Saturday, November 28, 2009

Brazilian for Your Face

Dutch supermodel Lara Stone of IMG has started a new trend- the invisible eyebrow.

Stone was told by Paris Vogue's Carine Roitfeld that bleaching her arches would help her career, and has it ever. This baby Lauren Hutton has graced the pages of hundreds of fashion magazines and covers that include Vogue, ID, & W to name a few.

Prada and Balenciaga took the cue and showcased the no-brow look for their 2009 shows. Makeup artist Pat McGrath called the look both "... retro and futuristic."

Will the bare of hair face be a look that catches on in the streets of the real world? All I can say for certain is that this girl won't be losing her arches anytime soon, as for everyone else, only time will tell.

Balenciaga 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Zac Posen jumps on the bandwagon...

Generally I am very excited when I hear that one of my favorite designers is creating a low price point line for a chain retailer. I was giddy with the first glimpse of Sonia Rykiel's line for H&M (debuting December 5th) and am still in love with my Vera Wang for Kohls comforter set. What I think is lame, is when these designer's believe that $78 for a tee shirt is reasonable simply because their clothing generally costs in the upper $1000's for a piece. Yes, that's quite a drop from what you usually charge, and for your clientele that is able and willing to drop $4000 for a cocktail dress, $78 is a great deal. For those of us living in the real world though, please, I'll go to Old Navy and buy a $4 tee shirt and call it a day.

What brought on this rant you ask? Designer Zac Posen has recently announced the launch of his chic sportswear line, Z Spoke, which will be sold exclusively (for now) at Saks. Saks has carried Posen's original line since 2004 so considerate of Posen to return the favor by giving them the exclusive. However....

Posen is known for his red carpet master pieces, and while I get it, he won't be putting the effort into a less high end line, he describes the new venture as "minimalist and utilitarian." Hmm, doesn't exactly conjure up thoughts of what Posen is known for, does it?

While giving Jessica Iredale of WWD fame a sneak peek of the collection, Posen held up a tee shirt and asked "Opening price point is what, $88?"

$88??? For a tee shirt? Really? Well no, Posen was off a bit. It's $78. Phew! SO MUCH BETTER!!! What a deal!


Have no doubt though, this line will sell. Why you ask? Because of the Zac Posen name. Which proves my theory that when people know nothing about fashion, they will buy overpriced whatever because it says Zac Posen, Ralph Lauren, Armani, ect. Note to those of you with the itch to up your fashion ante- a tee shirt from Walmart looks the same as a tee shirt from Zac Posen when worn under your favorite sweater. Unless of course Posen's is lined with gold and comes with a rent controlled loft on the lower eastside. Just saying...

Old Zac vs New Zac
Mr. Posen, just because we're broke, doesn't mean we're boring....


Monday, November 16, 2009

We get it, you rule the world...

Looks like retail giant Forever 21 thinks it needs more money to pad it's piggy bank.

This Friday, Forever 21 will launch it's own magazine. The mag will be released quarterly, and will be much like H&M's quarterly released magazine, however, this one you have to spend some money to get- while free to view online, if you're interested in having an actual hardcopy of the mag, you're going to have to spend at least $40. Consider it a "gift" with purchase.

The first issue includes an interview with Muse NYC mannequin Georgie, interviews with 5 up and coming bloggers (damn- we didn't make the cut this time folks!), fashion tips, blah blah. I'll save my $40 and put it on a bet that this thing is chalk full of advertorials and yet more reasons we should all shop at Forever 21. Know what I would pay to see? An interview with Forever 21 owner and founder, Do-Won Chang explaining why a company so religious that they print 3:16 on the bottom of ever bag sells sequined bra tops and other various forms of skank wear to any 14 year old willing to dish out $15.00.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fairy Tale, or Nightmare?

For the December '09 issue of Vogue, famed photographer Annie Leibovitz shares her vision of Hansel and Gretel inspired by the Metropolitan Opera's production.

Usually, I love what Leibovitz does. She has a way of photographing people in a way that we've never seen before, but once we have it feels as though it should have been obvious, while emitting a magical and inspiring aura. Sadly, I believe that along with all her money, Leibovitz has lost her touch. Her Hansel and Gretel editorial is too stiff, too posed, and not at all fashionable. Leibovitz has obviously tried to push the envelope here, but what she has done has given us lasting images of a bad high school play. Bad sets, bad concepts, and bad bad model direction.

IMG's porcelain doll Lily Cole, paired with actor Andrew Garfield work as a fashionable Hansel and Gretel in theory, problem being Garfield outshines supermodel Cole who appears to have taken the day off. The lights are on, but nobody is home.

Let's not overlook the worst casting choice since Michael Keaton played Batman- Lady Gaga as the wicked old witch. Ok, first of all, let's make an attempt at least to make her look wicked, old, or like a witch even, because otherwise, I don't get it. My second question is simply, why? Let's not even delve into the fact that this woman's music sends chills up my spine, but rather concentrate on the reality that is that she is a giant fashion DO NOT. In case you have been living under a rock, here's a look at her getup at the VMA's this year to give you an idea of what I'm talking about. Vogue, aren't you supposed to be the epitome of fashion? Aren't you supposed the bible on what is and is not in the land of couture? Can you please explain to me why we have one of the worst dressed, untalented artists of the year, as a feature in this month's big fashion editorial?

While I wait with held breath for a formal apology and explanation from Ms. Wintour herself, here's a few sample's of the monstrosity that is "Little Girl & Boy Lost" by Annie
Leibovitz for the December 2009 issue of Vogue.