Monday, January 25, 2010

Full Frontal: The Crotch Shot

This Season be prepared to do a little more crotch watching than usual.  We've seen the now typical and overdone butt logos on the casual dungarees of many American Brands.  Now they are moved to the full frontal of menswear inducing the shock of actual wearability. 
A trendy military reference blended with a haunting and priest-like draping shapes the armor of a fashionable crusader.
Black on black is an emerging trend in prints and brings a futuristic texture to garments especially in large scale pattern designs.
Several icons of the moment (Lenny Kravitz, Tyson Beckford, Ashton Kutcher, and Zac Efron) have already incorporated the look into their new media image campaigns for the season.

John Galiano is no stranger to delivering show-stopping looks, and delivers again (above & below) in this season's collection.  He explores a humorous side of male burlesque and gives men new options of style expression.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

sans formal: MORE LUXURIOUS

Nicolas Ghesquière 
House of Balenciaga

If Spring 2010 is about pushing buttons then this fashion elevator is stopping on every floor.  Balenciaga delivers a daring statement about the influences of modern technology without being an artistic reference to urban decay.
The horizontal stripe is playing a huge role in the way we see our torsos in the silhouettes of Spring 2010.  Draped leather is a feeling that will challenge the structural standards we've been seeing on the racks lately.

Vegetable-dyed leather gives birth to a luxurious texture that will take the place of any denim collection debuting on the racks.  Who knew denim would get boring?!?
Do I even have to mention the drama of the open toe boots that add to the casual luxury of the girl who wants it all, even in her down time.


If you are wondering what the Rock Stars' girlfriends are going to be wearing this SPRING 2010, then you better ask  the guy who dresses them.  Christophe Decarnin, (Designer/Balmain) for the past two seasons, has had the world's trend forecast embedded in his DNA. The House of Balmain has mutated and fused subtle textures and over-the-top drama. 
Keeping in stride with his flair for exaggeration ,again, the shoulders are addressed with details that define the focal points of his vision.  Above, the shoulders are strategically exposed by the extensions of corset string...minimal, and so effective.
The Balmain "RockStar/Alien Chic" look has quickly become the generic "go to" for the masses and it is so very obvious why.  Why else would all of the top models (who can fit the drag) be lined up to do his show every season.

The show itself was a runway masterpiece of gorgeous super-model show-stoppers who always deliver: Madgelena Frakowiak, Anja Rubik, Natasha Poly, Isabeli Fontana,  Daria Werbowy (Above) had 3 looks in one show!  When does that happen!?