I can not believe how wonderfully perfectly amazing Christophe Decarnin’s Fall 2009 collection was! I’m love with every look, every piece and oh the sequins! Click HERE if you’d like to check out a video of the show!
Sometimes when I have a day off, I will go to Chapters, the one on Howe and Robson, and sit in the magazine section and browse through five or six or seven magazines to make sure I buy the one, or two, that have the best fashion editorials.
Frosty make up is baack! Hopefully minus the baby blue eye shadow though this time round. Do it with a brown smoky eye, that’d be gorgeous. I’m really enjoying Smashbox’s pink lip gloss called Pout that makes your lips a pretty light pink, then layered with sparkly pink Chanel gloss, or maybe over a Barbie pink lip liner. Sephora carries one as part of their Sephora line that is perfect. And if you want to try the look for a little less, try Wet ‘N Wild #525D. Just don’t try and kiss your boyfriend after you put it on…
I am too sad to write… here is an article from style.com, by Sarah Mower about Lacroix’s last show from Paris:
PARIS, July 7, 2009
By Sarah Mower
It was one of the most poignant and emotionally fraught haute couture shows ever: a collection produced on a shoestring at the last minute, and only made possible by the collective will and donated time and skills of the seamstresses, embroiderers, jewelers, milliners, and shoemakers loyal to Christian Lacroix. As the whole world knows, his future is in limbo after his former owners put the Lacroix business into administration and laid off all but 12 workers—an unclear and messy situation that leaves one of the greatest creators of the genre out on his own. Only the models were paid—€50 each, according to French law — but they too ended up in tears. “I didn’t want to cry,” said Lacroix, amid a standing ovation and a tumult of support from clients. “I want to continue, maybe in a different way, with a small atelier. What I really care about is the women who do this work.” If the collection was a pitch to new backers, it was one that showed Lacroix at his most restrained and approachable. Without access to the oodles of extravagantly hued and embellished materials he has lavished on his couture fantasias since 1987, he pared it back to mainly black and midnight blue, concentrating on shape and wearability. Little caped coats and coat-dresses, short and flirty bell-shaped skirts, peplum jackets, and bunchy taffeta party dresses all brought rapturous applause from a packed room of friends and clients. Fantasia it wasn’t, and couldn’t be. Yet no financial constraints can detract from Lacroix’s mastery of his art: Witness the simplicity of a floor-length navy one-shouldered dress swooping into an asymmetrically curved back with a satin bow nestled into one side. Then there was the extraordinary wedding dress, an eau de nil satin gown with a gilded headdress, a vision evoking an image of a saint in a devotional church painting. As the designer came out to lead the bride in the finale, the whole audience stood to honor him.
I’m quite pleased that the 80s are back with such a vengeance. All the glamour, the extravagance of the 80s silhouette is something we neeeed to have back. Like the big shoulders, and big hair, and big make-up, (Well maybe we can do without the blue eye shadow-red lips combo). Ooooh and the fabulous matching leather clutch and shoes, that was a staple then. I adore how 80s fashion was really about the fabrics. Ever look into your Mother’s closet and pull out the silk dresses or beautiful wool suits? I did, and I fell in love with them.
At Monika’s Boyfriend’s Birthday at Lola’s on Broadway. My first time there, as you can probably tell, seeing as I am quite over dressed for the occasion. Apparently the dress code was “rugby thug chic”, meaning any sport t-shirt, with really any pair of shorts, and any pair of shoes ranging from sneakers to flip flops, unfortunately I didn’t get that memo. Which is a shame as I do “rugby thug chic” so well. I have to say, Branden’s party of people was dressed very nicely. Wasn’t it Coco Chanel who said it’s always better to be overly dressed up rather than dressed boringly? Or something like that…
I made my necklace ten minutes before we left, I felt the little black dress was lacking. It’s a vintage scarf woven into a heavy silver chain, (from Dressew, I’ll be going back for the $1.97 white lace gloves!!).
1-Sephora Grand Opening at Pacific Centre TODAY!!
Browsing the magazine section at London Drugs and who do I spot?! West Vancouver’s own Kate Bock on the cover of Z!NK magazine! (I graduated from WVSS with Kate, hence being so excited to see her face on the cover) Z!INK is a fabulous Canadian mag that does incredible and very well-styled, (in my opinion), fashion spreads. And not just two or three like the typical magazine, but more like 8 or 9, so there’s something for everyone. Kate’s spread featured swimwear, and she looked gorgeous. The pictures featured were my favourite, very glamorous.
The other day I ventured over to Main St. to check out the window displays of Front and Company. This store always has the most amazing windows, a few months ago there were these stacks of old, pretty tea cups surrounding the mannequins! So creative. The owner of the store is also an artist, which explains the amazing concepts she comes up with for the displays. I adore the mannequin with the brown/olive coloured dress with the feathers. (Sorry about the reflections in the windows, it was a sunny day, what’s a girl to do?)