Amish hats! Haori pants! Hakamas! Inside-out jackets! Pants under shorts under skirts! OMG!!
Today Rei Kawakubo presented the most buzzed-about collection thus far during Paris Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009. Truly a pièce de résistance, Rei proffered a virtually victorian opus heavily inspired by Japanese tradition with a certain Scottish flair (namely incarnated as skirts)!
An exquisite palette, wicked proportions, sophisticated styling and layering madder than a (Colonial) hatter were set off by an absolutely genius casting. The models' doleful dispositions perfectly suited the esoteric -- practically cryptic -- summer 2009 CdG collection.
Yet when all the moody elegance emerged together it yielded a rather lighthearted, candidly comical aura. Scintillating!
For cult Parisian brand Les Prairies de Paris' new art gallery-cum-boutique, designer Laetitia Ivanez has opted to showcase mod life-size shots from Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 masterpiece "Blow-Up" as the opening exhibit.
Ivanez's 12-year-old woman's wear label is practically lionized by the fashion elite for its delicate and ladylike aesthetic. The nouveau magasin will be the first to feature Les Prairies de Paris' new mini men's and children's collections displayed in the kookiest French mien that her devout fans have come to know and love.
Quirky trademarks include a pair of vintage headphones dangling outside the store's façade -- as a means for potential customers to hear the shop's playlist -- and elephantine cartoons disseminating onto the walls.
C'est fou (and I like it)!
Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 trailer for "Blow-Up":
infamous "Blow-Up" photoshoot with Veruschka von Lehndorff:
A video short by the legendary Bruce Weber introducing all the young designers that are featured in the ab brill new issue of W Magazine: Kate and bunny amieLaura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Samuel François and Daniel Fumaz (Avalon Vega), Louise Goldin, Jeremy Laing, Christophe Decarnin (Balmain), Georgina Chapman (Marchesa), Gareth Pugh, Alexis Mabille, Jason Wu, bunny amiAlexander Wang, Swaim and Christina Hutson (Daughters by Obedient Sons), Danielle Scutt, Koi Suwannagate and Carlotta Danti (Rosamosario):
The super genius young designers share some love and the unbelievably alluring Kate Moss, Daria Werbowy and Lara Stone cuddle up:
Don't expect a magical hologram feat à la Fall 2006 Alexander McQueen.
Jamie Hince's better half will not be gracing the runways, nor is she expected in the front row for that matter.
As the current face of Longchamp, Kate is set to make a cameo at their 60th anniversary soirée. Jamie -- along with fellow The Kills' chantreuse Alison Mosshart -- will be performing at the Longchamp bash on July 2 at the Elysée Montmartre.