Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Outfit That Shall Not Be Named: Facing Your Fashion Demons

Show of hands, how many of you have worn an outfit so bad that you embarrass yourself just thinking about it? Anyone? Come on .... You. You in the trucker hat, raise your hand. You too. Yeah you, Lady Gaga. We saw that meat outfit and that lobster-face-thing you had going on. Seriously, what were you thinking? In fact, raise both hands. Maybe even a foot. Just stand. I think raising your whole body should do.  

Anyone else want to join in? No one? You sure, really tan guy with the spiked hair in the Ed Hardy t-shirt? No. Okay, well I’ll start then. Saying that I have had tragic fashion moments is an understatement. From my Blossom flower hat to my court jester leggings phase - it happened, get over it - I have had quite the roller coaster ride with fashion. We all know the saying about kissing a lot of frogs to get to a prince, right? Well in my case, I have kissed a lot of frogs masquerading around as sweaters with mirrors on them and glitter Keds. Still searching for my prince, but in the meantime this duke will do.

You’re probably wondering why I am sharing this with you? This is actually intended to be part of my 12-step program. I am on step 9: Making amends with anyone I may have offended with my previous wardrobe choices. This list includes, but is not limited to, my sisters who were embarrassed to be seen with me in public, my parents who were forced to buy me a Snuggie, and my best friend who I incessantly asked, “can I borrow your lime green scrunchy?”  

I have come so far over the years, only having a few minor setbacks - damn you, Kris Kross and your utterly appealing backwards attire - but now I can safely say that I have transformed into a respectively dressed adult. I guess looking back, all of my choices have brought me to this very moment: Step 10. With sheer will power and Saks right down the street, I will continue to conquer old habits. In the meantime, I’m checking out. My yellow sequin Ugg boots and I bid you adieu.

P.S. Anyone wondering if the Ugg boots come in pink, should probably start the 12-Step program, too.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Rediscovering Tom Ford - Fall 2013




Never in my 20 something years of fashion euphoria, has a collection left me feeling utterly drained and in need of a hug. Ford's eponymous line had been shown through small venues since his well publicized return in 2010. Finally returning to the global spotlight, a staged runway was only fitting to solidify his return. I anxiously waited to view his offerings with a renewed fervor I hadn't experienced in years, only to be utterly confused by what I was seeing. I was hot, I was cold, I was in need of a time-out. The collection - which partially shied away from Ford's in your face, take me now sexuality - could only be diagnosed as having multiple personalities.
My biggest problem was separating clashing styles to hone in on beautifully designed pieces. Pulled apart and styled with its retrospective mate, the collection is strong. Nothing we haven't seen before, but still worth owning (for free would be ideal). And why not, who wouldn't want a piece of clothing that says, "I own my own sexuality" - or at least Tom Ford tells me I do. Walking the runway, models were clad in lace, floral, starburst, geometric and animal prints. Paying special attention to the new hybrid animal prints I've aptly named leopard-bear-giraffe, cheetah-cow-zebra and my personal favorite the bipolar bovine.

If you study hard, the styling appears to be a free-for-all. As if all of the clothes were apparently tossed into one room and the models were let loose with an only the strongest survive mentality. Hence the raccoon eyes and somber expressions. As the battled roared on, models emerged in geometric/floral, lace/animal, animal/animal/lace, geometric/lace/lace and so on and so forth. Obviously the strongest - and clear winners - sashayed down the runway last with their starburst and lace dresses of victory. The clear and apparent thoughts swimming in my mind were the similarities I've seen from other designers. Pucci-esque dresses, Jimmy Choo like zebra sandals, Miu Miu starburst and Givenchy geometrics only to be faced with the realization that Tom Ford had perfected and originated many of these very designs during his stints at Gucci and YSL. Fashion, how you dazzle me and give me whiplash with your circles.


Falling Out Of Love With (Y)SL

Am I the only one not entranced by Hedi Slimane's offerings at Saint Laurent? Setting aside the obvious guilt that has plagued me since dropping the 'Yves' from my repertoire, I have not been dazzled by Slimane's ability to take SL to an entirely new level of pretension. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with clothing being pretentious. People using clothing as anything other than utilitarian objects, is standard practice. Be pretentious, immerse yourself into stronger, sexier and uber confident beings from the flick of a dress. But do so under anything but the guise of a long standing French fashion house who's designs are best reserved for women who shower more than once a month. Harsh maybe, but Slimane has managed to take an iconic house and turn it into a grunged, heroine addled, rocker chic brand in less than a year. Splotchy makeup, biker boots and sliced leather leggings, does not a YSL woman make. Lets not leave out the leather front zip skirts, plaid flannel (yes, flannel) shirts, and the arbitrary ascot for good measure.

Oh Stefano Pilati how I miss you and your ability to design fully dressed, confident, sexy women who obviously say no to drugs. After showing his final collection from YSL just a year ago, I have grown to miss his understated yet subtly whimsical designs. Who knows, I never count any designer out. Hedi Slimane's next collection may completely blow me away or even if he designs true to himself under his own name, that's perfectly applaudable. Its just when it comes to design houses that I know and love changing so drastically I get disillusioned. With all the designer buzz and succeeding name change that had YSL revamping their entire brand, my hopes were so unbelievable high, leaving me with a queasy feeling in my stomach from the subsequent fall. So now I look to Resort 2014, in hopes that fishnet tights and simulated Dr. Martens aren't on the menu. 

Givenchy Fall 2013





I have always had a love-hate relationship with Givenchy. I love every collections and hate that I have to wait 3 months before I can view the next. Riccardo Tisci has an innate ability to enthrall you into this world of sumptuous characters, who possess these rich undercurrents. As I watched each look take stage, I immediately wanted to know these women, to uncover their secrets - to inevitably be one of them.
This story, certainly more fanciful than others, still had that unspoken secret kept. Although after careful consideration I feel as though I've weeded out Tisci's full meaning behind the collection. This showing puts me in the mindset of Givenchy in a Disney meadow - Bambi to be precise. Obvious conclusion, I know. With his presence on a few sweatshirts, he seems to flaunt his staying power after making his second reemergence since being used in Stella McCartney's campaigns. I found myself tracing the story through the lines and progression of the collection. Being in the meadow with an array of biker jackets, floral prints and talon heels - a clear representation of hooves. The hunter is of course symbolized in the plaid prints with striking red hair hues. Transcending into morbidly ironic Thumper-esque furs and paisley fire prints, the story shifts a bit with darkness - the forest fire. Finally finishing with the reemerging beauty of the forest in the form of sheer skirts with floral embellishments and dark jumpers. Beautifully capturing regrowth in a somewhat dark and haunted but mesmerizing way. Its life, its love, it is the pursuit of. Tisci never fails to dazzle me with the things he never says. Beautiful collection.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2013

Charlotte Olympia Spring 2013 Collection

source shoerazzi

All of a sudden I have an urge to wear 60's poodle skirts and cardigans. No less the sign of a good collection to make me a bit nostalgic of an era I never experienced. That's some powerful magic Ms. Dellal weaves.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

One Of These Things Is JUST Like The Other

Dion Lee Resort 2013                Alexander Wang Spring 2013 

As much as I love Alexander Wang and his creativity, drive and youthfulness, I cannot turn the other cheek at this blatant mimic of Dion Lee's 2013 Resort. The suspender dress which Wang used as inspiration...clears throat....was used heavily throughout his Spring 2013 RTW. Sure it happens from time to time, but  as a designer himself, I'm sure Alex knows the crushing and all too real world of design infringement. Hopefully this was just a fleeting bout of using too much of someone else's inspiration and will hopefully return to his self orchestrated designs in time for his follow up collection.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Discount Universe Artisanal

And just like that, all of my jackets suddenly seem too light. Because lets face it, who wouldn't want to wear a Texas tuxedo with 20 lbs of studs on studs on denim, all for the low-low price of $3000. Price and weight aside, I am in love with this. Its not my style but I really appreciate its edginess, plus I know this took more time than my attention span has stored. Make sure to take a peak at their leather studded jacket below. Makes me feel a bit ashamed to have once thought that Phillip Lim's version was so covetable - keyword was.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Deborah Secco for GQ

Stunning video...I couldn't help but post.

Monday, September 19, 2011

God Save McQueen

God Save McQueen