Lara Stone One of a Kind
Every fashionista dreams of spending a day in couture pieces by Jean Paul Gaultier, Armani Prive, Givenchy, Chanel, Dior, Francesco Scognamiglio, Atelier Versace, Valentino and Oscar de la Renta. Lara Stone is the “One of a Kind” model who got to do so with help from stylist Alex White, photographer Craig McDean, and the wonderful W magazine. View Post

Rihanna Vogue
It’s a sexy Rihanna package! This Vogue US cover for April 2011 looks like a homage to either Ariel (The Little Mermaid) or Jessica Rabbit, even though the red-haired songstress wears a stunning embroidered Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 dress. With such a game-changing cover, the actual spread – “Living Out Loud” – left me slightly disappointed.

It is their Shape issue, so I understand the use of the red hot Hervé Léger by Max Azria cutout swimsuit with Alexander Wang open-toe booties, but the styling (by the usually-adored Tonne Goodman) was uncharacteristically minimal from there on out; a Chloé one-shoulder mesh dress and a Donna Karan midnight-blue bodysuit. I believe it is the combination of forced style and the fact that the editorial – photographed by Annie Leibovitz – seemed poorly lit, but after such a cover the rest of the images felt slightly ‘travel catalog’. I hold all four names – Goodman, Leibovitz, Riri and Vogue – in the highest sartorial regard, so expected something a little more inspiring. Video and spread for you below! View Post

Chanel Fall Winter 2011
This has got to be the most excessive-cum-expensive show of Fall/Winter 2011. Though a gargantuan Swedish iceberg was imported for his show this time last year, Karl Lagerfeld decided to volcano-ize his 525-foot runway in the Grand Palais with charcoal, black sand/stone, and smoke. An alternative take on his ‘couture jeggings’ did not stop the show from looking like the remains magnificent, post-apocalyptic, vogueing crater, though the inspiration was largely medieval. To me, the models strutted the audacious side of Chanel as rising phoenixes: roughed up androgyny, beads, quilts, exaggerated pockets, tweed and tailored grunge. See the top five looks below! View Post

Blake Lively Chanel Mademoiselle
Over the weekend, Gossip Girl fashionista Blake Lively trekked to Paris to unveil her first designer campaign for Chanel’s Mademoiselle handbag collection. The ads – which were captured by Chanel‘s incredible creative director Karl Lagerfeld – were shot in Paris’ historic Rue Cambon, and will all be revealed in the next fortnight. Wait and watch your wishlist rack up.

Expression Figurative Anna de Rijk
In my time as a make-up artist for Chanel, I never dreamed of using their cosmetics to create something so fabulous. In Vogue Paris’ “Expression Figurative”, we get a final glimpse of Carine Roitfeld‘s beauty legacy. Shot by Inez & Vinoodh (Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin), Anna de Rijk is the canvas of creativity for stylist Melanie Ward, and essentially an inspiration to the makeup gurus of Youtube alike. View Post