“My clothes are not hot. Never. Never.” – MARC JACOBS

It’s been wayyyyy too long since I wrote about what I love on here. I’ve felt like a junkie who’s been going through cold turkey and now just desperately NEEDS that one hit to keep going again. So I am back with a bang to talk in a superior hoity-toity way about my all-time favourite topic: FASHION!

Creative director at Louis Vuitton, an award-winning graduate of The New School (which happens to be one of my dream schools!), one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, the youngest designer to have ever been awarded the fashion industry’s highest tribute, The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent, and the sassiest, most-daring and charmingly gay man EVER: that’s right ladies and well-informed gentlemen, I’m talking about Marc Jacobs. I’ve been in love with his designs and his work for so long, it’s really a wonder I haven’t dedicated an entire blog post to him before (although, of course, I had to do god of fashion, Karl Lagerfeld, first before anyone else). From handbags and fragrances (‘Daisy’ is currently my favourite perfume!) to shades and shoes, this man has done it all, and done it all spectacularly well.

I was just looking through the Spring/Summer 2011 collection of ‘Marc by Marc Jacobs’ (a diffusion line) and it’s all about emphasizing what a pop of bright colour can do to transform an outfit. Its full of lots of upbeat, breezy daywear accessorised with military touches and bonnet-style hats with bold stripes and splashes of colour being the main fixture of almost every piece.

Military-cut top, slim waist belt, beige bonnet and a tan satchel. Notice how the red hue of the slouchy shorts really adds the softness that would otherwise be lacking from the severity of the navy-blue and black in the outfit

Loving the patterned jumpsuit. Despite it already being a vivid outfit, notice how the electric blue strap of the satchel still makes the outfit pop a little more.

There really is no better way to tame down a busy outfit. Nude shoes. Every woman should own a pair!

Because nautical will ALWAYS be in style.

High-waisted patterned skirt with a flowy hemline, teamed brilliantly with a structured white blouse. Accessoried with must-have chocolate wedges, electric blue tote, black bonnet, fiercely frizzy hair and neon lips. Genius.

Again the 'pop of colour' I keep mentioning. The sunshine-yellow satchel brightens up an otherwise dull beige floral jumpsuit.

Loose and flowy really was the order of the day. The lack of strict tailoring and rigid structuring really makes this outfit perfect for summer days. Also seriously coveting those copper wedges. Not sure about the yellow-gold belt though.

The man himself. Squared jaw, just the right amount of stubble, seriously sick calves, a tailored Nehru jacket and an Hermes tote. Only HE could pull this off!

Plenty of calf-skimming hemlines and florals in this collection, it reminded me of the one he had designed for Louis Vuitton for Paris FW last Spring (I talked about that here: https://primadonnab.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/another-bomb-blast-in-lahore-and-louis-vuitton-at-paris-fw/ ). However the LV collection was more 50s whereas this has a more 70s vibe to it. It’s certainly more playful; I love that its just so utterly asimplistic, no fancy-shmancy McQueen type heels or outlandish Lady Gaga-esque creations. Fundamentally, everything in the collection is wearable; sadly just not quite yet affordable for the likes of me. *Sigh*

Another bomb blast in Lahore…and Louis Vuitton at Paris FW

Full calf-length skirts with wide hemlines and narrow bosom-y tops. SO wearable!

It’s going to be quite a dichotomous blog post today.

As the self-explanatory title states, there was indeed another terrorist attack in Lahore today.  Actually there were 2 suicide attacks that occured simultaneously in the same area, RA Bazaar in Cantt (which is basically an army-governed cantonment area that has both residential and commercial districts).  It happened just over an hour ago, at a time when most people were just heading out of their homes to attend the afternoon Friday prayers.  The two bombers were on foot and their main target was a military convoy that was passing through the area.  At least 20 people have been killed, and all main streets in the city have been cordoned off.

What good will it do now to shut down half the city?  The government had received threats that there would be militants entering the city but obviously that threat wasn’t taken too seriously.  The excuse they gave was that they get such threatening messages all the time.  And of course, when a provincial gov’t gets warnings about imminent dangerous events that will harm the populace, the smart thing to do is ignore them right? The result: 2 bomb attacks within 4 days, over 30 estimated lives lost with many more injured, a city under siege and its people numb and wary.  But I am not going to get into the semantics of all this again, it frustrates me; I see red and fail to understand the logic behind all this.  I have already questioned all this in an old blog post (“Pakistan Under Siege: What do you WANT?”) and I don’t want to sound like a broken record.

Time now to concentrate on the pretty stuff!  The Fall RTW collection from Louis Vuitton is GORGEOUSSSSSSSSSSS!  Designed by the one and only Marc Jacobs, the collection defined, in my opinion, the essence of romanticism.  The original concept was the inspirational decade of the 50s but I think all the clothes, with their soft, muted tones, and flirty hemlines, captured an idea that was more romantic that racy.  Calf-length skirts were the main feature, accompanied by cute little coats, and tops that were both conservative and cleavage-bearing.  Printed dresses were accesorized with waist-cinching belts that looked anything but severe and leather gloves in matching tones that added to the overall academic aura of the outfit.  It was almost like looking at the wardrobe for the next season of Mad Men.  The best part about it all was that Marc Jacobs actually used models that have curves!  He didn’t stick to the typical norm of using stick-thin pre-pubescent girls that merely act as hangers for the clothes, but rather used older models with bodies wider than a carrot stick .  From nearly 50 Elle Macpherson to Adriana Lima, who just had a baby a few months ago, the runway was awash with models who actually enhanced the beauty and sensuality of the clothes.

Some might say that the dull palette of the clothes, the matchy-matchy aspect of the accessories and the barefaced look of the models made the collection look a tad bit insipid but I would disagree.  Versace can afford to be va-va-voom and showcase stuff that is far from ordinary; Karl Lagerfeld can produce a whole collection based on full-body fur suits that no sane woman would want to be seen in; but Louis Vuitton is different.  An underlying essence of the romantic and the sensual radiated through each piece in the collection and Marc Jacobs managed to create an overall ensemble that was both subtle and sexy and true to the nature of the French fashion house.

A pleated leather skirt, and a shiny tailored jacket, what more can a girl ask for!