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Sheer beauty. From the concept to the colours (I love shift from black and white as one looks further down the image), to her hair.
(Photo from foto decadent)
(Elie Saab Ready-To-Wear, Spring 2010, photo from style.com)
This, my dears, is couture.
(Christian Lacroix Couture, Fall 2009, photo from style.com)
I just read an interview on an otherwise fantastic fashion website wherein the interviewer misused the word couture several times, as in, "What's it like attending all of the most couture fashion shows, like Margiela?"
Please friends, let's correct this.
October 4, 2009
(photo from net-a-porter.com)
Named after the Olsens' younger siblings, Elizabeth and James provides young, fun fashion that is on trend but not gimmicky. The collection is full of slim-fitting pants, boyfriend blazers, and 90's inspired pieces, that are wearable but apt to turn heads. As a bonus, one gets the sense that the Olsens are among the most directly involved in the design process of the legions of celebrity "designers".
2. William Rast (by Justin Timberlake)
(photo from style.com)
No one expected Justin Timberlake's label to be this good. Face it, the crooner is known more for his hit songs and famous girlfriends than any sort of sartorial sensability. Yet the denim-saturated William Rast line contains lots of cool over-sized tees and skinny jeans, for an effortlessly cool look.
3. Victoria Beckham (by Victoria Beckham)
(photo from style.com)
Victoria Beckham is unfortunately a bit of a laughing stock in the fashion community. From her spray tan to her augmented chest, she is a bit hard to take seriously. However, while her tastes may differ from those of fashion darlings like Erin Wasson or Anna Wintour, her line is full of red-carpet ready dresses that toy with shape and proportion, and are a perfect match for the sky-high heels Beckham wears 24/7.
4. L.A.M.B. (by Gwen Stefani)
(photo from style.com)
After several successful seasons, Stefani has proven herself as a designer. Seamlessly blending trends with Stefani's personal style, L.A.M.B. is chic with rocker sensibilities.
5. The Row (by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen)
(photo from mkashley.com)
Still known primarily for the boho-chic style they rocked at the beginning of the decade, one might not expect many basics in a line designed by the Olsen twins. But simplicity is the watchword when it comes to The Row, which aims to provide basics at their best. Full of well-cut blazers and little black dresses, The Row is more focused on providing quality than following trends.
The Five Worst:
1. Lauren Conrad Collection (by Lauren Conrad)
(photo from amazon.com)
2. Heidiwood (by Heidi Montag)
Another Hills star, another terrible label. While Montag dissed her co-star for setting such a high price point for her clothes, her own line looked cheap, in all senses of the word. Equal parts skanky and Forever 21 clearance rack, Montag's line was tragic. Happily, she has since stuck to what she does best: reality TV and staged paparazzi shots.
3. Abbey Dawn (by Avril Lavigne)
Lavigne described her clothing line to USA Today as "[a] lot of hot pinks and blacks and stars and purple and zebra. Basically, everything I wear." I don't think that I have to elaborate.
4. Paris Hilton (by Paris Hilton)
Let's face it. It's hardly surprising that the bulk of this collection consisted of T-shirts with Paris's face on them (which she proudly wore, of course). What was surprising were the numerous ugly items that even Hilton wouldn't be caught dead in, including a cheap looking turtleneck sweater dress and what can best be described as a sleeveless mom-blouse with an attached tie.
5. Ashlee Simpson for Wet Seal (by Ashlee Simpson)
(photo from blog.buffalostate.edu)
Combining the worst of Abbey Dawn and Paris Hilton, Simpson's collection featured T-shirts with her face on them and items bearing a neon animal print motif.
Note: Miley and Max is only excluded from this list because:a) I respect Max Azria and hope that one day he will come to regret this trainwreck of a line.
b) It is so terribly mundane that I tend to forget it exists
September 9, 2009
From The Cobra Snake: I'm pretty sure that this is the dress I've been obsessing over every time I've gone into Zara recently. I love the early 90's vibe of the florals. I also love the carpet bag style purse in the bottom left corner.
From Last Night's Party: