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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

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:

gucci fall 2011 strikes up my disco fever

i’m not a big fan of gucci, but oh man, the runway collection that was unveiled at milan fashion week is giving me goosebumps and shivers (no, i’m not even joking).  the 70’s are back in fashion and frida giannini is taking disco glam to the next level.  the 70’s motif is looking luxe and not at all cheesy or dated.  i love me some fur…and oh was there fur.  combined with rich jewel tones and a dash of skintight leather–i’m in love.

:: following photos from the sartorialist ::

:: following photos from fashionologie ::

i don’t think i’ve been this excited about a runway collection since christopher bailey’s spring 2010 collection for burberry prorsum.

just because it’s fall/winter doesn’t mean you can’t have some color.  gucci proved that with its well-received collection, saturated with color.  i love the tailored cuts,  flowing fabrics, and silhouettes.  i’ve been wanting some wide-leg trousers for a while…now i feel a sense of urgency.  well done, frida…well done indeed.

from runway to mass market

did you like the new collections that are being unveiled at new york fashion week?  if you’re like me, broke that is, your best bet is to wait for things to trickle down to the mass market retailers.

and with runway shows being broadcasted in real time, you can expect to scoop up the hot designs faster than ever.  for spring/summer (s/s) and fall/winter (a/w), you should check stores in march and september respectively.

sure, we all know the mass retailers copy–i mean, have their own “inspired” pieces.  but learnvest noticed that certain retailers favor specific designers.  here’s the chart:

mass market retailers and the designers they love to knock-off

and the some of the most useful advice to take away from the article is:

“A final note: be discerning. Even though imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, try to replicate, not duplicate the runway looks. There are good knock-offs and then there are the bad. The bad attempt to be complete copies of the original but the good take the most important elements of the design and reinterpret it. So opt for elements of what drew you in to begin with. Was it the asymmetrical straps and ruffles of the Lanvin gown or the cut out detail on that Alexander Wang dress? Use that as a starting point of what you want to look for on the market.”

here are some examples of the inspired looks and their sources:

left: club monaco, right: chloe

 

left: topshop, right: balmain

left: forever 21, right: rag & bone

left: zara, right: prada