Sunday, March 27, 2011

Luxe Loves By Lex: Paris Fashion Week, Fall 2011 Chanel

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Karl Lagerfeld for the House of Chanel resonates with me like no other..... every season.  The setting for the Fall 2011 runway collection is a forest in a post-apocalyptic fairytale, where beautiful girls dressed as boys look tough but feminine, if not somewhat disheveled, while listening to The Cure.  Mr. Lagerfeld says the inspiration is Winter, in the north of Europe, where the forest has been destroyed.  The looks are young, easy to wear yet luxurious, all without giving the impression of being seemingly over-thought.  This certainly is not a collection for the socialite, but perfect for the existentialist.

The baggy silhouette and distressed fabrics are a wonderful contrast to the common tailored menswear looks seen this Fall 2011 runway season.  Combat boots with girly frocks, chunky knits, long fingerless gloves, ankle warmers, and the creative layering of skirts over jeans all seem reminisent of the nineties Seattle grunge movement.  Could Karl be hinting that a gothic immortal may to be lurking in the midst, making a connection with pop culture?

In Chanel's dark fairytale, the feeling is more romantic than aggressive, thanks to the strong presence of gray, giving a softness to the collection.  These ladies are ready for tough times, and plan on doing it in style.


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Monday, March 21, 2011

The Business of Being ANNA; A Profile of Anna Wintour

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Anna Wintour; editor-in-chief of American Vogue Magazine since 1988, believed muse for the book/film The Devil Wears Prada, central focus of the documentary The September Issue, fashion icon and visionary extraordinaire. She knows what she wants and does not accept no, making her amongst the most powerful women in America.

Although noted and criticized for her elitist fashion stance regarding the content that graces the pages of Vogue, Anna Wintour also plays a pivotal role in pop culture as well, comparable to the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart.

A prime example of Wintour's reach is the popular global event Fashion's Night Out, which takes place during New York Fashion Week in September. Wintour created this yearly extravaganza in 2009 as a means to promote commerce during the worst of the United States' great economic recession. She teamed up with Mayor Bloomberg and officiated an evening where designers, celebrities, models and fashion editors would participate in one-of-a-kind events in stores open to the public after hours. During its first year, 800 stores participated in New York City alone with 12 more cities around the world following suit. Of course, Anna would not have it any other way, failure is never an option.

Photographed by famed Mario Testino for the April 2011 cover of WSJ. Magazine (above), Anna Wintour is the subject of The Business of Being Anna, an in-depth profile captured by editor-in-chief Deborah Needleman. The issue is to be distributed to newsstands on March 26,2011.

I have yet to meet her, but based on what I know.... j'adore la Wintour.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Fall 2011 Runway Trends

color blocking, patchwork, 60's & 70's, wool coats, mademoiselle chic, Florence Welch, oversized fur sleeves, low-heel pumps, black, see-through skirts, tights, patent leather corsets, wide-leg pants, demure, lace-up boots, capes, sporty and sleek, miles and miles of fur, bright colors, glossy fabrics, winter nudes, masculine/feminin, velvet, YSL, persian lamb, western romance, the jumpsuit, heavy metal, relaxed glamour, gold, Hitchcock ladies, mixed plaids, dark and erie, monochromatic dressing, surface interest, layering, Lady Gaga

- the beginning to the end of the recessionista -


Friday, March 11, 2011

The Luxe List: Top 10 Films for Fashion

Some time ago and old friend asked me the prosaic question of, "What is your favorite movie?" Being cheeky, I answered the mundane question with an equally mundane answer, "I do not know." Of course, that is not true, the fact is I have loved film since a very young age. My first obsession was for the genre of horror, and today admittedly, I still enjoy a gory Dario Argento flick. But because of my higher passion for fashion, my top ten flicks are going to have fabulous frocks and finery.

For style direction to take you to your own iconic status, below is a list of must see films:
With special mention for the film Zoolander as best fashion comedy ever.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Luxe Loves By Lex : Milan Fashion Week, Fall 2011 Prada

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Yves Saint Laurent has been a very popular source of fashion inspiration since his passing in 2009. From his outstanding estate auction at Christie's [2009], numerous museum exhibitions in his honor, to a new book, "La Revolution de la Mode" just released by Pierre Bergé, clearly the fashion world is craving his genius.

We have been seeing his color blocking influence in stores this spring while Miuccia Prada picked up the reigns again and referenced YSL's famous Mondrian Dress of 1965 in her Fall 2011 runway collection. Although Yves' inspiration was the famous Mondrian painting, Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, from 1930, the dress is the quintessence of modern 1960's fashion.

Prada played on the sixties silhouette and mixed it with twenties-style coats with fur collars and snakeskin shoes that were more cute than sexy. The collection looked fresh and unusual, with a nod to YSL but still maintaining an entirely Prada aesthetic.

"Dressing is a way of life" - Yves Saint Laurent

Sincerely, Lex