Last night, Gossip Girl celebrated it’s 100th episode with a party at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. For once, I think both Leighton Meester and Blake Lively hit it out of the red-carpet-park.
Leighton wore an ecru Balmain strapless mini dress with a floaty skirt and great front-clasp details. Her Jimmy Choo sandals pulled the look together while keeping all eyes on the beautifully constructed dress.
Then we have Blake Lively in a bold dress from Marchesa Spring/Summer 2012. Elaborate embroidery and fringe presents the risk of looking overdressed, but works on Blake’s tall frame and easygoing beauty aesthetic. Paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and Versace’s crystal embellished platform d’Orsay sandals, she looked absolutely beautiful.
Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri are quite the dream team. The Valentino designers took risks this season, utilising what some would consider to be far too many flowers and far too much lace and embroidery. In fact, it was – as Goldilocks said – just right.
Of the ultra-fresh collection, Piccioli said “fashion is a dream, and in this moment we need dreams”. Especially dreams for Hollywood’s greatest, who can find a year worth of red-carpet dresses in their Spring/Summer 2012 collection.
Inspirations came from Georgia O’Keeffe, Tina Modotti, and photographs by Deborah Turbeville, which inspired me in turn. I am lusting beyond belief. Valentino hand-painted florals and inset lace into paper-thin leather, for chrissakes. They even used it on a trench-coat! Faint. View Post
If and when I am asked the inevitable fashion stylist question – “Who is your favourite fashion designer?” – Marchesa is always the first name that comes to mind.
Inspired by the sea (“Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom” by Ilya Repin and sea life drawings by Ernst Haeckel), the Spring/Summer 2012 collection couldn’t have left me on a bigger high. It was Marchesa; sculptural, thoughtful, fanciful and unique. Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman have found the perfect partners in each other, as the neutral-heavy collection was so multi layered (tulle, embroidery, mesh, draped organza) it felt like four couture collections in one. They defy gravity and drop jaws all at once. View Post
Though it’s somewhat of an impossibility, Charles Dickens’ Miss Havisham was Miss New York during the beginning of Fashion Week-age, being confirmed as the muse for Prabal Gurung and Marchesa. Speaking of the latter, designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have stolen my heart yet again. They used every trick in the book, and then created some of their own. I mean….holy corsetry/tulle/embroidery – I am coveting the chance to see these out of their halcyon presentation. The top five looks are below! View Post