Ebony & Ivory? Chanel Spring 2012 Ad Campaign

Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld

Joan Smalls and Saskia De Brauw star in Chanel’s Spring 2012 Ad Campaign. I’m really loving the contrast with the garments, and the contrast of the models. I wonder if it was done deliberately. Either way, the images are beautiful and quiet. That’s one thing Chanel has over a lot of labels, is the fact that when you’re wearing Chanel, you stand completely out in the crowd without having to be so loud. Charming as ever.

Where’s Our Blue Chip Girls?

Wasn’t Fashion Week wonderful this season? We all caught up with the looks for next spring. Prada’s Japanese “Elementary School” get ups with the cardboard cut out flowers hot glue gunned to fur, Chanel’s “Hula Hoop” bag on the Solar Paneled showcase, and the honey comb hats at McQueen…all was fun as usual, except…where the fuck were my girls at?

You know who I’m referring to: Natasha Poly, Raquel Zimmermann, Coco Rocha, Maryna Linchuk and Sasha Pivovarova…et cetera? I guess fashion dictated that girls with personality, and who were effortless attention grabbers, needn’t be on the runway. But why? Isn’t a “Top Model” what you’d expect on the runway? Not recently. Recently it’s the above average models on the catwalk. The one’s that aren’t risk factors per se. Take for instance Kasia Struss. She’s everywhere on the runway. From New York to Paris all through…but does anyone really care too much? We love her of course, but she never distracts us from the clothes.

I wasn’t alive for the beginning of the 80’s and was but a youngin’ in the 90’s, but one thing is for certain I knew all the big models. I guess you could blame my mother for leaving her Vogue’s underneath her dresser(never to throw out a copy I might add) for me to peruse and admire. Claudia Schiffer, Grace Jones, Cindy Crawford, Elle McPherson, Iman, Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and-Do I honestly need to even say their last names? They shaped fashion and paved the way for models today. But things have changed since then…

They want the clothes to wear the models now. Forget personality or standing out. Just when I thought that a new era of supermodel was slowly arising, they cut the blue chip girls out. Seriously? I don’t know about the rest of the world, but a designers garment is only more fabulous when you can put a name to it. The one Natasha was wearing! Or did you see Jessica Stam fall in that?! I tire of the mediocrity in models these days. Which in turn, I also tire of celebrity. There’s a vulgarity in the industry.

The women on the runway and fill the glossy editorials are good enough amazing! They know how to show off a designers piece in a way that no celebrity could ever pull off. It’s time fashion goes back to it’s true roots. A change was coming. I thought it was inevitable. That fashion would slowly start reverting back to fantasy. The idea of capital accessibility irks me to the point of a repugnance that I can’t shake off. But we shall see. Fashion is a pendulum and it needs to swing back to its true self. The new age of the supermodel will, hopefully, come back and bite celebrity in the ass.

Patrik Ervell S/S 13

This season at Ervell was very sporty and chic. What with the wind breakers and the nylon teva sandals. Not gonna lie, I’m not a huge fan of the teva, mainly because I think it’s vulgar for a young man to show his feet when not swimming or at the beach. I guess that’s a personal problem and I’ll have to note this in a later post. But regardless, the collection was pretty awesome. I’m obsessed with nylon because of the ‘swishy’ sounds it makes when it rubs against itself. You can kind of sashay around and let people know you’ve arrived in a way.

I’m a little over-obsessed with the ‘Prince of Arabia-esque’ caps that the models were wearing. I could either go to the desert and protect myself from the harsh tuscan sun(pretend there’s a desert in Tuscany…) or weather the storm and shelter myself from the wintery sleet. I don’t know how durable it is but it’s super cute and it’s definitely gonna be on my to buy or diy lists. I’m pretty damn sure I can pull it off. Besides, I’m already growing tired of turning my infinite scarf into a snood(I lie, I still love it).

This is one of those random collections that give you that ‘effortless’ confidence. Like, right now I feel like I can put on my parka, put a bandana underneath a cap and sling a backpack over my shoulder and just walk around town looking busy. The plus side about the clothes are that they’re waterproof! So you can get as wet as you want and nothing will happen. Suck on that!!!


Frankie Morello is Rolling with the Homies

This year Frankie Morello decided to go Rolling with the Homies. The collection is very Urban throughout. The oversized b-boy pants and shirts with the gold all over. High top sneakers, baseball caps and the baggy silhouette was surprising to see, since last season was very slim and chic and really close to my personal taste. I had to watch this show a few times to understand the beauty of it. My first thoughts in the words of Cher Horowitz:

So okay, I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all but I don’t get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair – ew – and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we’re expected to swoon? I don’t think so.

But in watching the closer details in the video(see below), I realized the how amazing the collection really was. Yeah, let’s set aside the tacky unrefined sense of it all and look closely. This collection paid really close attentions to detail. Just look at the gold tank top, it almost looks like gold snake skin. Also, the models are accessorized to the nines with chains, crosses and small details that men should really start paying attention too.

If you were to take each piece separately, you could be on to something there. Maybe I won’t wear the baggy pants or shorts(unless it’s for bed), but I would totally rock those high tops, caps and gold oversized sweaters. I love the extra long silhouette. It’s so sartorial and unexpected the way the show was styled. It took me a while, but I’m a fan. I need a few of these looks for an instagram outfit post.

View The Entire Collection here
Images and Video from fashionisto.com

Cara Delevingne