After attending the Lacoste SS’12 last season at Lincoln Center, I expected athletic, colorful (well, as colorful as it gets for fall) pieces from the collection. But looking through style.com, I found understated, well-constructed pieces that leaned more towards the neutrals, with a few pops of color. I loved it. It’s the fact that you can see the athletic influence in the pieces, in a luxurious way. Felipe Oliveira Baptista is carrying on the Lacoste name well.
Yesterday, after class at FIT, I went over to the museum, where the Daphne Guinness exhibition was taking place. I have been meaning to take a look since the day it opened and was so glad I did. If you are planning on visiting New York sometime soon, or live here, be sure to check it out. The exhibition will be on view until January 7, 2012.
Daphne Guinness is a living fashion icon, heiress, actress, socialite, muse, collector of haute couture. Many pieces of clothing displayed were made especially for her. The exhibition was divided up into six different sections, with each section highlighting a part of her style. They were Dandyism, Armor, Chic, Evening Chic, Exoticism, and Sparkle. As I walked deeper into the exhibition, I felt the more costume-y the pieces were, and the more interested I became.
Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Azzedine Alaia couture pieces were dressed on the mannequins. Unfortunately pictures were off-limits, I would have loved to share but seeing it in person is incomparable. Some of my favorites were the Christian Dior tailcoat, Balenciaga formal long dress, Christian Lacroix navy blue silk satin evening dress, Gareth Pugh sheath dress and the Alexander McQueen “empire” style dress. Lastly, as I walked to the back of the exhibition, there stood a gorgeous black feathered Alexander McQueen cape.
Daphne has a bold and rare sense of individual style. She is not afraid to take a risk when it comes to fashion. If I were to collect anything, I couldn’t think of anything better than couture!
The past week, I have to admit…I’ve been wearing a whole lot of black! But why is that? Why has black become the non-written uniform for almost all New Yorkers? Because it’s easy of course, it flatters everyone. But hey, it’s spring now. Take a look through my wardrobe and you’ll see every color under the rainbow, so where do those clothes go? They have been staying on their hangers.
Looking at the most recent runways, I see bright oranges, acid pinks and royal blues. Prada and Jil Sander definitely make that clear. Color is in! We should all be excited about it. In my Product Development class, we had a discussion that each color represents a mood. Next time I’m sad, I’ll reach for a soft blue cashmere V-Neck sweater, and when I’m feeling happy, I’ll throw on a bright yellow sundress. I’m sure walking down the street in these outfits will definitely brighten up your day.