Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer ’11 Look Book

19 Jan

I know I’m about a week late on this, but I finally got my hands on the S/S ’11 Opening Ceremony look book shot by what must be a very busy Terry Richardson. Featuring the imitable Lindsey Wixson, the collection comes across as somewhat basic but nevertheless irreverent and fun. Ikat, sheer fabrics, and slinky silhouettes rule Opening Ceremony S/S ’11 in this season’s muted brights and funky detailing. Here are some of my picks, but definitely peep the entire collection at Opening Ceremony.

Yves-Saint Laurent’s “Quiet Revolution” Rages On In Jourdan Dunn Campaign

18 Jan

Hugely influential French luxury brand Yves-Saint Laurent continues to step in the right direction with its newest ad campaign featuring British model Jourdan Dunn. Shot by fashion photographer Terry Richardson, Dunn appears as the newest face of YSL’s cosmetics line in the brand’s “Touche Eclat Lumiere” highlighter ad campaign.

While the ad itself is visually-arresting, showcasing the radiant Dunn smokey-eyed and bare-shouldered against a decadent golden textile, it is also an extremely optimistic indicator of things to come both for the brand and the industry at-large.

Credited as the first major designer to frankly address race issues within the fashion industry, Yves-Saint Laurent sparked a “quiet French Revolution” nearly 50 years ago by featuring the first black models to appear on Paris runways and high-fashion print campaigns. Opening doors for the careers of models such as Iman, Pat Cleveland, Tyra Banks, and Veronica Webb, the late couturier was also cited by Naomi Campbell in 2008 as the driving force behind her groundbreaking French Vogue cover.

Twenty year-old Jordan Dunn is no stranger to facing race issues within the fashion industry herself. In 2008, a then 17 year-old Dunn made headlines as the first black runway model to walk in a Prada show in over a decade, and has since worked to bring attention to the lack of diverse racial and ethnic representation in the industry.

Yves-Saint Laurent not only challenged beauty standards by including a racially diverse cast of models, but also considered women of all colors when designing his line of high-end cosmetics.

Jordan Dunn’s appearance in the “Touche Eclat Lumiere” cosmetics campaign is hopeful proof that Yves-Saint Laurent’s vision — one of racial-inclusivity and accessibility for all women — is successfully being implemented in his brand even after his passing. Those participating in the industry should hope to see design houses and luxury brands following in YSL’s path, ultimately aspiring to a climate reflective of the multitude of colors their habitués come in.

Fresh Prints: Missoni Spring/Summer 2011

18 Jan

Italian fashion house Missoni certainly seems to be jumping on the color-blocking print bandwagon this season with the release of their Spring/Summer 2011 video ad campaign. The collection exhibits the luxury brand’s signature pallate of vivacious hues in fresh geometric prints and patterns. Missoni’s video is just as vibrant and fun as its collection featuring an inclusive cast and a short cameo around 0:49 of actress Leighton Meester.

Wearable Art: Anita Quansah’s “Body Jewelry”

18 Jan

Earlier this month I was introduced to the designs of Anita Quansah, a London-based jewelry designer producing vibrant pieces inspired by her heritage in Ghanian traditional tribalwear. Thanks to HighSnobette for tipping me off, Quansah has captured my heart once again with her intriguing new line of wearable art — chain-link “body jewelry.” Take a look at some of the amazing designs…

68th Anual Golden Globes: Top 10 Best Dressed + Honorable Mentions of the Red Carpet

17 Jan

Hosted by snarky british comedian and writer Ricky Gervais, the 68th annual Golden Globes were swept last night by unexpected winners and some of the most dazzling stars in Hollywood. While The Social NetworkGlee, The Kids Are All Right, and Boardwalk Empire ruled the night, Calvin Klein, Marchesa, Versace, and Vera Wang reigned supreme as the true powerhouses of the red carpet.

Modern minimalist was the running theme of the evening with asymmetrical silhouettes, backless gowns, and a multitude of surprising textures in shades of pink, red, and a rich smattering of emerald green on The Tourist superstar Angelina Jolie and Catherine Zeta Jones. Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara repped Old Hollywood with flowing, loose waves and a crimson Vera Wang number, while Olivia Wilde of Tron channelled her inner prom queen in a super sparkly, floor-length Marchesa and pair of spiked Louboutins.

Volume is definitely back this season with ultra-voluminous hair straight off Spring 2011 runways transferring into the red carpet looks of Scarlett Johanson and Black Swan nominee Mila Kunis, along with dewy summer skin, berry-stained and nude lips, and vibrant blush.

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Total Fashion Recall: Aaliyah

16 Jan

Today marks what would be the 32nd birthday of Aaliyah Dana Haughton, immortalized in a gentle voice and piercing lyrics that would later distinguish her against the backdrop of contemporary R&B and hip-hop. Not only was Aaliyah a born star of the stage performing since the age of five, but also a rising screen star appearing in martial arts film Romeo Must Die and as Queen Akasha in adaptation of Anne Rice’s vampire novel, Queen of the Damned.

Aaliyah’s quiet confidence translated fluidly into her sense of style, and her ability to strike a balance between tomboyishness and feline femininity earned Aaliyah an iconic status in fashion that lives on today. Performing almost exclusively in a unique mixture of baggy menswear and sexy, midrif-exposing fitted pieces, Aaliyah often shocked red carpets in ultra-feminine looks. And who could forget those trademark bangs? Aaliyah’s famous shyness inspired those one-eye shielding bangs and sunglasses, which later lifted slightly as she matured.

See how you can infuse Aaliyah’s timeless, spunky-meets-seductive style into your wardrobe with these pieces and accessories…

Free People ‘Galoon Lace’ Bandeau, $9.97, available at Nordstrom.com

Philippe Audibert Broome Gold-Plated Cuff, $655, available at Net-A-Porter.

Levi’s 501 Boyfriend Jean, $29.95, available at Free People.

Head Over Heels Countryside Cleated Sole Hiking Boot, $82.75, available at ASOS.

Nylon Tricot Triangle Bikini Top, $25, available at American Apparel.

DKNY Energy Girly Boxer Shorts, $10, available at Bare Necessities.

Indigo Denim Crop Jacket, $80, available at Top Shop.

Max & Chloe Urion Snake Ring, $705, available at Max & Chloe.

Bare Escentuals Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Isabella, $18, available at Bloomingdale’s.

Best in Show: The Winners and Losers of the Critics’ Choice Awards Red Carpet

15 Jan

Awards Season is upon us and we are officially in the thick of it with this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards show last night in Los Angeles. Nominations for The Black Swan, The Social Network, and The King’s Speech brought out the best red carpet 2011 has offered yet after the utterly underwhelming looks of the People’s Choice Awards earlier this month. Peep the winners and losers of this year’s Critics’ Choice red carpet after the jump!

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