Manish Arora SS12
I will say it for the rest of my life: no matter what direction he goes in, Manish Arora is a motherfreaking genius.

What do we all love Arora for? The theatrics. The fun. The playful transcendency. All of which are readily available for Spring/Summer 2012. Those, and a wholly intended introduction to slightly less wild, though just as incredible, ready to wear garments. All sharp, futuristic, and significantly witty. If someone can own a dégradé effect of black and white butterfly-wing sequins trailing into a feather-packed midi dress, they deserve abundant praise.

As for his design debut at Paco Rabanne in just a few days? He says “…that’s going to be a show“. Eep! View Post

Chanel PFW Runway Brad Kroenig
Chanel has done glaciers. Chanel has done lions. Now? Chanel has done the Jardin des Tuileries. Karl Lagerfeld definitely did some handywork on the Grand Palais to produce his enormous runway garden. We’re talking 80-piece orchestra, 85 looks, 5 minutes per walk enormous. The clothes were exquisite from the pastel tweeds to chic and fur-trimmed separates. It was the best collection I’ve ever seen from Chanel. As reported on Fashion TV, Inès de la Fressange made her celebrated return to Chanel and closed the show arm-in-arm with Lagerfeld. This was the holy grail, readers. View Post

Kenzo PFW Runway
Happy 40th birthday to Kenzo! The fantastic designer duo of Kenzo Takada and Antonio Marras showcased their Spring/Summer 2011 looks for Paris Fashion Week on a revolving stage at Cirque d’Hiver; a ‘music box with forty ballerinas‘ as far as press talk goes. In a quality display of East-meets-West fashion, a fairy tale collection worthy of Kabuki theatre celebrated one specific theme (out of forty) per outfit. Perfect, wearable garments from look one through forty. View Post

Viktor and Rolf PFW Runway Frida Gustavsson
I hear all you need to create a masterpiece is a plain shirt, though I would probably add the Dutch duo of Viktor and Rolf to seal the deal. Their goal for Paris Fashion Week was to inspire femininity through the white-collared wardrobe staple, and boy did they. We saw dresses with lengthy personality disorders, gathered Elizabethan shoulders, collar multiplicity, and gowns that were lending themselves to cubism. It was a nip and tuck affair, and delightful from beginning to a “White Wedding” end. View Post

Dries Van Noten PFW Runway Mirte Maas
If you have qualms about simplicity as a style statement, check out the Spring/Summer 2011 collection from Dries van Noten. While I cant remember a season I haven’t been ecstatic over new Noten, these pieces really hooked the love I have for oriental expositions. The dignified tailoring managed to quietly knock the fashion world’s cashmere socks off. View Post