Haider’s Hit

Fashion weeks for men and women both in the States and abroad have more or less been uninspiring for the most part this season. A few designers had strong hits (see previous posts) but the overall sense of drama and sensory overload has been missing. Enter Haider Ackermann. Vogue called his “the best show of the...+

Paris Avant

The more avant-garde designers started off Paris fashion week. Mixmaster Dries Van Noten gave us another collection of perfectly paired abstract prints, the highly anticipated Mugler collection featuring Lady Gaga fell flat (we’re used to the shoulder padded silhouette…it would have a made a bigger splash in say, 2009), and Rick Owens did his usual...+

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Gucci opens Milan Fashion Week with a bang!

Milan fashion week kicked off today with the fall-winter 2011 show from Gucci. WWII silhouettes mixed with 1940s opulence and jetset style to create a truly over-the-top show. YSL-inspired jewel-tones and furs were everywhere, the latter used as scarves, mufflers, coats, jackets, and trim. Heritage accessories made a strong showing as well, but the piece-de-resistence was a flight...+

Haute Couture

After the snooze inducing menswear shows, Paris has finally stepped it up for the Spring/Summer Haute Couture shows. Armani took more inspiration from Asia, this time laquering models in architectural yet slinky gowns. Givenchy gave us more mesh appliqued gowns, this time with shots of electric colors. John Galliano played with the iconic Dior silhouettes using more modern fabrics and...+

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Paris in a nutshell..

The Paris shows so far have not really shown us anything spectacular for men. Granted, these shows are designed for the European markets, so the overabundance of American sportswear seperates holds a higher impact for Continental eyes. Marc Jacobs gave us a bit of 1950’s futurism at Louis Vuitton, Givenchy did their usual baroque-meets-monastic thing, Jean...+