Monday, February 14, 2011


My Valentine's gift to you is I give you... COUTURE!
Yes!! It's the best gift a girl could ever have!

Basically, Riccardo Tisci has mastered fashion. Have you seen the pre-fall collection? IT'S THE BOMB! Everything he does is the best, his rtw has a couture-like quality in it. PS. GIVENCHY SPRING 2011 ANIMAL PRINT IS BETTER THAN BLUEMARINE SPRING 2011.

God, I just live this collection. The hats are by Philip Treacy and in line with the fall 2010 couture, it's not a show but rather a presentation. No runway was set so there. I would love to see the clothes in motion though, they look incredible!

Fashion's favorite goth took flight with a new obsession: Japan. Not the land of obis and geishas, he said, but the Japan of robot toys and the dancer Kazuo Ohno, whose intensely ritualized style of performance, called Butoh, was a huge influence on Tisci's friend, the singer Antony Hegarty. When Ohno died, Antony and the Johnsons performed a tribute concert that so inspired Tisci, the dead man became a sort of muse for the designer. And this was the result. According to Tisci, Ohno provided the romance, the melancholy, and the palette (the color of dried flowers). Robots, meanwhile, influenced the appliqués, the shoes, and the huge hats by Philip Treacy

The detail was as crazily consuming as last season's. One outfit required 2,000 hours of cutting and 4,000 hours of sewing. A single pair of trousers had 90 meters of plissé. On this scale, appreciation of the clothes as they solemnly rotated from hangers in a reverentially hushed salon on the Place Vendôme became an almost academic exercise, like examining works of art in a gallery. Maybe not such a bad analogy, given the extraordinary appliqué on a bolero that crossed a robot's face with a Catholic cross, or the organza that was laser-cut and appliquéd on layers of chiffon and tulle to create a three-dimensional spread of vermilion wings. One gown featured a Japanese crane, again appliquéd, that rose phoenixlike from a cloud of feathers. Massive bird's wings were folded across a sheer skirt. The Swarovski crystals and pearls that were crusted on the bodice of another dress began to pop like fish eyes as the dress moved.

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