Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Le Bain Reopened; The Love Remains?

Le Bain's pool has reopened, and with it, another healthy dose of Francophile fun and hipster cool. Last year's wet sticky good times inspired countless trends for the following Spring/Summer runways. Some were expected; a tight door that joins together the elites of creative industries will inspire stylish undercurrents like nude colors and peek-a-boo lace. But others, primarily obtained by the observation and appreciation of the joie-de-vivre exhibited by French bankers throwing off the shackles of social constraint, were lovely surprises.

This spring, expect a deep foray in everything bohemian, easy, and soft. After all, its about the good times. ;)

Pics provided by Le Bain; all subjects are indeed French financiers who should be hard at work.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Soooo over Camel

Professional and amateur fashionistas alike are a-tizzy over camel and khaki. Meander over to Tommy Ton's style.com edition of Jak and Jil to examine the evidence firsthand.

In his words: "Camel is the new black and a camel coat was the Fall 2010 front row must-have."

He also added how fluidly two major but, in my opinion, old trends mesh with camel: the trends in question being leopard print and wide-brimmed hats. Leopard combines African/ethno-chic inspirations with the rapidly encroaching lady-like glamour eager to immerse us all. The wide brimmed hats tiptoe that line between vamp and military officer.

I think both are exponentially more enticing when paired with navy. The golden undertones of leopard don't blend with navy---they pop, providing an easy way to accentuate and accessorize without the additional effort of opening up the jewelry box. Wide-brimmed hats with navy don't perfectly mesh with any set image in our collective memory. Being darker(and more flattering) than khaki, the sexy stranger quotient only rises.

Shades of tan conjure up British colonialism imagery, African savannas, military officers, private detectives, and sexy flashers. Navy is softer. Navy is like the night sky, tumultuous waters, formidably polished executives, that sexy stewardess, and school girl uniforms.

Navy brightens the eyes and gilds the complexion. It blends and contrasts beautifully with evergreen, ruby, and coral. But, best of all, you'll be THE ONLY ONE. So as soon you grow weary of deep tans and summer trends, come over to my side. After all, the reason message of "Camel is the new black" is that black, as a stylistic statement, is dead.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Some More Classic Anna

Formerly heading the fashion direction of L'Uomo before becoming the creative consultant and fashion director-at-large of Vogue Nippon, Anna Dello Russo is expectantly a fashion icon. Her pin straight locks and penchant for leggy ensembles might welcome comparisons between she and Carine for some, but not for me. Her color explorations dare to overshadow the Vogue Paris team, and her background in fashion and art history is evident by simply studying her aesthetic of dress. Consistently perfectly accessorized without a hair out of place, Anna is the quintessential Italian and a far cry from the disheveled panthers haunting the halls of Vogue Paris.

Oh, and in case you're thinking---these ensembles look so Carrie Bradshaw....they do! Patricia Field clearly copied the chicest fashion editors across the pond, bringing their keen eye to the small screen. America's youth are the better for her efforts.

All photos were borrowed (not mine)

A Balmain Double Take

The woman on the left is Anna Dello Russo, the fashion director of Vogue Nippon. She is rocking the same fabulous Balmain number as Mary-Kate Olsen. Who do you prefer? Personally I favor Anna's dark interpretation. Her sleek, salt-n-pepper hair emphasize the strong-shouldered silhouette while lengthening her neck. Her sheer black hose melt perfectly into her booties. While Mary-Kate did everthing she could to extend her legs, using nude pumps, she still comes up short. In my opinion, she is too short to carry off such a strong silhouette. Brava for her passionate attempt, as I understand physical limitations can be frustrating while exploring stylistic boundaries.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

At the Root of the Balmain Craze

Christopher Kane Spring 2007

Balmain S/s 09

According to the Sunday edition of the New York Times, Balmain is having its moment. I would argue rock & roll/biker inspired blouses used as dresses are having their moment. The silhouette of the Balmain dresses in question are the same as Christopher Kane Spring 2007 collection. These bondage inspired dress harked back to vintage Alaia and Versace, a high point in 80s/90s fashion.

I am not inferring that Christophe Decarnin is a copycat, when he is a true artist. I am as entranced by his creations as the Vogue Paris editorial team. But perhaps the heightened effect of his designs is their timing.

French style is also about the mix: biker boots with sequins, a smoking jacket with court shoes sans pants. The artful representation of it requires extremes to balance out each ensemble. Balmain dresses are the ideal dress under your father's jacket, with gladiator sandals or boots, with leather cord wrist cuffs, and no make-up. It references glam rock but encourages you to stray. Like Christopher Kane's creations, they are a perfect base for a cool girl's wardrobe.

Vogue Paris Nov. 2008

The accessorizing here is brilliant as well. I love mixing oldschool watches with cuffs, charm bracelets, and bangles. I also adore the babushka silk headscarf. Perfectly undone, functional, and beautiful. These are great ways to brighten up a dreary winter morning.

One more Clemence Post

Undone hair? Check. Fag in hand? Check. This spread from Vogue Italia's August issue's exhibits triumphant use of accessories. The hosiery and whimsical cuff make the outfit. On the other hand, with the ensemble's greatest strength being its irony, stock up on preppy do-dads; you need to have things to undo with dark and lovely add-ons.

If you love that cuff, check out some of the latest pieces from Jcrew's costume collection. Much of it is Lanvin and Dior inspired.

Hat Drama

I loved this shot of Clemence Poesey for T Magazine (NYT) because it showcases young french style blended in with current runway trends, like dramatic hats, ladylike dressing, and South American flair. Despite the massive ruffles and very 'obvious' pretty feel, it is so french due to the black-on-black, paired down silhouette, and Clemence's doll-like complexion.

By substituting the court shoes with statement boots and throwing on a sweatercoat, this outfit easily holds up in the winter.

Emmanuelle Mixes High/Low

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Emmanuelle Alt, the fashion director of Vogue Paris, artfully mixes dirty denim with couture footwear and biker mystique. It touches on an essential theme of the french gamine look: fabulousity and glamour are attainable sans bubblegum charm and bottomless purses. Did you notice---No it-bags! The chicest girl can get by with a clutch.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

To my Miniscule Audience

Another Redirection: I will be exploring the concept of the french gamine. This is something I constantly pursue when styling myself, and will be translating current trends/collections to accommodate this.

I think it is the best option for creating youthful elegance while allowing for some sex appeal and staying within a mid-range budget.

stay tuned.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fashion Post-Gossip Girls

Richard Nicolls
s/s 08

What's not to love?
Bondagy with tight panels of sateen and brocade exposing unexpected bits of flesh and coordinating lingerie. All this pristine pastel and 1980s socialite styling.... Is it an ode to the past two Marc Jacobs collection or simply pointing out bathing is currently a prerequisite for being hot. Sexy, young , rich hot.


Isn't it fascinating that one of the fashion world's most whimsical, on-the-fringe designers finished their collection with youthful frocks that even Blair would wear?
Perhaps this is the label's bid for a debut on the show. Or maybe, like their contemporaries, the slyly sexy, uptown brats crawled under their skin.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cane Me Kane


Is any one else breathlessly in love with the direction of fashion for next spring?? I am stunned speechless. There is so much scintillating texture and exploration of uncharted territories. This past pic, taken from the Christopher Kane collection combines 60s childlike naivete with bordello sheer bits, and a juicy orange color for a touch of beachy/sporty. It's where Hussein left off with his s/s 07 show, but without the robotic spectacle and more sex. Prada fall 08 sex.

Don't you love it when designers cross reference other designers (and things their contemporaries pull from), contaminate it with foreign concepts, and make something AMAZING!! Does not happen often, but has been a consistent theme in s/s 08 shows.

IS there a soul left not utterly thankful Christopher Kane started his own line fresh out of school versus toiling beneath a older, more mediocre major label?

God Bless Mr. Kane!

Concept Reworked

Dear Readers:
I am currently experimenting with different topics to slowly gain focus on what I am drawn to, and what readers respond to.

So.... bear with me. I will start adding my own pics of relevant things,along with partuculary moving imagery.Scanned in.