The looming question is can Lacroix be saved? But the show went on. In a pared down but no less beautiful Couture collection, the great French designer delivered a round of Lacroix best ofs. Spanish influence, ruffles, extravagant beading, lace, bows, draping, polka dots, and black. Makeup and hair was minimal — black headwraps delivered a slight mood of mourning. This wasn't the most optimistic collection, but longtime customers will manage to find (final?) additions to their collections. And love was in the audience — attendees sported "Christian Lacroix Forever" badges and each look was greeted with applause. Lacroix, must, survive.
Glamorous, and a touch garish, Galliano leads Couture week with a provocative showing at the Dior headquarters. Innerwear played a major role in this film noir. Corsets, garters, hose, slips, camis, and brassieres all hung out exhibiting a high-class peekaboo show. Classic lingerie hues like nude, black, and cream whispered alongside bold red, pink, chartreuse, leopard (and zebra) print, lavender, and juicy tangerine. Dramatic toppers, ladylike bags and fine jewels added to the highly feminine Dior aesthetic. Skirts were a favorite — tulip, sheer, bubble, tiered — and sometimes even absent. Dior still caters to the lady, but this lady's inner exhibitionist has risen.
Who hasn't famed designer Oscar de la Renta dressed? Celebrities and socialites drool over his wearable works of art, and now, in coordination with The Children's Defense Fund, the gentleman behind so many sought-after garments is dressing little women. For a limited time, his sweet designs are available for the small set — sizes two through six. Priced between $220 and $330, the pieces will have mothers snatching them up to store in their daughters' closets.
If only because it's about one hundred degrees and our heads are spinning at the prospect of not being half-naked. We've spent the majority of our day sweating it out internet cafe-style for the sake of wanting to live in the real world for a day, instead of looking at the cement walls that are undoubtedly the 'architectural highlight' of our Brooklyn office. It's nearing three in the afternoon and the only thing we can think about, to be honest, is online shopping and hair. Fall hair. Giorgio Armani's haute couture show is staying on our front page for the rest of the day, not only because of the clothing (which is surely reason enough), but because of that gorgeous hair. We know a lot of women are going short these days, that eponymous YSL Fall 08 haircut having convinced a lot of us that short is chic, and now it seems the updo's are moving in that direction as well. What can a perfect bob do aside from being its perfect self? It can go asymmetrical. That's right ladies, no need to haul that straight iron in your purse any longer. The tricks to this style, as far as we can tell, involve squeeky clean hair, a curling iron (or hot rollers), a paddle brush, some bobby pins, and a little bit of hairspray. Once we manage to cool down, we're going to try it out, and if you should be interested in doing the same, the goods are below.
I am always reading about the history of fashion to see where designers' inspirations come from and what experiences they went through in creating their artistic masterpieces. The Golden Age of Couture, Paris and London 1947-57 ($31), is highly recommended to any self-proclaimed couture addict. The book takes an in-depth look at Dior's authority on what was considered one of the most hailed fashion decades of all time. It also provides a behind-the-scenes look at famous fashion houses and features coveted couture gowns from the likes of Dior, Balenciaga, Balmain, and Givenchy. Get ready — couture week in Paris is very soon!
Adios, Hello Kitty. And hello, couture kitty. That's right, there's a new breed of cat in town and it's the high-end, designer kitty. The cutting-edge way for crazy cat people to avoid their own lives is by making a big fuss over their feline's fur. But it's not cheap. In fact, it's a habit that- if done right- can cost up to $60,000 a year. Mmmeouch! Now that's what I call kitty litter.