Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin: Pretty Much Everything

Circa 1994—I remember that time well when I lived in London and revered The Face magazine. Grunge was in full throttle, with images of dirty realism that filtered editorial fashion stories, and a skinny Kate Moss rocked the heroin chic look that typified the standard, arbitrary dress code.

Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

The Face, 1994, For Your Pleasure: Well Basically Basuco is Coke Mixed with Kerosine…

In complete contrast, fashion photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin catapulted into notoriety, as a digitally savvy duo with the glossy fashion story, titled, “For Your Pleasure.” Featured in the British fashion and pop culture magazine The Face, in early ‘94, the story featured a highly stylized, explosion of explicit glamour and expression of pure hedonism—uniquely composed of stock photos and hyper-real backdrops.

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Monochromatic Sorbet

Like sorbet served between courses, I am going to transition to the next season with a cleansing sweep of monochromatic styles before the abundance of fall colour parades into my wardrobe.

I’ve selected a few relaxed sportswear styles and easygoing statement pieces that create striking must-haves and will last far longer than one season. Great investment basics in black and white can be styled season, upon season, never growing dull.  I love the oversized graphic argyle jumper layered with the leather skirt, and rest those heels and run around in a pair of skull-bearing loafers—tough chic. The sweater dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim, sans skinny pants, works just as well, and top off these casual looks with a Reed Krakoff bag, appropriately named, Gym Tote.

Monochromatic styles

Stella McCartney: Large Diamond Roll Neck Jumper $865, Reed Krakoff: Gym Tote $990, Markus Lupfer: Leather Circle skirt $985, 3.1 Phillip Lim Fading Houndstooth Sweater Dress $525, Alexander McQueen: Skull-Vamp Suede Loafer $645.

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It’s No Secret, It’s Lela Rose

It’s hard to keep a secret, but for the FGI Dallas, Fashion & Lifestyle Awards ‘Night of Stars’ Gala that I am co-chairing with Chuck Steelman in November, there are so many exciting things to share—we had to let one secret out.

Usually, all the honorees are announced during the Announcement Party—this year the event will be held on October 3rd at the Hilton Anatole, so stay tuned for more details for this event.  In the meantime, FGI Dallas wanted to share the exciting news about the honoree for the 2012 Career Achievement in Fashion—Lela Rose!

In February, I witnessed the Fall 2012 collection elegantly glide down the runway at New York Fashion Week, read my blog post here: Calatrava Inspired.  So I am thrilled to announce that FGI Dallas will honor Lela Rose with this award.

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Karl Muses Over Smalls for Fendi

I just received the July Issue of W Magazine, and the Puerto Rican beauty Joan Smalls graces the cover in statuesque, supermodel-style.  I wish the ‘90s Supermodel era would return, long gone are the days when we wished we looked like Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Tatjana Patitz and Cindy Crawford, think George Michael video, Freedom, and Herb Ritts photo, Supermodels—Smalls is definitely supermodel worthy.

Joan Smalls

Model, Joan Smalls – Fendi Fall Campaign 2012.

As always you can rely on Karl Lagerfeld to be amused with the latest, great beauty, and in March as Smalls strutted her exotic demeanour down the runway for the Fendi Fall 2012 show, Lagerfeld decided that look #44 was perfect for the Fendi Fall campaign.

 

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FGI Dallas Announces 2012 Fashion & Lifestyle Awards Night of Stars

As Co-Chair for the Fashion Group International of Dallas Fashion & Lifestyle Awards “Night of Stars,” for the second year, of course, I am going to talk about what an amazing event this is. The Fashion & Lifestyle Award gala is the only event in Dallas that recognises both local businesses and supports education and talent in Dallas, within fashion and lifestyle industries. So, if you’re not familiar with FGI, Career Day or the Fashion & Lifestyle Awards—then let me share.

Fashion Group International of Dallas hosts Career Day every year and this year signified the inaugural selection for the winner of the Shelly Musselman Fashion Design Award. In April five fashion students: Mfon Ogbonna from Houston Community College; Cassandra Bumpous, from University of North Texas; Kim Pham, from University of North Texas; Bao Tran, from University of North Texas; and Katrina Raz, from University of Texas at Austin, were selected by Brian Bolke, co-founder of the boutique Forty Five Ten to participate in the final selection for this very generous award.

FGI Career Day Shelly Musselman Fashion Award Nominees

Katrina Alexis Raz, Mfon Ogbonna, and Cassandra Bumpous with Brian Bolke.

The lucky winner will be announced during the Fashion & Lifestyle Awards “Night of Stars” gala in November, and will receive the $10,000 Shelly Musselman Fashion Design Award, mentorship from Mr Bolke, and will produce a capsule collection sponsored by Forty Five Ten, that will be featured on the runway during the event.  Now if that doesn’t get you all excited to attend the event, then you’re reading the wrong blog.

 

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A Saving Grace, Resort 2013

Style: The delivery of Resort 2013 is the only saving grace between January sales and the first arrival of spring essentials. The drudgery of leftover holiday ensembles, and manhandled fall remnant merchandize litter store floors—for which seems like endless weeks of sales. But, thankfully enlightenment arrives with the delivery of Resort and this season there are many styles and trends to fall in love with.

Resort 2013: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Resort 2013: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

By far, my two favorite collections for Resort: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Altuzarra. I LOVE them both. Every silhouette throughout Preen is intoxicating and masterful. Inspired by Jeff Koons the bold hydrangea prints juxtaposed with bold, colorful stripes are mixed with softer suiting, one-shouldered dresses, and sublime separates—I could wear every outfit.

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