Here’s The Low-Down On The Fashion Shows Happening Post-Lockdown | British Vogue

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t experiencing a bit of an identity crisis during this global pandemic. How does a style blogger and product junkie write about beauty and fashion when isolation is strongly encouraged and there’s nowhere to go? Where would I wear a yellow lace dress? Or a corset swimsuit? Why wear makeup if half of my face is covered and it’s just going to come off on the mask and create skin problems?

Until recently, I felt the idea of fashion shows was nothing short of sadistic; they were just a reminder of places I couldn’t go without the constant worry of catching COVID-19, or having my great mood stifled by the reality of temperature checks, discouraged socializing, or the lack of money to shop. I’m living in robes and sweats, so while I’m not an athleisure girl, I see the appeal now.

Apparently, my issues are poor peoples’ problems because fashion shows are still going on, albeit digitally, and Vogue is here to break down every show as they come in. 

Dreaming is still free…

Source: Here’s The Low-Down On The Fashion Shows Happening Post-Lockdown | British Vogue

News From The Beautiverse – NYFW Fall 2015 RTW Edition

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I didn’t get to follow Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York as closely as I would have liked, but when I did get the opportunity to catch up, Wow! I mean WOW! Surprisingly, a couple of the designers I was most impressed with were designers I am not normally drawn to. I am so glad I was in the mood to explore. Ralph Lauren, J. Mendel, and Marc Jacobs really got my attention and are my top three favorite collections from the NYFW Fall 2015 RTW shows.

I am not normally pulled towards Ralph Lauren and J. Mendel, but they finally got me. I am always impressed with Marc Jacobs, and this time he was, how they say, “money.” At least he was for me. What was a running theme at New York Fashion Week 2015 is fur, fringe, and the 70s. I was actually amazed at how much fur there was seeing how animal rights groups like to congregate outside the arenas, but it’s pretty clear that designers are either using fake or socially acceptable fur or they aren’t concerned about haters.

J. Mendel

J. Mendel’s color choice for his show was primarily in one of my favorite color combinations; black and white, and red. Somehow, the black and red make the white seem bold, don’t you think? The silky, flowing paisley printed dresses, colorful fur jackets, plunging necklines, and high slits gave off a definite 70s vibe.

Scarves were rampant in this collection and the pop of embroidery here and there made this collection retro and exquisite at the same time.This collection was an unexpected and pleasant surprise, and I am sorry I haven’t paid closer attention to this designer. If J. Mendel is trying to bring the 70s back, he was successful.

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See more of J. Mendel’s New York Fashion Week 2015 RTW collection at Style.com.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren tends to be a little All American conservative for me, but there were a lot of pieces in this collection that I would definitely wear. This collection was classic, elegant, and versatile, so versatile that there was something in this collection for most aesthetics at any time of day. another interesting dynamic was masculine looks such as a pinstripe suit being balanced out by a fur collar. Actually, anything made of fur is actually made of shearing, a good thing because I was feeling a little guilty for loving the furry hats and furry elbow length gloves.

All of the shearing, richly hued cashmere, and suede gave off a rich Western aura as if we were at a Southfork gathering on Dallas. The collection was in very earthy tones, olive-green, camel, winter white, and multiple tones of brown, but it screamed extravagance. I love earth tones and I think brown is a luxurious color and it certainly was here. After the floppy hats, ankle boots, fringed purses, and flowing skirts were a few glittering metallic dresses at the end just to throw you off.

 

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See more of Ralph Lauren’s New York Fashion Week 2015 RTW collection at Style.com.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs collection was dark and elegant, just the way I like it. Pine green and midnight blue plaid. Yes, please. Wide bugle bead trimming on body-conscious dresses and patent leather boots. Perfection. Black gloves, thin leather belts, and animal prints. Absolutely. Can you tell that this was my favorite collectIon?

This collection is definitely me. It got a bit risqué for a minute with the sheer dresses and panties, but there was something morbidly romantic about it. There really wasn’t one thing in this collection that I do not want, and that includes the risqué outfits. Marc Jacobs is a freakin’ genius, not just in his clothing designs but in how he dresses his models from head to toe. The accessories, makeup, and hair are always the final, perfect touch to his show. Again, perfection.

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See more of Marc Jacob’s New York Fashion Week 2015 RTW collection at Style.com.

 

News From The Beautiverse – Pre-Fall and Couture Edition

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Gucci Pre-Fall 2015.

 

What Exactly Does Pre-Fall Mean?

The pre-fall shows have just ended and the haute couture shows are winding down. They are the appetizers before we sit down for fashion week. I don’t know why they call it fashion week when globally, it lasts for two and a half months. While I’m owning my confusion, when did pre-fall become so popular? I remember when there was no pre-fall which wasn’t that long ago. It seems that the frequency of pre-fall collections has increased dramatically in the last few years, a new reality brought on by the necessities of many entities. Pre-Fall collections are the most wearable of the runway shows and, therefore, earn the most money. Also, If you noticed, many of the fashions worn at recent award shows were pre-fall fresh off the runway. If the term “pre-fall” sneaked up on you like it did me, perhaps this article can clear things up.

 

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JPG opening look for his wedding themed Couture 2015 show

 Gaultier’s Couture Was Bridezilla Heavy And Full Of Surprises

John Paul Gaultier never ceases to amaze me. His wedding themed Haute Couture show was titled, “61 Façons de Se Dire Oui, or 61 Ways to Say Yes.” His runway show opened with a model stomping the runway with the ‘leaning tower of curlers’on her head as if she wasn’t quite ready for the show. Upon further inspection, she might be the wedding cake because she had a cake topper on top of the curlers. Many of his looks had split personalities and he highlighted several of his all time favorite models mid through. The show closed with supermodel Naomi Campbell looking toned and crafty as the bridal bouquet. Last year he closed the show with burlesque artist Dita Von Teese, who was a lovely butterfly.

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Naomi Campbell closing the JPG Haute Couture show as a wedding bouquet.

 

Be Careful Not To Spill

Yet another French designer with a marvelous imagination. The encrusted masks worn at the On Aura Tout Vu show needs no explanation because seeing is believing. I just keep thinking that it would be a great accessory on those days that you just don’t want to shave your face.

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Bedazzled mask on model walking the On Aura Tout Vu show during Paris Haute Couture 2015.

 

Pleats and Thank You

Out of all the collections shown at Haute Couture Spring, I was most impressed Christian Dior, perhaps it’s because of the sleek hardware knotted hair:

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Now, that’s a ponytail.

 

Maybe it was the endless amount of pleats:

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Runway look from the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2015 show.

Or maybe it was this video that documents the 200-hour process it took to make the dress above:

 

What was your favorite moment from the Paris Haute Couture Spring 2015 shows?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lupita Nyong’o REALLY Likes Elie Saab and Hopefully Jared Leto

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Elie Saab Pre Fall 2015

Hollywood and fashion “It” girl Lupita Nyong’o  looked absolutely stunning, as usual, in not one, but two Elie Saab dresses Sunday. Once again, she proved she can do no wrong, this time in a floor length, striped floral print gown that she wore to the SAG Awards, and then a shorter version to The Weinstein Company and Netflix’s 2015 SAG Awards after-party.

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Her hair was elegant in a cornrowed top bun, and her best accessory was rumored boyfriend, Jared Leto. I don’t say this often but, I want to be this woman. She has style, she has grace, she has beauty, she has talent, she is brilliant, she has a wardrobe to die for, and she has my man, allegedly.

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Nyong’o and Leto waiting in the wings before co-presenting the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries to Mark Ruffalo for The Normal Heart.

I don’t know if she’s actually dating Jared Leto, but she should be. I have had the biggest crush on him since Requiem For A Dream. He is absolutely beautiful and so talented, and the thing about him is I’m not completely sure he knows how gorgeous he is. The front man for 30 Seconds to Mars is rumored to be cast as a badly scarred Joker for an upcoming Marvel Comics Suicide Squad movie. Either way,  he is a joy to look at. Get ’em girl.

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Micaela Erlanger styled both stars’ looks, and they presented at the ceremony together as well.

 

What do you think of Lupita’s dress and the rumored hot Hollywood couple?

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria, Victoria Beckham x Nails Inc. Inspired Nail Art

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Nail art inspired by Nails Inc., VVB nail polish duo: Judo Red and Bamboo White. Nail art by Chalkboard Nails.

 

I was working on a completely unrelated post when during a moment of procrastination, I came across the Victoria, Victoria Beckham x NAILS INC. polish line on Chalkboard Nails. The limited edition lacquer line was inspired by the Victoria, Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2015 RTW collection, and Sarah Waite created the nail art based on Designer Fabien Baron bottle design. There is a great deal of inspiration happening by way of Victoria Beckham. Listen, if my man looked like hers, I could inspire all of this greatness too.

 

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I was so impressed by the packaging that I stopped what I was working on to do a quick post on what I would consider the nail polish collaboration of the year. I know it’s early, but I have a good feeling about this.

The bottle, much like the fashion collection, has a Japanese aesthetic. The polish is encased in Venetian glass with a frosted black or white matte finish and the polish color can only be seen from the side.  From what I can tell, the Judo Red resembles a burnt orange, and the Bamboo White is along the lines of bone with a drop of peachy rose tint. It’s simple, sleek, and chic, making it a coveted collection item. The $25 price tag seems steep, but next to some other high-end nail polishes it’s probably worth it.

If you are the type of person who is provoked to buy based on packaging, you are in big trouble. I want to be seen using this polish.

 

 

 

 

 

Double Take: Donna Karan’s Graphic Blanket Cape

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You gotta love Donna Karan. Her co-ed fashion show was wonderfully edgy and dare I say, very New York. There are so many looks I love from her show, but this is the one that stood out for me, and I am a sucker for a cape. At first, I thought I was a cape dress but now I think it’s a skirt and cape. Whatever it is, it’s fantastic.

▶ Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring/Summer 2014 ft. Dita Von Teese – FashionTV

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Paris Couture Fashion Week has been well underway for a few days, and I went completely against my normal urge to post Chanel and went straight to what really played with my emotions, the Jean Paul Gaultier runway show featuring Dita Von Tesse. Why? Anyone that gorgeous that sees past the distraction that is Marilyn Manson and finds his soul is truly fascinating.

Have fun with this fun and flirty collection and tell me what you think of the theme.

 

If you aren’t familiar with FashionTV, this is a good time to check out the present and upcoming runway shows that us mere mortals don’t have access to. There is live streaming, interviews, and anything that is remotely attached to the fashion world. For me, couture is the most fun because it is so creative and over-the-top, and the challenge of dialing it back to reinvent the looks for the real world is like a roller coaster thrill. I really marvel at those who can execute creativity and talent so flawlessly. Sigh… I would wear many of these looks just the way they are with absolutely nowhere to go.

Art and Stroll: CHANEL Spring-Summer 2014 Ready-to-Wear (Video)

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Is there a spell that compels tweed to magically mold into fantastic pieces for the Chanel brand? If you’re wondering like I am how something so seemingly conservative and male-oriented as tweed continually come to life so fresh and completely feminine year after year? I am still stunned at how Karl Lagerfeld has managed to keep the essence of Gabrielle Chanel’s revolutionary style while keeping each collection fashion forward and full of surprises.

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Pearls, chain, and tweed still reign but as newborns. The sleeveless tweed jackets that were adorned with drops of pearl made me daydream. Speaking of pearls, did you check out the humongous pearl chokers and bracelets? I can’t decide if I like them or not but isn’t that the idea, to confuse and provoke thought?

I would encourage anyone to look at the video as well as the slide show. It’s worth it to really see the detail and artistry in this collection. I’m not usually as ga-ga over the clothes as much as I am over Chanel accessories, but this one had me from the start. The way the Tweed was treated, and the use of color struck me from an artistic perspective. It was simply fashionable art. I don’t think either can exist without the other.

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Even the makeup looked like strokes of paint on canvas, and because the Grand Palais was plastered with paintings and sculptures to resemble an art gallery, the art of fashion message was clearly intentional. There are so many outfits I want I can’t stand it.

Chanel Spring 2014 RTW – Karl Lagerfeld threw a guy in so I thought I would too.

 

Sorry sweetie, that print looks better on the handbag, but you’re still pretty!

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Ok, seeing an actual Chanel Show in Paris is going on my bucket list.