Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Couture Shows Were...expensive?

The titans of fashion currently (or already) showed their couture collections for the upcoming winter. Chanel had Leo the Lion, Dior had many many flowers, and Armani had old-Hollywood glam, Givenchy was just pure awesomeness, Valentino had some girly volume, and Jean-Paul was just Jean-Paul.

Now what does this mean for most of the population?

Except, that their are people still willing to spend a fortune on clothes. Which helps the world economy, so whatever.

So even though the prices of one of those pretty little dresses costs in the upward ranges of a pretty little good-sized U.S. home, you can still admire the pretty little pictures.

Which will be coming soon!
But for now you can view the pictures at the "online home of fashion"

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Gladiators (ish) for guys?

Gladiators and strappy sandal shoes look great on women, but what about the guys? Women take our clothes all the time? Why can't we borrow a sandal here and there?

I first started noticing this footwear for men in the Spring/Summer 2010 shows. It only showed up only a couple times so it had me wondering, is this just the beginning?

(Givenchy, Alexander Mcqueen)

After I saw the Givenchy ones though I will admit, I was hooked.

But recently it seems like the mens gladiator has started to show up more regularly on sites like Looks like they've entered mainstream street fashion.

I found these on the topman website

Ok these do look more digestible than the Givenchy ones up top. But why NOW? I have no clue. The only two reasons I can think of is the recent idea of bondage that has been played around with in fashion recently. And the straps around the foot (one of the most common fetishes) give off a little sexual innuendo that might just bring people to subconsciously like it. OR we are having a historical rehashing of ancient times.
And for those who diss the manliness of these shoes, wasn't the Roman gladiator considered a defining part of the ancient culture linked to combat fighting? I mean, how much more MANLY can you get?
Oh did I forget to mention Jesus also probably wore these types of shoes?
And I mean come on, who would want to diss Jesus (other than Kathy Griffin)?

Whatever the reason
It seems like these shoes are here to stay, at least for now, in women's and (possibly) men's fashion.

I guess it's another example of how fashion shifts over the ages.
BUT, the question still stands, good or bad?
I mean hey, we did it once?
Why not again?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Viktor & Rolf's Clean Spring

My favorite duo in fashion (sorry Dean and Dan), Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have for next spring created a collection that I would gladly live in. The pieces had an air of that "rock-and-roll youth" edge that seems to be a running theme this season with many designers. They presented a very clean silhouette that used some of fashions favorite colors of tan, blue, black , and grey. I think the best items from this collection are the shoes (especially those sandals worn with the tan suit and layered rain look), and the tailored shorts. That sweater with the glasses and shorts is something I would love to have. These are the clothes that make you look and feel relevant without making a big scene. And getting La Roux to perform just made the collection better, in my opinion ha.

View full show here

(Photos from