Category: Fashion week

FashionFashion Week Update: PARIS & Plato’s Atlantis

Yesterday, at the Alexander McQueen show in Paris, the long-lost Plato’s Atlantis was discovered.

McQueen has set a standard for himself within the industry that has yet to be rivaled by other fashion masters. The theatrics involved, both in the clothing and in the stage, are always breathtakingly complicated and fanciful. The Spring 2010 show was, by all means, the ULTIMATE McQueen show, and he successfully transported his audience into an otherworldly experience.

The show’s hype began with the fact that he announced that the show would be broadcast live along with a pre-made video and Lady Gaga’s release of her new single on However, the hype — while magnificently important to the fashion industry and online business — ended up being the demise of the project itself!

Lady Gaga twittered that her new release would be out on SHOWstudio, and instantly her million-something fans logged on and brought down the site! Despite all of this, the show went on and was a magnificent arrangement of music, video, performance, and fashion.

FYI, please make a note that this collection must be viewed as a wardrobe complete for aliens from a planet yet to be discovered…

FashionFashion Week Update: PARIS

Walking sculptures graced the runway of Viktor & Rolf this season. Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren never have, and probably never will, play any where near the safe zone when it comes to fashion. However, this was an eye opener even for their die-hard fans.

For this season, the duo created a fashion show of tulle sculptures that seem to adorn the bodies of painted dolls. The first few outfits were interesting enough for me, but what really caught me off guard were the hacked tulle evening gowns. It is totally bizarre to look at such beautiful dresses with holes cut out of them like Swiss cheese. Or to watch pieces coming down the runway that seem made to defy gravity itself!

All in all, it was a very innovative and actually quite refreshingly humorous show. With the fallen economy and Fashion Week, everyone was talking of cutting budgets, but the designers state: “With the credit crunch and everybody cutting back, we decided to cut tulle ball gowns.” 

On stage during the show was Róisín Murphy!

FashionFashion Week Update: MILAN

Unfortunately, this round of Fashion Week in Milan had little that caught my attention. I was looking forward to reporting for you guys all the neat and sweet fashion stuff from Milan, but alas, there was practically nothing to talk about!

One thing I did find at least entertaining and fun was Dsquared². (We do have to remember that although this is supposed to be a presentation of clothing, a fashion show is also just that — a show!) Dsquared² is the line/work/baby of Dan and Dean Caten. They are twins from Canada that have made it big in Milan. The Italians simply adore them.

In Milan, Dean and Dan had their warehouse and offices in a building directly behind the street that I lived on. Every Friday became the Dsquared² Aperitivo (basically the Italian happy hour) at a super posh bar called BOND. BOND was almost directly across the canal from my apartment and I could check out what they were wearing, which was way too much fun, especially with designers as funky and cute as these two!

The twins have quickly made an outstanding reputation for themselves by throwing their fashion shows in such a way that the audience is totally entertained.

For instance, the first Dsquared² fashion show that I went to started out as a scary alley in an old European city, like London. A lone model walked out cautiously with a cape, SUPER high heels and pouty red, red, red, lipstick on. Some of the models ended up throwing off her high heels and running down the runway.

The second show I saw was the Spring/Summer 2009 men’s show, and it was just as great! It opened in a barbor shop complete with my hip hop dancing friends the BANDITS, and the two chairs whirled around to reveal Dean and Dan themselves who began the show by walking down the runway!

The Spring/Summer 2010 show begins in a campground and is a completely ridiculously styled camping look, with super-skinny high fashion models trying to look as if they are camping?! At least we can see, through the mess of crazy clothes and layering, a few super-cute pieces and layering ideas!

FashionFashion Week Party with Paper Magazine!

I have been trying my best to keep the blog readers up to date with Fashion Week as it is happening around the world!

This week, we received pictures from our buyer, Kristin, when she went to Paper Magazine’s 25th anniversary Fashion Week party in New York City. The event had famous designers as well as celebrities like Liza Minelli, Mischa Barton, Kid Cudi, the now infamously rude Kanye West, and Queen Latifah.

Kristin’s boyfriend Jiro Schnieder has done some awesome photography for Paper and took the photos below when they were at the party!

Anna Sui & Queen Latifah

Kanye West & Mischa Barton

Betsey Johnson & Isaac Mizrahi

FashionFashion Week Update: LONDON 2

Following a recent trip to the newly remodeled MODERN wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, I found the Josh Goot Spring 2010 line that showed in London surprisingly reminiscent of the Roy Lichtenstein paintings I was just admiring!


These dresses are color blocked in a cartoonish comic book way and employ the black dotted shading of comic illustrations. When blown up to the proportion of a Lichtenstein (which is huge) the pixels of comics become a graphic element of their own.

These pixels, dots, or whatever you would like to call them are used by Goot this season in order to create Lichtenstein comic book garments. The pixelated shading creates an almost three dimensional feeling to some of his silhouettes.

No matter how commercialized the Lichtenstein paintings get, I still find this blown-out-of-proportion, comic book look pretty cool in life size.