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spring 2010 ready-to-wet-your-knickers

posted by:  audra

oh my god, how i’ve missed style.com!  seriously, i haven’t even been looking at stuff…that’s how pathetic i’ve been.  and today?  i went through all  the spring 2010 ready-to-wear collections.  some were way disappointing, like marchesa.  ugh.  and then i read that irving penn, one of my favorite-favorite photographers, and certainly one of the most well-respected fashion photogs EVER has bitten the dust at age 92. 

let’s take a moment of silence for mr. penn.

okay!  that’s enough…now onto the fashion.  there are a lot of limbs gone out on for spring, and i’m not sure which ones are good, and which ones are not so good…yet. 

alexander mcqueen spring 2010 ready-to-wear

i ALWAYS love, love alexander mcqueen.  this collection surprised me a bit; very reptilian-ethereal-alien-wrapped-in-ectoplasm.  i didn’t watch the show, but i can only pray to baby jesus that the church’s ‘reptile’ was the runway music!  and i looove the black pieces towards the end…i die for the very last black dress. 

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john galliano spring 2010 ready-to-wear

man, i looooove  me some john galliano.  i do.  i could eat him.  i’m not sure how i feel about this collection though….it’s sort of rummage-sale-secretary-costumey-chic had a baby with edie beale.  but i like it…?  kinda?  these were some of my favorites…

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wunderkind spring 2010 ready-to-wear

i’ve never been crazy about wunderkind…i think it’s only the name that i don’t like.  i’ve never given it a chance, but it caught my eye this time.  style.com wasn’t wild about this collection, but i think designer wolfgang joop did a bang-up job in black & blue…

you know i have a weakness for anything black, but i think these are truly beautiful.  would maybe be better with some plain, old, opaque black tights or some wide-fenced fishnets…?  but, whatever…i totally feel better now!  sweet fashion dreams, my loves! 

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zac posen deliciousness

posted by:  audra

i was just milling around the other day, looking at various older couture collections, & settled in on zac posen.  i’ve adored zac from the very beginning…even though we’re exactly the same age & he makes me feel like a gigantic underachiever…but i fell in love with his fall 2008 rtw collection, & i’m pretty sure he had me in mind when he designed it; it’s quite delicious, as well as the models he chose…karen elson, jessica stam, coco rocha & agyness deyn!?  all at once?  sigh…

you can view the collection in its entirety here.

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what all boys should be wearing…

posted by:  audra

so, now that it’s nearing the end of january, i’ve found myself all in a tizzy about spring approaching.  in a bad way.  because after spring of course comes summer…& i’m not looking forward to sweating & having my thighs stick together.  again.  i really wish it could be perpetually 45 degrees & mostly cloudy.  some sun is okay, but too much is bad & causes me to freckle.  anyway…let’s look at some delicious photographs from my darling alexander mcqueen‘s fall 2009 men’s ready-to-wear collection in anticipation of october(!).  i never do men’s fashion & thought i should start. these are just some of my favorites, but you can view the entire collection here.

i think this one speaks for itself, don’t you?  it’s not very practical for running errands & such, but you have to admit it would add a bit of whimsy to picking up the dry-cleaning.

this suit with the cropped pants & fingerless gloves totally makes me wet.  so delicious.  i would sleep with anyone wearing this:

this one too.  anyone.  yum.

i love these skinny pants with the tailored jacket.  so cute.

not sure why i liked this one, i think maybe it’s the boots…but the model is soooo pretty too…other than those two things it’s mostly ridiculous.

this one’s fun.  it’s all business on top, but the pants & boxing gloves tell you that he’s not ashamed to go out on a limb for the sake of fashion.  god bless him.

i don’t like muscles, especially really defined abs, so this is pretty gross.  but, again, i liked the gloves & cropped trousers.

i love this.  here we have a perfect example of a classic suit, but edgy & modern.  loves.

this last one reminds me of a gladiator wearing a butcher’s apron, & we all know how i love meat…

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audra: haute pants

oh my god, you guys…i am really kicking myself for not sticking with the whole losing-weight thing.  not because i can’t fit into my favorite black & white halter dress, or the horrendous back-fat i’m accumulating, but because of the uh-maze-ing hot pants explosion for spring 2009(!).  oh em gee, look how rad:

model in paul costelloe

model vika kuropyatnikova wearing iceberg

model vika kuropyatnikova in iceberg

model heloise guerin in dolce & gabbana

model heloise guerin in dolce & gabbana

agnès b.

model in agnès b.

but boys in hot pants?  gross.  this is ridiculous:

model thibault oberlin in byblos

model thibault oberlin in byblos

i want to like this, really i do…i love men’s legs, and a prominently displayed package, but this is just embarrassing.  i do like the blazer sleeves pushed up though, it makes the bottom half look more like it’s on purpose…because you know if he wore the sleeves down, with socks too,  it would throw the whole thing off balance in an ‘oops i forgot my pants’ kind of way.   if there is any boy you know who would actually wear the man-panty + blazer combination out & feel good about it, please introduce me.  that boy would be my new fashion hero.

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audra: is mj really the new ysl?

as i was tooling about in the new issue of the bible the other day, i skimmed one of my favorite columns, life with andré by andré leon talley. i had to stop &  lick the page for a moment when a skirt-clad marc jacobs with victoria beckham caught my eye.  then i noticed the heading, man of the moment.  so i read…

“in my life in the fashion trenches, there have been only two collections that were seismic moments destined to become part of the legacy of modern fashion history.”

…one being yves saint laurent’s broadway suit collection clear back in 1978, and the other being marc jacobs’s most recent collection at new york fashion week.  a pretty bold statement, don’t you think?  especially coming from talley.  he then goes on to say that what with mj’s models walking the runway to gershwin’s rhapsody in blue, jacobs “became the new yves saint laurent.”

the new ysl…?  marc jacobs truly is my favorite designer, and has been since, like, forever.  when i bought my first pair of mj heels in 2003, i thought my head would explode.  really.  i would sit with my new red heels on for hours in the house, just watching tv or whatever, afraid that if i wore them outside they’d get scuffed, or i’d fall down.  i wasn’t that great at walking in heels back then…oh, so young.  when i think of his designs, i think of lots of different textures, bright colors with most often a slightly off-kilter cut.  he’s just so bloody cool.  i hear that he chain-smokes like you woudn’t believe, too…even to & from the gym.

when i think of ysl, i think flowing evening gowns worn by catherine deneuve – like the black lacy thing she wore in belle du jour – though i don’t really think he meant design-wise, but style-wise rather, if that makes sense.  hmm.  well, still, it’s hardly something you could compare marc jacobs to, right?  sure marc does gowns & suits & such, but really?  however, when i took a little looky-loo at marc’s new spring 2009 ready-to-wear collection further, i started to agree with talley; especially his suits paired with darling little hats…quite the loving nod to monsieur laurent.

yves saint laurent

marc jacobs spring 2009 ready to wear

the first model is wearing yves saint laurent; i’m not certain the year, but just guessing, i would say it’s circa 1988.  the second model is wearing marc jacobs spring 2009.  granted i picked the most conservative of mj’s suits, but you get the point.   i guess it just sort of shocked me to hear such high praises given to marc, to be called the new ysl…and what with yves only being in fashion heaven since june.  i’ll definitely be pulling out my never-been-worn, silver marc jacobs boots (with star shaped cut-outs(!), circa 2005-ish) very, very soon.  while chain-smoking, of course.

for the rest of his spring collection, click here.

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audra: alexander mcqueen spring 2009 ready-to-wear

i just took a little peek at my beloved alexander mcqueen’s collection for spring 2009.  after the ridiculously rad fall 2008 line, my expectations were quite high…what with ludicrously amazing stuff like this:

i’m a little disappointed with the spring line…some of it seems to be grazing the fine line between safari chic & animal print orgy from talbots:

and what the hell is up with this?

i really liked this corseted frock though:

but look closer, and note the gross shoes above.  seriously you guys, these are so gross.  sadly i wasn’t able to find a more detailed photograph, but you can tell that they’re flesh colored, foot molded heels, possibly in some sort of synthetic material…or maybe patent leather, but i doubt it.  i hate other people’s feet, and these exacerbate every sick detail of the human foot that i just can’t stand.  but anyway, i really hate this too:

it looks like alex found a scrap of an old stained-glass themed tapestry, cut some arm holes here, a triangle in the crotch there, and called it good.

typically designers will have a collection that sticks with one theme, but this is all over the place.  it makes my head hurt.  a lot of the dresses were really pretty though, like this one:

i love the detail on the model’s face, too:

so pretty!  do you think that would work for me if i pulled some fishnets over my head?

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