Monday, April 13, 2015

On the Newsstands: Kendall Jenner for Harper's Bazaar US May 2015

Model of the Moment, Kendall Jenner, got her first major couture cover wearing Chanel Spring 2015 Couture on the subscriber cover of Harper's Bazaar US shot by Karl Lagerfeld. Well, I can't say that I love it, but I also can not say that I hate it. I think I would have liked it more without the tulle wrapped beachcomer hat that the dress was paired with on the runway. I am not Kendall's biggest fan, I can't say that I am a fan at all, but since this is a thing I think it will be interesting to see what the rest of the editorial looks like.

Fashion on Film: "Dior & I" Review

Yesterday morning I attended the Sarasota Film Festival screening of the documentary "Dior & I." The film chronicles the journey of the creation of the first collection that Raf Simons presided over as Creative Director of Christian Dior, Fall 2012 Couture. What I love about this film is that it really showed the process of Raf engulfing himself in the Dior brand, in just eight weeks. We see Raf start the ideas for this collection by immersing himself with pieces from the Dior archive. Taking a look at the craftsmanship of the Couture and building his idea. Labeled a modernist many doubted Rafs appointment to Dior, and though we have seen his many successes since then we see Raf trying to combat this idea. What Raf has intended for the House of Christian Dior is not minimalism, but instead modernity. When viewing the archival pieces formulating what his approach to the collection would be one thing that Raf did was view a cocktail dress and then tucked up the skirt to make it a top and then showed it with pants. This was the beginning of the collection.

Raf did not take no for any answer for this collection, as I am sure that he does in the creation of all his collections. He wanted to take these abstract paintings by Sterling Ruby and have them printed using a technique that Dior himself used so often where the print is not printed on the fabric, but printed on the threads and then woven together. The head of fabrics said that it couldn't be done, Raf said it can and it will. The four textile creators that the Maison uses to get it's fabric said they couldn't make it work, Raf said find someone who will. When the fabrics finally showed up in Maison he was beyond elated. Raf loves abstract art. It is one of his true joys in life, and he made walking art pieces (these pieces then ended up on the backs of the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Zhang Ziyi.)

What really struck me throughout this film is that despite being a no hold barred kind of personality, was the relationship that Raf had with the Atelier staff. You really see that the staff in the Ateliers (Dior has two: one for dresses and one for suiting) really were a family and they accepted Raf, and his right hand assistant Pieter Mulier, into the house with open arms. Some members of the Atelier have been with the brand for 40+ years and seen the likes of John Galliano, Gianfranco Ferre, Marc Bohan, & Yves St Laurent all come and go. Each ushering in a era for the house upon their arrivals with their interpretations of the staples left behind by Christian Dior.

Another touching moment of the film was actually seeing Raf deal with the monstrous legacy before him. Dior is one of the worlds most recognizable brands and he had big shoes to fill. In one scene, having tea on the grounds of Christian Dior's seaside home (which is now a museum), Raf admits to putting down "Dior by Dior" because he saw himself drawing comparisons and making the shadow of the legacy even larger. He goes on to say that he is I. Now way as talented as Monsieur Dior ever was and that he was terrified that he wouldn't be able to fill the legends shoes. As I watched Raf, on the day of the Fall 2012 Couture presentation, come face to face with this legacy it was a moment to behold. The man stood at the monitors watching the collection that he envisioned finally take it's place on the stage and with each look that took the runway he welled up with more and more tears. I found myself welling up watching because it showed just how grateful he was to be in that position. I defiantly recommend that you a go out and see this film. You will laugh, cry, and be left in amazement.

2015 Tribeca Film Festival: "Franny" Premiere Wish List

On Friday night Dakota Fanning's newest film "Franny," which co-stars Richard Gere & Theo James, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. I love Tribeca because the stars just show up "laid back." Well I kinda want to see Dakota look a little more than laid back on the Tribeca red carpet wearing something other than nude or black. I would love to see Dakota wear this Mardi Gras colored Rodarte Fall 2015 RTW striped sequin sleeveless knee length dress. Dakota always looks fantastic in the Mulleavy sisters creations and I think that this would no doubt be one of her best looks in recent appearances. This look is all about the color. I would even see this look with nice combed hair down, a black clutch and a pair of black Stuart Weitzman 'Nudist' sandals to ensure that Dakota rocks the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival.

New York Fashion Weeks Moves For Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Shows

 After getting the boot from Lincoln Center after the Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear shows IMG Fashion (the official planners of New York Fashion Week) has announced that the Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear collections, that used to show at the tents, will be presented at one of two locations. The first is Skylight at Moynihan Station in Midtown Manhattan and Skylight Clarkson Square in SOHO. It seems as if the days of the shows being held in giant un-tentlike tents are gone. With IMG also acquiring MADE fashion week, held at Milk Studios in Chelsea, it seems like Fashion Week keeps edging closer and closer to downtown. This is a move that doesn't surprise me. Vogue, and all of Conde Nast Publications, moved their offices back in January downtown to the new One World Trade Center "Freedom Tower" and almost all of the designers are headquartered in SOHO, Chelsea, the Garment District, and the lower side of Midtown that the move seemed fitting. And let me tell you as someone who has had to book it from Milk Studios in Chelsea to Lincoln Center that I will be grateful for the lower Manhattan locations making it easier to run, walk, and hail cabs to make it to shows at different locations on time.

Monday, April 6, 2015

2015 MTV Movie Awards: Elizabeth Banks, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence & Jennifer Lopez Wish List

The 2015 MTV Movie Awards will take place on Sunday night I am very excited to see what all of the stars will be rocking to the edgiest of the movie awards. Elizabeth Banks is nominated for Best On-Screen Transformation for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1." I am super excited to see what Elizabeth will rock on the red carpet as she has always been one of my favorite red carpet stars. I would love to see Elizabeth rock this David Koma Fall 2015 RTW embellished a-line cocktail dress. I think think that this dress is very simple and classic in its silhouette, but the embellishments help make it pack a punch. A pair of strappy black sandals, a blue Edie Parker clutch, red lip, and a simple hairstyle would ensure that Elizabeth hits all the red carpet high notes.
Emma Stone holds nominations at Sunday nights MTV Movie Awards for Best Actress thanks to her role in "Birdman" and for Best Kiss thanks to her kiss with Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Emma, much like Elizabeth, is one that I always adore seeing on the red carpet and coming off of an amazing awards season run I am excited to see what she is going to wear. I would love see Emma don this amazing Mary Katrantzou Fall 2015 RTW 'Orlinda' pink and red dress that features a shift silhouette with a velvet flocked tulle bodice, a square neckline, embossed wool detailing in a cube pattern, and a jacquard skirt with hand embroidered PVC embellishment at the hem. This is an out there look that is going to take someone with a lot of red carpet presence to pull off and I believe that Emma has what it takes. Finish the look with a pair of simple black sandals and a fresh face of makeup will ensure that Emma slays the MTV Movie Awards red carpet.
Jennifer Lawrence has 3 nominations at the MTV Movie Awards and I am sure that she will take home at least one golden popcorn award. I loved Jennifer in her updated Dior couture version of the Pretty Woman hooker dress and I am sure that the Dior spokesmodel will wear a creation from the house for the MTV Movie Awards. I would pick this very simple black cap-sleeved Christian Dior Spring 2015 Couture mini-dress that features sequin embellishments down the center. I think that despite this being a basic LBD that Jennifer would look super chic and best dressed worthy. A black Dior clutch and a pair of blue sandals would add the perfect pizazz to this ensemble.
"The Boy Next Door" has earned Jennifer Lopez a Best Scared-As-Shit Performance nomination at the MTV Movie Awards. We are so used to seeing JLo wear embellished mini dresses that  I think that this blue and white Bibhu Mohapatra Fall 2015 RTW strapless column dress would be a perfect ensemble for her to switch things up for the MTV Awards. Not keeping a bit of sparkle away for too long I would imagine that Jennifer would finish this look with a blue Edie Parker confetti clutch, a pair of nude pumps, a sexy smokey eye, thick sexy hair, and some sort of diamonds somewhere. I think that this look could have the potential to be a favorite.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Top 10 Looks from March 2015

 They say that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Well in regards to fashion that was surely not the case. The red carpets were ablaze all month long and it was hard for me to choose just ten looks for me to feature. Lily James shedded her princess gowns and Disney inspired looks to work a sleek modern custom Balenciaga grey strapless gown with gold button details for the "Cinderella" premiere in London. This was more on an iconic look for me than the princess statement that she made a the films premiere in LA wearing Elie Saab Couture because it was an unexpected choice. This will definitely be on my mind when I am crafting my Best Dressed of the Year list.
 Jessica Alba was spotted out and about running from meeting to meeting in New York City in early March looking impossibly chic. Jessica snatched up a peach head to toe ensemble from the Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2015 RTW runway collection that she paired with a Kenzo bag. I love that she took this head to toe runway look and owned it on the sidewalk runway. Christina Hendricks helped celebrate the finale of her hit series "Mad Men" ad the Black and Red Ball wearing a custom Zac Posen emerald gown with jacquard leopard spots on the hem. This gown also included a detachable ball skirt, that I was not a huge fan of. The red carpet didn't seem grand enough for a ball skirt, but the more streamlined silhouette featured here was perfection. The beginning of March ushered in Paris Fashion Week which had celebrity packed front rows. Hailee Steinfeld was the stand out of all the ladies who packed the Christian Dior Fall 2015 RTW presentation. I thought that her orange Christian Dior long sleeved dress, which she paired with Dior accessories including a white clutch, green knee high boots and stunning cat-eye sunglasses, was the perfect look for a front row. Hailee looked modern, youthful and incredibly chic taking her front row seat.
 What would a best dressed list be without a Chastain appearance? Jessica Chastain became the third person, behind Sienna Miller and Anna Wintour, to be dressed in the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2015 RTW Collection. The houses first collection since the death of the namesake and the take over by Peter Copping. What I love about this look is that the black and white floral tapestry inspired long sleeve gown is perfection on the red headed beauty. This look evokes the 1960s to me and I could see the likes of Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn loving this gown. Simple hair and makeup were all that were needed to finish this look off perfectly for the Jameson Empire Awards. For the first ever amfAR Hong Kong Gala, Hong Kong film star Carina Lau wowed in a custom gown version of a cocktail dress presented in the Schiaparelli Spring 2015 Couture collection. I quickly developed a love affair with this collection and so far every look that has hit a red carpet from it has been utter perfection. The beaded necklace detail with hands clasping in the back made this an avant garde take on a very classic look. A look that I believe that Mademoiselle Schiaparelli would be proud of. The fight for breakout star of the year is going to be a tough one. Carmen Ejogo has been making the red carpet rounds since the premiere of her Oscar nominated film "Selma," and has really been coming into her own. I loved her black and white Balmain sequined window pane long sleeved mini dress that was worn to BET's "Black Girls Rock." What I loved about this look is that Carmen took this dress and went for full glamour with the styling. From the bouncy pinned back behind one ear curls, to the matte red lip and the black black sandals just made this look perfection.
Only Charlize Theron, and of course Angelina Jolie, could don a simple black dress on the red carpet and still end up on my Best Dressed of the Month list. For the Parisian premiere of her film "Dark Places," Charlize wore a stunning custom Christian Dior Couture black beaded strapless knee length dress which she paired with a pair of black Dior sandals, a black Dior satin clutch and Jessica McCormack diamond jewelry. What made this such a major statement was just the air about Charlize. She knows how to own a red carpet and own this one she did. Kerry Washington continued to be one of my favorite red carpet ladies wearing a black, yellow and maroon Mary Katrantzou Pre-Fall 2015 mini dress for PALEYFEST LA presents "Scandal." I love how Kerry styled her look oping for complimentary yellow pumps, a nondescript black clutch, a berry lip and slicked back pulled up hair. All of these additions just made sure that this was a best dressed worth look. When I saw Kate Bosworth at the Fine Arts Museum San Francisco Mid-Winter gala in this red and white Christian Dior Spring 2014 Couture strapless gown I let out a little cheer. I have been obsessed with this gown since it was first presented in January of last year and I am glad that Kate really did this gown justice. The gown itself is just so detailed all of the circular details are made up by hand place sequin details. Toussled locks, a red lip and a white Christian Dior clutch made this look all about the dress which, as the work of art that this gown is, should have been the case.