Monday, October 20, 2014

"What to wear today?" - Get Annalise Keating's look

Today's get-the-look is inspired by another powerful woman - Viola Davis' character Annalise Keating from the new hit show How to get away with murder. Unlike Olivia and Claire she doesn't care much about minimalism, color coordination or looking appropriate. She has shown us that a little cleavage is always a good thing, especially when paired with sexy heels and a structured black bag like the Givenchy 'Antigona' shown below. What she does coordinate, though, is her jewelry.
1. Stella McCartney pencil dress - $1,290 | 2. Givenchy Antigona goat leather bag - $2,435 | 3. Aquazzura 'Matilde' suede pumps - $619 | 
4. Maria Black gold plated earrings - $320 | 5. J.Crew gold-tone faux pearl necklace - $98

Would you steal Annalise Keating's How to get away with murder style?

Monday, October 13, 2014

"What to wear today?" - Get Claire Underwood's look

While we're waiting for the third House of Cards season which is expected to come out in February next year, let's take a minute to break down Claire Underwood's style. She is a powerful, independent businesswoman who has no time for layering or accessorizing. Her go-to-outfit is an appropriate pencil skirt, a fitted shirt or a turtleneck (Balenciaga's asymmetric piece from Resort is a must have this fall) paired with black Louboutins and a high quality designer handbag like the exquisite Givenchy one shown below. In order to be on time she always has a classic watch on her wrist.
Get Claire Underwood House of Cards style
1. Dai highwaisted pencil skirt - $290 | 2. Givenchy Antigona crocodile bag - $35,900 | 3. Balenciaga asymmetric turtleneck sweater - $1,695 | 
4. Christian Louboutin 'So Kate' patent leather pumps - $675 | 5. Cartier diamond and steel watch - $6,900

Would you steal Claire Underwood's House of Cards style?

Monday, October 6, 2014

"What to wear today?" - Get Olivia Pope's Scandal look

All fans of the hit-show Scandal already know what I'm talking about - Olivia Pope's stellar style. Always perfectly dressed in neutrals, the main heroine knows how to grab everyone's attention and now you can too! Grab a statement coat, update your straight trousers, put on a pair of business heels and carry the right tote - preferably one from Victoria Beckham's much-praised line. Don't forget the gloves.
Get Olivia Pope's Scandal look
1. Jason Wu wide-leg pants - $1,164 | 2. Altuzarra wool-blend coat - $2,395 | 3. Gianvito Rossi suede pumps - $563 | 4. Victoria Beckham Liberty leather tote - $1,650 | 5. Balenciaga leather and suede gloves - $495

Would you steal Olivia Pope's Scandal style?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

PFW: No cracks in Vuitton's Fondation

Louis Vuitton S/S '15; image source: style.com
If you're looking for another breakthrough collec-tion from Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton then look away. What you will find instead is a "definition of his cool girl," as the designer put it
in words backstage after the show, which sticks
to the tried formula from last season but reintro-duces some of the clothes in a new, seventies vibe - and a new venue which also happens to
be the Fondation Louis Vuitton building.

Shape-wise, the collection was a mash up from Mr. Ghesquière's first and second collections for the brand. Newcomer Jean Campbell opened the show wearing a long sleeved mini dress in white which looked like your ordinary knit garment, but up close you realized that it was woven from tiny leather strips which intertwined into beautiful patterns. This technique was the star of the show having also appeared in the form of blouses, jackets and shirt dresses, though not always as successful as the front-running look.

According to Mr. Ghesquière, the focus here was on creating wearable clothes. And he mostly suc-ceeded, as all those timeless topstitched jeans from Resort (this time redesigned in a slightly wider Capri shape), clean-cut jackets and peplum dresses in quilted velvet or covered in micro-sequins will be flying off the shelves come February. At times, though, the thick patent leather pieces felt too stiff (case in point: a striped A-line dress which creased in all the wrong places) and several pairs of plush pants looked too referential to the era that seems to had been the inspiration for the designer.

In the end, though, what's important for a house like Louis Vuitton are the accessories - and they can be described as delicious at least. Almost all models carried a bag: some were a reworked version of the classic chain flap bag in alligator skin and candy-like colors, some were quilted and then spray-painted in red and blue, one bag's suede detailing nearly gave it superpowers and another bag's red colored monogram on a black base made it seem bad ass. There was far less fuss about the footwear which didn't look as tempting, but undeniably complimented the theme of the collection.

For more photos of the collections go to Style.com and don't forget to follow me on Twitter!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Why I think Chanel's faux protest was tasteless

Girls "protesting" during Chanel's S/S '15 show in
Paris; image source: marthafashiondiary.com
Typically during Fashion Week I would break down the newest collections and put them in context for you, but not today. Because of the way fashion media "ate up" the faux Chanel protest which took place at the Grand Palais in Paris yesterday morning without a single after-thought about its impact, I have decided to raise my voice and express what I truly think of it.

The case is simple: France's biggest and most powerful fashion brand Chanel staged a mockery of a protest at the end of its Spring/Summer 2015 show, apparently without an ulterior motive. The house's main designer Karl Lagerfeld (known for his lack of interest in politics) sent Chanel-clad models down the runway carrying signs that read all kinds of things, from feminist messages like "History is her story" and "Ladies first" to non-sense such as "Boys should get pregnant too".

All of that in order to create a mood which will complement his 70s inspired collection and at the same time make fun of protesting which seems to be a very French thing to do. What he doesn't seem to realize, though, is that protesting is a very serious (and often the only) way of making a change and shouldn't be exploited for attention.

The first problem I have with the faux protest is that it is highly insensitive and confirms the world's stereotypes that fashion people are brainless creatures who live "in their own bubble" and take every-thing as a joke. While attendees dressed in five thousand dollar tweed-jackets were recording the fauxtest with their newest iPhones to then quickly share it on social media as "THE EVENT OF THE SEASON", the citizens of Hong Kong were protesting for their democracy and the Ukrainians were pulling down a massive statue of Lenin. Pretty much the same, right?

The second problem is the feminist angle. Always looking for a way to be in vogue, magazine editors instantly recognized the opportunity of a hot topic and tweeted videos of the protest while describing it as 'feminist'. Now, let's slow down a minute. We have a large corporation whose goal is to make money out of telling women they'll be beautiful if they wear Chanel and highly-paid models who are given money to stage a march while holding pointless signs that someone else has created. Feels a little counterproductive to turn these feminism activists into puppets for your show, doesn't it?
"Tweed is better than tweet" reads one of the signs at Chanel's faux protest for S/S '15; image source: style.com
The question is, and bear in mind that Mr. Lagerfeld is a designer who likes to express sarcasm on his runways, this: When has the brand crossed the boundary called taste? Was it when it paid models to mock a protest while the rest of the world is protesting with a cause? Was it when it sent out signs that alluded to the feminist movement just to gather attention? And is the fashion media the key player that allowed this tasteless act to become mainstream? So many questions, and yet, so little answers.

For more photos of the collections go to Style.com and don't forget to follow me on Twitter!