Blumarine's Holographic RTW Fall/Winter 2012 Collection Creates New Fetish Category

 Italian label Blumarine put everyone at Milan Fashion Week to shame with their eye-popping Fall/Winter 2012 read-to-wear collection. This collection is everything right now! I had zero interest in bringing color into my wardrobe until I saw the lush, vivid furs, hardcore metallics, and the hologram motorcycle jackets and vests, I die! If leather, lace, and latex can have their own fetish categories, why not hologram?
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I never really paid much attention to Blumarine, but their approach to fall is redefining my notion of chilly season style. While there are warm furs and down jackets abound in the collection, nothing has that usual sunless, shelled vibe that winterwear generally has. It is as if the colors, metallics, and prints are what protect you against the weather, not the thickness of the clothing. The outrageousness will keep you warm! There are some chic black dresses and nude gowns in the collection, but who gives a fuck about those.

If you're going to go matchy-matchy, might as well go all.the.way. Shorts over leggings for winter? Could be the equivalent of the ridiculous Alexander McQueen flames print trend for fall (still undecided on that one).
Some more "conservative" metallic and hologram pieces.

Inspired by The Muppets? I hope!

And now my favorites! Hologram on everything, all the time: motorcycle jackets and vests, hologram sequins, giant studded hologram hoop earrings, and the shoes, the shoes you guys! Any attempt to articulately review this collection just flies out the fucking window. I'm dying, I'm dead. I will sell my kidneys for a hologram motorcycle jacket. And to think that even those who can afford this collection have to wait months to even get their mitts on it! Such a tease to have collections show a season before. I pray that knock-off factories are working hard churning out some affordable hologram styles for us broke fashionistas!


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What do you think of Blumarine's Fall 2012 collection?

Raw Geronimo Brings The Rain At Popomomo's LA Fashion Week Event

On Sunday, despite the heaviest rain Los Angeles has seen this season (heavy for us, probably nothing for New Yorkers), dedicated fashion enthusiasts packed out the Mandrake bar for clothing line Popomomo's LA Fashion Week event. Performing that night was the line's latest campaign star, musician Laena Geronimo, shot by an amazing photographer and personal friend of mine, Job Piston.
The photographer with his work

Raw Geronimo

Popomomo stands for "post-postmodern movement" and boasts collections made locally of only sustainable and/or organic fabrics. The simple, feminine and delicately architectual designs are as sustainable as the material they're made of: They can be worn and accessorized in so many ways, expanding the pieces' longevity. Having previously designed for Urban Outfitters and Free People, designer Lizz Wasserman no longer wanted to be restricted by the gaudy limitations of disposable trendiness. Popomomo is at its core completely season-spanning, not to mention good for the environment.

Watch a clip of Raw Geronimo's performance. Sorry the lighting and sound is weird!

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Piston met Wasserman through her husband, whom is an artist Piston attended school with, and she approached him for the project. The inspirations behind the collection were artist and writer Eve Babitz and musician Patti Smith: "a dark and sweet 70's, grey day LA vibe." For the shoot Piston said, "Lizz wanted the model for this collection to reflect its design references: a writer, a musician or cultural figure from an artist community...We were very lucky and excited Laena agreed to work with us."

While Laena Geronimo is better know as the bassist for 60s throwback sweethearts The Like--replacing founding member Charlotte Froom--she also plays violin in Swahili Blonde, plays percussion, violin, vocals and keyboards with Dante Vs. Zombies, occasionally plays bass for Residual Echoes, all on top of her own band, Raw Geronimo. In a coincidental overlap, while Geronimo has modeled for the LA-based Popomomo, her bandmate Z Berg from The Like has modeled for an LA line called Geronimo (no relation).
Perhaps it's not just the "cool" factor that draws designers and artists together, but the dynamics of shooting an artist v.s. a model. Of the Popomomo shoot, Piston recalled, "Some models are particular about their 'good side,' or what angles they're photographed from. There were no restrictions on which angle Laena preferred to be shot from. On stage, the audience observes you from 180 to 360 degrees...She's a natural character and that element made the images truly collaborative."

I've said many times how fashion and music are close relatives that beautifully play off eachother. And if anything, designer/music collaborations make for more fun events than a traditional runway show. With the whole band clad in Popomomo, Raw Geronimo rocked their brand of sweet-to-stomping psychedelic rock, heralding influences from Devendra Banhart and fellow LA band Warpaint--and of course a bit of The Like. While the Mandrake has a large sign that says, "No Dancing Allowed," that combined with the rain didn't deter fashion revelers from having a good time.
Photographer Job Piston with Lizz Wasserman

Piston & Geronimo with yours truly. Such cool last names.

A Look Back At Carine Roitfeld; Her Uncertain Future

What can we say about Carine Roitfeld? After a much publicized leave from her coveted Editor-In-Chief position at French Vogue, now Roitfeld has been banned from fashion week. Jonathan Newhouse, Condé Nast's International Chairman, sent a letter to designers requesting that they not invite Carine to their shows because "it might send a confusing message" having both her and her replacement Emmanuelle Alt there. I haven't seen a high fashion fallout like this since Rachel Zoe pulled a "bigger than Jesus" with Anna Wintour. But Zoe certainly won that battle now with her top-rated Bravo show, QVC line, fashion news site and of course, the $10,000 per styling gigs. Still, Wintour always wins the war.

But back to Carine. It's not clear what she will be doing now that she no longer wields the Vogue saber (rumored to team up with Hedi Slimane to direct YSL if current creative director Stefano Pilati leaves). Designer consultation was one thing she had been doing while still at Vogue, although the conflicts of interest made it one of the reasons Roitfeld left. In the end we cannot deny her talent in any fashion venue. Here is what I think is a stunning example of Roitfeld's abilities, starring model Lara Stone and shot by Mark Segal from a 2007 issue of French Vogue. Amazing how her styling then still resonates today--and the baby jaguar certainly helps.

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