Dries Van Noten skirt, Proenza Schouler shirt, YSL boots, Ben Sherman blazer (below), Anne Klein necklace, random bracelets
In honor of Haute Couture S/S 2011, I thought I would throw a little decadence into the outfit today, namely in the form of sequins. I can't say I'm usually a sequins kind of girl, even off duty, but of course, leave it to Dries to do it in a way I love. In fact, I think the only sequin pieces I own (all 3) are Dries, and span multiple Dries season. I think that's what they call a pattern. In any event, this tonal semi-matte sequin makes a great option for adding some drama and excited to daytime wear. Complimented by the ombre silk-wool, (yes it's ombre, hopefully I can capture that better next time once winter lighting begins to recede), I'd be hard pressed to find any design flaw with this skirt--I love it so! But, to turn back to the inspiration: Haute Couture 2011--can I just say how much I love that this still happens and how much I loved the Dior show. Yes, it may not have exactly been new territory, but the reincarnation and animation of Rene Gruau 's work (a legendary Dior fashion illustrator during the Golden Age of couture) was astounding. The manner in which John Galliano played with light and dark set against wisps of black to convey the illustrative origin of the collection was nothing but inspired. And then the work....oh, the work!...I have no words for the skill and handicraft that went into creating the sumptuous degrades and delicate layers of tulle and embroidery. I was having a supremely bad day until I saw thiscollection, and at once it was all turned around. This is fashion at it's best: uplifiting and soul-satisfying.
On the other hand, there is this exercise in excess and gaudiness that went by the name of Armani Prive's couture collection. Are you kidding? Someone has been drinking way too much of the Lady Gaga jungle juice. From the ovoid-hat to the chain face-masks to the garish finishes of the materials, it was all too much. I appreciate the research and innovation that goes into making organza look like a metal, but beyond that, I could have done without the future-by-way-of-80s-music-video looks
. (runway pics via style.com)