FICTION OR FOR REAL: CHRISTOPHER KANE TO HELM BALENCIAGA

Here we go again. Rumours have rapidly been swirling that Christopher Kane will takeover the helm as Creative Director at Balenciaga, but French Grazia recently claimed that Balenciaga denied the rumoured nomination (Stylebistro needs a new translator as they garnered Kane’s appointment was confirmed by French media). Sigh.

2012 has been THE year of fashion musical chairs, and I’m tired. Sure, it’s something to write about and fashion isn’t anything nowadays without hype and buzz, but I’ll wait for PPR to make the call. John, Marc, Raf, Hedi, Stefano, and now Chris… I need a drink.

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BALENCIAGA FW12 – COLOUR IN CASTING

Despite donning the most colour-infused looks of the collection, Jeneil Williams (at Nathalie) and Liu Wen (at Marilyn) represented all the colour for their counterparts during the Balenciaga FW12 show, being the only two girls of colour to walk in the sky high office space. A trend I’ve noticed, specifically with Ashley Brokaw, top casting director who’s clients include Balenciaga, Prada, Proenza Schouler, Tommy Hilfiger, and Rag&Bone, is that her casting for Balenciaga is limited to one black girl, who changes every season, and the invariable Asian girl, Liu Wen, for the girls of colour – that’s it. The rest, a vanilla sea mixed with newcomers and the established. See for yourself:

FW12 – Jeneil Williams | Liu Wen

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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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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

Despite the impeccable nature of this shot, and the story as a whole, one flaw (minor to some/major to me) arose. Continue reading

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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