It seems that the Playboy Club is enjoying something of a renaissance. First, there’s the sure-to-be-a-hit NBC show, “The Playboy Club,” debuting this fall, which takes place in the swinging ’60s. And now, the design team Marchesa has revamped the bunny costume for the club’s London location in the form of a delicious feather and sequins concoction. Designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman (seen here flanking the costume) only made one — which they say is a celebration of the female form, not a totem of objectification.
“What is wrong with celebrating women? I think it celebrates the female form. The women in here are pretty empowered. Take Debbie Harry, a former Playboy Bunny, she’s an incredible woman and an icon, and she’s had a fabulous career … It would be more repressive to tell women they can’t dress a certain way and the can’t do certain things,” said the pair of their creation. The one-off costume will be auctioned off in October to raise money for breast cancer awareness. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »
Fashion gods, help us. Heidi Montag has decided to share her plans for a fashion line with the world, and it’s a bit worse than expected. Not only does the reality star want to “design” a low-end line, but she’s intending to join the couture world as well. Do we even want to guess if she knows what couture means? “This is just the beginning,” Montag promises. “I’d really love to eventually wear mostly my own designs. And I would really love to do a low end line [for my] fans, and it can be really accessible and then a one of kind couture line to really showcase my creativity.” Her creativity was on display at the Valentine’s Day party she hosted, showing off her décolletage in a low-cut red dress of her own creation. Heidi counts Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana as her design inspirations. We sense Coco is cringing in her grave at the mere mention. [Stylelist] 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 »
As we bask in the afterglow of couture fashion week, we can’t stop obsessing over Lagerfeld’s massively triumphant Chanel collection. Those classic, pastel suits — mousse pinks and baby blues and lavenders — looked as delicious as a bag of robin’s egg candies (or in this case, more like a box of macaroons from a French patisserie), the hair was beyond exquisite, and those silver tights put a young, futuristic spin on the house’s traditional tweed silhouette. We can only imagine how hard it will be to score a pair of those stockings, and who knows if they’ll even end up selling them or if they were made by someone else, but we’re totally inspired. While there are lots of dark gray sparkly tights out there, it’s a bit harder to locate a glittery silver pair. But the lurex tights I tracked down at online hosiery retailer Forward Edge look just about spot-on, no? Also, at $6.99, they couldn’t be further from couture prices. Keep reading »
The young French couturier Alexis Mabille sent models with hair color blocked to match his dresses down the runway. The question is, would this work on the realway? We just don’t have the answer. [The Telegraph] Keep reading »
Today at Dior‘s spring 2010 couture collection, John Galliano channeled an exaggerated version of the Gibson Girls (not to be confused with those ladies of the Golden variety). By the look of model Kasia Struss, there was a touch of “Bride Of Frankenstein” thrown in the mix. We can only speculate what the rest of this ‘do looks like, but it definitely goes along with the gray hair trend that’s so hot right now. Getting the white hot mess look–even just streaks–is no easy task though. First, hair needs to be as blond as possible. Then you need to tone the hell out of it with a product like Manic Panic Virgin Snow White Toner Mixer, $13. Maintenance is a beyotch, and don’t come cryin’ to me if your strands feel like dry straw. Good luck with that. But yeah, it can look rad. P.S. If you have succeeded at this hair surgery, please, for the love of God, send us a pic at email@example.com. [The Guardian] Keep reading »
During the recent couture week in Paris, designer Elie Saab showed an entirely white collection, which included matte ivory eyeshadow surrounding the models’ eyes. Sure, they looked a little like aliens or the White Witch from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but I tried out some of the stuff, and without any coaxing, my friends started complimenting me on how fresh and awake I looked.
If you’d prefer more of a fairy goddess look than extreme runway style, follow Lily Allen’s lead and use a shimmering white. Whether you want to surround your eyes like she did or just apply a smidge on your lid is your call. Keep reading »
While hats are known for cleverly covering bald spots, in these Dimetto ads, they’re full on bush blockers. Click after the jump to see the full shebang. Who knows if the Paris unisex haberdasher is sick of making headwear, but they certainly found a way to turn heads! Something tell us that no matter where those hats rest, they look damn good. So ladies, here it is, the fresh lingerie look from Europe—a crotch cap. How do you say “sexy” in French? [Copyranter]
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LA Times blogger Elizabeth Snead has a bone to pick with Maison Martin Margiela’s couturiers. She writes:
“The oceans are dying, children are suffering around the world, the ozone is disappearing, and the polar ice caps are melting, and this is the best idea you can come with up for us to wear in a few months? Is it any wonder no one takes high fashion designers’ suggestions to heart anymore?”
Okay, it’s kind of funny and true (in a sad way), but at the same time, this brings us back around to the age old question: When it comes to fashion, and more specifically, to the meticulously crafted works we see during couture week, should we consider it art or, um, just really unwearable clothes? Let’s discuss! Keep reading »