CHANEL COUTURE SS15 REVIEW
I am not a big color person. I wear a lot of black and I make no apologies for it. But the Chanel Spring 2015 Couture collection may have changed my mind.
Chanel’s suits were simple and unfussy, by offering a no- nonsense way of life to the Couture crowd. The suit as the staple piece was a fresh reminder for the audience that sometimes less is more. Karl offered every type of skirt suit silhouette, from A-line to pencil to above the knee-giving each lady who lunches endless options. Personally I loved the array of colors the suits were offered in, because it connected to the soft evening dresses with whimsical flowers jumping off the fabrics. From mint to pink to canary yellow, Karl kept it simple and clean to prevent the collection from resembling a Crayola box.
Karl is always one to keep his looks modern, offering some crop top variations (however, if you’re not comfortable with that, I’d suggest to put a tank underneath and leave the jacket open). The opening orange suit looked soft and comfy-who knew couture suits could be today’s new relaxed wear? Okay, Karl probably knew.
Although I always believe black can never be boring, it certainly wasn’t this season. Lots of translucent, peek-a-boo fabrics kept the looks dynamic, rather than swallowing the models. The beginning gowns and dresses looked as if the models were standing in a large garden in which the foliage had started to grow on the looks (imagine how breathtaking it would be if they all stood together). I really, really liked the later looks, specifically a gray jacket with futuristic, geometric flowers-was Karl talking about genetically modified flora?
THE DRESSES: Karl is never so straight-forward, therefore this collection was a bit of a shock for me-but in a good way. The collection Flowers embellished on pockets resembled girls carrying full bouquets. I know the pink dress with a column of embellishment will be all over the red carpet-it’s can flatter a variety of figures and it’s metallic edge is quite attention-grabbing.
Hats: The wide-brimmed hats wrapped in black tulle rounded out the looks and reminded us of a forgotten age. Whether Karl was referencing 1899 or 2099, I thought it was a hit and brought a softness to the suits without sacrificing the whole look (brave move Chanel).
Masks: I loved the lace fabric covering the eyes that adds a sense of mystery. Karl’s done masks like that in past seasons, but I really like it this time since it ties well in with the abundance of fabric.
Beanies, gloves, and boots: The beanies seemed a little distracting, and more 2001 rather than 2015. The patent toes on the shoes were a fun accent, and I really liked the fact that the shoes were functional and flat, but I could’ve done without the square toes.
Continuing the translucent fabric to the gloves connected them to the lightness of the looks. Karl loves adding gloves to his designs for Chanel. To prevent himself from looking repetitive, he gave them a fresh update by adding the flowers in a fun way.
PRADA SS15 CAMPAIGN
If you’ve seen a fair share of films this season, then the heartthrobs of Prada’s Spring Summer 2015 Campaign should be familiar faces offscreen too.
The Fault in Our Stars‘ Ansel Elgort, Whiplash and The Spectacular Now‘s Miles Teller, Boyhood‘s Ethan Hawke, and Unbroken‘s Jack O’Connell cemented their place amongst fashion’s heavyweights thanks to this campaign. Photographer Craig McDean shot the guys so that they completely filled the frame. Styled in simple yet intriguing knitted vests, slim suits, and patterned sweaters, the Prada man’s look is never fussy, but always functional (with a dash of fun).
These actors appeared to be daydreaming as they doodled on their hands or peeled an orange, suggesting a sense of normalcy that unites us all together. Dare to dream fashion lovers!
Not sure if you’ve heard, but Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell are the newest faces of Burberry’s Spring Summer 2015 Campaign. This is a BIG DEAL.
Why might you ask? Well because it’s very rare that a black model is in a major campaign these days. Or in the center of one. Or alone in one. Or even with another black model. So having TWO black models as the central focus in a fashion campaign that has no tribal or “urban” (code for hood) references is refreshening. Also, kudos to Burberry for having Jourdan and Naomi look gorgeous without adding skin-lightening.
Jourdan and Naomi weren’t selected as a racial statement by the brand, but simply because they’re the best. Burberry’s Creative Director Christopher Bailey (who is just really, really awesome btw) shared, “Naomi and Jourdan – two great British icons, two strong, beautiful women and the two perfect faces for our new campaign. It is, as always, a real privilege to work with them.”
Naomi is a legend, groomed in the days of the 90’s Supermodels, while Jourdan has stomped every major runway alongside Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman, and well you get it.
Moving forward, it would be great if other brands took note of Burberry’s wise move. Rather than sprinkling a few racially ambiguous models on their runways, I think a bolder stance would showcase the industry’s ability to shape what’s beautiful, rather than being the object of popular opinion.
So I love, love, love perfume. Sometimes I want to buy just the container! Every semester I try to rotate different perfumes, and I’ve used Miss Dior (Loved the bottle + scent) and Bulgari’s Omnia Crystalline (Loved the scent) and Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb has been one that I’ve always wanted.
So after carrying around the travel and rollerball forms, I decided enough was enough and I had to make a commitment. To conclude this semester I got the Flowerbomb Holiday Box Set from Sephora. And it.is.magical. It includes a shower gel, lotion, and of course the perfume in a pink box with a magnetic clasp. Inside there’s a piece of paper, where if you enter the website URL and a code, then you can become part of this Viktor and Rolf club (sadly it’s not available in the US yet, but I’m waiting patiently).
I’m not usually one to use shower gels or lotions, because frankly I didn’t believe they’d last, but I’m totally on board now! Definitely using all three will give you more intense (and probably notes upon notes upon notes) of scent to last you through the day, but if you just want to use the lotion to liven up your scent or the shower gel to wake you up in the morning, that always works too.
I try to use the perfume sparingly since I want to to last at least till March, but we will see. Let me know if you have any perfumes that you think are worth trying!
PREFALL 2015 HERVÉ LÉGER REVIEW
I like to think of Pre-Fall as Fashion’s form of Christmas. Right before the Couture shows and a few months following the September shows, it offers a dose of new collections to hold us fashion lovers till January. Not all designers feature Prefall shows, but a growing number have decided to jump on board in the past years. Some designers deliver a full show while some opt for intimate presentations.
Here’s some of my Prefall Hervé Léger Prefall 2015 Fav’s for you to check out:
Hervé Léger these past few seasons has been steering away from club-hopping dresses to more versatile looks. For PreFall, this meant A-line dresses in an array of colors that were anything but boring. Take the looks into daytime by throwing a structured crop jacket on top like they did this season. Hervé Léger still paid homage to the bondage cocktail looks but with a variety of cutouts and necklines. Fringes added an extra dose of flavor the looks, without going into Wild Western territory. A floor-sweeping skirt concluded the collection, marrying bondage materials and ballgowns for a surprising result.