Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Travel in Style: Chanel Spring/Summer 2016

WHAT: Chanel RTW Spring/Summer 2016. Karl Lagerfeld--and his no-money-limits Chanel bosses--turned Paris' Grand Palais into a "Chanel Airport Terminal" where models checked into the fantasy all-Premium Class (one presumes) Chanel Airline flights.

Grand Palais Terminal: Chanel Spring/Summer 2016

As someone who has spent plenty of hours at an airport terminal waiting for their delayed flight, I can attest to the fact that I pass the time by staring at the usually not-so good display of fashion on display at the airport. Just because it's such an awful place to have to go to (hello security!), doesn't mean you should get a pass for dressing so terribly. And that was Lagerfeld's point.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Christian Dior Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2016

What: Christian Dior by Raf Simons Spring/Summer 2016 RTW. Loads of delphiniums shipped to decorate the tent where the House of Dior was showing its latest Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-to-Wear collection. Rihanna was there (probably also shipped via First Class by the Dior peeps), as well as other fashionista notables, including the always-chic Marisa Berenson. There was an air of the South of France, Victoriana inspiration as well as lightness about it all. Spring/Summer 2016 will be light and delicate as those delphiniums, according to Raf Simons, Creative Director of Christian Dior.

Rihanna, Marisa, Delphiniums--Christian Dior RTW Spring/Summer 2016

Trends: Scalloped edged handkerchief cotton voile dresses, tops, shorts; looser coats/jackets; voluminous styles; drop shoulder; exaggerated shoulders/sleeves; night-gowns; cropped Bermuda shorts; hi-lo shapes (shorter in front/longer in back).
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Feminine McQueen: Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2016

What: Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Spring/Summer 2016. Ethereal light McQueen via Sarah Burton. Collection was inspired by the 17th-century silk weavers of Spitalfields, members of the Huguenot Protestant faith who fled religious persecution in France and settled in London’s East End, according to Creative Director Sarah Burton. A new "relaxed" look for the Alexander McQueen house.

Trends: Ruffles; cropped jackets; lace; flower prints; romantic dresses; feminine "light" dressing; lacing; leather for Spring; Edwardian sleeves.

Colors: White, red, black, blush, powder pink, metallics.
Saturday, October 03, 2015
Ana Cristina: Model Fab--from "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" to NY and Paris Fashion Weeks

Looking at all the pics from the most recent Paris Fashion Week--as well as NY Fashion Week, I was struck by a familiar face: model Ana Cristina. Where it first hit me was at the most recent Balmain Spring/Summer 2016 show in Paris (I wasn't there but it was just from photos, thank you very much!). But I was like "Wait! I KNOW HER!": Ana Cristina was one of the models on "Project Runway: Under The Gunn"...

Ana Cristina at  Balmain Spring/Summer 2016
Blue Witches: Comme des Garçons Spring/Summer 2016

What: Comme des Garçons by Rei Kawakubo Spring/Summer 2016. Entitled "Blue Witches", explained by Kawakubo's husband Adrian Joffe, as "Powerful women who are misunderstood, but do good in the world". Avant-Garde to the 9th degree. Very Comme des Garçons. Experimental,; voluminous; non-referential.  Exciting for fashion.
This collection should be a perfect reference when it comes to future "Project Runway" contestants/designers and when and if they have to do an Avant-Garde look in the Avant-Grade Challenge. I'm curious to see what this season's Avant-Grade Challenge will be and how the designers will do...
Sex on the Sahara: Balmain Spring/Summer 2016

What: Balmain by Olivier Rousteing Spring/Summer 2016. Saharienne Tribal-Meets-Kim Karadashian-West. Rousteing continues his homage to la Kim K with an entire collection that screams her name and body type. Sex Sells and no one knows this better than the 29-year-old designer. Fabulous Michael Jackson soundtrack. Return of Brazilian early 2000's supermodel Caroline Ribeiro who opened and ended the show.

Trends:The "Kim Kardashian-West Look". Retro-Sexy; tight and tighter; peek-a-boo cut outs; cross-body tops; macrame; Fearless Glamazon; late 1980's/early 1990's shapes, silhouettes; Big Leg-o-Mutton-type sleeves; volants/ruffles; cropped bomber jackets; Moto jackets; leather; suede; shoulder pads; Azzedine Alaia with a dash of Herve Leger.

Colors: Mustard yellow, tan brown, leaf green, Mediterranean blue, black, light tan, ivory
Classroom to Contentious to Retail: Lifetime Network's Season 14 "Project Runway" Episode 9 "JustFab" Challenge

The JustFab Challenge: This week on Lifetime's Season 14 "Project Runway" the designers had to create a so-called "High Fashion" look that would be mass-produced and sold on the JustFab site. JustFab is one of the show's sponsors, providing the accessories for the contestant's looks. Their creations were to be "inspired" by JustFab Style Personas including "Bombshell", "Trendsetter", "Girl Next Door", "Modern Classic", and "Femme Nouveau". It all made for a rather confusing directive, challenge and especially, runway judging. The episode began harmlessly enough...
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