and now i love prada even more

because they had my #1 heartthrob (after boyfriend, of course) walk their fall/winter 2012 menswear show!  and also with other cutie, garrett hedlund!  other notable celebrities that walked include gary oldman (woo hoo!), willem dafoe, emile hirsch, jamie bell, and timothy roth.  i don’t think brody looks that great in the show…reminds me of his manolete character or a beatle, but i support him, nonetheless.  better he walk in a major fashion show than make another crappy movie i force boyfriend to watch with me, amiright?

gary oldman leading the pack, followed by adrien brody

adrien brody and timothy roth

i think garrett hedlund stole the show for me though.  not exactly professional but he’s so cute; he looks like he’s having so much fun.

emile hirsch followed by a happy garrett hedlund

if you care about the clothes (because i only care about the eye candy), check out the new york timescoverage.  and for more photos of the actors, check out the pursuitist.

Advertisements

his + hers: they travel the world to capture beauty

taunted only a day later

first lea michelle, now this chinese vogue cover.  the dress on the right is new to me–i want them all!

this is the newly-released cover for the oh-so-important september issue, graced by chinese models du juan, sui he, fei fei sun, liu wen, ming xi and shu pei

i wish i had the confidence to pull this off

i’m so in love with these outfits from the gucci fall 2011 runway collection!

but alas, i am no model…

not that i can even afford it, but why isn’t ready-to-wear ever as breath-taking as runway?!

and all those darn celebrities flaunting it in front of me!

the man repeller tells me i can…

…but i just don’t have confidence to strut around in something so revealing.  i still want though.

highlights from alexander mcqueen resort 2012

i appreciate that sarah burton isn’t trying to imitate alexander mcqueen and i actually like her signature softness that she brings to his normally dark, romantic style.  the resort 2012 collection is another example of this fusion with military/utilitarian details and edwardian silhouettes combined with lace and tulle.  fashionologie’s calling the style “romantic utlity” and it keeps a lot of mcqueen’s signature elements, like high necks, cinched waistlines, and embellished gowns but now with easier wearability.

after dressing michelle obama and designing kate middleton’s wedding dress, sarah burton has certainly increased the fashion house’s popularity.

and my favorites:

nicola formichetti’s newest muse: nomi ruiz of jessica 6

** WARNING: video nsfw **

nicola formichetti, the mind behind mugler, who is known for transforming relative unknowns into stars (rico, and to some degree lady gaga) has found his latest muse: nomi ruiz, a transgender singer from brooklyn.

nomi ruiz

in the latest mugler men’s campaign video, she can be spotted vamping on the bed in the bondage scene.

i first knew of nomi from her contributions to hercules & love affair’s debut album, which i loved and the only album i like of theirs really.  helping to form the hercules & love affair, led to the formation of her current band, jessica 6.  jessica 6 not only did part of the music for the above video, they also did the soundtrack for the show.  formichetti also styled nomi for a spread in the forthcoming issue of v magazine

versace for h&m preview

the highlight of yesterday’s versace men’s show at milan men’s fashion week actually had nothing to do with the men–it was donatella versace herself, taking a bow, in a versace x h&m dress.

this may come as a surprise, since she has previously stated in a 2008 new york magazine interview, that although she respects other big designers for collaborating with mass market chains to create an affordable line, that she wouldn’t do one herself, “because i work very hard to put the versace line in the luxury section.  i think to put the versace line in h&m would confuse the brand.”  perhaps, to avoid the confusion, it’s being billed as “the iconic collection” rather than a diffusion line.  this will go nicely with the deal versace struck with lady gaga, winner of the cfda’s 2011 fashion icon, to wear only versace in the next several months.

when asked about the collaboration,  donatella said, “I am thrilled to be collaborating with H&M and to have the opportunity of reaching its wide audience.  The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere.”

“Versace is one of the most important brands of recent times and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant – everything Versace stands for. Donatella Versace is sharing with us iconic designs from the archives. This is such a celebratory collaboration and is perfect for the festive season,” says margareta van den bosch, creative advisor at h&m.

donatella will raid the archives of the fashion house that was originally started by her brother gianni in 1978 and reinterpret the designs for today.

the collection will roll out first on november 17th (in 300 stores & online) with women’s (around 40 pieces), men’s (around 20), and home collections.  followed by a pre-spring collection on january 19th exclusively in countries with h&m online sales (austria, denmark, finland, germany, holland, norway, sweden, and the uk).

per the h&m press release:  “The womenswear collection will be dominated by dresses that express the spirit of the [awards] season, featuring studded leather, silk and colorful prints, and accessories including high heels and costume jewelry. The men’s collection will focus on sharp tailoring, including the perfect tuxedo, as well as belts and jewelry for men. For the first time in a designer collaboration at H&M, the collection will include homeware pieces including pillows and bedspread.”

burberry in beijing

i’m a huge fan of christopher bailey’s.  i think he’s doing amazing things to make burberry relevant again with fashion-forward designs that are still appealing to the mass market.  and now i love him even more.

burberry presented last night in beijing, china for their fall 2011 collection.  this is the fashion house’s first event in china in 10 years.  china’s going to be a huge market for luxury goods in the near future as the middle class continues to grow (along with their disposable income) and as they start to spend more (i remember reading somewhere that the the average chinese person saves about 80%, or some high number, of their paycheck as compared to the average american, who saves 0%/negative).

the show incorporated virtual image technologies: holograms, projections, and animations to give the illusion of models disappearing, changing outfits/looks, or transforming into snow clouds.

christopher bailey is a strong proponent of pushing the envelope with technology and said yesterday morning:

“I love the vehicle of technology. I love using it as a platform in which to communicate the ideas, the attitude, the spirit of the company. Sometimes as an industry, perhaps we think it is not a legitimate channel in which to speak to people. I just don’t really agree with it. Fashion is supposed to be about making things relevant. Yes, it is luxury. Yes, it is aspiration. Yes, it is supposed to be inspiring. But I think there is nothing more inspiring than talking digitally, because you can get attitude, you can get music, you can get sound, you can get video and movement. You can actually articulate so much of your brand using this medium.”

highlights from the show are in this video:

savage beauty

i’m pretty bummed that i’ll be missing the alexander mcqueen retrospective “alexander mcqueen: savage beauty” at the metropolitan museum of art in nyc by days.  i’m leaving on april 30th and the opening launch at the costume institute benefit gala (met ball) is on may 2nd; it will be open to the public from may 4th to july 31st.  so if you live there, or are visiting during that time, please visit so i can live vicariously through you.

mcqueen has become one of my favorite designers…unfortunately i wasn’t exposed to his genius until after his sad passing.  long live mcqueen, rip.

alexander mcqueen a/w 2009

excerpted from telegraph:

The exhibition will examine more than two decades of McQueen’s work as a designer and couturier, from his MA graduate collection from Central St Martins College of Art, through his years as the creative director of the house of Givenchy, and the radical designs for his own label, up to his final collection, which was shown posthumously in Paris, just under a month after his death by suicide, at his home in London.

Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) was one of the most influential, radical and provocative designers of his generation. He saw beyond clothing’s physical constraints to its ideaological and conceptual possibilities, addressing questions related to race, class, gender, sexuality, history, and the future of Planet Earth.

His catwalk presentations were as lavish as they were technologically challenging, offering the audience a fleeting glimpse of fashion as performance art or the theatre of the macabre.

During his career McQueen was awarded the British Designer of the Year trophy four times, and also received the CFDA’s (Council of Fashion Designers of America) award for the International Designer of the Year, in 2003.

coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, the fashion house will be releasing this limited edition silk skull scarf:

it will be available in stores may for $495.  this will be a real collector’s piece so i’d love to have it.  i can only afford his pieces when they’re on second-cut sale–and even then, barely.  i’m fairly certain this will sell out so the chances of me owning it are pretty unlikely.

other lust-worthy mcqueen scarves:

 

broderie anglais silk scarf, $380

black inverted bar skull ribbon silk/satin scarf, $235

fanny pack come back

one of fashion’s most dreaded accessories is making a come back.  in 2011, there have been many popping up from different fashion houses, including hermes and diane von furstenberg.

i know that most people probably hate them, but i’m one of the people who love them and think that it can be possible for them to look good.  i’m also one of the people who like uggs so maybe i have bad taste…but to each his own, right?

the term “fanny pack” has become associated with the bulky nylon packs tourists wear so now they’re being called a variety of different names: belt bag, waist bag, bum bag, hip pack, etc. (and you can substitute bag for pack or pouch and end up with even more options).  i prefer the term belt bag or waist bag myself.  i got my first (fashionable) waist bag from coach in 2006 i think and i’ve been a converted fan since.  i take mine  pretty much anytime i travel anywhere.  people who despise them say that they’ll use the more fashionable cross-body bag (which is also making a big come back), and while i like cross-body bags too, they still put weight on your shoulder and throw your balance/spine off.  with waist bags (aka fanny packs), the weight is evenly distributed and because it’s around your waist/hips, it really doesn’t feel that heavy.  it does sort of make me feel like a mule with a saddle bag though.  part of the reason it’s less heavy is also because they typically are rather small and can’t hold too much, which is perfect for traveling.  when i’m traveling, i probably don’t need all my keys (house and car)…i pretty much only need my money, some id, and my phone.  and because it’s kept close to my body, it’s also harder for it to get snatched or pick pocketed in more seedy areas.  i love them!

in fact, i love mine and use mine so much that it’s looking pretty nasty and i’ve been wanting to replace it for a while.  the jacquard fabric has been darkened all over the back from dye transfer (a casualty of dark denim).  to be honest, i still have a lot of life left in mine but i want something shiny and new.  i’m also not a fan of monogram, which is what mine is.  so i’m on the hunt for a new one.

perhaps the moment the waist bag stopped being a fashion faux pas was when stylist patricia field dressed sarah jessica parker in gucci’s version in “sex & the city”, making it probably the most popular/purchased one (i have a friend with one and have seen countless fakes in asia):

better view of the gucci belt bag

even celebrities are wearing them!

rihanna in louis vuitton

and here’s one of my favorite bloggers, jane aldrige (sea of shoes), wearing one:

there are many out there–and even more on the way–but these are some of my personal favorites:

left: hermes, right: pucci

top left: hermes, top right: pucci, bottom: diane von furstenberg

i really like hermes’ take but would prefer it to be more boxy.  the flat, thin envelope-like pouch seems like it’d look terrible if you actually put anything inside it besides papers.  and for $4,700, it better at least be functional!

that’s what makes the michael by michael kors hamilton belt bag so perfect!  it has all the elements i like from hermes’ version with the depth i desire.

and with a retail price of $128 it’s much more in line with my budget.  unfortunately, this is from last year and although i’ve looked, i haven’t been able to find it anywhere.  i found a black one on ebay but i like the luggage brown color so much more.  when it was on sale, i think it sold for around $60–what a bummer!

i think the catwalk purse belt from jaeger london’s pretty cute too.  it also comes in navy, red, and green.

and diane von furstenberg has several different ones in her collection; more than what’s pictured below.

i’m partial to the elaine from dvf:

but i think the winner is the chloe marcie bum bag in tan:

i ordered it on a whim (and have already returned it) and fell in love with it.  i can’t afford to spare $570 at the moment so i’ll be waiting for the friends & family sale that should be happening later next month.  i was hoping to have the bag in time for when i go to chicago and new york but if it means saving over $100, i don’t mind waiting.