Friday, November 28, 2014

INSPIRATION André Courrèges 1972… Tom Ford SS||2015

Tom Ford has always a little something for Into The Fashion [click here for previous posts]! This time he brings us back to the nude and transparency looks that was introduced to the fashion world by Yves Saint Laurent and André Courrèges [left] in the early seventies. 

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

INSPIRATION Yves Saint Laurent 1964… Rochas SS||2015

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

INTO THE ARCHIVES… Christian Dior 1951 and Christian Dior Haute Couture FW 2014||15

‘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 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

THANK YOU ZARA!… Prada FW 2010||11 and Zara FW 2014||15

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.