It was a bold move by Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL to put all their runway models in flat tennis shoes for their 2014 Spring Summer Haute Couture show, but it was a bad move. Read more
above: This year’s winner of the Alternative Hair Visionary Award
2012 marks the 30th anniversary of Alternative Hair, during which time many of the world’s greatest hairdressers and hairdressing teams have appeared across the globe at Alternative Hair events in the UK, USA, Austria, Korea, Italy and Russia. Read more
The newest haute couture collection from CHANEL premiered July 6 at the Grand Palais in Paris. The collection was filled with rich brocades, luxurious sequins, ruched boots, new longer length dresses, some seriously puffy sleeves, tousled hair and lions. Yes, Lions. Read more
The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will air on CBS on December 1st, has gone beyond simply sexy. This year, it’s moved far from a cheesy Vegas Revue or a slutty Ziegfeld Follies. Along with showcasing the usual; lace g-strings, merry widows, satin teddies, push up bras and lots of lovely skin, the show is fast becoming an true fashion show. All without losing its sex appeal.
This year’s styling deserves kudos for breaking away from more traditional angel wings as props, replacing them with far more edgy and imaginative versions. Wings made of balloons, wire, fabric, plexiglass and more are combined with the lingerie, making it feel as though we’re at Fashion Week watching a futuristic and irreverent fashion designer instead of just the leggy nubile nymphs most husbands ogle while on the john.
The show is bound to widen its audience appeal by treating the runway, sets and styling like it’s a JCDC or Gilles Deacon show instead of just voyeurism for a lascivious audience. But don’t fret, there’s still plenty of cleavage, thigh-high boots and butt cheek-baring couture for those of you who want it.
The show is hosted by the incredibly stunning Heidi Klum, who I am now convinced is actually an alien being, haven given birth to four children (the most recent just 6 weeks prior to hosting this show!!) only to have her rockin’ bod snap right back into shape without so much as a stretch mark.
Since her VS catwalk debut in 1997, Heidi has been a showstopper—wearing the tallest wings ever in 2003 and singing a duet with her husband Seal in 2007.
Ths year’s supermodel line-up, straight from your mail order catalog: Adrian Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Marisa Miller, Behati Prinsloo, Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr.
In addition to the far out costuming, there was plenty of wild set decor and entertainment. Black Eyed Peas performed and Fergie, looking just as sexy as the supermodels, rocked the house:
Each year, they have a ‘fantasy bra’ made with real diamonds and gemstones. This year, it’s the 2009 Harlequin Fantasy Bra set with over 2,350 brilliant cut white, champagne and cognac colored diamonds accented with a rare 16 carat heart-shaped cognac diamond pendant. Total carat weight =150. Price = $3 million:
You can see backstage photos, learn about the Miami model search, see the girls in Times Square and much more at the Victoria’s Secret All Access website.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air on CBS, December 1st.
Karl Lagerfeld’s Fall 2009/2010 Haute Couture Collection for CHANEL, all the pieces of which are shown in this post, made its debut July 7th, at dusk in the Grand Palais. The stage was set with giant white opaque N° 5 bottles, creating a wonderfully minimalistic background for the ornate collection to be shown. Read more
Fashion designer John Galliano has just shown his Fall/Winter 2009 RTW collection and, in typical Galliano fashion, it’s quite fantastical. The line has a distinctively Baltic bent to it as it mixes brocades, embroidery, cashmere, coins and wild shoes to culminate in a Russian folkloric (and I swear I see a little Flemish in there), but fashionable style. Although it’s a “ready to wear” line, as opposed to haute couture, I don’t think you’ll see many people sporting these in your local grocery store. Read more