I’m in the Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013 Edition

Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013
Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013

I have a little feature in the Fall 2013 Toronto Life Stylebook. They approached me to discuss my beauty routine and what new products I’m looking forward to this fall. I give shout outs to some of my favourite beauty brands and retailers: Lancome, Chanel, Essie, Givenchy, Marni, Balenciaga, Philosophy, Concepts Salon & Spa and the Miraj Hammam Spa at The Shangri-La Hotel.

Anita Clarke by Judit García-Talavera
Anita Clarke by Judit García-Talavera for the Toronto Life Stylebook

The most surprising thing about the feature was this illustration of me. I was completely stunned. If you remember, I hated the last illustration Toronto Life commissioned of me.

Judit García-Talavera is an illustrator based in Barcelona, Spain. She is absolutely incredible and I’m not just saying that because she created a kick ass illustration of me. She’s worked with clients such as Marie Claire Spain, Telegraph’s Stella magazine, Bloomingdales, ELLE China, Teen Vogue, Gilt Group, ELLE Girl Japan, Harper’s Bazaar Spain, Stylesight, Rolling Stone Spain, Hennessy Cognac and Piaget. You can see all the rest of Judit’s work for the Fall 2013 Toronto Life Stylebook on her blog.

The Toronto Life Stylebook is in stores right now.

i want: Obsedia Handbag by Givenchy

The Givenchy Obsedia Bag
The Givenchy Obsedia Bag

I have a bit of a Givenchy bag obsession. I’ll admit that. I’ve talked about the Pandora and Antigona perviously and I love the Obsedia Bag too.

The Givenchy Obsedia Bag
The Givenchy Obsedia Bag

Both the Givenchy Taupe Leather Gold Trimmed Obsedia Shoulder Bag and the Givenchy Red Leather Gold Trimmed Obsedia Shoulder bag are both available at ssense.com for (le sigh) $1775.

images: lyst.com

Keep the Kilt Kayne

I rarely talk about celebrities here but I was super disappointed that Kayne has tried to get photos of him wearing the badass Givenchy kilt taken down. That kilt made me love Kayne and it kills me to see him backtrack. During my ranting about this, I was sent this amazing video that Kanye posted in response to his critics. It made me love him even more. And I love his stylist taking scissors to Givenchy!

i want: Givenchy Antigona Handbag

Givenchy Antigona Handbag
Givenchy Antigona Handbag

Cue the new handbag obsession, the Givenchy Antigona. Ricardo Tisci introduced the Antigona in 2010. This boston style bag comes in a variety of skins and colour combinations. Right now the above blue and black combination is my favourite. It’s $2300 at Bergdorf Goodman.

Givenchy Antigona Handbags
Givenchy Antigona Handbags

The handbag is named after Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta who are all characters dreamed up by Sophocles. The orange Givenchy Antigona is $1989.22 on farfetch.com.

Givenchy Antigona Handbag
Givenchy Antigona Handbag

The brown and black Givenchy Antigona is $2426.00 from shopzoeonline.com. The Antigona comes in three sizes. You can get an idea of the price range from this link.. Givenchy is available in Toronto at Holt Renfrew.

images: bergdorfgoodman.com, luisaviaroma.com, lyst.com

I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 3

So, part 1 and part 2 of the I want – I got Gift Guide Series are complete now it’s for Part three.

This is the part three of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions. Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, join me the third part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.

JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings, Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote
JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings, Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote
  • JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, sterling silver braided band or yellow gold band in blue topaz, amethyst or citrine ($375-$675) – 60 Bloor Street West, Suite 600, Jewel Box at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Lobby, 181 Wellington Street West
  • Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings ($125 USD) – jenny-bird.com
  • Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote ($158.40) – Gap In Store and Online
Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent, Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s
Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent, Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s
  • Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent ($68.97) – amazon.ca
  • Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s ($36.68) – amazon.ca
Philip Sparks Shirt Dress, Moon Apparel Brocade Cigarette Pant
Philip Sparks Shirt Dress, Moon Apparel Brocade Cigarette Pant
Ruffian Women's Silk Ruffle Scarf , NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Set, Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1, strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress
Ruffian Women’s Silk Ruffle Scarf , NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Set, Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1, strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress
  • Ruffian Women’s Silk Ruffle Scarf ($95) – eBay.ca
  • NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Gift Set ($40) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1 ($10 Each) – Magic Pony in store and Online, mindzai.com – I’m obsessed with these Unicorn figures from Tokidoki. I’m close to collecting them all
  • strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress ($85 USD) – LuckyScent.com – My favourite indie nail polish brand.
Hudson Jeans Leeloo
Hudson Jeans Leeloo
  • Hudson Jeans Leeloo ($265) – Holt Renfrew, Over the Rainbow and TNT – My go to denim brand
Lazy Oaf Cat Ring, Givenchy Medium Pandora Bag, Krane Mirka Carpenter Bag
Lazy Oaf Cat Ring, Givenchy Medium Pandora Bag, Krane Mirka Carpenter Bag
Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit, Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holt Renfrew Candle, Kobo eReader, Micro Pedi
Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit, Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holt Renfrew Candle, Kobo eReader, Micro Pedi
  • Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit ($72) – dermalogica.ca – Great introduction to my favourite skin care brand
  • Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holts Candle ($50) – Holt Renfrew
  • Kobo eReader ($79.99 – $299.99) – Chapters Indigo in store and online
  • Micro Pedi ($49.99) – Shoppers Drug Mart
Clover Canyon Chantilly Lace Dress, Clover Canyon Galaxy Glass Pant
Clover Canyon Chantilly Lace Dress, Clover Canyon Galaxy Glass Pant

Can you believe that there is a part 4 of gift ideas? Well, check back tomorrow for the final installment of the I want – I got Gift Guide Series.

I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 2

Yup, this gift guide madness is continuing. I’ve got three more days of I want – I got Gift Guides. You might want to take a look at Part 1 of the I want – I got Gift Guide series.

This is the part two of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions. Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, join me the second part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.

Clover Canyon Printed crepe de chine tunic dress, L designed by Linda Lundstrom Indigo dyed red fox Shawl Collar, RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe 3 Suiter Multiwheeler, Smythe Warbler Tribute Jacket
Clover Canyon Printed crepe de chine tunic dress, L designed by Linda Lundstrom Indigo dyed red fox Shawl Collar, RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe 3 Suiter Multiwheeler, Smythe Warbler Tribute Jacket
  • Clover Canyon Printed crepe de chine tunic dress ($238) – Net-a-Porter
  • L designed by Linda Lundstrom Indigo dyed red fox Shawl Collar ($395) – designedbylindalundstrom.com
  • RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe 3 Suiter Multiwheeler ($795) – RIMOWA’s flagship store, 101 Bloor Street West, Toronto
  • Smythe Warbler Tribute Jacket ($595) – eluxe.ca – The most perfect little jacket, must have in any closet
JdJ Studio collection Cushion-cut gemstone, Moonrox Treasure Bracelet, Dean Davidson Castle Ring
JdJ Studio collection Cushion-cut gemstone, Moonrox Treasure Bracelet, Dean Davidson Castle Ring
  • JdJ Studio collection Cushion-cut gemstone, sterling silver braided band in green amethyst, citrine or amethyst ($695) – 61 Bloor Street West, Suite 600, Toronto and Jewel Box at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Lobby, 181 Wellington Street West, Toronto
  • Moonrox Treasure Bracelet ($95) – moonrox.ca, One of a Kind Show – This bracelet is made to order and you have a choice of colour schemes.
  • Dean Davidson Castle Ring ($170) – deandavidson.com, Holt Renfrew
1920s Lame Brocade Velvet Flapper Coat, Greta Constantine Skin for Danier Dress
1920s Lame Brocade Velvet Flapper Coat, Greta Constantine Skin for Danier Dress
  • 1920s Lame Brocade Velvet Flapper Coat ($2,400 USD) – ShrimptonCouture.com – I love browsing the 20s fashions on Shrimpton Couture dreaming of one day owning a piece
  • Greta Constantine Skin for Danier Dress ($299) – Danier in store and online
Krane Jonas Officer Coat, Jenny Bird Yin Spike Hoops, Holt Renfrew x Missioni Elephant, Moon Apparel Brocade Peplum Top
Krane Jonas Officer Coat, Jenny Bird Yin Spike Hoops, Holt Renfrew x Missioni Elephant, Moon Apparel Brocade Peplum Top
  • Krane Jonas Officer Coat ($1,175) – Kranedesign.com – Krane is a menswear company but I love his aesthetic and would love to get my androgyny on in his stuff.
  • Jenny Bird Yin Spike Hoops Earrings ($65USD) – Jenny-bird.com
  • Holt Renfrew x Missioni Elephant ($50) – Holt Renfrew in store and online – Adorable elephant for a great cause. The best offering of all the charity products over the years at Holts.
  • Moon Apparel Brocade Peplum Top ($69) – moonapparel.ca or 110 Bloor Street
North Star Fall Varsity Bomber, North Star Great White North Sweater, Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara
North Star Fall Varsity Bomber, North Star Great White North Sweater, Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara
BALMAIN red Suede Floral embroided Anita Ankle boots, Charlotte Olympia The Dolly suede platform pumps, Christian Louboutin Anita 85 buckled tartan pumps
Balmain red Suede Floral embroided Anita Ankle boots, Charlotte Olympia The Dolly suede platform pumps, Christian Louboutin Anita 85 buckled tartan pumps
  • I’m obsessed with everything that uses Anita in the style name. It’s total narcissism but it’s the easiest way to get my attention.
  • BALMAIN red Suede Floral embroided Anita Ankle boots ($1,068) – Net-a-Porter
  • Charlotte Olympia The Dolly suede platform pumps ($945) – Net-a-Porter
  • Christian Louboutin Anita 85 buckled tartan pumps ($1,395) – Net-a-Porter
Chanel Malice, NARS x Andy Warhol New York Dolls, NARS x Andy Warhol Superstar, NARS x Andy Warhol TV Party, NARS x Andy Warhol Back Room, NARS x Andy Warhol 15 Minutes
Chanel Malice, NARS x Andy Warhol New York Dolls, NARS x Andy Warhol Superstar, NARS x Andy Warhol TV Party, NARS x Andy Warhol Back Room, NARS x Andy Warhol 15 Minutes
  • Chanel Malice Nail Polish ($27) – Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol New York Dolls Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol Superstar Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol TV Party Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol Back Room Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
Grace: A Memoir, Kate: The Kate Moss Book
Grace: A Memoir, Kate: The Kate Moss Book

Phew, Part two done. Getting any ideas yet. There is more to come. Check back tomorrow for Part three!

I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 1

So, this year I lost my mind and I decided to create a holiday gift guide. I’m usually anti-gift guides because I’m not much of a Christmas person and gift guides are a shit ton of work. I don’t know what made me change my mind this year but here we are. People have told me this is a good idea, so I hope you find it helpful or amusing.

This is the part one of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions.  Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, join me on this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.

complex geometries coma sweatshirt, complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress
complex geometries coma sweatshirt, complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress
  • complex geometries Coma Sweatshirt ($240) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto
  • complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress ($262) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto. Looks like the gold turtleneck is sold out folks. There are grey and navy options.
Synergy Jem & The Holograms, Dean Davidson Plaza Ring, Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet, Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet
Synergy Jem & The Holograms, Dean Davidson Plaza Ring, Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet, Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet
  • Synergy Jem & The Holograms doll collection ($125) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto)
  • Dean Davidson Plaza Ring ($185) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at DeanDavidson.ca
  • Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet ($645) – Hermès (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
  • Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet ($565) – Hermès (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau du Toilette, Maison Martin Marigela (untitled), Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum, Demeter Fragrance Mahogany
Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau du Toilette, Maison Martin Marigela (untitled), Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum, Demeter Fragrance Mahogany
Mykita x Moncler Lino Sunglasses, Gap Twill Parka, m0851 Medium Weekender, Moncler S Mayuko
Mykita x Moncler Lino Sunglasses, Gap Twill Parka, m0851 Medium Weekender, Moncler S Mayuko
Smythe Great Coat, Philip Sparks Slip Dress
Smythe Great Coat, Philip Sparks Slip Dress
Dell XPS13 Ultrabook, Worn Fashion Journal Subscription, Print from YellowKorner
Dell XPS13 Ultrabook, Worn Fashion Journal Subscription, Print from YellowKorner
Church's Classic Burwood glossy leather brogues, Jeremy Laing Mouton Knit Sweater, Jeremy Laing Ridged Fan Sweater, Maison Martin Margiela Glitter-finished raffia brogues
Church’s Classic Burwood glossy leather brogues, Jeremy Laing Mouton Knit Sweater, Jeremy Laing Ridged Fan Sweater, Maison Martin Margiela Glitter-finished raffia brogues
ROM Membership, AGO Membership, TIFF Membership, Opera Atelier The Magic Flute Tickets
ROM Membership, AGO Membership, TIFF Membership, Opera Atelier The Magic Flute Tickets

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of the I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide.

Givenchy Dahlia Noir Ad Campaign

Givenchy Dahlia Noir Ad Campaign

I’m a little late on catching up with the Givenchy perfume news and I just recently discovered Dahlia Noir. The ad campaign features one of my favourite models Mariacarla Boscono and photographers Mert & Marcus. I have no idea how this fragrance smells but the ad campaign and description make me very curious.

The video for Givenchy Dahlia Noir is quite dramatic and fun.

Givenchy Dahlia Noir Ad Campaign

Riccardo Tisci gave an interview to vogue.com.au when Dahlia Noir launched.

Tell us about the notes, why did you choose rose and wood notes?
From my first meeting with François Demachy [the perfumer] when we were developing the Dahlia Noir range, I spoke to him about emotions and olfactory memories, not formulas. I remember the smell of my mother and sisters’ make-up, which had a distinctive powdery and rosy scent. This is why we constructed Dahlia Noir starting with a rosy note, enriched with iris and mimosa. We then added sophisticated woody notes such as sandalwood and patchouli to give the fragrance a contemporary edge.

What was the thought behind naming a fragrance after an odourless flower?
I thought about Dahlia Noir for a long time. I had been carrying this name inside me along with the totally imaginary flower it refers to, which doesn’t actually exist in nature. In my mind, it’s an abstract flower, very gothic, but also very whimsical and romantic. We conveyed this tension between force and fragility with rather potent top notes followed by a powdery softness.

The name Dahlia Noir evokes a very mysterious, almost dangerous femme fatale feeling. Was that your intention?
I wanted to materialise in the fragrance and its name a seductive black angel, a distinctive couture heroine emanating a dark softness, a fatal tenderness.

Does Dahlia Noir pay homage to James Ellroy’s novel The Black Dahlia?
The Black Dahlia, in the book by James Ellroy, is above all a heroine. In my opinion, this story is more about passion than crime. Passion pushes each individual to the summit, to excess. The culmination of emotions can then lead to acts committed under the influence of passion. (source: vogue.com.au via thefashionspot.com)

Givenchy Dahlia Noir Ad Campaign

images: thefashionspot.com

Givenchy Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture

Givenchy Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture

Givenchy Spring Summer Couture 2012. What else is there to say but wow.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture

Riccardo Tisci was influenced by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Aelita for the Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture collection.

The crocodile gown took some 350 hours produce. The atelier would disassemble a skin, bleach it, re-dye it and remount it on tulle. It’s just incredible.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture

I love that this shoot had a basketball theme.  It was shot in the oldest gymnasium in Paris.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture

Givenchy Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture

I wasn’t a fan of the oversized nose rings and earrings. They looked more painful than beautiful.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture

Givenchy Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture

Le sigh, these shoes are divine.

I hate celebrity fashion but here is a photo of Zoe Saldana wearing one of the gowns from the collection.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2012 Haute Couture

Check out some more photos in the slideshow.

images: wwd.com, pleasemagazine.com

Givenchy Spring Summer 2012 Ad Campaign

Can I have a Givenchy surfboard please?

I love the clash of two things I love in this ad campaign, Givenchy and Surfing.

I’ve never surfed before (only Boogieboarding in Barbados as a child) but I’m really attracted to life by the water and board sports.

Mariacarla Boscono is looking great in the ads and this makes me happy since I really didn’t like her YSL SS12 ads.

Photographer: Mert & Marcus
Models: Gisele Bundchen, Mariacarla Boscono, Chris Moore and Simone Nobil

images: fashiongonerogue.com

i got: Black Perforated Leather Sandals by Givenchy

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Trolling the racks of Holt Renfrew’s now or never sales is always a Saturday afternoon pastime. I have this uncanny ability to find great designer pieces at great prices. There is one sales associate at Holts that is always amazed at my finds over the years like Dries Van Noten pants, Rick Owens Jacket and Alexander McQueen Shoes for example.

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This season’s find are these sandals by Givenchy. They were featured in a post back in January called i want: Perforated leather sandals by Givenchy. I liked the white and tan colourway at that time but the black and brown is much more comfortable.

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I’m not a strappy sandal type of girl but these are Givenchy and the heel isn’t towering. It’s always good to have some versatility in the shoe closet to combat the clunky and platform heavy options.

Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 Ad Campaign

Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 - 2012 Ad Campaign (3)

I like the Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 Ad Campaign and I don’t. I love that Mariacarla Boscono and Naomi Campbell are participating but the expressions in the photos seem a little forced. I’m usually a Givenchy die hard but the fall winter 2011 – 2012 season wasn’t appealing to me. Doesn’t make much sense since I usually love cat imagery.
Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 - 2012 Ad Campaign (4)
Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 - 2012 Ad Campaign (5)

The men’s campaign is better executed.

Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 - 2012 Ad Campaign (6)

Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 - 2012 Ad Campaign (1)

Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 - 2012 Ad Campaign (2)

Behind the Scenes video Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 Ad Campaign

Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 fashion show

images: theFashionSpot.com

SHOWstudio does Spring Summer 2011 Haute Couture


The guys from SHOWstudio shoot model, Ming Xi in various iconic pieces from the Spring Summer 2011 Haute Couture collections. Designers featured include Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, and John Galliano for Christian Dior. I’ve embedded the fashion film featuring Ming Xi here on the site but I urge you to check out the SHOWstudio site because each Haute Couture look get an in depth video treatment like the Givenchy one I posted a couple weeks ago. These videos give you an up close look at the dresses and talks about significant design details. Plus, there is an interesting interview with Ming.

Givenchy Haute Couture Fall Winter 2011 – 2012


Givenchy Haute Couture is always a masterpiece and the Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 collection is no different. It was basically a bridal collection. I loved it even though I’m not a fan of bridal. Dreaming of wedding dresses isn’t my thing but I’d happily be married in one of these intricate creations.

The collection is called Birds of Paradise. The dresses utilized thin metal chains, hand-cut paillettes, cat-eye pearls, rosettes, pony skin and visible zippers. The work is best shown off in the following videos.
Givenchy Haute Couture Fall Winter 2011 - 2012
Style.com interview with Tisci

Givenchy Haute Couture Fall Winter 2011 - 2012
Video from the presentation

Givenchy Haute Couture Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

Another Video from the presenation

Givenchy Haute Couture Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

Givenchy Haute Couture Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

See more photos from Givenchy Haute Couture Fall Winter 2011 – 2012

images: wwd.com, fashiongonerogue.com

Givenchy Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011

Givenchy Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011
My young university self is squeeling with glee over this collection. That girl who founded the York University Anime and Manga Association with some friends would be all over this Japanese robot influenced collection from Givenchy Haute Couture for the Spring Summer 2011. I’m stunned by this, just like the fall couture collection. I can’t wait for close up video and images.
Givenchy Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011
I’m loving the all Asian casting too. It might seem a bit gimmicky but I’m so glad to be looking at different faces. Lots of work went into some of these garments, like 2000 – 4000 hours worth of work. To see this stuff in person, it would be like going to a museum. If only I was independently wealthy, I would order every piece of this collection.

Givenchy Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011

The last time Riccardo Tisci showed a couture collection for Givenchy, the zipper pulls were bones. This season, they were wings. Fashion’s favorite goth took flight with a new obsession: Japan. Not the land of obis and geishas, he said, but the Japan of robot toys and the dancer Kazuo Ohno, whose intensely ritualized style of performance, called Butoh, was a huge influence on Tisci’s friend, the singer Antony Hegarty. When Ohno died, Antony and the Johnsons performed a tribute concert that so inspired Tisci, the dead man became a sort of muse for the designer. And this was the result. According to Tisci, Ohno provided the romance, the melancholy, and the palette (the color of dried flowers). Robots, meanwhile, influenced the appliqués, the shoes, and the huge hats by Philip Treacy (couple this with Armani last night, and Treacy is clearly the go-to guy for sci-fi headgear).Tim Blanks for style.com

images: thefashionspot.com