Saturday, January 12, 2013

SPOTTED: Miu Miu Mules

Hands down, the fall 2012 Miu Miu collection is quintessentially just a couple of pantsuits recreated in a million other prints. What got my jaw on the floor, Invisible Monsters-style, are the shoes. Holy Miuccia. When the parade of models stormed down the runway in pairs upon pairs of platform mules, my heart stopped. They are very structural and geometric, paired with inches-high platforms and some misc bow decoration. If Beyoncé is a pair of shoes, this would be it. Hence, I died a little inside when I saw Grimes, the electronic musician extraordinaire, featured in the September issue of Vogue wearing a pair of those babes. And isn't Grimes the cutest, most adorable thing ever? I've been listening to her discography front to back, from Halfaxa to Visions, and I just can't express how much I love her. Her music are very other-worldly and surreal, combining basically every genre that had ever existed and morphing them all into one. (Can she please soundtrack my life? Or better yet, can she pretty please, with a cherry on top, soundtrack my afterlife?)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Vogue Italia Is So Expensive!

The Gentlewoman is the sort of magazine who appeals to everyone, no matter your aesthetics. With interviews with smart, intelligent women to editorials that mixes timeless pieces and sharp tailoring, this biannual is captivating and I always try to get my fingerless gloved-hand on an issue. This issue is no exception. The cover photograph of Angela Lansbury, photographed by Terry Richardson, just blows my heart away. Not because of you, Terry, calm your ego. She just looks so youthful and majestic that I'll be seriously disappointed if I'm nothing like her in 20 years-time. Filed under: Goals. Another editorial features a woman dressed in sharp suits and hugging trees, appropriately titled "Huggers"; Kay Barron, in addition, talks about the current state of sameness in fashion.

MAGAZINE: The Gentlewoman N°6
FEATURING: tree huggers, Angela Lansbury, Lara Stone, Michelle Dockery, Kay Barron

MAGAZINE: Vogue Italia October 2012
WHAT'S SPECIAL: Tim Walker x Kristen McMenamy, Fan Bing Bing, Meghan Collison, Stella Tennant at the countryside
After his recent "Story Teller" exhibit at Somerset House, there's no questioning that Tim Walker is a superb photographer and (wait for it) story teller. Oh wow. I wonder where I pull that one from. Walker, in this issue of Vogue Italia, collaborated with Vogue Italia once again after their phenomenon "Dame of Thrones" in W, September 2012. In true mime fashion, with a touch of violet, this could never have work without both Tim and Kristen together. And then there's Meghan Collison, whom I'm totally obsessed with at the moment, on the cover. I'm not a big fan of the obviously-Photoshopped underwater effect, but it's quirky and makes you uncomfortable, just like any other Vogue Italia cover. The cover might be C-, but the cover editorial that follows deserve all the awards. Spoiler alert: there's a lot of plastic, laying on the floor and black clothes with out-of-proportions silhouettes.

Self-Service oftentimes has the best covers around the newsstands, because they feel very natural and not deliberately trying to grab your attention. This time, however, is just not one of those times. Charlotte Casiraghi's face, though definitely very beautiful, is blown up and the overall feeling is just very gross. There's nothing aesthetically appealing or groundbreaking ("Oh! Facial features!"), so I'll just leave it at that. Don't let this false-start fool you though, since this is actually a really good issue. One editorial, featuring the likes of Karlie Kloss, Daphne Groeneveld, Constance Jablonski and Hilary Rhoda, is magnificent and styled to a dominatrix-chic vibe. See also, Lara Stone being the modern-day Brigette Bardot she is, making you cry with her leather jackets and smoky eye makeup. Alternative title for this post: Why Is Self-Service So Darn Good! And Expensive!
MAGAZINE: Self-Service N°37
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Mario Sorrenti, Alasdair McLellan and Venetia Scott

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Yes, That Jacket's Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela. Where do we even begin. Okay, let's start with this. All, all the way back in the 90's when Maison was first established — it wasn't all that well—known (I mean, it's still not very famous, or rolling on everyone's tongue nowadays but excuse me what about the Internet). The designs were avant-garde and the tailoring impeccable — just search through threads on thefashionspot to see what I mean. Martin Margiela could have easily make a celebrity out of his design career, but he didn't. He's a designer's designer. Nothing much is known about him, as he always stayed behind the scenes, and there's only one sacred picture of him. When he sold his house to Diesel in 2002, things just aren't the same anymore. After being name-dropped in numerous raps, Maison Martin Margiela is now having its own collaboration with H&M , whose best known for its various designer stints ranging from Donatella to Rei herself to the Karl. The Maison, once belonged to a man who was — and probably still is — so against the worshiping of fashion house has teamed up with H&M. Nbd, no hypocrisy there.

If I am any good with words and have a bit of motivation I would have churned out a military article to this one on Business of Fashion about the integrity to designer collaboration. But since I have none, lol. The collaboration isn't all that surprising, etc, etc, since Diesel is going broke when it comes to Maison Martin Margiela. Depict it's cult following, it's just not all that profitable. I'm sure that you already have read an enough amount of deep thoughtful articles to keep you in the know(at least, until the next bi-thing collab) so I'm not going to go all in depth and bore you with my inability to form sentences that are not run-on.

The collection consists of designs for both women and men, and the accessories are pretty unisex in my opinion. To be honest, I'm surprise that they didn't go all the way out and make a kids or pet section, but some of the stuff in the accessories department look chic enough to double as a necklace and a collar. Just kidding. You should consult your salespeople first, because I don't want you to blame it all on me if your dog/cat/chimpanzee die or something. Anyway, most of the designs are re-editions of some of the most iconic or recognizable pieces, so if you always wanted that sweater from s/s 03, now it's the time. But bring your football helmet.

One thing to keep in mind is that these designs are all compromises between the Maison and H&M, and not just one of them. If the quality is not as good as you hope for, or something like that, just remember that the piece is not just Maison Martin Margiela or H&M, but both.

The icing of the cake are definitely the coats, no arguments. The white duvet coat looks chic, and it can also be your mattress. Great bargain, or what? There are also other oversize options that look fit enough to stuff children in there without being charged with neglect and abuse. They would probably be snatch up by people who had slept out since midnight, but c’est la vie! If you don’t want to spend $300+ on a coat that you would probably only wear once (let’s be honest — some part in you only want it so you can shove it in people’s faces) that’s okay too. What about your own Olsen twins, bag lady-chic garbage bag horizontal dress? Or darted sweater and oversize jeans that make you look like a confused mannequin? The menswear department has its perks as well if you know what you want, but don’t go for the suit pieces because that’s just stupid.

If the coats are the icing on top of this collaboration, then what would the accessories be? Sprinkles? Chocolate chips? Take your pick. The wand wrapper clutch.. well, it's a candy wrapper clutch. To make sure you've heard read understand me, CANDY WRAPPER CLUTCH. No big deal, it's just a bamf candy wrapper clutch. Candy wrapper clutch aside (never stop), there's also some glove clutches and upside-down shoulder bags that have a touch of Schiaparelli's surrealism. Shoe-hat, remember? Mixed in with chokers and watch-chain belts, you're pretty much set for life. The wedged boots and pumps, with their clear Lucite heels are the perfect mix of understated and attention-seeking. All that aside, CANDY WRAPPER CLUTCH. Also, how long do you bet it will take before you see something similar popping up at a Zara near you?

Monday, November 5, 2012

SPOTTED: Hanne Is Comme des Garçons

Out of all the fall 2012 collections, Rei Kawakubo's experiment with two-dimensional pieces at Comme des Garçons is definitely the most memorable. Full of oversize silhouettes executed in bright, childish colours and floral prints, it just subtly screams innovation. It's definitely not wearable (come back when you see anyone in flat and gigantic pieces of clothing on the streets, #PicsOrItDidntHappen), but since when did that discourage Rei enthusiasts from wearing Comme des Garçons? Street style wunderkind Hanne Gaby Odiele, among many others, was recently seen wearing a pair of red shorts from the collection during fashion month. Paired with a cap and cropped jacket, it justs... works. Like how waffles are always better than pancakes(it's a texture thing). And on a completely irrelevant note, can Hanne Gaby just be my mum already or is that too creepy? Just kidding.