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Tommy Hilfiger April 14, 2010

Filed under: Men's Spring 2010 — Courtney Michelle @ 5:03 PM
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There’s been a lot of talk over the years from African American’s who refuse to wear Tommy Hilfiger clothing; “it’s lame” “I only wear Polo”, blah blah blah.  These thoughts began in 1996; when outrage insued amoung the community because of comments Hilfiger made, surrounding the fact that the hip-hop community were draped in his garments.  Supposedly Hilfiger made the following comments on The Oprah show: “If I had known that African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians would buy my clothes, I would not have made them so nice….I wish those people would not buy my clothes; they were made for upper-class whites.”  Oprah then allegedly asked Hilfiger to leave her show. Right.  And that has been spinning on the rumor-mill and forwarded chain-letter emails for over a decade. 

Oprah addressed the allegations on a show and her website in 1999; stating Hilfiger never even appeared on her show and that she had never met him.  Hilfiger also stated on his site that he was “deeply upset that a malicious and completely false rumor continues to circulate” and he creates clothing ”for all different types of people regardless if their race, religious or cultural background”.  The Anti-Defamation League, who focuses on anti-Semitism and civil rights for all, got involved and conducted an investigation- finding that the alligations of Hilfiger making racial slurs were false.      

The fact is; Tommy still knows how to dress a man (and a woman for that matter), and apparently is still a hot commodity.  The PVH (Phillips-Van Heusan) Corp recently purchased the Hilfiger company from Apax Partners L.P. for 2.2 billion Euros, or $3 billion- with $137 million in liabilities.  Well dayam!

Peep these looks from Spring 2010- taking classic looks and adding a modern twist.  If you can’t appreciate, you should re-evaluate your style. ~ C.M. 

 

Yigal Azrouël March 9, 2010

After debuting in 1998, Isreal born-New York based designer Yigal Azrouël started showing at Fashion Week the following year.  As he should; his designs are beautiful- classic, yet modern and innovative.  His men’s Spring 2010 collection features loose threads, leather vests, and extraordinary jackets.  Gray colours and stripe-schemes hit the runway; making it easy to go from beach to street.

For Women’s Spring 2010, the garments were similar to that of the men’s in terms of design shapes and hue, but more feminine.  Where a jacket is considered baggy on a man, it drapes on a woman; trousers look like his and her’s, and some garments proved that less is more.  Swimwear were cohesive with the entire collection and perhaps the influence for some of the tops (see below).  The architectural structure of his boutique in the Meatpacking district is as intriguing as the garments.  See the entire collection at Yigal Azrouël.com       

        

 

Alexander McQueen Lives On March 8, 2010

Filed under: Motley Fashions — Courtney Michelle @ 10:35 PM
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I wanted to wait until the hoopla surrounding his death had simmered down a bit before making a post.  Alexander (Lee) McQueen was and still is one of my favorite designers.  I literally cried when I heard the news on February 11, 2009; ironically the first day of Fashion Week.  I didn’t cry because I knew him personally, but because he was inspiring.  An inspiration to all us weird, quirky kids who weren’t exactly the coolest growing up because of our oddness; however we had an obessession with being creative.

His garments were like no-other; always twenty steps ahead of everyone else and completely outside the box.  You know that trendy motorcycle jacket everyone’s been wearing lately?  Yeah, McQueen had one ripping the runway back in Fall 2008.

Bloggers and publications have stated that  McQueen may have committed suicide due to the loss of his close friend and mother.  Renowned fashion editor Isebella Blow was not only a friend, but his mentor.  When she committed suicide in 2007, McQueen was crushed; devoting an entirely separate collection and show to her.  In 2008, it seemed he had begun to move on; moving into a new home, ending a long-term relationship, and telling Vogue he had “never been happier”.  Until the death of his mother at the beginning of last month; just days before he took his own life.  Those in the industry close to him have said they did not see anything signaling any suicidal thoughts.  I have stated to friends that we should have known something was wrong when there wasn’t a Pre-Fall collection.

McQueen was so innovative and “experimental”, his next move was to try to create holograms that would allow anyone anywhere to view his collections in three dimensions.  Beginning his career as a young apprentice in London, McQueen applied to become a cutting tutor at Central Saint Martins.  Recognizing his talent, the administrators suggested he enroll as a student- Isabella Blow bought his thesis collection two years later.  At age 27, McQueen became head designer at Givenchy, but left for the Gucci group after stating LVMH constricted his creativity.

And we all know how wide his ideas can stretch.  Runways covered in water, snow, robots, and any other unbelievable concoction one can think of.  The following images are from my favorite collection of McQueen’s, RTW Fall 2009; the runway is made of broken mirrors, equip with barbwire.  Critiques and those at the show were appalled by the images of the models and their faces, but the clothes are amazing and honestly the odd make-up compels me to look.

Always the one to set trends and not follow them, McQueen was my fave because of that fact.  Not caring what anyone thought and still added passion to every garment he created.  Researching his inspiration for collections was also apparent; one could see when he completely engulfed himself in his creations.  We will never know the exact reason as to why or what triggered Alexander McQueen to take his own life, but the fashion industry will continue to celebrate the life of the most forward-thinking designer and he will truly be missed.  ~C.M.

Check out McQueen’s final collection: Spring 2010.  I’ve literally watched this show over 26 times.

On March 9, 2009, WWD reported and showcased McQueen’s last pieces created for Fall 2009.  See the article and looks here: WWD McQueen Fall 2009

 

Burberry Prorsum January 16, 2010

Filed under: Men's Spring 2010,Trend Watch — Courtney Michelle @ 12:22 AM
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Burberry Prorsum produced a delightful collection for Spring 2010; demure pastels, a trench for every look, and tops that resembled fashionable straitjackets.

The models creeped me out a bit (lol) but the garments made for a great distraction.  One of the trends spotted on the runway?  Prints.  Designers are going in on the print trend for men, the question is: will it be accepted?  Not by all, but those with confidence and are secure in their man-hood may just give it a try.

Matthew Willamson, who normally sticks to women’s wear; recently launched his new men’s wear collection, that was chuck-full of bright hues and printed scarves.  Alexander McQueen snuck a few into his spring collection as well- they’re everywhere.

Leopard print though? For da guys??  Hmmmm…. Hey, Burberry knows best. ~C.M.

Photos via Style.com