PARIS, October 4, 2011
Alexander McQueen is one of the brands I am looking forward to seeing every Fashion Week. Though he died last year, his works will always be thought as intense and passionate as shown in the groundbreaking exhibit at the Met. Thank God he has been a good mentor to Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s new creative director.
Post-Lee Alexander McQueen, I personally found the collections a little less dramatic. Though every piece of them were amazing, I thought there should be more shock value. That there should be more to fire up a controversy. But upon seeing their latest Spring 2012 RTW, I found a new respect for Burton. Her shock tactics is now visible. Bizarre pieces covered the models’ face. Breasts were shown.
Burton said that her inspiration in making this collection is “..Gaia.the wonder of nature, the sea.” There were lots of pleats, ruffles, and aquatic-inspired prints that made the models sea goddesses. The designs just makes a woman as graceful as a jellyfish moving, as stunning as pearls, but as sinister as a barracuda men should fear.
Kudos to Sarah Burton and long live Lee McQueen!
Photos: Marcus Tondo/gorunway.com
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, the heirs of the House of Valetino, wowed the audience on their Fall 2011RTW fashion show. Gorgeous models strut their walk on the runway with their Parisian inspired dresses. And when you talk about Parisian women, the major thing that comes into your mind is romance. Chiuri and Piccioli brought the Parisian vintage culture into the modern runway by making demure but sensual earth tone dresses and coats. Majority of the clothes were made of light and lovely sheer materials which showed some skin. The edgy and dainty coats however, managed to preserve the naiveté character of the models. Don’t we just love to have these au courant regalia on our boudoirs?
The rumored Kate Middleton wedding dress designer, Sara Burton, showcased her latest collection under Alexander McQueen in the recent Fall 2011 Paris Fashion Week. The fashion show took place in Conciergerie, from where the disgraced Marie Antoinette was ushered to her demise. As ever, all the pieces from the collection are aesthetically pleasing. It brought the Eskimos, gladiators, and the Snow Queen altogether with enough feathers, fur, straps and tulle. Another interesting thing about this is the question hanging around after Burton included some bridal pieces- will she make a fashion history as the one chosen to make England’s newest royalty’s wedding dress?
runway photos courtesy of style.com
Last February 11, Rebecca Taylor made her masterpieces from her Fall 2011 RTW collection come to life at the New York fashion week. I am just so glad that she was able to brandish a 40-piece for this collection and guess what? They are all wearable and not just a just-for-runway showcase.
Well, ladies who love indulging themselves to their femininity would love this collection. I bet she was thinking of an elegant and stylish young lady while designing the collection as she said “…inspired by dreamy illusive paintings, blurred images and sparkling lights, conjuring images of dimly lit nights in the chic Parisian night clubs of the 70’s.”
Taylor did a collage-like patching of fabrics—so you can imagine a harmony of printed silks and laces, embellished knits, pleats, faux furs, and lots of sparkly add-ons. She used maroon, smoky gray, cobalt blue and magenta to complete the magnificent looks. They may seem to be over-the top but they’re really not.
One thing Taylor did which I loved is using fabrics from the past season. She was not fearful in using what others might think as “so last season” and with her talent and vision, she was able to produce a very fresh and different look for 2011 Fall NYFW. I also think she deserves to be given an award from environmentalist groups for conserving and re-using resources.
Rebecca Taylor surely knows how to make a girl happy.
photos: courtesy of style.com