Fashion Over Reason: 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

Big announcement

Ok once again i have to apologize for my absence. Hopefully it made your hearts grow fonder, because my semester is O-V-E-R and i will be able to update myself with all the going-ons of the fashion world to report back to you. I am finally able to breathe. It feels kinda nice, actually. Anyway, I feel as though it is time to tell you a little bit about myself. I've refrained from doing so in the past for 2 simple reasons: 1) the only people who actually read and kept up with my blog were people i knew, and 2) i've never felt compelled to reveal such data because i just didn't see what the use was. Who cared about me, when the real subject was fashion here. Anyway, so now i see the following information as slightly pretinent due to the news i'm about to deliver. Basically it goes like this: i'm a fashion student at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) in my 3rd year. Yes i'm actually getting a Bachelor's degree doing this, for those who were wondering. I'm 23 years old and a taurus (ok, so maybe, that tidbit is a little superfluous), and I fancy a career in the publishing industry. I've already professed my love for fashion magazines, and now i'm one step closer to my dream. During my brief hiatus, i wasn't only up to boring school work. I've managed to earn myself a fashion internship at Marie Claire magazine in New York City. This is huuuuuuuuuuuuuge for me! I've been wanting to do this for years and now i can do it for school credit... Even though i've been longing for such a position ever since i entered the program, everything is happening so fast! I'm starting in january and i still have to find a place to stay, SOOOO if any of you dear readers happen to be new yorkers and looking for a roomate or know anyone looking for one, please drop me a line! An honest proclamation would be to say that that i am quite easy-going, so don't be shy! Excuse-me but i am off to rejoice...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Working girl

This is only 9 seconds long, but i'm still excited about it! Here I am adjusting the model at a photo shoot i styled for J.Shiek. That's me in the stripes. As i mentioned, it's very short, but wicked cool nonetheless!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A spell on me

I can't stress enough the fact that i am from the school that believes fashion is directly related to art. Actually, this is something not many seem to reckon, or quite simply something we all tend to forget due to over-saturation, marketing, publicity tactics and mainstream antics... We should all count our blessings for publications such as V Magazine (and al.!) that remind us without fail that fashion is an intricate craft that pertains to more than just clothing.

How could i explain myself here... What would the industry do without photography, scenography, stylists, the very skilled workers of specialized trades, the tormented souls who constitute the very exclusive crowd of acclaimed designers? To me, anything that garners inspiration in a tangible and esthetic manner can manifest itself as an artform, and fashion is one of the prime examples proving my theory. Whatever your interpretion is, it remains a derivative from your imagination and every single individual has their own singular vision. This is what i find so alluring, captivating and stimulating about fashion editorials. I had been a little uninspired lately by what i'd seen in recent glossies. Everything seemed so blah and overdone. Since a shoot in the August Paris Vogue called Hedi's girls (shot by Hedi Slimane himself), nothing had me double-taking. The drought is over, i'm on my knees! The following series of photos entitled Spellbound, shot by David Sims and published in V Magazine, are simply breathtaking. I'm sorry, they are MAGNETIC!!! To top it off, Raquel stars. I'm nailed, nine inches!

Miusic!



Miu Miu's new face for the spring/summer 08 season has been revealed: it's Kirsten Dunst! I'll admit, i do enjoy miss Dunst, from her style to her acting. I don't know many people who do, but i am quite enthusiastic about this news! Her outside-the-box but nonetheless chic style has me thinking she is a great choice to embody the more youthful visions of Ms. Prada. Following in Lindsay Lohan, Laeticia Casta, Kim Basinger and Maggie Gyllenhaal's footsteps, will Kirsten's aura prevail in musing the cohorts of Miuccia disciples? Shot by Mert and Marcus, the photos are sure to be something special... But most importantly, I wonder what she'll be wearing?!!



Previous Miu Miu ads....





On a related, have you heard the dreadful news? Posh Spice as the new face of Marc Jacobs...

[photos via elle.co.uk, style.com, fashionologie, the telegraph, fashiontribes]

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New history

Well, this is embarrassing! I admit, i am ashamed of my poor unremitting updating skills. I vote for 36 hour days... Too much to do, not enough time! I hope i don't lose you, oh faithfull readers. Don't give up on me just yet!

As a person who is fascinated by history (of all sorts, but especially of fashion!) and on how everything from the past has molded what we see now and what is to come in the future, I've been really taken by a recent article i stumbled upon (yes, i actually had time to read something other than a textbook!) regarding a new breed of collectors: the fashion kind! I was aware of their existence before - and mind you, very jealous - but fashion collecting used to be reserved for a certain elite. Royalty, old money, new money, whoever had the required means to garner themselves a copious accumulation of couturier artwork from seasons past and present.




Now it seems, any mere mortal with a flaming passion (burning bright enough) can earn themselves a high cred designer-garb wardrobe worthy of collection value. As i mentioned though, passion is a must, because the trick here is to make it your full-time job. Oh, and you have to know your stuff too... You gotta be on the lookout! The new collectors aren't about buying the Givenchy gown Audrey wore in BAT (Breakfast at Tiffany's), they're about building a respect for the contemporaries. The key is to predict what is of value and what will gain value. Fashion collectors assess the hype around certain collections, specific designers or pieces and make a decision based on whether or not they love what they see. A good example would be pieces from Olivier Theyskens' last collection with Rochas. Or anything from Chloé, circa Phoebe Philo days, Tom ford for Gucci or YSL, Gianni-designed Versace. Collectors have a sharp eye for being able to predict such treasure-troves. Patience and sacrifice are hereby de rigueur, if i my throw it out there.


[images via efu, vogue uk, style.com, seconcitystyle, yankodesign]

Friday, November 16, 2007

Team players

One of my favorite mags, Nylon, has teamed up with Urban Outfitters to design some exclusive limited-edition t-shirts. They picked artists they love and simply asked them to do their thing. Nylon has proven to be one of the most influencial non-corporate magazine out there and speaks to a different niche than most publications. Their underground roots have been reaching the real kids that live in this world... scenesters included. In an interview with Marvin Scott Jarett (one of the founders), he claims that UO is really a physical embodiment of the Nylon reader. Let's not deny this statement, as it is pretty acurate, but way to exploit the commercial machine (fueled by hipsters) that this trendy giant has become.

So we have the muscle-cut by Noah Butkus:

The Lisa Grue intense v-neck (!):

And another Lisa Grue design (my favorite):


They also have mens t-shirts designed by Jim the Illustrator, Johnathan Zanwanda and The Rinzen Crew (an Australian collective).

Without sounding like an ad space for this collabo, click here to shop!

Click here to check out an interview with Marvin Scott-Jarett

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Back in business

Guys, i must apologize for my brief (or was it long?) hiatus, i've just been so busy! But i am glad to say that i am back in action... Although i haven't really been in touch with the world these past two weeks, so i have no idea what's going on!

So to ease my way back into the bubble of fashion that i find so comforting, i present to you, even though you must've already watched them, the spring collections video recaps. That'll be a good warm up for an effortless reintergration back into the blogosphere!

First up we have New York, the city of "wearable" fashion. When Anna Wintour hereby proclaims that it was a mistake to have held fashion week so early in september because no one was ready for it, it seems like she might have a point, seeing as fall had yet to give a sign of life. However, when she says it was a "flat" week, i don't think she could be more wrong! Although "subdued", the american collections were a true delight, and to me the indication of a sharp turn towards chic minimalism, and the glamorous revival of the 70's. With standout collections by Derek Lam, Narciso Rodriguez, DKNY, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and a prodigious hommage that was the Ralph Lauren show, i hardly think New York is to be elbowed into a corner and pegged as a plain jane week. It was significant in more ways than miss Wintour would think with a hint at the femininity that was to be carried through in the upcoming cities - foreshadowing, anyone?!


Next up we have Milan, where the italian expertise reigns supreme. A full 180 from the New york shows, i should say. While there was a cool, calm and collected vibe in the city that never sleeps, there was only room for opulence in this mediteranian fashion mecca, where collections were seemingly something taken straight out Van Gogh's Starry Night. Fantasy and reverie were the front-running themes, and Milan proved to be the scapegoat to everyday monotony. What an enjoyable surprise it was too see such romance emanate from the catwalk, as opposed to sheer sex (Cavalli!). And speaking of sheer, however unwearable it may be, it's definitely easy on the eyes to watch a parade of tulle, organza and muslin wrapped delicately around pretty nymphettes otherwise known as models. The most important thing i gathered out of this week, which was mentioned by Hilary Alexander and Aliona Doletskaya, was that art has everything to do with fashion.



As for Paris, Wow! The city of light shone right through its fashion week. Everything came in and went out with a bang! The collections were things dreams are made of, i hardly have words to describe it! Every show was a spectacle more imposing and ostentatious than the next. The week confirmed that spring fashion will be everything but boring, with stars (YSL), stripes (Chanel), textures (Lanvin, McQueen) and florals (Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten). However stimulating the catwalks, the most enlivening spectacle can be the one found taking place right outside, in the streets, where Parisian women do their own thing, and they do it right. I've already captured the most alluring peacocks roaming the scene, here and here. But most importantly, where can i get me some shades like Chloë's??!


And so we bid farewell to Spring 2008, and we await patiently for the next exciting moments brought by fashion in March, for what we'll want to wear next fall!

To conclude this post, i just would like to mention that i have just come back from a little escapade to New York, where i spotted Hamish Bowles walking into Balthazar's. I could hardly contain myslef, all the while being the only one aware of his existence, so i just ended up having a moment with myself!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween

I apologize for my lack of posts seeing as I'm in the middle of midterms. However, i did take a (small) well deserved breather to attend some halloween festivities. Just thought i'd share with you my costume! Try to guess what i am! (I am wearing the wig)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

From Russia with love

There was a list issued by Style.com of the top 10 emerging designers to keep an eye on. All their talent is undeniable, but one of them truly captured me, as i really fell for his pieces that were just the right mix of ultra-soft feminine and constructed boyishness that i love so much. The name is Terexov, and he is definitely worth the 5 minutes to look up. I really liked his take on lush silks, the way he enabled a reflection onto the gentle neutrals and i was also nodding in approval at the way he transcended a seemingly boring combo into utterly chic and of-the-moment territory by matching the pieces with black. However, his pièce de résistence was hands down a reflective metallic slip-dress worthy of a robocop installment (think liquid silver). Heavenly! The designer, who showed in New York, seems to be establishing a pattern of classic and elegant looks, perfect for the city, this being his strongest collection to date. By dissecting his past collections, we can come to the conclusion that his pieces have mostly been timeless staples, but personally a little too conservative for my own style. However, i think it's the use of silk that squared with me this time around. I'll surely be following his career, seeing is i've become an Alexander Terexov enthusiast.

Jeans for partying

As if there weren't enough denim brands out there already that we need more. How many styles can they come up with?! Well, apparently, lots. There's a new brand called c.r.a.f.t. which stands for "can't remember a fucking thing", and they're all about sex, maybe drugs, and definitely tons of rock 'n roll. To put it in their words, "It is time to create a jeansline for women with the right soul for rock 'n roll". But seriously, what makes this company different from the J brands and Acne Jeans of the world? I think, for starters, the guys' raw honesty and seemingly genuine approach to a market that is very well near saturated: "c.r.a.f.t. is an experience to rock your soul. It is the bubbles in your glass, the headrush and the headache in the morning..." Rock 'n roll!




[images via denimology]

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

An enthralling peek at what fantasy (may) look like

I first read about this Korean designer on Style Bubble (where else?!) and i was just amazed. His name is Lie Sang Bong and what he has done with materials in his spring 08 collection could only be desccribed as a titillating experience for the eyes, a spectacle that is just sublime to watch, completely magnetic and actually a little off-putting. Believe it or not, i am short of words over here! What, i asked myself, had i just seen? What kind of materials had been used? How were they processed? What techniques could possibly have been employed? How were the garments put together? What was the essence of it all? Where did the creative inspiration come from (flower petals and butterflies, no doubt!)? The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree when it comes to the title of the collection, "New Romancer".

I was completely hypnotized by the photos, only able to admire in awe as all these questions were scrolling in my intellect. I then told myself that if the dresses looked this good in stills, imagine how they'd look in person (or video, the next best thing). I then proceded to scouer the world wide web in hopes to possibly stumble upon a clip of the Spring 08 collection (he's too indie for style.com, apparently). After an extensive search, my efforts were fruitful, and if you're interested, click here to have a gander as the illusion unfolds right before your eyes. I just want to touch the pieces... Just imagine how they feel! Right below is his entire collection, but pay attention to the pieces highlighted with color and you'll catch my drift. I was just so enchanted, i had to share...



How crazy is this?!

Reminiscent of this:


In case you missed it, click here to see the video!

[photos via liesangbong.com and the fashion telegraph]

Monday, October 22, 2007

When design and fashion collide

If i mention the name Fabien Baron, i doubt anyone would really know who i'm talking about. Mind you, this frenchman is responsible for some of the most iconic moments captured in stills or in objects of the last 2 decades. By bringing to his work a bold sensuality, he opens the door to sexuality and consequently, controversy unmistakably follows suit. I mention him because we never really know the faces behind the most well known imagery: we only know what we see. We're not acquainted with the masterminds because they willingly renegade the spotlight, they give the crown and name someone else to the throne. But only for the mere mortals who will wrap their heads around the dream and buy into the ingeniously molded ideas. The job is creative director, and that job is to reach people into their core.

I mentioned Fabien Baron before, because he was the first one to garner such title. It started right at the beggining of the nineties and it goes on to this day. His most famous job was the design of the CK One bottle, as well as some of the most controversial Calvin Klein ads to date. He also designed Madonna's infamous Sex book and his work in the evolution of the magazine is considerable. Fab won't stop and we don't want him to either. Imagine how boring the industry might get.

Samples of his work (click to enlarge):


A glimpse into his bathroom, which he himself designed. I am cold just looking at it.


His bedroom is particular. It takes a specific taste to appreciate this kind of thing. Personally, not really my cup of tea.


[images via new york magazine]

The coolest cat is Chloë



It's no secret that Chloë Sevigny is one of my greatest style muses out there. Although i cannot procure myself any of her pieces due to geographical reasons, i am still very much enthralled by her new clothing line, a collabo with Opening Ceremony. By all accounts, this collection proves itself true to Sevigny's style with its "thinking outside the box" fashion. She explains here what i try to achieve every day: "i like simple clothing without a lot of embellishments" to mix and match to your liking and make the outfit your own. I myself cannot wait to spot the alternagirl she so inspiringly muses about...

However small the collection is, the pieces could be worn in such different ways for an array of distinct affairs. My personal favorite outfit shown is the one Myriam is wearing. I am fully enamoured with the flower patterns and even more so, swooning over those Mary Janes. The gingham skinnies are also one of my faves because of their edgy versatility. I believe i do own a skirt in the exact same pattern... Anyway, moving along ever so swiftly, i sit here hypnotized by Chloë's cool factor and rejoice at the idea of having it packaged in the form of garments.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

What doesn't she do ?!

There are new haircare products out there called James Brown London and the eponymous line belongs to none other than Kate Moss' stylist. She was the (obvious) choice for the official spokesperson, and so here's a little promo clip to show the planet how, yet again, she can charm the pants off anything.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Valentino for Wolford

Wasn't this guy retiring? Well aparently he hasn't said his last word. As a knit lover myself, it makes me guiddy to think about the dreamy mini-collection he could possibly dream up for the renowned house that goes by the name of Wolford, maybe you've heard of it? The color palette will include black, ivories and red, of course. Word on the street is the pieces are to be ultra-feminine (gasp!) and details of pleats, knots and bows are to garnish them (blushing!). Not only will this be unveiled on time for the chilly season, but there are plans to do a summer 2008 collection as well. Following in the Footsteps of Zac Posen, Mr. Valentino offers little pieces of heaven for all his lady followers still shedding tears over his bowing out at Paris fashion week. Time to rejoice!



[photo via vogue.fr]

The Sartorialist stole my heart


This guy is absolutely fabuloso! Just going about his day in London he was spotted by The Sartorialist and away he snapped! Aparently the gentleman told him that everyone wanted to take his picture. I don't doubt it, take one gander, he is im-pec-a-ble! Their exchange was just as delightful:

" Finding gentlemen like this is what keeps me going....and on my toes.

So I stop this gentleman and say I would love to take a photo of him.

"Everyone wants to take a picture of me " he replies.

When someone says something like that, you realize you are on a short leash and I could just as easily talk myself out of a photo.

I have found that the more honest I am with the subject, the more the subject appreciates it. They know they are characters.

So I say" I don't doubt it, you're quite the character." That seemed to get him.

"Well, hurry up with it then, my wife is waiting" he says and then he stood completely still while I took five or six shots.

I always am a little in awe of someone that can stand so still when they are having their photo taken.

He didn't check himself, he didn't adjust anything, he didn't ask to see the photo afterwards.

He basically just said - here I am, take your best shot."

This is why i keep going back to Mr Schuman's web site!

[the whole thing is via the sartorialist, clearly]

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Yes, say who you are.


The new cover of ID featuring Kate Moss seems to evoke if not just a little, then a significant amount of raunch. This look reminds me nostalgically of what i was trying to achieve in the mid 90's (minus the plum lipstick). In point of fact, if you flip through her photo spread, it's as racy trash as it's going to get, and i love every single bit of it. It's been so long since we've seen something of his genre, especially with the quality Kate brings. I don't care what anyone says, that lass is class and there's a no holds bar when it comes to her versatility. Her new winter collection for Topshop is the whole focus of the shoot, and she really sidetracked from flowy dresses to concentrate on her signature hue: black. For the holidays, she plays the texture game and goes down the beading route, brought together with sheer pieces. I must say, i am enjoying. Or maybe it's because she just makes them look so good?









images via daily mail & rcfa