no one else does it quite as well as she.  She provides very sexy looks without them coming across cheap or desperate.  Moreover, her collection resonates with classiness.

Donatella has a talent for dramatic tailoring.  Her curvalinear tulip flourishes run through one side in one bright line to attract the viewer’s eye.  Moreover, the tightness of her dresses is very nicely controlled, sensual and tasteful.  She transforms her own double breasted military coats with python appliqué and luxurious fur.  The cut remains classic with a slight A-line flare.  And those leather suits are like gladiator meets school girl.  A glamorous option for daytime sexiness, they’re totally sexy and very well composed.  Donatella has really expanded on her daywear, while renewing Versace’s sexy heritage with her ostrich-plumed evening gowns.

And the fresh faced beauty is positively lovely.  It’s subtly sexy with a glossy glow.  Love the dewy blush thanks to the little known combination of vaseline and lipstick.  It gives each girl a very sensual flush while enhancing already gorgeous cheekbones.

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February 25, 2011

Angela: A Star in Her Own Style

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Angela Lindvall by Vincent Peters for Vogue Italia April 2006

While I don’t know about this being Angela’s own style, I like how this editorial comes across like silent film.  It’s like glamorous snapshots of seductive posing.  The concept is rather simple, but I appreciate the sentiment anyway.  There’s a surreal quality about the photography saturation which explains the ensuing old Hollywood mood.  I like how Vincent Peters (and likely the creative director) crafts together the fantasy with a dreamy haziness.  And although I appreciate the glamorous nostalgia, I feel that the set-up of each shot is very contrived.  As a viewer, I become too aware of all the work the goes into crafting the editorial, which makes it lose a little of its magic.

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February 23, 2011

Amanda Seyfried by Mikael Jansson

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Amanda Seyfried by Mikael Jansson for Interview March 2011

I love her.  Those doe eyes and doll-like features can totally deceive you.  I feel like she has this hidden mischievous side to her.  And she’s really attractive to me because of that knowing look in her eye.  Not to mention, she totally suits that Valentino frock (shot 3).   She brings a lot more strength to soft lace and silk than I had anticipated.  She like seduces me with every shot.  And I distinctly recognize Mikael’s photography style: classic, sensual, and romantic.  It’s a bit teasing and even though it’s a studio shoot, I’m not bored by it.  It actually reminds me of Natalia’s shoot with Mikael back in February 2005.  And I like that Interview didn’t ruin it by pushing it to be provocative.  Very classy.

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February 23, 2011

Lacy Sunday


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Jeisa Chiminazzo by Tesh for Marie Claire US March 2011

Some very lovely white lace.  I’m actually a little surprised that this is in Marie Claire US; it normally has more commercial editorials.  I really like the soft delicately romantic styling of this editorial; the all white looks seem fresh and whimsical for spring.  I love how there are white doves in this editorial as well; the white lace draped over her wrists as she holds the dove in shot 2 is also a very nice touch.  For some reason, I feel like there’s a soft seventies vibe going on.  It could be her soft waves with thick fringe.  But I like it; I think the sentiment suits the delicate feminine lace.

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February 23, 2011

Gold On Gold

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Alek Alexeyeva by Sølve Sundsbø for Vogue Gioiello January/February 2009

God I love Sølve’s work; the photography is otherworldly.  I love how that this is an entirely gold-themed color palette, but yet, it doesn’t feel overly saturated at all.  Also, the shiny accessories totally suit the seventies maximalist style in this editorial (big hair, loud jewelry, vibrant clothes).   I think Alek has fun with this shoot, playfully showcasing the jewelry.  She certainly adds to the tone and mood at any rate.  Oh, and those bright gold nails are awesome.  My next nail idea most definitely will include gold polish :)

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February 23, 2011

Arizona Muse by Sharif Hamza

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Arizona Muse by Sharif Hamza for Dazed & Confused March 2011

As I was saying, she is everywhere.  Haha I don’t mind.  Dazed & Confused actually dedicated an entire issue to her with four covers and this editorial as well.  Although, I was a little disappointed by this editorial.  She’s not particularly doing anything, and the only shot that really captivated me was the feature shot.  She’s intensely beautiful in that close-up shot.  Love her full brow.  However, the rest of the editorial was just kind of…eh for me.  And I’m a little sad about that since I tend to expect a lot of Dazed & Confused.

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