From May 4 through August 7th, The Metropolitan Museum of Art featured an impressive exhibit of the innovative fashions of the late Alexander McQueen. The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, celebrated the talented and sorely missed Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. (more…)
above: Dior’s Suzurka-San Coat, 2007 and the inspiration , Hokusai’s The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa, 1848
Ethereal, elegant and classic Chanel, the latest couture collection by Karl Lagerfeld featured over 10 million beads, ballerina shoes with clear straps, low waists and tweed jackets embellished with glitter. Despite the ornate detailing, the entire collection appeared light enough to float down the catwalk. Certain signature Chanel elements like black chokers, camellias, and double breasted jackets were present coupled with stunning pale pinks, nudes and classic black and white. Grace and luxury harkened back to the 20’s yet retained a thoroughly modern feel. (more…)
above: The show included a performance by Cabaret dancer Psykko Tico in a white tulle-covered bustier dress lined with photo-printed legs.
The hair was punk, the look was “ooh la la” and one of the beautiful models walking down the runway was actually male. As Sid Vicious’s version of “My Way” played, Jean Paul Gaultier introduced his Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture Collection to Paris last week and the general consensus is a resounding leg kick. (more…)