Kenzo Mania

One of the absolute highlights of this year was going to Paris Fashion Week in the fall, and one of the most prominent trends was the graphic tee. 

From superheros to Mickey Mouse, Backstreet Boys to Balenciaga Space Skylines the fashion elite could not get enough, and neither could the photographers. With people pairing Star Wars tees with pencil skirts, sports jerseys or t-shirts with snarling dogs with ladylike heels, the fun factor was upped exponentially. A great graphic tee, especially one that is a little out of place makes for a fabulous photo.

No brand filled the streets of Paris, New York, London, and Milan more than Kenzo. These pieces popped up even more often than the aforementioned Givenchy or Balenciaga tops. And really, good for Kenzo for making items that sell like hot cakes to people who will be photographed. (Or, good for Kenzo’s PR department for sending all those people their emblazoned items) In making a product cool enough for the coolest fashion elite, and in by branding the hell out of themselves, Kenzo has increased their awareness ten fold. The amount of attention paid to this brand has gone through the roof, and with good reason; designers and co-counders of Opening Ceremony Carol Lim and Humbeto Leon have totally revamped this company. I can’t wait to see what Kenzo and their loyal Street Style followers have in store for us next.

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Couture Fall 2012 Roundup, Day 3

Armani Prive

I’ll be honest, Armani is not really my thing. Yes, the clothes are beautiful, but they seem more suited to a women 20-30 years my senior. That being said, there were pieces I liked, the dusk prints and colors being one of them. The evening dresses are a little more my style than the suits, that is to say, if I had an occasion to wear those dresses to every night. I loved the beading, in particular on the headpieces, which were spectacular, in a nun-ish sort of way.

Givenchy

I know I might be hunted and burned at the stake for saying this, but I didn’t love Givenchy as much as I normally do. It seemed a bit heavy, though I guess that is appropriate for the winter in…the native americas? That’s what the fur and red coat would be perfect for, at least. Givenchy always seems so light, despite the pounds of beading I’m sure are on it, and even if the fabric is a darker color. This Givenchy seemed heavier, not as sort of sicily beautiful, though still gorgeous, of course. When one imagines the amount of houses spent stringing every last bead onto that ombre shirt, it’s a little dizzying. The sheer amount of work in inspiring and a little painful, but makes the clothes that much better, right?

Jean Paul Gaultier

JPG is never pretty, rather, it is always cool, edgy, and a little avant grade. Menswear is always an influence, and this season it was boxier but still fluid. The only couture show to show mens, the collection was full of black with a little more color in the middle, exotic skins, and other luxe materials like velvet and fur. There was some influence from the 20’s around the middle, complete with beading and fringe.

I must ask myself, though, why we need a dress covering every area of the body but the boobs? Why do we need just one piece with yellow fur, bring it on. Why do we need men in skirts and capes and sheer pants? Why turbans? Why no more corsets (apart from a few)? Why so much pouting from Lindsey and fierceness from Karlie? Why indeed.