Paris Is Burning

Oct 3, 2009Breaking Newzzz
I love Paris and this dress by Lanvin.

I love Paris and this dress by Lanvin.

Who doesn’t look forward to the Paris shows? Oh…I see. Well then, let’s focus on the people like me who are very interested in what the great French houses are doing for the season. As the Paris shows wind down World Fashion Week (my new favorite term), I look forward to that large mug of coffee while perusing Women’s Wear Daily, style.com and Cathy Horyn’s review in The New York Times. I love that WWD glides over hot messes and style.com’s willingness to sift out the nugget of gold from the muck…except in the case of Maison Martin Margiela…yikes. But it truly is a joy to look at the beautiful pieces by Albert Elbaz for Lanvin or admire the rock steady assuredness of  Nicolas Ghesquière’s collection for Balenciaga. These are the highlights for sure…and much, much more. Like in every other fashion week town from Mumbai to Madrid, there are some real doozies. One can’t help loving these designers who are so full of themselves, or cocaine, that they convince themselves that every piece in the collection is a must-have…or is key to making the “statement”. The dreaded statement, the sound bite, the inspiration, a.k.a. the verbal nonsense of the collection. Case in point:

I don't care that Rihana is sitting in the front row of Gareth Pugh, this outfit is utter nonsense. Talk to the hand Gareth.

I don't care that Rihana is sitting in the front row of Gareth Pugh, this outfit is utter nonsense. Talk to the hand Gareth.

Happy Halloween Rihanna. Fotz.

Happy Halloween Rihanna. Fotz.

Now…if he wants to dress rockers for stage…then this works. But if that is the case, oh, whatever. No one listens to me anyway. More from Paris all week. Stay tuned.

2 Responses to “Paris Is Burning”

  1. audrey nizen says:

    i agree with the wearability aspect but don't you want some drama…the dress you liked felt really safe and not really new.
    every season i wait for th erevolution …the new mini…the new bikini… when will fashionreally change. we keep channeling back to different decades.

  2. Abe says:

    Hi Audrey…I like that dress because in this particular financial climate…the flattering little back dress is just what the doctor ordered. This is a season of transition…especially for retailers..as I am sure you can attest. Drama is fine…as this queen will attest. The overall Lanvin collection was lovely. Don't you think? I happened to pick the dress that if I were a woman..I would wear. Please don't hate me for playing my (would-be) wardrobe safe. As for the other stuff… you know…I love drama on the runway…and maybe I am just proving to be a big bore..but that is what I love about the couture collections. As for ready to wear. Fine…do wear that gray bird outfit. I'll meet you for tea at the plaza at 4. Game on?
    xoxoxo
    ABE

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