Glam Damn It
English magazine editor, international style icon and muse Isabella Blow, who passed away at the age of 48 a little over two years ago after ingesting weedkiller, will have two different biographies released in 2010. Towards the end of Blow's life, she had become seriously depressed and was reportedly anguished over money problems (Blow was disinherited by her father in 1994) and infertility. In an effort to have a child, Blow and her husband had unsuccessfully tried in vitro fertilization eight times. In 2004, Isabella and Detmar Blow separated, reportedly so Detmar could father a son with a fertile woman to ensure his particular branch of the Blow family would remain in charge of Hilles (art gallery). During the couple's separation, Blow was diagnosed with a Bipolar disorder and began undergoing electroshock therapy. For a time, the treatments appeared to be helpful. After an eighteen month separation, Isabella and Detmar Blow got back together. Soon after, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Serious platform heels walked Gucci’s Spring 2009 runway. Some featured a chunky wooden platform, while others had thick leather ankle straps and a thin gold strip running between the toe and the platform. There was a wide variety of bold colors, metallic leathers and skin prints. Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2008 runway presented a platform wedge that reached new heights with subtle carving creating a slightly uneven surface. Most were in solid colors, but some were two-toned with the toe and heel contrasting with the sides. Marni, Balenciaga, D&G and Chanel all showcased models in platform heels.
For the vertically challenged, this trend provides an opportunity to experience life from higher ground. For those naturally blessed with height, well, can you ever be too tall in fashion?
Prada is obviously trying to grab your attention with the induction of their new lookbook for the fall season of 2009. Whether it’s a shameless ploy or sudden burst of artistic expression, we can’t help but gawk at the array of freaky substitutes for model’s heads, doodles, and collages that are obviously the masterstroke of a skilled photoshop-er.
Models are seen with cage-like contraptions on their heads and hands and even a set of red blocks. Some are shown blending into natural backgrounds that produce a clever illusory trick, allowing you to focus only on a pair of shoes. Other not so clever distractions include one model whose body has been broken down into its scientific parts, or Meghan Collison’s head replaced by a Wolf’s head (yes, a wolf!).
Breakfast and open showing of Kenneth Cole New York Holiday Collections. Kenneth Cole Productions, 603 West 50th Street, 1st Fl. showroom, NYC ( 9.30-11AM).
No, your eyes do not deceive you; the girl with the tattoos and conical bra is indeed none other than our favorite Hollywood golden girl, Cameron Diaz.
The editorial shots, shot by photography duo Mert and Marcus, are from V magazine’s Beauty Issue, for which Cameron also graces the cover (check out those Prada thigh-high boots!) Chanelling Madonna, Diaz sports peroxide blond hair and an imitation of Jean Paul Gaultier’s legendary conical bra that Madonna wore on her Blond Ambition tour, though this one was made by the on-set stylist from gaffer tape- pretty impressive don't you think?
The fashion world is taking President Obama’s lead and producing a stimulus plan of its own in the midst of the failing economy. Fashion’s Night Out, organized by the Barack Obama of fashion Anna Wintour, is an event meant to encourage shoppers to spend money on designer clothing that has been left by the wayside, in exchange for the lucrative prospect of saving money. According to Women’s Wear Daily, this night long retail therapy lust-fest will be infused with a plethora of events including parties, live music, freebies, and designer/celebrity appearances. In New York Ctiy, stores such as Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Lord&Taylor will be extending their store hours. Fashion’s Night Out has also expanded into international territory as shops in Paris, Greece, Rome, India and Beijing line up to participate in the festivities.
CALLING ALL FASHIONISTAS! CALLING ALL FASHIONISTAS! One of my favorite seasons has approached and I am so excited! No, I’m not talking about summer; I’m speaking of fall haute couture season. For those of you who don't already know, haute couture (better known as couture) is French for "high dressmaking". It refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture is made to order for a specific customer, and is constructed from high-quality fabric that is sewn with attention to detail. Twice a year (fall and spring), the fashion industry introduces the word to daring and imaginative collections. This season, fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Armani Prive and Valentino (to name a few), are viewing past the current economic state and shelling out the big bucks for amazing quality.