Thursday, February 09, 2006

Fashion Week, Part Six


Michael Kors. (image via ap via washingtonpost)

From the Washington Post blog:

"There were two topics of conversation at the Marchesa show Wednesday night. At one point we were trying to figure out whether we should be alarmed by the wretched odor of hair burning. We were gathered in the Rainbow Room and seated at little cocktail tables when all of a sudden we got a whiff of the awful smell of burning locks. Clearly, something had gone awry with a flat iron backstage. Would a model walk out with scorched extensions?

The other topic of talk was the label Marchesa. It's named after a famous Italian aristocrat, eccentric and party girl, Marchesa Luisa Casati. The line is designed by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. Georgina is the girlfriend of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. So when actresses such as Felicity Huffman and Renee Zellweger wore Marchesa gowns on the red carpet, there was talk that perhaps they chose the dresses under duress from Harvey.

"... It's an amusing image, this notion of Harvey strong-arming actresses and telling them you'll never work in this town again if you don't wear the peach dress with the pailettes."

From Marilyn Kirschner of Look Online:

"Marc Jacobs has done it year after his controversial fall 2005 collection, and years after his controversial �Grunge� collection, he finds himself once again in the limelight and the center of attention - although this time, he�s more the subject of praise than of controversy. Whether or not you thought it was brilliant, flattering, completely wearable, etc., and whether or not you considered it to be �Grunge Part 2�, most fashion insiders felt that his Monday night show was a bright spot in a rather uneven and uninspiring week. I completely agree with Cathy Horyn that there are a lot of women who like to dress the way Marc proposed (eclectically layered in clothing that might best be described as practical, versatile, comfortable �urban armor�). Marc�s vision is reality based, not based on some sort of dream- like world he thinks- or wishes- his customer inhabits, and the clothing he proposed, AND the way it was put together, was all about reality- the reality of modern life. If it is �grunge�, than I say, �grunge� is the �new glamour�."

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