Monthly Archives: January 2012

Rodarte Interview and Fra Angelico Collection at LACMA

A few weeks ago I went to see fashion label, Rodarte’s newly installed Fra Angelico Collection at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). I also attended a lecture featuring the Rodarte designers, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

The show consists of 10 couture gowns, made of silk fabrics (chiffon, organza, lame, taffeta, georgette, tulle and satin) that feature beautiful detailing created with feathers, crystals, sequins, handmade silk flowers and hand-forged gold metallic sculptural adornments.

The collection is inspired by Italian art, particularly Renaissance frescoes in the monastery of San Marco by Fra Angelico in Florence, Italy, as well as the Baroque sculpture, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in Rome. To give the collection some reference, the crown of the main dress is perfectly positioned in the museum room over a large painting, Christ on the Cross with Saints Vincent Ferrer, John the Baptist, Mark, and Antoninus by Master of the Fiesole Epiphany.

The dresses are installed in such an impactful way. I love the crown placement, the arrangement of the dresses with varying heights, and the dark shadows they cast.

When I was at the exhibit Natalie Portman (one of my faves) was also there with her adorable family. She is one of the brand’s biggest supporters and has been long before their work together on Black Swan.  Natalie seemed to be as in awe as I was and was taking lots of photos. She also snapped a few photos on her iPhone and it seemed as though she was sending the photos to Kate and Laura to let them know she was there.

The details and craftsmanship on each dress is amazing. This sequined, textured, metallic peplum style top was stunning.

Gold hardware like this on a few of the dresses showed the sisters choice to create art pieces, rather than functional, wearable clothes.

I am completely obsessed with this dress! The color, shape, feather detailing and waistband are gorgeous. It is made of silk georgette and crinkle silk chiffon with hand molded easter lilies, feathers, and crystal elements. It’s almost a shame it will never be worn.

After seeing the exhibit, I attended a lecture with the designers and here is what they had to say about the collection:

The gowns aren’t necessarily meant to be worn. This was the beauty of a special collection that was put up for just one day in Florence. We wanted the colors and fabrics to look larger than life, but we have to work with form and body with fittings, so that is constant reminder of what we are doing and gives us parameters. We were so inspired by the frescoes in San Marco and the figures in the paintings. The forms looked so hard and sculptural. We loved the vivid colors used, especially the pinks. Pink was made with arsenic then and women were wearing it and being poisoned at the same time.

We were so inspired by people living with art in such an intimate way and wanted each dress to feel saintly. It’s probably my (Kate) favorite art of all time. Figures are rooted and permanent in the frescoes, but they defy that by being delicate, ethereal and transcendent. We like how art was used to communicate not just religion, but to communicate on a broad human level. The statues by Bernini are so amazing because they are made of marble, but they have so much movement.

How amazing are they? I have more on the interview that will go up in the next few days, so stay tuned! Hope you are all having a great week. Doesn’t it feel like it should be Thursday already?

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SAG Awards: Five Best Dressed

I can’t believe it. There is almost no color in this post. Somehow, the gowns that stood out the most for me from last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards were black and white. The details and cuts of the gowns kept them from being anything but boring, despite no color. It was hard to pick only five, but here are my favorites:

Emilia Clarke looked stunning in Chanel Couture. I had no idea who this was until I did a little digging. She is the actress on Game of Thrones who was formerly platinum blonde.

Yes, I have a girl crush, but how can I not? Zoe Saldana was beautiful in Givenchy Couture.

Emma Stone looked age-appropriate and chic in Alexander McQueen. The clutch and shoes perfectly complimented the dress.

I adore Rose Bryne and she pulled off this gusty Elie Saab jumpsuit flawlessly.

I love the sequins and open, lace back of Jayma Mays’ Reem Acra gown.

Yes, I know this is number six (I had a tough time cutting the list off at five).

Octavia Spencer gets the runner-up spot. She glowed from head to toe. Her hairstyle, makeup, accessories and flattering dress were smart choices.

There were some great colored gowns last night that deserve honorable mention: Michelle Williams in red Valentino (pictured below), Natalie Portman in chocolate-y eggplant Giambattista Valli Couture, Emily Blunt in green Oscar de la Renta, Dianna Agron in fuchsia Carolina Herrera and Kyra Sedgwick in red Pucci (she looks incredible for her age).

I like how fresh Michelle Williams’ Valentino dress feels, but I wish there was something like more to it, like a gold belt to punch it up a bit.

What did you think of last night’s red carpet looks? Any favorites?

Images: Emilia: dreadforks.tumblr, Zoe: fashionista.com, Emma: celebuzz.com, Rose: fashionista.com, Jayma: fashionista.com, Octavia: hollywoodlife.com, Michelle: fashionista.com.

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Color Craving: Feeling Blue (and Green)

A beautiful bird.

Armani Prive Couture Spring 2012 backstage.

Amazon volcano.

Chanel Couture Spring 2012. The collection featured 150 different shades of blue.

Crashing wave.

Ginnifer Goodwin’s pretty makeup and necklace from the Met Ball last year.

This bubble coral has opalescent periwinkle and seafoam green coloring. Photo by Celeste Mookherjee and used with permission.

Rodarte SS’12 RTW look combined mint and cobalt blue.

Monogrammed acrylic tray for entertaining.

Beyond dreamy. Six Senses resort in Con Dao Vietnam by AW2 Architecture. Can I go there now please?

Turquoise blue popsicles.

Mint chocolate chip cookies. I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but it is supposed to be amazing.

Images: bird: by rjswilson via flickr, Armani Prive: vogue.com, volcano: vaacuum.tumblr, Chanel: style.com, wave: ffffound.com, Ginnifer: popsugar.com, bubble coral: by Celeste Mookherjee via Flickr, Rodarte: style.com, tray: preppyplates.com, Con Dao resort: sixsenses.com, popsicles: changemycolor.tumblr, mint cookies: bettycrocker.com.

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Short Suited

I’m not a big fan of shorts. I just don’t find them as flattering or comfortable as skirts and dresses. However, on a rare occasion I will wear them. When I do they tend to be dressy shorts (think black silk), and I always wear them with heels. This may be why the short suit has grown on me. The polished look caught my eye months ago, first when I saw the hot pink style from Jenni Kayne SS’12 and a stripped version on fashion editor Joanna Hilman during NYFW, and then again on the red carpet worn by Amanda Seyfried.

Once the weather gets warmer, I think I will be giving the short suit a try. While I like the matchy matchy look for an already nontraditional cut, I will most likely be mixing and matching pieces for a less formal, more wearable style (i.e. the leopard, printed knit and black sequin short pairings below).

What do you think of the short suit? Have you or will you be trying this look? Hope you are all having a fabulous week!

Images: pink suit: glamour.com, Joanna: fitsoffashion.blogspot, Amanda: posh24.com.

Clockwise from top left: Topshop cream blazer $150, Topshop leopard print shorts $64, Acne chambray jacket $530, Acne chambray shorts $210 net-a-porter.com, H&M black twill jacket $70, H&M boucle knit shorts $30, Topshop peach blazer $120, Topshop peach shorts $70, Rag and Bone black tuxedo jacket $495, Madewell black sequin shorts $90, Topshop gray blazer $190, Topshop gray shorts $90

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Lovely People, Spaces and Things: Chanel Party in Vegas

Chanel knows how to host a fabulous party. Here are few images from the brand’s invite-only, eight day party and installation “Numeros Prive” at the Wynn in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exhibit’s main purpose? To surprise and delight (and supposedly celebrate the reopening of their Bellagio boutique). It certainly seems to be a job well done.

Diane Kruger in a stunning, opalescent Chanel dress was clearly impressed with the scene, snapping away.

Hanging ballerinas performed while guests sipped on cocktails.

Alexa Chung dancing/clapping in pastel blue Chanel.

The 10 room installation included a Lagerfeld dollhouse.

Model Poppy Delevigne dances the night away.

Guests played arcade games dropping claws into mounds of small sized Chanel gifts.

The whole thing kind of makes me want to go to Vegas…

Images: Diane: wwd.com, white swan: vogue.com, Alexa and dolls: vogue.com, Poppy: wwd.com, arcade games: wwd.com.

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