Francine Ballard's Rantings of the Accessory-Obsessed.
Just when u think you’re out… They pull u back in!
Most awesome charm bracelet ever (Jackie O’s).
Flowers, feathers and lace @CHANEL
What Karl’s spring couture collection may have been lacking in front row star-wattage (weirdly), it made up for with pure glam. As he has alluded in the past, the trick is to take the recognizable elements of the house and make them fresh again, season after season.
Fresh it was, with traces of elegance (structured tweed, black and white) layered in whimsy (lace thigh-highs and a version of feather fascinator) with a splash of gold-lame vintage drama- presto, bravo, Genius.
Images Courtesy: CHANEL USA
Yves Saint Laurent 1971. “Because I’m unhappy and I don’t want to go on this way, constantly torn between what I want to do and what I have to do.” [Why abandon haute couture?]
Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Les Miserables,” an adaption of the 1862 Victor Hugo classic last night at the Golden Globe Awards.
Clad in a white beaded strapless dress from CHANEL (naturally) she delivered her acceptance speech with a swan-like stature that has yet been seen. Poised as ever she thanked her mother who she had watched perform the role of Fantine on Broadway when Anne was just eight years old. But the most memorable quip from her speech may well have been:
“Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will forevermore use as a weapon against self-doubt.”
GG Images Courtesy: CHANEL, LM photo: Vogue magazine
Hathaway’s gown: Look 63, from the Spring Summer 2009 Haute Couture Collection. CHANEL Fine Jewelry: “Franges Swing” and a “Plume” bracelet, as well as “Camélia” earrings, all in 18-karat white gold and diamonds.
Raf Simons is laying claim to some of Dior’s awesome heritage for his pre-fall 2013 collection. He caught our attention by pairing some incred accessories with a few of his “new classics,” which include the tuxedo suit and the “bar” jacket.
He also artfully showcases the omnipresent menswear-as-womenswear trend this season by incorporating masculine fabrics/patterns (Dior’s signature houndstooth and Prince de Galle) embroidered with feminine details.
Looks to be a superb (and utterly wearable) interpretation of the house’s inimitable legacy. I do love a dose of realism with my whimsy every now and again. Bravo Raf.
-Francine Ballard [Via WWD]
Accessories gone au naturel for spring. L to R: Anya Hindmarch, Roger Vivier, Pierre Hardy. [Via WWD]
Can’t bring myself to eat one..
Sometimes I think.. it would be cool. if I smoked.