NYFW is here

This is just a taste of the beginning of NYFW SS18.

The closing designer of the first day is none other than Tom Ford.

This man is talented beyond words. His eponymous label has always been trendsetter and wonderful, but this collection has a different sense to it.

You’ll see what I’m saying after you see Gigi Hadid in a draped Barbie-like gorgeous pink-lilac body hugging dress, with the metallic sleeves.

So feminine, so elegant, so chic.

Be ready to love it

This is just the beginning

As you must know by now, The Golden Globes were yesterday night.

So, of course, we have a ton of fashion break down from the Red Carpet.

I have to say there were more rights than wrongs, but one of the worst looks came from Cate Blanchett. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, this woman has style and takes a lot of risks that make fashion fun, but this time was a huge NO, NEVER AGAIN.

The pink frilled Givenchy was terrifying to say the least. It was like an ode to the twenties mixed with cabaret and a granny look gone wrong. The hair was off as well.

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Rooney Mara is always weird, I just don’t get that obsession of wearing dresses that are the same as your skin tone. It rarely looks good, even if you’re wearing Alexander McQueen.

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Jennifer Lawrence was my favorite in a hot red Dior with obliques cut outs, and that huge Chopard necklace. She was edgy and elegant, and fun.

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Brie Larson went for the golden trend and the cut outs, that seemingly will never leave. I loved the dress, I just think she could’ve gone for a different hairdo, that would’ve paired better with the Calvin Klein daring gown

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Lady Gaga wore a black velvet Atelier Versace. She looked good, just not great as people are saying. I’m sorry, the hair was a little weird, as well as the overdone make up.  I think everyone thinks she looks perfect, given the fact that she’s worn meat.

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Katy Perry wore a simple pink Prada gown. Weird for her, and weird for the italian Maison known for the extravagant designs. Katy look very elegant, the hair was cool and the make up was right. I liked it, but didn’t love it

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Alicia Vikander in white pleated Louis Vuitton. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the dress was made for her. It fitted her perfectly, and expressed simplicity, elegance and even innocence. It was a good choice.

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Kate Hudson in a bare midriff Michael Kors. This cannot be called a gown. It was a long fitted skirt with a bandeau top. It was risky, but Kate pulled it off just right.

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Amy Adams in Atelier Versace. The dress had that crystal beaded detail, and the intense blood orange tone was just right. Amy has improved her style choices.

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Saoirse Ronan wearing Couture Saint Laurent. As we already saw with Vikander and will see it again, the “greek-roman” trend will have a come back. And it is fine, those silhouttes are very flattering if you know how to wear them right. This one even made Saoirse look like a girl, considering the dress was white, she should’ve gone for a little more outstanding make up.

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Emily Rossum in Armani Privé. I have to admit I love the red, and the simplicity, yet it is not one of my favorite dresses. There’s something missing, because I feel it is a little boring this way.

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Lily James in a sheer Marchesa. Following the trend, is this one translucent, one shoulder  “greek-roman” gown.The dress is great, the hair and the make up not so much.

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Kate Winslet goes for the safe bet. Stylish, yet safe that’s what this navy Ralph Lauren says to everyone. Do you think Kate should start taking some risks? And loose the crazy hairdo?

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Julianne Moore is a risk taker. Sometimes she gets it wrong, and some others are incredibly right like this shimmering body hugging navy blue Tom Ford. Even the long straight hair is right.golden-globes-2016-julianne-moore.jpg

Kate Bosworth went also for the shimmering body hugging gown, but chose a pink/reddish Dolce & Gabbana that fitted her perfectly. I’m just not sure of the ultra slick hair.

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Olivia Wilde wore a shimmering red Michael Kors that fitted her perfectly. Although the make up was flawless, and she clearly wanted to show off her ombré, the jewels specially the necklace required an up do, so it would really pop up.

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This is my favorite. Kirsten Dunst in Valentino. I loved the latest Valentino collection, with the roman trend because it is feminine and elegant and sensual and edgy, some of which Valentino hasn’t been since the departure of Garavani.

The black velvet, plunging cleavage gown was gracefully accompanied by earrings and bracelet. I would have chosen a stronger make up, but she did very well this time.

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The dark side of Fashion

Rumor has it that the extra fast-paced environment of fashion was what got the best of Raf Simons, and that was the primordial reason for him to leave the Creative Direction of Dior just after 3 and a half years.

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And if you think about it, for that particular maison there’s: 2 Haute Couture collections, Spring-Summer, Fall-Winter, Cruise, Pre Fall-Resort; there’s also the complex ad campaigns, supervising the rest of accessories, the shootings, the brand appearances on the red carpet, to name a few responsibilities . Fast fashion is a term only applied to H&M, Inditex, Uniqlo and it should be to every fashion brand that wants to grow and be known and bought. That goes as far as luxury.

But there’s more than one way to see it.

It is well known that Christian Dior himself was unable to adapt to the idea of Prét a Porter, and he was never able to catch up and his brand started to lose all its shine. That also happened to the master of Haute Couture, Christian Lacroix.
He delivered magnificent Couture collections, but did not seemed to grasp the Ready to Wear concept. The rest of the designers were aiming for the working woman, and the eccentric Lacroix creations could not fit in. He’s been in and out of the fashion world since 2009. He even did a special Haute Couture collection for Schiaparelli when the brand came back. He was the perfect match if there ever was, and yet the reviews weren’t at all good.

Christian Lacroix

The most recent drop out of the high fashion and ready-to-wear-craziness was Jean Paul Gaultier. The french enfant terrible wanted nothing to do with the exhaustive schedules of actual fashion. He pointed out something that most designers have kept silent. The popular brands such as H&M, Inditex, and even “premium brands” such as Michael Kors are shamelessly stealing the “inspiration” (not to say actual designs) from the originals creators. And of course, they could come out with almost the same pieces, with low quality materials at 30% of the cost. And high fashion and luxury can’t fight that… At all.
So Gaultier now works in his Couture collections and seems happier than ever.

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Alexander McQueen had some depression issues, but the demanding environment he lived in may have fed his inner demons even further. He was an awesome talent working at his own brand and yet it was too much for him to bare.
Tom Ford had a meltdown right after leaving Gucci. He had been an apprentice under Yves Saint Laurent, who happened to turn against him right after Ford took over the creative Director spot of the french maison, and then he picked up Gucci and gave it a new shine. He couldn’t focus on his brand ‘cause Gucci was so demanding and he left amid rumors of a massive fight with the directives. The man experienced some serious depression right before his eponymous brand conquered the world. And even then, Tom Ford had a terrible time adapting to the ever changing digital times, cutting out press and bloggers out of his runways trying to keep them as secrets. We all know how that has turned out. There’s a video featuring Lady Gaga now.

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And then of course, there’s the Galliano meltdown. The drunken (and intoxicated) anti-semitic rant that went viral and meant the end of his reign at Dior. He was even cast away from everyone in the industry, except for Oscar de la Renta who seemed to be the only with common sense to understand what had gone down. The talented Galliano had had too much of the pressure, and he was using drugs and alcohol to get by. Pressure got the very best of him, and went overboard. And now you can see him happily working back at Maison Margiela, were his eccentricities are praised and have become the success of the brand. But he’s not the Galliano that walked the runway in disguise. He’s clearly far more reserved and careful of his public image. It could not have gone any other way.

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There’s the case of Nicolas Guesquière. After a bitter fight with Kering after he left Balenciaga, LVMH made him the creative head of Louis Vuitton, bringing a much needed change to the brand after all those years under Marc Jacobs who also wanted to focus on his brand and yet could not do it because of Vuitton.
Nicolas has made some huge changes, trying to give a renovated sense of exclusivity to the Maison. The man supervises everything, all the collections, all the accessories, the models, the photo shootings, the ads, the runways. Guesquière is a lot less theatrical than Jacobs, but he actively participates in the globe trotting runway-shows for Cruise and Resort, but he makes the most of Vuitton assets and legacy.

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Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce were forced to eliminate D&G, so they could truly dedicate their efforts to Dolce&Gabbana, that was the mother brand with the largest income. The sicilian pair have convinced his followers with their consistent runways and the brand has experienced growth.

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The big american brands have a clearer path. Donna Karan stepped down from her brand and left it to others to run it. Ralph Lauren stepped down as Lauren’s CEO, to bring in someone with a larger growth vision, but the man will remain there for designs and consultations. And Tommy Hilfiger sold his brand to a conglomerate some time ago and he remains as the creative head though it is not exactly an exciting brand.

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And then there’s the lifelong fashion powerhouse. Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani and Miuccia Prada.
Karl Lagerfeld recently talked about his lifelong contracts to Fendi and Chanel. The man takes Chanel runways all over the world and he won’t stop under any circumstances. All the pressure that exists in the fashion world may be feeding him what he needs to keep working at both brands, without any considerations to negative critics.
Giorgio Armani has also declared that he has no intention of retiring. He will keep in working on his bigger brands, ‘cause in case you don’t remember or don’t know, Armani sells from hotel designs to furniture and (obviously) clothing to even candy and flowers. The Emporio has no recognizable heir, even though everyone points at Roberta Armani, the designer’s niece.
And Miuccia with her ailing Prada and its growing Miu Miu. She’s been behind the brands since 1978, after inheriting it from her grandfather. She is co-directing the brands with her husband as she designs and supervises everything.

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So, do we have a decisive conclusion? Probably not.

Maybe not everyone can get a hold of the fashion world at its modern pace. I’ve said more than once that high fashion and luxury should not be forced to be taken in this excessively fast paced environment, but fashion is a form of expression for each individual and it is in fashion’s DNA to adapt to the time being. It responds to people’s needs and to the social cultural moment. If it stayed behind, it would become instantly obsolete and useless.
Fashion is about talent and creativity, but it also requires a strong visionary temper that withstands critics, pressure and change.

And the ones who want to prevail should consider that things will not be changing for a long time.

Tom Ford’s Disco Party

I distinctly remember, a few years ago, Tom Ford trying to fight off media, specially digital media.

And of course, he soon realized how stupid his attempts were, since digital media is all that we are and know now.

Fortunately, as soon as he made this discovery, he threw in head-first into the digital-social media craze, and carried along the massive amount of muse-celebrities (not that they weren’t with the digital media, but he’s always been surrounded by these people, so he had to bring his brand up to speed), putting the Tom Ford brand back on the spotlight.

Now we are witnessing the digital acceptance in all its glory, with the latest Spring-Summer 2016 video, which was actually the presentation of this collection.

The video is a crazy 70’s disco party, featuring a brow-less, ass-bearing Lady Gaga, as she covers Chic’s “I want your love”
Which is interesting given the fact that the last thing we heard from Gaga was the Tony Bennet collab.

The clothes are amazing. They have, as expected, the 70’s crazy vibe going on. They’s sparkling, and party-ready.

There are also short-short little black dresses, and jewel-military inspired jackets, sweaters,blouses and cargo pants.
There are mini skirts and a ton of snake-print fabric going on. Spikes, metallic outwear, jumpsuits, lace, black white, orange and a ton of leg showing and cleavage are part of these collection, that happens to have Tom Ford written all over, without a doubt.

And as the collection was great and Tom Ford continues to surprises us and be the fashion king he is, be prepared ‘cause I’m pretty sure we’ll be having a 70’s cover album by Lady Gaga, very soon.

MET Gala 2015 China: Through the looking glass.

Tonight, The MET hosts fashions biggest party, as it unveils its fashion exhibit.

This year you will be able to see China’s fashion development. And it is always interesting, as the “asian” trend has been off the table for some time now. If you remember, back in the 90’s, we were all wearing those “China inspired” dresses and jackets.

Asian influence also goes to animals and bamboo prints. Sheer, delicate fabrics with a lot of flow, and at the same time, silky body hugging satin and structured taffetas. As it is China, it is mandatory some red and gold. The Invite also included some intricate head embellishments, and flowers. You’ll get it when you see Sarah Jessica Parker, as every other year.

Gold and silver, as well as semi nakedness under shiny embellishments and sheer fabrics, cut outs and some king of crop top were some of the trends on the red carpet.

Let it be said that most of the dresses had no relation whatsoever with China or any asian influence whatsoever, so the theme of the Gala should be stablished sooner so the participants had more time to figure out their dresses.
Rihanna showed up with a Guo Pei Couture gown which is obviously chinese by origin, but if you didn’t know I’m sure you would not figure it out it has any “asian influence”. I have to say that i loved Rihanna wearing the extra fluffy Pink Giambattista Valli, but this yellow giant cape with train and the head piece, and the shiny white sandals, and the necklace were a little bit too much, even for Rihanna who has proven to be able to pull off almost everything.

Let’s see the dresses.

Anne Wintour in Chanel

Anne Wintour in Chanel

Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa

Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa

Katie Holmes in Zac Posen

Katie Holmes in Zac Posen

Diane Kruger in Chanel

Diane Kruger in Chanel

SJP in H&M and Phillip Treacy headpiece

SJP in H&M and Phillip Treacy headpiece

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Tabitha Simmons in Dolce & Gabbana

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Alicia Keys in Jean Paul Gaultier

Alicia Keys in Jean Paul Gaultier

Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren

Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren

Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy

Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy

Georgia May Jagger in Gucci

Georgia May Jagger in Gucci

Rosie Huntington in Versace

Rosie Huntington in Versace

Selena Gomez in Vera Wang

Selena Gomez in Vera Wang

Lilly Collins in Chanel

Lilly Collins in Chanel

Olsen Twins in John Galliano

Olsen Twins in John Galliano

Dakota Johnson in Chanel

Dakota Johnson in Chanel

Kate Hudson in Michael Kors

Kate Hudson in Michael Kors

Donna Karan & Calvin Klein

Donna Karan & Calvin Klein

Jennifer López in Versace

Jennifer López in Versace

Emily Blunt in Prada

Emily Blunt in Prada

Katy Perry in Moschino

Katy Perry in Moschino

Kim Kardashian in Cavalli

Kim Kardashian in Cavalli

Madonna in Moschino

Madonna in Moschino

Rita Ora in Tom Ford

Rita Ora in Tom Ford

Miley Cirus in Alexander Wang

Miley Cirus in Alexander Wang

Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu

Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu

Lady Gaga in Balenciaga

Lady Gaga in Balenciaga

Rihanna in Guo Pei Couture

Rihanna in Guo Pei Couture

Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney

Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney

Beyoncé in Givenchy

Beyoncé in Givenchy

Olivia Wilde in Prada

Olivia Wilde in Prada

FKA Twigs in Christopher Kane

FKA Twigs in Christopher Kane

Solange Knowles in Giles Deacon

Solange Knowles in Giles Deacon

Cher in Marc Jacobs

Cher in Marc Jacobs

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli

Amal Clooney in Martin Margiela by John Galliano

Amal Clooney in Maison Margiela by John Galliano

Kerry Washington in Prada

Kerry Washington in Prada

Sienna Miller in Thakoon

Sienna Miller in Thakoon

Joan Smalls in Burberry

Joan Smalls in Burberry

Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection

Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Roland Mouret

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Roland Mouret

Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi

Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi

Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga

Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga

Karlie Kloss & Gigi Hadid

Karlie Kloss & Gigi Hadid

Lisa Bonet & Lenny Kravitz

Lisa Bonet & Lenny Kravitz

Lorde in Calvin Klein

Lorde in Calvin Klein

Uma Thurman in Atelier Versace

Uma Thurman in Atelier Versace

Kristen Wiig in Prabal Gurung

Kristen Wiig in Prabal Gurung

Keri Russell in Altuzarra

Keri Russell in Altuzarra

Julianne Moore in Givenchy

Julianne Moore in Givenchy

Liu Wen in Michael Kors

Liu Wen in Michael Kors

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

Claire Danes in Valentino

Claire Danes in Valentino

Jennifer Connelly in Louis Vuitton

Jennifer Connelly in Louis Vuitton

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

Rachel Weisz in Chanel Couture

Rachel Weisz in Chanel Couture

Kate Beckinsale in Diane Von Fustenberg

Kate Beckinsale in Diane Von Fustenberg

Karen Elson in Dolce & Gabbana

Karen Elson in Dolce & Gabbana

Some may be missing, but you get the point.

Remember that the MET announced that they would ban any social media posting, but apparently that isn’t working effectively since Madonna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga have already released a picture of themselves inside the party. So let’s stay tuned to see how these people can survive in their naked dresses.

Fashion at the Grammy Awards

In every red carpet season, people awaits for Grammys ‘cause the music industry has a little room for improvising and making weird statements with their clothes. It’s kind of expected, but sometimes this leisure can be stretched way too much.

As you saw in the Haute Couture Week, the “Mirror Ball look” will be a thing, as well as fringes with beading.

Metallic keeps going on, as extreme cut outs.

I will keep it short

I loved Rihanna in Giambattista Valli. You need that kind of personality to pull off such a complicated tulle-filled princess pink dress. And she did good with so little make up, because the dress was enough.

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Gwen Stefani was remarkable in both red and black Versace. The black was the Atelier dress turned into jumpsuit, but that has also been a trend of every red carpet so far. So it was a great choice. I’m not sure I liked the nude lips, but I’m sure I loved the red hot lips with the red dress.

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Miley Cirus Decided to ditch her “forever redneck” style for a night and went for a Couture Alexandre Vauthier. Even with the extreme cut outs, she kept it elegant, specially because she had something on. Again, I would have made the make up pop up a little more, but when it comes to Miley, it is just fine.

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Taylor Swift is making such a great style for herself. This teal Elie Saab with the purple sandals was just a great choice. It fits her right, the colors favor her a lot, and the rend with the long skirt in the front and the long train on the back is here to stay. Very nice hair and make up, as usual too.

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

Beyonce wore her extensions proudly and rightly with the bright black Proenza Schouler, with that plunging cleavage. She also went for the “barely there” make up and it serves her right, ‘cause sparking beaded dresses do not need more help.

Beyonce

I love Chrissy Teigen. She has a beautiful body, she knows it, she’s very confident and she wears everything just right. She’s a married lady and yet she’s not afraid to go a little sexy, without going insane. White is also a trend, and this Emilio Pucci was a good choice.

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I am not sure about Katy Perry’s sparkling fringed Zuhair Murad. Maybe it was the purple hair that threw everything off for me, or the nose ring (it is just too late for her to go down that road), or that face as if she was under the influence of strong medication. I wasn’t convinced at all.

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

Rita Ora has always had weird fashion choices, to say the least. This “mirror ball” Prada, and that pixie that had some long parts just don’t work at all. And the crystals make her look disproportioned, or maybe that is just and effect but who would wanna look bad in such an occasion?

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Lady Gaga went for the “Mirror Ball effect” too, but with scales, and a plunging neckline, and a hight thigh slit, and a huge emerald between her breasts, because the dress wasn’t shiny enough. But let’s remember this is the woman who wore a meat dress before, so this falls under the “We’ll go with it and let it go” category.

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

Oh my beloved Madge. Once you saw her onstage with the red matador Dolce&Gabbana, you could make some sense out of the “matador” sparkling Givenchy for the red carpet. But still it was such a bad idea. The ass bearing, the black vail under the torero hat, too much and not in a good way.

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

Iggy Azalea just proved that you can ruin a perfect Armani gown with a horrible hairdo. And that’s just how it went down, she had that braided hat and ruined the Armani royal blue gown, with the cut outs, the sheer fabric over her feet and that “no make up” was the worn choice for this. She wasn’t wearing accessories and the dress was left alone with horrible hair.

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

Nicki Minaj also went for the “wardrobe malfunction happening any moment”, with this black Tom Ford with beaded fringes. She did a little better with the accessories, but not the make up.

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

And last, but the worst outfit of the night is never least, was Kim Kardashian ruining another great designers work, this time Jean Paul Gaultier, with that ass clown bath robe also in the wardrobe malfunction category (but we know she loves to have the first spot in that place). Too much “emo” hair, too much make up, excessive shoulder pads, bags and cuffs. Again, wrong and horrible.

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

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