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The musings, rantings, longings, and fawnings of a teenage fashion maven with a propensity for writing.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Let's just start over...shall we?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A message to Zac Posen.

LEAVE TOWN NOW
You're dead to me, kid.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hit the road, Jac?

Monika Jagaciak is the belle du jour.
She's booked New York left and right (here she is at Hervé Leger) and shows no signs of stopping. It is even rumored that she has opened Calvin Klein today, the most watched show in terms of casting.
She is beautiful. She is pretty. She is pale. She is pencil thin. Look at her!
(Yawn.)
I know I'm beating a dead horse, but haven't we seen enough anemic Eastern European androids?
Yeah, I guess I am a bit bothered.
Her ubiquitous success is almost alienating
I'm not saying she looks bad.
I'm not saying she's ugly.
I'm not saying she's mean.
I'm not saying she's a bad model.

I'm just saying I'm bored.


Back Back Back.

Oh yes.
I am back.
...again.
(Gonna go hide now.)
It's so hard to keep this up, I'm sure you can relate.
No time for excuses.
I don't want to bore you.
The fact of the matter is, for now, I'm back.
Just know that.
I've not died. I've just been busy.

(School, theater, speech team, morethatyoumayormaynotcareabout...)
Who cares?

The shows have begun!
I've reporting to do.
Be jubilant!
So, NYFW...
For the most part, it's been alright.
Not great. Not bad.
However, some designers (expected, and unexpected) have shown knockouts, and, more importantly, fearlessness in the face of hard times.
It's reassuring! Refreshing!
BE JUBILANT!
These collections stand out to me for new reasons.
I can feel my tastes changing.
Aside from having innate beauty and general cohesiveness, they all communicate times, places, people, things.
However, when worn, these intricate references melt away and you (the wearer) just look good.
That's
fashion, I guess.
My picks (thus far) are as follows.

Alexander Wang
Wang has a formula...and honestly? It works every time (with subtle changes of course). The collection was all hardcore nineties minimalism (vet models included!) with an aggressive, downtown edge. It wasn't pretty, but that's not to say it wasn't desirable.

Altuzarra
Joseph Altuzarra is the new kid in town. He's worked for Proenza and Givenchy, but his debut solo effort exuded something all it's own. His separates and cocktail dresses were minimal and futurist, but also undeniably sexy. His work with draping was also subtly innovative. This is restraint that translates, and I can't wait to see more.

Carolina Herrera
Carolina's collection made me just so happy. You can't help but think of the woman herself when you think of the Carolina Herrera brand, and I could just feel that knowing aura of aristocracy she exudes when taking in her gorgeous effort for fall. The fabrics were impossibly lush, and there was also an expert mix of debutante and matron in terms of the silhouettes. Call it the bourgeoisie in me, but this sort of assured maximalism is something I live for.

Donna Karan
Move aside. Donna Karen's Office Dominatrix is back witha a vengeance, and you're not worth her time. Back to the coffee machine!

Doo.Ri
Brooding, sleek, sensuous...and wearable? Miss Chung surprised me with a chic black and white collection that is, above all else, extremely covetable.

Hervé Leger
Okay, yeah, I know, right? Hervé Leger. Cut it some slack! This was brazenly sexual...but with a conscience. Azria used colors (earthtones!), textures (braiding?!), and shapes (uni-shoulder pads?!?!) that one would seldom associate with all the Hollywood, form-fitting va-va-voom that the brand entails. Hot.

Hutson
Oh, the Hutsons. How do I love thee! The husband and wife duo's new line (formerly known as Daughters) hit all my soft spots. The color palette was dank, but chic dank (there IS such a thing, mind you). The materials were intensely luxurious and the silhouettes smart, retro, and very Parisian. What's not to love? I hope they never let the pressures of womenswear (they formerly did only mens) hinder their panache for tailoring.

Jenni Kayne

Jenni Kayne is always the same. Such is my love!

Michael Kors
This was a surprise. Most of the time, I almost like Kors, but this collection really resonnated. It was similar to Donna Karan in that it was all about what Kors refered to as "pragmatic luxury", and definitely evoked a powerful, wealthy woman. However, all this practicality had a large dosage of fun to counter it. Three acid-colored fur chubbies felt, rather than perverse, exuberant and daring. The man makes beautiful clothes, but his true dedication to America's jetset is what really shines through and appeals.

Oscar de la Renta
Call him stuffy and call him old guard, but ODLR knows what he's doing. While some of his designs verge on the dated, his color palette, craftmanship, and dedication to the world's womwn of distinction are what make his collections seem not only appropriate, but also quite beautiful. This yellow piece is a sculptural knockout, and this rich color sensibility with accents of gold carried itself throughout the entire collection. The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie gone bold.

Rodarte
I don't think I could really ever truly hate a Rodarte collection, just because I love THE MULLEAVYS so much. The boots were a bit silly, but the frocks and jackets are what made this ethereal, organic collection work. The sillhouette for the dresses (short and sexy) was a tad too rigorous, but the intrigueing marbled fabrics that they were constructed from elevated something potentially tarty to a higher ground of intellectualism. The knit fringing on the jackets was delightfully barbaric. I was reminded of Björk's Homogenic, if you were looking for a reference point. (PSH.)

Victoria Beckham
Give Poshies some credit, okay? Or at least her deign team. It was well-made. It was chic. It was cutting edge. It was (mostly) classy. I'm telling you, HER collection was better than some of our fashion vets'...and I kid you not.

For the full runway shows (in fulls screen), check out Style.com

The shows aren't done yet!
Neither am I...

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sashay, sashay, sashay.

Coco Chanel once said: "Fashion is not simply a matter of clothing."
She was right.
Fashion also about the beautiful women who wear the clothing.
Yes, guys.
Models!
Yes, I know, they're thin and pretty
and that means we automatically have to hate them.
However, the psychology around models
fascinates me to end.
These are the ideal females.
Models are the women whom designers hope
will contribute to their own success.
Plus, they are the centerpieces of some of
the most infinitely luscious imagery on the planet,
the muses to some of its greatest
artists. Here are my top twenty favorite models, listed in order of
preference starting at the bottom. I follow the modeling
industry somewhat obsessively, so be assured
that this is no half-bit job. These are
women who transcend the role of 'anemic coat hanger' and come
dangerously close to that of 'goddess'.

God, I am so gay sometimes.

20. Stella Tennant
She's British nobility...literally. She was the first model to catch my eye, way back when.

19. Lily ColeHumans aren't supposed to look like this. I love it.

18. Evelina MambetovaShe's incredibly eerie for some reason...and I still haven't a clue what her ehtnicity is. So intriguing.

17. Alexandra AgostonShe embodies all things expensive...and carries off Galliano makeup like no other.

16. Lakshmi Menon
She's 26. She's also Indian...not to mention smart as hell. Exemplary.

15. Natalia ChabanenkoAndrogyny and sexiness coexisting to a superlative.

14. Kim NoordaShe's looks like some vampy cartoon...it shouldn't work...but it does.

13. Agyness Deyn
I care not what you say. She is an excellent model with tangible personality...albeit a shitty celebrity.

12. Karen ElsonThe redhead editorial queen of yesterday!

11. Olga ShererThe redhead runway queen of tomorrow!

10. Sessilee LopezSessiee's got sass...and isn't afraid to be a little old school in editorials. She also just HAPPENS to be dating Kanye.

9. Magdalena FrackowiackFuck, she is sexy.

8. Elsa Sylvan She looks delciously evil...and is limitlessly versatile. I love the sharpness of her face.

7. Snejana Onopka
$$$

6. Iekeline StrangeYou can slice carrots with those cheekbones.

5. Coco RochaUnrivaled on print. Inimitable robo-amazon!

4. Amanda Laine
The shape of her face...her pale, pale skin. She exudes melancholy, and it's inspiring.

3. Alice GibbShe is vastly, vastly underrated: an androgynous English rose...a modern Elizabeth! Alexander McQueen, why can't everyone else think like you do?

2.Georgina StojiljkovicHer face is a miracle. The lips, the cheekbones, the nose...plus a killer body? She is a baroque painting. If someone gave me a lump of clay and asked me to sculpt the ideal face, this'd be it.

1. Lara StoneLara is epic in every way. Her body is perfect, in my opinion. And her lips, her teeth! Her face is the sublime synthesis of old-world glamor and cutting edge, bitchy futurism. Yes, she has curves. Yes, she has wonky teeth. She just doesn't give a fuck! And she still books jobs! And campaigns! Vogue Paris is dedicating their next issue to her! Go Lara!

Again...this is subject to change at any given time.
If I say so.

Baby, I'll let you know!

The List

What better way to start the new year then to assess?
Here, as it stands now, is a list of my favorite fashion designers, fashion houses, or in some cases, both.
Yawn. Yeah, I know.
Judge judge judge.
I know what I like.
This is 100% subject to change at any given moment, mind you.
Don't worry.
If such an event were to occur, I'd never dare let you miss out on it.


Everyone needs a list, darling.


Akris by Albert Kriemler


Alexander McQueen


Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere


Basso & Brooke


Bottega Veneta by Thomas Maier


Calvin Klein by Francisco Costa


Christopher Kane


Comme des Garçons by Rei Kawabuko


Daughters by Swaim and Christina Hutson


Erdem


Gareth Pugh


Giambattista Valli


Gianfranco Ferré by
Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi


Giles


Jil Sander by Raf Simons


Lanvin by Alber Elbaz


Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs


Maison Martin Margiela


Marc Jacobs



Marni by Consuela Castiglioni


Prada



Rodarte by Kate and Laura Mulleavy



Roland Mouret


Yves Saint Laurent by Stefano Pilati



About Me

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Really, I don't want to be that stereotypical gay teenager who blogs about fashion...but I'm out of my head for the whole affair, it simply can't be helped! I'm going to communicate what's on my mind, say/do what you will! I do care about said thoughts, though, I cannot lie. I guess I'm somewhat intelligent, but not very mature. I am, in turns, a minimalist and a maximalist. Sorry about...my...wording... I'm fifteen. I live near Boston. Blah. My interests aren't as insular as they appear! I swear! I do theater, I love photography, and I write. Obviously, I suppose. Thanks for humoring me. No, really.

Dears