Friday, November 28, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
INTO THE ARCHIVES... Yves Saint Laurent HC SS||2001 and Yves Saint Laurent SS||2010 and Saint Laurent SS||2015
Was Hedi Slimane [right above] inspired by his predecessor Stefano Pilati [left above, right below] or Monsieur Laurent himself [left below] while thinking to introduce this fruit motif? Who knows. For sure is only that the cherry all over print is now a consecrated element of the SL collections since used by more than one creative director of the French maison.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
The layers of garments and accessories it took to create a single outfit seemed to be crucial to make an overstatement of sweetness in the last Rochas collection, designed by Alessandro dell’Acqua. For example, in this outfit [right] two delicate dresses were held together under a ruffle layer by a webbed military belt with a ‘R” for Rochas buckle. The poetry of exaggeration combined with the exquisiteness of an extra-high silhouette. Less complicated but with a similar romantic outcome is this Yves Saint Laurent dress, photographed on Antonia by William Klein in 1964 [right].
Monday, November 10, 2014
‘Raf Simons is not a designer obsessed with the past. He leaves the decade- hopping to his peers, preferring instead to look ahead.” reviewed Nicole Phelps for Style.com after the last Dior couture show. I generally agree with this statement, but just recently I stumbled upon a picture that might give a different perspective. A white Christian Dior dress from 1951 with insect like embellishments [left] shows color and silhouette similarities to Christian Dior Haute Couture by Raf Simons for FW 2014||15 [right].
Friday, November 7, 2014
Everybody in fashion knows and loves the memorable scene in ’The devil wears Prada” in which is explained the Trickle-down theory of trends [to read the transcript of the whole scene click here]. The practical example chosen by Miranda Priestly to explain the Trickle-down structure, was the cerulean sweater her intern Andrea was wearing. It was therefore very funny that a few years later Prada [left] actually included a similar sweater in their FW 2010||11 collection, and even funnier is the fact that the trickle-down effect just completed itself by being proposed by Zara for FW2014||15 [right]. But since we are already at it: Oscar della Renta has not shown in 2002 cerulean gowns and neither has Yves Saint Laurent followed this color lead by proposing cerulean military jackets.