Posts Tagged ‘karl lagerfeld’

Crystal Renn: The fat issue

In Fashion on February 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Crystal Renn in French Vogue via Uplift Magazine

The thing about opportunity, is that, in order to get to where you want to be, you have to be hungry. When Renn started, she tried to fit a mold to get “it”. It didn’t work. So, after some intervention and introspection, she realized that the key to success – the prosperous kind, stems from being yourself.

image via judgment of Paris

And that’s when everyone, in need of the next big trend, decided to capitalize on this stunning woman who was above (and beyond) convention. Fair enough.

Upon “being herself,” the fashion world coveted.

Crystal Renn in French Vogue via pics and models

And though she’s met some genuine people along the way, let’s be honest, everyone from Carine Roitfeld of French Vogue to Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel used her as their muse. She was a fashion darling, and to deny that she was a “plus-size” model in the world where the standard is a size 2, at most, would defeat the purpose.

So now, there’s an uproar because Renn has lost weight – albeit the healthy way – but she’s not the juicy image the world has lauded. It’s a frustrating situation, I’m sure.

I will say, as for blaming the media for “pinning the plus-size” label on her head, well, it doesn’t matter. She wanted to be a supermodel, and once again, she saw an opportunity to fill a void. Don’t be ashamed of it, it is what it is. You got what you wanted, Crystal. It’s okay.The only one you’re accountable for, and to, is you. But remember the importance of sewing what you reap.

Shout out to Ford Models for providing the video.

Re-cap: Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011

In couture, designer, dress, Fashion on January 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm

While I love the intricate constructions of Haute Couture, this part of the collections is not my favourite. It sounds strange. But I find haute couture very traditional, older, and geared towards those getting married. Mind you, I love looking at some of the designs, but if I am seeking creative juices I much rather the colour and enthusiasm of ready-to-wear.

Alexander Vauthier gave us a refreshing take on haute couture. If I were to indulge in this culture, Vauthier would be the direction I would go.

Though, admittedly, he hasn’t strayed too far from his last collection, he resonates with a younger generation. I do respect designers who play with drapes, and this is territory Vauthier is learning to master. Other than that, we shall certainly wait and see.

I heart Karl Lagerfeld. And though he, at times, is so much more fun than Chanel, those clothes are a strong point of reference. His version of couture varies: at times, it’s detailed with lavish floor-length dresses and shimmering beads, then there’s the tweed jackets and matching skirts. Either way, it is, for the most part, traditional.

While it’s not something you’re going to expect a fun time with, Mr. Lagerfeld is loyal – something to be respected.

I love Jean-Paul Gaulthier. He’s a fun, engaging man. However, his collections, as of late, have not, in my opinion, represented anything innovative. I’ve seen this collection before. so, because I love this man, and because I still honour him as a leader in high-fashion, I expected more.

It’s possible that he’s overworked. He was creative director for two demanding fashion houses (Hermès and his namesake), and it’s possible that he’s taking the time to get back in his element. he did his best to bring theatricality with the bride singing and dancing. But, I don’t want to semantics – I want to see his talent.

If there is fun in Haute Couture, it is John Galliano for Christian Dior. Mind you, with the exception of a traditional runway, the collection itself was quite similar to last seasons. I do appreciate the colour and tulle embellished throughout the collection.

Mr. Galliano draws magical reference to time periods in his collections, and the `50s style theme worked well.

Mr. Giorgio Armani is by far, one of the best dress makers in fashion. It is breath-taking; dreamy fabrics, detailing, use of colour: priceless. The art-deco theme suited, the make-up, immaculate. The clothes one of the few I would wear.

Breathtaking, from beginning to the final look.

Musing: Chanel

In culture, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, RTW on June 7, 2010 at 12:51 am

Chanel – what I chic name. Then again, I’m attracted to all things chic. The way the name rolls off the tongue is like an ice cube melting in your mouth – the water drizzling down your chin. I’ve noticed, since I’ve been reading archives, Canadian magazines are in love with Chanel. Whether it’s fragrance, cruise collections or runway collections, they’re always front and center of this coveted french atelier.

Admittedly, I’m also a hardcore Chanel fan. Though I’m not sure if it’s more about the man behind the brand than the brand itself. Could it be that Canadian magazine Editors saturate the brand to be closer to him? I mean, Monsieur Karl Lagerfeld is a character all himself. With his starched-high collars, sleek black shades and leather motorcycle gloves emblem, he is the epitome of quintessential chic.

Since falling in love with Goth culture, I’ve noticed the dark underpinnings in his Chanel collections (considering Fendi and his namesake are more commercially appealing). I’m addicted to victorian-ruffled blouses, the monochromatic black scale palette (of course), jabots, admirals, Jacquard prints, brocade – all of it. And the younger Chanel, the ready-to-wear Chanel, exemplifies that gothic element for me. She’s what I aspire to be; mysterious, confident and forward. Obviously not all of it, but it peaks it’s pretty head; a shirt here, pant there, even a tweak in it’s traditional tweed jacket.

I’ve made an official claim that I’ll be sitting front and centre at the fashion world’s most sought-after collections, starting this year. And Chanel is not, by no means, exempt from this promise. I better get busy, I have a lot of work to do.

Swathed in black fabric, the way I like it.

The man of my dreams? Not quite, but he’ll do for now.

One to Watch: Jean-Pierre Braganza

In British, Canadian, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, London, One to Watch, Rouse, RTW, Trend, Trend Report on April 23, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Jean-Pierre Braganza is not a newbie. He’s been designing since 2002, but I’m hoping to see a burst of mainstream recognition going foward. This British-Canadian Central Saint Martins graduate worked as a designer for Roland Mouret before being selected by Karl Lagerfeld for the Protégé Project, then debuted his eponymous collection in 2004. He creates both men’s and womenswear, and there’s a slew of celebrity fans including Kings of Leon, Estelle and Cheryl Cole.

Jean-Pierre shines when he nourishes his talent for psychadelic prints. I do however, feel he should leave the modernism to Jil Sander and concentrate on his gift for knits and draping. Maybe he’s still trying to find his comfort zone. But if he cultivates what he’s best at, he’s bound to flourish.

Alexander McQueen F/W 2010

In British, Collection, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Icon, Legend on March 24, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Alexander McQueen’s untimely death brought about two realities: he was the most passionate designer of the millenia, and that he was possibly the last designer standing – after Karl, Jean-Paul, and the equalling talented John – to carry a  fashion empire on his back. Tears and billowing won’t do; all we have is memories. And even if his house is proceeded by someone new, McQueen’s hands, those eyes, that brain – is irreplaceable.

McQueen saw fashion through a world all his own; that’s what makes his collections so special. Many thought he was crazy – of course he was,  how could a genius be normal? How could someone create a dress out of tulle and golden feathers with tiny gold embellishments at the hemlines and be average?  How could someone juxtapose digital-print images of Archangels and “Bosch demons”  with thigh-high leather boots? To be sane is but an insult, for, true talent and originality can only be found in the midst of madness.

McQueen was a British national – a badge he clutched to the very end – and that has everything to do with it. He was schooled in the early depths of the culture from its medieval history to its current punk tradition. And it’s all jumbled into a continuous theme just-so. He stayed on the soil and never relocated somewhere more topical or modern. The Alexander McQueen brand was British through and through. And the world gravitated to him because of his unyielding sense of identity.

Had McQueen been alive, the presentation of his final women’s collection would have been as theatrical as his mind; dramatic, fresh, and as blue as the red sea of Egypt.

Fashion Heat: Doll Boutique, London, UK

In Fashion, Shopping on November 20, 2009 at 9:57 pm

The latest online fashion dwelling I came across: Doll Boutique.

The Scotland-based fashionista’s heaven carries it all: bags, shoes, and cosmetics. There are loads of great, affordable designer brands including American Retro, the super hot LNA (see their Ripped Olivia Leggings), low-rise jeans from JBrand, coats by Rizal and so, so much more. However, the biggest must have on the site is the mink Karl Lagerfeld i-Phone holder. Hot damn! Get it while it’s still available.