Possibly the most anticipated show of Spring 2011 Paris Fashion Week was Alexander McQueen, as it was their first womenswear show designed in the late Lee McQueen’s absence. It was all eyes on Sarah Burton, the new head designer, yet she somehow managed to deliver under the pressure. It couldn’t have been an easy to job to stick to the house trademarks of meticulous tailoring, dark influences and edgy, otherworldly designs, without simply regurgitating Lee Alexander’s previous designs…but the critics have weighed in and it looks like she pulled it off, all while adding her own flair.
“In an extraordinarily beautiful show, Burton succeeded in both being faithful to the late designer’s distinctive design ethos while taking the label into a new era.” -The Guardian “A tour-de-force that channeled McQueen’s darkly surreal style, remodeling his signature elements into strange and beautiful confections that managed to be at the same time new and reassuringly familiar.” -Associated Press
“A show laden with emotion that was made even more remarkable because of how right she got it.” – Vogue.com UK
“Inspired, this time, by the anatomy of the woman who chooses to wear it and by the flora and fauna of the natural world, it was both technically and artistically perfect.” -The Independent
“Sarah Burton … revived the late designer’s challenging legacy with a brilliant first collection imbued with a pagan, bohemian spirit and featuring spectacular hand-crafted detail.” -The Daily Telegraph
Photos by Sonny Vandevelde via A Shaded View on Fashion
The A Shaded View on Fashion Film festival, founded by Diane Pernet, is right up my alley. If only I had the time and the money to go to Paris right now! It’s the first annual festival devoted entirely to fashion and beauty films, and it looks like this year’s talent is incredible. Watch the trailer for the upcoming festival;
And the teaser;
I can’t believe I forgot to post this but here I am with my friend Neil interviewing blogger Bryan Boy. This was after the Kenzo menswear show this summer. I hate hearing my voice and I was really nervous, but it was so cool meeting Bryan Boy anyway :)
When my mom came to see me in Paris we went to this cute little wine shop in Saint Germain des Prés and passed this gorgeous Juliette Ozouf window display. I love this layered, slouchy silhouette…it just screams COZY! I need to find myself a cropped sweater asap.
(By the way, those weird little things aren’t odd curly wigs, they are bunches of dried leaves. Just to clarify, haha).
Here is a photo from when I went to the Paris Shu Uemura shop, this place is like a candy store for makeup enthusiasts. All those pretty bottles and brushes, lined up on the walls…check out the original Shu Uemura post here.
This was my favorite piece from the David Vincent Camuglio AW10 couture show I went to last week (post here). I love the idea of patchwork with luxurious fabrics, and those shoes!!! The shoes and those dyed fur pieces were so gorgeous…watch the full video I took below.
Photos by pixelformular via The Illuminating, video by Drooling Isn’t Photogenic.
Today I went to the David Vincent Camuglio AW2010-2011 couture show at Le Theatre Renard in Paris. The collection was absolutely stunning, a mix of glamorous lace, apocolyptic shredded dresses, raw dyed fur pieces and gorgeous patchwork dresses with tartan, silks and loose knits.
The press release described it as “This collection is not strong; It is hard, violent, barbaric…after the Apocolypse, a warrior woman from the 3rd millenium hangs her hunting trophies around her neck. She survives in an urban jungle where Man is Animal…” (this is my translation from the French press release anyway). The theater was a beautiful location for a runway show and I got to sit in the first row which was really exciting.
Check out my front row video below of the final walk through! Pay attention to the shoes they were incredible. (All photos and video by Drooling Isn’t Photogenic). Continue reading
Met BryanBoy this weekend…epic :)
I went to the Paris Doc Martens store aux Halles and was told they don’t carry the Diva collection in France :( Upsetting, I’ve been meaning to try on the Darcies for ages. Curses! I don’t want to buy them online because sometimes “charmingly ugly” in a photo translates to “fug” in real life.
I didn’t really grow up in a typical American family that watched baseball games and owned all the Disney movies on VHS, but we did have Bambi and I watched it on loop when I was little. Thumper was kind of a hero of mine, and what do you know, so is Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and his Bambi-themed Fall 2010 collection.
I don’t know about you guys but I definitely need some Bambi shoes in my life. More photos from the runway after the jump;
I’m in Nancy, (north of Paris), jetlagged and therefore awake way too early, passing the time goofing off on my mom’s laptop. We are staying at my uncle’s house…he has pet roly-polies in the compost. He claims they don’t like oranges.
Roly-Poly= “a colloquial name for isopod crustaceans of the family Armadillidiidae”.
Similar to armadillos and roly-polies, I have the ability to make myself tiny and invisible, a skill that comes in handy for discrete people-watching.
Sneaky elevator photos in the airport…roly-poly mode.
I couldn’t resist buying Dazed & Confused for the plane ride…Lily Cole on the cover and an article on “the future of fashion and film” made this issue irresistible. I also wanted to get Nylon, but there wasn’t a single place that sold them in the SFO international terminal.
Enjoyed a cappucino and a fraise tagada. People don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here, since its an American holiday, but we are going to have a make-up Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, a la francaise.
Happy Black Friday :)
-Drooling Isn’t Pretty
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