Sexy, sexy Haute Couture. The fifth kicked off Paris’ Couture delights, and no-one has yet to dissapoint. See my top picks from Maison Martin Margiela, Jean Paul Gaultier, Elie Saab, Christian Dior, Chanel, Armani Prive and Alexis Mabille below.
Lady Gaga is a style icon, and sometimes in the worst ways. We’ve all seen the overweight party girls trying to pull off her revealing bodysuits and lifelong flat-wearers delving into the world of mega-platforms under her fashionable influence. It’s never a pretty sight. Sight being the key word of her latest fashion accusations.
FDA Spokeswoman Karen Riley is accusing Gaga of starting the trend of circle contacts (featured in the music video for Bad Romance). The risk run from these lenses is legitimate as poor-fitting lenses can cut off oxygen to your eyes and cause blindness in the most extreme cases.
Gaga is certainly not to blame, however. The asian community in particular have been obsessed with these contacts for years as you can see on websites like Lens Circle. If you’re wanting a long-term version, I would recommend speaking to an optician. A $20-30 dollar deal will never be worth permanent damage to your eyes.
Gossip Girl has been close to jumping the shark throughout season three. To be frank, there were too many plotlines, too many guest ‘stars’ (13 recurring, 6 pop-ins, and 4 cameos excluding the regular cast of 9?!), and too many episodes that lacked structure. It’s The O.C. all over again. Heads up, Josh Schwartz.
Luckily, the fashion remains near-perfect and the past two days of filming for season 4 in Paris show us exactly why. Blair Waldorf, played by the gorgeous Leighton Meester, rivals all other ensembles in my favourite Moschino dress of S/S 2010. Catch her, Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen), Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass) and the rest of the overprivileged Upper East Side starting Monday, September 13, 2010 at 9/8c on the CW.
A huge chunk of high street stores have bastardized the term ‘vintage‘. In the eye of the PRs, it seems like vintage can be a design that has been produced a week ago as long as it’s in a grandma-esque floral print.
As far as professionals are concerned, anything designed within the past 15 years is considered contemporary. I believe this should be stretched to at least 20 years considering MC Hammer pants do not come close to my idea of vintage.
Vintage clothing also falls into a seperate group than clothes that are just plain old. While a fifty-year-old dress is absolutely not contemporary fashion, a vintage collector would never yearn for it if it was worn beyond wear and a mass-produced mistake. Thrift and vintage are not one in the same. True vintage has value and generally does not have room for short-lived trends ie. zoot suits, though the longer an item is kept in great condition and the more unique or couture the item is, the more it is worth.
As clothes reach their 100th birthday, they are labelled antique. These pieces tend to be of museum quality as most mass retail pieces will end up looking like old socks by this time.
Vintage couture can be some of the most beautiful works of art and definitely worth searching for – just don’t do so in your local Oxfam.
Patricia van der Vliet for Vogue Nippon August 2010
Candid Patricia van der Vliet
Poor Patricia lost an arm to Photoshop.