Sunday, December 30, 2007
This year, I will be ringing in the New Year in this lovely little DvF number:
I'm a sucker for a simple strapless dress, but there's a pretty awesome sliver exposed zipper down the side that jazzes it up a bit. I plan on wearing it with these purple tights:
And, if all goes to plan (read: if I can rearrange my bank accounts to accommodate them), these little Stella McCartney beauties will be on my feet:
A good way to start 2008, I'd say. Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 29, 2007
(Miuccia may be the center of our world, but she's certainly not the center of everyone's.
Which is refreshing.)
P.S. Today, C'est La Mode is 6 months old! Happy Birthday to me! Thanks for sticking around, loves...
Friday, December 28, 2007
But it worked. She tricked me, and all of us, because we're all still drooling:
Or maybe we're drooling over Sasha?
(So she's been Miss Prada for ages, so what? I'm sorry, I was not a fan of the perpetually surly Megan Collision - on the far left.)
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Rachel Roy's pre-fall collection had sort of a gilded-safari theme - which is pretty much exactly what Proenza Schouler did for Spring 2008 - with a touch of Lanvin belted goddess gown, Balenciaga fringe, and YSL sleeveless blazer thrown in:
Above left: Rachel Roy pre-fall 2008. Above right: Proenza Schouler spring 2008.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Also, what was the deal with Anja Rubik making the list? Sure, she's adorable, but if there's only one model spot on the list, I'm surprised it didn't go to Agyness. Or Irina. Or even Stam -- as much as I wish that girl would just open her eyes, you do have to give her props for that amazing backless Dior Couture number at the Costume Institute Gala...
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Ah, Missoni. I have mixed feelings about Missoni, only because I think they bank on the fact that people love totally identifiable high fashion (hey zigzags!) and I'm not really down with that. However, I do appreciate that they've been branching out a bit more recently -- and I did like their pre-fall, I will confess.
I'm easy to win over, though. Give me some minis with opaque black tights and I am so on board:
Above: Cute cute cute outfit, though I'm ambivalent about these gloves.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
This one's a bit trickier than, say, the Poiret show.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's latest Costume Institute exhibit not only is a show of beautiful clothes, but an experiment in tying said beautiful clothes into technology. The show, called blog.mode (I'm going to refrain here from making the obvious but totally inaccurate claim that the Met stole my blog's name), is made up of about 40 pieces, from an Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci dress from 2007 to 18th century costumes.
I like the idea of dialogues about fashion, obviously. And it's certainly an interesting idea, making a museum exhibit into a blog, or a blog into a museum exhibit. But maybe this is just a bit too postmodern for me... can't we just talk about it instead?
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I know you're just too cool for school and all, back on the runways and styling Alexander Wang shows and everything. I also understand that the weather was awful. But maybe you could have brought a bag with you -- not only could it have held a backup pair of shoes, but it also would have been a great place to stash your Parliaments before the party, because I'm pretty sure you can't smoke in the Guggenheim.
You want to be cool and different, and I get that. You didn't want to wear the waterfall dress, I get that too. But I really think you could have pulled something together that wasn't a pair of leggings and a beanie.
Think about it.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I wonder if Anna Wintour will come up with her own card -- maybe she will be Mrs. Claus? Rudolph? Frosty? Oooh, Frosty...
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
We all love clothes -- this much is obvious. But one of my favorite aspects of spring and fall fashion weeks is the story. Roll your eyes if you want, but most (good) collections have an idea, even a narrative. There's a direction, a theme... like dark pixies in the forest. Putting your underwear on over your pants. Futuristic floral armor, or even something about the Amish (yes Zac Posen, I'm still making fun of you). Et cetera.
This brings me to my beef with pre-fall -- there's no story!
Case in point: Narciso Rodriguez.
Above: I AM BORED TO TEARS.
Pre-fall, I have concluded, is something to fill the racks at Bergdorf while everyone waits for the interesting, actual-fall pieces. I am against this.
Considering my newfound aversion to pre-fall collections, I shouldn't comment on any of the other collections -- but I do feel like I should mention former Gucci designer Alessandra Facchinetti's first collection as the new boss lady of Valentino.
Facchinetti succeeded in avoiding both her sex-bomb Gucci girl and the ladylike (stuffy?) Valentino woman, but the collection was neither here nor there. It was chic, sure, but it bothered me a bit that I couldn't see either her past or Valentino's past in it. I can appreciate that she's maybe trying to evolve the brand -- but the collection, though beautiful, was just not very notable.
Above: I do like this cropped, skinny, pleated pant -- but I can guarantee that it will look terrible on anyone who's not a model. Even the thought of being able to use the words "pegged" and "pleated" to describe a pair of pants should strike fear into the hearts of fashionistas everywhere.
Above: Again, I'll give her the "evolving the brand" benefit of the doubt. But my question is: are we evolving the brand towards Helmut Lang?
Above: I don't want you to think I'm picking on you, Alessandra -- this is a gorgeous dress.
What do you guys think of the first collection from the new kid on the block?
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
If you can get past the horrible music and even more horrible Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry, go to Intermix -- insane amounts of designer merchandise is getting marked down. In the next few days, I will be purchasing this Stella McCartney dress (marked down from $875 to $259):
and my aforementioned, heart-stoppingly wonderful Chloe poncho sweater (from $800 to $249).
I also will have my eyes on these weirdly awesome Stella pumps, in case they get marked down again (and I'm sure they will);
Monday, December 10, 2007
christian, jack and kit (fag, fag and hag) chris, steven and sweet p (fag, fag, and hag) ricky, victorya and elisa (fag, hag and huh...what? where? dragon tooth? unicorn horn?) rami, jillian and kevin angel fatone (fag, hag and former member of boyband)"
#2. Victory! Fashionista.com reports that those thieves who stole the goods from Sonia, Marc, Christopher Kane, etc have been caught!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
A confession: sometimes I worry that, despite the fact that I spend about 80% of every day thinking about fashion, I can't possibly be that into it because I really just want this boring old strapless colorblock DvF dress -- this is such an Emily dress. I mean, Diane von Furstenberg is a relatively respected designer, sure, but she's admittedly not doing anything envelope-pushing or groundbreaking.
Do I need to start wearing kabuki makeup a la Diana Vreeland or crazy hats a la Isabella Blow?
Friday, December 7, 2007
I don't think I like the idea very much. Spring, Fall, definitely. Couture and resort are pretty specific, so I'll give them that. But if pre-fall's going to start blowing up and Mr. Lagerfeld and Mr. de la Renta are going to do 60+ look pre-fall collections... I don't know, maybe I'm just sentimental and want to preserve the sanctity of Spring and Fall fashion weeks. Psh.
Above: Love Agyness (I know, I know). Love the bowler hat. Hate bubble hems. Go to H&M if you want this skirt.
Above: Oh no! Lindsay Ellington, you forgot your pants! But really - this is an awesome coat.
Above: Very cool-classic-Chanel but a little bit goth also. And with Amy Winehouse-esque bouffant and cat-eyes. Maybe a bit too much going on here, now that I think of it.
Above: Now this is cool. This I can get behind, though I can't quite figure out if that's a skirt or pants (I guess I should just be happy that they didn't put Freja in something short, because her legs are so skinny they make me a little uncomfortable).
Above: Who knew Devon Aoki was still modeling? Who cares, really-- this dress is perfect.
Above: Does this remind anyone else of Prada's spring collection? A little? Maybe?
PLUS: A special C'est La Mode contest! Whoever can figure out who's singing in the background of all these pictures wins one million brownie points. Want a hint?
... It's Irina Lazareanu. Sorry, I'm not good with secrets. But cool, right?
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Zac Posen redeemed himself from his ridiculous Amish-themed spring collection with some lovely (and more restrained) looks:
Above: These two have the classic Zac structure, but are young and cute. Gorgeous, and gorgeous.
Above: The 20's look I've been LONGING for. I wish it wasn't baby pink, but the dress itself is perfect. Maybe in a pretty dove gray?
Above: It wouldn't be a Zac Posen collection without a dress like this.
That camel color, that structured blazer, those big pleates. Above left: Oscar de la Renta pre-fall 2008. Above right: Miu Miu fall 2007.
Chanel's hardly got a trademark on a tweed skirtsuit, but that flower detail is just a little too familiar to me. Above left: Oscar de la Renta pre-fall 2008. Above right: Chanel from whenever.
Billowing, lighter-than-air kelly green creations. Above left: Oscar de la Renta pre-fall 2008. Above right: Lanvin spring 2008.
Jackson Pollack-esque splatters on otherwise sweet dresses. Above left: Oscar de la Renta pre-fall 2008. Above right: Yves Saint Laurent resort 2008.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
(It's Jay McCarroll's Project Runway blog.)
Make sure you read the whole thing.
I don't even need to watch the show anymore, I just want to read this.
Scrolling down, she's so chic; I love the cloche hat, that fur collar, the double breasted jacket. Then, I get to the Docs. Sure, it's that "tough girl" thing we've been talking about all fall -- I blame Chloe's Paolo Melim Andersson, who's responsible for this:
Maybe I'm just destined for the boring life of ballet flats, but I think I'm okay with that.