Tag "fall 2011"

Kevin TachmanA beautiful moment captured backstage at the Alexander McQueen fall 2011 collection.   

Image: Kevin Tachman

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…clutches. So this is the first object I wanted to talk about. I really like the concept of the clutch. You definitely don’t need to carry anything and everything around when going out in the evening (think a visit to the opera or a dinner date). On top of that a big satchel is not as flattering as something little carried elegantly in your hand. And then, there is the matter of options. There are so many different versions of clutches out there, the variety is almost overwhelming. It would be not hard at all to find something you like, it would be much harder to choose one clutch and one only.
Yet, there is the small matter of reality. I’m much rather prone to choose a handbag over a clutch. It always seemed to me that a small handbag is a smarter option. When going out for drinks, for example, do you really want to cradle this thing the whole evening in a crowded bar? My answer would be no. Although I have to say that I would consider a clutch as an option for daytime, just because the little genius invention called iPad is a game changer. And well, when seeing a clutch like the one above, one is always ready to change one’s opinion.

Images: Christopher Kane fall 2011

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Admittedly this is a lot of detail for one sole picture. One is almost tempted to admit defeat just because it is hard to know where to set one’s eyes on. This is partly due to the setting and the styling, yet most of the credit deserves probably the exuberant Christopher Kane look, all black lace and floral embroidery. When Cathy Horyn saw the designer’s fall 2010 collection, she was impressed, yet in the same time she couldn’t help but mention „sickly sweet embroideries“. Sarah Mower described her first reaction as „a kind of sick stomach lurch (…) brought on by witnessing something cheap and tasteless being transformed into fashion at speed.“  Not necessarily the perfect start for a review, yet on the whole the collection worked in her eyes as well. Sometimes the lines are slightly blurred and something which runs a high risk of being over the top, works perfectly in the end. This picture surely does.

Image: Cédric Buchet 

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