1 Million by Paco Rabanne

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We all know this commercial & the fragrance, but do you know about the designs?

Take a look! ; ) http://wp.me/p2X2CO-9z

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Paco Rabanne: A Touch of Midas for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is coming! Do you know what you’ll wear already? They say wearing golden brings economical prosperity, and I don’t know you guys, but I might take a shot! The thing is, golden outfits? Where can I get them? I know of a certain someone whose specialty is making outfits touched by Midas: Paco Rabanne.

If I could describe Paco Rabanne in one word, it would be “originality”. I mean, let’s be honest, this guy really has got creativity! Don’t believe me? You’ll see it in a bit. Another reason I chose Rabanne for this week’s post is that he’s a great designer and most people only have heard of him because of his perfumes: “One Million” and “Lady One Million”; not fair at all.

In order to expose & analyze Rabanne’s works of art, I picked my favorite looks of the Fall- Winter 2012-2013 collection. Are you ready? Here you go! My top three:

1) Look A.  The third place goes to this black & golden suit. I love the longitude of the blazer, the golden details on the side, and how it opens in the end. Especially the design on the bottom edges of the blazer caught my attention, because it adds a beautiful motion, resembling to the frailty of a butterflies wings. The pants are average black but the belt does add a certain something, plus, do you see what he did with the belt and the blazer’s edges? He’s framing the blouse the… metallic blouse! I mean, those look like coins, right? Who else would have thought of doing such a thing? And in such a striking way? Nobody, nobody, nobody…

Look C

2) Look B.  The second place goes to this leather & metal black blouse and skirt (although it looks like a little black dress, right?). I love the shreds, I just love how they hang all over and the glow of the plastic look they have. The thing about this look is that it uses very conservative patterns but turns them all around! Take a look at the skirt, for example; see the buttons on both sides of it? That’s a classic, but we’re used to it in its regular making, made on regular fabrics. Also, see the neckline detail? That’s the one most of us used as little girls but, oh, wait! It’s made of leather and framed with a super thin metal chain.

Look B

3) Look C.  The first place goes to this black, gray and blue dress. Now, the real question here is, what is it made of? It looks like chips, like those used on board games and casinos. Well, I think it’s a brilliant idea to do something like this: it’s futuristic, it’s unique and reminds me of the dresses used for Charleston. The long V neckline is ideal for stylizing the upper part of the body and the division right at the hips is truly clever because it means any woman would look great in that dress (Yes, any).

Look A

So? Midas for New Year’s Eve? And what do you think? Next time you hear “Paco Rabanne”, will you go beyond “One Million”? If you do, my work here is done.

Have a wonderful day (morning, noon, afternoon, evening, night) and remember, shine all over and dream on, crazy diamonds!  Take care. Lotta love. Ciao!

A.C.

P.S. Feel free to comment, I’d love to hear from you ; )

P.S.2 All the photos were taken from Vogue.fr:

http://www.vogue.fr/defiles/automne-hiver-2012-2013-paris-paco-rabanne/6247/diaporama/defile-1606/9014/pag

P.S.3. Twitter: @Alanandall

Balenciaga: Ready for a new beginning (Part 3)

And the winner of my Top Three belonging to Balenciaga’s Spring-Summer 2013 Collection is:

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3) Look C. Pretty pretty dress. Wearing it is like being dressed in a cascade or in never ending rain. It’s similar to the one before, the same edges, and the same style of collar and it’s sleeveless as well. The black line under the hips accentuates them (which is very important because the cut is too straight and can make our bodies look a little too square), plus, the optical illusion is here again: short dress? Not! Light color equals enlargement, right? That’s why there are so many black vertical curvy lines (movement, again due to the cut of the dress) and that’s why there’s a big black patch in the middle of the chest. See the shape of the patch? It gets smaller at the end, and that’s because little ribcage generally is a sign of little waist. Again, insinuations here are very important because of the shape of the whole thing.

So what do you think? We’re going to miss Ghesquière intelligent compositions? Of course we will! But hey! That’s how fashion works, right? Constant changes, pure impermanence. This isn’t the end of Balenciaga; it’s just the end of an era inside of it. You know what they say: “every ending is just a new beginning”.

Follow Balenciaga’s example, crazy diamonds! Change constantly because innovation is the only possible way to achieve development and improvement. Shine all over and dream on like I know you do. Take care. Lotta Love. Ciao!

A.

P.S. Previous posts-

Part 1- http://wp.me/p2X2CO-1C

Part 2 – http://wp.me/p2X2CO-1H

P.S.1. Read about Balenciaga’s new creative head, Alexander Wang at:

http://wp.me/p2X2CO-1W, http://wp.me/p2X2CO-25

P.S.2. Feel free to comment, your opinions make us change for the better : )

P.S.3. Photos taken from Vogue UK. Want to see the whole collection? Take a look!

http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/spring-summer-2013/ready-to-wear/balenciaga

P.S.4 Follow me on twitter: @alanandall

Balenciaga: Ready for a new beginning (Part 2)

My second look of my Top Three belonging to Balenciaga’s Spring-Summer 2013 Collection is:

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2) Look B. Patterns all over. The piece on the upper side of the outfit has a very classical cut: round neckline, no sleeves and pleats at the front aligned with the ribs produce automatically a thinner torso. Love the graphics; quite Byzantine. The blouse is a little baggy at the waist, which is perfect because the skirt is tighter and in fashion as in life, you have to look for equilibrium always. Remember! Proportions. The lower part of the outfit is a different story. I really don’t understand how come they look so good together being so different! The garment sort of reminds me of petals of peonies, so chic and elegant! See how the edge is black? It tricks our minds into believing the skirt is shorter, but wait! She’s not showing more skin! So it makes us think she’s taller as well. Pretty clever, huh? And see all the pointy ends? Movement that facilitates catching eyes. Designers, those geniuses!

Continue reading at: http://wp.me/p2X2CO-1J

Previous posts-

Part 1- http://wp.me/p2X2CO-1C

P.S.1. Read about Balenciaga’s new creative head, Alexander Wang at:

http://wp.me/p2X2CO-1W, http://wp.me/p2X2CO-25

P.S.2. Feel free to comment, your opinions make us change for the better : )

P.S.3. Photos taken from Vogue UK. Want to see the whole collection? Take a look!

http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/spring-summer-2013/ready-to-wear/balenciaga

P.S.4 Follow me on twitter: @alanandall

Balenciaga: Ready for a new beginning (Part 1)

So guys, have you heard the newsalready? Nicolas Ghesquière, creative director of Balenciaga since 1997, isleaving the brand! That’s right! This Summer-Spring 2013 Collection was the French designer’s last collaboration with the label. That is like, what? 15 years of working together? Wow! I certainly didn’t see that coming, did you? Anyway, I found this out on Monday and I thought, “I really have to make a homage to Ghesquière’s art this Thursday”; so here we go.

Balenciaga’s last Ghesquière’s creations’ Top Three:

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1) Look A. The perfect “V” collar for the top is wonderful at creating the illusion of a longer neck. The pattern is all right. It’s perfectly logical they’re combining a darker color at the top with a lighter one at the bottom. Darker colors tend to make us look slimmer, while lighter colors work the other way around. This way, the ribs and waist look tinny and the hips seem to be generous. The skirt is tightened at the waist and falls gently all the way down to approximately 10 cm from the knees. Even thought the fabric isn’t playful or moves along, the lines it has modify with each step, making it look a lot more dynamic. Why does she look so tall? Not only because of the height of the skirt, the vertical lines help… a lot! And combined with that neckline… Poof! Killer combo!

Continue reading at: http://wp.me/p2X2CO-1H,  http://wp.me/p2X2CO-1J

P.S. Read about Balenciaga’s new creative head, Alexander Wang at:

http://wp.me/p2X2CO-1W, http://wp.me/p2X2CO-25

P.S.1. Feel free to comment, your opinions make us change for the better : )

P.S.2. Photos taken from Vogue UK. Want to see the whole collection? Take a look!

http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/spring-summer-2013/ready-to-wear/balenciaga

P.S.3 Follow me on twitter: @alanandall