Saturday, December 31, 2011

RARE Vintage Looks Back at 2011 in Fashion

1. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Congratulations to Andrew Bolton for such a beautiful, poetic and crazy sad but crazy gorgeous tribute to a true artistic visionary, Alexander McQueen.  It was like a walk through the visual landscape of McQueen's mind: sometimes eerie, sometimes morbid, sometimes strange but always beautiful. 

2. John Galliano.  So many names have been mentioned as possible successors to John Galliano's position at Dior after he was fired for making drunken anti-Semitic remarks at a cafe in Paris but I don't think anyone can really replace him.  There are few designer's today with his colossal talent and imagination.  Maybe I am a hopeless romantic but I am hoping that he has faced his demons - which may be partly blamed on the hungry beast that fashion has become: endless collections, bigger shows, accessories, accessories, accessories and that he will return to fashion design.   

3. The Rise of Street-Style Photography.  Just ask my husband, I love and buy as many fashion magazines as possible.  But I am always a bit frustrated by a magazine's commitment to its advertisers.  Sometimes the editorials look just like the ad campaigns.  In real life, no one (or no one should) dress head to toe in one designer or one season.  And that is the reason we have all gone loco for street-style photography and personal style blogs: fashion inspiration.  How real people, wearing clothes they actually paid for, mixing designers, mixing seasons and wearing vintage really dress.  

4. Kate Middleton's wedding dress.  And it did not disappoint!  We had a funeral and then a wedding and the house of Alexander McQueen will go forward with the brilliant and loyal Sarah Burton quietly and beautifully taking the brand forward.  What a debut for Sarah Burton as Kate Middleton became the new Duchess of Cambridge with the world watching.  She married her prince in a true fairy tale Alexander McQueen gown.

5. The Hat.  And its return.  And here I think thanks go to the 29 year old Duchess of Cambridge for looking so pretty in all of her various fascinators.  Also to so many of the great hats worn at the Royal Wedding including the much mocked Princess Beatrice's Phillip Treacy Bow hat that went on to sale for over $130,000 for charity!

6.  Best Dressed of the Year: Giovanna Battaglia of course!  And you don't have to just take my word for it, ask Cathy Horyn!

7.  Designer of the Year:  Coco Chanel - because at least 7 books have been published in the past 18 months on the woman who grew up in poverty, in an orphanage and went on to make a name for herself and to create an empire.  

8. Book of the Year (or not).  100 Dresses.  Three books came out on 100 iconic dresses - well, one was actually published in 2010.  Maybe someone should do 101 iconic dresses...

9.  Mayhem of the Year:  Missoni mayhem at Target!

10. Most likely to become future vintage:  Anything Alaia.  Phoebe Philo for Celine, Rodarte's wheat and prairie collection, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton S & M collection - especially the accessories, Prada's whimsical bananas collection.  And what vintage Prada do you have lurking in your closet for the 2012 Met Gala: Schiaparelli and Prada:  Impossible Conversations???

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