AHH, TWAS DUE TO PRABAL!

So, I just realized that the inordinate amount of hits my blog received on Jan 17th was because of Prabal Gurung! Whoever runs his FB/social media decided the post I wrote about the lack of his clothes on the Golden Globes red carpet (see post here) was worthy enough to be shared with their 25,795 Facebook fans (and counting). Prabal and co., I’m glad you enjoyed the post, and merci for the share! xo

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CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION FW12 – CROC ME GOOD

Slowly, but surely, I’ll begin to both sing praise and brutally thrash the FW12 menswear collections. The weekend is now upon us, which means I have some time to sit down and carefully go through the shows and construct an opinion. Calvin Klein Collection is always a favourite, and Italo Zucchelli delivered another home run. Apart from the flawlessly foward-thinking, minimalist aesthetic-bearing, ultra luxury-evoking clothes (all the croc paneling/separates and those matte iridescent pieces), the casting was the other impeccable story here. From the current face of Givenchy, Simone Nobili, to past faces of Calvin Klein, Dmitriy Tanner and David Agbodji, to the runway favourites including O’Shea Robertson, Simon Nessman, and Sebastian Sauvé, the gorgeous-faced exits didn’t stop. Exclusive to CK this season were the highly buzzed about Australian twins Jordan & Zac Stenmark, who opened/closed the show (Zac opened, Jordan closed). Dear Jennifer Venditti (casting director for this and other high profile shows), thank you. Gushing about a well edited and beautifully executed collection is one thing, but watching it for yourself is another:

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SHOULDA, COULDA, PRABAL – 2012 GOLDEN GLOBES

Sunday night’s wears at the 2012 Golden Globes really ran the gamut from famous couture houses (Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman in Atelier Versace, and Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci Première), to lesser known designers (Meryl Streep in Alessandra Rich and Jane Lynch in David Meister), and, of course, the red carpet regulars (Charlize Theron and Mila Kunis in Dior, Lea Michele and Shailene Woodley in Marchesa). Prabal Gurung, who’s highly praised Spring and Pre-Fall 2012 collections both included award season ready looks, was one designer missing from the lineup this year (Bring back Hailee Steinfeld!). Three looks, in particular, from his most recent collections would’ve made this carpet next level:

1. Iconic Meryl Streep (pictured right in Alessandra Rich) has been around long enough to know what works for her on the red carpet, which is always a practical long-sleeved gown. This deep emerald silk-satin number with tastefully plunged neckline from Gurung’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection (perhaps done in black at Meryl’s request) would’ve garnered rave reviews, as opposed to the sad-looking bag she chose to don around her lower half (not that she needs it, but it’s always nice to get that nod as a seasoned vet). Continue reading

THE DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS OF FASHION

The images speak for themselves:

Paolo Anchisi for Balmain Homme SS12 ad campaign

Rosie Tapner for Balenciaga SS12 ad campaign

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LOUIS VUITTON & YAYOI KUSAMA COLLABORATION

Personalized Polka-dotted Louis Vuitton Ellipse bag by Yayoi Kusama

We sensed that Yayoi Kusama’s endless dots would echo a while in Marc Jacobs’ mind“, stated the narrator as Marc Jacobs and famed-Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama part ways (watch the video below + start at 2:48) in the 2007 critically acclaimed documentary “Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton“. 5 years of endless echoing has finally brought upon us, as confirmed by fashion journalist Jim Shi on Twitter, a wonderful collaboration between Louis Vuitton and the self-proclaimed “obsessive artist” Yayoi Kusama, set to release in July 2012. With the extreme success of past collaborations with renowned artists, including Takashi Murakami and Stephen Sprouse, there’s no doubt that this polka dot slathered collection will dazzle the eyes of LV fanatics across the globe. The bags will surely be the bread winner of this full collection, which will also include Ready-To-Wear, shoes, accessories, watches, and jewellery. The July 2012 release is quite timely, as it lands roughly in the middle of LV’s highly-anticipated Marc Jacobs exhibition, which will run from March 9 until September 16 at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Screen grab from the 2007 documentary "Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton".

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ARIZONA, PLEASE STOP

Smiling, that is.

Forced, unauthentic, uncomfort-inducing, contrived (shall I go on?), are all adjectives that pertain to Arizona Muse‘s grin on the latest cover of British Vogue – February 2012 (enlarge). As painful as it is to look at on such a fresh and optimistic spring cover, it doesn’t stop there – check out her Isabel Marant SS12 ad campaign (after the jump) where she continues to delight us with flashes of her pearly whites that aren’t awkward or at all brazenly fake, and and a wonderfully placed hand across her forehead (please note heavy sarcasm).

My good Twitter friend Sergio (@SergioKletnoy), sounded off this morning re: Arizona’s venture into lackluster-ville, referring to her last few campaigns/work in general, and I do agree with him. Personally, I don’t feel that she’s as exciting, and doesn’t induce the gasp as when she first blew up on the scene, and her unimproved, treacherous runway walk doesn’t help.

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THE UNMISTAKABLES, BY MR. PORTER

The Givenchy rottweiler t-shirt of Fall 2011 reached accredited tumblr fame (yes, I said it) and solidified itself as the piece to have/wear/get snapped by every street style photographer alive. Not only could you only find it on eBay selling for approx. double it’s original retail value, not long after hitting the shelves of both online and brick+mortar retailers, but it sprung a new wave of “the unmistakable luxury t-shirt”. The combination of a lower/accessible price point (compared to the rest of the collection(s)) and design that evokes the tone/feel of the collection and/or brand, makes it a winner ($). I took to one of my favourite/the few great online menswear retailers, Mr. Porter, to find the next crop of covetablet-shirts we speak of for the season (click a below to find out more + shop). Personally, I’ve got my eye on the ‘Ankara’ print Burberry Prorsum from SS12 (top right) – mouse off.

     

     

     

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FAUSTOVERKILL

It was bad enough to witness street style marvel Anna Dello Russo, Fashion Editor/Editor-at-Large of Vogue Japan, wearing this Fausto Puglisi frock to no end (see here), but now her undying support for the designer has manifested into print, in the pages of her magazine. This is a prime example of overkill, as she’s repeatedly been seen/photographed whoring out the dress in many variations/colours during fashion month. Despite my distaste for the frock, one could argue that the collaboration of Puglisi and Dello Russo was genius; she single-handedly, and perhaps unconsciously, (continues to) put on a Fausto Puglisi fashion show for the most important eyes in fashion, regardless if they would’ve attended or not, as she attends the most important shows of the season, which a relatively unknown designer with no runway show of his/her own could only dream of – right?

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ON THE STREET: THE WANG FACTOR

Last minute holiday preparations have caused me to postpone posting this weeks edition of ON THE STREET (every Friday – see last week), until now. Karen Blanchard of Where Did U Get That STREET STYLE captured Sarah, a New Yorker about town, donning my favourite piece from FW11. Alexander Wang‘s FW11 collection was all about poking fun at luxury, with a key focus on outerwear. When I first saw this sleeveless coat on Emily Baker in the show (after the jump), I couldn’t wait to see it translated off the runway and into reality – at last! It’s a go-to, never-fail piece to throw on any look for an instant lift, despite how casual – her look is a prime example. The exposed baby yellow nylon panels are cheeky, and give the coat that unmistakable Alex Wang spin, not to mention that uber plush fox fur collar, which luxy feel ran rampant throughout the collection. It’s petty clear why Sarah and her wonderful, jealously-inducing coat (which is now on sale) garnered my attention and earned the top spot for the week!

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V75 SHOWS KANYE SOME LOVE

We all remember Kanye West‘s highly anticipated, but ultimately ill-reviewed  SS12 presentation in Paris this season (if not, do yourself a favour and please slide out from underneath the rock you’ve surely been living under, then click here). Ever since, I’ve been wondering if any retailers would even bother/ended up buying the collection, or if any publications put his Giuseppe Zanotti collaboration shoes at the top of their request list. (scroll down)

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ON THE STREET: THE FIGHTER

Joyeux Vendredi, which means A. Don’t forget to tweet your #FF’s (feel free to include @lebigt), and B. Here is my winning (pun – wait for it) pick in street style this week! Triumphant from a Parisian street tussle, on his way back from being bandaged up (hypothetically), this gentleman’s look kicked ass and won me over. From the tugged-on tee, tousled denim shirt, and x2 well-placed tears in his well-tapered denim, these lovely details corroborate with my production/version of the story. What I particularly love about this look, and still need to acquire for myself, is the leather-sleeved wool pea coat avec collar pop, slung over his right side as the cast wouldn’t fit through that arm hole, or he refused to stretch the sumptuous nappa of such a beautifully-crafted/cut and mostly likely bank-breaking coat (I’m going with option 2). One of my favourite Canadian labels wings+horns did a similar pea coat for FW10 (after the jump), for which I would still do unspeakable things to get one on my back. It’s that perfect mix of classic and cool; tossed in with “tattered” clothes and white-soled Red Wing-like boots, you’ve got a hit on your hands. Again, like Ben, I’m a sucker for those who make get-up-and-go look good great.

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LOUIS VUITTON SS12 CAMPAIGN – SUGAR, SPICE, AND ICE CREAM IS NICE

Campaign season is now upon us – hayy! The SS12 collections have already made their way into the glossies (see Nyasha in “Always a Woman”, serving a heavy scoop of Vuitton  for Vogue‘s new year-opening issue, at end of page (eek, it’s happened! – see why I shriek)),  and likewise will their accompanying campaigns. Louis Vuitton helps open the season with a very campy and whimsical campaign set in an ice cream parlour. Continuing with the fresh-faced momentum from last season, Vuitton cast 27 year old German newcomer Kati Nescher (left), who walked 29 shows this season, including LV, Givenchy, Prada, and Miu Miu,  and was ranked #6 on Style.com/Print‘s “Top 10 Newcomers” list. Opposite Nescher, and platinum blonder than ever (I like), Daria Strokous, who’s no stranger to blue-chip campaigns, being a Jil Sander regular and all, completes the cast.

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DOUTZEN KROES SAYS SHIT HAPPENS

She said it, not me. In Doutzen’s defense, she’s not the only one using expletives (for a cause).

Kicking off with a big bang, Victoria’s Secret Angel and supermodel Doutzen Kroes, is the first of many big names to lend their face to the “Shit Happens” campaign for Hirschsprung’s Community; a community where people/families can connect, dialogue, and share their stories/journeys with others who understand, and educate those who may not be aware of what Hirschsprung’s disease (HD) is. People from all over the globe, from here in North America to down under in New Zealand, are taking note and participating in the community’s efforts to raise awareness about Hirschsprung’s, which affects 1 in 5000 children born with it. According to Liz Crawford, founder of Hirschsprung’s Community and mother of her 3 year-old son Malachi, who was born with HD (visit Roo’s Journey), her inbox is flooded on the  daily with requests for t-shirts and how to get involved in the campaign, like Ms. Kroes. If you, or someone you know, would like to follow in Doutzen’s (and other major names who will be revealed in the upcoming weeks) footsteps and take part in this global HD campaign, send an email to Cassie. Stay tuned for the next big name donning the Shit Happens tee for the campaign – she’s a model, too!

Like Hirschsprung’s Community on Facebook and follow on Twitter (@shithapps).

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BREAKING: RAF SIMONS TO CHRISTIAN DIOR

According to Bryanboy, who’s always on the pulse in fashion.

This is probably the best Xmas gift, ever. After a whirlwind of  uncertainty and speculation, the verdict is in; Raf Simons, of Jil Sander and his own eponymous lines of menswear, has been named (rumour until Dior confirms) as Galliano’s successor at Christian Dior. Raf is one of my favourite designers in the game, and his work has been nothing but exciting, focused, cutting-edge, all while maintaining couture sensibilities, which is why this new appointment is so enthralling. More to come once the holy grail of confirmation confirms, in this case from Dior.

WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK? Surprised? Shocked? Disappointed? Ecstatic? Let me know, below!

BLACK ON BLACK ON BLACK

My blog is quickly, and unexpectedly, becoming a shrine in honour of my girl, Nyasha Matonhodze (left) – can you blame me? She’s on the rise and taking names, Balenciaga-clad to boot. This shot from W Magazine‘s January 2012 story titled “Best in Class”, lensed by Emma Summerton and featuring a clique of British top models including Nyasha, Lily Donaldson, Cara Delevingne, and Jourdan Dunn (right), is inexplicably beautiful. Once news broke last week that confirmed Nyasha wasn’t named as a face for Balenciaga’s SS12 campaign, I was somewhat baffled, but not completely surprised. At least Edward Enninful, famed stylist-extraordinaire who styled this editorial, recognized Nyasha’s beauty and closing statement in the SS12 show, and showed Ashley Brokaw, who casts for Balenciaga, what she missed out on for the campaign.

Nyasha Matonhodze & Jourdan Dunn in "Best In Class" for W Magazine Jan 2012

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KARL & TECHNOLOGY – POOR GUY

This was 48 minutes of torture;  not only for me, but for the interviewee, Karl Lagerfeld. The annual European online conference, LeWeb,  invited the Kaiser to discuss fashion and technology; fitting, as he’s the most on-the-beat designer when it comes to embracing technology (*ahem*). It could’ve truly been a fantastic and eye-opening experience if it weren’t for the joke of a host. He was awkward, invasive, inattentive, and absolutely clueless about Lagerfeld. I’m no expert, but isn’t rule #1 for an interviewer to know your subject? Dude could’ve at least quickly skimmed through Wikipedia prior to the interview – what a shame. However, we now know what’s in Karl’s “wallet” (a very chic black portfolio), including an iPad, 4 iPhones (#boss), 3 iPods, and pills for lunch & dinner (oh yeah, he’s up there). Also, Natalie  Massenet of NET-A-PORTER makes a classy appearance during the interview to officially announce the launch of Karl’s online collection on January 25th (see my VIDEO OF THE WEEK), which will be exclusively online, going directly to the consumer first, as opposed to the fashion press. If you have 48 mins of spare time + the stomach for it, press play:

VOGUE & WGSN LAUNCH VOGUE ARCHIVE – HALLELUJAH, BUT IT’LL COST YA

My prayers have been answered. Today, Vogue and WGSN have launched the VOGUE ARCHIVE – an online reference tool giving you every page/cover/issue of the legendary magazine since it’s inception in 1892. There are far too many editorials and stories throughout Vogue’s history that I still search for online, as I don’t have them in print or would like them in a higher res, never having any luck. Now, after a few clicks, we’ll all have access to every jumping-model-David-Sims story, tumbl/tweet/share it with our friends, create high-quality, colourful  inspiration boards to slather every inch of our bedroom walls (you KNOW I will), and plenty more. Just when I thought there was no more time in the day to spend online, this happens. However, good things come at a price – as my excitement bubbles it quickly fizzles after beginning registration, and seeing the individual subscription cost: $1,575 – gasp. Maybe, I’ll hold off for now… sigh. Click below to play the intro video:

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I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE BALENCIAGA IN PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND

Left: Pringle of Scotland PF12 -- Right: Balenciaga FW10 (click to enlarge)

After four years as head of show collections under Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, the label’s unmistakable aesthetic and identity is sure to embed itself in one’s DNA. Alistair Carr, current design director at Pringle of Scotland, proved with his latest and first Pre-Fall collection for the famed knitwear label that you can take the man out of Balenciaga, but you cannot take Balenciaga out of the man.

I couldn’t help but draw distinct parallels between Pringle’s Pre-Fall 2012 (left) and Balenciaga FW10 (right), which he would’ve been overseeing during his tenure. The  shirt collars are high and done up, worn under delicate sweaters laced with intricate, geometric patterned detailing, which carries into short skirts (click image to enlarge and see matching detailing, especially on the Pringle skirt). Finally, bare stems make the trip downwards into relatively colourful above-the-ankle footwear. Coincidence? Hardly. Influenced? Surely. Pringle appointed Carr to move the label forward, while still remaining true to its 200-year heritage, and there is no other forward-thinking, innovative, complexly alluring label like BalencyB (yes, that’s what we #T’s call it – #dealwithit).

Check out the entire Pringle of Scotland Pre-Fall 2012 collection, here.

P.S. I would do unspeakable things for that bomber on Magda; that is all.

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NYASHA X NUMÉRO – TRIPLE THREAT

There’s only one song that can accurately express my sentiments towards Nyasha Matonhodze  (click here – sidenote: this song goes out to one my #T’s, @RyCatney, since he dedicated his BBM profile to yours truly – haha). Apart from her flawless complexion, posing, and statuesque regality in this Paco Rabanne feature for Numéro 129, what really gives me serious fever is that she was cloned twice – triple the chocolate scoop. How the fuck is she only 17? When I was 17… well, I don’t really remember what the hell I was doing at 17, but I surely wasn’t gracing the pages of high fashion editorial glossies and being compared to a budding Naomi (as much as I would’ve like to). Pardon the digression, but she’s killing it/me. Lensed by Rene Habermacher and styled by Rebecca Bleynie, who also styled Nyasha’s November story, the shot brilliantly embodies the drama and evolution of the (re-launched) Paco Rabanne woman, with the beloved London showman Manish Arora at the creative helm of womenswear.

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STYLE.COM VS STYLE.CA

No contest, I just thought it was hilarious to compare dot com with its “Canadian” “counterpart”.

While I’m on this train, let’s look at some actual STYLE.___ rivals around the world (they’re all under Condé Nast Digital), worthy of competing with the dot com behemoth: Continue reading