Saturday, January 31, 2009
What the eff is going on with Valentino?
After Valentino Garavani's retirement, Alessandra Facchinetti took over, designing only for two seasons. I loved her fresh take on the classic brand, referencing its origins while moving in a new direction. But Valentino Garavani thought she had strayed too far from his original vision, and she was unceremoniously outed in one of the most dramatic dismissals in the fashion industry in recent years. She was replaced by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, Valentino's long-time accessory designers. This week's couture show was the pair's much-anticipated debut, and though Valentino himself praised the collection, I found it completely underwhelming.
Probably afraid to rock the boat after Facchinetti's dismissal and Valentino's petty jabs at her in the press, Chiuri and Piccioli stuck closely to the classic Valentino look, creating a collection that was almost a recreation of the house's archives. Bows? Check. Rosettes? Check. Multiple shades of red? Ladylike coats? Inoffensive evening gowns? Check. Check. Check. Though the collection was refined and well-made, it seemed a step backward for the house. The presentation lacked the drama of a couture show, which begs the question: If not for drama, why do couture at all? As for Chiuri and Piccioli, I think they have a lot of talent and a great point of view. The question is, will they feel that they have the freedom to express themselves, or will they be too worried about the shadow of Valentino Garavani?
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Marc Jacobs. In a man skirt. Though it wasn't on Kate's playlist, I'm going to have to throw out The Kinks "Lola," because it's one of my childhood favorites, and I think gender bending in any shape or form demands a few plays of that song. I kind of love the man skirt with gladiator sandals (or tailored suit with high heels!) thing Marc's been doing lately. It's not exactly the most controversial idea anymore. I mean, Dear Abby has embraced it. But even if I weren't a fan, it's Marc Jacobs. As long as he keeps producing mouse flats and Juergen Teller ads, he can wear whatever the hell he wants.
Blur "Boys and Girls"
Amy Winehouse "Addicted"
The Proclaimers "500 Miles"
Warren Zevon "Lawyers, Guns, and Money"
Babes in Toyland "He's My Thing"
The underskirt of this Dior gown is a perfect match to an antique porcelain bleeding bowl that I almost bought two years ago. For those who haven't seen Sense and Sensibility, a bleeding bowl is a porcelain, brass, or pewter dish that was used in the highly scientific process of blood letting. You know, when you cut someone's arm open so that they can bleed out their pneumonia. Pretty high on drama. Questionable success rate.
a pretty example, courtesy of l'internet
The bleeding bowl is a round shallow dish with an indentation along one side for the patient's arm to rest. The blood would then collect in the bowl throughout the process, and I assume would be disposed of afterwards. Though those crazy Brits really love their blood pudding. I really wanted a bleeding bowl to hold jewelry or candy, so that whenever people asked me about the strange indentation on the side, I could let them know it was for bleeding out winter colds. I just thought there was something so wonderfully morbid and sick about that. I'm currently hunting for one, and this couture gown will always remind me of the perfect one that got away.
Monday, January 26, 2009
January Jones was one of my favorites at the Golden Globes (though I wish she'd worn the belt that was shown on that dress on the Versace runway), and she was my absolute favorite last night. The embellishments on her Andrew Gn gown are gorgeous, and I love that she wore a black gown that wasn't in any way basic or boring. I just wish she'd worn her hair up. I think that a dramatic, voluminous upsweep would have been very Cleopatra-esque, and shown off the details on her dress even more.
Anne Hathaway's Azzaro gown is kind of the reverse of January Jones' gown. I love the column shape and the gathering on the bodice. The draping of this gown isn't the most forgiving (no matter how in shape you are), so I'm going to go ahead and use this dress as a celebrity endorsement for proper foundation garments. Namely Spanx. Hopefully Beyoncé will get the message.
The National Gallery is constantly lending out paintings to federal buildings. Nothing first-tier (they'd like to keep their da Vincis in house, thank you very much), only second- and third-tier paintings. So a pretty great perk of being elected to executive office is that you'll be provided a pre-selected list of paintings, and you get to choose which you would like to bedeck the walls of your offices during your term. The last few months of my friend's job have been spent cataloguing and examining paintings returned by the Bush Administration, and helping to provide the same service to the Obama administration (who, apparently, have great contemporary taste).
Friday, January 23, 2009
I loved the Kate Moss editorial "Performance" in the April 2006 issue of W, but was it really necessary for Drew Barrymore and Katherine Heigl to attempt her famous hairstyle on the red carpet? It just aged them and made them appear horribly dated. And who thought it was such a good idea for Lindsay Lohan to recreate "The Last Sitting" for New York Magazine (and to design a line of leggings named 6126, for Monroe's birthday)? Madonna and Nicole Kidman have gotten a good run out of "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend," and Anna Nicole Smith's Guess ads practically exhausted our Monroe fascination in the 90s. And now Scarlett Johansson is starring as a Marilyn replica in the new campaign for D&G Cosmetics. Is anyone else underwhelmed?
I mean, it's pretty, but it's been done. Throw in the D&G/Giorgio Armani drama, Johansson's unnecessary album of Tom Waits covers, and my exhaustion of celebrities mistaking "looks like she's on Percocet" for "sultry" (Doesn't anyone pay attention to Tyra Banks? Dead eyes are the enemy!), and I just couldn't care less about the advertising images from D&G's cosmetics line. You bore me, Domenico and Stefano. And I grow weary of your posturing, Scarlett.
And I'm pretty sure Marilyn Monroe wouldn't have been caught dead in this lipstick.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
So a big thank you to Chloe for the heads up, as well as for mentioning Inauguration Beyonce's distracting lack of appropriate foundation garments. When I first saw the video and photographs, I was like, I can see nipple, right? I'm not being crazy, am I? Am I only seeing nipple because I'm looking for nipple? Maybe just incredibly unfortunate shadows?
Seriously, dude. Nipple.
Actually, I have a good reason to be writing in French. And his name is Karl. I'm still in love with this Chanel Haute Couture cocktail dress that Keira Knightley wore to a screening of The Duchess last year. The details of the dress are interesting enough on their own, so I'm glad she went minimalist with the accessories. Add some black peep-toe heels, a few layers of black eyeliner, and a sleek chignon, and she could do no wrong.
Outkast featuring Kelis "Dracula's Wedding"
Kim Carnes "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Church "Under the Milky Way Tonight"
Nouvelle Vague "The Killing Moon"
Hot Chocolate "Emma"
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
President Obama and First Lady Michelle in ivory Jason Wu
That is a gorgeous couple. I love a man that can pull off white tie.
And I'm now inspired to share my favorite photo from 2008:This photograph was on the front page of the Omaha World-Herald's Election Section after Obama's presidential victory. That lovely pair on the center-left is Doris and Gus Shoffner, two of my oldest family friends and neighbors. Look at those smiles. Couple of the year!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
This photo of Kate Bosworth inspired me to go on a two week Ebay hunt to find an inexpensive pair of red flat leather boots. Unlike Ms. Bosworth's, mine aren't Chloé. But I love them just the same. I also covet her Chloé Saskia Patchwork Pouchette, a bag that I won't be incorporating into my budget anytime soon. The Topshop acid-wash skinny jeans are cute and current, and the overall look is relaxed and casual. Even when wearing multiple of-the-moment items, Kate Bosworth never looks like she's a slave to trends. She makes the trends work on her terms.
Ladyhawke "Back of the Van"
The Promise Ring "Red and Blue Jeans"
Feist "When I was a Young Girl"
The Beach Boys "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"
Adam Ant "Kings of the Wild Frontier"
Gogol Bordello "60 Revolutions"
Friday, January 16, 2009
Scalloped Edges: Thank You stickers from Mod Farmgirl's Etsy Shop
Loose Waves: Amanda Seyfriend at the Big Love season premiere
Industrial Sparkles: Andréa Stanislav's exhibition"Holiday in the Sun," opening tonight at the Chambers Burnet Gallery