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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles

mercedes benz fashion week at smashbox studios in los angelesLos Angeles Mercedes Benz Fashion week at Smashbox studios will continue its go green campaign this time as well. The fashion week, which exhibits car designs and men and women high fashion, will commence from March 9th and conclude on March 13th. The fashion week will be held at the Culver City studio of Smashbox.  The organisers say they are moving forward with their eco friendly fashion drive this year as well, as they want to save the planet and Los Angeles. As a matter of fact former porn star Jenna Jameson is all set to unveil a PETA campaign during the Los Angeles Fashion Week. Jenna will promote fake leather and fur by posing in a sexy bikini during the fashion week.

The organisers revealed that most of the designers participating at the Los Angeles Fashion Week are new.  The Los Angeles Fashion Week will be hosted by the noted Fashion photographer and Smashbox co-founder, David Factor. Other labels and designers who are participating at the Los Angeles Fashion Week are  Bow & Arrow by Alan Del Rosario, Maggie Barry for Xubáz, Nicholai, Kelly Nishimoto, Orthodox Clothing, Julia Clancey, Paco Rabanne and Veronika Jeanvie, Suh-Tahn, Falguni Creations, Jenny Han,  Samora etc. Jeanvie, 28- year- old Ukranine designer, is also making a debut in United States with the Los Angels Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. She is being guided by the world renowned master couturier Rabanne, who discovered her on the Kiev scene in 2007.

Alber Elbaz’s fabulous collection for Lanvin

Alber Elbaz’s fabulous collection for lanvinThe first opinion of everyone after seeing Alber Elbaz’s show was, it is pretty wearable. The clothes are not only made for the ramp or the Oscars. Most of the dresses and jewellery in the collection can be worn to office and parties by the women who are not Hollywood actresses or the daughters of billionaires. Nor Alber Elbaz’s collection was inspired by the past nor it was futuristic, it was simple fashion for the pure present. That’s what makes it quite wearable we guess.

Alber Elbaz’s collection was also celebrating femininity, like most of the designers at the Paris Fashion Week. Dresses made of ribbons were looking like some one has very cautiously cut the dresses horizontally and vertically. Alber Elbaz gave his dresses long and lean silhouette with the dresses made of ribbons. One shoulder dresses, tops and slender pants won lot of applauds by the audiences.  Emphasis was given to the waistline and in some dresses, to the hips as well. A top that was shaped like gift rap bow was specially liked by the audiences. Alber Elbaz gave as much thought to the jewellery as to the clothes. Like the clothes the jewellery was also quite wearable. The rectangular and shiny jewellery matched perfectly with the dresses. Black gloves and handbags complemented all the dresses perfectly, by giving them a very formal look. At last some very nice mid-calf stiletto boot or a stiletto pump with a gold heel made the entire collection simply outstanding.

Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton at the Paris Fashion Week

Marc Jacobs for louis vuitton at the paris fashion weekMarc Jacobs managed to surprise everyone in every way, while presenting his collection for the Louis Vuitton at the Paris Fashion. First surprise was that the show started at time, we all know that Marc has angered lot journalists and buyers few months ago by starting his show two hours late and not apologising for the delay on top of that. In fact Marc was seen helping everyone find their seats so that the show can start on time.

Second surprise was Marc has lost lot of weight he was looking a lot thinner, so we guess that rehab has helped him a lot. He was looking much calm and happy as well. The third surprise was the collection itself, it was simply outstanding. Unlike Marc’s last show for Louis Vuitton in Paris, the collection was pretty luxurious and wearable. Last time Marc astonished everyone by presenting models in transparent nurse’s uniform, the models were looking like a character from some porn cum horror movie. But this time Marc has presented simply fabulous and futuristic collection. Marc presented lot of coats in black, cream, chocolate, camel and pale mint. He also wonderfully paired polo neck sweater with the fur jackets, broad belts and leather pants. Marc took inspiration from past for his accessories, as his belts were more like the metal cages which women used to wear under their dresses to keep their figures. His necklaces, cuffs and handbags were also unique and impressive.

Chanel and Alexander McQueen create magic at Paris Fashion Week.

Chanel andAlexander McQueen creat magicat Paris Fashion WeekAlthough Chanel and British designer Alexander McQueen shows at the Paris Fashion Week were totally opposite to each other, but they both were quite outstanding. Where Alexander McQueen took inspiration from Queens of England and British Empire, Chanel’s show by Karl Lagerfeld was quite futuristic.  

Let’s have a look at Alexander McQueen’s show first. Over 1000 audiences were present to see Alexander McQueen’s show at the Paris Pret-a-Porter, and they were not disappointed by the designer.  He presented a wonderful collection, which was inspired by Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon and Josephine. The show was divided in two parts, the first comprises of black outfits of leather, velvet and laces inspired by the soldiers and British dukes. The second part was inspired by the queens, princes and queens at their royal best. The second session was filled with exquisites fabrics like velvet and satin embroidered with gold. But the most outstanding thing in the second session was the jewellery. On the other hand Chanel’s collection was futuristic and very much wearable. The collection comprises of suits, jackets, pearl, hats and pump. Karl Lagerfeld tried to make a statement by putting a carousel in the center of his runway. The designer used black and white in most of his designs, which included skirts, lacey tops and trousers. However, there were not too many handbags in the Chanel collection this time. But the show was still wonderful.

Valentino’s successor surprised all

valentino successor surprised allIt is not easy to fill shoes of great Valentino Garavani at Valentino, but Alessandra Facchinetti faced no difficulty in doing so. Facchinetti proved the critics wrong, and presented a wonderful collection which has an essence of Valentino. But Facchinetti went a step further and made her collection much more youthful than that of Valentino. Valentino’s clientele were mainly middle aged or old ladies, but Facchinetti’s collection was much younger and futuristic.

Facchinetti was appointed as the successor of Valentino for the same purpose, of giving the label a youthful look without damaging the essence of Valentino. Very few people have expected this wonderful performance by Facchinetti, as she had a bad experience with Gucci in 2004. She was asked to leave Gucci only 10 days after showing her second collection, over a disagreement with the management.  The 35-year-old designer then spent eight months thinking of her next move, before joining the French outerwear brand Moncler. Instead of borrowing ideas from Valentino, Facchinetti presented new ideas for skirts and cape coat. Instead of bright shades she used very gentle colours, like pale bule, gray and rain washed sky. Facchinetti collection was lauded by the young Hollywood actresses, who were sitting in the front row. Unlike earlier, now they have lot to choose from Valentino. But Facchinetti said she is not trying to replace Valentino, as no one can do so. She said she is trying to keep the masters essence alive in her collection. Well so far so good Facchinetti.

Balenciaga in Paris Fashion Week

Balenciaga in paris fashion weekAs the fashion critics are busy finding faults in the designs of the labels showing in the Paris Fashion Week, there is one designer who has managed to satisfy them all, Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga. Where most of the designers are looking back at the 50’s and 60’s for inspiration, Nicolas Ghesquièr has designed the clothes that define the future. His designs were ultra modern and innovative, above all they brought a breath of fresh air in the otherwise monotonous Paris Fashion Week.
Nicolas Ghesquière used lot of black in his designs. He presented black dresses with half sleeves, black stretch skirts, black skirts with squared off panels, and black leather dresses and skirts. He also used latex shiny paint and tapes. The latex tapes were tied around shoes and boots to give that ultra modern look. Hand painted Samurai Armour was also loved by 400 selected audiences at the fashion show. The crystal ball jewellery was also very attractive and sure to become a success. A set of crystal jewellery, on both hands and neck, was definitely attracting the attention of every single person sitting there. Hairs of most of the models were tied in a severe bun, leaving the audiences to focus on necklaces easily. Nicolas Ghesquière also presented MX-style trousers with speed stripes and low slung.  For finale Nicolas Ghesquière presented latex jackets, coats and dresses. Jackets hand painted with dragons, birds, land gnarled trunks were extremely attractive and futuristic. Nicolas Ghesquière has surely revived Balenciaga

Vivienne Westwood introduce seven-year-olds in fashion world

vivienne westwood introduce seven year olds in fashion weekEveryone just loved the prints on Vivienne Westwood collection showed in Paris Fashion week. But the fact is, that it was not print, but the paintings made by seven-year-old school children. The dame requested over 40 children, from year three of the Portland school in Nottingham, to paint the pictures of bugs, plants and snakes on her entire new collection and the result was this fabulous collection.

Out of the 41 school children, two were invited in the show with their teacher. Phoebe Ackroyd and Euan Bonser were sitting on the front row, with their teacher Madeleine Bell, at the sides of celebrities like Kanye West. The 25-year-old school teacher said that, Vivienne Westwood came to know about the children after she told her students to write letters to her, while teaching them about fashion.  Bell herself has studied fashion, and is a big fan of Vivienne Westwood. However, the children, who played an important role in making Vivienne Westood’s fabulous collection, were themselves dressed in school’s green sweatshirt and grey trousers. Little Phoebe was so impressed with beautiful clothes and models, that she has decided to become a model when she grows up. The Fashion show was based on the fantasy of people living in a jungle on the natural resources. Vivienne Westwood is known for her innovative ideas in the fashion world. In London Fashion Week she made her models walk the ramp carry placards protesting for the rights of the prisoners at the Guantanamo bay.

Milan Fashion Week

Milan fashion weekIt seems, most of the designers are looking at the past for new ideas. After London Fashion Week, where designers presented designs inspired by the 60’s and 70’s, the designers showing at the Milan Fashion week are doing the same.  Robert Cavalli, the designer famous for his flamboyant designs, took inspiration from the 50’s for his collection, showed at the Milan Fashion Week. Cavalli’s designs were inspired by Nathalie Wood’s style in her blockbuster movie “West Side Story”.  Cavalli opened his show with white dresses with roses printed on them, prom frocks with matching gloves and shoes, mimosa and Wisteria. But Cavelli’s show was not totally devoted to 50’s, as he also presented some designs inspired by the Incas. He presented some traditional tan knits, embroidered vests in white, grey and black colour and peasants skirts. Cavalli ended the show with prom dresses in black. Cavalli’s collection, which was lauded by the audiences, was quite different from the sexy clothes which he used to present earlier.

Another designer, whose collection was appreciated by the audiences, was Antonio Marras. He started showing his autumn winter collection with bride and bride groom’s attires. For men, he presented the simple suiting and pin stream coats. For women, he presented full skirts, tops, dresses with metallic sequin details and silver jewellery. Some of the designs in Marras’s show were also inspired by the 40’s and 50’s. He ended his show with the scene inspired from Chagall’s famous 1950 painting “The Mariée”.  
 

Vivienne Westwood in London Fashion Week

vivienne westwood in london fashion weekVivienne Westwood’s comeback show in London Fashion Week was a breath of fresh air among the monotonous shows. The Queen of punk, not only brought life back to the ramp in the London Fashion Week, but also gave a message with her show. The show started with a female model carrying a placard protesting for the right of the prisoners at the Guantanamo bay, and a male model wearing underpants of orange colour, the colour of the clothes of prisoners at Guantanamo bay.

The veteran designer, who was making a comeback in the London Fashion Week after ten years gap following popular demand, presented her Red Label collection inspired by 1970’s. It comprises of Westwood’s favourite kilts and bodices draped corsetry. Jaime, daughter of actor Ray Winston and socialite Alice Dellal walked the ramp for Vivienne Westwood. Dellal even shaved her half head, to pay tribute to the queen of Punk. Westwood herself was wearing a blouse covered with protest badges and black trousers. Celebrities like Jodie and Jemma Kidd, Kelly Osbourne, Kimberley Stewart, Lily Allen and Jefferson Hack attended the Red Label show by Vivienne Westwood. Apart from the Guantanamo bay controversy, Westwood’s show was fabulous, and different from other designers as expected. The London Fashion Week was officially launched by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah Brown, on Sunday. House of Holland, Paul Smith  and Gareth Pugh were some other labels who presented their collection during the London Fashion Week. The show concluded on Friday.

New York Fashion Week ends in style

new york fashion week ends in styleMarc Jacobs ended the very impressive Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, with a not so impressive show on February 8th. In an attempt of being “different”, Marc did not use feathers or tweed in his collection, which was used by almost all the designers showing at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.  It seems that Marc worked more on the stage then on the designs.
But let’s talk about other designers, who were really impressive at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.  Zac Posen had a good show this time, as some of his dresses were really gorgeous. Embroidered coat, beaded tuxedo and school boy and school girl suits were liked by the audiences. Zac Posen also presented some pretty gowns, but the feathered caps were more notable.  Sean John’s label Combs’, made a comeback in to the New York Fashion Week with a runway show. Sean John’s Combs’ celebrated its tenth anniversary with the show. His collection comprises of sweaters with sequins, suits and jackets with exposed zipper details. He also used purple in some of his designs, but not feathers. Cynthia Rowley’s collection was inspired by Victorian times, as it comprises of loose and flowing dresses.  Some of the dresses were quite wearable. Ralph Lauren’s collection was also very exciting with high neck cocktail dresses and cowl neck gowns. He used combinations like red-black, green-black and purple-black, which are all time hits. Tommy Hilfiger presented some wearable sexy jersey tops and wool trousers.