Spring 2015 Haute Couture

It was two days into the couture shows before I even realized they were on – that’s how distracted I am this week. However the collections are looking great, well, most of them (Ahem! Versace!) Here are my loves and loathes.

I love…

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that these days, we can always count on Valentino to impress.


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Loathe: Rick Owen’s Fall 2015 Menswear

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Rick Owens Fall 2015 Menswear.

I’ll be traveling to London in February to attend a memorial service for Louise Wilson, my course director when I attended the MA in fashion at St. Martins. Recently, ex-classmates and I have been reminiscing about our time on the course and I was reminded of one of the most memorable things she said to me: “It’s easier to do freaky-deaky fashion than it is to do real clothes.” I think Rick Owens lacked good ideas for Fall 2015 and decided to do freaky-deaky, and I am pretty sure Louise would have told him that it was a cop out.

The photos I have published here don’t properly show the “concept” in full, but use your imagination. The clothing didn’t cover the models’ groins, they weren’t wearing underwear, and in several instances, their penises were hanging out.

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Rick Owens Fall 2015 Menswear.

The only reason why I can think Rick Owens decided to do this was for the attention – and of course – he got it. But it is a joke and it is pathetic. If you don’t have a good idea for a collection, please don’t fill the void by shocking. I feel like designers sometimes forget the main purpose of the fashion industry – to clothe people. While some people may label it as frivolous and unnecessary, the fact is, everyone needs to wear clothes. (Well – there are some countries where it might be hot enough not to, but you usually need protection of some sort, regardless of the temperature.) I try and argue that although it can be silly at times – fashion and apparel is a very big business, it provides essential products, and it is important for the economy. But when we get designers like Rick Owens showing asymmetrical togas exposing genitals, our industry as a whole takes a hit. It makes us (and of course, the poor models) look very stupid.

Images from WWD.

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2015 Golden Globes Red Carpet

While this was a boring red carpet, it was also a good one. Very few distressing outfits here, most people looked pretty decent, which is a good thing since it takes them months to prepare for this. And in case you are wondering, Versace won.

I love…

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Kate Hudson in Versace. If anyone can get away with a slutty dress like this, its her.


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5 Wardrobe Resolutions for 2015

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I’m not a huge fan of New Years Resolutions because I figure if you need to do something, you should just do it regardless of what time of year it is. However, I do like the idea of reflecting on things and using the new year as a time to figure out what you need to do. It has been a few years now since I have embraced minimalism, and it has defined the way I shop and dress. I’ve got trips planned to New York, Paris, and London in the next two months and I know I’ll be doing a lot of shopping for work (it’s called “research” because you don’t actually get to buy anything…) and I feel I must have a plan for the year so that I don’t buy anything silly (and so I don’t deprive myself.) Here are 5 wardrobe resolutions I hope to follow in 2015, what are yours?

1. Do a clear out at least twice a year. In December I did a modified version of The Minimalists’ Game where I tried to get rid of one item of clothing for every day of the month (underwear or socks counted for 1/3 of a day, shoes were one day each.) I failed as I didn’t manage to get past day 24, but I’m not beating myself up about it as I moved to Sweden with an already massively reduced wardrobe. The point is, I got rid of a bunch of stuff I didn’t wear anymore, and I will most definitely do it again! I plan to do this twice a year. And if I hesitate on something, I put it into a bag in my storage room for a few months, and if I don’t notice it missing or need it, it goes to charity.


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Best of Searching for Style 2014 Part 2

Happy New Year, garland

Here is part 2 of the best of Searching for Style 2014.

Unsurprisingly, the usual things annoyed me in 2014: sweatpants, crop tops, and Coachella:

No, You Can’t Wear Sweatpants to Work

Press Release of the Month: Crop Topping for Coachella

Meanwhile some brands pleasantly surprised me: Love: The Gap.

I reminisced on the best visual merchandising I have ever seen in my life: Fashion Moments: Jamie Reid’s Dover Street Market Windows and I dispelled some myths about French women: 5 Myths About French Women.

I realized that Anna Wintour is sometimes right: Fashion Quote: Anna Wintour on Resort and I realized that Saint Laurent is just plain wrong: Saint Laurent vs Topshop.

And I reminded my readers that it takes more than just a good idea to start a fashion company: 10 Things You Need to Start a Fashion Brand.

And on that note I should share with you all that thanks to a very successful 2014 for The Sleep Shirt, I won’t be dedicating much time to the blog over the next few months. Of course I’ll be here when I have something to say, but that may be twice or week, or twice a month. I’m only going to be posting about things I really love, loathe, or want to write about, so expect to hear about leggings, celebrity fashion designers, and Hermes – along with whatever else is worth mentioning in this wonderful industry.

Happy New Year and I wish you all a prosperous 2015.

Garland image found here.

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