Thursday, November 30, 2006
I do think Carine Roitfeld is great and innovate, and she really adds that edge to the French magazine with its nude photography (among other things). I am able to appreciate the art of such images but think that non-breast-exposed images are more tasteful and have more of that ethereal dream-like quality inherent in fashion spreads.
As I look through the following images, while not trashy and quite stylistically reserved, I think they would be far better shots sans the breasts exposed.
What do you think - nudity in fashion magazines - in or out?
Photos: Paris Vogue October 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Now it's like the photography you see on the pages of style.com literally comes alive. It's actually rather quite exciting, especially the parties section. Forget reading the re-cap and looking at the pics, now thanks to Style Studio you can actually be present, at the Marc Jacob's after-party say, even if it is just for 2 minutes and 25 seconds.
Other sections include: Designer Profiles, Fashion Moments, Guest Directors, Fashion Shows (of course), and a behind the scenes take on Vogue and W covers. Oh and fellow blogger The Sartorialist's "The Intersection" which lets his fantastic NYC street photography take life right before your eyes.
It is definitely worth checking out. (style.com - click on the videos tab)
A screen shot of the site:
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
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Friday, November 24, 2006
Check out the book's description.
For more than 20 years, the fashion powerhouses Grace Coddington and Didier Malige have lived together with a menagerie of incorrigible cats. This delightful, giftworthy book records their relationship through photographs (Malige's) and drawings (Coddington's) that document the couple's highly entertaining private and work lives through the eyes of their feline friends. These include Henri, an old-school, catnip-addicted, surfing chartreuse; his sister Coco, a couture-obsessed chartreuse on a sashimi diet; and her pal Baby, who doesn't quite share Coco's discipline, and will, sadly, never fit into a sample size. Then there's Puff, a mixed-up long-hair from Harlem whose curiosity--anyone for fortune-telling at Dave?--hasn't killed him yet; and finally Bart, the Persian youngster who would rather sit on the rooftop terrace than in the front row. The Catwalk Cats, a visual diary introduced by the irrepressible Puff, gives us a window into four madcap seasons in the life of this fabulous furry brigade, with sections devoted to the Collections, the Campaigns, and, of course, the Catfights. At once delightful and dishy, it is both a convincing argument for the fundamental similarities between felines and fashionistas and a moving meditation on love and life as a family.
Book available by pre-order at amazon.com
Thursday, November 23, 2006
I love Beyoncé. I am a huge fan. I think she is one of the most captivating pop stars of our time but I am really starting to question her daytime outfit choices. I also recently saw her on The Tyra Show, wearing a super-tight low-cut outfit.
With both outfits I could clearly see her cleavage, and while she does not have that "in your face" cleavage, I still think that she would look much classier for daytime television if she were covered up.
Perhaps the outfit for The Tyra Show is passable but nothing can excuse her Oprah Show choice. What was she thinking? Not to mention her jewelry of choice. She had on big, disco, super-hoops, while fitting for nighttime, they are definitely not suitable for daytime wear. She always looks impeccably glamorous by night - no complaints there but I hope Beyoncé reconsiders her daytime wardrobe choices, especially when on national TV.
Beyoncé on The Oprah Show
Beyoncé on The Tyra Show
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
The Jean Paul Gaultier spring 2007 show featured, Ms. Velvet D'Amour, a plus-sized model clad in black satin and garters. Yes, it caused hype and buzz, especially with the recent ban on skinny models during Madrid's fashion week.
Why did he do it some ask? To make a statement, perhaps. But what statement is he trying to make? That is my question. I think that JPG's casting of a plus-size model in his show was simple mockery, (especially at Spain). I think that JPG’s line of thought could be summarized like this: They want to ban skinny models. If we ban skinny models then are we left using plus-size models? And if we are left using plus-size models then they would look like this and the runway will become this. Maybe or maybe not, but I think that adding one plus-size model to the mix is not going to change a thing.
According to a publicist, he was doing it to prove that beauty can be universal and thinks all women are beautiful. That sounds like a great and positive statement but if this was really, and I mean really the case, then why wouldn't there be plus-sized models in every show.
What we need to be seeing is everything between these two extreme body types. Why does it have to be one or the other? There is a huge disparity between the size 0– girl and the size 20+ girl, neither of which I think properly represent the general population of women and their bodies.
When will it be that we see short size 8 or 10 girls, slim girls with curvy assets,, or tall size 12 or 14 girls? I think that someone should at least try it. By now I am sure that we are all sick and tired of seeing the exact cookie-cutter body type on the runways, at least I am.
Season after season designers are always looking for ways to bring some newness to their shows. Why not cast a bevy of models (or non-models) with varying body types that truly represent what the average woman would look like in their clothes. (And maybe, just maybe, sales would increase as well – an additional perk/incentive that would, I think, be well received).
Photos: Chanel Spring 2007 (style.com), Jean Paul Gaultier spring 2007 (dailymail.co.uk)
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Ok, honestly I thought that anorexia in the fashion industry was not as prevalent as yesteryear but obviously I am wrong. I remember in the '90s when the waif heroin chic look was in and Kate Moss was literally skin and bones and modeling for all the top designers. But that was then. I actually think Kate Moss has put on weight and looks healthy. I also feel that when one browses through the ads today you find healthy women. Slim for sure but not super-skinny/sick-looking skinny.
Take Dolce & Gabanna for example, their recent ad where model Crystal Renn is posing seductively clad in nothing but a leopard bustier. The first thing I noticed was that she was not skinny. She was still beautiful (and sexy) though and she still translated the brand image quite well.
Another example was Jean Paul Gaultier's spring 2007 runway show where he cast a plus size model in his show. Her size 20 frame pranced proudly down that runway. JPG certainly wanted to make his statement known. That skinny is not necessarily the norm anymore.
And what about the recent ban in Spain on overly thin models where Madrid's fashion week turned away underweight models. This descison came about after protests that girls were trying to copy the models’ rail-thin looks and in turn developing eating disorders.
I think that the industry has come a long way since the proverbial '90s but obviously it seems it has not come far enough. I don't think that in 2006, we should be loosing models to anorexia, bulimia or any other eating disorder.
Why is this still happening, and what should the industry do about it? Well, I do see a shift. I do see a change. Subtle maybe but I do see changes happening.
Perhaps, what Crystal Renn said on Oprah is the most intelligent thing I have heard so far. "I almost think that they should just have all different types of women. They should have petite women, they should have thin women, they should have curvy women. So if I'm a young girl looking up at the runway, then I'm like, 'Well, my body type's up there and I'm fine.'". I think if that were to happen there will be less distorted perceptions, more positive attitudes and no models dying from anorexia.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Limited Brands Inc. (who owns Victoria's Secret, among other brands) has announced that it will buy La Senza Corp., the Canadian lingerie retailer, for $628-million. It will buy all of the outstanding shares for $48.25 each (a 47.8% premium over its stock price now of $32.65 (as of closing time November 14th)). CEO Irv Teitelbaum, COO Laurence Lewis, and Vice Chairman Stephan Gross, will, collectively, retain a 48% stake in the company. This is big news.
The Canadian retailer has been known to "knock-off" its rival, Victoria's Secret, in terms of brand extension, advertising, store layout and most ostensibly, product type, fit and style name. Shortly after the release of Victoria's Secret Ipex bra, La Senza launched their Ipec bra (same style, look and fit). Not surprisingly, as a result, La Senza was slapped with a $1-million lawsuit.
So it was quite surprising to find out that Limited Brands is buying one of their biggest income generating brand's competitors. Surprising until I figured it is the absolute smartest move ever. As the saying goes, if you can't beat them you gotta join them, and that's just what Limited Brands did. There is no real way for them to control what La Senza has been doing (and will continue to do), the law suit fell through, so by owning 52% of the company, they will be able to control the final roll-out of each and every strategy.
I am anxious to see if we will still see the same product assortment from La Senza or a completely new concept. The buyout is expected to happen in January 2007. A definite industry move to keep your eye on.
Photos: victoriasecret.com, lasenza.com
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Photo: Life & Style
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
The commercial is supposed to ring fantasy can be reality. According to style.com, the campaign features the model Gabriel Aubry in a glass penthouse looking at (the model)Doutzen Kroes on a flat screen TV; Aubrey is then joined by Kroes, and the scene ends with them in the apartment. The spot concludes with a closing voice-over that says, “You can make a wish…or you can make it happen. Calvin Klein. A World of Style.” I am excited to see a fashion ad on TV. I think that the industry should be utilizing this medium much more than what they are. Besides The Gap, Old Navy and Macy's I cannot really think of any other fashion company that have regular TV spots. Regardless if we like to or not, we all are forced to soak up commercials (even if we leave the room, change channels or TIVO), so I figure it's better off being interrupted by beauty than by Mr. Clean.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
Photo: Elle November 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
"Has work become so unexciting that over 35 hours on the job is hell? I admit that there are boring and horrible jobs. But for others, what a lack of passion and spirit. In my case, 35 hours a week is what I rest."
"Just 15 years ago, when I left Paris for two weeks, I felt I'd miss something. Not now. I have more fun in New York than Paris. When I'm not in Paris, I tend to forget it. Without a doubt it's because the French have become too reasonable….[Paris] is beautiful but it has no verve."
"Not all is lost, though. Paris remains fashion's "international platform... still, after all these years, I don't feel Parisian. I'm at home everywhere. All I need is a hotel room. I don't need roots. It's for that reason fashion suits me so well. I make, I unmake, I remake…."
According to wwd.com, Lagerfeld calls France stultified and says it has lost prestige because of a reticence to change and lack of moxie.
I guess this explains Lagerfeld's current obession with America. He held his Cruise Show in New York and shot his recent ads in Los Angeles.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Jacques Fath, the Parisian couturier, from the late '30s to the '40s, was a well known fixture within the international fashion world. Known for being the first designer to introduce haute couture to the United States, his infamous sweeping skirts clothed the social ladies of the time. Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner and Greta Garbo were among his most loyal fans. Launching the careers of Hubert de Givenchy and Guy Laroche, Fath's career came to a premature end when he died at the height of his fame in 1954.
"This museum-quality collection includes 26 volumes of original sketchbooks from 1948 through 1956, with more than 3,400 couture designs. The collection also includes three exquisite Fath haute couture dresses, each with its accompanying sketch," states the Neiman Marcus website on their most prestigous Christmas gift.
I wonder whose tree this gift will be lying under.
Friday, November 03, 2006
I love the witty description given to the Skyline Nights look - "Corner table for two in the Rainbow Room, please" is the perfect way to spend the night; this combo is the perfect outfit for it..."
Shop http://www.target.com/ for all the Behnaz Looks.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
First it was Karl Lagerfeld, then Stella McCartney and to one's surprise comes Viktor & Rolf. I think the hype that was spurred with Karl Lagerfeld is unprecedented and will never be of that level again. However, I think that the collaboration with V&R is a true pairing of the extremes. On one end is avant-garde, on the other is mainstream. I think the H&M model, that of bringing high-end designs to the masses is one that respects the dignity of its origin and I think that it is a fantastic way for a three-way communion. The three-way meaning - the retailer receives mass exposure, the designer opens up a new channel of distribution and the customer has the opportunity to buy a designer brand they most likely would not have access to otherwise. I also believe that this strategy diminishes the need for knock-offs. I do not mean the Canal St. kind (that is another story) but the mass merchant kind, where the shirt you buy at your favorite retailer was a knock off from the runway. In any case I am anxious for the collection to launch on November 9th. I can't wait to get my hands on some of those pieces.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
"players go to jail for bad hair days, advance to go for getting a manicure, pay fines for streaky self tanner application, and purchase products with beauty bucks. When players own an entire cosmetic category, they can place Sephora shopping bags on their properties and eventually upgrade to Sephora stores; they can also get ahead by stocking their stores with the most beauty products". Not only will Sephora benefit from advertising perks but so will the big beauty brands who have parked their names - Nars on Cheek Street, Make Up For Ever on Lipstick Lane and Bliss on Lotion Avenue.