TREND ALERT: THE PEEKING TROUSER

The two biggest shows (Prada & Louis Vuitton) in the two biggest fashion capitals have spoken: skirts over trousers is the way to go for Fall 2012.

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EYEWEAR IS THE GATEWAY TO THE SOUL – FW12

Oh sunnies, how I do adore thee. The eyewear offerings this FW12 season came in a slew of shapes, finishes, and contexts, representative of each collection and, ultimately, the man wearing them. The classic aviator shape ran rampant throughout, naturally, but were pushed and played with in the better collections. In the way of lenses, we saw gradient (1,4), mirror (4),  solid (3), and clear (5, 6). Speaking of pushing and being playful, Kris Van Assche (5) channeled geek-chic by adding splash guards on the temples of his clear frames, which resembled safety goggles and fit seamlessly with the tone of his collection.

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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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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.

Lensed, again, by the great Steven Meisel (sidenote: – I’ve never actually seen a photo of him…), the mood this season  Continue reading