How do you balance masculine and feminine, tailoring vs. draping and black vs. white? In two words: Talbot Runhof. For Fall/Winter 2011, German design duo Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof was inspired by Noel Coward's "Mad About the Boy" song about unrequited love for a film star. The moody song played as models walked the runway with utmost sophistication at the recent show in Paris. Juxtaposing elements came into play as menswear-inspired pieces walked the runway alongside glamorous femininity. Sharp tailored silhouettes were softened with fluid fabrications and serious shirt dresses were transformed into sexy secretary looks. Think tongue-in-cheek attitude with shirt in reverse, a button-up back and sleeves tied at the waist. There were luxe furs, sheer fabrics, rich brocades and plenty of sparkle - think jeweled tops and sexy chic dresses. Gowns had an old Hollywood grandeur updated in bold colorful stripes and modern appeal. Here are some of my shots of the collection captured front row from Paris Fashion Week.
It seems my thoughts were right on track of a major trend. I was trawling through The New York Times Style section and lo and behold there was an article on the very subject. Indeed "Museums Are Finding Room for Couturiers". Apparently fashion is a popular topic and not just for fashionistas. While there is some debate whether all fashion exhibitions merit a gallery exhibition, the world seems fascinated by the art form.
According to the NY times article:
"Harold Koda, the curator in charge of the Met Costume Institute, believes that there has been what he called “a generational shift,” adding: “Until about 10 years ago, there was an uneasy relationship between museums and fashion. But today there are more museum directors who are engaging in contemporary fashion.” And pop culture highlights fashion’s allure. “A hit show like ‘Project Runway,’ whose viewers are young females, underscores the passion for fashion among a key demographic that is also crucial for museums,” said Tyler Green, who edits the blog Modern Art Notes.
And there are more in the works. The Bard Graduate Center is scheduled to host a show by master milliner Stephen Jones; the Dallas Museum of Art will host a Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition next November; and the Shelburne Museum in Vermont will soon debut “In Fashion: High Style, 1690-2011.”
Here are images from some of the current and upcoming high style exhibitions. If you're able to attend one of these inspirational displays of art, be sure to stop by.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY
Alexander McQueen, photos: Solve Sundsbo/The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An outfit like this is designed to stand out in the crowd - and literally turn heads. I spotted this lovely vision leaving the Elie Saab runway show in Paris. You couldn't help but snap a few pics of chic Chinese actress Fan Bingbing wearing her Elie Saab ensemble.
Leaving the Elie Saab runway show in Paris I spotted uber model Abbey Lee Kershaw wearing the perfect hippie chic looks. Fur coat - check. Round shades - check. Brown bag and over-the-knee boots - check. check.
So excited to share this story I wrote for M Magazine, the luxury lifestyle glossy based in Newport Beach. Coco's legendary rue Cambon addy and Karl's ethereal ballet theme made this a beautiful collection indeed. Here's the opening paragraph....for the full read go to MMediasite.com.
Chanel's iconic name conjures up visions of chic, timeless sophistication. And Karl Lagerfeld's deft hand continues to reinvent and update the French fashion house for today. For Spring 2011, the Chanel Haute Couture colleciton is a delicate vision of lightness and simplicity infused with a ballet dancer's graceful elegance. Immersed in tradition, guests at the recent Paris show were transported to Coco Chanel's 1930's apartment with a set that simulated the Coromandel screens, baroque arch and staircase at the designer's legendary address at 31 rue Cambon...
When you spot a window display as positively adorable as this, you have to stop and take pictures. That's what happened as I was walking through the Marais on my recent visit to Paris. Lostmarc'h is a little treasure to discover. The products are developed from exquisite raw materials that combine the essence of the sights and scents of the rugged coastline of the Brittany region of France. Perfume, bath soap, shower gel and lotions all designed to heal, protect and inspire. The Lostmarc'h beach is the last unspoiled beach on continental Europe......
Sun, wind, sand....take me there.
On another note......Paris had so many treasures to find, I'm back to blogging about it. Over the next few weeks, expect more of my favorite stores, cafes, shows, and street style. And...I'll be sprinkling in plenty of other current events, and design happenings and my adventures in Los Angeles. Stay tuned!!