Combine model and Project Runway hostess Heidi Klum with Andy Warhol art lovers, and you are bound to have a good time. The 43-year old bombshell was there in support of her boyfriend Vito Schnabel’s sister Stella.
For his Spring 2017 RTW collection, Tadashi Shoji took inspiration from artist Wu Junyong, whose surreal works include The Flying Ark, featuring a crane in flight, lifting a tree full of animals above the scorched earth in rapture.
Despite the dark subject matter, the visuals of the animated short film and Tadashi Shoji’s compositional interpretations are, as Shoji put it “light, light, light, light”.
When Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is playing, you know the energy of the collection is going to be high. Infused with the ’70’s vibe, Zuhair Murad‘s Fall 2016 Couture collection broke out of the princess shimmer gown stereotype and went a little rocker, a little hippie chic, and a little Gustav Klimt art piece.
The base looks were very much house Murad, with sheer skintight embroidered body silhouette gowns, jumpsuits, a caftan, mini dresses, and a stunning bridal gown to close the show. The vintage 70’s vibe was infused with ruffled hemlines over thigh high boots, velvet capes, dipped down cartwheel hats, and intricate macrame embroideries.
Citing Dior’s 1947 New Look Bar jacket as principle inspiration for its Fall 16 couture collection, Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux, interim designers for the fashion house, chose the perfect note to exit on. If rumors are true then it’s Maria Grazia Chiuri of Valentino who is heading over to become the new artistic director of Dior. As for now, if this is in fact the duo’s last collection as interim head designers, what a way to go.
Zuhair Murad went for the obscure with his inspiration for the Resort 2017 collection: an imaginary conversation between French Post-Impressionist painter Henri Rousseau and British photographer David Hamilton.
Rousseau painted in the naive or primitive style during the late 19th/early 20th century, and his works for the most part were ridiculed by his contemporary audience. That is until he began to gain the attention and respect of top artists like Pablo Picasso, when slowly his works became widely admired.
I can see why Rousseau, a self-taught hobbyist painter, was placed firmly in the primitive and naive camp. His paintings come from a perspective of innocence, even in the jungle scene with a fully nude woman lounging. There is a lack of sensuality that you would expect to see with nudity -the woman is posed almost uncomfortably and stoically. Also, the figures of both woman and child are disproportionate, adding to this sense of either naivety or elementary technique.
The controversial British photographer David Hamilton took a vastly different perspective with his scenes and figures. His works became well known in the 1960’s and he’s been working and publishing mostly portrait photography ever since. Hamilton has been the source of many attempted book bans, installation removals, child pornography investigations, and surely a litany of hate mail.
After his epic Met Gala Cinderella princess light up gown worn by Claire Danes, Zac Posen is definitely on my radar. For his resort 2017 collection, it felt a little like a continuation of the conversation about the perfect event gown. So it wasn’t all about the cruise or vacation looks (unless you’re planning on attending galas on your vacay), but it was still pure perfection.
With New York City as her muse, Nicole Miller created an edgy, graphic, and sporty collection that is a far departure from her usual ultra-polished style. It’s a fresh, energetic style with a youthful, dare I say rebellious spirit.
It’s graffiti with a tip of the hat to artist Jackson Pollack. Nicole Miller‘s modern cuts paired well with striped sporty pants and relaxed sheaths in this haute street, on trend athleisure collection.
Yesterday’s Cannes Film Festival photo call and premiere red carpets saw some fresh looks and fresh faces as films The Dancer, Slack Bay and The Shallows were premiered. Let’s take a look at some of the fabulous fashion the stars showed off.
DAYTIME PHOTO CALLS
Lily Rose Depp in Chanel
Blake Lively in Giambattista Valli and Christian Louboutin heels
Alicia Vikander absolutely slayed the red carpet in this custom Louis Vuitton. The strapless dusty yellow with silver metallic embellishments looked stunning against her skin, and the bubble skirt at the bottom hit at a great height and proportion. Bubble skirts are hard to pull off, but I felt the whole look worked really well.
I don’t know who you are, Dorith Mous (just being real here), but I love your gown, so I think I’m about to get to know who you are! She wore this black Dennis Diem (of Amsterdam) with a stunning lace bodice. She needs to win something just for this gown and that gorgeous side swept hair.
Can I just say that Lara Spencer has a smoking hot body? I mean, I kinda want her abs. You have to be really fit to pull off this Roland Mouret gown – you can literally see the definition in her abs. She’s just rocking it. May have ended up on the worst dressed list if someone else tried to pull this off, but good thing for Lara, she’s obviously owning the gym right now. Get it, girl!
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I keep going back and forth on Olivia Wilde in this white pleat Valentino gown with a plunging neckline. It’s a boxy silhouette and the waist sits high, so it shortens her. But the gown moved so beautifully, and I love the pleats. So she’s staying in the best dressed category for me.
The choker trend has been playing out on the Fall 2016 RTW runways, and it’s perfect timing that she tries it out with this beautiful piece instead of opting for a long necklace.
Miuccia Prada dedicated the Prada Fall 2016 RTW collection to all of the experiential pieces of womanhood through history. “We need to understand who we are now….Maybe it’s useful to look back to the different characteristic moments, difficulties, love, no love, pain, happiness, different kinds of women: sexy, boring, traveler. So this was the main concept.”
The resulting collection was a patchwork of layered elements from feminine fashion. It was like a quilt created from the loving female elders to showcase the familial history of what has made the youngest inheriting generation what it is today. At first, it is a jarring combination of pieces that looks jumbled and confusing. But as each look comes down the runway, the puzzle starts becoming clear, and it’s thought provoking.
Impeccably tailored coats were a staple in the collection, covered at the waist with lace up corsets. Nurse caps and argyle stockings added a vintage war time vibe to the military style olive drab masculine coats as well as the more classic feminine silhouettes like a scoop neck A-line and pencil skirts.
The collection was a variety show of women’s wear of decades past. Brocades, leathers, heavy wools, crepe, and furs all create a juxtaposition of textures to enhance the idea of the layered history. Bold graphic prints contrasted with some of the more demure silhouettes, creating a well crafted balance between sweet and powerful.