Glacial Glamour Vogue Russia
I love the way Vincent Peters‘ photography incorporates multiple uses of layering and lighting adjustments, yet can be viewed seamlessly. In the photographer’s spread for the November 2011 issue of Vogue Russia, “Glacial Glamour“, Ginta Lapi┼ća and her equally-extraordinary background models are set to seductive perfection. Ekaterina Mukhina did a beautiful job with the styling, as well. View Post

I knew I was going to fall in love, but I’m pretty sure I’m now ready to have kids with this video.

All you need to know: music video, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova, Yasmin Le Bon, rock and roll, The Savoy, cameos, sex, Dolce & Gabbana, groupies, glamour, Jonas Akerlund; Duran Duran – Girl Panic.

Grab nine-and-a-half minutes worth of glittery popcorn.

Balmain SS12
Though it is unrealistic to expect that we all will be able to afford the pieces presented, Balmain for Spring/Summer 2012 is going to give fresh, worldwide inspiration to many a fashionista.

Olivier Rousteing had a lot on stake this season. It was the young (and hot, ahem) designer’s first season at the reigns of the label after working under Christophe Decarnin for two years, and he certainly impressed. With not a raised brow in the room, Balmain’s ferocious rock and roll edge took not a step out of line.

With Rousteing’s MO being to mix the tailoring of Mexico and the glamour of Vegas without watering Balmain down, he turned out a brilliant, refined collection. With chrome, gold, black and icy white literally sparkling it’s way into view from backstage, we all experienced insta-love over second skin style dresses, beautifully embellished and fringed jackets, as well as enough leather and studs to please the baddest ‘bad girl’ around. View Post

Dolce Gabbana SS12
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana impressed me so significantly with their last D&G show that I half-expected myself to be let down by Dolce & Gabbana‘s current season. I mean, the odds of two knockout collections in one week…?

They’ve done it, anyway. Dolce & Gabbana for Spring/SUmmer 2012 was an all-out visual extravaganza. Inspired by a picturesque summertime in a small, southern Italian town circa 1950, the fiocus, flare and farmer’s market glamour a term I never thought I’d use – was absolutely stunning. There was a fit and flow to dresses that I have been dying to see since New York Fashion Week, and a radiant, bedazzled descant throughout.

With Sophia Loren singing out the lyrics to “Mambo Italiano” over waves of labyrinthine construction, the collection was the antithesis of guidette, Jersey Shore “Italian”; it was dazzling sophistication. View Post

BCBG Max Azria SS12
If Max and Lubov Azria had to make one thing for the rest of their lives, I would hope they’d opt for dresses. Even when they take a slight departure from glamour and head towards Sporty Town as they have for Spring/Summer 2012. The move from minimalism is finally here. As wearable as their designs were last season, the duo have done a great job pulling in the athletic chic; sheer panels, then hoodies, chiffon pleats, then drop-waists and low slung pockets. The balance was flirty and extremely contemporary with angled panels, spliced fabrics, and a casual feel that represented a loosening of the industry’s belts.

Transitioning from bra-like straps towards the end of the show, accessories such as wooden, bronze-embroidered platform print sandals and edgy envelope clutches seemed to resonate with the style sense of megafan (and front-row guest) Sophia Bush. There were definite hints of a tribal theme that I predict will be the major trend of Spring/Summer 2011. View Post