LOUIS VUITTON SS19 MENSWEAR BY VIRGIL ABLOH REVIEW

RIGHT OUT OF THE PALAIS ROYAK AT THE PLACE COLETTE IN PARIS WE ARE PRESENTED WITH A 2:30PM LIVE STREAM OF LV’S SS19 MEN’S COLLECTION BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR VIRGIL ABLOH. ONE MORE TIME FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK! VIRGIL ABLOH! 21/06/2018 HE HAS MADE HISTORY FOR THE BRAND, WATCHING THE STREAM YOU CAN SEE HAPPINESS, LOVE AND TEARS OF JOY SHARED BETWEEN VIRGIL AND CLOSE FRIEND KANYE WEST. FOR A FASHION STUDENT LIKE ME, SEEING HOW FAR VIRGIL HAS COME IS SO ENCOURAGING AND TOUCHING. HIS INSTAGRAM POST CAPTIONED “YOU CAN DO IT TOO…” IS SO MOVING, DESPITE ALL HIS ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR, HE REMAINS SO HUMBLE AND APPRECIATIVE. FROM AFAR ALL I CAN DO IS ADMIRE ALL HIS ARTISTRY AND PERSONALITY.

A SPECTRUM OF COLOUR PAVES THE RUNWAY, WHILE GUESTS SAT AT EITHER SIDE. IT’S HARD TO IGNORE FRONT ROW WHICH CONSISTED OF MY FAVS: RIHANNA, ILLJAH, ASAP ROCKY, BELLA HADID, NOAMI CAMPBELL, JORDYN WOODS, KYLIE JENNER, KIMYE, ALEALI MAY AND LUKA SABBAT (AND MORE). NOT ONLY WAS FRONT ROW POPPING BUT THE DIVERSITY AND CAST OF THE MODELS WAS EVERYTHING! I APPRECIATE DIVERSITY SO MUCH IN A FASHION SHOW.

ALEALI MAY CAPTURED SOME CELEB FAVS

VIRGIL STARTED OFF WITH 17 WHITE/OFF-WHITE LOOKS BEFORE ADDING COLOUR TO HIS PALETTE.  AMONG THE 17 WE WITNESSED BAGGY TROUSERS, SUITS, DUFFEL BAGS WITH HANGING CHAINS FOR STRAPS. SPEAKING OF ACCESSORISES THE BAGS WERE A STATEMENT FOR THIS COLLECTION, I LOVE THE BACKPACK-SIDE BAG COMBO, THE ACROSS BACKPACK FRONT STRAP, THE THIGH BAG!!!! A BIT OF A STRUGGLE IF YOU NEED TO GO TO THE TOILET, BUT ALL IN THE NAME OF FASHION RIGHT. A CLEAR TRANSPARENT JACKET VS A SHEER T-SHIRT WITH THE LV MONOGRAM, FOR ME THE SHEER T-SHIRT WINS!

“COLOUR IS AN ALLURING TRICK TO MAKE SOMETHING JAZZIER THAN IT IS,” WHEN WE MET BEFORE THE SHOW. “WHAT I WANTED PEOPLE TO SEE WAS THE CRAFTSMANSHIP, SILHOUETTE, CHOICE OF MATERIAL, DETAIL. I WANTED TO REMOVE COLOUR FROM THAT EXCITEMENT, TO LET THE EYE ADJUST TO SEE WHAT I’M BRINGING TO ALL THE HYPE AND HYSTERIA.” – VIRGIL ABLOH

IN TWO MINDS ABOUT LOOK 9, IS IT A ONE-PIECE OR A SEPARATE BUT DESPITE  MY CONFUSION I ADORE THIS FIT, IT’S DEFINITELY SOMETHING I WOULD WEAR. THE TOP APPEARS TO BE A DIFFERENT FABRIC TO THE SHORTS, I’M LITERALLY SQUINTING AND I THINK I’M SEEING SNAKESKIN SHORTS OR SOME SORT OF SKIN? THE LARGER THAN LIFE BAG IS A YES FROM ME. WHERE CAN I SIGN UP FOR MINE?

  • SHIRTS WITH MULTIPLE 3D POCKETS (ALL DIFFERENT SIZES)
  • FROM SHOPPER BAGS TO BOWLING BAGS
  • SLITS AT THE HEM OF TROUSERS
  • PLEATED TROUSERS
  • NEON LACES (COLOUR IS SLOWLY EMERGING)
  • RED LV GLOVES AND RED DETAILING ON THE TRAINERS
  • HALF A SUIT JACKET MEETS SHOULDER STRAP. WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT?

HELLO NEUTRAL COLOURS! WE HAVE DIFFERENT SHADES OF BROWN FOR THE SUITING CONTRASTING WITH NEON AND WHITE COLOURS FOR THE GLOVES AND ACCESSORIES, SO JUST TO CLARIFY THAT I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE LOVING NEON/ACID COLOURS FOR S/S. THEN ONTO DIFFERENT SHADES OF GREEN, MOSTLY OLIVES AND PASTEL GREENS. THE BULLET PROOF TYPE VEST OVER THE SHIRT, TRENCH COAT MATCHED WITH A HOODIE AND BAGGY TROUSERS (I LOVE THIS OVERSIZED-BAGGY LOOK  – IT SCREAMS COMFORT).

MORE COLOUR BEING INTRODUCED WITH LOOK 28, WITH A TIE-DYE/WASH OF YELLOW, PINK, GREY AND BLUE FOR THE ANORAK. PAIRED WITH GORGEOUS MUSTARD-YELLOW TROUSERS AND THE BEST DUFFEL BAG OF THE COLLECTION! I MEAN COME ON HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BAG? IT’S FLUORESCENT! SIMILAR TO THE BULLET PROOF TYPE VEST, (I’M THINKING IT’S A SCUBA FABRIC) IS A NEON ZIP-UP TOP DETAIL WITH A WAVE OF A HEM (SEE WHAT I DID THERE)? IT WORKS WELL WITH THE WASH OF COLOURS ON THE TROUSERS.

CHANNELLING INTO A BLACK AND WHITE WASH FOR THE MATCHING SETS AND RED FOR THE BAGS, BAGS OF DIFFERENT SIZES AND PURPOSE. SOME AROUND THE WAIST, ACROSS THE BODY TO THE BACK OF THE MODEL AND HELD BY HAND. THEN INTO ALL RED EVERYTHING OUTFITS, THE RED JACKET AND TOP AGAINST THE WHITE/RED WASH SHORTS IS A FAVOURITE OF MINE.

  • MORE DIFFERENT SILHOUETTES FROM THE 3D POCKET DETAIL
  • FLEECE
  • RIBBED GILLET
  • PRINTS FROM THE WIZARD OF OZ
  • BLACK LOOKS  WITH CONTRASTING ORANGE BAG STRAPS AND VEST
  • THE SIMPLICITY OF THE ALL DENIM, SHIRT AND JEANS. I DID NOT EXPECT IT.
  • DOROTHY (WIZARD OF OZ REFERENCE AGAIN) ASLEEP IN A FIELD OF FLOWERS ON AN ANORAK PAIRED WITH A BOXY MONOGRAM BAG AND FROM VIRGIL “DOROTHY IS A FARM GIRL FROM THE MIDWEST TRANSPORTED TO OZ, A FAIRY TALE LAND WHERE SHE EXPERIENCES THINGS BEYOND THE REACH OF HER IMAGINATION” SELF EXPLANATORY – THE RAINBOW RUNWAY, TIE-DYE COLOURS AND FLORAL’S
  • LOUIS VUITTON TRAINERS (NO COLLABS) “I WANTED TO WEAR EVERYTHING IN THERE EVERYDAY” – CHADWICK BOSEMAN “THE SHOES WERE TIGHT” – LUKA SABBAT  “YOU NAME IT I WANT EVERY SINGLE THING” SAME!

VIRGIL HAS CHANGED THE GAME, THIS IS ONE SHOW THAT I WISHED I COULD’VE SEEN IN THE FLESH. I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT, LITERALLY STILL DAY DREAMING ABOUT THE ACCESSORIES AS WE SPEAK. THIS SHOW WAS SO IMPORTANT AND POWERFUL,

THANK YOU VIRGIL!

“YOU KNOW HOW, IN A WESTERN MOVIE, THERE WOULD BE, LIKE, ONE BLACK COWBOY? AND YOU’D BE LIKE, I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AMONGST ALL THESE MOUNTIES? I WANT TO DELIVER A MESSAGE: YEAH, I COME FROM THIS PLACE” – VIRGIL ABLOH

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“IT’S VERSACE NOT VERSACHEE” SPRING 2019 MENSWEAR REVIEW

 

“WHAT I PUT ON THE RUNWAY WAS INSPIRED BY MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF MEN: THE STREET-STYLE STAR, THE HIGH FASHION MAN, THE BOARDROOM EXECUTIVE. I CONCEIVED THESE CLOTHES THINKING THAT EACH OF THEM COULD FIND SOMETHING THAT PERFECTLY FITS HIS PERSONAL STYLE. THESE ARE MEN WHO DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE RULES AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I LOVE: THEY HAVE AN OPINION AND MAKE THEIR OWN STYLE CHOICES.” – DONATELLA VERSACE 

“DONATELLA NEVER FAILS” – ME

VERSACE NOT VERSACHEE, COME CORRECT OR DO NOT COME AT ALL. DONATELLA CAME TO REMIND MEN AND WOMEN AS THIS COLLECTION CAME WITH A WOMEN’S CAPSULE ALONGSIDE! I MUST SAY I SCREAMED WHEN I SAW IMAAN HAMMAM DOWN THE RUNWAY BUT LET’S START FROM THE BEGINNING SHALL WE? GET COMFY BECAUSE THIS MIGHT BE A LONG ONE.

THE GUESTS ARE SEATED, THE UPBEAT MUSIC BEGINS BY DESIRE MAREA AND FELA GUCCI , OH! WAIT! PAUSE! BACK UP!. THE GUESTS ARE SEATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL COURTYARD OF THE VERSACE PALAZZO, WITH HANGING FLOWERS AND AN ORNATE OF GREENERY AROUND PILLARS ON THE RUNWAY.

WE ARE QUICKLY INTRODUCED TO THE “THE BOARDROOM EXECUTIVE” IN A RE-IMAGINED POWER-SUIT WITH A PINSTRIPE OVERSIZED BLAZER, DENIM JEANS, A CRISP WHITE SHIRT, PAIRED WITH VERSACE SNEAKERS (OF COURSE). NEXT UP, A SIMILAR LOOK BUT THIS TIME WITH A RUFFLED SHIRTS (MASCULINE —>> FEMININE REAL QUICK) AND UNDERNEATH A T-SHIRT PRINT OF VERSACE’S TABLOID. THERE’S EVEN A BAG WITH THE SAME PRINT WRAPPED LIKE A NEWSPAPER, I WAS SHOOKETH.

FIVE LOOKS DOWN AND HERE COMES MY GIRL, IN A DENIM CO-ORD (THE SHORTS EVEN SAY VERSACE)! WITH A PRINTED TABLOID CROP TOP AND KNEE-HIGH BOOTS. THE DETAILS ARE SO STAPLE IN THIS, THE GOLD CONTRASTING STITCHING – THE GOLD BUTTONS – THE GOLD BELT BUCKLE – THE GOLD DETAILS OF THE SHOULDER BAG AND FINALLY THE GOLD DETAILING OF THE BOOTS. IT MAKES A SIMPLE LOOK (COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE COLLECTION) SO DESIRABLE.

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PRINT, WE WENT FROM T-SHIRTS, TO CROP TOPS AND NOW FULL FITS. IT MAKES THE ATMOSPHERE FEEL LOUD AND YOUTHFUL, THE MIX OF BLUE, RED, WHITE AND BLACK WORK SO WELL IN BOTH LOOKS. LITERALLY SPEAKING, FROM THE BUCKET HATS DOWN TO THE TRAINERS. FIRST IMPRESSIONS COULD BE THAT THERE’S TOO MUCH HAPPENING IN ONE OUTFIT BUT HONESTLY. TRULY. IT WORKS.

 

2000’S RAVE AND SKATER STYLE

 

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THE GREY CO-ORD VERSION OF THE RED SKIN? OVER-THE-TOP, IN YOUR FACE WE KNOW, BUT IT’S A DREAM

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ENTER THE FLORAL PRINTS AND LIME GREEN

 

TYPICALLY YOU WOULD CRINGE AT THE THOUGHT OF YOUR MCM (MAN-CRUSH-MONDAY, BASICALLY A CRUSH) WEARING A FLORAL SHIRT OR EVEN WORSE A MATCHING CO-ORD BUT LADIES, LET’S SWALLOW OUR PRIDE AND ADMIT THAT THESE PRINTS AGAINST ELECTRIC NEON COLOURS WORK! THIS COLLECTION IS ALL ABOUT THE BOY’S AND THEY WILL STAND OUT WITH THIS CONTRAST. THE LIME GREEN SOCKS, SNEAKER AND BAG DETAIL!!!!! I LOVEEEEE!!!!!! SPEAKING FOR THE FEMALES, THE MIX MATCH OF SILKY PRINTS, THE DIFFERENT COLOUR AND SIZE OF  THE FLORAL, THE SUBTLE RUFFLES ON THE DRESSES, THE WRAP AROUND THE WAIST, THE HALTER NECK DETAIL. EVERYTHING JUST WORKS, EACH MALE ARCHETYPE COMPLIMENTS THE OTHER, FROM O-T-T TO YES PLEASE.  ANOTHER, LOOKS LIKE A BRALETTE UNDERNEATH A SHEER BLOUSE WITH RUFFLES HANGING FROM THE FRONT AND SLEEVE. PAIRED WITH A WRAP SKIRT, SIMILAR TO THE DRESS. YASS TO ALL OF THESE TOGETHER.

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TRADITIONAL MENSWEAR SUITS WITH A TWIST

I’M MORE OF A FITTED LEG GIRL WHEN IT COMES TO SUITS, BUT WE CAN LET THIS ONE SLIDE

THE SUBTLE CONTRAST OF THE WHITE BUTTONS AND TRAINERS, COMPLIMENTS THE BRIGHT NEON SUITS AND KNITTED JUMPERS UNDERNEATH

 

POPS OF LIME AGAINST, FLORAL AND WHITE

THESE CUTE MINI SIDE BAGS ARE TAKING OVER THIS COLLECTION, FOR BOTH GENDERS AND I CAN’T COMPLAIN BECAUSE I WANT ONE TOO

POWER COUPLE OF THE YEAR, STRAIGHT FROM VERSACE’S COURTYARD-RUNWAY (JUST KIDDING) BUT SEEING ONE AFTER THE OTHER, YOU GET THAT VIBE. FROM HIS GIOIELLERIA PRINT SHIRT OF GOLD CHAINS, MEDUSA, COLOURFUL JEWELLERY, BEJEWELLED CROSSES AND TROPICAL FLOWERS, TO KENDALL’S PRINTED DRESS WITH EMBELLISHMENTS. I ADORE THE DRESS, FROM BODICE OF THE DRESS, TO HAVING TO LOOK EVER SO CLOSELY TO SEE THE EMBELLISHMENTS AS FROM AFAR YOU COULD MISTAKE THEM FOR THE PRINT, TO THE THIGH-HIGH BOOTS, I’M JUST IN AWE.

 

WE WERE GIVEN DIFFERENT ARCHETYPES OF DIFFERENT MALES, WHO TOOK RISKS AND COULD STYLE OUT ANY OUTFIT, ALONGSIDE A DOSE OF FEMALE VERSACE. THE STREET-STYLE, RAVER-SKATER, MASCULINE SUIT COULD ALL BE IDENTIFIED AND LOOKED EVEN MORE  EYE CATCHING WITH THE RANGE OF PRINTS, FLORAL, NEON COLOURS AND VERSACE MOTIFS. I REPEAT “DONATELLA NEVER FAILS” VERSACE GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH, WE LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT SPRING 2018 AND THIS IS EVEN BETTER. FROM LOOK 1-56 I COULD TALK ABOUT THIS COLLECTION ALL DAY,

 

THANK YOU DONATELLA

 

ALEXANDER WANG SPRING 2019 READY-TO-WEAR (COLLECTION 1) REVIEW #WANGUSA

 

 

“A NEW BEGINNING, A NEW IDENTITY AND A NEW DAY FOR MY BRAND” – WANG 

ALEXANDER WANG LEFT THIS NOTE ON EVERYONE’S SEAT, A REMINDER OF HIS IMMIGRANT ROOTS WHILE PROVIDING A COLLECTION (COLLECTION 1 TO BE PRECISE) OF HIS AMERICA. WANG EXPLAINS THE INSPO OF THIS COLLECTION STARTING WITH HIS “MOM AND DAD TAKING A TRIP TOGETHER”, A REUNION TRIP WHERE HE HEARD THE STORY OF HIS PARENTS MIGRATING TO AMERICA.

ON THE CLOTHES, WANG SHARES WITH US, HIS “PRIDE IN BEING AN AMERICAN WITH IMMIGRANT ROOTS” …

THE NAME AND TIMING OF WANG’S SHOW IS NEW TO US, BUT HIS BRAND IDENTITY REMAINS THE SAME, WITH THE MODELS WALKING TO HEAVY METAL, WEARING BANDANA’S, METAL NECK-PIECES, MINI SKIRTS AND MONOGRAMMED SILVER BELTS.

  • LEATHER JACKETS
  • BIKER SHORTS  (BIKER GEAR TOO)
  • BOLO TIES ( I HAD TO GOOGLE THIS *SHAKES HEAD SHAMELESSLY* )
  • WIND BREAKER TRACKSUITS
  • FOOTBALL JERSEYS
  • CHINATOWN REFERENCES
  • TAILORED JACKETS

*ALL THINGS THAT WANG CAN ASSOCIATE HIMSELF WITH AMERICA AND HIS ROOTS*

“I WAS INSPIRED BY THEM COMING HERE AND NOT SPEAKING ENGLISH, GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE AND NOT KNOWING HOW TO BUY FOOD, AND ALL THE JOBS THEY HAD TO DO, TO BUILD A BETTER LIFE FOR ME. AND TAKING THAT STORY AND INFUSING IT WITH POP CULTURE AMERICANA REFERENCES THAT I GREW UP WITH LIKE AMERICAN FOOTBALL, MOTORCYCLE HARLEY DAVIDSON CULTURE, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSIC. AND THEN TAKING CHINOISERIE AND MY HERITAGE AND INFUSING IT INTO THE WORLD” – WANG

MY FAVOURITES FROM THE SHOW:

  • THIS CO-ORD WITH THE BELT ENTITLED ALEXANDER WANG?! I LOVE! FIRST THING FIRST THAT MINI SKIRT IS ITTY BITTY & SO CUTE. THE ONLY THING IS, I DON’T KNOW HOW PROBLEMATIC IT WILL BE FOR GIRLS WITH BIG BOOTIES? THE MINIMAL DETAILING OF THE SILVER STUDS ON THE COLLAR, SILVER CHAIN ON THE TAILORED JACKET AND SILVER SNAPS AS THE OPENING FOR THE JACKET IS SO EFFECTIVE IN STANDING OUT AGAINST THE BLACK. WAIT HOLD ON, I ONLY JUST NOTICED THE LEATHER COLLAR AND SHEER BODYSUIT – NICE TOUCH WANG. THE SHIMMER ON THE CO-ORD HAS ME FEELING LIKE, WORK IN THE AM AND PARTYING WITH WANG IN THE PM TO AM.

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  • THAT BAG IS A MUST HAVE, THE SILVER DETAILING THROUGHOUT THIS COLLECTION IS A FAVE OF MINE AND DRAWS MY ATTENTION SO EASILY! THE SKIRT IS SO DIFFERENT THAT I’M WONDERING “IS IT A WRAP SKIRT OR JUST A SKIRT, MEANT TO LOOK LIKE A LEATHER JACKET TIED AT THE WAIST”? I WANT IT REGARDLESS.

 

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  • WITH THIS LOOK IT’S THE LEATHER JACKET/DRESS WITH THE DROP SHOULDER AND QUADRUPLE BELTS THAT CAUGHT MY EYE, THE FACT THAT THE BELTS ARE DIFFERENT SIZES, SHAPES AND STYLES MAKES IT STAND OUT EVEN MORE! NIPPED WAISTS  WITH BUM BAGS (AS WELL AS BELTS) ARE POPULAR AT THE MOMENT SO ADDING MORE THAN ONE BELT TO THE FIT WOULD BE EVEN BETTER. GOING TO THE TOILET MIGHT BE A CHORE, BUT FOR FASHION, IT’S ALL WORTH IT!

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  • THE MIMICKING OF THE AMERICAN FLAG PRINTED ACROSS WOOSEOK LEE’S FACE, AND OTHER MODELS IN THE SHOW IS SUCH A CLEVER IDEA BY MAKE-UP ARTIST, DIANE KENDAL. TRACKSUITS ARE SUCH A GO-TO FIT AND THIS ONE IS CALLING MY NAME! HOW COMFORTABLE DOES THIS FLEECE LOOK PLEASE? I’M A FAN OF THE OVERSIZED JACKET, DROP SHOULDER (ONCE AGAIN, I DO LOVE A GOOD DROP SHOULDER), ELASTICATED HEM AND CUFFS. THIS IS A LOOK THAT I CAN SEE BEING WORN ON WOMEN AS WELL…I WOULD BE FIRST IN LINE.

 

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  • THE MASKS ARE SIMILAR TO FLU MASKS BUT WITH ADDED BLACK LACE EMBELLISHMENTS AND SAFETY PINS. I WOULD SAY ANYONE WEARING THAT IS READY TO TURN HEADS AT ANY MASQUERADE BALL). THE LEATHER DRESS, REMINDS ME OF AN UPDATED CHEONGSAM (QIPAO) DRESS BUT LESS FITTED. I LOVE THE RED MINI BAG AND SUBTLE POP OF COLOUR, HOWEVER I HAVE NOT GIVEN THE HEELS ENOUGH ATTENTION. THE WRAP AROUND THE ANKLE, HANGING CHAIN AND SILVER EMBELLISHMENTS GOES SO WELL NOT ONLY WITH THIS LOOK BUT THE OVERALL COLLECTION.IMG_8058
  • THE DECONSTRUCTION OF THIS SEE-THROUGH BLOUSE – OPEN TYPE CORSET IS SO CLEVER BECAUSE IT LOOKS AS IF IT’S TAKEN THE ROLE OF SHOULDER PADS ON CLASSIC AMERICAN JERSEYS. I WOULD DEFINITIVELY WEAR THESE LOOSE, CHINOISERIE PATTERNED TRACKSUITS EXACTLY HOW BEHATI PRINSLOO HAS BEEN STYLED WITH HEELS OR TRAINERS.

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  • YOU KNOW I LIKED THE PREVIOUS LOOK, SO I MOST DEFINITELY LIKE THIS DRESS VERSION OF THE BLOUSE AND STRAPPED HEELS.

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  • THIS LOOK SCREAMS ALEXANDER WANG, FROM THE METAL EMBELLISHED NECK-PIECE- HALTER TOP, TO THE SHEER BRALETTE, OVERSIZED TAILORED JACKET AND BELTED MINI SKIRT.

 

I ADORE HOW PERSONAL HIS COLLECTION FELT , THE BACKGROUND CONTEXT FOR THIS COLLECTION REALLY SPEAKS VOLUMES, FROM THE CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES, SHOES AND MAKE-UP YOU CAN TELL WHAT AN IMPACT ALEXANDER WANG’S ROOTS AND AMERICAN IDENTITY HAS HAD ON HIM AND THE GENERATION OF HIS PARENTS. ABOVE ARE JUST MY FAVOURITES FROM COLLECTION 1 BUT OVERALL THE COLLECTION WENT SO WELL TOGETHER AND THE HINTS AT CLASSIC AMERICAN POP-CULTURE WAS INTERESTING (SOME TOOK A LITTLE BIT OF RESEARCH AND BY SOME I MEAN BOLO TIES) *IGNORES HER EMBARRASSMENT & REFERS TO WANG NOW*…WE APPRECIATE YOU FOR SHARING THIS MOMENT WITH US,

 

THANK YOU WANG!

 

 

LOUIS VUITTON RESORT 2019 REVIEW

 

  • MUSIC FROM WOODKID “ON THEN AND NOW”
  • JENNIFER  CONNELLY READING FROM GRACE CODDINGTON’S “GRACE: A MEMOIR”
  • PLUS THE NAGOYA CHILDREN CHOIR

 

NICOLAS GHESQUIERE’S #NOTGOINGANYWHERE REVEALED HIS FIFTH SHOW WITH THE LUXURY HOUSE IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE AT THE MAEGHT FOUNDATION MUSEUM OF MODERN ART. GHESQUIERE COLLABORATED WITH CLOSE FRIEND AND STYLIST, GRACE CODDINGTON TO ADD A QUIRKY TWIST TO THE CRUISE SHOW. SHE DID JUST THAT WITH CAT AND DOG BAGS DRAWN TO REPRESENT HER AND GHESQUIERE’S PETS.

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THE MODELS SWEPT ALONG THE MAZE RUNWAY, PASSING SCULPTURES BY JOAN MIRO. THE SCULPTURES WENT WITH THE THEME OF THE RESORT WITH SLICED SLEEVES AND LAPELS CURVED TO A POINT. THIS SEASON GAVE ME PURE 80’S VIBES OR 80’S ECLECTICISM SHOULD I SAY, SHAPES AND VOLUMES WHICH ARE TRANSFORMED THROUGH MOVEMENT AS “FOR SURE, THE SHAPES OF THE STATUES AND THE VOLUMES OF THE STATUES WERE INFLUENCING MY SILHOUETTE ABSOLUTELY. YOU ALWAYS FIGHT WITH GRAVITY WHEN YOU DESIGN CLOTHES” AND WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THIS FIGHT WAS WON BY GHESQUIERE HIMSELF.

 

THE FIRST LOOK INTRODUCES THIGH HIGH LEATHER BOOTS WITH SOLES SIMILAR TO LV’S ARCHLIGHT SNEAKERS THAT ARE SEEN THROUGHOUT THIS COLLECTION. I MEAN CAN I ORDER THESE BOOTS RIGHT NOW IN A SIZE 6, BECAUSE I’M ALREADY OBSESSED?

 

  • JEDI WOMEN
  • BELTS KNOTTED AROUND THE WAIST OR SHORTS
  • RUFFLED SLEEVES AND HEMS
  • CLEAR GOGGLE TYPE GLASSES – THE TYPE YOU WOULD USE FOR A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
  • LONG SILVER CHAINS

 

 

LONG PLEATED DRESSES THAT REACH THE ANKLES OF THE MODEL, REVEALING A SNIPPET OF THE THIGH HIGH BOOS UNDERNEATH. A KNOTTED ROPE WRAPPED AROUND HER WRISTS, SWAYS PAST HER BODY AS SHE WALKS, THIS JUST MAKES ME WANT TO WALK AROUND IN THIS SAME DRESS IN A MANSION, WITH MARBLE FLOORING DOING THE ABSOLUTE BARE MINIMUM BUT FEELING ACCOMPLISHED IN THIS LV DRESS. THERE IS A SORT OF POWER AND AUTHORITY THAT THE MODELS HOLD AS THEY WALK IN THESE GARMENTS, WHILE HOLDING DIFFERENT ACCESSORIES AND I LOVE IT, THE HEIGHTENED ELEMENTS OF THE MUSIC GOES WELL WITH THIS AND THAT IS WHY I MENTIONED JEDI EARLIER ON:

JEDI DEFINITION

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WITH LOOK NUMBER 8, THE “DAD BRACE” IS SOMETHING YOU WOULD SHY AWAY FROM, HOWEVER GHESQUIERE IS CONTINUOUSLY PUSHING LV FORWARD, GIVING US A LOOK THAT WE DIDN’T EVEN REALISE WE NEEDED! THE TAILORED SHIRT/JACKET WITH THE LAPEL BUTTONED TOGETHER, THE MODEL JUST LOOKS LIKE A FORCE-TO-BE-RECKONED-WITH.

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  • TAILORED/BOXY SUITED LAYERING ON TOP OF PRINTS
  • ANGULAR SHOULDERS
  • COLLARS THAT PLEAT UP TO THE NECK
  • NEW CRUISE LACE UP SNEAKERS
  • NEUTRAL TONES, MIXED WITH METALLIC AND BOHEMIAN PRINTS – MIX AND MATCH PIC A MIX ANYONE?
  • BOXY BAGS TO GO WITH THE SILHOUETTES

 

 

PLAID HAS NOT LEFT US JUST YET SO KEEP UP GUYS! WAISTCOAT WITH EXTENDED NECKLINES, LOOSELY FITTED OVER A JUMPER. ALL THE COLOUR PALETTES COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER SO EFFORTLESSLY, SOMETHING I LIKE DOING MYSELF WITHIN OUTFITS.

BOHEMIAN PRINTS WITH PLAID MINI SKIRTS?FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIRPHOTO BY YANNIS VLAMOS

I’M SCREAMINGGG LOOK 15 IS A BIT OF MEEEEE WHEN I SAY I NEED THIS WHOLE OUTFIT IN MY LIFE I MEAN IT WITH MY CHEST, I’M CLAIMING IT WITH MY CHEST FROM THE ACCESSORIES TO THE WRAPPED LEATHER JACKET AND SUIT DRESS UNDERNEATH, LET’S JUST SAY IF I HAD TO PICK A FAVOURITE OUT OF THE CRUISE SO FAR IT WOULD BE THIS! THE SUBTLE DETAILS OF THE EXTENDED BELTS THAT FALLS BESIDE HER AND PEAKS THROUGH UNDERNEATH THE JACKET IS SO EFFECTIVE. NIPPED WAISTS I APPRECIATE YOU! THE SNATCH IN HER WAIST, CREATES VOLUME FOR THE GARMENT UNDERNEATH…AND YA GIRL IS HERE FOR IT.

 

 

  • SEQUINNED MOSAIC TILES ON GARMENTS
  • STATEMENT EARRINGS

 

IF A LOOK HAD TO BEST DESCRIBE ECCENTRIC IT WOULD BE THIS ONE…80’S SHOULDERS, ACID WASHED, HAND PAINTED DENIM JACKET AS IF THE WOMAN HAS PAINTED THE GEOMETRIC SHAPES HERSELF WITH A LILAC BLOUSE, PRINTED SKIRT WITH LV MONOGRAM BUTTON… I REPEAT IF A LOOK HAD TO BEST DESCRIBE ECCENTRIC IT WOULD BE THIS ONE.

 

KNITWEAR OVER SHIRT DRESSES? YES PLEASE? WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

 

FLORAL PRINT, A STATEMENT THAT I DON’T USUALLY ENTERTAIN BUT LV DEFINITELY HAS A WAY OF MAKING ME FEEL LIKE I SHOULD.

LEATHER JACKET WITH LV MONOGRAM LINING, I’M THINKING FOR STYLING IF POSSIBLE, WEAR THE JACKET TWO-WAYS, SO SOMETIMES BLACK LEATHER THEN TURN IT INSIDE OUT AND EXPOSE THE MONOGRAM.

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THE WRAP CUT-OUT DRESSES AND COW-GIRL MATCHING HATS WAS ANOTHER FAVE OF MINE AND TO WRAP THIS REVIEW UP (YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE) I ADORED THIS RESORT COLLECTION AND SHOW, DESPITE NOT BEING THERE IN THE FLESH THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE SURROUNDINGS AND BEAUTIFULLY CARVED SCULPTURES GAVE MEANING TO THE GARMENTS AND MADE IT EVEN MORE DESIRABLE TO LOOK AT. THE MAZE-LIKE RUNWAY WAS INTERESTING BECAUSE WHILE WATCHING THE VIDEO YOU GOT TO WITNESS THE MODELS MORE THAN ONCE AND THAT WAS EVEN BEFORE THE FINALE SO THE GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES ARE ALREADY UNFORGETTABLE IN YOUR MIND. THE STRUCTURE OF THE TAILORED JACKETS, AND YOUTHFULNESS OF THE MINI SHIRTS AND SHORTS WENT SO WELL WITH THE BOOTS. SPEAKING OF BOOTS (COME ON I DID SAY I WAS OBSESSED), THE PLAY ON THE BOOTS/SNEAKER SOLE IS REFRESHING TO SEE. IF I HAD TO LEAVE ON A NEGATIVE NOTE IT WOULD BE THE OVERLAYING OF THE FLORAL PRINT AND THE SILK/LACE COMBO, DESPITE THAT I LOVED WATCHING THIS SHOW AND WRITING ABOUT IT AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE PEOPLE BRING OUT THEIR ECCENTRICITY ,

 

THANK YOU NICOLAS GHESQUIERE!

 

 

MET GALA 2018 REVIEW

HEAVENLY BODIES: FASHION AND THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION REVIEW

BEFORE WE GET INTO THE GARMENTS THAT GRACED THE RED CARPET, WHAT EXACTLY IS THE MET GALA AND WHY DOES IT HAPPEN EVERY YEAR?

ESSENTIALLY THE MET GALA IS ONE OF FASHION’S BIGGEST FUNDRAISING EVENTS BY THE COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA AT NEW YORK’S FAMOUS METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART. IT WAS FIRST HELD IN 1948 BY ELEANOR LAMBERT, NOW IT WELCOMES FASHION, MUSIC, ART, AND FILM TO RAISE MONEY AND WELCOME NEW EXHIBITIONS. ONCE A YEAR THE NIGHT IS CENTRED AROUND ONE THEME, AN EXAMPLE OF PREVIOUS ONES IS PUNK: CHAOS TO COUTURE, CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AND NOW THIS YEAR WE ARE INTRODUCED TO HEAVENLY BODIES: FASHION AND THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION.

ANNA WINTOUR HAS CHAIRED THE EVENT SINCE 1995, AND CHOOSES PUBLIC FIGURES TO HELP AS THE EVENT’S CO-CHAIRS. THIS YEAR WAS THE EVENT’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY AND WE WERE LUCKY TO HAVE DONATELLA VERSACE, RIHANNA, AND AMAL CLOONEY AS CO-CHAIRS FOR THE ICONIC EVENT.

I’VE ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE CELEBRITIES CROSS THE RED CARPET, AND THIS YEAR ACCORDING TO VOGUE THE CELEBS “EXPLORE THE NEW EXHIBITION, BEFORE SITTING DOWN FOR DINNER”, THEY ARE THEN “TREATED TO A SURPRISE PERFORMANCE BY MADONNA” WHO RECREATED ‘LIKE A PRAYER’.  THE GUESTS ARE INTRODUCED TO THREE VENUES WITHIN THE GALLERY: THE FIRST WAS THE ANNA WINTOUR COSTUME CENTER, THE MEDIEVAL GALLERIES AT THE MAIN AREA OF THE MET AND LASTLY THE CLOISTERS.

 

 

 

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THE EXHIBITION WILL INCLUDE THE SPONSORSHIP OF PIECES SHOWCASING THE INFLUENCE OF RELIGION ON FASHION FROM DONATELLA VERSACE, CRISTOBAL BALENCIAGA, AND STEPHEN A. SCHWARZMAN AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM CONDE NAST! A DISPLAY OF ROUGHLY 150 DESIGNER PIECES BY COCO CHANEL, ONE WEDDING DRESS INSPIRED BY A COMMUNION GOWN, VALENTINO COUTURE DRESSES INSPIRED BY FRANCISCO DI ZURBARAN’S PAINTINGS OF MONK ROBES AND JOHN GALLIANO. HIS FALL 2000 COLLECTION FOR DIOR WAS OPENED BY A FIGURE LIKE POPE WHO WALKED DOWN THE RUNWAY ALONGSIDE A VOICE DEPICTING “UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF LOVE”.

THE THEME HAS ALREADY BEEN SEEN AS THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL YET, HOWEVER FASHION HAS ALWAYS INCLUDED THE ART OF RELIGION IN IT’S COLLECTIONS. CELEBRATING THE STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS, THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE CHURCH BUILDINGS AND ATTRIBUTES OF CATHOLICISM.

IN MY OPINION BEST DRESSED, BELONGS TO THOSE WHO FOLLOWED THE THEME IN THE MOST INTRIGUING WAY.

  • AS ALWAYS, WE WAIT IN ANTICIPATION FOR RIHANNA WHO ALWAYS SETS THE BAR SO HIGH, ESPECIALLY AFTER HER PAST MET GALA LOOKS OF GUO PEI/CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AND COMME DES GARCONS/REI KAWAKUBO: ART OF THE IN-BETWEEN. THIS YEAR RIHANNA WON THE MET GALA ONCE AGAIN, DRESSED AS THE POPE, I MEAN DID YOU HEAR ME? BADGALRIRI REALLY CAME AS THE POPE!!!!! SORRY I’M CURRENTLY RE-ARRANGING MY WIG, THAT SHE STOLE! IN MAISON MARGIELA BY JOHN GALLIANO DAZZLED IN 18,000 DIAMONDS, PEARL AND JEWELED ROBE. AS WELL AS A MATCHING PAPAL MITRE AND NECKLACE, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS (OF COURSE) I MEAN COME ON HAVE YOU SEEN THE ANKLE DETAIL OF THAT HEEL?

 

 

 

  • ALESSANDRO MICHELE, LANA DEL REY, AND JARED LETO A TRIO TO DIE FOR! ALL DRESSED IN GUCCI HEAD TO TOE AND THEY LOOKED DIVINE. I WAS IN AWE OF THE EMBROIDERY AND DETAIL OF THE MEN’S SUITS AND LANA DEL REY’S DRESS. AND LET’S NOT FORGET LANA DEL REY’S HEADPIECE, THE COLOUR, DETAIL AND SIZE DREW SO MUCH ATTENTION TO HER WHOLE APPEARANCE. THEY MEMORISED THE THEME, AND DELIVERED!

 

 

 

  • CHADWICK BOSEMAN, CHADWICK BOSEMAN, AND ONE MORE TIME FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK! CHADWICK BOSEMAN! HE CAME TO STEAL HEARTS AND BEST-LOOKING MAN BECAUSE HIS WHOLE SUIT WAS MESMERIZING AND I HOPE YOU ALL SAW THE VIDEO OF HIS HAIR GLISTENING! WHAT A MAN! WEARING ALL WHITE, IN CUSTOM ATELIER VERSACE, HE WAS IN A TUXEDO WITH GOLD BEADING, A MATCHING CROSS CAPE WITH JEWELS. HIS HANDS ALONE WERE A STAPLE PIECE WITH LARGE GOLD RINGS ON. EXTRA OR NOT BUT I DON’T THINK I’M GETTING OVER THIS LOOK ANYTIME SOON!

 

 

 

  • ZENDAYA NEVER DISAPPOINTS WHEN IT COMES TO THE MET GALA, AND THIS YEAR SHE CAME EVEN BETTER AS THE SAINT JOAN OF ARC, IN A CUSTOM VERSACE GOWN, METALLIC AND FEATURING A NECK AND SHOULDER PIECE, A SPIKED BELT AND A TRAIN. ZENDAYA DIDN’T STOP THERE, BUT ALSO ADOPTED A BOBBED WIG SIMILAR TO THE MAID OF ORLEANS. HER ENERGY AND FINAL PHOTOGRAPHS ALMOST LOOKED LIKE SHE WAS ACTING THE ROLE IN A MOVIE, SHE TRULY IS PHENOMENAL AND BROUGHT A NICE TWIST TO THE MET.

 

 

 

  • I’M SORRY BUT BLAKE LIVELY CAME TO SHAKE THE TABLES OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE! WE DO LOVE OVER THE TOP, DRAMATICALLY EXAGGERATED TRAINS AT THE MET AND BLAKE’S DID JUST THAT. HER DRESS BY VERSACE HAD PANELS DOWN BOTH SIDES AND A BODICE OF BEADS THAT TOOK “600 HOURS TO HAND-EMBROIDER” AND IT WAS DEFINITELY WORTH THE TIME TAKEN BECAUSE SHE LOOKED AMAZING! ALSO, IN CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS, LORRAINE SCHWARTZ JEWELLERY AND JUDITH LEIBER COUTURE BAG.

 

 

 

  • KIM KARDASHIAN WEST AT THE MET GALA 2018, SHE’S NEVER LOOKED BETTER! SHE WORKED ALONGSIDE DONATELLA VERSACE AND THEY CREATED A LOOK! HER BODY WAS CLINCHED AND HIGHLIGHTED ALONG HER SILHOUETTE IN A DRESS WITH TWO EMBELLISHED CROSSES AT THE FRONT, SO SIMPLE YET SO EFFORTLESSLY DONE AS IT WAS INSPIRED BY THE GOLD CHAIN-MAIL AND CROSS DESIGNS OF VERSACE’S 97 COUTURE SHOW, AS WELL AS THE JEWELS OF LORRAINE SCHWARTZ. AND HER GLAM TEAM DID THAT! HAIR AND MAKE-UP ON POINT, KIMBERLY KEEP THEM FOREVER!

 

 

 

IS THERE ANYTHING DONATELLA CAN’T DO?

ABOVE ARE JUST A FEW OF MY PERSONAL FAVOURITES, BUT I WAS DEFINITELY UP AT 2AM FANGIRLING OVER ALL THE LOOKS THAT WERE BEING UPLOADED ON MY SOCIAL MEDIA. THE MET GALA IS A BRILLIANT IDEA AND I’AM SO THRILLED THAT ANNA WINTOUR IS KEEPING THE LEGACY GOING AND I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE DAY I’M INVITED TO THE MET GALA OR GOD WILLING EVEN A CO-CHAIR! I MEAN A GIRL CAN ONLY HOPE AND PRAY RIGHT?!

THANK YOU ANNA!

 

 

 

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FALL 18 – ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FALL 18 – ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION

“I’M PROUD TO CELEBRATE PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE ON THE RUNWAY AND BRING THE WORLD OF GLAMOUR BACK” – CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

“I WANT THE MODELS TO FEEL GOOD IN THE CLOTHES, AND THE AUDIENCE FEELS THAT AND IT’S NICE TO SEE THAT” – CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

 

73 STUNNING LOOKS! (ABOVE ARE JUST A FEW PERSONAL FAVS)

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO, FASHION’S SWEETHEART CELEBRATED HIS 10TH ANNIVERSARY AT THE GRAND LODGE IN NEW YORK AND IT WAS A SIGHT TO BEHOLD. THE AUDIENCE WAS IN AWE OF HIS BEAUTIFULLY DIVERSE RANGE OF MODELS, THAT EXHIBITED SUCH CONFIDENCE AND JOY IN HIS GARMENTS, ALL YOU COULD DO WAS WATCH IN EXCITEMENT AND ANTICIPATION.

 

A BLAST FROM THE PAST, WE WERE GIVEN EVERYTHING THAT SIRIANO HAS EVER DONE AND MORE…FROM GOWNS, TO SLIP DRESSES, FAUX FUR, PANTSUITS AND EVEN MEN’S! IT ALL STARTED WITH ASHLEY GRAHAM IN A LONG VIBRANT RED COAT, BELTED JUST UNDER THE CHEST WITH MATCHING RED OVER THE KNEE BOOTS (PVC WITH FUR STOCKINGS…ICONIC), AND YOU CAN’T IGNORE THE OVER EXAGGERATED LAPEL THAT FLAPS OVER HER SHOULDERS! THE NEXT MODEL, IN A SIMILAR LOOK, THIS TIME THE COLOUR SCHEME WAS BURGUNDY, MATCHING THE GRAND LODGE FLOORS. HER SUNGLASSES, AND HAND TUCKED INTO HER POCKETS GAVE THE FEEL OF A CELEBRITY AVOIDING THE CHAOS OF PAPARAZZI.

 

SIS! WATCHING THE PINK FUR COAT MOVE ALONGSIDE THE MODEL WHILE SHOWING A SNIPPET OF THE SILKY LINING, JUST MAKES YOU WANT YOUR OWN. I WOULD DEFINITELY GO ABOUT MY EVERYDAY LIFE IN THAT COAT, MON- SUN, ALL DAY, EVERYDAY.

 

BAGS HELD ALONG THE ARM OR HELD BY HAND.

 

NOW HEADING INTO THE DRESS AND STAND OUT FUR THROWS WHICH MAKE A BEAUTIFUL CONTRAST AGAINST A BLACK SHEER PRINTED TURTLE NECK AND SHINING BLACK TROUSERS WITH WHITE CONTRASTING STITCHING, DOWN THE FRONT AND SIDE SEAMS (A TREND WE ARE ALL LOVING). AS WELL AS CUT OUT NECKLINES AND SLITS ALONG THE THIGH, SIRIANO KNOWS HOW TO MAKE HIS MODELS FEEL SO FREE AND CONFIDENT AND THIS IS EVIDENT THROUGH EVERY STRUT!

 

FLARED AND RUFFLED SLEEVES.

 

THE PHENOMENAL ACTRESS, SELMA BLAIR WEARING A NUDE CATSUIT FROM HER NECK DOWN TO HER FEET COMPLETELY SHOCKED ME, AS IT LOOKED LIKE A FULL SUIT THAT ALLOWS YOU SLIP YOUR FEET INTO THE BUILT STILETTO. IN EFFECT IT WAS THIGH HIGH BOOTS IN THE EXACT SAME FABRIC AND PRINT! WHO NEEDS THE TYPICAL CAMOUFLAGE PRINT WHEN YOU CAN USE THE SAME PRINT FOR BOTH THE BODY OF THE GARMENT AND SHOES.

 

THE SHORT SNIPPET OF MENSWEAR HAD EVERYONE HYPED TO SEE A SHIMMERY TANK TOP (I CAN ALSO SEE MYSELF WEARING THIS), CONTRASTING WHITE STITCHED SHORTS. A CONSTANT TECHNIQUE WE ARE OBSESSING OVER IN THIS COLLECTION, SIRIANO DOES NOT STOP THERE, AS IT’S MATCHED WITH ACCESSORIES: A SHOPPER BAG, ENTITLED “PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE” AND SUNGLASSES FINISHING WITH BRIGHT NEON PINK SNEAKERS WITH EXPOSED FUR WRAPPED AROUND THE FRONT.

 

CRYSTAL VELVET BALL GOWNS AND DRESSES, GRACED THE RUNWAY IN ALL STYLES AND NECKLINES. FROM STRAPLESS, TO ONE SHOULDER WITH A SUPER HIGH SLIT AT THE THIGH AND SLIP DRESSES WITH SLITS IN THE MIDDLE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S MORE VERSATILE, SIRIANO’S MODELS OR HIS GARMENTS. THE SPARKLY VELVET FABRIC IS EXTENDED INTO A PANT SUIT AND AN EXQUISITE HEADPIECE WITH FEATHERS. THE HEADPIECE ALONE IS A WORK OF ART!

 

EMBROIDERY AND SPARKLY EMBELLISHMENTS.

 

SILHOUETTES WITH CONTRASTING RED AND PINK COLOUR BLOCK.

 

MIRRORED CRYSTAL SEQUINS CREATING A BOLD AND FIERCE FEEL TO THE GARMENT.

 

FROM FABULOUS REDS TO BLACK THEN A SURPRISING YET SATISFYING CHANGE WITH DANIELLE BROOKS IN A BLUEY DREAM GOWN THAT COMPLIMENTED HER SO STUNNINGLY.

 

AS THE MODELS WALKED AROUND ONE ANOTHER AND GATHERED AT THE STAIRCASE, THE ROOM APPEARED TO BE FILLED WITH SO MUCH HAPPINESS, THE MODELS THEMSELVES LOOKED GOOD AND NO ONE COULD TELL YOU THAT THEY DIDN’T FEEL GOOD! THAT IS WHAT CHRISTIAN SIRIANO HAS DONE SO EFFORTLESSLY. BY ALLOWING WOMEN OF ALL RACES, SHAPES AND SIZES TO FEEL EQUALLY BEAUTIFUL IN A WORLD THAT CONTINUALLY MAKES US FEEL INSECURE. THE GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES SPOKE FOR THEMSELVES AS EACH ONE HAD THEIR OWN STORY AND SIGNIFICANCE AND IT ALMOST FELT LIKE THE MODELS WERE IN THEIR DREAM DRESSES, THE DRESSES YOU DREAM OF HAVING FOR PROM OR YOUR WEDDING! AS A BLACK WOMAN MYSELF HEARING HOW “BEAUTIFUL” CHRISTIAN SIRIANO MAKES LESLIE JONES FEEL AND OTHER CELEBRITIES, WHEN OTHER DESIGNERS FAIL TO RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE OF CELEBRATING RACE AND BODY POSITIVITY. IT WAS A WELL-DESERVED AWARD FOR SIRIANO AS ‘TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE’ BECAUSE HE IS NOT AFRAID TO CHANGE THE WAY WE VIEW ONE OTHER IN THE INDUSTRY.

 

THANK YOU, CHRISTIAN!

 

OH AND DID I MENTION THE FRONT ROW CONSISTED OF CLIENTS AND CELEBRITY FRIENDS LIKE WHOOPI GOLDBERG (ONE OF HIS FIRST EVER CLIENTS), MEG RYAN, CARDI B, JAIMIE ALEXANDER AND SARAH REFFERTY.

OFF WHITE FALL WINTER 18/19 – WEST VILLAGE

OFF WHITE FALL WINTER 18/19 – WEST VILLAGE

“I’M ABOUT CHRONICLING THE MODERN WOMAN THAT I SEE, AND PUTTING THAT ENERGY AND THAT ATTITUDE ONTO THE RECORDING TIMELINE OF FASHION,” VIRGIL ABLOH 

VIRGIL ABLOH, THE MASTER OF MAKING STREET WEAR AND WORK WEAR WORK SO WELL TOGETHER. IS PRESENTED ONCE AGAIN IN PARIS AT THE PAVILLON CABON-CAPUCINES, WE ARE INTRODUCED TO A BLUE LIGHTING THAT ABSORBED THE ENTIRE HALL, WITH HANGING WHITE BALLOONS IN THE AIR. JUST OUTSIDE IS THE LE BON MARCHE POP-UP CAFÉ, WHERE ABLOH COLLABORATES WITH WILD & THE MOON, A WILD FOOD BAR AND DUBAI BASED JUICE TO STOCK JUICES, VITALITY SHOTS AND FLAVOURED POPCORN, ALL PRESENTED IN A LIMITED-EDITION OFF-WHITE PACKAGING. SADLY, IF YOU’RE LIKE ME AND DIDN’T GET TO VISIT BEFORE MARCH 31ST THIS SPACE IS NOW CLOSED, TO GET A FILL OF THE CAFÉ BELOW @WILDANDTHEMOON

BACK TO THE SHOW, THE AUDIENCES ATTENTION IS ON A TWISTED ORNATE STAIRWELL AS BELLA HADID OPENS THE SHOW IN A CORSET JUMPSUIT ZIPPED UP THE CHEST WITH A WHITE SHIRT UNDERNEATH, ALONG WITH A BAG ENTITILD “OFF-WHITE C/O VIRGIL ABLOH “SCULPTURE” VIA DANIELE MANIN 13 20121 MILAN, ITALY” A TRADEMARK WE ALL KNOW WELL AND LOVE!

FOLLOWED BY HIANDRA MARTINEZ IN A SIMILAR SHIRT AS BELLA INSTEAD WITH A BOOB TUBE DRESS, SLIT AT THE THIGH WITH THIGH HIGH BOOTS PEAKING THROUGH  IN  TRADITIONAL EQUATION PRINT WITH “PATTERN” “OFF-WHITE” VISIBLE ON THE GARMENTS. ABLOH PRESENTS CLOTHING FOR THE MODELS WHO WORK WITH HIM AS KAIA GERBER WALKS IN A CO-ORD PATTERNED THROUGHOUT, (GIVING ME UPDATED DENIM VIBES) WITH AN OFF-WHITE BAG TUCKED UNDER HER ARMPITS, ACCOMPANIED BY LEATHER BOOTS WITH FUR WRAPPED AROUND THE ANKLES. THE CONTRASTING PRINT AND LEATHER GIVES A TWIST OF VINTAGE AND CONTEMPORARY THAT CAN BE APPRECIATED. SIMILAR TO HIS MODELS, VIRGIL DESCRIBES HIS WOMAN FOR THE SEASON AS “A 26-YEAR-OLD GIRL, WHO GREW UP RIDING HORSES, SO HAS A KNOWLEDGE OF FORMAL WEAR, BUT IS EQUALLY INTRIGUED BY GOING TO THE GYM DURING THE WEEK AND FIGURING OUT HOW TO WEAR ATHLEISURE IN A NEW WAY.

NOTE: EXTENDED DARTS ON DRESSES AND JACKETS.

THE AUDIENCE IS OFFERED EVERYTHING IN THIS COLLECTION, A-SYMMETRICAL SHAPES WITH CONTRASTING SNAKE-SKIN AND LEATHER. SLEEVES ALONG ONE ARM, EXTENDED INTO GLOVES (WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT??!!) HEELS YOU TIE, GIVING THE FEEL OF SILK SCARVES AROUND THE FOOT AND ANKLE.

PRINTED DRESSES AND SNEAKERS, IS EVERYTHING I NEED IN MY WARDROBE AS IT WOULD DEFINITELY BE MY SUMMER GO-TO LOOK. I CAN’T BE THE ONLY THAT BUYS CERTAIN DRESSES, JUST TO PLAN AND WEAR THEM WITH SNEAKERS! NEW OFF-WHITE X NIKE VAPORMAX SNEAKERS TO BE EXACT!

SMALLER BAGS HAS BEEN EVERYONE’S CURRENT OBSESSION AND I’M SO GLAD OFF-WHITE HAS THEIR OWN, ALONGSIDE NEW SUNGLASSES, ANYONE FEELING SHADY?

HOODS IN REPLACEMENT OF HELMETS, WITH LEATHER JACKETS THAT SHAPE AT THE WAIST, OH SO EFFORTLESSLY.

VIRGIL ALWAYS MAKES US FEEL RIGHT AT HOME, PAYING HOMAGE TO OFF-WHITE LEOTARDS AND FITTED BODYSUITS. ALONG WITH THE RETURN OF LAYERED ROMANTIC RUFFLES, THAT GRACES THE RUNWAY. EACH BOUNCE REFLECTING THE WALK OF THE MODEL. GRAPHIC TEES TUCKED UNDER CORSETS WITH A POP OF LIME GREEN IS SO EFFECTIVE, AS COLOUR VARIATION FROM THE REST OF THE COLLECTION MAKES IT STAND OUT.

THE ENDING OF A SPECTACULAR SHOW, ENDING WITH ALL THE MODELS WALKING OUT TOGETHER, GIVING US ONE MORE TASTE OF EVERY INTRICATE DETAIL IN THE  COLLECTION.

I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT EVERY SEASON I FALL MORE AND MORE IN LOVE WITH OFF-WHITE. I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE THE COLLECTION WAS MADE FOR ME AND ALL I WANT TO DO IS BE HEAD-TO-TOE IN OFF-WHITE. VIRGIL ABLOH GETS OUR LOVE FOR STREET AND HIGH FASHION, KNOWING JUST HOW TO GIVE US AN EQUAL AMOUNT OF BOTH. HIS ABILITY TO COLLAB WITH PEOPLE TO GIVE US OFF-WHITE X…. IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVING.  IT CANNOT GO UNNOTICED… BUT A MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS TO VIRGIL ABLOH WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO BE LOUIS VUITTON’S ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR MENSWEAR, AS THE FIRST BLACK DESIGNER TO BE GIVEN THIS POSITION, THIS A VERY EXCITING MOMENT IN HISTORY… I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE WHATS IN STORE FOR OFF-WHITE AND LOUIS VUITTON MEN!

THANK YOU, VIRGIL!

 

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PYER’S NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SHOW ON SATURDAY NIGHT OF FEBRUARY 2018 BEGAN WITH A BLUE SPOTLIGHT HIGHLIGHTING A GOSPEL CHOIR ALL WEARING WHITE FROM HEAD-TO-TOE, SINGING SOULFUL MEDLEYS OF KENDRICK LAMAR’S ‘ALRIGHT’. WHICH REPEATS “WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT” THROUGHOUT THE TRACK, EXPRESSING THE NEED FOR HOPE DESPITE THE SUFFERING, A DEEP MESSAGE LINKED TO BLACK LIVES MATTER AND JUSTICE FOR PEOPLE OF COLOUR AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY.

SIMILAR TO DESIGNER KERBY JEAN-RAYMOND’S 15 MINUTE VIDEO ABOUT THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND POLICE BRUTALITY AT HIS FALL 15 SHOW, A MESSAGE HE PRESENTS THROUGH HIS SHOWS.

THE COLLECTION, A BEAUTIFUL COLOUR SCHEME OF MUSTARD YELLOWS, REDS, KHAKIS AND BROWNS WHICH POPPED AGAINST HIS BEAUTIFULLY DIVERSE MODELS AND PLAIN WHITE BACKGROUND, DRAWING YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

A DETAIL AND INSPIRATION TAKEN FROM 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN WEST COWBOYS, WHOSE STORIES DISCREDITED THE HISTORY OF BLACK PRESENCE, DESPITE THIS RAYMOND SAYS, “NO MORE” AND PRESENTS BLACK HISTORY IN HIS SHOWS. WITH HATS, JOGGERS AND SOCKS READING “AS USA” AND HOODIES PRINTED “CLOTHING WITHOUT PREJUDICE” ALONG THE ARMS, STATEMENTS NEEDED IN SOCIETY TODAY!

THE INTRODUCTION OF WOMENSWEAR, WAS DONE SO PERFECTLY WITH ONE MODEL WEARING A WHITE SHEARING JACKET AGAINST A SILKY SATIN DRESS, ADDING A SWEET TOUCH TO THE COLLECTION.

THE PARTNERSHIP OF PYER MOSS AND REEBOK WAS INTRODUCED WITH BAGS, CAPS, AND TRACKSUITS WITH ‘REEBOX’ BOLDLY WRITTEN ON THEM. A BEGINNING OF AN EXCITING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE YOUNG DESIGNER AND THE ATHLETIC BRAND.

FOR ME BEING A YOUNG BLACK WOMAN, THRIVING FOR A CAREER IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY, THE LACK OF DIVERSITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN INSTANT DOWNER, HOWEVER WITH TALENTED BLACK MEN LIKE JEAN RAYMOND I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT THE FIRST VIEWING OF THIS COLLECTION I INSTANTLY SMILED AND SIGHED WITH RELIEF,

THANK YOU, JEAN!