Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010: Dennis Basso

I requested entry into this show - twice - and never heard back from the PR people. Here's to better luck next season!

"I'm an evening kind of guy. Cocktail is really my niche." so sayeth Dennis Basso. Furs are his niche as well and many pieces are accented with furry shrugs or jackets. Some of the flirty cocktail looks in his Spring 2010 collection are rather balletic, with full floaty skirts. Others are close to the body, giving a nice balance of innocent and sexy. Here are my favorites.

Scent of the Day 9.30.09

I'm wearing Bond No. 9's Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue, a modern chypre with both floral and foody notes. I maintain that I don't like chypre scents (they smell like dirty hair to me), but every once in a while I find one that I can wear.

What are you wearing today?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010: Christian Siriano

Although he annoyed me mightily on Project Runway, Season 4 winner Christian Siriano seems to be making a name for himself. And I'm happy to say his style is maturing, except for the silly hats. Sure, there are still ruffles and skinny pants, but there are also beautiful jackets and a rather striking volcano print in two shades. Here are my favorites - they are really quite beautiful.

Monday, September 28, 2009

London Fashion Week Spring 2010 - Basso & Brooke

Basso & Brooke did a collection that veered from wildly colored digital prints that resembled the work of Jeff Koons to more stark black and white pieces inspired by the photography of Herb Ritts. They also experimented with shapes and volume, playing with both body-conscious and more voluminous looks. I love Basso & Brooke; they are always a fun surprise.

The above might be my favorite piece in the collection.

Although I love this one too.

Here's a video interview with Chris Brooke discussing the collection.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010: Ports 1961

The invitations to the Ports 1961 show that came in the mail were printed on paper folding fans, so I knew the port-of-call we'd be visiting this season would be somewhere in the Orient. (Last season's were pleated silk, and the collection was Indian-inspired.) Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this show inspired by Japan. The clothing was, for the most part, delicately colored, with soft folds and loose shapes, with some kimono-esque prints and angles reminiscent of a kimono's sleeve. These are my favorites from the collection.

The footwear was interesting. Some wore vinyl or organza ballet flats, others wore these knotted heels. Can't say they look all that comfortable.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Some Thoughts on Project Runway

Am I regretting my decision to not recap every week - not at all! Especially this season, which I find to be extremely boring - it took 4 weeks before we saw a halfway-interesting challenge! With last night's movie challenge, we got two decent ones in a row, but will that last?

The competitors aren't all that exciting either. Nobody particularly sucks as a designer, and there are no real drama queens. Lifetime tries to ramp up the excitement with a wee bit of prevarication (e.g. the biggest lie ever!), but it's just not there. This is a season that could use an asshole like Santino Rice or an annoying little gnat like Christian Siriano. But all we get is a bunch of pretty girls, a handful of Slavs, and two token straight men. Meh. I find it funny that the models are swooning over Logan Neitzel, when he's ordinary-looking at best. But he's apparently both straight AND single, which I suppose makes him a catch.

And where the hell are Nina Garcia and Michael Kors? Oh, I understand they both work in New York and can't be bothered to hang out in LA just because Frau Seal wanted to film there this year, but without them, the judging seems less-serious. This week, in particular, it seemed that John Varvatos, et. al., were having entirely too much fun. And they're not there to have fun - they're there to pass judgement. To tear apart and humiliate the hard work of fine young designers.

It seemed a little surprising that Ramon was auf'd this week, but I think surprise will be the norm - there is an uncharacteristically high level of talent and proficiency in the remaining designers. I've seen the final collections and still can't figure out to whom they belong. I need La Nina and Ms Kors to point out which designers aren't as good as I think they are.

At least one thing is consistent: Tim Gunn. And this week we got our dose of everyone's favorite makeup artist.

The joke never gets old. For me at least. :)

And another thing: if Tim Gunn had been nominated instead of Heidi Klum, maybe the show would have won an Emmy. Face it, Heidi is a snooze (as are also-nominated Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio). The show would be nothing without Tim. (Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike Heidi - she's better than, say, Kelly Rowland - but face it, she's no Jeff Probst.)

Enough ranting...for this week.


kanye wests hair totally looks like a termite colony

Actually, that pockmarked termites' nest probably better resembles his brain.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Don't Try This at Home

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It's terrible how often one sees something like this.

CH Carolina Herrera

It's fitting that the day my Carolina Herrera at Fashion Week post goes up, I receive a sample of her new fragrance, CH. What's not fitting is that Ms Herrera allows her name to be associated with this scent.

When I think of Carolina Herrera, I think of elegance, of class, and of polka dots. :) But when I smell CH, I think of teenage tramps. It starts off fairly innocuously with a blast of citrus, but then quickly sinks into a mire of ultra sweet praline mixed with rotten fruit cobbler. It's clearly aimed at a younger crowd, one that might not wear Ms Herrera's clothing but is into smelling cheap and loud, like someone who would shop at Abercrombie & Fitch. (The blast of loud music and cheap fragrance that emanates from the doorway of that store repels me. I can't decide if those who shop there are brave or stupid.)

Notes: Italian bergamont, grapefruit, Sicilian lemon, Bulgarian rose, jasmine sambac, praline notes, cinnamon from Sri Lanka, sandalwood, suede, cashmere, amber

Giving the notes pedigrees doesn't make them smell any better.


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