Bright and White: Marc Jacobs and Givenchy Spring 2011 Ad Campaign

marc jacobs S/S2011 ad campaignlove the new ad campaigns from Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. Absolutely on opposite ends of the spectrum, and showing huge trends from Spring Summer 2011 — 1970’s luxury, sheer and pure white statement.
marc jacobs S/S2011 ad campaign

Shot backstage at the spring summer show by Juergen Teller

Givenchy S/S2011 ad campaign

Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott shoots Givenchy Spring Summer 2011 featuring Daphne Groeneveld and Stephen Thompson

real quick

there is so much amazingness i still want to talk about from fashion month – Chanel, Louis Vuitton, et al – but im heading out to see two of my most favoritest people this morning so i can only briefly say – HOW AWESOME IS THIS CANADIAN TUXEDO?!  it even includes the boots – aaand the baby!  aaah!  (not so much into the Chanel jacket over it – or on a guy really) but Karl can do what ever he wants!!!!!!!!!  LOVE HIM!

Givenchy Spring Summer 2011

impossibly skinny models walking down in sheer sheer sheer. leopard prints, lazer cutting and layers – a cornucopia of things i adore.  graceful and edgy, wild and wearable, Givenchy has been hitting us with one season after another of beautiful garments that push the envelope while continuing to to hold true to the label.  touches of Aeon Flux futurism, lace and leather ruffles and pleats, vamp lips and mini braids at the bottoms of crimped hair.  love.


Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2011

i have been waiting with bated breath for this collection.  yes, me and the rest of the world. Sarah Burton had some massive shoes to fill, and even though she has been the assistant for the late great Lee McQueen for the last 14 years, to become the head of a world renowned house is intimidating to say the least.  she has been quoted saying that she represents a softer side to the label, and her spring summer is inspired by pagan women and rebirth.  we will still have to see in seasons to come how Sarah’s own voice will grow and mature, as this collection references many past seasons as well as touches of Marchesa and Viktor and Rolf.  however, as a start, she’s made a good one, and i am excited to see more.

Pallet Cleanse

after Manish Arora, a true pallet cleanse is required.  how wonderful to have it in the form of Gareth Pugh.  Each season the designs become more refined, the silhouettes more wearable.  Icy whites, charcoal grays, black and chrome in sophisticated wide leg trousers, robotic pieced leggings and ethereal, opalescent chiffon dresses are so ready for commercial consumption that when his signature wild streak comes out in sculptural trenches and body armor it is almost surprising.  almost.  Gareth Pugh’s cold futurism is phenomenal and possibly the most mature collection we have seen from the designer as of yet.

Alexander McQueen F/W 2010 RTW

His final season, only 80% complete at the time of his death, is one of romanticism and restraint.  Sumptuous fabrics, undulating and floating around the figure, rich jacquards and gilded feathers, hand craft so impeccably Haute Couture.  There is a softness, a somberness, a bitter sweetness to the collection as well, partially because of the intimate setting chosen for the final collection, but possibly also because as we look at these queens, mothers, angels and demons we know it can never be again.   It is that moment before fully waking when the dream is still visible, but slipping through your fingers.  The quiet reflection of a prolific artist, “I’m interested in designing for posterity. People who buy McQueen are going to hand the clothes down to their children, and that’s very rare today.” Alexander McQueen, Harpers Bazaar.

there is talk of a design team taking over the impossible job of McQueen’s genius.  I truly hope these rumours do not come to fruition – they are shoes that can never be filled.

The entire collection, 16 looks.  RIP Alexander McQueen.

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