All That Glitters…

Gold. Gold. Gold!

Midas and his roving hands have been having a field-day this season with the fruit of their school-boyish labours in resplendent evidence catwalk-wide…

PPQ Fall 2010

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010

High gloss Lame, Lurex knits, sequined and gilded applique added a touch of razzle-dazzle to collections across the fashion board from head-to-thigh body-armour at Balmain to gilt-glam trenches at PPQ and if the life-sized-Oscar look isn’t for you, never fear! Trim, filigree, shoes, accessories – gold is the accent colour this season…there is literally no end to the ways you can work (and rework) this trend…

Alexander McQueen Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2010

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Paris Haute Couture week: F/W 2010/11

Ah, Couture…the apple of my sartorial eye. Gorgeous, improbable and quixotic fabric follies. Couture is the brilliantly madcap stuff of dreams and uninhibited fantasy – and be honest, who doesn’t revel in the occasional flight of fancy? Hmm?) It is fashion stripped back to it’s artistic core in a gloriously sinful, hedonistic embrace with the utterly impractical.  Pure, unadulterated indulgence: no pretence required, no situational definitions – couture by nature has no real ’place’ – sculptural cellophane hats are unlikely to catch on as work wear, for instance (although they would make for interesting boardroom meetings).

And so, before I talk myself clean out of literary flourishes, to the home of Haute Couture for a Fashionable Rat’s retrospective of the Paris Couture week f/w 2010.

I think I shall begin with a schedule, tasty visual treats and a few links before fleshing it out with linked posts: a) I am not aiming for the world’s longest, largest and most image heavy post award, and b) even a Rat’s gotta sleep sometime – and work apparently – more’s the pity.  So – to Paris…

…tout de suite!

Monday July 5th 2010

Christophe Josse

Images courtesy of Coutorture

Bouchra Jarrar


Images courtesy of Style.com: head here for their runway review.

Christian Dior


Images courtesy of Thai Catwalk

Review by the Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander

Atelier Gustavo Lins

Images Courtesy of Fashion Windows

Adeline Andre

Alexis Mabille

Images and review courtesy of Style.com

Tuesday July 6th

Giorgio Armani Privé

Images: Style.com

Review: Hilary Alexander for the Telegraph

Lefranc Ferrant

Front row footage over at ELLETV

Images at: Maison Chaplin

Stéphane Rolland

Images courtesy of Fashion Fame

More at: Vogue.co.uk

Givenchy

Images: Style.com

Review: Hilary Alexander for the Telegraph.

Chanel

Images: Style.com

Review: Hilary Alexander for the Telegraph.

Wednesday July 7th

On Aura Tout Vu

Images & Runway review over at Fashionista.com

Franck Sorbier

Images: Focus on Style

Review: Yahoo News

Elie Saab

Images/ Review: Style.com

Jean Paul Gaultier

Images/ Review: Style.com

Maison Rabih Kayrouz

Image at Life.com

Valentino


Images/ Review: Style.com

Thursday July 8th


Boucheron


Chanel Joaillerie

All images courtesy of Susan Tabak

Chaumet
Mellerio Dits Meller
Van Cleef & Arpels

Phew! I’ll update as soon as I can (and get down to some internet super-sleuthing to find those pesky missing images).

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Look du Jour: Spank!

No, not the monkey…We’re talking Spank! fashion the  80’s pop revival trend from Japan: think pretty retro referencing, acid-bright colour pops, bows, lace, clashes and LOTS of layers…

Essentially an 80’s jumble sale gone right (pick your jaw up off the floor – I told you the Japanese were ahead of the game…or maybe they’ve actually gone beyond the game to a whole new level of kitsch-retro-future fusion fashion)…

LOVE the peach-tinted hair! (I’m actually almost swayed to give that a go…although the spectre of hair-dye disasters past may have something to say about it. Definitely going to be rocking the lace headscarf and face-framing fringe sometime soon though….)

Oh! Just had to show a close-up of this earring – I think statement just about covers it!

Photographs by: Emi Kusano (Japanese Streets)

Subject: Fumi (click through to see all the detail shots)

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Miss Bibi: Teeny-Tiny Trinkets & Miniature Marvels

Quirky, whimsical and evocative, Miss Bibi’s playful pint-sized jewellery collections featuring scaled replicas of everyday objects are anything but small-time. Designer Brigitte Giraudi began her career creating miniature sets for animated films and (luckily for us) has brought her painstaking attention to detail and doll-house aesthetic to the world of bodily adornment.

Earrings: Coat Hanger

Earrings: Pinocchio

…Lilliputian wonderland, Looking Glass dreamscape…whatever your preferred comparison these cute and insanely collectable treasures are pure petite perfection: pile them on with a/w’s bohemian attic-romance evening-wear (think John Galliano, Isabel Marant and Charles Anastase) in inky indigo and rumpled silks for a shot of dainty dollish eccentricity. Tres chic.

Earrings: Candelabra

Ring: Farfalla

Ring: Lock

Cufflinks: Corkscrew

Bracelet: Eyelash

Brooch: Window

Necklace: Chair

Necklace: Boot Lace

Necklace: Matriochka

Necklace: Purse


To shop / browse / locate retailers head to missbibi.com…even the website is freaking fabulous! ♥

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Osman Yousefzada: Vertebrae Series

With his clean minimal lines and architectural styling, it comes as little surprise that Osman Yousefzada’s forray into bijouterie has been innovative, directional and acclaimed.

Modelled on the spinal column of a snake and reworked in four striking metal finishes (the gold and dark pewter versions are simply stunning) Yousefzada’s vertebrae chokers are an aesthetic tour de force; combining his trademark bare-boned austerity with a hard-edged tribalistic beauty which teeters impishly on the brink of the macabre. Statements simply don’t come more stylish than this.

The Vertebrae Series will be available at Kabiri from July 2010.

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Look du Jour: ♥ Tsumori Chisato ♥

I saw this frock and I fell in love…

Cheery graphics, whimsical pairings, absolutely corking colour combos…sod minimalism, Tsumori Chisato is all about taking everything to the max like a disneyfied Vivienne Westwood…

Here are a few of my favourites from her a/w 2010 RTW collection…boho goddess meets circus meets gypsy meets unashamed and overblown fancy-dress joy…

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Look du Jour: Rebel Rebel

Provoked by my unmitigated disappointment over the stonker of an election fail here in the UK I’m feeling just a tad anarchistic. Cue grunge-punk electro fusion from cravingballerinas…mirrored lightning bolt knuckle duster, bruised heart print tights…lets go kick some doughy political butt.