Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tbilisi: Bessarion FW17 mixes high & low fashion

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Privilege. The waist sash evokes a precious, rich girl. The expected pastel is done in black instead.


TBILISI, GEORGIA (on Asian continent)- The best outfits at the Bessarion Fall 2017 show were a mix of working class and upper class styles.

Georgian designer Bessarion Razmadze has been called the "Alexander Wang of Tbilisi."

The show was held in early May 2017 in the underground garage of Tbilisi's Rooms Hotel.

The marriage of high and low fashion made the models look like women with one foot in high society and one foot in the street.

Models wore waist-bow dresses with trucker hats, as well overalls with luxurious jackets.







Auto Shop. The coveralls, grease and gunmetal gray.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Japan: Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018

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Soldier. Vibrant camo suit. Those ass-kicking boots.



The show was held in Kyoto, Japan in mid May 2017. Nicolas Ghesquière's designs were inspired by soldiers, Victorian ladies and strong New York City women.


Lieberman. Elaine, that is, the New Yorker from the film One Fine Day. Leopard fur jacket

Peacock. Shimmery coat. 

Captivity. Leopard coat and chain strap.

Marcia. The prettiest sister in a 70s biker jacket with surprising sleeves.

Mosaic. Resembles mixed paints. Camo suit.


Pinstripes. Sigourney Weaver's Wall Street boss lady in Working Girl would wear this shapely jacket.

Victorian. Thicker stripes recall Victorian wallpaper & dresses. 

Clouds. Colorful clouds enliven a Victorian tea dress. Tea time!

Trees. Metallic gold & black toile on shirt & skirt.

Sea Foam. The color & shape of the sleeves are everything.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Los Angeles: Dior Cruise 2018



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Brocade. Sleeves curved like pottery on a sexy duster. 

Winter white. White hat, white dress, white-blond hair.

Golden. Golden hair & golden dress.

Fringe. A sweater never looked so dramatic.

Full. Voluminous dress & embroidered duster.

Guns. The vest shows off those arms.

Cupid. The God of Love times 2 on sweater vest. 

Streaks. Lit black dress.

Butterworth. The silhouette & butterscotch duster.

Rose-colored. Janis Joplin gear.

Hot Fuzz. Those pointy ballet flats.


Best of Berlin Fashion Week 2017


ESTHER PERBANDT


Beetlejuice. Lydia Deetz's schoolgirl uniform. 




Evening. The Little Black Dress goes Goth.




IVANMAN

Popped. Sculptural collar on cream coat.

Lightbulb. The cocoon silhouette on a man.

Berlin Fashion Week: Dorothee Schumacher Fall 2017

Karate. A blue pantsuit.

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Criss-cross. A black dress.

Morning News. That female anchor shoulder.

Ivy. Black & white suit.
Fifties. Those polka dots & that skirt.

Squash. Asymmetrical sleeves.


Pollen. Astrakhan coat.

Garden. Plum chiffon suit.
Backwards. Checked jacket

Paintbrush. Portrait neck coat.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Karl Lagerfeld Brings Big Ideas with Chanel Resort 2018


Mica Arganaraz walks  (Credit: Vogue.com)


The Chanel Resort 2018 collection gives me visions of pottery, oily snacks and Jacqueline Onassis.

The overall collection is bland and typical of what Karl Lagerfeld has designed before, but the outfits that work are bold and innovative.

The models wear accessories that are meant to make them look like Grecian goddesses regardless of the outfit. The chokers, the thin headbands and the gladiator sandals frame the outfits and point to the Grecian theme.

Cara Taylor walks (Credit: Vogue.com)


Top model Cara Taylor wears a striking shirtdress with that convenient naval-inspired drawstring. The horizontal stripes of terracotta brown, black and gold are rich.

Seashells & Potato Ruffles (Credit: Vogue.com)
The tiered ruffles of this dress resemble seashells and ruffled potato chips. The inclusion of dark tweed fabric evokes the classic Chanel suit, which begs the question: is this a dress or a suit?  It’s hard to tell.

In a moment of simplicity, Chanel muse Mica Arganaraz wears the collection’s subtly bold outfit. She wears—gasp!—sweater and jeans, but with a gilded leaf appliqués. The simple outfit and big glamorous sunglasses evokes former First Lady Jacqueline Onassis in her 1970s period. The clutch indicates Mica is headed to a party.

There are many ideas to take away from the collection. The gladiator sandals can be worn with cropped jeans, shorts or a skirt. Women can take advantage of open-necklines like wearing chokers with sweaters.


Poncho-like coat (Credit: Vogue.com)




Saturday, April 22, 2017

Caroline Brasch Nielsen Tests Dominance in ‘Glory’ Fashion Story



Red Cross Nurse (credit: Models.com)

Photographer Greg Kadel turns symbols and body language on their head in the April 2017 issue of King Kong Magazine.

In the fashion editorial “Glory Hole,” Kadel tells the story of a provocative woman, played by model Caroline Brasch Nielsen, who hits spots around Lower Manhattan.  She flaunts her sexuality and challenges the idea of control.

Caroline and a thuggish-ruggish-styled man sit on a bench with their legs open. This sitting style is eyebrow raising because she’s wearing a hiked up mini dress and wearing a nun’s habit. Also, a cross is embroidered on the crotch of her dress. Visions of Reagan from The Exorcist spring to mind. Now Caroline and the man have equal power.

Contrast that with another bench scene where Caroline shares a bench with a heavily tattooed older man. In her tight pink jumpsuit, her legs are again wide open, while the man has his leg crossed away from her. She holds the power.

Blind in an Elevator (credit: models.com)

Phallic imagery is usually used to show a man’s power, but the provocative woman uses it to show her own power. Caroline plays a Red Cross nurse with blood-red latex opera gloves  that cross over her body imitating the Red Cross on her tiny apron. Her red-gloved hand is inserted in her mouth simulating oral sex. Then there’s that stool that hits squarely on her crotch.

It’s rare that Caroline’s provocative woman is not powerful, but when she's not powerful, you wonder if she’s playing a trick. In an old elevator car, she sits on the floor with her legs spread. Her spiky goggles act as a blindfold, while a man’s hand hits the elevator’s buttons. He’s in control, or is he?


Another shot features the provocative woman in a park, but her body shrinks in submission as a tattooed, muscular young man stands dominantly above her. Instincts tell me that she’s going to sucker punch him. The photo that exemplifies this notion of deceptive power is one of her with her wrists bound. However, the front of her body is facing away from the camera, so she holds the power because her face isn’t visible to tell what emotions she’s feeling. She’s dangerous.

Visual signs of dominance are multifaceted when it comes to women, and deceptive power works to a woman’s advantage. People like Caroline’s provocative woman are dangerous, sexy and cool.

A nun on a bench (credit: models.com)


Hidden Face (credit: models.com)
Pink suit on a bench (credit: models.com)
Submissive body language (credit: models.com)