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I Want To Look Like Colin Firth (in a Mr. Porter suit)

6 Dec

Kingsman: The Secret Service, starring the dashingly handsome & foxy Colin Firth, will have a chic line of mens clothes based on the movie. The Matthew Vaughn directed secret-spy film looks like an interesting mix of street and high end mens fashion. The films Costume Designer, Arianne Phillips, worked with Mr. Porter to create dapper & stylish looks inspired by the film that you can buy online. Arianne is the brilliance behind fashion inspired projects from W.E. to Hedwig & The Angry Inch (film & broadway), with a lot of Madonna in between. I eagerly look forward to anything the dreamy Colin Firth does and I really want one of those handsome double breasted suits to look very posh out and about in London fighting crime like Colin.

http://www.mrporter.com/mens/designers/kingsman

Pap'd on set of Kingsman: Secret Service

Pap’d on set of Kingsman: Secret Service

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Isabella Blow : Creativity in the Self Destructive

29 Jan

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Isabella Blow was an icon in British fashion; creating innovative styling looks, discovering models and designers, as well as serving as muse for top designers like Alexander McQueen & Philip Treacy. The exhibition, Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! is a collection of her wardrobe purchased by Daphne Guinness and is currently showing at the Somerset House in London through March 2, 2014.

The show is a dream couture closet. Mannequins are lined up and dressed in Blow’s astounding fashion archives.  It’s a stylist’s heaven. As much as I loved the spectacular outfits by top designers like McQueen, Julien MacDonald, and Hussein Chalayan, there is an unspoken & disturbing aspect of the show. Yes, Blow is fabulous, amazing, , etc, etc…. but she was really fucked up.  She had multiple suicide attempts, which finally got her when she hit the weed killer. Why does this aspect feel so important to me? Well, first, I love a lost soul…my friends are a collection of lost souls (I say that with the utmost respect and love for them). There is a deepness there that resonates with me from my life experience…& yes I’ve had years of therapy-(which is a different blog ). It just seems that the psychology of the show is screaming to be discussed and instead it’s presented as “Isabella the Fucking Hot Visionary Fashion Goddess”-which has some truth, but instead should be “Isabella the Fucking Hot Visionary with Self-Destructive Behavior that Fuels Her Creative Fashion Goddess”. The exhibit begins with photos of her as child and growing up; an emotional hook that’s not followed through. There is an overt sense of mental illness and/or addiction that could be explored further.

When there is a discussion or even just a viewing of an artist like Van Gogh- you know because we are taught that he cut off his ear and went crazy, hence the O.C.D. brush strokes and intensity of the image. What we know about his personality really elevates the understanding of his work. Fashion is full of fucked up, narcissistic people denying personal demons- and that is what I saw and felt from this show. Fashion-fashion is insular and ego based. Allowing dysfunction to thrive is rewarded. This isn’t a 100% true statement for all fashion people, but if you’ve worked in fashion you know there is a lot of truth in it. I don’t know anything about Blow personally (besides the multiple suicide attempts & she was BFFs with McQueen); but using the theory of like attracts like, I question whether there were structures in her life that supported a healthy mental state. Comprehending this really gives the exhibition a greater sense of awareness into her innovation. Toward the end of the show I felt that everything looked like costumes that conceal emotional truths. The incredible hats & head pieces were true pieces of art, but here they function as symbolic (& literal) masks. I felt like I was sober at a wasted fashion rave…I just wanted to get out of the frenetic energy.

As intense for me viewing the show, I love any show that creates a deep emotional reaction. The exhibit made me wish she were my friend and I could help her somehow, more than marvel at her aptitude. A big disappointment to show was the finale-gift shop. I know museums have to make money but the Disneyfication of museum shows, especially something as cutting edge as Isabella Blow, hampered my experience. They are selling of all sorts of nick-nacks, faux relics and especially disheartening was the Nars makeup section where you can by your very own Isabella Blow inspired make up kit, not to mention you can smell just like Isabella when you buy her favorite perfume, Fracas; all targeted toward the hoards of young fashion student milling around sketching their favorite outfits. I think I may have more of an individual take on this show having dealt with addiction & such, than the majority of the reviewers. I really loved experiencing the fashion but at the cost of a bit of sadness; but such is life.

Trish Summerville: Net-A-Porter is Catching Fire!

17 Nov

Trish Summerville has done it again with a amazing line of clothing inspired by her film Catching Fire for online retailer Net-A-Porter. Check out the article in the Financial Times:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/b40bdfe6-485b-11e3-8237-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2kwKH71Pj

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Rick Owens Spring 2014…prepare to be blown away

27 Sep

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Rick Owens one up’d every other show at Paris Fashion Week with the brilliant performance of his Spring 2014 collection! I love love love him!

Click link below:

Rick Owens Spring 2014

Celine- Repeat Feet

19 Sep

Celine’s new toe shoes are a fun progression of its predecessors. I would totally wear them if they came in a size 15.

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Trish Summerville on Popsugar

5 Sep

Trish Summerville, Costume Designer for Catching Fire talks about process and development of characters

Catching Fire Clothing & Style Award Honoree: Trish Summerville Rocks

4 Sep

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Trish Summerville is at it again! She has now designed a line of clothes inspired by Catching Fire: Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville. Trish is working with Net-A-Porter, which will sell the line exclusively. I am so excited to see the collection because I know that the movie will show the cutting edge fashion eye that Trish is known for & the line will surely reflect that. Her capsule collection based on her last film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was a mega hit for H&M so Net-A-Porter is smart to have done this collaboration.

Trish is also being honored as Costume Designer of the Year at the 10th Annual Style Awards to kick off New York Fashion week! Congratulations Trish!

I don’t know how she does it all especially while currently in pre-production for the new David Fincher film Gone Girl. She’s a talented powerhouse and I’m sure many more great things will be coming from her!

Here’s the link to some info on Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville :

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/lionsgate-licenses-rights-clothing-based-hunger-games-catching-133506076.html

Here are some exclusive behind the scene photos that Trish posted on her Instagram from the early stages of the Catching Fire film.

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