Diane Von Furstenberg finished off her Spring/Summer 2012 show in the most brilliant way. After a brilliant showing of diverse (yet all somehow classic) garments – the “Beginnings” collection – she strutted down the runway to Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” (“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day”…the ultimate shower song) while handing out tiny American flags. It was September 11th, and Diane was spreading love as far as she possibly could.
You could see it in the clothes, as well. There was a no-frills approach to ladylike silhouettes that still managed to wow with beautiful sorbet colouring, expert draping, and elegant embellishments with no agenda. It was romantic, warm, remarkably patterned, and offered an exuberant foundation for any woman’s Spring wardrobe. View Post
Anyone call for red carpet glamour? New York, apparently, as Zac Posen recently returned from his two season stint in Paris. All it took was a second’s glimpse at his Spring/Summer 2012 collection to have the City That Never Sleeps welcome him back with expertly toned arms.
Anyone with an aversion to hourglass shapes and corsets…it is time to jump ship. Posen can give Coco Rocha mega hips, elongate and flare like the best of them, and charm the Spanx onto any woman. He knows how to work a woman’s body. As always, much of the inspiration was from Old Hollywood, and the most impressive pieces were the – strapless, ombre, bustier, tulle, halter, satin, etc – gowns. I’m sure this post will be linked a lot during awards season.
On top of the voluptuous drama, the accessories were also a treat. Charlotte Olympia provided the complimentary footwear (in black, gold, nude and silver with a silver heel), Elizabeth Cole jewellery provided the ‘cherries on top’, Judith Leiber provided clutches, and sunglasses were provided by Illesteva. I wish runways would install shopping cart software. View Post
Skivvies is a great word, isn’t it? Almost on par with underoos. Whichever word you prefer to use for the small pieces of fabric between our clothes and bodies, here are some photos of Rihanna in them. In an Armani underwear campaign shot by Steven Klein for Fall/Winter 2011, the beautiful songstress sports newly chopped and peroxided hair – but not much else. You have to give it to her, the mix of Rihanna’s flawless physique and a Lincoln Continental could sell anyone Armani’s lingerie. View Post
Though Christian Siriano is sometimes faulted for having “a lot of look” (thank you, Tim Gunn), the Project Runway alumni never hits a bad note in my book. This season, the talented designer was inspired by sea creatures – he employed clusters of chiffon ruffles to mimic barnacles and strung oceanic chartreuse hues throughout heavier pieces. It’s easy to see that when Siriano wants to do chartreuse, he does chartreuse.
What was especially interesting about his Spring/Summer 2012 collection was that with the drama (overwhelming organza, unrestrained tulle, drastic eveningwear) came dialed down power pieces (pleated maxiskirts, striped tees, palazzo pants). The perspective wasn’t as streamlined as many editor’s would prefer, but damn, this man can create extraordinary beauty like few others. View Post