Posts Tagged ‘Balmain’

Splurge: Evening dresses

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Shopping, splurge, style, Trend, Trend Report, Wish List on December 7, 2010 at 4:42 pm

So, it’s Christmas. You know what that means: New Year’s Eve is around the corner. You need that killer dress. That bada boom. And no, you won’t – as long as you read this – be wearing another black lace dress. So let’s do this; get it right. Try a trend you’ve never considered before. This is your last chance.

This Versace Patent-leather strapless dress is equivalent to about 3 mortgage payments ($6,667.50 USD), but it’s worth it. The colour, cut and look is what dreams are made of. An electric aquamarine dream. Available, exclusively, at Net-A-Porter.
Doesn’t this dress remind you of a certain Bajan singer? This one-shoulder number by Georgian-born, UK-based designer David Koma is the business. Yes, this dress (sold at Browns) is steep (2,205 GBP), but hey, this is about splurging right? And who doesn’t want to have at least one of those in their closets at least once?
White is the perfect statement colour. It represents purity, which can also mean a clean slate as you enter the new year. This dress by Preen gives the illusion of innocent, but your dramatic accessories (black booties being one), will show the real you. It’s not as hefty as the other two ($1,593.55 USD at Matches), and it’s also very minimal, which means you’ll probably throw on some tights and a cardigan for multi-usage.
Are you a Victorian Goth Queen? Well, so was the late Sir Alexander McQueen, and this dress, well, gold, was jacquard, is like a religion. Powerful, sombre yet majestic. This piece is a work of art (5,259 Euros at Farfetch), and is an item that will go down in history.

This dress by Balmain happens to be a personal favourite (it’s also on my distant wish list:13,475 Euros at Colette) , which is funny because I’ve never really been a Balmain type-of-girl. But despite the fringe and metal detail, there’s an understatement about it. As cliche as this sounds, an air of mystery. And not just because it’s black. But possibly the brocade and full neckline are what does it. You don’t particularly have to be brave to wear this dress. But then again, I like tight and short. The cost: one year of college education. The feeling when you where the dress:priceless.

Musing: The Hawk

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Trend, Trend Report on May 24, 2010 at 11:55 pm

The runway is easy work; designers and their stylists infiltrate the trends editors and bloggers ogle over. While it’s surely a great help, it’s amazing how your imagination can create something out of the most unconventional sources. That’s what makes the most prolific fashion designers so brilliant.

In this case, the bird of prey – more specifically – the hawk , has been a reoccurring theme for me.  Even though they’re seen as ruthless vultures , in myth, they represent awareness, truth and foresight (which I’m sure has much to do with their 20/20 vision). According to Bookrags, the Hawk symbolizes “divine majesty, the superiority of the intellect over the physical and of the spiritual over the material.”

Now, this doesn’t particularly mean it’s time to go shopping for feathers and furs. When I think of the Hawk, I see hooded cloaks, a military green colour palette, and architectural silhouettes. It’s interestingly dark. It’s a bit… anarchic. When I thought of the Hawk, my mind immediately went to the 1985 fantasy flick Ladyhawke and 2009 Canadian drama film The Wild Hunt.

Here, I fell for this Bonarag cape, Khaki Chloé dress, and Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain booties. I didn’t have in a safari look in mind (though that can lean rather close), I didn’t want anything barbaric either. But I wanted a look that represents the freedom of the wilderness. With a fashion twist, of course.   

Get My Look: Tomboy for Life!

In designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, I heart, Rouse, sexy, Shopping, splurge, style, Trend, why don't you on January 29, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Balmain‘s Cotton-canvas studded military blazer. 6,225 (USD). Available at Net-A-Porter.

Alexander McQueen‘s Lace embellished bustier top. 1,995 (USD). Available at Net-A-Porter.

Current/Elliot‘s Cropped legging jeans. 250 (Euros). Available at Colette.

Givenchy‘s Mock Croc Sandals. On sale for 355 (GBP). Available at Browns.

Balenciaga‘s Lune Bag. 770 (GBP). Available from Browns.

Lara Bohinc‘s Morgana choker. 785 (GBP). Available at Browns.

Lara Bohinc‘s Crusade bracelet. 285 (GBP). Available at Browns.

Get My Look: Class to Class

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Rouse, Shopping, Trend on December 10, 2009 at 1:36 am

Hobo student wanderer by day:

Chrome Hearts nylon sleeveless vest, 2430 (Euros).

Hysteric Glamour “Nirvana” wool cardigan, 500 (Euros).

RVCA x Erin Wasson “If you Ain’t Cowboy, you ain’t shit” t-shirt, 70 (Euros).

Balmain short cotton pants, 890 (Euros).

Thomas Pink charcoal long wool socks, 15 (GBP).

AllSaints tread boot, 160 (GBP).

Longchamp x Andam “Pilage” bag (Jeremy Scott edition), 190 (Euros).

Tom Scott wool gloves scarf, 455 (Euros).

Cinderella by Night:

Révillon fox fur coat, 8100 (Euros).

Rachel Gilbert Lyla floor-length sequined silk gown, 950 (USD).

Maison Martin Margiela glass court pump, 1530 (euros).

Fendi beaded clutch.

All images by Colette and Net-A-Porter.

Then and Now: When Fashion Was Cool

In culture, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Flash Back, Good Look, London, Trend on November 25, 2009 at 9:18 pm

British Vogue‘s December issue brought on a strong sense of nostalgia for me. A specific article, The Secret History of London Fashion Week, chronicled LFW from the `80s to present. After reading the piece, an abundance of emotions got my creative juices flowing, and a whirlwind of images fled through my mind. Truth be told, I had not really known LFW until recently but I remember the iridescence that fashion had as a whole. In the article, a series of designers, supermodels and buyers went into detail about the many tribulations the show endured over the years. But the focal points – Lynne Franks, a major PR Director and Stevie Smith – the mastermind behind collection Body Map, were the most inspiring. It was they who- with the exception of Vivienne Westwood and her line – were trailblazers for what London fashion was to become.

“Our LFW debut was called Cat in the Hat Takes a Tumble With the Rumblefish,” mused Smith. “We created a way of dressing using jerseys and sweatshirts that wasn’t just for skinny people, we had old, young, fat and thin on the catwalk. Even my mum.” His vision was beyond making pretty clothes and being conventional. Body Map was a breakaway from the norm other Fashion Designers were concurring with at the time. Even Franks’s concept was avant-garde “I persuaded one my clients to sponsor a tent [in Olympia] and up it went. The lawn collapsed after a few seasons and we had to move, but this marked the start of a new mood in fashion – it was fun and funky and young.”

Though it’s not quite as prestigious as fashion week in Milan or Paris, London Fashion Week is still the best place to showcase collections of both old and young. Matter of fact, London is ahead of all fashion corners for cultivating fashion design.  But the `80s and early `90s were a pivotal moment in fashion, as most designers of today who are creatively schizophrenic draw inspiration from fashion of that time. And not just London, during the `80s fashion on a global scale became so baroque that the concept of colours and shapes held no barriers. The more abstract your dressing, the better. This was a philosophy that resonated with the fashion elite, rock stars and the hip-hop scene.

Body Map is a proven testament of playing with design concepts waywardly, and boldly. There’s fierce determination to make a statement in the collections. A great prime example of this is this piece worn by Uma Thurman:

and this punk-inspired pink, green and blue outfit:

As we move into modern times, Body Map’s concept was applied rather unconsciously by Toronto-based fashion designer Blaine Degannes of Rain Anthology:

Considering Dagannes had no background in fashion, I reckon his fashion history was extremely limited. Maybe if he did more research, it would have been easier for him to connect the dots. A reviewer of Toronto Fashion Week (where Dagannes debuted) stated his line Caribbean influenced, I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing, but it’s good when a fashion designer is influenced (much like Stevie Smith) but their upbringings. Degannes has the right idea, just not at the right level.

I do feel sorry for the pioneers who scavenge for talent now, the problem with a lot of fashion designers (much like aspiring fashion journalists) is that they’re too consumed with being something they’re not. They’re either overly processed and pretentious or stiff and dull. But all isn’t lost.

Russian designer Alexander Terexov takes the same concept and adds a resort feel to his Spring/Summer 2010 collection.

It’s safer, and glossier. But it doesn’t stand out. It’s a collection constructed for fashion-conscious pretty girls who like pretty things.

However, my when eyes trail to UK-based Ziad Ghanem‘s spring/summer 2010 collection and it gives me hope. Not just because I like punk, but because his collection is a sign of the times. With the state of the economy, we’re looking for inspiration and he gives us that by taking the Body Map concept and revitalizing it:

Very British, very fun. That’s the word! Fashion was supposed to be fun. It’s okay if historic elements are prevalent. But while art and fashion are merged together, you’re supposed to enjoy wearing the garments.

Another favorite of mine is Berlin-fashion line C.Neeon who know how to the colour and print concept seamlessly.

Bare in mind they’ve been around for a long time, but the vision was there from the beginning, that’s why they’ve come this far.

Admittedly, I have a lifetime of fashion purgatory ahead. Before allowing my inner fashion feline to emerge, I held on to what I thought I knew: Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Balmain. I liked what I thought I liked, and that was what I knew, but thanks to discovering Body Map, the eccentric world of British fashion has given me a new outlook. Not just for what to wear, but for my fashion life in general.