Posts Tagged ‘louis vuitton’

Plaid Redux

March 27, 2013

Plaid is having a resurgence for Fall 2013, turning up as the pattern of choice for many designers. From Celine’s sublime signature coats,to Hedi Slimane’s controversial ode to grunge for Saint Laurent, today’s plaids are used in a way that is anything but classic.

Mulberry’s over-scaled plaid tunic is covered in clear sequins for a glazed effect.

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Mulberry

Celine works bold plaid into new shapes for Pheobe Philo’s covetable coats and mixed, not matched separates and accessories.

Celine

Celine

Celine

Celine

Tracy Reese cuts a tartan circle skirt, and pairs it with a sequined sweatshirt for a young, urban look.

Tracy Reese

Tracy Reese

Designers, such as Antonio Marras and Aquinlano Rimondi took a more retro, ladylike approach with their mixed media plaid dresses.

Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras

Aquinlano Rimondi

Aquinlano Rimondi

Stella McCartney keeps it light, for her voluminous coat.

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Marc Jacobs kept it short at Louis Vuitton, allowing the pattern to fade into an embellished border on his plaid coat.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Check It Out

January 17, 2013

Checks showed up everywhere for Spring, in all shapes and sizes. Black and white ruled the runway, and the checkerboard led the pack.

Louis Vuitton set the stage for the checkerboard’s comeback, showing chic 60’s inspired looks.

Louis Vuitton

Alexandre Herchkovitz got into the game, with sleek checkerboards in mixed scales.

Alexandre Herchkovitch

Vans have made the checked skateboard shoe iconic.

Vans

Even tights get the checked treatment.

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Mad Hatter

May 16, 2012

The Fall 2013 collections had a theatrical appeal, with clothing and accessories straight out of a Charles Dickens novel. Historical references, and exaggerated shapes were recreated in modern textiles giving us a new vision of the past.

Most remarkable, were the two collections shown by Marc Jacobs; his own eponymous collection, staged in New York and the Louis Vuitton collection, set in a train station in Paris.

Both featured incredible hats designed in collaboration with milliner Stephen Jones.

For Marc Jacobs, Jones created colorful oversized hats, looking like those envisioned by the late Dr. Seuss.

The hats at Louis Vuitton evoked another era, yet were no less spectacular.

Although these are not conducive to day-to-day life, they set the stage for exploring the fantasy world of fashion.

Nobody’s Perfect

March 13, 2011

Supermodel Kate Moss made her return to the runway last week for fashion powerhouse, Louis Vuitton. Known in the 90’s as the original “waif”, Moss has definitely filled out a bit. Still slim by anyone’s standards, we were shocked to see the severe dimpling of cellulite on the back of her thighs.

Those fatty deposits known as cellulite, are a rite of passage for 90% of women, and are almost impossible to get rid of.  A healthy diet, lots of exercise and the avoidance of  alcohol, cigarettes, sugar and sodium are helpful.

Exfoliating and moisturizing the cellulite ridden area helps to alleviate the dimpled look, as does a spray tan. Creams containing caffeine are also thought to have a temporary effect. The bottom line, (no pun intended) is that there is no known treatment that is guaranteed to eliminate cellulite, but generally speaking, the lower the body fat, and the higher the muscle mass is, the less you will see it. And if all else fails, realize that nobody is perfect, even a supermodel.

 

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

October 8, 2010

Perhaps I spoke too soon. Today, as I was editing through the last day of Paris Fashion Week, the grand finale of a month’s worth of fashion shows, I noticed a trend.

Sitting along side Prada’s monkeys and bananas, were Miu Miu’s swans, and Marc Jacob’s entry for Louis Vuitton, the suit with the bottom half of a giraffe printed on the back of the pants, and the head and neck printed on the back of the jacket. If that was not enough, he sculpted the heels of the shoes to resemble animal limbs.

Ok, so I have been known to literally swoon over these collections. People joked that my daughter’s first words would be Prada, and I can find a Miu Miu store anywhere in the world merely by an invisable magnetic force that takes me there. But really guys, nobody wants to look like this. I applaud creativity, but let’s face it, this is just bad.

I feel as though they are sitting together right now, having a good chuckle at our expense. Banana skirts and giraffe suits may ring a note of whimsey, but when several THOUSAND dollars are involved, especially during a recession, the joke falls flat.

If you want to entice the customer to buy, give them something they don’t have, but for goodness sakes, give them something they actually want!

photos: Style.com and  New York Magazine

When Bad Things Happen To Great Designers

July 28, 2010

Marc Jacobs is probably, indisputably the greatest fashion genius in our midst today. He is not only responsible for his eponymous Marc Jacobs collection, but also for the Marc by Marc Jacobs lines for men and women, and the ever exquisite Louis Vuitton collections for men and women. Not to mention the covetable shoes and handbags sold under all 3 labels. With that much to do, he deserves a tiny little slip once in awhile.

So this addition’s lapse in sartorial taste features a look from Mr. Jacobs Fall 2010 collection under his own name. What suburban housewife hasn’t seen this one on the embarrassed Mom who got caught doing morning school drop off with her coat tossed over her nightgown, hovering in the car, hoping to go unnoticed?  I mean, this can’t be a good look on anyone, can it?

BTW, we in New York CIty are not immune to bad “taking the kids to school ” looks. Since we don’t have cars, they tend to be gym clothes, no makeup and a less than fresh ponytail.

photo: style.com

When Bad Things Happen To Great Designers

June 12, 2010

The Louis Vuitton collection for Fall 2010 was perhaps one of the most spectacular shown. Designed by Marc Jacobs, it celebrated the woman, and her form. The silhouettes, reminiscent of the late 40’s into the 50’s were absolutely exquisite. All of them, except this one. Oh Marc, what were you thinking here? I mean, if I had a chance to walk the red carpet, the last thing I would want to wear is a skirt inspired by Little Bo Peep, and a shapeless sweater.

I guess when you turn out collections for men and women under 3 different labels, you are entitled to an error in sartorial judgement once in a while.

photo: Style.com


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