It’s Fall/Winter 2012 Couture Week in Paris, my favorite series of collections. Couture Week, like other fashion weeks, happens twice a year, and is when designers break out the big guns — garments can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars. Couture collectors are willing to pony up the big bucks because couture collections are all handmade. We’ve already shown you the new collection from Raf Simons over at Dior, but here are the new looks from Giambattista Valli, Versace, Armani and Chanel. Check back here often for more amazing couture looks.
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Love her or hate her or continually ponder what led her to marry Brian Austin Green, you cannot deny that Megan Fox is some kind of special radiant beauty. And nowhere is that more clear than in her new ads for Giorgio Armani. She does seem the perfect spokesperson for a line called “Eyes to Kill.” Keep reading »
Get ready for the next wave in fancy, useless, overpriced things: designer 3-D glasses. Apparently, Gucci is about to come out with some slick $225 aviators, while Armani is also planning a similar product (which will cost significantly less at $58, but still). We’d maybe justify the cost if somehow these fancy specs doubled as sunglasses, gave you x-ray vision, or made everything look like a Japanese anime movie. But alas, Gucci and Armani’s glasses are intended only for watching 3-D movies in the theater. Which you do how many times a year? [Fashionista] Keep reading »
OK, these models in Armani Exchange‘s “Share The Love” campaign probably aren’t gay. They are just kissing each other in front of a camera because they’re getting paid thousands of dollars to do so. But that doesn’t make a difference to the angry, angry parent group OneMillionMoms.com, who have issued an “action alert” against these filthy “same-sex couples.” Or, as they prefer to spell it, “same-s*x couples.”
Read all about Armani Exchange’s mind-poisoning ad campaign after the jump … and think of the children! Keep reading »
The problem with couture has existed pretty much since its inception. How much do we value fashion as an art, and at what point does couture’s importance cease if it remains not only elitist, but completely impractical? (Unless, of course, you’re keen on doing your grocery shopping in 40-pound ballgowns.) With an injured global economy and eco-conscious mentality trending, the past year or so has only served to emphasize how the fashion sector is becoming increasingly questionable in both morality and function.
And now, it appears that couture designers are dealing with the issue of modernity. For this reason, New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn found the majority of the Paris couture shows this year problematic. “Haute couture,” she writes, “what remains of it, is a little like a fragile ecosystem under siege by modern tastes and habits, and by couturiers who are stuck in the past.” While other fashion critics may beg to differ with Horyn’s subsequent point that, “Most women don’t pay attention to haute couture, and the reason isn’t the money — made-to-measure clothes have always been extremely costly — and it isn’t the lavishness or circuslike atmosphere of the shows,” it is indeed evident that when aesthetic influences are distinctly “old-fashioned” and asynchronous with what people are wearing today, that “houses don’t give people a reason to care and at least follow along … It might help, for a start, if designers acknowledged that they are living in the 21st century.” Keep reading »