Gucci’s Glamorous Excess Dazzles For Spring

guccytWhen you quickly glance at Gucci’s Spring collection, you catch glimpses of different points in history while all making sense. With excess being synonymous with glamour, especially that of the Seventies, Gucci managed to feature a lot of the obvious kind but then drop subversive hints of other which included something as sweet as embroidered roses on a man’s double-breasted coat or a salmon pink tulle ruffled coat paired with a patent leather aviator’s cap, patent leather opera gloves + patent leather thigh high platform boots.


There were plenty of metallics seen throughout the collection, either part of a fringe tiered coat, a metallic hooded parka, gorgeous brocades or simply as accents, including the best gold bow pin worn between the white button down shirt underneath a hot pink Gucci sweatshirt paired with cream wide trousers + their signature loafers, worn by a perfectly inked male model. But it was great to see the mix of huge vintage hats with modern flair when mixed with patent leather platform boots, athletic style pants with a wide side stripe along with a floral jacket.


Besides loafers, there were plenty of platforms seen throughout but the ones that stuck out the most were these  patent 5-inch wedge with a velvet upper, in various colors, embroidered with a gold snake, said to represent a moment of Renaissance Venice. “Prostitutes in Venice used to wear these,” designer Alessandro Michele  exclaimed to VOGUE RUNWAY. But what made this shoe extra special was the two-in-one shoe made extra special with the rose bud–printed insole within. “You see, there is a flat slipper inside, one you can wear separately, ”as Michele explained while dismantling the shoe.


In addition to these sweet romantic details, including stockings with small bows in between peek-a-boo holes going up the front of the model’s leg when exposed, there were an enormous array of hats adding another level to the looks they accented. The collection of hats included everything from turbans to bows, fascinators + a long visor covering the whole face.

Every piece told a story but they all amounted to one of the most spectacular collections of this season only Gucci could achieve!


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Christopher Kane Kills Spring With Embellished Crocs


Apart from wretched Crocs featured as the main shoe for this Spring collection, Christopher Kane provided cool looks synonymous with those of an urban nomad, from different stages. The urban nomad here was likened to a homeless person, with some pieces bearing a print of what looks like found objects. I’d like to think, these are all of their belongings captured on film, then digitally printed onto their garments, so to always have them near, to which Kane mentioned to VOGUE RUNWAY as souvenir Polaroids + backstage shots as his “patchwork of memories.”


Then you have that other nomad who’s just taking care of business with a simple slip dress + oversized cardi, ready for a night out, brunch with friends or simply a day at the office. Other looks included tops + skirts either sectioned off with black lines if not with black sheer panels.


Evening looks were also part of the plan as what urban nomad wouldn’t want to look good for their late night early morning misadventures?! From pleated lamé to lace, this nomad was going to be noticed, no matter where they ended up.


Of course, Kane being who he is, there were more prints to speak of including animal print, on both rubber + what appeared to be silk. Unfortunately, the marble print was a huge fail-just plain unattractive. Then there’s the question of, “Why pair one of the ugliest shoes in creation with even the most successful looks?!”, that kept intruding my thoughts over + over.

Overall, the collection was wearable but not Kane’s best.


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Marc Jacobs’ Spring Screams Shine Carry Rave Repeat



For Spring, Marc Jacobs put together a rave complete with high shine, bright colors + sheer excitement, literally! With the help of Stefan Beckman converting the Hammerstein Ballroom into the perfect party space, complete with an elevated, grease-slicked stage with thousands of little lights strung above, the models began to come in one by one, like flashes of beaming light cast off one another.


As models go, they’re all usually very tall but for Jacobs, he needed more height, perfectly achieved by tons of pastel colored dreadlocks strewn through their hair along with super high platforms in various designs + colors. Of course, the same hair could’ve been better executed with tubular crin or cyber falls, often seen in a bevy of colors, on cyberpunk/goth chicks. Dresses were very short. Some were sheer, adorned with lace + ruffles, while others, teased with a pattern + peek-a-boo hole, front + center.


Shine blinded all from metallic lamé, a jacket with rainbow-patterned holographic sequins, to sequined accents + satin. At times, simple shapes were stripped of their purity by the addition of feathers. Subtlety, however, came in doses, from a simple camo print to thigh high cotton socks with sweet prints.


Once again, artist Julie Verhoeven lent her magical hand, having collaborated with Jacobs for his Spring 2002 Louis Vuitton show. This time, Verhoeven’s illustrations were embroidered on many designs including sweatshirts, bags + those wicked tall shoes, perfect for being noticed when you incite the perfect leg extension into your choreography while at a rave, once that bass drops.

Over + over, I couldn’t help but imagine seeing most of these looks inside some undisclosed Brooklyn warehouse location to listen to some killer techno, but simultaneously, my fantasy became bittersweet, in the thought of finding the slightest tear, cig burn or liquor stain on such beautiful pieces for partying as hard as mamma did!


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WANTED: ‘Black Velvet Piped Coat’ by Isa Arfen


Velvet has always been a fave for me, trending or not. Anything that feels that smooth to the touch should be perceived the same way by all, but for the dissenters + sheeple alike, velvet’s en vogue again for Fall + what better way to step out than in this ‘Black Velvet Piped Coat’ by Isa Arfen?!

A bathrobe style coat, the inspo for this piece was 80s Blitz Kids, part of Isa Arfen’s AW16 collection.
Sparking the dark mystery of the 80s underground scene, this rich black velvet coat with contrasting metallic gold piping and a self-tie waist, could be dressed down or up + who doesn’t love that?


This coat features oversized notch lapels, with long sleeves + a detachable self-tie belt with piping, kept in place by belt loops. With twin slip pockets, satin finish twill lining + a flap vent at reverse, this coat screams subtle elegance.

So if you haven’t got a speck of velvet yet in your wardrobe for this season, add this piece to your arsenal. Isa Arfen’s ‘Black Velvet Piped Coat’ can be purchased at Avenue 32.

Thom Browne’s Pastel Spring Pool Party


Nothing excites me more than trompe l’oeil which Thom Browne took to a whole new level for his RTW Spring collection. Mixing various prints with texture, Browne’s models’ seemed to exude confidence with contempt, wearing nothing but sweet concoctions of pastels with the occasional doses of black + white thrown in like nonpareils inside a candy bag. The models appeared to be socialites out for a stroll when in fact they were really out for a dip at a pool party Thom Browne style, with the wavy patterns on the shoe platforms mimicking water.

One by one, VOGUE RUNWAY reported how the models were said to first appear in bubble coats, complete with floral swim caps, only to be removed, revealing all of Browne’s genius dresses seen here. But these were not your ordinary dresses. Trompe l’oeil was the big draw here + by big I mean big! Sure you had your typical faux bows, faux buttons et al, but these pieces had something different about them. These dresses sometimes looked like a two-piece ensemble, if not, one with three pieces, complete with vest. Tricking the eye, look after look, simply became one refreshing statement after another. In one occasion, a model came out wearing what appeared to be a long sweater over a short jacket + vest over a white shirt, complete with orange tie, with blue floral wide leg trousers, when in fact it was all part of one maxi dress made to shimmer with clear sequins (bottom, center).

tbcy1_arc0315Embroideries played a major role throughout the collection, at times with thread darker if not the same color as the fabric it laid on, whereas other times, they outlined florals in contrasting colors to their backgrounds. Browne’s treatment of buttons turned them into embellishments, as they served no function but rather played their ‘role’ as they lined up with their button holes (below, rt).

The many textures at play here included weave patterns + bouclés, set to dazzle with amusement only to further enhance the whimsy of different colored shoes worn with every look. Of course, with the assistance of a long back zipper, similar to that of a wetsuit behind every dress, with one pull down, the whole garment came off, to reveal red, blue + white swimsuits worn underneath. Even the pastel blue lips + mismatched pastel mani-pedis still managed to maintain the models’ socialite polish, after all, was said + done.

In one word, the whole collection was flawless.


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Alexander Wang Takes Us To A Sexy Cali For Spring

awcytawcy1_ale0662For his new RTW Spring collection, designer Alexander Wang peppered his signature style with a lot of his Cali roots. But what was most exciting for this opus was his collabo with Adidas Originals, a wickedly iconic brand in its own right. As VOGUE RUNWAY mentioned how it has been a project that took a year in the making, models sold Adidas via Wang in everything from hoodies, black tees, sweatshirts, basketball shorts, + tearaway pants with infamous white stripes + inverted versions of the famous Adidas logo, down the catwalk.

There were lots of looks that simply took you back to the beach by way of rash guard dresses + plenty of silk bikini tops, still very sporty in vein but meant more for nights out. A lot of these bikini tops were paired with short A-line skirts with embroidered cutouts along their bottoms. Sequins made their way down the runway embellishing everything from wrapped maxi skirts, baring a high front slit, a black mesh tank over an emerald green sequined tank, to a tank maxi dress. Backstage he called this show, “50 Shades of Grey meets Lords of Dogtown,” as per VOGUE RUNWAY, + sex there was in the form of lace + sheer tops, paired with a black blazer + belted shorts.

Lace was en masse from everything on neon slip skirts + camis to the hem of a short navy spaghetti strap dress, that was tied in the front, as if by the longer skirt that made the back of the dress. What was particularly sweet about this piece was the rose print peeking from inside.

But as with all of Wang’s designs, there was one standout sporty element that stole the show. In this case, it was an obvious white fur wrap made to look like a white athletic towel, complete with a monogrammed AW + worn around the neck as such, down the runway. Genius!



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Favorite Vetements RTW Spring 2017 Looks


Vetements as a stand-alone brand is a force to be reckoned with but for their RTW Spring 2017 collection, they had a little help of industry friends including Brioni, Schott, Levi’s, Comme des Garçons Shirt, Reebok, Canada Goose, Dr. Martens, Alpha Industries, Juicy Couture, Eastpak, Lucchesse, and Manolo Blahnik. Taking everyday mainstays like hoodies, trench coats, bomber jackets + jeans, designer Demna Gvasalia figured to have the actual makers of these items to throw them onto their drawing boards in order to deconstruct them perfectly. “We thought we’d go straight to the brands who make all these things best, + ask to do something in our way with each one,” Demna told VOGUE RUNWAY.



With footwear, Vetements had everything from flats, leather booties, satin pumps, thigh high leather boots + waist high duchess stiletto satin boots thanks to Manolo Blahnik. Demna said, “We’ve done thigh-high, so we asked, could you go waist-high this time for us?” The bonus, of course, was Manolo’s personal touch added to the Vetements collab by autographing his classic satin pumps in bleach. But what’s genius here is how they styled their looks with the longest of boots. The thigh high leather boots in black were worn over a Reebok nylon tracksuit, which gives that throwback a whole new POV. Whereas the waist high Blahnik boots in jewel tone colors were paired with everything from sheer maxi dresses to one sleeve midi dresses.


The play in silhouette, a Vetements guarantee, was seen throughout the collection with oversized items including huge overalls, bomber jackets with extra long sleeves + a goose down jacket comprised of two jackets fused together to create a huge pillow effect. The men’s pantsuit oversized proportions paired with an oversized button-down shirt replaced the oversized shoulder pads look for distorting its silhouette, pulled together by an extra long leather belt. There were leather pants with leather jacket sleeves that looked like they were part of a jacket tied around the waist, when in fact, they were zippered to the pants which made for an interesting effect.

One of my favorite pieces had to be the Juicy Couture collab using their signature stretch velvet for skin-tight catsuits with the one sleeve embellished with a crystal design along the forearm, complete with a stretchy black glove.

As per usual, I retained a smile throughout viewing all the looks + can’t wait to see what Vetements has up their sleeve for next season’s collection.


(photo: : Yannis Vlamos /


WANTED: ‘Blue Eye Spy Sunglasses’ By Linda Farrow + Yazbukey


If Linda Farrow, a master when it comes to sunglasses + Yazbukey, who adds her incredible wit to her accessories, were to collaborate, I am certain the end result would be anything but great + these sunglasses are proof! These ‘Blue Eye Spy’ sunnies, with their cartoon-inspired eye shape sunglasses in multi-colored acetate with grey lenses, are sure to perk up any look all year round!



Made in Japan, these black, red + white eye-shaped sunglasses, come in smooth, glossy acetate. But what adds allure to these comical sunnies is their small, grey nylon lenses, allowing any onlooker a peek into the wearer’s real eyes. Complete with a cleaning cloth + drawstring case, these sunglasses will surely make you the talk of the gloomy cold months ahead. But just remember, eyes are known to be a talisman to ward off evil + here you get two!


These ‘Blue Eye Spy’ sunglasses by Linda Farrow x Yazbukey can be purchased at Avenue 32.