Touch of Excellence

This morning, I read The Future of Fashion, Part Six: Alber Elbaz on This is a series by Dirk Standen where he gathers the perspectives of different journalists, designers, and insiders about the ever changing economic and technological changes in the fashion industry as we enter this new decade. 

I have admired Elbaz's work at Lanvin for some time now. Lanvin is certainly one of the labels I look forward to every season. But I must also say I find Elbaz to be just a very cool guy. I love hearing him speak, he's very gentle, kind, and thoughtful in his message, and he seems to just have a lovely spirit. When he comes out to take his bow at the end of a show, everyone cheers and smiles, which to me, is a testament to his personality.

Pre-Fall Extravaganza

The Pre-Fall 2010 collections are honestly giving me fashion fever. Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and Nina Ricci have rounded out the season with amazingly chic collections outfitted for woman I hope one day to meet.
I have a meeting right now for my school newspaper, The Hampton Script, but I just wanted to make this entry before I left. This is precisely what I love about fashion though. In lieu of all such economic crisis and just sadness across the world, this industry steadily keeps our hopes alive with these creations that when shown, all one can do is smile. (At least for me).
When houses part of not jut fashion history, but world history, like Versace are considering closing their US Press offices, you know we’re in bad times. However, one must wonder why Chanel, which, to my knowledge, is one of the wealthiest houses ever, has had to let 200 employees go.
Either way, gazing into the screen of my laptop here in the dark of my dorm room, I so hope for the days I can see Elsa Sylvan sashay past me in a Lanvin stunner as in the photo above a la Joe Zee (Elle) or Nicole Phelps (Vogue).
So ladies, start saving, because Fall 2010 will be one very glamorous season. 

The Getty Center

The Gardens
This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to visit The Getty Center in Los Angeles. Though I am a Southern California native, I had never been to The Getty Center (only The Getty Villa, in Malibu). But what a day it was. 
I went specifically for the Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference and Irving Penn: Small Trades exhibitions, but found I enjoyed the East Pavilion most with 17th-century Baroque art, including Dutch, French, Flemish, and Spanish paintings. Especially the sculptures and Italian decorative arts dating from 1600 to 1800. 
Despite the over-priced museum cafe and incredibly sore feet, it was a definite highlight of this winter break. Can't wait until I can go back! 
Continue reading for my favorites and photos of the museum!!

Natasha Poly + Gucci: Could It Get Any Better?

As though I could love Gucci any more, love Natasha Poly any more, I just found a way to make that possible. Here is a preview of Poly for the Gucci SS 2010 campaign. It's just fabulous, as always, and I cannot get enough of it. Frida Giannini is fantabulous and Natasha just keeps giving it to me. Check out the full campaign at Fashionologie and scoop on Poly's future with the glorious Italian brand. But seriously, look at this photo, could it get any better?

J. Mendel, Pre Fall 2010

I am absolutely in love with the Pre Fall collection for J. Mendel. He channels my love for this type of glamour and it is always such a joy to click through his collections. I just wanted to post these two photo's because I could not close my browser without posting something on this fabulous collection. The rest of my favorites will be posted soon. I have school work to tend to for the moment. Do check out for the complete review by Romney Leader. It really is a thrill. 

Pour les Garçons

Finally!! Something for us boys! Looks like sister superstars Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte have taken the time to design a line of mens crew neck and cardigan sweaters for Opening Ceremony. The sweaters are très delicate, but look to be pretty damn awesome. As you see, paired with just a white button down and black skinnies... you don't need anything else!

The only factor that threw me is that they're a rather pricey $2706. In college, looking to save up for Miami for Spring Break, and just trying to live, the closest I'll get to these sweaters is exactly where I am now: my laptop. But for any gentleman looking to add some Rodarte to their wardrobe, it appears many are already excited over at Fashionista, so whip out those AMEX Platinum's and werk!
*Happy New Year*