More Bla Bla on "Emperor's New Clothes"

Now I see why she never smiles.

Just when we thought it was safe to get out of the water, that the celebrity-turned-fashion-designer trend was coming to an end—hello Sarah Jessica Parker—comes news that fashionista-slash-DJ Leigh Lezark, part of the trinella of sourpusses, the Mishapes, is doing a mini-collection for H & M at Selfridges in London. So, what, now all you need to do to become a fashion designer is know how to borrow clothes? The requirements have gotten so much easier. Surely pretty, and clearly not stupid, Lezark has made a career out of not smiling while standing behind a turntable flanked by two grumpy… Read More »

So, let me get this straight. Jason Wu, designer of the moment, yes the one that made Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown, which I thought made her look pregnant from both sides, actually had Ashley Dupre sit front row at his fashion show on Friday. I mean…whaaaaaaat?!? According to the NY Post, “While everyone was waiting with bated breath to see if First Lady Michelle Obama might show up at Jason Wu’s show, instead it was kicked off by lady of the evening Ashley Dupre.” To quote my friend Carrie Fisher here, “These are the options?” Are you trying to tell me that when… Read More »

brad

We all know about the Emperor’s New Clothes. Those designers who are really not all that, rather, they are a bag of chips and get the ooohs and aaaah from the fashion press. You know who you are, and don’t need me to call you out. Hint: P. S. But we have hit a new level of Emperor’s New Clothes with simply a group of Emperors, namely Brad Goreski. He and Leigh Lezark are like the same person. Well, have you ever seen them together in the same room at the same time? Brad was a fun ditty on season… Read More »

ferg

Resort has become my favorite collection cycle since the fashion industry realized the value of this critical, transitional shipping period, and more importantly, key press moment. Throughout June, the 2012 Resort collections have made headlines to a fever pitch. Yesterday, Salvatore Ferragamo presented one of my favorite ready-to-wear collections this year, resort or otherwise. Creative director Massimiliano Giornetti conceived the collection with old-world glamour in mind, a nod to the Golden Age of Hollywood when Salvatore first made his name designing shoes for the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren.The collection is simple, elegant, and screams luxury. The company… Read More »

tbrowne

You have designers like Kris Van Assche and Kris Van Assche showing perfect menswear collections and then there is Thom Browne, using Paris to show his US brand of retardo fashion. Whenever we go there it is never a good thing. Case in point Zac Posen. I don’t even want to go on and on about how pretentious the Thom Browne collection is. I have said it all before and will sadly continue into the future.  Browne is so hell bent on replacing John Galliano’s fashion bad boy reputation in light of the him missing from the scene, that it… Read More »

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What is that award anyway? And more importantly, what is this dress that Nicole Kidman is wearing?!? Well, it is from Proenza Schouler, the guys that just the night before won the CFDA Award for Best Women’s Designers. Now, you can say what you want, but between this dress and the one that Kristen Stewart wore to the Costume Institute Gala, I do not see why this awards was bestowed on these two, yes adorable, boys. Can we just say this might be case of Emperor’s New Clothes? Yes.… Read More »