Balmain Spring 2010 RTW
13 March 2010
11 March 2010
|Chanel Perspex Briefcase|
One doesn't really see people with briefcases anymore. Messenger, tote and computer bags, yes. Briefcases, no. I am talking about the old-fashioned, hardside *knock, knock, knock* attaché case. I had a professor who carried one. It was this worn, clunky thing at least a couple of decades old. He would walk into the classroom, put it on the front table, and pull out his notes. He would then proceed to lecture for an hour and a half straight with no slides or visual aids. The class was totally devoid of any type of technology since we were not even allowed to take notes on our computers, just pen and paper. It was as if he was letting you know upfront with his briefcase, his teaching style.
I still want a briefcase but really have no reason for one. My computer bag is still more functional. The biggest advantage is that it is hands free. Plus, do I want people to assume that I am carrying around a poker set or at best guess a gun? They are really only seen for ransom drops and other sketchy cash payoff. But I think I am just using TV as a reference again. Regardless, this reasoning didn't stop me from looking around to see what the modern age has to offer.
|Tumi Tennyson Attache, $1,995|
|Asprey Bond Attache, £2,500|
|Vanguard Business Series Modern 84 Attache, $117.95|
|Rimowa Topas Aluminum Silver Attache Case, $945|
|Zero Halliburton 4" aluminum attaché, $550|
|Totally Bamboo Bamboo Attache Case, $218.95|
|Louis Vuitton Président, $4,200|
09 March 2010
The bespoke spell. That is the underlying theme of this three part documentary. Savile Row chronicles the present day state of the famed Mayfair street,
Its craftsmen and women are aging — the average tailor on the Row is 55 — and international merchandisers are entering the marketplace. Documentarian Ian Denyer explores Savile Row’s illustrious tradition and how it is adjusting to the challenges of the 21st century.
During the three episodes, viewers see tailors' reactions as retailer Abercrombie & Fitch opens an outlet on the Row, the tailors' efforts to promote the Row tradition to customers abroad and fledgling apprentice tailors compete for the profession’s top award. As I watched, it was easy to be sentimental about an era, in some cases even more so than some of the tailors. For example, we accompany one digging around in a basement, going through the records of every single customer that has ever walked through its doors - figuratively. He is looking for the records of Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie de Montijo, which have been misplaced; recorded either under 'M' for Montijo or 'E' for Empress - even though 'E' doesn't make sense, since there "has been so many of them." The correct book is finally found in an dusty old cupboard with a radiator, chair and other retired equipment blocking the sticky doors.
I guess it is hard to get worked up about every single famous client when there have been so many, but there is something about having those records in a boiler room and not in some climate-controlled display cabinet. I am still waiting for someone to put on white gloves before flipping through the pages. The Row has such a rich tradition of tailoring that hasn't changed that much since the 1800s. However, as a 'brand' Savile Row has failed to keep up with the times and there is its catch-22. The introductory question:
"Can the tailors get brand savvy without selling their souls?"
photo cred: sundance channel
07 March 2010
05 March 2010
03 March 2010
01 March 2010
|diana von furstenberg // michael kors|
Last week I was IMing with one of my friends and we were swapping links of potential swimsuits. Of all the years that I have gone swimsuit shopping, I've never had a clear plan before walking into the store. I've had the mentality of as long as it looked good on me (or sometimes just settling with mildly looking good) I didn't care the style. As much as I love to shop, swimsuit shopping has always been a chore or a last minute errand.
While cyber shopping with her, I noticed that there were three dominent styles of the season the standard cut-out sexy or barely existent, the ruffle/fringe, and surprisingly retro bombshell. Okay, maybe I could get a little bit more excited. I saw them on the runway last year, but not so much in stores. I've decided that I wanted to do something a little different this season. A 1940/1950-ish suit with a modern twist. Eh? However, I also noticed that that many sites didn't provide a view of suit from the back. Seriously? I realize that finding a swimsuit is more of something to be done in person, but give a girl a little hint.
But back to the excitement -- I like the idea of a modern day pin-up girl. My friend says that to really pull off the look I need to be tatted up. I am going to have to disagree on that point, but I'll consider a temporary tattoo.
|Leda Halter & Ruffle Brief|
|Becca® Butterfly one-shoulder bandeau top & Skirted scoop bottom|
|Carmen Marc Valvo retro one-piece|
|Esther Williams Vintage Swimsuit 50's Style|
|Esther Williams Vintage Swimsuit 50's Style|
|The Bettie - Retro Halter Swimsuit|
|Classic Bikini Swimsuit|
|The Betty Swimsuit|
|Retro Sailor Swimsuit|
|Halter Eight Suit|
|Bill Top & Bottom|
runway photo cred: ivan lattuada/sgp; marcio madeira via style.com