And I didn’t even Climax…

Shock and awe isn’t a new tactic in the fashion world. In fact, shock and awe is the axis at which the planet of fashion revolves around. This is especially true concerning the rise and fall of a creative or an artistic director of any well-known establishment, house or label. In the spring of 2011, fashion headlines everywhere ran with the story of Christophe Decarnin parting ways, after only five years, with the luxurious house of Balmain. The aftermath of that colossal earthquake news was his replacement, Olivier Rousteing. A young, fresh faced twenty something year kid who spent a few years assisting Decarnin. A virtual unknown. And the universe buzzed. Would Rousteing triumphantly rise to the occasion or would he fail? Would he push the label farther than Decarnin or send it plummeting to its death? So many questions, doubts and fears. But in his short stint at Balmain, Rousteing has managed to surprisingly prove most of his critics wrong. He not only has kept the label afloat but assisted with its continued rise in popularity with the hot, young and rich crowd. And unlike another young designer*, suddenly thrust into a gigantic pair of shoes at Balenciaga, Rousteing found his footing instantly and silently, gained the necessary momentum needed to push Balmain into a dominating and influential position. His creative approach, a cautious mixture of preserving the house’s decadent aesthetic and Decarnin’s flamboyant exuberance was an instantaneous hit. And like Sarah Burton, Rousteing was unofficially crowned the Midas of fashion, turning everything he touched into gold. (Burton was named creative director at Alexander McQueen in May of 2010, after the designer’s tragic death)

Fast forward to Paris Fashion Week. On September 25, 2014 the fashion crowd and critics gathered, eagerly awaiting the golden boy’s latest sensation, his spring Pret-a-Porter 2015 collection. Heavily influenced by pop culture and the red carpet sirens he frequently dresses, Rousteing’s most recent work is…dismal and unoriginal. There was no brilliance. No boldness. No opulence. From the sleek bondage influenced pieces, the overexposed body parts, to the impeccable tailoring, the runway told a tale of an unexcitable story. It read boring, had a sort of rushed assembled-like quality and appeared as though he designed it for a lone individual more or less, not for the masses. He is quoted saying the influential muse behind his spring collection is pop starlet Rihanna and while there is no harm in having an inspirational figure as muse, perhaps Rousteing should have put more thought into using her as a creative point of origin rather than the finality as the birth of his collection. In the September issue of US Harper’s Bazaar, he said, “I think fashion is like sex…when you do the show, that’s the orgasm.” Well sir, if the Paris show was our infamous romp in the sack, I am one (of many) dissatisfied lover.

 *Next post, I’ll talk about Alexander Wang’s spring collection at Balenciaga!

 

 

For more of the collection, check out www.style.com!

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Mood Board Inspiration: A man’s World

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The iconic movie, Annie Hall featured young Hollywood starlet Diane Keaton, epitomized the style of menswear for women.  Nothing excites me more than contrasting ideologies mashed perfectly together to create an effortless bold look.  A boyfriend blazer or jeans, a panama or fedora, a vest can be incorporated into any wardrobe to achieve this style.  One of my favorite old Hollywood actress and style icon, Marlene Dietrich, was known to wear men’s trousers and tuxedos in public.  And despite the type of clothing, a woman can still be feminine and sexy in menswear.  Designers  such as Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld and Phoebe Philo have all translated entire collections into a swirl of polished dainty menswear for women.  Get inspired today!

*My fav to go ensemble is a pair of great boyfriend jeans, a fitted tee/blazer and cute flats!

 

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Spring 2014 Wishlist

 

 

     Spring is the season of new beginnings, it is when we shed off our wintery skin (wardrobe) and layers and replace it with lighter fabrics and more vivid selections. The fashions gods in New York, London and Paris have spoken and since I have a direct line to said gods (yes I do, in my mind lol) here is a quick recap of Spring 2014 RTW. Draw inspiration to create your own original version of spring’s wishlist!*

 

New York:

Prints, prints and more prints! Whether tribal or mixed, prints were splattered all over the runway as designers found new and innovative ways to showcase them. Other great color combos were: pastels+neutrals, white+black and white+metallics.

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London:

It was all about bold, modern and sleek fashion in the City, think hipster cool kid with chic sophisticate. Most designers stuck with a contemporary white+black palette, mixing in a splash of color as a personal signature, while others went wild with lustrous fruity colors.

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Paris:

Bring on the seductive lady of fashion! Designers here turned the volume all the way up on femininity and were not afraid to show some skin! The collections kept in mind the effortless construction and delicate balance that makes a Parisian woman the ideal style tutor.

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*wishlist: Provocative term used to describe the must haves of the moment or season

 

 

 

 

All photos courtesy of style.com