Photo: Chantal Thomass
We’ve watched lingerie fashioned as outerwear and loose meshed shirts revealing nipples as though the New York runways had taken a page out of Greece’s Paradise Beach on a Goth theme holiday. The voluptuous Dita Von Teese will be releasing a beauty guide this fall.
According to The Independent, “A growing influence of the burlesque theme on beauty is undeniable: Nivea launched a collaboration with lingerie designer Chantal Thomass this summer… Vivienne Westwood released an update of her Boudoir fragrance and the Parisian cabaret Crazy Horse launched a full makeup range this month.”
S&M, Burlesque, what’s next? Stripper? Oh wait, that trend passed when Britney Spears installed a stripper pole in her home.
Photo: Geoff Robinson via MSNBC.com
It’s the most expensive inedible bacon you’d spend your money on, but the mix raced piglets, at $1,100 a head and only sold in pairs, are Britain’s latest pet craze and have buyers sweating an extensive waiting list. How can you resist that scrunched up pink face? At a mere handful (literally), growing to a maximum knee high size by two years, breeder, Jane Croft, admits to selling 5 to 10 teacup piglets a week, with 500 requests on one website alone, according to the TODAYShow. As an allergen-free (and higher IQ) alternative to dogs and cats, teacup pigs require a garden, utmost attention and a loving home. The plus side other than their appearance? They’re potty trainable. What are the odds that Paris Hilton replaces her Tinkerbell with a micro porker? At the rate of these teacup pig’s fad popularity, I’d say she could be toting one soon.
Forget this season’s eighties bandwagon. Balmain contrived his visions of beautiful Amazonians – powerful all-female warriors from Greek mythology – and let his enchanting dominatrix army loose onto the runway at Paris Fashion Week S/S 2010. His ingenuity with fashioning an otherwise traditional, mundane canvas translated to lamé dresses, rope-like belts, meticulously torn t-shirts and, his trademark, shoulder padded jackets but kept the earthen tone theme uniform throughout the collection. I don’t know about you but, by looking at Balmain’s execution, he appears to have caught Rodarte fever – although his designs are on the less outlandish side and are actually wearable.
Left to Right: Hervé Legér, Twenty8Twelve, Willow
Many designers for Spring Fashion Week, seemed to have this trend in common: prints, prints, prints. From earthen tone nature inspired grunge to hippy-esque hot pinks and yellows, the prints are eye intensively busy with hints of leopard skin on cold hues, bright Rorschach inkblots stains and flower prints (below). As expected for the Spring, easily windblown fabrics , provide the canvases for these works of art.
Left to Right: Charlotte Ronson, Erin Fetherston, Prada
Left to Right: Elie Tahari, Alexander Wang, Topshop
It’s not only gym wear, for the moment. Sweatpants and sweatshirts have weaned its way into high fashion, besting all odds coming in as a trend, despite its preconceived stereotypes. But, that doesn’t mean that I’m suggesting that college fashionistas should dig out their college logo sweatpants and roll up their pant sleeves. There are standards after all. Although far from being formal wear, the trend has popped up as a refined compliment to blazers and a relaxed neutral toned T-shirt. If I could, I would wear sweatpants all day, everyday. Maybe this will be my hypocritical weakness — an excuse to snip the cotton and be lazy fashion forward.
Photo: Marcio Maderia via Style.com
Left to Right: Mark Fast, PPQ, Sykes
Loved are the feeble and sinewy white teen models that strut the runway since Twiggy. Detested are the feeble and sinewy white teen models that strut the runway since Twiggy. But since the advent of Twiggy, emaciated, young and white runs as standards in fashion by designers and editors alike. Why? Well, you’ll hear this often so I’ll be relay the message to you: clothes hang like coat hangers off of their pronounced collarbones; lighter complexions do not distract the audience’s eyes away from the clothes; youth is appealing and can withstand the tumultuous modeling schedules come Fashion Week. Ok, those arguments are fair enough. But if you recall the name Luisel Ramos, you’ll recall that her having lived on lettuce and diet Coke for the three months leading up to her final Uraguay fashion show, incited a massive, fatal heart attack back in ’06. Are skinny teenage white girls really more attractive than voluptuous real women?
Apparently Mark Fast’s stylist and casting director thought so. Mark Fast entered three plus sized models into his show to the objections of his casting director and unscrupulous stylist, who quit and was fired, respectively. PPQ employed only black models for their show while, Sykes employed models up to the age of 70. Yohji Yamamoto has been one to use older models in the past, as Gaultier made a statement with his size 20 models. All in all, it will take a lot more than a few models showing on the catwalk to make a lasting impression.
From Left to Right: Thakoon, Phi, DKNY
In times when designers cut back (literally) on cloth, shorter skirts, translucent collections and cut outs are — not surprisingly — in vogue. But, when designer’s color palates are uniform and rather mundane, as though they’ve been depleted of creativity and simply gave up and sent skin tones down the runway, should I pass up the bandwagon or follow suit? I’d be wary on the streets — to compensate for the illusion of a streaker (from afar), thanks to this ‘blah’ color, texture, draping and fit are paramount. Avoid anything too tight.