Archives for posts with tag: Haute couture

Fashion brands love to put out some arty-farty, pretentious and affected ads and movies (see the current Calvin Klein underwear campaign, in which a buttered up Christy Turlington talks about how her panties make her feel; or who could possibly forget Brad Pitt meditating about journeys, plans and dreams in last year’s Chanel Nr. 5 campaign). Today’s edition comes courtesy of Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sisters behind Rodarte. This Must Be the Only Fantasy is a film collaboration between the fashion house and director Todd Cole, produced by The Creators Project and with (great, if I might add) music by Beach House. They combine magical realism, 1980s video games, fantasy role playing games and some of Rodarte’s absolutely gorgeous pieces from their spring/summer 2013 collection to create this odd, strange short movie about  “mostly teenage kids, just hanging out in the suburbs of LA, killing time, chatting inanities, looking for kicks. It just so happens that the magic from their games has spilled out into the physical world. So the film becomes a contemporary take on the fantasy genre, while also merging art, action, music, and fashion” (The Creators Project). Yeah, yeah, whatever. I have more important questions: Did the dress stay intact after the young girl’s ride on that unicorn? Why didn’t they show more pieces from the collection? Why is Frodo sitting on a throne made out of gaming joysticks and consoles? Was there melted chocolate in the boy’s cup? And what is a Sith Lord doing in the suburbs?

So, after all this fancy Haute Couture extravaganza, I thought it was about time for some outfit post. Really, just to remind me that, well, yeah, I don’t live in a world where I can run around in some bedazzled, embroidered and crystal-embellished silk and tulle confection all the time. *sad face*
About the outfit: The top I’m wearing is pretty old, it’s from the Swiss label Laboratoire. The shorts are basic H&M and the sandals are a Melissa rip-off I bought for, like, 3 dollars from a street vendor during my last holidays in Rio de Janeiro. But the best thing about this outfit is that it was warm enough to  wear it!
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Top: Laboratoire, shoes: from a street vendor in Rio de Janeiro, shorts: H&M, sunglasses: Evoke

I got more interested in Valentino a couple of years ago, and even though their dresses can be a bit twee and overly sugary sometimes, there is no denying that they are just gorgeous pieces of clothing and that I want to own a lot of them.

It’s a rhino! On your chest!Valentino_1aValentino_1b
And here we have a bow-wielding minotaur? Perhaps hunting the ram on top of the other clutch?Valentino_2bValentino_2a
Three of the many gorgeous dresses: pretty and somber at the same time.Valentino_4Valentino_5Valentino_6
And another beautiful dress: I especially like the velvety top with the voluminous skirt and the juxtaposition of the feminine silhouette and the wild animals on the skirt.Valentino_15aValentino_15b

After a 13-year absence, Viktor & Rolf returned to the Couture stage in honor of their 20th anniversary. The models showed an all-black collection inspired by meditation and a famous Zen garden in Japan. But it was really more of a performance piece, as the models, after walking the runway, assembled in five clumps slowly turning into rocks. Well, I wish I could have been there to see it for myself! In the meantime, some looks I particularly liked.

Starting with a simple shirtdress.Viktor&Rolf_1
Seagrass coming out of the sleeves and covering the torso.Viktor&Rolf_2Viktor&Rolf_6
Here you can see some of the models-turning-into-rocks action.Viktor&Rolf_4Viktor&Rolf_5Bildschirmfoto 2013-07-04 um 12.45.40

I better not tell you how much stuff I bought last Fall from the Margiela for H&M collection, so of course I’m always excited to see the Belgian designer collective’s designs. The whole collection was made from reworked vintage fabrics, curtains, embroideries and petticoats. It took an insane amount of time to make these masterpieces from all the old clothes.

I like the idea of a basic white t-shirt and simple jeans dipped in latex.
A close-up of the shoes:Margiela_1b
This coat was made from a tulle and cotton 1950s prom dress found in New York. The flowers at the hem are sewn from vintage fabric flowers found in L.A., London, Paris, and Brussels. The whole thing is worn over a 50s sequined dress found in Phoenix.  And it took seventy-six hours to finish the whole outfit.
Gorgeous face-masks; it’s just such a shame that you basically don’t see anything when you put them on – and I totally would!Margiela_4cMargiela_4bMargiela_4aMargiela_4d

Always one of the most highly anticipated shows of the season, Karl Lagerfeld showed a post-apocalyptic, futuristic vision for Chanel Couture Fall 2013. Well, this is all well and good, but I’m afraid you will have to look at the collection somewhere else because I’m unable to concentrate on anything else but the bands models wore over each of their nails, fingers and knuckles. Wouldn’t they fit just perfectly into my collection?

And on a side note: Look at who the hair and make-up shown at Chanel reminded me of!
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For  Fall 2013, Armani didn’t show a lot of colors; in fact, there were only two: nude and nude (ok, so there was also some black thrown into the mix – also not an actual color, technically speaking). So instead of presenting some designs I particularly liked, I only show you thumbnails of the pics so that you get a feeling for the color palette.
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Giambattista Valli showed such a beautiful collection today, I’m really blown away. Just look at some of the gorgeous gowns:

I just want to lay my head on the poufy thing and take a nap.Giambattista Valli Couture 2013_9

You can never have too many capes – and just look at this powdery blue color– gorgeous.Giambattista Valli Couture 2013_3

I want this headpiece on my head -like, now.Giambattista Valli Couture 2013_4

Overlooking how disturbingly thin this model is – what a great color combination.Giambattista Valli Couture 2013_6I just want to touch these silk flowers; they seem so real! Just imagine the craftsmanship needed to create them.Giambattista Valli Couture 2013_7

Again, incredibly beautiful silk flowers cascading down the shoulder. I particularly like the combination of white and yellow.Giambattista Valli Couture 2013_8Where is it totally acceptable to wear this dress to go grocery shopping? I want to live there. No, seriously.Giambattista Valli Couture 2013_5