Q:Paris or London?
Paris, I lived there so it grew on me more and it has a special place in my heart. Although, London during Christmas time is unbelievably MAGICAL. I’d love to spend more time there.
Q:Thoughts on Donatella Versace?
I love her. I think she would be an amazing person to have brunch with and talk about life and everything glamourous. Her couture gowns are something I would wear on the red carpet, given the opportunity. I’m all for strong, empowering females in the fashion industry. She is the perfect example that you can become more glamorous with age.
Karl Lagerfeld - Best in show
Here’s the deal with Karl Lagerfeld - you either love him or hate him. I have battled this thought for many years now, teetering back and forth between irritation and excitement. After a brief epiphany (that’s all it takes!), I’ve come to realize that this man of mystery fascinates me. From his designs to his personality, Karl always seems to stir up something controversial. Most of his criticism comes from his verbal onslaughts and ego-boosting assertions. Those things aside, Karl has prevailed on top of the fashion world for almost 50 years and incessantly remains the most popular and talented designer.
It seems to me that Karl has achieved his dream of “[becoming] a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon” (Voguepedia). With tenures at major fashion houses such as Fendi, Chanel and the eponymous Karl Lagerfeld, he is currently designing for 3 labels at the same time. To quote obnoxious Tumblr fashion bloggers, “when will your favs?”
It’s hard not to recognize the talent of this overzealous designer. Karl always thinks of a completely fresh and unique theme for his extravaganzas at Chanel and executes them to perfection. From fabricating a 40ft lion sculpture to putting us in the bed of an oyster, Karl’s ideas are energetic and fearless. We have seen the clothing unmistakably match their supermarket, arctic glacier, airline and merry-go-round precedents. Karl transforms the Grand Palais into a fantastical and fashionable wonderland - what has become a true Chanel experience.
Karl’s attention to detail is incredible. With 70 looks per collection and the most beautiful and meticulous handiwork, each outfit is a sartorial fantasy. This is no surprise coming from a man who “can reportedly turn out 200 original lightning-speed sketches in a twelve-hour stretch” (Voguepedia). Although he is often yawned at for his excessive use of tweed, Karl in fact uses a wide array of materials in his collections. For the recent Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014 collection, he used concrete strung along like beadwork contrasting the sequins. Some of his past materials include mother of pearl, denim, neoprene, leather, crystals and exotic feathers. A Chanel collection would never be complete without a tweed jacket and skirt. Telling Karl to ditch the tweed is like telling the island of Santorini to stop using white stones and blue paint to build its communities.
I admire Karl because he is never afraid to take chances. Each brave and bold step he takes forward brings his Chanel legacy that much further towards the empire he wished to create. It’s also impressive to note that Karl always has the future in mind, never reflecting on past collections or shapes - he is constantly looking forward. His ceaselessly creative mindset and the influence of his designs have rattled the standards of fashion design. After creating and reviving such a paragon of glamour at Chanel, who could possibly fill his shoes when he retires?
After 8 years of home-dyed hair I am finally growing out my natural hair color, strawberry blonde. Since 8th grade I’ve always had crazy long hair so spending $250 on dying my whole head 5 shades lighter was out of the question. I settled with $12 box dye. Since I never put heat on my hair or rarely use styling products, I figured box dye once a year wouldn’t be too damaging. I’ve honestly been too lazy to dye it again and since the amber glow of my roots doesn’t contrast the super-blonde ends too extremely, I figured, why not grow it out? I then had the brilliant idea of dying my ends a tiny bit lighter to create a blonde ombre effect. Blondombre. I plan to rock this new hair at New York Fashion Week. I should probably get a trim so my roots grow faster (said no one ever…)!
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014
Sometimes, in order to move forward, one must reflect on past. Reflect is a strong word in this sense, because to be preoccupied with the history of something won’t help create its future. This case is prominent in the Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2014 collection, where designer Raf Simons has further proved his allegiance to the modern woman. Critics are quick to denounce Simons’ ability to grace the boundary of modernity, that he is too preoccupied with the history of Dior and monotonously bringing that history back to life. They say these things as if Simons knows nothing of the history of Dior or his vision of the house’s future. I’m sure at such a high prestige, Simons has done both his homework and extra credit.
“I was interested in the process of finding something extremely modern, through something very historical; particularly through a juxtaposition of different themes. The historical inspiration is not the justification of the collection, it isn’t its entire meaning. What I was attracted to was an idea of architectural construction – that is a very Dior attitude – and how the foundations of one era are based on another, how the future is based on the past; that is what I found fascinating. I started to think ‘what is modern?’ I wanted to deal with a form language that looks to be almost the opposite of my original inspiration at Dior. It was an idea of confronting what people now think is an aesthetic that is modern – it felt more modern to go to the far past, not the ‘modernized‘ look of the last decade. The challenge was to bring the attitude of contemporary reality to something very historical.” -Raf Simons
In this collection, Simons reflects on 8 phases of history. Some of these variations of their antecedents include Marie Antoinette ball gowns, jazz-age flappers dresses, pilot flight suits and astronaut spacesuits. Instead of recreating these quintessential fashions with a new flare, Simons reimagines their entire entity, a futuristic approach to say the least, and channels his vision into light and dreamy clothing for a twenty-first-century client. In Simons’ case, he takes one step backwards to take 10 steps forwards.
These designs are a proper example of couture that is flexible enough to be worn on multiple occasions. Thus, Simons proves the point that “true luxury is spending five or six figures and wearing something not once or twice, but incorporating it into your daily wardrobe” (Style.com).
150,000 white orchids, or in this case, diorchids, lined the wall creating a homage to elegance and exoticness. The spaceship-like shape of the venue looked like something out of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, complete with neon-white lights protruding from the floor, creating an alien-eqsue atmosphere. The clothes were abstract and geometric. They contained pure volume, as if blown up effortlessly like a hot air balloon. The astronaut theme was a symbol of exploration for Simons. He diverged into the past and used his impressions of the future to define what it means to “be modern in the contemporary haute couture world today” (Dior).
Harper Creek Falls, North Carolina
Since before I could walk, my family would take me camping in the mountains of Vermont. I grew up with a very outdoorsy attitude, one that still risides with me today. For the 4th of July, my boyfriend Scott and I decided to go on a real adventure. It was not your average 4th of July party. There were no solo cups, watermelons or american flags made from Jell-o and Cool Whip. There were no fireworks, jam bands, fist pumping or sweaty dudes burping ‘Merica. In fact it was a tranquil getaway - one that I will cherish forever.
We brought our new dog, Violet with us. She is quite the trooper. From leading the trail to climbing perpendicular terrain, she was in her element in the deep woods of Pisgah National Forest. The most hilarious moment of the trip was when she climbed the edge of the waterfall, but with slippery paws, slid down about 15 feet, knocking Scott from his feet. Both of them fell in the water.
The waterfalls were absolutely breathtaking. And the best part about them was that you could ride down them like a water slide. As the rapids cascaded further down the stream, they would take your body on the best roller coaster ride. The combination of the moss underneath my feet with the streaming currents felt better than any pedicure I’ve ever had.
You know that feeling when you stare at something for so long and you go a little cross eyed and everything starts blending together? Well, staring up through the trees that caught the sunlight behind them created fractals and it was the most euphoric thing my eyes had ever seen.
The physical endurance of the trip was demanding. Climbing up some vertical trails with only a rope to support you was a bit sketchy, but with my rock climbing and hiking experience behind my back, I prevailed. The freshness of the air was indescribable. The smell of the Earth is a rejuvenating sensation for your lungs. Being surrounded by nature is one of my favorite things in the world. I’m the type of person who would much rather travel to beautiful landscapes and rural countrysides than spend time in a booming city. Scott and I made some furniture from rocks like we were straight out of the Flintstones. Cozied up on our stone couch with our dog at our feet, we shared a can of baked beans and listened to the sounds of the rapids and cracks from the fire.
Kissing under the stars is about the most romantic thing you can do. Especially if you’re as in love as I am. Scott planed this whole trip by himself, and could not have picked a more perfect spot to spend our first real holiday together (between his army job and my college and parisian adventures, planning gets a bit complicated.) As I looked up into the night sky from the circle of trees surrounding us, fireflies were dancing just along the edges of the sky, illuminating the world around me. The sky was so clear at night that I could see the tiny, grainy specs that make up the Milky Way and even satellites blinking as they went by. Constellations were popping out of the sky as if we were in some sort of amphitheater. My peripherals were consumed by the big night sky and the beauty I saw was so magnificent, I could cry trying to describe it.
Eniko Mihalik in “So Full Of Dreams” for Vogue Italia July 2012 photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth
I had so much fun shooting with my partner in crime, Scott. I guess this is my first official ~outfit post~ and I can’t wait to share many more with you all! Today my boyfriend and I went around downtown and shot by some beautiful monuments and parks. The southern charm of Fayetteville always amazes me and it’s nice being able to find the simplest beauty in the smallest of places. I’m a city girl, that’s for sure, it definitely came out when a beetle the size of my fist came swirling around in the air towards my head. Despite the scorching heat and the gargantuan bugs, I can’t imagine starting my life with Scott anywhere else.
(By the way, he’s got a pretty good eye for a first timer.)
The Women of Menswear
A Prada menswear show wouldn’t be complete without a couple lady counterparts strutting down the intricate runway. At first it may seem a little bizarre as to why a designer would have females in a male-designated fashion week, but undoubtedly, women and men have been sharing the runway for multiple seasons. Sometimes they are hot dates, sometimes they are androgynous, and sometimes they are simply
his and hers. Miuccia explains her theory on the women of menswear: “Anytime I do a men’s show, I’m thinking this would be fantastic for women—or at least for me. And more and more, it feels instinctively right to translate the same idea for both genders” (Style).
Prada’s standard motley crew is now the essence of gender-neutrality. Instead of making his clothes that she can wear, Miuccia designed a pandrogynous collection. Rather than possessing features of both male and female as androgyny does, pandrogyny does not define differences, it creates similarities. It is not the disconnection, but unification of gender (read more info on pandrogyny here).
From Kanye West head to toe in Céline, to the Olsen twins wearing three piece suits, to Marc Jacobs in Prada skirts, it is common to see women and men sharing clothes and the runway. But, becoming one in the same, is a third gender idea that Prada has projected next in the evolution of both our culture and our humanity.