Posts for October 1st 2010
Marie Claire's style and accessories director, Taylor Tomasi Hill, took to the Paris streets on Fashion Week day two wearing a fresh ensemble comprised of a slouchy charcoal sweater, sequin tribal print skirt by Ashish, Balenciaga boots, and Miu Miu clutch. Eclecticism at its best, and we can't get over her gray peep-toe boots. Emulate the look with a printed dress by Rachel Pally, loose-fit gray sweater by CeCe, and platform boots by Carvela.
Left to right: Daisy Knights Studded Ring ($255), Michael Kors Silver Watch ($225), Taylor Tomasi Hill at Paris Fashion Week, Halston Heritage Leather Clutch ($245), Alexander Wang Tortoise Shell Sunglasses ($355), Carvela Platform Boots ($270), Rachel Pally Tribal Print Dress ($118)
Photos: Greg Kessler
>> Christophe Decarnin's Sex Pistols-inspired Spring 2011 show left watchers squarely in two camps: those who were still feeling the Balmania and those who weren't.
"Yikes," Cathy Horyn wrote of the slashed, studded, and safety-pinned collection. "Mr. Decarnin isn’t one for change, but couldn’t he have hit a fashion button other than redial?" She continued: "The clothes were great for showing off the models’ long bodies, and so will produce sexy photographs, but punk is now a style cliché. That Balmain is one of the most expensive labels, with a plain undershirt (without holes) costing around $450, makes the notion of a safety-pinned jacket something of a joke — and not even a very clever one." Style.com's Nicole Phelps felt similarly: "The question [is]: Is Balmainia still so strong that women will shell out the serious bucks that a crystal- and metal-studded jacket is going to cost, when the look is so DIY?"
Vogue.com's Sarah Mower countered: "It would be missing the point of Balmain to say that there is no garment in this collection you couldn’t source at a street market. The sheer blatant obviousness of putting on a display which contains nothing much more than shredded tanks, micro-denim shorts, pelmet skirts, studded biker jackets, and spray-on jeans is a big two fingers-up to fashion snobbery. Yet, wow: The heat of the sexual energy generated at this show is more than you’ll witness anywhere. And if it annoys fashion intellectuals? Job done." WWD agreed: "This was not intellectual fashion, nor does it pretend to be. And at face value, the collection once again lived up to its reputation as the label for fun, flashy clothes for women with money — lots of it — who want to feel young." Also worth a note: Decarnin went without dresses or gowns this season.
>> Carine Roitfeld's masquerade ball last night, celebrating 90 years of Vogue Paris and loosely Eyes Wide Shut-themed, meant lots of sheer gowns, and lots of show attendees preoccupied with finding a mask yesterday. Anna Dello Russo, inspired by Lady Gaga, paired a Gareth Pugh headpiece with her custom Emilio Pucci gown. Jean Paul Gaultier designed a metal mask for himself adorned with long feathers: "Yes, they're giant eyelashes, acting like hair -- since I'm missing some as you can see — so instead I've gone for this black plume."
Tyra Banks made do with cut up fishnets, Sasha Pivovarova got her mask "from a sex shop," and Lily Donaldson wore a red tulle veil to match her Christian Dior gown: “I made it myself. I went all the way up to the fabric district in Montmartre today.” Stephen Jones made Karlie Kloss's star spangled mask to go with her Christian Dior gown, and Riccardo Tisci did Mariacarla Boscono's over the top feathered hat, while he looked to Philip Treacy to custom make his mask.
While there was plenty of mask ogling, Carine Roitfeld was more preoccupied with other thoughts. “Oh my goodness, even the models are eating, it’s amazing!” she laughed, as Lily Donaldson took a leaf from a chocolate cabbage.
>> Ines de la Fressange, who was exclusively signed by Karl Lagerfeld in 1983 as the living embodiment of Chanel, and stayed that way until 1990, when she broke her contract over an argument with Lagerfeld in which he proclaimed he didn't want to 'dress a monument,' is back in good graces at the house. “She is beyond stunning,” Lagerfeld said of de la Fressange. “Also, she is the Parisienne.” The 53-year-old is set to walk the Chanel runway on Oct. 5; she will then appear in the subsequent Chanel Spring 2011 campaign alongside 39-year-old Stella Tennant and 22-year-old Freja Beha Erichsen, to be shot in the south of France. [WWD]