PROJECT RUNWAY ALLSTARS: Mondo Mondo Mondo Mondo

Let me be terribly honest…I did not watch this season that fervently. I am glad that unlike Project Runway Regular a clear winner was chosen and not a judge favourite but a winner by merit.

Many felt that Mondo Guerra should have won his cycle of Project Runway Season 8. Gretchen was ridic, unrelatable and mean. I am one of those people so it was nice to see him redeem himself in the All Stars competition which was hosted by the boooring Angela Lindvall. Boo.

It was a pretty condensed collection to be honest but compared to the other two designers. It was the clear winner.

See the photos below.

What the F is up with the hair? Love the entire look, however.

I think this design has great potential but there are elements that have to be refined and toned down to make it work.

I don't hate this but I mean I'm not blown away either.

Loving the Rorschach print. This would definitely be a hit with Neiman buyers.

I'm pretty confused about this dress' inclusion...so no comment.

Do you love it? I guess in all fairness I should show you the other designers’ work.

AUSTIN SCARLET

eww...too over the top!

This looks like the skirt is in the middle of a magic trick...and if I pull that tuft of tulle there's no telling what else will come out of my butt?

soo, out of place...the fabric looks cheap.

nicely done...one of my overall faves.

too basic and btw this hair and make-up styling is a little off.

Definitely the most beautiful piece from all the three contestants.

MICHEAL COSTELLO

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#unnngh @ Rihanna, Why Did You Ruin A Perfectly Good Tuxedo Dress?

HONEST TO GOD!

She looks just like “Oh shoot, my luggage got lost and all I had was this jacket, this wig and these heels. Thanks hobo bum for these shades too!”

There you have it Rihanna and her stylists thought her lack of luggage would result in a great fashion moment.

I MEAN SHE MUST HAVE LOST HER LUGGAGE!

Unnnnngh…no love.

They should have styled it similarly to the way it was styled in the Stella McCartney’s Evening Spring lookbook for greater impact. I’m so annoyed because it’s such a nice jacket-dress. I can’t believe she went to do movie interviews in that shittyly styled get-up and those stupid claw nails!

MORE IS MORE…I said it on twitter. Exhibit A.

#unnngh

The Full Brian Atwood Handbag Collection for Gilt: UPDATE

Brian Atwood Handbags

See the entire collection below.

Altuzarra collab with J. Crew

I think my love for New York fashion newcomer Joseph Altuzarra is extremely apparent. If you follow me on twitter which you should be doing you would know how much I look forward to his shows and just fawn over his collections every season since his debut.

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A look from Altuzarra Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Collection

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Well I have honestly never been a great advocate of J.Crew. I’m not sure I’ve even mentioned it on the blog but I am aware of the brand. I think Michelle Obama being an avid fan of the brand is my most vivid memory.  See pictures below of some of the pieces on their site that caught my attention.

Honestly not hating the idea because J.Crew does really great wardrobe staples and Altuzarra is pretty cutting edge. If he is given the freedom to really create wardrobe staples with his signature uber cool outerwear and sexy body con dresses. I think this collab will be DY-NOO-MITE! We’ll soon find out in a few weeks what the two came up with.

Here’s what the designer said about the project:

“Well, it was a really interesting project because it was like a conflation of their language—or of their world—[and] of our world and putting it together,” he said. “And I think that was really interesting for me to work on.”

A Cool Sneak Peek: Brian Atwood’s Gilt Handbag Exclusive

OK, so I kind of knew this was going to be good. It's Brian Atwood for crying out Loud!!!

OK, so I kind of knew this was going to be good. It’s Brian Atwood for crying out Loud!!!

So Gilt Groupe gave a sneak peak on their website of the exclusive handbag collection designed by the shoe-maverick himself the sexy Brian Atwood.
If you following me on twitter you already know I’m beyond excited to see the full collection of snake skin clutches and miniaudieres. That will probably be great compliments to his celeb-favoured haute shoes.
If you haven’t got a Gilt membership. I implore this is the reason you were waiting for…Brian Atwood + bags= Bliss!

This is the month of everything I love on FSU!

love rain down on me, on me, down on me!

On my blog this month I’m focusing on the things I love. FASHION, of course. SHOES, of course. JEWELRY, of course. BAGS, of course. It’s about that irresistible feeling I get when I must have something, when I lust over something.

I’m pretty excited just thinking about everything I have to share including an amaze competition to win a LOVEly jewelery piece from ULINX jewelry!

Stay tuned for that competition which starts TOMORROW!

 

So many other fun things I’m going to update you on including all my favourite pieces from the upcoming fashion shows. I’m showing you MY 5 best in show, ONLY. I think my opinion is better expressed in 5 amazing looks. If a new collection has more than five pics on THIS BLOG during fashion month…IT WAS BLOODY FANTASTIC. You can quote me on that.

 

Signing off in chocolate dipped strawberries,

Emma

Spring 2012 Advertising Campaigns the Top 20 thus far: 5th-1ST place

5th

Nina Ricci

Raquel Zimmerman stars in the beautiful campaign photo shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. A gorgeous play of shadows on the dress of a seemingly fleeing model. The art/creative direction is flawless.

HONOURABLE MENTION

BOTTEGA VENETA

It was a real disappointment that I wasn't able to place this nice group of images shot by Jack Pierson.

This shoe is my favourite for Spring 2012. I looks so stylish and comfortably weird.

Karmen Pedaru, Liya Kebede, Alex Cunha star in this cool resort themed campaign.

Liya Kibede is one of my favourite models of colour and I'm glad to see that she scored an ad campaign this season. I'm neither here nor there about the styling in this shot or rather the campaign as a whole but the images are engaging.

Honestly, this is the best single model shot of the season. Karmen Pedaru is amazing. I love this dress and would buy it based on this shot alone and that is the true purpose of a campaign to help sell the product.

4th

Chanel

Another season styled by her loveliness Ms. Carine Roitfield ex-editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris the premiere Vogue issue in the world. Last season I will admit I didn't like the shots very much but this season she blew it out of the park.

This is another well though tout campaign and the images although in black and white are very striking. I'm glad to see Karl Lagerfeld the chief design honcho at Chanel using a black model. I can't remember the last campaign of the Chanel house that has ever impressed me like this season's.

I think this is adorable how models Saskia de Brauw and Joan Smalls look so childlike in these balloon sleeved dresses. I feel like they are little girls playing and those shoes with the reef heels are really nice.

This is the photograph I will be looking out for in the magazines this spring. It is my favourite of all 20 campaigns I've placed. It has this ability to evoke within me strength, uncertainty and femininity all rolled into one. Strength in the harness and pose, feminity in the dress and gracefulness of the model and uncertainty in the water.

Saskia in this shot reminds me of a seal. If only seals could be this graceful and alluring...not to mention slim.

Sticking to his aquatic theme I believe that Karl Lagerfeld has really grown as a photographer. I wasn't always a fan of his images and I'm still not sure I consider him to be one of the greats in fashion photography, either. I may be forced to reconsider if he keeps cranking out great campaigns like this.

This is definitely a job well done by all creative parties.

3rd

Max Mara

Here is Saskia de Brauw again fronting for the MaxMara campaign. This campaign is so good that it will create a surge of interest in the brand.

Mario Sorreti was the photographer of this intense Spring Summer campaign.

There is a modern minimalism to this campaign and not a huge fan of the design aesthetic but it puts clean lines and well tailored separates into perspective on a marketable level.

MaxMara is not typically recognised for it's bags but I'm truly liking what I am seeing and their leather goods this season are just as engaging as the minimalist themed clothing.

The Bird of Paradise flower is such a great prop. It is practically selling the clothes itself.

2nd

Dolce and Gabanna

Featuring actors and actresses of Italian Cinema there is something so authentic that it could not be manufactured and the clothing is bella! Monica Belluci and Bianca Balti were amazing casting choices. True Italian Beauties.

Bianca Balti

Dolce and Gabbana have been known to dress the mistresses but these campaign images clearly show that the mistress and the wife both will be attended to this Spring and Summer by this iconic brand.

Another amazing shot by Italian model Bianca Balti.

Shot by Giampaolo Sgura this is the campaign that will stand out amongst the glitz of many campaigns and not just speak to fashion but to life.

It was a difficult decision to place this advertising campaign at number two. Each time I view it, I want to pack my bags and live the Italian fishing village life. It instantly makes me feel happy and the imagery is so alive.

It does a good job of showing off the clothing, the country and the lifestyle. That is the making of a great heritage campaign. Great Job by all the creatives involved.

1st

Roberto Cavalli

This is my favourite advertising campaign of them allllllllllllllllllll. ROBERTO CAVALLI, YOU ARE THE WINNER!

Even though this entire campaign was shot in the studio. It is outstanding PHOTOGRPAHY.

The casting is great.

The art direction is great.

Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson, Daphne Groeneveld, Kristen McMenamy, Daphne Groeneveld present such a glamazon united front in this Steven Meisel photographed campaign. Did I mention how AMAZING this cast of models is?

The images are strong and it caused me to look at the Roberto Cavalli brand in a way I never have.

Daphne is not one of my favorites but she is definitely holding her own among these more accomplished and acclaimed models.

Karen Elson gets me everytime. She is really a legend in my eyes and this shot is testement to her abilities as a model to evoke so much in a single shot.

The clothing is beautifully captured.

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Golden Globes FSU!’s: 5 Loveliest dressed(in order)!

Gorgeous. This blush ROBERTO CAVALLI mermaid style gown was a great pick for Kate Beckinsdale. She is almost always a red carpet phenom and very rarely misses the mark when it comes to sophisticated, elegant Hollywood glam.

Emma Stone comes across as the smart girl-next-door chick. With a wine and red silk chiffon LANVIN gown Emma is giving out sultry red carpet mystery. This is a daring choice especially with the leather belt as that type of accessory can often take a formal look down a notch. Here the leather belt with the detail is very enchanting and it works well her smoky eyes and fiery red locks.

Dianna Argon also makes a bold statement wearing one of my favourite designers GILES DEACON. There an element of sophistication with the amazing details in the bust area. I'm never a huge fan of her red carpet style but she was stunning and not everyone looks that good in red.

Bombshell. Surprisingly enough this shimmering black and gold number just screamed of the GUCCI brand and who better to wear it other than a bombshell herself Salma Hayek. This is one of those dresses that would look flattering on a number of body types and the busty lady did well not to over embellish and let her curves do the talking.

Jlie Bowen is not a person whom I consider a style maven and to be honest in this picture her makeup is a little witchy weird but the dress is divine. REEM ACRA did well with this in fact i can see it in white or ivory and would think what a beautiful wedding gown. I would certainly consider it. I wasn't a big fan of seeing nude tones but this was a beautiful dress.

HONOURABLE MENTION: Octavia Spencer wore a very flattering TADASHI SHOJI gown and Melissa McCarthy could really find out who her stylist is because it is tres flattering to her figure.

 

Golden Globes Badly(cuz worst is soo overused) Dressed: The Bottom 5 in no order

BADGELY AND MISCHKA need to be blacklisted from the next awards show for making this EXTREMELY unflaterring dress for the amazingly talented Melissa McCarthy. I'm not just the nice stuff just because. It's true. This is a catastrophe. The draping makes her look like a 500 pound woman. A good stylist would have never picked this.

Amanda Peet ususally makes good style choices. This is a big hot mess. The fabric actually looks lovely but the tiers are are all wrong. Her beautiful waist is lost and it looks like a MARC JACOBS tent.

I can't remember what I thought of this gown when I first saw it on the Monique Lhullier runway. I certainly have an opinion now. It's not good for short women and you should never wear the ponytail of a high school cheerleader with it. Her hair stylist is ridic.

So beautiful is Zoey Deschaanel in the 1st of PRADA's ridiculous red carpet gowns. The second is below...sigh. It gives her bust the illusion of sagging and the beading I don't find flattering or "quirky" at all.

This dress PRADA dress worn by Frida Pinto looks like it's made out of craft foil. Also those weird lights have got to go the reach hand level on the women posing and makes them look like they're carrying two square white bags. It's horrible for a red carpet to have such distracting illumination unfortunately it hurt Melissa McCarthy the worst.

Spring 2012 Advertising Campaigns the Top 20 thus far: 10th-6th place

10th

BALLY

This is a cool campaign. It stars Miranda Kerr and Julia Stegner who look absolutely stunning in their Bally day wear.

The juxtaposition of the chilly snow-topped with the tailored sophistication of the clothing is brilliant.

This goergoeus campaign was shot by Norma Jean Roy in Switzerland and creatively styled by Ronnie Cooke Newhouse and Stephen Wolstenholme.

I want to be there. Dressed equally as impeccably. Great Styling and and creative direction enhance this shot.

9th

GIORGIO ARMANI

Girogio Armani really does a great job with their tailoring and this classic suit is no exception of that. The campaign is extremly easy but the imagery is sharp. Male model Simon Nessman was a great casting choice.

This model is a gem. I'm sure I have seen her before now she is officially on my radar. Who is she?

Her name is Milou Van Groesen. She does exude that European brovado that I have come to love in models like Freja. That jawline and strong angular features compliment the tailoring of the clothes so well. It could just easily have been menswear and she would have pulled it off with this same finesse.

 

The soft background of the beach behind these models is a creative plus. It works and Mert Alas and Marcus Pigott got it right!

8th

Salvatore Ferragamo

Shot in Jamaica, I really fought to not like this campaign photo because it reminds me in a way of that Naomi Campell for Dolce and Gabbana Animal Inspired eyewear last spring season. I mean it's nice to look at and it embodies that summer glow.

Again Gisele is not my favourite but she is so fierce in this image shot by Mikael Jassen. I know it's not resort ...

It's absolutely perfect for vacation and honestly what is Resort if not the sister season of Spring. Noah Mills is the perfect sexy consort in this shot and to be quite honest I prefer Ferragamo men to their womens collections anyway. So I'm glad to see him here.

S-E-X-Y. This is what Gisele does best and it's completely understandble why she is the face of Salvatore's spring but mostly Summer.

7th

Donna Karan

Shot in Haiti by photographer Russell James these stunning images are made even more exotic(cliche word, I know) by swimwear model Adriana Lima.

It is always good to see a VS model out of her swimwear element and this is no different. This was good casting. This particular shot is my favourite Adriana evokes a strength which seems to represents that of the Haitian people.

The entire collection was inspired by Donna's travels to the imporverished Caribbean country and prints of the Haitian artist Philippe Dodard were used to help create patterns on some garments. A sense of tribal-utiltarian-resort chic comes throught from the clothing worn in the campaign.

This is Donna's signature: incredible draping and this is a very organic shot shot although it seems a bit forced but you still get a feeling like she is a beautiful plant in the rubble.

6th

PRADA

This has got to be the best literally themed campaign presentation for summer. Prada this season seems to be taking a leaf out of the Mui Mui booklet what a great set of photographs shot by Steven Meisel.

Spring/Summer 2012 for Prada features models Kati Nescher, Meghan Collison, Natasha Poly, Elise Crombez, Ymre Stiekema and Kathryn Kruger who are 1950S bombshells with the perfect accessories to match. Seriously, the accessories are screaming my name.

I picked this shot because every season I look to PRADA (or Tom Ford) for the most interesting eyewear. This is Prada's winning season, sorry Tom.

I'm betting by now you are wondering why Prada isnt in the top five but the level of the campaigns shot this season. I had to post these shoes. Don't you just see how amazing the contrast of the feminine with the muscle cars and gas station scene is?

I already said I love quirky accessories so you know I'm simply posting this shot for my personal pleasure. Flaming heels...got to love it or really hate it.

 

 

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