Category Archives: Runway Report

Kanye West’s “Dw” Debut — A Parade of Pomp and Circumstance

With Kanye West’s debut fashion collection I’m split down the middle. A part of me wants to love it because I love him, and then there’s the practical side wondering both who and how it will be worn.  A week ago I posed five questions for Kanye before his debut and sadly, my greatest fears came through to fruition.

Kanye has this unique sense of style in which he excels at blending the world of hip hop with high fashion. No one does it better than him, however I think along the way that message was lost in translation. Kanye loves Celine, Givenchy, and Margela, so I was hoping that his line would focus on bringing that high fashion vibe to hip hop. It would have been so refreshing to see. I know they say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but not in this case. It seems to me as if he just copied what he likes. It appeared he was more concerned with fitting in with the current aesthetic, which with the wrong shapes, fit and materials for a spring collection, turned out to be a big fail.

Firstly, when I view a fashion collection I think how will this work in my world. The clothes were ill-fitting and where they did seen to fit nicely, they appeared slutty with low cut deep v’s and cut-outs too exposed for comfort. I see my flashback of Kanye photographed with Amber Rose wasn’t too far off. Oh and let’s not forget to mention all of that fur and the leather. I know he doesn’t give a shit what I think, but who wants to bake in the spring? Nobody. Not even for Kanye.

Still, I must give him credit. He took his dream and made it a reality. Very few people can say that. I would have preferred for him to do a men’s collection showing for a small group of editors during New York Fashion Week with the help of a hands on fashion mentor to guide his collection from inception to birth, or maybe even partnering with a designer who has experience with running a line wouldn’t have been a bad idea.

All in all, I think Kanye aimed too high too soon. It will be interesting to see which retailers pick up the collection for spring. Who do I see wearing this collection? Beyonce, Carine Roitfeld and maybe even the Olsens. Moving forward, I hopes he dedicates the time to making sure that what he produces is in line with what women really want to wear.

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Prints Galore At D&G’s Final Call

For the label’s final collection the clothes expressed the tale of a rather festive end to D&G. It was a time for celebration as the fluid garments exhibited. After years of successes and making a huge impact on the market,  the designers decided it was time to fold D&G into the mainline. It was a bittersweet parting as the pack of models trounced down the runway in explosive scarf prints, care free denim and exotic gold jewelry to match. The duo went out with a bang. Each item of this collection is sure to be held in classic regard.

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Runway Report: Chanel Fall 2011 Couture

Business bitches in outer space. Oh yes, Karl Lagerfeld took it there on the set. The designer served up a zodiac conversation. Seeing stars for the Chanel Fall 2011 Couture show, Lagerfeld’s designs were cunningly witchy. Taking the old idea of matronly suiting into the next century. Style.com’s Tim Blanks also notes, “But, if the clothes themselves were any guide, he also wanted to preserve Coco’s mystery.”

Gorgeous!

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Easy Elegance At The Chanel Cruise Show

If there is ever a reminder that we are knocking on summertime’s door, it is when Karl Lagerfeld loads up the cruise ship packed with global top models, his muses, and over 200 esteemed guest for the most expensive afternoon tea party on the French Riviera to present the Chanel cruise collection.

Chanel Front Row: Rachel Bilson, Blake Lively, Vanessa Paradis, Alexa Chung, Clémence Poésy

Guests waited patiently for the show to began to take in a parade of 75 most-wanted looks for the resort season. From what I could see from my computer screen in my Brooklyn apartment, he delivered your typical Chanel collection — suits in bright pastels perfect for the ladies who lunch crowd, long flowing gowns in beautiful prints, and flirty black and white swimsuits accompanied by grandiose robes. Out of the 75 looks, here are ten of my favorites.

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Breaking News: Hannah McGibbon Out At Chloe!

There’s nothing like a huge shake up or two in the fashion world to welcome you back on a Monday after a relaxing holiday weekend. Now before I get into it, I just want to wish all of the mommy readers a happy belated mother’s day. Also, in case you haven’t noticed I have been dealing with some technical issues on this blog and I was unable to post. It’s not yet 100% back to normal but I’m working on it.

Now here is your morning tea: Hannah McGibbon is OUT at Chloe!


I’m guessing due to lackluster sales and stiff competition, the design house has decided to move forward replacing McGibbon with recent Pringle of Scotland Creative Director, Clare Waight. In a press release they said:

“She [Hannah] has taken Chloe to new heights by designing graceful, effortless and highly sophisticated collections of ready-to-wear which have been acclaimed by our customers across all continents.” Geoffrey de la Bourdonnaye, Chloe’s CEO, added: “We are proud to count Hannah among the hall of fame of great designers who have marked the history of Chloe since 1952.” – Via InStyleUK 

McGibbon was noted for bringing the minimalist theme to the forefront of the fashion world in huge way.  Honestly, we haven’t seen as many celebrity endorsers as season’s past and they all seem to flock to her design mentor Phoebe Philo’s collection at Celine. Maybe Chloe felt like it was running a losing race against the fashion heavy weights and had to pull back the reigns. I lived for the smart, high-waisted denim, infusion of camel, and the clean-cut designs. I’ll miss her at Chloe, but I’m looking forward to the new direction of the line. This news comes just on the heels of Gap dismissing Patrick Robinson as Creative Director. Shake ups all around will be interesting to see how this translates into the fall collections.

The Chloe Fall 2010 collection was by far one of my favs.

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