Chiffon gowns, painted velvet, and fur! Couture Week has hit Paris with a whirlwind of decadence.
Versace enchanted with bohemian frayed pastel chiffon gowns and delicate flower crowns that were equal parts Midsummer Night's Dream and Coachella. The free-spirit of 70’s festival wear was updated with dainty strips of chain mail and skin revealing corset like cut-outs. The collection was inspired by the natural beauty of the forest and 26,000 orchids lay underneath the glass runway while a flower sculpted Medusa hung overhead as the show gatekeeper.With myth in mind, it looked like fairies had taken over the runway. And without any hems to weight them down their flowy gowns, they were ready to fly away. With straight hems mostly done away with , the hand-painted, floral velvet and chiffon dresses unraveled at the ends with feathery frays. Patent leather go-go boots provided an edge to the tattered hems. Beaty enthusiasts took notes from Pat McGrath’s use of shimmery green eyeshadow, glossy pink lips and glowing skin.
Schiaperelli’s designer Bertrand Guyon made his
couture debut with expertly tailored brocade suits, flowing gowns, and a touch of surrealism. Although Guyon just recently took the helm at the French fashion house after creative director Marco Zanini left in January, he has proved that the revival of the brand is in expert hands. While silhouettes remained straightforward and classic, Guyon provided pizzaz with bright bursts of color and patchwork fur coats. Esoteric symbols of an all-seeing eye, stars and arrow-speared hearts on sparkling appliqués appeared on a black velvet dress, trousers and suits and shimmered with playful meaning. Now, after Guyons has shown his couture charm, the fashion world has its glittering eye on him.
Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore, and Lara Stone stood around a roulette table ready to place their bets. This dreamy scene was concocted by none other than
Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld, who transformed the Grand Palais into a fully functioning casino. While antique slot machines lined the walls and gaming tables stood at the center of the runway, Chanel provided a more restrained vision of excess. Wide shouldered boxy suit jackets, shirt suits and glittery dresses showed a reverence for 1930’s, but the garments themselves held an ironic twist. Some of the collection had been created using a computer printer. Lagerfeld must have had futuristic visions in mind; the uniformly made-up models made quite a beauty statement with asymmetrical bobbed hair pieces that sat high on the hairline for a slightly alien effect. The dramatic cut was made strange with triangular patches of the models’ real hair poking out under the stiff crease of the all brunette wigs. Brows were made full and eyes left natural against deeply blushed cheek bones (circa 1983) and full rosy lips. White nails with black tips also spoke to the graphic 80’s aesthetic. Kendall Jenner closed out the show in a white bridal suit with slim trousers double breasted coat and a translucent shawl that trailed behind her.
This week, Fendi may make have made the fur fly, but first it took over an entire show. The fashion house’s first couture show, an exclusively fur
“haute fourrure” collection celebrates Karl Langerfeld’s 50 years of designing furs and ready-to-wear and is the second couture show the designer has shown in Paris this summer. Never mind the summer heat- models suited up in fur zippered jockey jackets, fringed fur ponchos, fur capes and coats in rarities like sable, white sable and lynx.
“Fur is Fendi, Fendi is fur” Lagerfeld stated in 2013, and the masterwork is obvious. Patchwork Technicolor dream coats of shaggy fur showcased Fendi’s experimental side. A few of the zip-up jacket even had a sets of fuzzy eyes, for a cheeky the muppets-go-luxury look. The fashion houses’s fur bag charms, that range from multi-colored pom-poms to miniature Furby-esque creatures, have long been a hit for those who want a puff of couture for around $300-500 a pop. While many designers and consumers choose animal friendly products over the real thing 73 percent of this year’s 436 shows in New York, Paris, Milan and London included fur as reported by Saga Furs, the Finnish auction house. The prevalence of fur on the runways and lower price tags, especially on accessories, attracted younger consumers (ages 19-29), according to
Forbes Magazine. Langerfeld defended his use of fur after PETA’s condemning remarks.
"Fur has always been a hot-button issue in fashion, and now more than ever because the consumer has the ability to research and decide for themselves where they want to stand,” Robert Burke, a NY luxury consultant, told
The New York Times.
While haute couture finishes off its week in Paris, geek couture has taken over the streets of San Diego for ComicCon. Last year, Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe, a fan-girl apparel company, organized the first contest of ComicCon’s extremely talented costume makers. This year, the
Her Universe fashion show and design competition will return to the convention on July 9 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego. While the designs are out-there ( where else can you find fully clawed Wolverine inspired evening wear? ), the show rules require that pieces are not costumes but ready-to-wear. Out of 25 chosen contestants, two winners will be selected to design a collection for Hot Topic. Last year’s winners created an adorable, Marvel-based line inspired by butt-kicking characters like the Black Widow. Get your geek on and check out this year’s highlights.
How did we get from wool bathing costumes to the string bikini? Dive into the
L.A Times’ incredible history of the swimsuit! The bathing suit has come a long from Australian swimmer’ film star Annette Kellerman’s 1907 arrest for indecent explore after donning a one-piece bathing suit in public to plus sized model Ashley Graham featured in this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. FIDM Museum Curator Kevin Jones helped tell the suits’ story.
Summer is no time to hide yourself away in a dark movie theater. Instead, wait until it gets dark and watch your favorite films under the stars at one of
LA’s outdoor film screenings!
Chiffon gowns, painted velvet, and fur! Couture Week has hit Paris with a whirlwind of decadence. Versace enchanted with bohemian frayed pastel chiffon gowns and delicate flower crowns that were...