Sunday, 30 September 2012

Lady in Red's darlings of the season

I have collected for you my season's darlings which was a tough choice. The military and lace look by Salvatore Ferragamo is just amazing and I really like the Burberry colors and details, but my season's darlings are here.



I fell in love with the baroque flower scheme of Dolce & Gabbana for their colorfulness and their romantic look combined with black and white lace. I think, one can easily take some of the elements and combine it with a casual look.


More darlings come from Lanvin. I love those red gloves and the exaggerated necklaces which give glamour to every outfit. My fall and winter is all about patterns and glamour.

More darlings on my Facebook site!


Saturday, 29 September 2012

confession of a child of the century

I introduced you already to Jean Paul Gaultier's fall couture collection which is inspired by Alfred de Musset's "Confession of a child of the century". The novel was adapted by Sylvie Verheyde in 2011. The main characters are played by Pete Doherty and Charlotte Gainsbourg.




the plot:
Octave (Pete Doherty) is young, handsome and deeply in love - until he witnesses the unfaithfulness of his mistress Elise. His initial despair turns into arrogance. Decadence becomes his lifestyle. Under the influence of his friend, Octave becomes the perfect seducer - though this new life, full of lust, can not satisfy his longing for true love.

When Octave suffers from the loss of his father and flees to the countryside, he gets to know the young, warm-hearted widow Brigitte. Although Brigitte tries to resist, she and Octaves  become lovers, but after the initial passion, the old suspicion cultivates in Octave again: Isn't every woman cheating sooner or later her lover? Is his friend right asserting that true love does not exist?

Friday, 28 September 2012

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture - a homage to Paris

Another strong collection is Jean Paul Gaultiers couture collection which is inspired by the "Confession of a Child of the Century" by Alfred de Musset's which was the spark of the collection. Musset's love was the novelist George Sand, who scandalized mid-nineteenth century Paris by wearing men's clothes and smoking in public. Gaultier opened his show with Erin O'Connor as Sand, in top hat, tailcoat, and gentleman's fob.


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But Gaultier went on to prove his passion of the decadent, romantic, polymorphous lifestyle and transfered it into his fashion fantasy. Sand's tailcoat came back time and again, in crocodile, in camel, in the "male couture".
He took us on a journey through the literary world of the fin de siècle by naming outfits after the characters from Proust, Huysmans, and Wilde; and even the colors—absinthe, coral, gold, papal purple—were the colors of opium dreams.

            
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Thursday, 27 September 2012

On the dark side with Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent's Fall collection combines sensuality with the mystery of the dark. The wasp-waisted dresses and the material mix of chains, rubber and leather tend to a fetishistic look which is even strengthened by the slicked-back hair combined with the blood-red lips.

The floral accent for the collection emphasizes the sensuality even more, as the calla lily which occurs on fabrics and jewelry is the Roman symbol of lust.

           
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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

on an autumn day in Paris with Dior

As you might have noticed, I like the feminine shapes of the Dior look which is so typical for the label since the 1950s. Also in the current collection the emphasize lies again on the waist to flatter the feminine silhouettes. Whereas the wide chiffon skirts and the soft colors remind me of ballet costumes and give the look a romantic girlish touch. 

I like especially the pattern of the skirt in look 3 and the colors of look 5 and 6.

           
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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Baroque Romanticism by Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana set the stage for their fall show with chandeliers decorated in real flowers and vines along with an enormous gilded mirror at the end of the runway. It was undoubted lavish, but still nothing compared to their collection, which was dripping in gold.

Inspiration for the opulent collection with the titel "Baroque Romanticism" is Domenico Dolce's native Sicily with its baroque religious traditions. Some might say, it's kitsch, but for my slavic roots the colorful needlepoint florals and prints of cherubs are not unfamiliar at all and they also remind me of Frida Kahlo who was a great artist and a style icon on her own.

           
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Monday, 24 September 2012

exactitudes - between individuality and uniformity

Since October 1994 the Dutch photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together on an art project called Exactitudes. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last years first just in Rotterdam, later also in other cities.




The name of their series Exactitudes comes from the combination of exact and attitude. By steering their subjects into an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek work in an almost scientific manner. Though their assumed objective photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis shows that the artistic aspect dominates their work.


                  























I got especially interested in the apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity which is taken to an extreme in their work. Interesting is also the spoken definition of each group which you can hear visiting their website.

“L’ exactitude n’est pas la vérité”
Henri Matisse


Sunday, 23 September 2012

the essence of Nina Ricci

Designer Peter Copping took his inspirations for the pre-fall collection from a book called Exactitudes by the Dutch photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek who took pictures of different people in almost identical outfits.

He started to think what the key looks of a Nina Ricci uniform would look like. First and foremost among the house codes is the little black dress. While another house signature are tweed skirt suits. 
But the reasons why I have taken the collection into the blog are the dark berry red shades, the filigree lace dresses and the combination of tender powder shades combined with the bold leo coat. The collection has a very fitting combination of casualty and glamour.

            
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