Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
It is hard to really see the full effect from just the images but the audience was, apparently, completely shaken up for they feared tumbling bodies and broken bones. Will V&R be the talk of the week? Of course they will but it seems no one is really talking about the clothes. I guess any chatter is good chatter but I would like to take a moment to chat about the clothes.
The clothes apart from the apparatuses were phenomenal in a true V&R way. Tailored, fitted, conservative and edgy. I love the belted trench. They always do great trenches (should have snapped up that H&M one while I had the chance). It was a very serious collection full of mix-and-match patterns, cropped pants, skirts and dresses. The Dutch folk influence definitely was apparent.
I wonder if this show is going to stir any new policies and procedures in terms of models and their limitations. I am assuming the focus of the fashion councils will not be so much about their weight but instead their safety on the job.
Monday, February 26, 2007
I feel like this year the girls chose their dresses based purely on their individuality and personality rather than any trend or style. The dresses were all very individual, and I found that most of them really suited the personalities that carried them so gracefully down that infamous red carpet.
Nicole Kidman - the statue herself.
Penelope Cruz - glam for the graceful Spanish swan.
Jada Pinkett Smith - smart and sassy.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Shows I am anxious to see:
Viktor & Rolf
Yves Saint Laurent
Friday, February 23, 2007
and will commence on Wednesday, September 5, and end on Wednesday, at sunset, on September 12, in order not to conflict with Rosh Hashanah
Read the full report on fashionweekdaily.com.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
No celebrities seemed to be trapped inside, yet there was a paparazzi worthy line outside the women's shop. Unfortunately, due to the line and my impatient shopping partner I was unable to make my way inside.
The reason for all this madness outside the Kitson boutique I do not know but my guess - a publicity stunt to generate some chatter (and if so, it worked).
I did not get a chance to hunt down the Proenza Lippie but instead bought my first pair of Tory Burch flats. Ok, I know they are starting to cloak everyone's feet but I think they are so stylish and versatile, not to mention so comfortable for everyday wear. I forwent the solid colors for a black and white speckled pair. I can't wait to start incorporating them into my outfits.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Biba - black, black and more black. Biba was all about darkness for fall 2007. Even with all the drab there were still some key pieces.
Preen- I loved this collection. A total contrast to Biba, this show was bright, energetic and right on. I sensed a little Balenciaga and Versace, but regardless it was a sharply edited collection. I loved the body-hugging silhouettes - it's sexiness without being to in your face.
Aquascutum - There were tons of wearable great pieces in this show. I feel like putting my order in now. The look is classy yet there is an edge to it that keeps it chic and definitely a must have item. I wish the American magazines would make mention of this label more often.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I think the photos of her are fantastic. She looks amazing. Her body is certainly shapely (and beautiful) and is on display for all the world to see. That's right world, it’s out with the skinnies, and in with the curvaceous queens.
Firstly, I think that more women can relate to a body type like Beyoncé’s, and secondly, I think that it looks more aesthetically pleasing to the eye to see a “healthy” girl smiling bountifully into the camera in her skivvies, than some boney anorexic looking individual. Ok, that may not have sounded right and I will probably be dammed that I have just said that, but this is how I truly feel about the whole thing.
Sure there once was a time when I wanted to be boney skinny and for years I was so, so unhappy with my body, always wanting to loose 5 or 10 pounds but now, and for the past couple of years my perceptions about my body have changed. I guess perhaps it has something to do with age, as you get older you accept more things but I also think it has something to do with society’s embrace of girls like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Tyra, Salma Hayek, and the like (o gosh I am missing a ton). I think these women better represent real women than any runway model and these women should be on that runway (but that’s another issue altogether).
To be honest living in 2007 and fully aware of all the different sorts of health issues out there, I don’t get the whole Nicole Richie factor. I don’t understand why Ms. Richie and her Hollywood get-along gang are so skinny. I just don’t get it. It’s really time they, as well as the rest of the world, just get over it.
Side Note: I know that there are naturally skinny and slim girls who can not help their physique no matter what they do, so please I do not mean to offend you in any way. I am speaking about this in general terms, thus not specific to anyone or any case.
And to that end, here are some of my favorite shots of Beyoncé:
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Nobody makes the cover. I cannot believe that Jennifer Hudson is on the cover, and not just any cover but the March issue - the most important (besides September) issue of the year. I don't even think Beyoncé has made the cover. Has she? It took Jennifer Lopez, two years to make the cover. I think we all remember that story.
Ok, one last time, I can't believe JH is on the cover of Vogue.
Well, all I could say is congrats Jen, you so deserve it. You were a great American Idol, you were a fantastic Dreamgirl, both as a songstress and actress, and you looked divine accepting your first Golden Globe (not to mention totally composed and so well spoken in your acceptance speech). You are well beyond on your way. You are so very talented and it’s great to see good talent get recognized. It is actually inspiration for all of us who dream big. I believe that all us dreamgirls can become anything we want to become.
Thanks JH for showing us there is hope and that if you have something good to offer it will be received.
André Leon Talley said, in his style.com interview, that Jennifer Hudson has made Vogue history. Never have they put a 25-year-old African American girl on their cover that was not a model or an actress. Halle Berry made the cover and that was only after her Oscar win. (View ALT’s full interview on style.com)
I think this Vogue cover is an accurate indicator of how big a legend Ms. Hudson is in the making. ALT compared her to Barbra Streisand's debut in the 1969 movie Funny Girl. Yes, we must keep our eyes wide open as we are literally watching this rising star make history and develop into a true icon.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Actually, I don't quite know what went wrong this year but by the way these songstresses were dressed it seemed that no one really put in that extra effort we have all come to expect. And it showed.
Yet, of course like always, I had my favorites. Well actually I really had only one favorite. It was Hilary Duff's sequined lingerie-inspired Dolce & Gabbana number. I absolutely adored this dress. I think it was very unique. As my designer friend noted, it was very interesting, the way the lace and sequins were layered; it gave it that extra textural element that completely made the dress.
Next runner up was Petra, and then followed by Fergie. I think though, after seeing all those sequins on the fall 2007 runway I have grown a sincere liking to decked-out-in-sequins garb.