Balenciaga--Let's Play Tetris.
“What was your inspiration for this collection?” A required question that the designers are asked each season. After the Fall’10 Fashion Week, I think they should be asked the same question about the footwear they put onto the models. The shoes, have been getting just as much attention as the clothes being showed on the runways. For some of the designers, the reaction from viewers would be the tilting of the head and a raised eyebrow.
This past week the Parisian designers outdid themselves. I had to wonder what they were thinking and mumbled that notorious question under my breathe. Unfortunately each of the following designers were not available to answer me and my imagination started to run wild!
Chanel–Big Foot. Givenchy–Little Red Riding Hood.Jean
Jean Paul Gaultier–Arabian Nights. Yves Saint Laurent–Last Of The Mohicans.
Paul Marni– The Woman that Lived In Her Shoe John Galliano–Ax Men
Photos Via Style.com
Staying ahead and creating trends, isn’t that what fashion is all about? Well the latest trend that should have most people pleased is the new way to see the shows during fashion week.
The numbers have increased since last year for the amount of designers giving us immediate access by photographs online after a show and live streaming their collection(s). This works great for some fashion editors who hate rushing to several shows in one day or others waiting for hours just to see a fashion preview that lasts less than 2o minutes.
William Rast is using the web to their advantage by “live streaming” their Fall 2010 show Wednesday 02/17/10 at 7pm. Front row seat on the couch while wearing, what you want no complaints here! Cutting cost anyway you can is smart.
For emerging fashion designers, spending money for a fashion show is a luxury they cannot afford. Designers like Barbara Tfank, Chris Benz & Kimberly Ovitz gave us photos via Style.com, saving themselves thousands of dollars, and showing their creations to the consumers and fashion lovers directly.
This form of showcasing one’s collections opens it up to a bigger audience which should help with marketing and sales.
When the creative wheels start turning, cyberspace is limitless! Why not give us a fashion show longer than 20 minutes or a mini movie?
In a recession we creative people always have to think of ways to keep the fashion innovative, exciting, ongoing and the money flowing!!
Viktor and Rolf took this recession cutting back thing literally.
Only the brave and fashion forward can pull off any of the looks from Viktor & Rolf Spring’10 collection. Doing “The Simple Thing” is not what Viktor & Rolf is known for, season after season they give us something besides safe.
I can honestly say, its been over a year since I opened a fashion magazine I got excited about a story that was created with the clothes. the model(s) and photographer. I actually didn’t renew my subscriptions and stopped buying my British magazines every month. For awhile I wondered, would the giddy feeling be back???
All praise Liya, Liya, Liya Kebede.
Couture, tulle, ruffles, silk and rollerblades. Not what you’ll expected to be worn together. but the gorgeous Liya Kebede and the photographer with the magic touch Alexei Hay, made it work. This fashion spread was created for January’s Elle Italia. Maybe the Italians can get me inspired again, gotta love them. Step it up American Vogue.
Whenever you see a Christian Dior or John Galliano fashion show, the makeup gets as much attention as the clothes within the show. You can’t help but wonder, how long it took to get that makeup on and who is the mastermind or maybe the loony behind it?
Pat McGarth, a former textiles student from London, managed to make a career out of all her passions,art, makeup, and fashion without attending one makeup school for formal training. When you love what you do, you don’t mind putting in the time, and Pat should be the poster child for this.
Her usual clients at least twice a year are Viktor & Rolf, Hussein Chalayan, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Armani. With clients who’s interests varies each year, with each season, it takes a truly talented makeup artist to see the designers’ vision and help tell their stories. No surprise beauty brands like Giorgio Armani, Max Factor, and Cover Girl trust her to develope their cosmetics.
Just like her designer clients, McGarth is always searching for inspiration, and since she is always traveling, everything goes with her, six bags filled with books,photographs, tomes of various subjects. Another six industrial duffel bags are usually loaded with make-up. It’s only right that Pat McGarth, who is the one of the most important woman in fashion, get to travel this way.
NYC is where the trends start, we’re suppose to give London, Milan and Paris reasons to get nervous and revamp their fashion collections because This City sets the bar high. I know we’re feeling the recession in NYC, but isn’t that a reason to step up and create pieces that will make us WANT to buy a dress that $500?
Somehow New York based designers got lazy and gave us safe pieces that really didn’t have any “double take” factor to them. Bright colors could barely be found and designers were being selfish with prints and daring silhouettes. The bar was put down, giving London the responsibility of pushing it back up.
It started with Duro Olowu and Erdem who hits you with prints and bright colors with makes you wish that you could buy their pieces now. My fashion high started and seeing Burberry Prorsum’s collection just made it tough to stop looking. Draping a trench, “what the…”, my fashion brethren, you know what that is?! New York was quickly forgotten and London’s designers showed us that their sleepy city should not be taken for granted.
Before the end of this week, we’ll see if Milan will keep this spring fix going and if Paris will finalize the trends we should look forward to.
With all the designer shoes for Fall being so unique and interesting, they’re more than just heels to walk in, lead roles are what they are, taking the attention away from the clothes. So it was only right to cast them in of my favorite films.
Move over Fame, The Wizard of Oz is back with the four characters we love, and they each have their own signature looks. There is a little twist this time around though, after seeking help from the wizard, each cast member gets a little more daring, a wilder side and new looks will be needed.