Monday, January 31, 2011

January 2011 Memories

It is only the first month of January and we at à la mode has already opened 2 new sections for this year. First up, we worked with Whatever... Eurotrash as part of our 12 Months of Pop Up Flavors. For this collaboration, we have created a new section called Fashion[Re]wind which we talk about the glory moments of some of the brands in the 90s and 00s. Brands we have covered in this month include Swatch, FCUK, and Von Dutch. If you want to know what is Eurotrash girl going to write next, make sure you stay tuned to her blog!

After a year, we think it is time for the runway show reviews to have their own section so we have created the Walk the Walk. Because of this new section, the entries also have new format. Now we will tell you what we like from this collection and also what we do not like. Feel free to read them over and drop us a comment on what you think of the collections!

As for the [Un]Discovers section, this month we have 4 amazing features and they are Vesa Sammalisto, a great illustrator who has his works on Monocle; Spencer Nikosey, the founder and designer of KILLSPENCER; Robin Rotenier, the designer behind Rotenier; and Tze Goh, an emerging fashion designer from London!

If you think this month is already packed of cool contents, then you will have to wait till next month to see more goodies from us! Stay tuned!

Trendology: Dries Van Noten Nennos Men's Cardigan

Recently it has become a mission for me to find some good quality and design cardigans and it seems I have found one for this coming season!

This cardigan is from Dries Van Noten S/S 2011 collection. At first glance, you might think this is your average cardigan you can find in normal stores but once you see the photos again, you know there is something special about it. Yes, I am talking about the leather belt "fastening that goes through the third button hole and a hoop at the side of the cardigan." That is truly an amazing detail and it makes the piece unique. You can purchase this item at LN-CC (they have a black version too).



Courtesy of LN-CC

Walk the Walk: Raf Simons F/W 2011 Collection

Raf Simons is bringing the Jil Sander's bright colors vibe to his own brand. For this collection, everything seems to be oversized and this creates a playful vibe to the fashion pieces. I am loving the purple in this collection and the oversized coat is definitely one of the show stoppers in this collection. Also, the oversized cape is something you will not want to miss for this season.

Now, how many people will wear this collection for the coming season?

Pros:
- I think the color palette is simple amazing.
- I like the icelandic pattern on the knitwear
- The oversized cape design creates a very interesting shape.
- I like the duffle coats a lot.

Cons:
- I think the text pieces are not very attractive here.
- The patent leather pants, I am just not a big fan.

Eye Candies:
- Black and white icelandic print sweater
- Purple long coat
- Duffle coats
- Red oversized cape

Click here for the complete collection.


Ray of Inspirology: Vogue Paris: Freja Beha Erichsen

Just like Natasha, Freja will always be there when there is one high quality amazing editorial. She is styled by Jane here and let me say, Freja's set has my top favorite photo in the whole mega size editorial. The winning photo is the one where Freja dressed in Maison Martin Margiela and is standing in front of  lovely sunset background. If I could have a HQ quality of that photo, I would love to hang it up on my wall. Simply stunning!


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wave of Inspiration: Prada S/S 2011 Promotion Video

Here comes my new favorite promotion video of the moment!

This video is for the Prada S/S 2011 collection and while I am not a big fan of the print version of the campaign, I am very addicted to the video (mainly the dance!). The campaign features Arizona Muse, Kinga Rajzak, Zuzanna Bijoch, Mariacarla Boscono and Tati Cotliar and the amazing soundtrack is Mirando by Ratatat.

Are you ready for the S/S season? I know I am!

Courtesy of Prada (source: impossiblemodel@youtube)

Trendology: Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2011 Collection

A very solid pre-fall collection from Alexander McQueen.  There are less than 5 colours in the colour palette, but this is what ties the collection together.  It is all about military here in the McQueen's house.  Double breasted officer coat with fur collar, golden buttons, navy blue and sailor pants, etc., are the typical military elements.  But the McQueen's collection is always different.  They are playing with the details of the edges, the shoulder pads, and the waist line.  Digital prints are still in the game, and the elegant dark gowns are also in position here in Pre-Fall 2011.



Ray of Inspirology: Vogue Paris: Sasha Pivovarova

It's hard for me to decide which photo I like the most in this particular series of Sasha since she gives off a different vibe in each photo. Mario must be a big fan of Sasha because both of her black and white and color set are full of attitude and I need to give props to Jane How for making Sasha looks so lovely and edgy.



Walk the Walk: Valentino S/S 2011 Haute Couture Collection

If you like to see romantic pieces in Haute Couture collection, then you will love Valentino. In this season, chiffon is the major element which makes the pieces look very light and airy. Overall, this is a very classic Valentino collection and I think Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri have done an amazing job on many of the pieces. Bravo!

Pros:
- Love the color palette for this collection, very light and earthy.
- The ruffle is always the signature of this fashion house.
- Love the use of chiffon in this collection.
- The layering is amazing on some pieces.

Cons:
- Some of the designs are predictable.
- The first few outfits look very normal to me.

Eye Candies:
- Chiffon gown with the bell shape cape
- Camel color ruffle dress
- White gown with the crystal embellishments at the waist area.

Click here to see the complete collection.



Saturday, January 29, 2011

Walk the Walk: Jean Paul Gaultier S/S 2011 Haute Couture Collection

Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture runway show is always the most fun show during the Haute Couture week and this season is not exception. For this season, JPG has injected the rock and roll element to the pieces which makes the collection very edgy and modern, but at the same time with the glamorous feeling. This is definitely one of my favorites in this Haute Couture season!

Pros:
- I like the rock and modern elements in this collection.
- The trench coat pieces are always my favorite in JPG Haute Couture shows.
- The prints look very nice on many of the pieces.
- Shoes and clutch bags are very attractive in this collection.
- Overall, the silhouettes are so nice here.

Cons:
- The whole collection is not very coherent.
- A few pieces look like they are from ready to wear collection.

Eye Candies:
- All the trench coat pieces
- The "3D" leopard print dress
- Pink multi layers big gown
- Red and blue abstract pattern gown

Click here for the complete collection.


Ray of Inspirology: Best Performances

This is such an amazing set! I wish I could get a copy of this calendar now.

This series is shot by Tejal Patni for fashion brand Splash. The set, the models and props are all working so well in the photos and I am loving the gothic edge. This set is simply surreal and I will never get tired of seeing these photos. Which one do you like the most?



Walk the Walk: Givenchy S/S 2011 Haute Couture Collection

This Haute Couture collection is all about Riccardo's vision of Japanese culture and he delivers a solid collection! While the front of each dress is very plain with pastel color, the back of it is decorated with bright color sequins. From what I know, each dress requires 4000 hours to make and this is why Givenchy's Haute Couture is always so valuable and stunning.

Pros:
- The pastel colors on the gowns are very nice.
- The sequins detail is breath taking and I think only Riccardo can create something like that.
- I like how he uses Kimono as the blue print and modifies each piece with his twisted design.
- Love the fringe at the bottom of some gowns.
- Good use of Japanese symbol: crane.
- If you are an anime fan, don't you think this has a Gundam vibe too?

Cons:
- The helmet is just not my cup of tea.

Eye Candies:
- All of them! Each piece is like a valuable art piece.

You have to click here to check out each piece from the collection with your own eyes!


Courtesy of Style 

Ray of Inspirology: Vogue Paris: Natasha Poly

Whenever there is amazing editorial, you best bet is, Natasha Poly is going to be there! Here, she is styled by Emmanuelle Alt and Mario has some amazing black and white shots of her. My favorite photo will be her dressed in Emilio Pucci. She just looks very classy in that particular photo.


Walk the Walk: Kenzo F/W 2011 Collection

The vibrant color palette has arrived to Paris from Milan and let Antonio Marras from Kenzo shows you how to make a man look good in colors!

This collection is full of colors, plaids and textile prints. Antonio has designed some interesting patchwork sweaters and I could see a lot of people wearing them in the Fall. Also, what has really caught me eyes is the Scottish color inspired series. This is definitely and fun and modern collection.

Pros:
- I love the colors of the plaid patterns.
- The patchwork sweaters are amazing.
- Love the Scottish inspired series.
- The colorful pants.
- The patent leather boots
- There are some interesting textile on the suits.

Cons:
- I think high waist pants should not be included in this collection.
- I hope they can omit the shorts.
- The puffer coat should not belong to the collection.

Eye Candies: 
- Scottish inspired jacket
- The patent leather boots
- All the plaid suits
- Tuxedo pants with color stripes

Click here for the complete collection.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Walk the Walk: Ann Demeulemeester Fall/Winter 2011 Menswear Collection

Ann Demeulemeester's collections always excite me and this one is no exception.

This collection is still concentrated on the layering technique but instead of giving off a romantic vibe, this season, Ann is giving her man a more rock and roll vibe. Also, to my biggest surprise, this collection is very colorful with the addition of color such as red, orange and yellow. This is once again a very solid collection from Ann Demeulemeester!

Pros:
- The wonderful bright colors are brightening up the whole collection.
- The layering is making this collection work.
- I really like the boots.
- The cutting of the leather jackets is very interesting and it is truly one of a kind.
- The color of some pants are interesting.
- Patterns on some suits are very eye catchy.

Cons:
- The collection is not as uniform as the previous season.
- Would love to see Ann introduces new designs.

Eye Candies:
- The bright orange jacket
- The black/redish pants
- "Half-broken" jackets

Click here for the complete collection.


Walk the Walk: Stephane Rolland S/S 2011 Haute Couture Collection

Stephane Rolland has created one stunning Haute Couture for this S/S season and I am loving the deconstruct approach. Even though the color palette is all about earthy tone, because of the interesting silhouette, the whole collection becomes very fresh and glamourous. I think the whole collection is very coherent and I could imagine Anne Hathaway wearing some of the pieces on the red carpet.

Pros:
- Some very interesting silhouettes here and I think a lot of pieces will be show stoppers
- The white and gold series is my favorite in this collection.
- The designer's attention to detail is simply amazing and Stephane truly showcases the essence of Haute Couture.
- I like how some of the gowns are very airy.
- There is a very sleek and clean feeling to the whole collection.

Cons:
- Not a big fan of the square silhouette gown.
- I would love to see a few more orange pieces since they are so sharp in this collection.

Eye Candies:
- The whole white and gold series
- Orange one big should dress
- Black gown with the hour glass silhouette
- Black floor length gown

Click here for the complete collection.






Courtesy of NOWFASHION (source:maxlinden@tfs)

Ray of Inspirology: Best Performances

W Magazine has really stepped up the game and I am liking of what I see here.

This editorial is shot by dynamic photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and it features some of the hottest actors and actresses in this year. Every photo has its own style and it ranges from haunting to classy, funny to serious. My favorite ones are Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Julianne Moore. Do you have your favorite picks?



Ray of Inspirology: Vogue Paris: Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls is a model I always have my eyes on and I am very happy to see her to be involved in this amazing S/S editorial for Vogue Paris. Mario Sorrenti has captured some of the best expressions from Joan and I wish she could have more shots for this editorial. I am absolutely in love with the photo which she is dressed in Fendi! Such a cute and classy shot! Props to Jane How for the amazing styling!


Fashionist[On The Go]: Jean Paul Gaultier Mysterious Ad Campaign

While I was busy looking at the Haute Couture collections this week, other parts of the fashion world were still running as usual so here are 2 stories I have found on the Fashionist that I think are interesting.

Every season Jean Paul Gaultier's promotion campaign creates a topic for people to discuss and this season is no exception. The promotion photo for this season looks like as if 2 girls are trying to lip lock each other but when you look again, one of them is actually male model Andrej Pejic. I think this is a brilliant gimmick. [Read Here]

Do you think this ad is offensive? (source: the Fashionist)

I basically have my jaws dropped when I saw this editorial. Marc Jacobs has decided to go drag for this issue of Industrie Magazine. Well, all I can say is, this is a rather interesting approach and I will let you decide if it is appealing or not. [Read Here]

I think we need a James Franco vs Marc Jacobs showdown. (source: the Fashionist)

Come back next week for more amazing news from the Fashionist.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Walk the Walk: Jantaminiau S/S 2011 Haute Couture Collection

A very eye catchy Haute Couture collection!

Jantaminiau's S/S 2011 Haute Couture is all about medieval time meets futuristic cybertron. The whole collection is unique and with the medieval prints and crystals elements, the pieces instantly become glamorous and classy. I simple cannot wait what this fashion house will do for next Haute Couture season! Bravo!

Pros:
- I like the medieval meets futuristic theme.
- The heelless shoes are one of the main focus.
- I love the crystal decorations on the pieces, which makes the whole collection very elegant.
- The medieval print in this collection is amazing!
- Some of the designs are very innovative.

Cons:
- It's probably the heelless shoes too. How can those ladies walk?

Eye Candies:
- The heelless shoes
- Flower hood top
- Medieval print knit gown
- Gown with crystal decorations on shoulders

Click here for the complete collection.


Trendology: Emilio Pucci Pre-Fall 2011

The play of pattern has always been Pucci's strongest skill, so the tailoring and the colour do a lot to make each season stands out from the previous one.  This Pre-Fall collection is so striking compare to the last collection as the cut of the dresses and the colour (needless to say, the pattern) made the best combination and produced a vivid impression. The highlight of this Pre-Fall set is the flamboyant red; blending with the darkest tone, it created a dark and fierce attitude entirely.



[Un]Discovers: Tze Goh

Since the 2010 London Fashion Week last Fall, we have discovered the amazing fashion designer, Tze Goh, another talented graduate from Central Saint Martins.  Originated from Singapore, making his way through a few big cities, New York and Paris, until now he is setting his base in London.  Today we have the honour to have him featuring in our blog, allowing us to learn more about him, and his works.

Ray of Inspirology: Vogue Paris: Daphne Groeneveld & Saskia de Brauw

Yesterday we have seen the amazing editorial set of Lara Stone for Vogue Paris and today, I am going to show you the the Daphne and Saskia series.

The photos are shot by Mario Sorrenti and both of the models are styled by Carine. I really love Daphne shots because she does give the innocent child look feeling when I look at the photos. When she is paired up with Saskia, they look like some kind of evil dolls and I absolutely love the vibe they are giving out.


Walk the Walk: John Galliano F/W 2011 Menswear Collection

You either like this collection or you hate it, and there is no in between. John Galliano F/W collection is all about Genghis Khan, Black Swan and Prince of Persia. Every piece is very dramatic to a point you feel the runway show is surreal. I highly doubt this is a RTW collection, but on this other hand, this is definitely a mind blowing costume fashion show. Again, I believe John Galliano should work with Tim Burton for a movie in the future to create something unique and surreal.

Pros:
- The whole collection is very surreal.
- The great use of prints.
- The Prince of Persia series is eye popping.
- A collection true to Mr. Galliano's vision.

Cons:
- The collection is mostly not wearable.
- I am really not a fan of the ballerina part.

Eye Candies:
- Persian inspired purple jacket
- Black and white fur coat
- The scarfs
- Genghis Khan big jacket
- The big fur hat

Click here for the complete collection.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Walk the Walk: Hermès Fall 2011 Collection

A man always looks good in a suit, especially when wearing the right suit.  Hermès had it all in their Menswear Fall collection -  a very subtle, yet seducing collection.  Véronique Nichanian told us what exactly luxury menswear are with the well tailored blazers, shirt and trench.  Near the end, she pulled off a couple of jumpsuit for some fun.

Pros
- well tailored suits
- tieless collection, replaced with silk
- Hermès signature - the leather
- jumpsuit was quite a surprise

Cons
- the blue was out of place
- a little bit more silk can be used to emphasis Hermès signature

Eye Candies
- the blazers
- the blazers
- and….the blazers!!



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