There are several fashion designers we recognize as household names. You have your Chanel, your Dior and even your McQueen. Every now and then you’ll have a Michael Kors or new kid on the block like Christian Siriano. But what about Pierre Cardin? We remember Pierre! Pierre got a little carried away with licensing and plastered his name on so many different things…even he lost count.
Which brings us to Thierry Mugler. Before you write off who this fabulous, over-the-top, couture fashion designer is, do not go looking for your empty Angel or Alien perfume bottle (the wonderful smelling fragrances can be found at department stores all over the world). As mentioned, Mugler owned the 80s/90s catwalks with theatrics, superhero powers channeling cosplay culture and astonishing works of couture.
By 2008, Mugler made another spark in the fashion world with notable outfits worn by Beyonce and Lady Gaga. At the time, people were looking at the designer to be crowned “the one who originated on-stage performance pieces.”
Fast-forward to 2014, we can see a new dawn for The New Mugler. A much simpler, ready-to-wear look with neutral colors. Not that I hate a great, structured blazer, I actually love it, I just wish that this brand stayed true to what made it unique.
Long live The Old Mugler—and I don’t just mean perfume.
Whether or not you agreed with his political views, liked or disliked his support for US Civil Rights or saw yourself as a Jackie O or Marilyn Monroe, when it comes to innovating presidential style, John Fitzgerald Kennedy led the pack.
In honor of the devastating 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, I wanted to shed light something that we all can relate to and appreciate–individual style and the ways the youngest president of the United States was able to show citizens that though the leader of the free world, he was a human being– just like them.
JFK was known to wear his signature “wayfarer” sunglasses, which exuded his youthful, cool demeanor that was so easily relatable. Whether paired with a tailored suit or a cardigan, tortoise shell or black, he was often seen with go-to eye-wear.
Business Casual + Leading Lady
Quite often, JFK was seen without a suit jacket and with his shirt sleeves rolled up. Many people believe that he did this to show not only is he always working, but also to show that he was not always concerned about provoking power.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis always stood out–whether wearing a Chanel inspired tweed suit, an a-lined sundress, or her trademark pillowbox hat paired with sunglasses, she remains just as much of a fashion icon (if not more) than her first husband.
Suit and Skinny Tie
JFK was known to mix and match not only his shirt prints and ties, but also his suit jacket [blazers] and pants. Regardless, his fit remains timeless and tailored.
50 years ago today, a speech written for JFK in Dallas, TX remained unread until now. A new Washington, DC memorial was revealed today, finally spelling out the encouraging words from a man who was silenced way too soon:
“We in this country, in this generation, are — by destiny rather than choice — the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility — that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint — and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of ‘peace on earth, good will toward men.’ That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: ‘except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.’”
When it comes to iconic, legendary and historic brands, we love them because they give us comfort, they represent something we love and they rarely confuse us.
However, the current creative director for Saint Laurent (if you didn’t know, the iconic brand dropped the founder’s first name “Yves” last year), Hedi Slimane must be stopped.
We know and loved YSL for it’s famous “Le Smoking” and chic rendition of the peasant top. But after seeing and reviewing the F/W 2013 preview, the brand is going in an entirely different direction of the current trend, “grunge.”
Within the last 10 days, they have even selected troubled celebrities such as Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson to be featured in the newest ad campaigns. Don’t get me wrong, I love grunge, but YSL used to make the trends, not follow the cliche-ness of them.
I’m not sure what Slimane is trying to prove, but you cannot lose a brand’s original aesthetic in hopes to gain a new generation of followers if you completely disregard the originals who stood by the brand from the beginning. Why? You’ll lose them too, as well as your brand identity.
And oh, yeah…I HATE the new logo/name change as well.
After doing extensive research on the multi-talented, master couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga, it was finally announced last night that Alexander Wang would become the new creative director. I just don’t feel it fitting b/c Wang is already an established designer. Will he now dangle 2 different brands? I think Balenciaga deserves better and someone with more focus and a lower profile.
Long before indie, vintage, dorky girls graced the Glee club, there was an era of misfits who made an impact in a previous decade. During the 1980s and 1990s, we saw the debut of a few interesting styles.
From grunge to goth, the kids who were completely misunderstood back then, are the ones it seems we’re channeling now.
From our favorite dark lip sticks, to combat boots with fish nets and leather with trench coats–peep below and see how full circle we’ve come with a little help from a few fashionable misfits.
The original cast of, “The Breakfast Club.”
There’s tons of diversity in the cast of The Breakfast Club circa 1985. We have everyone from the rebel to the jock and the prep with the geek. But of course, there’s one who’s style is set alone…
Allison from The Breakfast Club played the misfit/goth/emo chick who no one really understood, nor cared to. Then of course, she finds happiness in a preppy, girly, make-over and the jock falls for her. But lets take a pause. I LOVED her flowly skirt, over-sized comfy sweater, wrap scarf AND parka jacket! Definitely pieces you could find in any current fashionista’s closet. So hey, Allison! I loved you just the way you were…(I would have maybe done a pop of color SOMEWHERE…but hey, no body is perfect)
NOW-> Check out how stars like Mary Kate Olsen could have easily gained some inspiration from Allison(Very Boho Chic)
**You could also see similarities with Florence Welch and Rachel Zoe**
Then of course, there were a few creepy movies like The Craft, of 1995 that came along and really gave a meaning to true goth chicks.
The lead crazy character–Nancy–still creeps me out to this day, but her fierce rebellious take on leather, adaption of an edgy Catholic School Girl and perfect use of dark lip stick, surely makes me a fan…NOW.
Not too huge on the dog collar…but this bish is rocking her lip stick!
NOW-> Check the Runways
So many big name designers have not only adopted the gothic style, but made it the epitome of chic! Its all how you rock it….
And last, but certainly not least, my FAVORITE cartoon of the 1990s/2000s spotlighting outcasts…
I absolutely adore Daria Morgendorfer. This cartoon not only had a fashion club, but Daria and Jane showed how much of fashion frontiers they were as outcasts…rocking a current fashion staple, COMBAT BOOTS AND LEGGINGS.Daria = Life
Even now, we see celebrities rocking leather, pleated skirts and can witness combat boots as a staple evvveerrryyywhere.
Over the past few years we’ve learned that combat boots are the perfect addition when it comes to balancing hard and soft.
So folks, when you hear that “fashion always repeats itself,” its true. There are always alterations and a few silhouette transitions, but its great to invest in classics from different genres as well as decades. So for all you bullies out there, the next time you see an “outcast” figure out why. Then ask them where they got their outfit 🙂
The 2 intertwined c’s are a iconic alone. But knowing about the woman behind it all, Coco Chanel, and the empire that is embedded forever in the fashion world, you’ll gain even more appreciation.
In my eyes, you can’t get anymore chic than Chanel. From its signature tweeds, pearls and quilted patterns, Chanel shows that you don’t have to have a collection of crazy or outrageous colors or prints in order to make a loud fashion statement. The inherent brand is something we know and something we trust with quality and luxury.
I received my very first bottle of the famous Chanel No. 5 perfume last Christmas. As I indulged in the fresh, light, sweet and feminine fragrance, it instantly became my go-to scent for everyday wear. I tried to stretch out my bottle as long as I could and as I came to my last “pump” I’ve become reminded everyday of how much I’d love another (current Christmas list *hints*).
Chanel is sticking with their innovation. They’re giving the history behind their most famous product in an interesting way through video. Its so alluring that it sucks you in the minute you press play. So go ahead…try it for the first time.