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ELEGANT FEMME FATALE

ELEGANT FEMME FATALE

Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri of Valentino might be my favorite designers right now. I think what I find so appealing is how they’ve created an aesthetic all their own and run forward with it season after season. Their 80+ piece shows reimagine the same silhouettes fans now eagerly await without ever feeling redundant. Everything is always light, elegant and clean, and this double-layered silk organza dress embroidered with black and white flowers is true to that vision. It was the first look from the Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection, and was paired with the very popular studded shoes...

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SUMO CHIC

SUMO CHIC

Peggy Moffitt said, "To me the whole point of a caftan is freedom. Men have been striding across the desert for thousands of years in them looking marvelous and being comfortable. There is beauty and sensuality in comfort; that is the caftan's appeal. Here is one of Rudi's caftans. It was made of silk and lined in silk. That's all. It slipped and slid around the naked body and felt like a thousand baby's hands caressing me." Here she is posing barefoot like a wrestler for her husband photographer William Claxton in this silk printed “sumo”-caftan by Rudi Gernreich from...

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LAVISH JACKETS

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LAVISH JACKETS

It's hard not to gush over these three jackets by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. Despite all the buzz around him leaving the brand, his designs have lived on way beyond the drama. Classic Tom Ford-infused YSL, these neo-vintage (designer fashion from within the last 15 years that has become rare and collectible) pieces are lavish and sleek.    The emerald satin paneled jacket with pagoda shoulders is from Fall 2004 Ready-to-Wear, his last collection there, which Sarah Mower called "polished, mature, and perfectly pitched." Known for incorporating designs from the famous Chinese-inspired 1977 Rive Gauche Fall/Winter “Opium” collection, you can...

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ON THE WIG COAT BY MARTIN MARGIELA

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ON THE WIG COAT BY MARTIN MARGIELA

  In the 21st Century, your hair is an accessory and an investment. Women and men spend thousands per month to maintain expensive weaves, straightening treatments, color correcting, and take drastic measures to combat hair loss. When Martin Margiela presented one of his final shows as helm of his eponymous brand in 2008, he showed a surreal coat of wig hair with a matching wig for the head perhaps asking "what is real and what is fake?"  Since we prune our bodies of excess body hair, how brilliantly cheeky to wear a coat that embraced a Cro-Magnon dose of fuzz that no...

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INSTAGRAM KILLED THE FASHION STAR

Around two weeks ago I tweeted that “Instagram killed the Fashion Star,” passing reference to the 1980 single “Video Killed The Radio Star” by New Wavers’ The Buggles who prophesied that 20th century technology would hamper the arts. Well 21st century technology has hampered fashion and put the industry in a conundrum. The consumer wants the fashion fast. The artist wants the fashion slow to foster creativity. Can fashion be both fast and slow? Ever since Instagram took its front-row perch during fashion week, designers have actually been presenting consumer-interfacing fashion shows without the benefits. Who wants friends without benefits?...

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