Monique Lhuillier Spring 2009 at Paul Wilmot.
Posts for October 24th 2008
People always say that you should spend more money on the things that will make the greatest impact in your wardrobe, like a coat for instance, or a pair of great heels. But what about costume jewelry? When it comes to bangles, a big hit for Spring 2009, we think the instinct is to head towards the high street for a four dollar version. One thousand dollars for a bangle seems like a lot of money when you can get something similar for any price you like. What if, however, you were in the market for a piece of fine jewelry and the choice was between a thin gold chain with a diamond pendant or, again, the thousand dollar bangle? Well, then it seems more reasonable to go for the bangle, in a sense, because (using the same logic as investing in trench coats or great heels) it would be a more noticeable investment and therefore would create more bang for your buck...we suppose this trend at high and low price points can work for all sorts of people--it just depends on what you tell yourself really.
>> Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are known for being press-shy, but yesterday they let The Oprah Winfrey Show follow them around on a typical day — which means stops at the Elizabeth and James and The Row showrooms for model fittings, plus meetings with Robert Lee Morris about their ongoing jewelry collaboration. Morris jokes: "Ashley will show up a few days later and undo everything that Mary-Kate did," and the twins do admit that if they can't agree on something, they scrap the idea. We also get a peek at the Spring 2009 Elizabeth and James jewelry — lots of layered chains — and also their new shoe collaboration with Steve Madden — think "beigey suede" and pony skin.
Last night Fashion Group International called out great names from the fashion, architecture, beauty, and entertainment world--these individuals were celebrated for their contributions to our culture and called, 'The Alchemists' for their abilities in their chosen field. Among those individuals celebrated were, Francisco Costa, Christopher Bailey, Carla Sozzani, Franca Sozzani, and Christian Louboutin for fashion, Bobbi Brown for beauty, Phillipe Stark for architecture, Natalie Massenet from Net-a-Porter for corporate leadership, Harvey Weinstein for entertainment, Bill Mccomb from Liz Claiborne Foundation for humanitarianism, Harold Koda from the Fashion Institute for the Oracle Award, and John Paul de Joria from Paul Mitchell for sustainability. Check out our gallery below for pictures from the event. (Plus, look how happy Karl and Anna are together).
When we first laid eyes on the fantastic ceramic-like headpieces we thought the clothing was bound to pale in comparison but, to our surprise, it was well-matched and very beautiful on its own. The chiffon and silk dresses were pleated and sewn into beautiful patterns, some of which reminded us of the details from Givenchy Fall 08. Otherwise, it had a similar palette and gothic feel to that collection. Don't get us wrong, the Morales collection is far and away from Givenchy but you can see that the aesthetic is admired. As tough as the overall message is, this collection is rather soft and feminine at its core. Here's to hoping that it looks as nice in person as it does on the catwalk and that the price point isn't at all near that of an established luxury brand.
FGI Night Of Stars. Photos wireimage.