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Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Gives Us The Perfect Wedding Dress

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 White Wedding Dress

Perhaps what started the rumor that Sarah Burton will be designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress is the insiders’ prior knowledge that Burton will be sending wedding dresses as the final looks for Alexander McQueen Fall 2011.

In true McQueen spirit that Burton so skillfully continues, none of them were banal or traditional. Not quite white and highly textural, one dress was even harnessed with a black belt/necklace type contraption. Perhaps it was wishful thinking that caused those Kate Middleton rumors, as who wouldn’t want to see a future princess (pardon the monarchical term) walk down the isle in an edgy gown.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Pale Grey Wedding Dress

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Cream Wedding Dress

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Black Harness Wedding Dress

[Images via Vogue UK]

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Gives Us The Perfect Wedding Dress

Jason Wu Fall 2011 Collection

Jason Wu wins, so all the critics say, with his girly and super elegant Fall 2011 collection [HuffingtonPost Style]

Since Alexander McQueen’s untimely death, his signature label is still doing well [Vogue UK]

Carine Roitfeld in an interview. Says she’s not speaking to Emmanuelle Alt [The Cut]

Stars wearing Alexander McQueen. In his memory. [Grazia UK]

T Magazine developed quite a cool widget showing models’ make-up transformations [T Magazine]

Fashion Around The Web: Jason Wu, Alexander McQueen, Carine Roitfeld

Lady Gaga Vogue March 2011 Cover

Vogue finally released the high-resolution images of Lady Gaga Vogue March 2011 cover and editorial, both photographed by Mario Testino. By featuring who Vogue consider to be a cutting edge artist they allowed themselves to feature the more original (and gorgeous) designers as well. I’m absolutely delighted to see looks by Haider Ackermann, Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Louis Vuitton in the editorial, with Ackermann getting the cover.

Women probably shouldn’t say things like this about other women, but you really can’t photoshop someone pretty, can you? Vogue cleaned her up and dressed her up, but even they couldn’t infuse grace, poise, allure or any other type of appealing quality into her blank face.

I choose to concentrate on the positive though – beautiful photography and styling and of course the clothes – oh, the clothes!

Read the full cover story in Vogue.

Lady Gaga Vogue March 2011 Editorial Alexander McQueen Dress

Lady Gaga Vogue March 2011 Editorial Alexander McQueen Gold Dress

Lady Gaga Vogue March 2011 Editorial Haider Ackermann Dress

Lady Gaga Vogue March 2011 Editorial Alexander McQueen Bodysuit

Lady Gaga Vogue March 2011 Editorial Louis Vuitton

Lady Gaga In Vogue March 2011 Cover And Editorial Finaly In High-Res

Best Dressed 2011 SAG Awards

The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were rather low-key red-carpet-looks wise. I suppose with the Oscars coming up you do have to keep your best looks for last. Still, some managed to shine. When you’ve got the confidence and the perfectly fitting, flattering dress – it doesn’t matter that it’s not the most recent Haute Couture.

I don’t think January Jones will ever end up in a worst dressed list. Jones looked stunning in a contrasting lace Carolina Herrera gown.

January Jones Carolina Herrera Dress 2011 SAG Awards

Menswear on the red-carpet will always get a best dressed nod from me. Julie Bowen rocked a tailored black jumpsuit by Catherine Malandrino.

Julie Bowen Catherine Malandrino 2011 SAG Awards

With a matching smokey eye makeup, Julia Stiles looked smoldering in a strapless navy degradé Monique Lhuillier gown.

Julia Stiles Monique Lhuillier Dress 2011 SAG Awards

Mila Kunis wore a variation on Michelle Obama’s China State Dinner red Alexander McQueen gown and as usual looked effortless doing it.

Mila Kunis Alexander McQueen Dress 2011 SAG Awards

A far as I’m concerned Kyra Sedgwick won the 2011 SAG Awards by wearing this vintage black velvet Thierry Mugler gown.

Kyra Sedgwick vintage Thierry Mugler dress 2011 SAG Awards

Tina Fey shows how you rock a red dress on the red carpet by wearing a strapless textured Oscar de la Renta gown.

Tina Fey Oscar de la Renta Dress 2011 SAG Awards

Helena Bonham Carter made such an improvement from her 2011 Golden Globes fiasco that she had to get the best dressed list when she wore this monochrome lace Marc Jacobs dress and a pair of matching (!) black pumps.

Helena Bonham Carter Marc Jacobs Dress 2011 SAG Awards

Hailee Steinfeld was youthful and modern in a Prada dress from the much talked about Spring 2011 collection.

Hailee Steinfeld Prada Dress 2011 SAG Awards

Melissa Leo goes through such wonderful transformation from her scruffy characters to her glowing red-carpet looks that I simply have to include her in the best dressed list every time. This time Leo stunned in a body-con Randi Rahm gown.

Melissa Leo Randi Rahm Dress 2011 SAG Awards

I don’t even know who Paz de la Huerta wore last night. Some shimmering copper number. Let’s face it, she’s kind of a hot mess, but I absolutely love her and her punk I’m-going-to-puke-on-the-red-carpet persona.

Paz de la Huerta Copper Dress 2011 SAG Awards

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Michelle Obama Alexader McQueen Dress China State Dinner
“My understanding is that the visit was to promote American-Chinese trade — American products in China and Chinese products in America. Why do you wear European clothes?” That is what Oscar de la Renta told WWD, addressing Michelle Obama’s choice to wear a red Alexander McQueen gown to the China State Dinner.

I think we can all agree that when it comes to fashion and garment industry, neither our leaders nor the Chinese would want to touch the subject with a ten foot pole. Not while gruesome working conditions, exploitative wages and inadequate standard codes are in place in the Chinese garment industry (among other things).

No, the China State Dinner was about niceties and A-listers. Things like Chinese giant pandas remaining at the Smithsonian National Zoo (and out of their natural habitat) for another five years were discussed. Even the all-American menu of ice-cream and apple pie was requested by the Chinese delegation. It was not at all a theme the White House was going for.

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Oscar de la Renta Grouchy About Michelle Obama’s McQueen China State Dinner Dress

Tex Saverio Spring 2011 - La Glacon And My Courtesan
Tex Saverio’s La Glacon collection (L) and Tex Saverio’s My Courtesan collection (R)

I first wrote about Tex Saverio’s “La Glacon” Spring 2011 collection a few weeks ago, after scouting Jakarta Fashion Week’s photos – looking something special. And Tex Saverio is definitely something special. He was one of the chosen few to take part in the Dewi Fashion Knights runway show – the closing event of Jakarta Fashion Week. Despite already having designed a collection, “My Courtesan”, two months earlier, he chose to create a whole new collection. And so “La Glacon” was born. It is his collection “La Glacon” that closed Jakarta Fashion Week with a bang.

Tex Saverio won his first award – the Mercedes-Benz Asia Fashion Award – when he was only 21. Today, at 26, after showing two collections this year, My Courtesan and La Glacon, one thing is clear. This is just the beginning.

After being dubbed as the Indonesian Alexander McQueen by the internet, I just had to catch up with him for an interview. His raw talent and breath-taking technique combined with a great personality pretty much promise his future greatness.

Tell me a little about yourself. When did you first realize you wanted to be a fashion designer?

Since high school, I had a drawing hobby and I always liked to draw in the middle of class. Until one of the teacher said to me, “If I were you, I wouldn’t go to this school, I would go to a fashion school instead. Why don’t you become a fashion designer..?”

Where did you study fashion design?

In Jakarta

Who are the biggest influences on your designs?

A woman. A woman is my biggest inspiration in my designs. But [that] doesn’t mean that a woman is the only inspiration.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Design is about a character, one’s soul. A good design should be able to emphasize one’s character. It is like an energy to one’s soul. So it’s not just about the cut/pattern, or color, or style. It’s about a soul. I always think and try to put a soul in my works, I want every single piece of my works to have a soul. That makes a huge different.

Some designers say they never look at other designer’s work. What do you think about that statement?

Well… it actually depends on one’s thought. As for me, I don’t agree, its just my opinion. Its like closing our eyes from the outside world. We don’t want to see what’s going on, we live in our own world. And by doing that, we won’t be able to push ourselves to be better. Not only as designers. Whoever we are, we are allowed to see others so that it can motivate us.

Do you have designers that you like or even look up to?

Yes, I have a lot. Valentino, Elie Saab, Givenchy, etc.

Name the ultimate model you would love to walk in your runway show?

Naomi Campbell.

Which celebrities would you love to see your clothes on?

So many! Angelina Jolie! Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron. A woman who has a strong character.

Your Spring 2011 collection is called “La Glacon” and is absolutely marvelous, what inspired you to create it? Is there a story behind it?

Thank you so much. Two months before “La Glacon”, I launched my very first collection. It’s called “My Courtesan” and it’s dark. A few weeks later, I was chosen to be part of Dewi Fashion Knights, as a closing show, for Jakarta Fashion Week 2010/2011. The Dewi Fashion Knights event is the most anticipated show of all shows in Jakarta Fashion Week. Being chosen as one of Dewi Fashion Knights had surprised me, because as far as I know, the title is very prestigious and it is chosen by all fashion media. So I felt the need to create something special, as my “Thank you” for being trusted to be a Dewi Fashion Knight. Something surprising and different from my last collection. So I thought I’d challenge myself to create a contradicting side of “My Courtesan”. If “My courtesan” was dark, then I’ll create something light. But, I have to keep my soul, I want people to feel that. And that will prove, that my character is not build by the color, the pattern, or the material. It’s just there. So that’s how “La Glacon” was born.

Tex Saverio My Courtesan Spring 2011
Tex Saverio “My Courtesan” collection

All of your collections are always so intricate. Tell me a little bit about your design process. Where do you look for inspiration? How long does it take you to create a collection?

First of all, when I create a collection, I never use the same materials or the same technique for the whole collection. For “La Glacon”, I only created eight looks, and for each of them I used different materials and different techniques. I believe, that my character is the main concept, not the material or color or technique. As for inspiration, I am always inspired by a woman. It could be the way she looks, the way she acts, or even the way she thinks. The character. You can see it in “My courtesan”, the character is sensual, dark, sultry … The Femme Fatale. As for “La Glacon”, it is cold and mysterious … The Ice Queen. So when I want to create a collection, I always start by thinking “What is my woman feeling now? What does she want to look like? How does she act and think?” From that point, I create a new collection. For my new woman.

Most of your collections consist of out-of-this-world glamorous eveningwear. Do you think you’ll ever do something more low key? Like daywear or separates?

Yes. Of course. A lot of my clients now ask me to create a ready-to-wear collection. But for now, I have to focus on my custom line first. I am just a newcomer, so I need to learn a lot! [laughs]

Your most recent collection is gathering a lot of good attention. Do you have any set plans for expanding internationally?

Yes, I have this dream, that one day, one of my design will be on the international Red Carpet. I will try my best. Wish me luck. [laughs]

A lot of people today call you Indonesia’s Alexander McQueen. Are you bothered at all by the comparison?

[Laughter] This is too much. I am nothing compared to him. I am so flattered to be called the Indonesian Mcqueen. But on the other hand, I feel like I am nothing compared to him. But one thing for sure, that will be my motivation. So, no, its not bothering me, its my motivation!

If you weren’t a fashion designer, what other career path would you take?

I would still be a fashion designer. No matter what. I would die trying.

Do you already have plans for your next collection?

Yes. A day after “La Glacon” was released, a new baby was born. [laughs]

FL Q&A Interview: Tex Saverio, Indonesian fashion designer extraordinaire

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Phoebe Philo attends the British Fashion Awards at The Savoy on December 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Phoebe Philo at the British Fashion Awards

Last night a crowd of some seriously talented and stylish people arrived at the Savoy Hotel for the 2010 British Fashion Awards.

The ceremony opened with the screening of Nick Knight’s tribute film for Alexander McQueen who received an honorary Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design award.

The big winner last was Phoebe Philo who was named Designer of the Year. She did bring back minimalism after all. Winner hopefuls were the likes of Christopher Kane and Erdem.

Emerging Talent of the Year award in the Ready-to-Wear category went to Meadham Kirchhoff who can make you smell botanical gardens on the runway.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Models walk the runway during the Meadham Kirchhoff Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show at the Top Shop Venue on September 20, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Meadham Kirchhoff Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show

Nicholas Kirkwood, who collaborated with innumerable designers on runway shoes this season, took home Accessory Designer of the Year award; E. Tautz‘s Patrick Grant won for Men’s Wear Designer, and Mulberry won for Designer Brand.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Nicholas Kirkwood (L) and Claudia Schiffer pose at the winners board at the British Fashion Awards at The Savoy on December 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Nicholas Kirkwood and Claudia Schiffer at the British Fashion Awards

Models and fashionistas took home some awards too. Alexa Chung received an award for British Style; Naomi Campbell‘s 25-year career didn’t go unnoticed and won the Special Recognition Award, and Lara Stone was named Model of the Year.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Alexa Chung poses at the winners board at the British Fashion Awards at The Savoy on December 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Alexa Chung at the British Fashion Awards

Burberry walked away with what seems like a completely made up award – the Digital Innovation Award. I suppose it’s for their “innovative” “3D” banners?

Incidentally, Lady Gaga’s style was indirectly awarded as well – Nicola Formichetti, Gaga’s stylist and the man who basically created her, won the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Nicola Formichetti (L) and Daphne Guiness pose at the winners board at the British Fashion Awards at The Savoy on December 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Nicola Formichetti and Daphne Guiness at the British Fashion Awards

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Christopher Bailey attends the British Fashion Awards at The Savoy on December 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Burberry’s Christopher Bailey attends the British Fashion Awards

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Model Lara Stone poses at the winners boards at the British Fashion Awards at The Savoy on December 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Lara Stone at the British Fashion Awards

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Naomi Campbell poses at the winners boards at the British Fashion Awards at The Savoy on December 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Naomi Campbell at the British Fashion Awards

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Christopher Kane and Yasmin Le Bon attend the British Fashion Awards at The Savoy on December 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Christopher Kane and Yasmin Le Bon at the British Fashion Awards

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Patrick Grant and Daisy Lowe pose at the winners board at the British Fashion Awards at The Savoy on December 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
E. Tautz’s Patrick Grant and Daisy Lowe at the British Fashion Awards

Phoebe Philo, Nicholas Kirkwood And Meadham Kirchhoff Win At British Fashion Awards

Salma Hayek Wearing McQueen on V Magazine Spain Cover

Now there’s a powerful trio. Salma Hayek, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen.

Salma Hayek was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for the V Magazine Spain winter issue cover wearing an Alexander McQueen Resort 2011 dress. Resort 2011 was the first collection designed by McQueen’s successor Sarah Burton. Incidentally, the dress was first worn by Anna Paquin to 2010 Emmy Awards.

The accompanying editorial, shot by Lagerfeld, is about high-fashion fantasy.

Photo by: RE/Westcom/Starmaxinc.com 2010  8/29/10 Anna Paquin, The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in (Los Angeles, CA.) Photo via Newscom

[FashionGoneRogue, DesignScene]

Salma Hayek In McQueen On V Magazine Spain #7 Cover

McQ Pre-Fall 2011 - Alexander McQueen Diffusion Collection

I was kind of shocked to see the McQ Pre-fall 2011 lookbook this morning. About a month ago, we learned that Alexander McQueen’s diffusion line -McQ – that up until now was produced by licensees, will from now on be fully controlled and designed by Alexander McQueen’s team of designers.

With the last McQ Fall 2010 collection looking like an odd 90’s denim and patches mess, I thought we were in for an upgrade. Seems I was hoping for too much.

The new McQ Pre-Fall 2011 collection is also odd. I suppose it is meant to be preppy, but somehow it looks like a poor man’s version of preppy. We also get a bizarre geeky goth look consisting of front-corset jacket and vertical-stripe pants. Between the two – this collection seems to be created with high-school rejects in mind.

Let’s say a little prayer for a better McQ Fall 2011 collection in February.

McQ Pre-Fall 2011 - Alexander McQueen Diffusion Collection

[Images via WWD]

McQ Pre-Fall 2011: Back In McQueen’s Reign But Not Better