tys fashion picks of 2007
most intriguing fashion persona
there's not too many wildly eccentric and brilliant fashionistas like karl lagerfeld around these days. i guess i really love the notion of these crazy unicorns of style...read more here.
best indies in men's fashion: duckie brown
i love them--they're so serious, intense, and...funny! they were also cfda nominees this year up against fashion conglomerate giants ralph lauren and calvin klein. oh, and they make a mean jacket...read more here.
most blessed threads: alabama chanin
natalie chanin teaches her sewers to think kind thoughts as they sew, imbuing both the sewer and the wearer with love. she's also a maker of couture handmade, recycled, and organic garments, is a true proponent of sustainable fashion and a former cfda nominee who has garnered success at the highest levels of ny fashion...read more here and here.
best designer (ever!)
my first post was about garavani valentino and if i could have my way, my last one will be too. he's retiring and this makes me really sad. on the bright side, no one does it better. period. every time i've ever picked up a vogue, i'm always drawn to whatever it is that he's designed. i could write a soliloquy about the time i stood for half an hour in beverly hills just gazing at the workmanship on a chocolate silk sleeve in the window of valentino. or the first couture dress i ever encountered at saks when i was about eight years old. the elevator opened. it was not our floor, but i spotted a frothy lace dress--it too was chocolate and i remember it had a pink satin rosette at the waist and not much else underneath. before my mom could stop me, i bolted out the elevator and ran over to the the dress, declaring loudly how much i loved it. it was a valentino and i can still see and feel the way the thin lace draped like nothing i'd ever seen. of course the sales lady came scurrying over and my mother dragged me away, but i remember quite clearly announcing that some day i would have lots of dresses like that one. we really do know what we are going to be in this life at a very young age. there are worse things than being a life-long valentino lover, right?