Monday, February 28, 2011

John Galliano Controversial Suspension from Christian Dior

Nicole Kidman and Sharon Stone were both wearing gowns by John Galliano for Christian Dior last night at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles despite his being suspended from Christian Dior for being arrested last week on accusations of anti-Semitic comments and racial slurs while drinking at a Paris café. These ladies are either standing up for what they believe to be untrue, or else had too little time to change attire. Unfortunately, today there was another complaint filed against Galliano, again for anti-Semitic comments at the same location six months prior, along with supposed evidence including a video that was submitted to a local newspaper.

On a positive note for the eccentric designer, Kate Moss has commissioned John Galliano to design her wedding dress. Though admittedly, this bad press could change even the most fashionable minds.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Excellence in Fantasy Film: Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood

The Costume Designers Guild Award Tuesday night was a nice prelude to the impending Academy Awards to be aired on February 27, 2011. Below is the list of the CDG awards:
  • Excellence in Contemporary Film: "Black Swan," Amy Westcott
  • Excellence in Period Film: "The King's Speech," Jenny Beavan
  • Excellence in Fantasy Film: "Alice in Wonderland," Colleen Atwood
  • Outstanding Contemporary Television Series: "Glee," Lou Eyrich
  • Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series: "Boardwalk Empire," John Dunn & Lisa Padovani
  • Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries: "Temple Grandin," Cindy Evans
  • Excellence in Commercial Costume Design: "Chanel -- Bleu de Chanel," Aude Bronson‐Howard
  • Distinguished Collaborator Award: Joel Schumacher
Black Swan, though not nominated for an Oscar this year, was honored an award of Excellence in Contemporary Film. The nominees for Best Costume at the Academy Awards this year will be Alice in Wonderland [Coleen Atwood], I Am Love [Antonella Cannarozzi], The King's Speach [Jenny Beavan], The Tempest [Sandy Powell], and True Grit [Mary Zophres].

Personally, I am a huge Colleen Atwood fan. She has costumed movies such as Chicago, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Memoirs of a Geisha just to name some of my favorites. Regardless that it is always the same designers being nominated for Best Costume at the Academy Awards, I believe that Alice in Wonderland has the most outstanding costumes for color, character, and charisma.

This film has also had an impact on fashion as well if you recall the Spring 2010 collection from Versace, Donatella markedly pointed out that Alice in Wonderland was her inspiration.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

1001 Nights Diamond Purse

While most of the fashion peeps are out bustling from show to show and city to city for New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks, the serious luxury consumer was spying the magnificent evening bag created by House of Mouawad. Covered in over 381 carats of diamonds, it is officially the most expensive purse available at $3.8 million. It took 10 artisans and 1100 hours to complete this bejeweled bag that was displayed last weekend at the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition, Qatar.

If diamonds are truly a girl's best friend, then this bag will never leave you lonely.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Spring 2011 Key Trends

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| looks | flared trousers, luxe loafers, ruffles & ribbons, clean & crisp, lace, tough chic, nautical stripes, classic trench, metallic, floppy hats, gold chains, cork heals, one shoulder, denim, long hems | prints | floral, tribal, animal, abstract | color | plum, magenta, emerald, chartreuse, gold, camel, ravishing reds, new neon


Monday, February 14, 2011

Find Your Perfect Pout for Spring 2011

A powerful pout is a Spring 2011 trend as well as a necessary element to becoming your own style icon. How to pick the perfect hue? Simon Doonan's advice in Eccentric Glamour is to have a cosmo or two before setting out for the cosmetic counters. Personally, I skipped the booze and went straight to Chanel at Saks Fifth Avenue where my friend Janae pointed out a few creamy rouges to try. I took my time making up my mind to say the least, trying one per day to fully experience each pigmentation. Finally, I settled on Chanel #19, and here I will stay.... for this season at least. It is bright on my light skin and certainly makes the statement I was hoping for! What better way to celebrate this holiday?

Happy Valentine's Day, Lex

Friday, February 11, 2011

LiLo Innocent When in White

Lindsay Lohan has always been a fashionista. She was donning this Kimberly Ovitz ($575) white dress when she showed up to her court appearance on February 9, 2011. Within 24 hours the dress was sold out on-line. This puts her in the running with Lady Gaga, Kate Middleton, and Michelle Obama as our style leader.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Andrej Pejic - The Talk of The Town

Andrej Pejic [right] from Sydney, Australia is the most talked about model-of-the-moment, he is truly taking the fashion world by storm.

New York Fashion Week begins tomorrow [February 10 - 17, 2011], and we have certain questions that only this upcoming week can answer. One being, will Andrej Pejic be doing his turns on the catwalk for women's wear? Ranked number 16 of the top 50 male models, the Croatian/Serbian model showed up for the first time at the Paris men's shows in June 2010. A unique androgynous look has always been coveted by certain brands. Lanvin, for example, used gender questionable models in their Women's Spring 2011 look book. Marc Jacobs just recently picked up Andrej Pejic for his Spring 2011 campaign. We are all very excited to see what's next for this gorgeous man. Personally, I would like to see him pose for Calvin Klein who's always been a fan of the ambiguity of transgender models.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Chanel Jeggings Spring 2011

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In the last year jeggings have made long strides, even Karl Lagerfeld has now whipped some up for the Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2011 show in Paris. He masterly styled them under Chanel suits, skirts, or with a scarf around the waist as pictured here.

My first encounter with jeggings happened just over a year ago. They were fresh on the market and I thought it would be an excellent accompaniment to the wardrobe I was prepping for a scheduled fashion shoot in New York. Of course, I was slightly hesitant to risk my reputation on them because they weren't actually denim. I fell in love, though others may have found it gauche to fake skinny jeans. In fact, once I worked up the courage to present them to the editor-in-chief her reaction was,

"what do I think of them? I think they were inevitable."

You can only imagine my shame. Luckily, that didn't stop me from wearing them all year to the point that the stitching is now worn in places and I'm on the market for a new pair. Thankfully, Karl is looking out for me!

Sincerely, Lex

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Contemporary is the New Luxury

As Renzo Rosso, creator of Diesel, stated last week, "Contemporary is the new luxury." Making this statement true, today Theory's capsule collection created by couture designer Olivier Theyskens hit Bergdorf Goodman and Barney's New York, next week it will be available at Net-a-Porter. This shows that the contemporary fashion market is moving successfully into new territory as far as design is concerned and with the price of cotton lately, the cost will surely follow.

What makes Theyskens' Theory exciting and different is that we get a high-end designer teaming up with a contemporary brand for a long term relationship.

The clothes, under the label Theyskens' Thoery, are remarkable because they reflect Mr. Theyskens' signature drainpipe style, but also look like Theory's urban wardrobe. [NYT]

Unlike the high-low collaborations in the past commissioned by companies such as H&M and Target, this one has quality and longevity. Olivier Theyskens is a pure creative talent. In the past his desire to keep his work an artistic medium at Rochas and Nina Ricci instead of ceding to market demands makes his creative direction for Theory all the more interesting.

To make matters even more exciting, Brian Blake has just been appointed by Andrew Rosen as the new President and CEO for Theory and Helmut Lang. Mr. Blake is the former chief President and CEO of Gucci. His promise is to take on a global strategy, making the contemporary market so much more interesting and so much more luxury!