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The Finale – Haute Couture Style

 The final collections have been shown…the season hobbled to a close on a more promising note but certainly not equal to its opening performance.

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

                           Jean Paul Gaultier showed, what I consider to be a less than fabulous collection, but still managed to be true to his DNA. 

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

                               The collection was short on his usual sense of humor and his normal theatrics, yet there were beautiful wearable clothes for the ladies, both young and old, to own, wear and adore. 

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

Actually there were even a few one might lust for which, this season, seems to be a less likely occurrence than in past seasons.

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab

                           Elie Saab, while a relative newcomer to the haute couture, has certainly shown his ability to rival the best of them. 

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab

                          Mr. Saab was true to the brand DNA and thusly showed an extravagant collection for red carpet events as well as any formal event and even some wonderful short affairs with all the bells and whistles that have made him famous. 

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab Paris - Now this is my favorite

This was one of the strongest collections of the season and I am sure that the faithful as well as the angst ridden newcomers will be lined up for these show stopping confections.  

One can only hope the coming ready to wear collections will not follow the less than stellar showings of the couture.

Thanks one more time to the lovely Jeffrey B Felner for his insightful comments on the Paris Fall Haute Couture Show for 2010.

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Fashion Frenzy? Chanel, Valentino, Lagerfeld – What to say…

Another fabulous commentary by Jeffrey B Felner on what is the highlight of the Fashion world’s calendar – the Paris Fashion Show.

Haute Couture is the creme de la creme of fashion, but this season we see that even the grandest master of the couture..KARL LAGERFELD…can produce a clunker of a collection and that hiring new designers is not always the answer to the rejeuvenation of a revered brand as in the case of VALENTINO

As a rule, by this time, I am in some rapturous state while taking in the Couture Collections.  Unfortunately, there is no rapture here but more disbelief as to how can these revered brands produce collections that are searching for new clientele rather than catering to their stalwart devotees.  Oh and, by the way, the collections left me slack jawed and wondering why and how did this happen.

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

 CHANEL/ KARL LAGERFELD produced the spectacle that one has come to expect but the collection did not exactly live up to the amazing stage set. 

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

Chanel

Mr. Lagerfeld can produce the most wildly exciting, awe inspiring collections for CHANEL but this season he produced a highly difficult, cumbersome and much more matronly collection which I do not believe will resonate with his fans. 

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

Chanel

The silhouettes, the lengths, the palette, the oddity of it all seemed to contradict what Lagerfeld has been building for years. 

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

Chanel

Season after season, whether it be Couture or RTW, one was always  amazed by the clothes, the inventiveness, the accessories(bags, shoes, jewelry) and none of that happened except for the fabulous bracelets.  I will admit to one exception………….the pearl dress.  How can one not marvel at that???

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

Chanel

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

Chanel

Valentino Paris Fashion 2010

Valentino Paris Fashion 2010

Valentino Paris Fashion 2010

Valentino

Valentino Paris Fashion 2010

Valentino

Valentino Paris Fashion 2010

Valentino

 VALENTINO the brand, has been retooling since the departure of its beloved namesake, has once again provided us with a collection that begs the question…….”WHY?”

I get the impression that the new designers believe that if they use red fabric and toss a few bows around the garments that they have achieved a Valentino look ……….not!!!!!  These clothes are for some unknown client with some unknown occasion to attend and with an untold amount of money to spend on these truly unattractive clothes.  It seems that the house of Valentino is devolving while searching for the new couture client and they have flagrantly discarded the loyal ladies who made the house a staple of the Haute Couture.

It is always difficult for me to not rave about these collections which is why I urge you to review them at Style.com and keep up with me Jeffrey at  http://jeffybruce.blogspot.com/

Fashion Rules again – Destination…Over the Top

If you’re wondering what’s going on in the Haute Couture world of Paris Fashion – you need look no further than this scintillating piece of news – and check out the outfits too…

Fashion by the Rules - Destination Over the TopIt is that twice Fashion by the Rules - Destination Over the Topa year ritual that can only be described as “the wet dream of the fashion world.” It is HAUTE COUTURE time in Paris where one can bring to life the dreams that only the real “createurs of this art” can dream…………….no expense need be spared and the ateliers show why they have bragging rights in the fantasy cum reality time we know as HAUTE COUTURE.

Fashion by the Rules - Destination Over the TopIn what can only be described as an exhibit, rather than show, with a cacophony of colors, John Galliano for Dior has once again opened the season with his own brand of brilliance. Even though one is able to discern the references from Monsieur Dior and from Charles James, one is so distracted by the laser vision of Mr. Galliano and his ability to bring that vision to the runway…….and that the references are obliterated by the spectacle of the clothes themselves. None of this acts to the detriment of what can only be described as over the top fashion, if one can even call it that. The point here is that Dior Couture is beyond just another garment, it is one of the quintessential Couture collections year after year. My biggest hope is that one client has been collecting these masterpieces so that generations to come can appreciate the workmanship and vision that enabled the creations to grace a runway.Fashion by the Rules - Destination Over the Top

ALEXIS MABILLE offers a concise collection that is driven only by one idea……….chic. Whether it is the full skirted lace or the divine slim column of a black gown with colorful “bow top,” there is a young but old world quality and esthetic to these clothes making them ageless

BOUCHRA JARRAR is another young designer who offered up what I consider to be the antithesis of the usual couture fare. What sets it apart is its apparent clean lines and extreme simplicity. It conjures thoughts of Geoffrey Beene whose name you rarely hear anymore but whose talent for razor sharp appearingly simple garments were anything but…………..

I urge everyone to see, for themselves, the wonders of HAUTE COUTURE at STYLE.COM

Fashion by the Rules - Destination Over the Top

As usual, this wonderful piece was written by Fashionista Jeffrey B Felner of Fashion by the Rules fame! Thank you Jeffrey.

And don’t forget to watch for Fashion updates over the next 3 days.

The Allure of Chanel by Paul Morand, lllustrations by Karl Lagerfeld

(Pushkin Press, April 2010)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a weekend with Coco Chanel? Just the two of you engaged in an extended conversation, which is really her recounting some of her most memorable times of her youth and later life?

The Allure of Chanel by Paul Morand

The Allure of Chanel by Paul Morand

There have been many words and hours devoted to the life of Coco Chanel, a few movies, and even a few television movies and specials, but none is as intimate as this story of her life through 1938 or so. The beauty of this book is that these are her words, her version of her life as told to one of her dear friends and also the author of this particular book. The book has been translated and redacted from original conversations between Mademoiselle Chanel and Mr. Durand. The entire manuscript was discovered upon Mr. Durand’s death in 1975.
Not only does this format engage you, but its words also cause you to laugh out loud at the very words that she uttered to describe herself, her acumen as a designer, her business, her lovers, and her philosophy of life. She was an original in so many ways and so very modern—yet so very provincial in many of her beliefs. “I am never satisfied with myself, so why should I be satisfied with others?” or “I judge people according to the what they spend.” or “the only thing I like spending is my strength.” On fashion, “expensive jewelry does not improve the woman who wears it . . . if she is plain she shall remain plain.”
Anyone who has a curiosity about fashion and the minds of those who create should read the story of Mademoiselle Chanel with great care and a very open mind as she is a voice which is heard to this day in the world of fashion and a voice that should actually be listened to more carefully in these modern times. I had no idea that she was so full of “bon mots” and so free with her very rigid philosophies regarding all segments of life.

From all other accounts of her life, she is always portrayed as the lonely, if not slightly bitter, workaholic, when in fact she was quite sanguine about her work, her life, her homes, her lovers, and just about anything you can think of. She was simply never at a loss for an opinion.
Lastly one must take note that the current designer for Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, has illustrated the book with the same chic and élan as is echoed in the fashion of Chanel. There is a reason that the house still exists, and I do believe that Mr. Lagerfeld has allowed himself to become one with Coco—a fact that would certainly have agreed with her as she stated: “I only like what I create, and I only create if I forget.”  

FASHION BY THE RULES  will be presenting book reviews that are tailored to the SHI Symbol members who are either interested in the trends of fashion or the history of fashion.  We hope that they will inspire you or transport you into this world.  

Jeffrey B. Felner

 
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Sink Your Teeth Into This…

 

Slay Angels Series

Buffy, Supernatural and Sanctuary are set to blur into insignificance with this Sexy Vampire Feast – a viewing must see…

The fascination with vampires and movies is set to gain new heights, with the imminent release of Slay Angels, the most recent production by ElectricBear Studio LLC’s award winning producer Sam Siragusa. SHI Symbol International is pleased to announce its participation in this sexy and supernatural screen feast that follows the fortunes of Raine and Scarlet and their struggles to overcome demons, vampires and other forces of evil.

Slay Angels© 2009 is a new concept in visual entertainment. By taking the viewer into a thrilling world with A Drop Dead Gorgeous Vampire, a Sexy as HELL Demon and an Exquisite Immortal, throw in guns, swords and countless explosions, you have – Slay Angels© 2009. With the worldwide symbol for Singles, SHI Symbol, joining forces with Slay Angels and Fashion Platform, this will be a series to remember with amazing visual effects and innovative interactive elements including ‘Hot Spotting’. Set to become an International blockbuster on the Web with its relese in March 2009, there will be little doubt a Sci Fi channel will quickly pick up Slay Angels as its popularity soars, if Sanctuary is anything to go by!

A 13-minute pilot episode has been released by ElectricBear Studios, with a one-minute trailer now showing at www.slayangels.com. 3 episodes have been completed with the next 10 episodes already in production, each of which will be roughly 22 minutes in length. The webisodic series will be available in multiple formats for all digital media devices, including computers, television and cell phones. This means Slay Angels is accessible to anyone at any time and in any place – a very attractive proposition and such positioning sets it to be the focal point of the burgeoning online science fiction community!

The Slay Angels series is set in the mythical Port Lilith community where the rich and powerful humans have made arrangements with the Supernatural world to harvest those who cannot defend or care for themselves. The Supernatural world has now almost equaled the humans in strength and numbers, paving the way for a war of incalculable destruction. The forces of Light have seen good in several of the damned and are giving them a second chance, a chance to redeem themselves and to gain souls! This is their story, of how these enchanting women can redeem themselves and in the end, becomes mankind’s last hope for salvation!

The series is internationally shot including locations such as Cassadaga, St Augustine, San Antonia, Cocoa Beach, Saint Cloud in the United States, Scotland, England, Isle of Skye just to name a few. Each background is for the most part shot on location in a reported HAUNTED site. This includes haunted castles, hotels, cemeteries, homes and even DRACULAS’S CASTLE!

The series features new talent Nikki Cartier and Jennifer Ward as the sexy and enchanting Slay Angels. Series cast regulars include Elizabeth Block from the Sopranos, Changing Lanes, Sex in the City, Law & Order: SVU etc., Mary Jane Heath from Edward Scissorhands and winner of awards such as Best Actress and Best Voice Over. Joel Wynkoop a favourite in horror movies having 40 of them to his credit will also be featuring in Slay Angels.

The Slay Angels are already attracting something of a cult following and the fan base is growing. “Viewers are in the tens of thousands already,” Barbara Siragusa, Vice President ElectricBear Studios said. One viewer has commented, “ElectricBear Studios is first in line with a thrilling and sexy new series . Can’t wait to see these gorgeous and powerful women in action!” Another describes the pilot as “so very cool!”

“Our fans are ‘dying’ to see the range of merchandise that will be released to coincide with the success of Slay Angels said Jan Pagonis, Managing Director of SHI Symbol International.

Slay Angels is a vampire fantasy, sexy, hot, full of action and attractive people.

So move over Buffy, True Blood, Twilight and SanctuarySlay Angels is here to set a new standard in Vampire tales. Once you view the Slay Angels Trailer you’ll be wanting more and more and more…