Thursday 5 April 2012

Akira, Akira, Akira

 

My homage to Akira ~ I wore my treasured Akira Isogawa gown to the Australian Ballet gala.

“A garment can transcend, giving it a soul.”

“I translate fabrics into soft and amoxil for sale cheap romantic silhouettes, using natural fabrics like silks and cottons, which are kind to the skin.

“Distressing fabrics and alchemically treating them, gives the feeling of already ‘being loved’, thus evoking emotion. Even one-off fabrics found in flea markets can be given new life.

“Richly embellished fabrics echo Eastern influences, and I have great respect for their traditions. Inspiration can be found from the past – re-using vintage textiles and sometimes creating replicas of them, incorporated with specific craftsmanship.

“The number of hours someone has spent on manual work like this makes it priceless.

“I see craftsmanship as an implement with which to realise one’s vision. Past, present and future; that slogan continues in almost everything around which my work evolves. Timeless beauty and femininity in my design is profound, in a way for the wearer to express their inner soul.”

— Akira Isogawa

I must take a pic of my dress to share with you.

In the meantime enjoy the mastership of this exquisite designer.

Akira Isogawa is one of Australia’s most celebrated and successful fashion designers. Born in Kyoto in 1964, he moved to Australia at the age of 21 to study fashion at the Sydney Institute of Technology and best price for 20mg viagra opened his first boutique, in Sydney’s Woollahra, in 1993. He has been a regular fixture at Australian Fashion Week since 1996 and began showing his collections to international buyers in Paris two years later.

While undeniably feminine, Isogawa eschews overtly revealing or figure-hugging designs in favour of soft, romantic silhouettes augmented by rich bursts of colour and texture. He also incorporates traditional Japanese apparel such as the kimono and the hakama into his collections, subtly transforming them for a contemporary clientele.

Vogue Australia

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Monday 19 March 2012

you shall go to the Ball

 

Gala Ball + tuxedos + beautiful gowns = funds for a great cause!

A big weekend at our gala Ball to raise funds for cystic fibrosis… enjoy some Ball inspiration.

A delectable collection of dresses by Charles James  for  Vogue, June 1948.

{Images: 1. Cecil Beaton (British, 1904-1980) via Rococo Revisited; 2 & 3. Norman Parkinson}

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Tuesday 6 March 2012

dark beauty

 

Time seems to disappear into a big black hole ~

and in the darkness is mystery, unexpected pleasures and glimpses of light.

{Image via Debutantes Ball}

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Wednesday 8 February 2012

winter & horses

 

Some lovely winter white horses from Vogue China, 2005.


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Photographer: Sølve Sundsbø
Model: Carmen Kass

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Wednesday 8 February 2012

sexy white

 

Cara Delevingne & Lily Donaldson for W Magazine January 2012

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Sunday 22 January 2012

Golden Globe belles

 

Two neutrals + one red = my top 3 most beautiful dresses at the 2012 Golden Globes.

Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman & Stacy Keibler.

Charlize Theron was all aflutter in Dior, with Cartier jewels, a striking crystal headband surrounded by her wavy side-chignon hairstyle, and a Dior beaded evening bag.   Givenchy silver horn embellished sandals from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection complemented the look.

Nicole Kidman in an ivory and gold Versace gown. The studded, slim-fitting dress molded Kidman’s figure, and was offset by gold accessories, including a small box clutch, earrings and bracelets.

Stacy Keibler was a blossoming red carpet goddess, in a simply stunning Valentino dress chosen by beau, George Clooney.

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Thursday 19 January 2012

a little more chanel at night

 

Les Allures de Chanel is so beautifully moody. I couldn’t resist sharing a very more pics from the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2011/2012  collection show.

{Images: Chanel Haute Couture autumn 2011 presskit photos via Istanbul fashion addict}

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Thursday 19 January 2012

dark nostalgia :: Channelling Coco Chanel

 

dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight. ~ Chanel Couture fall 2011

Les Allures de Chanel was an homage to Mademoiselle and her mysterious charm.

Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2011/2012 Haute Couture collection had something for every Chanelphile.

Sparkly tweed, muted gray, black and buy viagra in the uk white suiting paired with knee length boots

~ the iconic Chanel suit morphs into something slightly different with each season.

The finale  was darkly romantic with sleek silhouettes and a starry nighttime setting

as crystal adorned skirts and gowns floated by.

 For the collection it seems Karl Lagerfeld set out to answer one question:

How many ways can I design a peplum? The answer is a collection that shows a vast array in many fabrics.

The peplum was popular in the 1940s – the era of Film Noir‘s hey day.  Cascading, layered, tweed and beaded…. In contrast to the curves of the peplum drawing attention to the waist, we saw straight styles that eliminated the waist made popular in the 1920s, notably by Coco Chanel.  Many dresses in fact seemed directly inspired by collections designed by Gabrielle Chanel. In addition to the straight dresses, another early Chanel reference was the boater hats that all of the models wore – a style that Chanel also wore and popularized.  Karl took us from the 1920s, to the 1940s and then to the 1950s when she returned to the world of fashion and gave us her infamous tweed suits. la chanelphile

Couture at Night

The Grand Palais was recreated into Coco Vendôme,

a dark recreation of Place Vendôme, the home of The Ritz where Coco Chanel lived.

There was an eery Film Noir mood with the set cast in black with neon lights outlining the structure and windows. Sitting high atop the center column was a robotic version of Coco herself, replacing the statue of Napolean that you would find at Place Vendôme. Models walked around the square – some say the shape that inspired the Chanel N°5 bottle – amid lampposts as if taking a late night stroll. la chanelphile

The traditional couture collection finale was the bride, who, like all the models, wore a blindfold-like headpiece and buy cialis in canada ostrich feather-covered boater hat. The gown had a medieval feel with a high neckline  and ecclesiastical train.

Twinkle toes! As the spectacle drew to a close, the models appeared for a final walk in the dark, illuminated only by laser-sharp LED beams on the the tips of their shoes.

Presented at the regal Grand Palais, the runway took the form of a dark city street complete with lamps, building facades, and a starry night sky. The show was staged around a dramatic set which recreated the famous Place Vendôme in the centre of the city, a very short distance from Mademoiselle Chanel’s first boutique on rue Cambon and the Hôtel Ritz is located at number 15 on the Place Vendôme.

Les Allures de Chanel took place under a crystalline vault sparkling with stars ~ presented after nightfall because Lagerfeld wanted dark skies over the glass ceiling in the Grand Palais to show off his neon-outlined set, complete with perspex street lights and twinkling black floor.

{Images: Chanel Haute Couture F/W 2011/2012,  Vogue.com via obsessee}

 

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Thursday 19 January 2012

dark and stormy :: Chanel Noir

 

A granite floor twinkled like a rain soaked pavement on a sombre Parisian evening at the Chanel collection show.

In Film Noir, darkness is the great story teller.
Clarity is hidden in the shadows and silence is the soundtrack of choice.
Adopting this unlit and seductive mystique, Karl Lagerfeld became the director of his own motion picture; 
“Les Allures de Chanel”, travelling through the label’s eclectic chronicles. TheStyleCave
{Images: Les Allures de Chanel, Chanel Fall-Winter 2011/2012 Haute Couture collection via Style Fashione}

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Sunday 15 January 2012

white summer

 

Romantic and playful as flying a kite on the beach

~ white dresses with lace flounces to the most delicate floral and fringing.

{Images by photographer Heather Favell via The Guardian}

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