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Givenchy Spring 2011 Haute Couture Collection – Traditional Japanese Costumes Meets Anime Robot Goddess

Posted in Fashion, Givenchy, Haute Couture with tags , , , on February 10, 2011 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

House of Givenchy’s Spring 2011 Couture show by Riccardo Tisci was full with traditional Japanese influenced Embroideries mix with anime robot details.

Riccardo has been a big fan of the Japanese robot toys since he was a kid and his fascinations about traditional Japanese costume’s cut, shape & embroideries, and the famous dancer “Kazuo Ohno” as play a big part in this collection. I am just so glad he done it in the way it not just the predictable “Kimono sleeves” or “Obi” waist belt details.

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Valentino Spring 2011 Haute Couture – A Parade of Ethereal Goddess Fabulousness

Posted in Fashion, Haute Couture, Valentino with tags , , , on January 30, 2011 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

The house of Valentino by Maria Grazia Chiuri & Pier Paolo Piccioli have wow us again with their spring 2011 Couture show. This time, they wanted to break away any pas restraints of what should or should not be a ladylike couture show and did it their way. “We just wanted to remove all heaviness, the idea is that the dress are so light, they almost become part of the woman herself” said by Piccioli & Chiuri.

The whole collection is so soft, delicate with hand pressed pleating on the ruffles, butterfly chokers around the neck, soft ribbon details… the whole collection is like watching ethereal Goddesses, magical fairies parade down the runway! I just love it how ladylike they looked but with tons of sensuality,too!

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2011 Haute Couture Show – Where British Punk Rock Meets Paris Moulin Rouge Cancan Girl Chic

Posted in Fashion, Haute Couture, Jean Paul Gaultier with tags , , on January 30, 2011 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I’ve been inlove with Monsieur Gaultier’s creations ever since he started his design house. Ever since that famous “Cone shape bra” he designed for Madonna, he has never let us down with each new collection he presented, and as usual; his spring 2011 couture show was a jaw dropping sensation!

The theme was Britsh punk meets Paris cancan girl! Yes, you’ve heard it right! The total 2 opposite kind of girl & looks, it can only be achieve by a genius such a Jean Paul Gaultier to make it work together and look fabulous. He mixed the signature punk rock look of Mohawks, metal studs embellishments & leather jackets, married them with the girls of Moulin Rouge costumes such as ruffles, laced up bustier & their sensuality also with a touch of the bohemian prints, it equals to a “Très Français” sophistication collection.

CHANEL Spring 2011 Couture Show – Enchantment of Lights

Posted in Chanel, Fashion, Haute Couture with tags , , , on January 30, 2011 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

When it comes to Haute Couture, it means made to order clothing that only the best fabric, craftsmanship & embellishments are used to create these one of the kind garments that only the best designer houses can mastered! and since money is no object to create these garments, designers usually use massive amount of fabrics plus heavy beadings & embroideries on couture dresses. But at CHANEL Spring 2011 show, we’ve seen the “Light” !

This collection is so luminous in its delicacy & sparkle, every pieces looks like a spring garden fairy outfit! But don’t let the meaning of “Light” fools you & think they all must be just simple chiffon or cotton garments without the extravagance of Couture touches! 10 million beads & sequins were used in this collection! (Clutch my pearls! I just LOVE sparkles!) The opening first couple looks has this “Morning dew on spider webs” kind of delicate bead works on the shoulder, side of the dress…. it was just heavenly! Also all the models were wearing ballet flat shoes, with the chiffon flowing & big airy skirts, it almost has a ballerina feels throughout the collection. At the end of the show, when the curtain on the end of the runway lift up, all the models were standing on top of the stpes of a simulacrum of the iconic Rue Cambon Salon, just like how Madame CHANEL presented her show back in the days. It was a beautiful show, I love it!

Here are some of the best looks from the show

Giorgio Armani Privé Spring 2011 Collection – Haute Couture Meets Sci-Fi 《 Tron Legacy 》 Fantasy

Posted in Fashion, Giorgio Armani, Haute Couture with tags , , , , on January 29, 2011 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Couture fantasy fashion & Sci-Fi movies are two of my passion in life, and when I saw Armani Privé Spring 2011 Collection, I love it immediately! I’ve heard some other fashion editors all not happy about what they saw from this show & said “ Oh! It’s too Lady Gaga! And it totally doesn’t even look like the usual Armani style… blah blah blah”. For me, I think it’s fabulous for a designers who are as well known & famous as Giorgio Armani to take a chance and be inspired by whatever that inspired him & create something utterly fabulous that is so not the “usual” Minimalistic, quiet elegance & muted neutral color Armani style, It takes courage & a great vision to make that leap! And for that, I give him a big applause!

For me, the whole show has the hit movie “Tron Legacy” futuristic feel to it! The unexpected combination of intricate beading mixing with the high-tech slick silk nylon type of fabrics in neon colors, the structured cuts & shapes of each garment is just screams Couture ! This collection transports us into the future and offers us a glimpse of the Future Couture.

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture Show Pays Tribute To The Beauty of René Gruau Fashion Illustrations

Posted in Dior, Fashion, Haute Couture with tags , , , on January 29, 2011 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

I am so in love with Dior’s Spring 2011 Couture show! It was inspired by Monsieur Christian Dior’s favorite fashion illustrator René Gruau. He was famous his fabulous Ad campaigns back in the 1950s for House of Dior, glamorous yet minimal brush strokes, just a dash, swift, decisive strokes of gouache, charcoal & pen, it captures of all the beautiful embroidery, shapes of Monsieur Dior’s creations.

Alexander McQueen Fall Winter 2010 Final Show Was Beautiful, Solemn, Funereal & a Little Spooky

Posted in Alexander McQueen, Fashion, Haute Couture with tags , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Yesterday at the Paris fall winter 2010 fashion week, our beloved fashion designer Alexander McQueen whom pass away couple weeks ago had an appointment only salon presentation of his last collection that he was working on before his tragic death.

In his latest & last collection, McQueen got back to what he loved the most, the hand craftsmanship of the Haute Couture and the things that are been lost in the making of fashion. He was inspired by the art of the Dark Ages, a sense of poetic, medieval beauty that dealt with religious iconography. In the show, it had a hunting soundtrack of operatic music in the background, the presentation was solemn, funereal and a little spooky.

McQueen’s bi-annual fashion show extravaganza had always been the highlights of the Paris or London fashion week, and a Must-See show for every fashion editors, photographers and fashionistas! Instead of the usual big production show, yesterday’s intimate setting allowed the guests having the opportunity for an up-closed appreciations of the details of his masterpieces, and honored his designs for the very last time.

By mixing the new technology with arts from the past, he had digitally transferred the paintings of high-church angels and Bosch demons into hand-loomed jacquards fabrics to create a caped gowns & dresses. Also there was a golden color feather long jacket that was painstakingly hand covered each feather with 24K gold leaves then sewn on to the jacket one by one to created this angelic look paired with a puffy embroidered tulle long skirt.

There were tears in the eyes of some of the guests as the finale dress walked down the runway. There were some talks about the possible succession designer Gareth Pugh will take over the house of McQueen, but for us, there will only be one Alexander McQueen!

Here is a video done by my one of my favorite online store Net-a-Porter.com to pay tribute to Alexander McQueen

Also click on the video player below to see some of my favorite McQueen fashion shows. To see the whole collection of McQueen’s shows since year 2002, you can click here to visit AlexanderMcQueen.com

Rest in peace Mr. McQueen! You’ll be missed!

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug