Friday, 5 June 2009

Michelle Williams

They say a picture paints a thousand words, so here is two thousand reasons why I love Michelle Williams:

Alexander Wang Resort 2010

I've always been a fan of Alexander Wang's work, especially when Erin Wasson did the styling for his shows. Since winning the 2008 CFDA awards in Womens' wear his label has really reached new heights; he has launched his diffusion line (T by Alexander Wang) as well as becoming a constant red carpet favourite for the like of Rihanna, Michelle Williams and Diane Kruger.
So I was particul
arly intrigued to see the Resort 2010 show. He's already carved out his mark on the short, sexy party dresses but now it was time for him to move forward and design some very wearable clothes (for people who don't have a figure like Erin Wasson).
The line featured the ever present dresses perfect for New York party girls:

As much as I love these looks, I feel that Alexander has already proved himself to be a fantastic party dress designer but what I found really interesting were these looks:

The muted grey colour, the great use of draping makes this dress look fantastic on the divine Abbey Lee, but wouldn't it look great on someone like Kate Winslet? It'd be perfect for a move premier and dripping in diamonds. I think it really points to Alexander's desire to expand the brand and it's clientele even further. This continued into other looks:

This is such a cool look, I want it for running around London in the sweltering heat - preferably with a straw hat. The cut of the trousers keeps the look from being boring and although the shoes are a little much (It'd be interesting to see with metallic brogues) there are some great basic wardrobe staples in that look.

This is a very Proenza Schouler look to me - the rounded cut of the shoulders reminds me of their Fall 2009 collection, and I think Alexander is a stage that Proenza were at a few years ago: They too won a CFDA award in 2003 and have become a red carpet staple, but is also getting alot of coverage in the major glossy magazines - something Alexander is enjoying right now. Looking at Proenza in 2009 they have done an affordable range for Target (2007) and are currently producing a shoe line.
I really hope Alexander takes a similar career to Proenza, and I eagerly await his S/S 2010 range to see where his vision is for the brand.

The Difference between Vogue Paris & Vogue UK

Julianne Moore, 48 is the current cover star of Vogue UK. Shot by Alasdair McLellan it show cases Moore's exquisite beauty, the image looks natural (as natural as a cover of a glossy magazine can be) and the strong make up displays her incredible bone structure. With her fiery red hair and dressed in green crocodile skin she looks very much the poised and beautiful older leading lady.

But when Moore graced the cover of Vogue Paris in May last year the magazine took and altogether different approach.

Dressed in Yves Saint Laurent and shot by Mario Testino Moore still looks her age but this time her fabulous figure is flaunted. The provocative pose, the leopard print underwear and the shirt that's slashed open gives her an altogether more Miss. Robinson appeal - one that I think is just as appealing, if not more than that Vogue UK cover.
I applaud Julianne Moore for not being afraid to still be sexy and provocative at 48. I find it so much more appealing than similar images of younger actresses. Moore is an intellectual beauty, not just another beautiful starlet and this just makes the image much more striking. As usual Carine's styling is absolutely spot on and I can't wait to see if they continue this trend with older starlets. As aesthetically pleasing as the Vogue UK image, the Vogue Paris image just offers so much Moore.