Chanel Mocks and Embraces Technology Perfectly at Paris Fashion Week

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of the presentation of Chanel's Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Tuesday, Oct.4, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of the presentation of Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Tuesday, Oct.4, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The best way to embrace our society’s advances is to incorporate them with lightheartedness and a touch of sarcasm.  Chanel did just that at Paris Fashion Week.

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Courtesy of Fashionweekonline.com

The show began with their signature classic tweed suits, worn with plastic helmets that made Star Trek fans feel right at home.  But it was the stage design that set the standard for this futuristic fashion celebration!  Models walked on a stage surrounded by servers, cords, and cables.

The whole show beautifully represented “timeless femininity” with a twist: a technological twist!  There was a black handbag, which was essentially a plastic robot with blinking square eyes.  There was a sporty twist with plastic shin guards and baseball caps!  You know you’ve designed something special when you’ve captured all the best parts of our favorite trends from 90’s throwbacks to classic femininity, sporty nostalgia, and futuristic digital genius!

Chanel, being one of the most anticipated runway shows every year, definitely lived up to their hype!  The coupling of fashion + tech is alive and thriving in high end fashion, and something tells me, it’s only going to get better!

Love,

J. Molly

 

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The Wait is Over: High-End Fashion Satisfies Consumers with Immediate Availability

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Not all of your heart’s desires can be satisfied with just a click of a button and little to no wait, but your penchant to spoil yourself with the latest designer goods just got a lot easier! Gone are the days when runway shows were a mere presentation of the trends and styles we would have to look forward to in six months.  Designers, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, and Burberry are giving us what we want, and now!

At New York fashion week Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger will be showing a collection for Autumn/Winter 2016 instead of a Spring collection.  If we’re seeing it, stores will be selling it!

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Until now, the term “fast fashion” has always been attributed to inexpensive fashion with quick turnover.  Now this commonly used term is taking on a new meaning with high-end designers making their designer merchandise available immediately.

Runway shows have embraced our new world of technology by featuring the runway collections on social media while the show is happening!  This “shop now” trend is giving us full and unfettered access to the latest high-end fashion.

As a fashion merchandising graduate, I remember just a mere three years ago learning about the timeline of fashion.  It started with the elite exploring the newest trends before the general public was even aware.  These trends then trickled down into the mid-level stores months later when they became available to a larger number of people.  Finally, when the trends have passed we can find them on sale in those fast-fashion retailers, and when they become even more obsolete, you can find them on clearance at budget retailers or thrift shops.

Well folks, it’s finally time to change the curriculum because the regular chain of events in the fashion lifecycle have been disrupted by immediacy.  That’s right, our penchant for getting what we want when we want it is a lot easier now, and fashionistas are loving it!

To find out more about this emerging trend in fashion, check out BBC’s very thoughtful and intriguing article here.

Love,
Molly

 

Rick Owens Presents: 69’ing on the Runway

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Getty Image, Featured on Quartz

Trying to navigate hookup culture, crop tops, and spandex pants has been tough enough…but now designer, Rick Owens has brought the definition of fashion to a whole new level by dressing his models in… people. Yes, people not only wear the clothing; now they are the clothing!

You know that figurative expression that people say, “she looked like sex walking” well…I think this takes that expression to the next level.

 

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Getty Image, Featured on Quartz

My question is, is this better or worse than portraying women as sex objects?  Now we’re portraying women as materials…clothing…dresses…shirts…lifeless coverings.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Rick Owen’s idea is tremendously clever.  The runways represent a space where talented, creative people can break down borders and expand our limits of creativity and expression by experimenting with the meaning of style itself.  Controversy is a healthy part of how we grow and develop and expand our definitions of what’s acceptable.  That’s why the clothing we wear changes so dramatically almost every decade.

Getty Image, Featured on Quartz

Getty Image, Featured on Quartz

Let’s take a vote:

Who finds this offensive? Who finds this ingenious? Who finds this weird but cool? Who finds this creative?  Who finds this slightly disturbing? Who finds this innovative and futuristic? Who finds this oddly empowering?

…Who finds this all of the above?

Love,

J. Molly

 

Best and Worst Looks from the 2015 VMA Awards

Ahh…award shows.  Who actually cares about the awards? It’s all about the fashion right? Of course!

So where should we start…

We all know that gender lines are being crossed…and yes I’m happy about it.  But Scarlett Johansson’s pink jumpsuit is perhaps a bit too…I don’t know… if it were me, I’d wear the fanciest dress possible to every award show I was invited too! Not my favorite, Scarlett, but good job on the color!

Photo Courtesy of E online

Photo Courtesy of E online

Victoria Justice nailed it! Her sparkly Versace dress is designed for ultimate envy! Beautiful.  Just absolutely perfect. It’s pink, black, silver, sparkly, sexy (not slutty), feminine, unique, geometrically-pleasing… the list goes on and on. What do you think of it?

Photo Courtesy of E Online

Photo Courtesy of E Online

Maia Mitchell…the dress was too plain…too casual…too normal.  This is an award show people, pull out all your bedazzles!  The little black dress idea is great…but find one with a bit of sparkles or a unique design!  Even the shoes were simple.  If you’re going to wear a simple, modest dress, at least make your shoes or accessories over the top!

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Halston Sage looked beautiful in this uniquely crafted plunging multi-colored cutout dress.

Photo Courtesy of Halston Sage

Photo Courtesy of Halston Sage

So what did we learn from this year’s MTV VMA awards? Plunging necklines are always great! Sequins and bright colors are divine, but always choose a dress over a jumpsuit!  And if you’re going to go for a plain and elegantly simple dress, at least make your accessories stand out!

Love,

J. Molly

 

 

Summer 2015 Fashion Trends from the Runway

This summer we’re getting heated in some hot new bold fashion trends.  Burberry Prorsum, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, and Fendi have given us a new way to view denim with some funky patchwork denim.  It’s time to update your skinny jeans and exchange them for a pair of patchwork flared denim.

Burberry Prorsum, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger.  Featured on The Huffington Post. Click to original post.

Burberry Prorsum, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger. Featured on The Huffington Post. Click to original post.

Looking for something a bit more sexy?  Sheer fabrics are coming back, and I’m not talking about just cheaply made t-shirts with thin material.  I’m talking about the purposeful sultry sheer that covers you up and shows you off all at the same time.

Bottega Venneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors.

Bottega Venneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors. Featured on The Huffington Post.  Click to original post.

If you’re one of those lucky people who look good in red, then you’re in luck because the bold red trend from the winter is here to stay into the summer!

Louis Vuitton, Comme des Garcons, Miu Miu.

Louis Vuitton, Comme des Garcons, Miu Miu. Featured on the Huffington Post. Click to original post.

Love,

J. Molly

 

 

 

 

Best Looks from Academy of Art’s Graduation Fashion Show 2015

It’s amazing to think that such young men and women can create such beautiful and inspiring looks.Before the show, the line to get in was wrapped around the corner for practically two blocks, but it was definitely worth the wait!  At this year’s Academy of Art graduation fashion show, we saw bold colors, unique shapes, off-kilter hemlines, unusual fabrics, and sky-high platform heels.

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This hot pink and orange costume gives a new meaning to extravagant.  It was my personal favorite. This dress/pant suit hybrid stole the attention that night.  We all know models are tall, but this one had some help from a pair of tall platform shoes.

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Next we have a look that used stiff shapes to accentuate the shoulders and hips.  The soft blue and the bright oranges mixed together to create a great spring vibe.

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Accessories got beautifully funky this year.  This futuristic-looking handbag created the perfect intersection between wild shapes and unusual materials.  It’s about time our handbags get an all-needed modern remodel.

Love,

J. Molly

 

Hot Spring Trend Alert: The Midi

This spring you’ll have to find a different way to show off your legs because we’re all going more conservative in professional and sophisticated knee-length dresses.  Whether you’re going on a date, going to a party, going ou for brunch, going wine touring in Napa, or going to work, there are midi dresses for each of these occasions.

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For more casual events try a midi that has some sort of pattern like stripes or florals, and goes into a soft, flared skirt.  If you want to wear one to work, opt for one that hugs the body without being too tight or too flared, and has 3-quarter length or long sleeves.  If you’ve got a brunch or day-trip to Napa planned, wear a midi in a soft neutral or pastel color like beige, violet, light pink, light blue, etcetera.  Opt for one that has some structural details like a visible zipper, collar, or belted waist.

Want to get a little more bold? Gucci’s Spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection featured this bright orange midi.

Photo Cred: Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages.com, Featured on Style.com, Click to Original Site.

Photo Cred: Marcus Tondo/Indigitalimages.com, Featured on Style.com, Click to Original Site.

Got a party on the agenda? You could go fiery hot in a bold red or orange midi, or go for a sizzling slinky blue or teal body-con bandage dress.

For a classy and sexy evening look, you’ll be a knockout in a black midi that has sheer mesh sleeves, hot cutouts, and a low-cut back.

What’s your favorite midi style?!

Love,

J. Molly

The Intersection of Food and Fashion

Chanel, Courtesy of Refinery 29

Courtesy of Refinery 29

Chanel bag or pancakes? For me that’s a no brainer, but in this case I could have my pancakes and eat it too.

If pancakes aren’t your thing, how about Micky D’s?  Moschino served up some sizzling hot handbags on the runway.

Courtesy of The Bagateur

Courtesy of The Bagateur

So while you can eat your meal and wear it too, I still vote to keep the two separate!

Love,

J. Molly

Futuristic Fashion Runway Show

When you think outside the box, you can discover so much more.  This Friday Denver is hosting the 10th annual runway show where all the fashion designs are created from unique, unorthodox materials.

Architects and interior designers from design firms in Colorado feature their looks in the Pret-A-Porter competition.

These talented designers try to recreate runway looks with a futuristic feel.

IIDA RMC's Pret-A-Porter Fashion Show Competition 2013, Featured on 9 News, Click to Original Post.

IIDA RMC’s Pret-A-Porter Fashion Show Competition 2013, Featured on 9 News, Click to Original Post.

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IIDA RMC’s Pret-A-Porter Fashion Show Competition 2013, Featured on 9 News, Click to Original Post.

When I saw this post I couldn’t help but think of Iris van Herpen’s futuristic designs and use of 3-D printing.  Take a look at the fashion in the early 1900’s and then see the fashion now.  There’s a world of change.  I kind of hope that in the 2100’s this odd sense of shape and materials becomes the norms.

Iris van Herpen Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013/14 runway show in Paris, Featured on Dailymail.co.uk, Courtesy of REUTERS/Charles Platiau.

Iris van Herpen Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013/14 runway show in Paris, Featured on Dailymail.co.uk, Courtesy of REUTERS/Charles Platiau.

Iris van Herpen 3-D Printing, Featured on Style.com, Photo courtesy: Getty Images.

Iris van Herpen 3-D Printing, Featured on Style.com, Photo courtesy: Getty Images.

Love,

J. Molly

Will France Ban Skinny Models?

An NPR article reports that France is considering banning models, who are too skinny, from the runway.  They are considering passing legislation that would require modeling agencies to check a model’s BMI to make sure it is above 18, before letting them on the runway.  Any violations of the law could end in jail time or a hefty fine.

I think that being too skinny can be a detriment to a model’s health and that modeling agencies should not require young women to starve themselves in order to get the job. But at the same time, isn’t demanding models to be above a certain weight just as bad as demanding models to be skinny?  You’re still dictating the eating habits of a woman.

The best approach is the moderate approach in many cases.  Demanding skinny is a bad thing, but isn’t banning skinny just as prejudice.  People shouldn’t be prejudice towards weight, on either end of the extreme.  I would however support using models of a variety of different body styles and weight, after all beauty comes in many different shapes and sizes.  And I do think that society is gradually moving towards seeing how beauty takes form in many different shapes.  After all, it’s becoming more and more “all about that bass.”

I know this is a touchy subject, and perhaps many people have different views.  But how do we know where to draw the line?  Discriminating according to numbers, saying that a BMI of 17.9 is unacceptable but 18.1 is okay, is a little bit arbitrary.  Model’s should be encouraged to take care of themselves and not starve their body, but discriminating against those who are really skinny, is just not the answer.

What’s your opinion?

Love,

J. Molly

Zoolander on the Runway

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Courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter, Click to Original Post.

The sanctity of Valentino’s runway was violated yesterday when Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson announced that there will be a second Zoolander movie.  Zoolander came to life in Valentino clothing, but I’m pretty sure the Zoolander from the movie would never be caught wearing Valentino.

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AP Images, Featured on Hollywood Reporter, Click to Original Post

What if more movie characters started verging with the runway scene?  We’ve already seen celebrities like Kanye West disgrace..I mean grace* our runways, so what’s next?

Air Bud 10 promoted with a golden retriever pawing the runway in a basketball jersey supporting the athletic trend from a designer? Kevin Spacey as a politician from House of Cards wearing a suit for the Armani runway?  Or perhaps he’ll just go naked like we saw a model do on the MT Costello runway during NYFW 2015.

While I appreciate the great attempt of the Zoolander 2 marketing team to get the word out on the movie, I can’t help but feel that luxury fashion and comical movies should remain separate entities.

What do you think?

And here’s Zoolander with a selfie stick.  This actually seems pretty fitting.

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Courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter, Click to Original Post.

Love,

J. Molly

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NYFW 2015: Nudity Trend

Every time there’s a fashion week, I’m eager to see the new trends.  I’m used to being amazed or shocked by the incredible and original designs that grace the runways.  But I was a little bit more surprised than usual today when I researched some new trends from the runway shows.

Nudity.  No, I’m not referring to scandalous cleavage, or extra short dresses.  In fact, it’s not the woman being exposed on the New York runways; it’s the man.

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Getty Image featured on Cosmopolitan.com. Click to see original post.

A model’s hand took the place of pants in MT Costello’s runway show.  If this trend is suggesting that full nudity is on the rise, then what will stores sell?  Will pants one day be obsolete?  Realistically no, but nonetheless this nudity trend must mean something.

Not only did we see a full frontal in the MT Costello runway show, we also got a generous backside view.  See exhibit B below.

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Getty Image featured on Cosmopolitan.com.  Click to see original post.

An article in Cosmopolitan suggests that the future may hold “peekaboo pants.”  Isn’t that an oxymoron?  Aren’t pants meant to cover not reveal? I guess guys wearing pants that fall below their butt and reveal their boxers, was just not enough.  I love that we live in a time when everyone is trying to come up with the next best thing, but who knew that perhaps less is more…

I’d love to hear what you think about this runway trend.  Share in the comments below!

Love,

J. Molly