Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Daily Jewelery 4/29

Lately I've been decking my wrists with all things magnificent. I think my ring obsession has led to a new world- bracelets. I also have a new passion for any kind of snake/serpent jewelery. Watch out passe hippie stores- I'm coming.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Backstage at Galliano

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. -Aldous Huxley

Unknown are the vast seas of enchantment that the Galliano backstage photos bring. The golden waves of immaculate color bring forth the beauty of chaos. The underbelly of a fashion show, hats, lights, dresses... all hallucinatory. All of these photos were taken by Mark Leibowitz and were temporarily on display privately last week.

Imgsource: fashioncult

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Versace Safety pin dress

Long ago, before Donatella, there was Gianni. I'm talking about Versace. Possibly the most infamous red carpet dress ever worn in the time of the 90s - the Versace safety pin dress was worn by Elizabeth Hurley in 1994. V magazine recently named the dress one of the top five little black dresses ever- and rightly so. I've never loved safety pins as much as when I saw them on Joe Strummer's pants; but then I saw this dress.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Manish Arora F 2009

I still remember the the day Hussein Chalayan dissapointed me- March 8, 2009 during Fall Fashion week in Paris. I was expecting more of his modern avant-garde. More eloquent technology transcending into fashion. But those things were nowhere to be found. So where did I get my fill for my love of lavish outrageousness? Manish Arora! An Indian designer based in New Delhi who presents his collections in either London or Paris. With the structure of Balenciaga, the colors reminiscent of a rainbow, and the fine detail of Lacroix, Arora creates some kind a catharsis of FUN.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dior Joaillerie

Gaze upon the magnificence, gander at the galactic gaudiness, and feast your eyes upon these baubles of joy. It's decadence knocking at your door, littered with resin ladybugs and gleaming topaz. Dior's rings are almost as fantastic as Betsey Johnson's. If only the price matched! @ myprestigium

Monday, April 20, 2009

Jean Cocteau's La belle et la bête

You've undoubtedly seen Disney's Beauty and The Beast, but have you seen Cocteau's La belle et la bête? In comparison, Disney's is far subordinate. Its pastels seem cadaverous to Cocteau's black and white excellence. Though it is a matter of preference. Surrealistic opulent madness, or catered regularity. The raw revelry dispels any fear of the immediate strangeness of the film. Just look at the costumes.

Produced in 1946 by poet, surrealist, novelist, dramatist, boxing manager, playwright, and filmmaker: Jean Cocteau.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

It's Karl

What a distinctive persona, what a colorful character, what an insulting old eclectic man... Karl Lagerfeld- the icon. The gloves, the glasses, the hair... 70 years of life, and over 50 years of work in the fashion industry.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cardin's empire

Born in Italy in 1922, Pierre Cardin later moved to France to study architecture. He subsequently worked with Elsa Schiaparelli and eventually became the head of Christian Dior's tailleure atelier in 1947. He was offered a position over at Balenciaga, but denied, because he could. Cardin was the first to brilliant designer to expand haute couture to Japan's markets. From there, he built his empire up with housewares, American Motors, and even restaurants and food products.

His clothes- space age, geometric based patterns - remain new classics. His general rule of thumb seemed to be experimental, not practical. Criticism rained over his collections often, for "ignoring the female body form." I disagree. My love for the creator of the bubble dress and king of the avant-garde 60's is everlasting!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

" We are the slaves of objects around us...

...and appear little or important according as these contract or give us room to expand." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

That was supposed to be the overall epic empowerment of this editorial from Vogue Italia's March issue - though debate has risen to the occasion and asked many to ponder whether this was best expressed through the medium of photography or the medium of the clothing and the existentialism related showcased boxes of human beings. Was it a debacle? Some crazy hats and some Judith Leiber bags and it's good enough for most anyone. Give that stylist a lollipop.