For this post, I am pinpointing the unique traits of my top four favorite deisgners.
VALENTINO // DETAILING
If there is one thing that has remained consistent in Valentino’s collections, it is the extreme level of detail in each piece. Lace, beads, sheer, embroidery… it goes on. While everyone this Monday morning was having a stroke over Derek and Hansel on the Valentino runway to announce Zoolander 2 at Paris Fashion Week (okay, I was having a moment too, let’s be real), I was dying of excitement of all the models who did the final walk afterwards… the details were extravagant and so classic and beautiful. There were beading details galore, and even Chiara Ferragni was wearing Valentino with beaded details in the front row. It was a surreal experience seeing it all in its digital glory from my home thousands of miles away. If you’re not saying “holy shit,” you’re doing something wrong.
Photograph above is from the latest collection.
Borrowed from Valentino’s Instagram.
YVES SAINT LAURENT // ANDROGYNY
When thinking of YSL, the first things that come up are boots, blazers, and black + white. Saint Laurent has mastered the art of creating androgynous concepts for women that do not compromise gender expression or body presentation. Each campaign that features a female always creates a sense of power and elegance that radiates from each awesome gender-swapping piece. Grace Hartzel (see above) is such an amazing part of this campaign. There are hints of femininity all over the place in the midst of geometric blazers and button-ups.
MARC JACOBS // JUERGEN TELLER’S DREAMINESS
Photography is one of my primary hobbies, and I have channeled an excessive amount of energy into wishing I could make images like Juergen Teller’s work. While the name may not necessarily ring a bell, his photographs are so distinctive that when you see them, you know who I am talking about almost immediately. With warm undertones and interesting set choices, Teller creates images that are nearly from another planet. It’s as if he has crafted a universe that composes of nothing but tinted glasses and nymphal women.
See also: Celine campaigns, Elle Fanning for Marc Jacobs, Kate Moss for Marc Jacobs.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN // FANTASTICAL PIECES + SAVAGE BEAUTY
Savage Beauty is a visual bible for anyone with an interest in fashion. Meant to coincide with an exhibition at the Met back in 2011, Savage Beauty is a collection of McQueen’s most dreamy, outlandish, and confrontational pieces of his (too short) career. The one above is my favorite, especially because the antlers and cream lace are so reflective of very personal aspects of myself. McQueen always challenged normality with his pieces and used fashion as a catalyst between politics and art. He left us too soon, but his legacy is so distinctive and magical.
ALL DUE CREDIT GIVEN TO THE PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR THESE IMAGES.