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Vetements is not “Groundbreaking”

On this blog I normally write about womenswear; however, I wanted to take the time to write about Vetements. You may or may now know what Vetements is so I’ll explain. Vetements is a design collective lead by Demna Gvasalia, the current creative director of Balenciaga, and first started to show in Paris with their Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear collection.

Vetements is known as being a disruption to Parisian fashion because they are not comparable in sophistication to other French fashion houses. The house strays far from what French fashion is known for and experiments with creations that mimic a fusion of Maison Margiela, Alexander Wang, etc. Pieces like oversized hoodies, tops with corporate logos and satanic symbols abound their runway. Do I have a problem with any of these? I could care less. What does bother me is Vetements is being hailed as revolutionary. Yes, they are not your typical French fashion house, but no, they are not contributing innovative creations that have a large scale impact on the fashion industry.

They have had a significant impact on social media amassing a following of over 600k followers on Instagram alone. Their $281 DHL logo t-shirt was a hit with bloggers earlier this year, and celebrities like Kanye West, Lorde, Rita Ora, Rihanna, and even Céline Dion have been seen sporting the brand. So I congratulate them with their marketing efforts which have paid off; sites like Net-A-Porter and MATCHESFASHION quickly sellout when their items are made available to consumers.

Yet, the notion that Vetements is an extraordinary, never before seen house is absurd. If it were to show in New York  I am positively sure that that it would attract press, but they would not be describing the house with adjectives like “groundbreaking” or “revolutionary” but with headlines along the lines of “the cool fashion house that is a favorite among street style stars.”

Don’t get me wrong, I am excited to see what new creations Vetements come up with in their future collections. But can we please stop hailing the brand as something it’s not.

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Balmain x H&M

The very awaited Balmain x H&M collaboration is set to hit H&M stores all-around the world November 5th, and up until now you have only had a few glimpses of the collection.Wait no more because now you can see the complete collection here. Now the hard part is waiting until November 5th rolls around. But we know for a fact that you will have plenty of time to pick apart the collection and find the perfect piece or pieces that will be incorporated into your wardrobe.

Photos Courtesy of H&M

Chanel Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear

The most fashionable airport became a one day reality as the Chanel Spring 2016 runway was turned into a plush airport terminal. One would think they were at an airport if they were present, but it was all just a setup staged by the legendary Karl Lagerfeld. Check out my favourite looks down below and if you want to see the entire collection click here.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

Barbara Bui Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Leather Tops. Leather Bottoms. Fringes. All three were present in Barbara Bui’s Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Collection. Not only will it want you to embark on a trip to the wild west, but you will look good while you are at it. Take a look at my favourite looks and if you want to see the full collection click here.

Photos: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com

Versace Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Donatella Versace described that she wanted to challenge herself, and do something strong. Not straying too far from the Versace image she presented a collection fit for any type of woman. The sexy factor that the fashion house has been known for was definitely present with the mini dresses, chiffon blouses, and the risqué cut-outs. Take a look at my favourite looks, and if you want you want to see the entire collection click here.

Photos: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Tommy Hilfiger will want you yearning for the next summer to come soon after you see his Spring 2016 collection. Obviously you can’t create a Caribbean inspired collection without a hint of the iconic: Bob Marley. There weren’t any shirts that had Marley’s face all over them, but the green, yellow, and red colors that symbolize the Rastafarian movement were definitely present. The pieces conveyed a laid-back, bohemian ambient perfect for any summer setting. From the knitted bucket hats, and the crochet tops and dresses, down to the colorful sandals they all provided the prefect blend for a tropical getaway.

Photos: Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com

Alexander Wang Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear

This year marked Alexander Wang’s 10th year anniversary, and the designer displayed what he is best known for: his casual-yet-edgy street wear. In attendance were Vogue’s Anna Wintour, and Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga, and Kanye West among others. A short film was played at the end which took the attendees back to Wang’s very first show.

Some of Wang’s current whereabouts is a collaboration with DoSomething.org, a non-profit which encourages young people by providing grants for projects that make an impact, and the campaign features multiple well known faces in the entertainment industry. He has also teamed up with Beats to bring back Beats by Dre X Alexander Wang, where 90% of the proceeds go to the above organization. And lets not forget about his partnership with Evian, where he made an exclusive bottle packaging which was available at his ’16 show. Now if only he could design the official uniform for the Olympic Games the United States would surely be the best dressed. Don’t you think?

Check out my favorite looks below, and to watch the complete runway show click here.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

Congratulation Alexander Wang! Let that creative mind of your’s keep doing it’s thing.

Givenchy Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear

When fashion week rolls around you can expect Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to have the front row filled with A-List celebrities. And the Spring 2016 RTW show was no exception. Among them were actresses:Christina Ricci, Hailee Steinfeld, Julia Roberts, Amanda Seyfried, and Margot Robbie. Designers: Vera Wang and Jeremy Scott. Rappers: Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. Models: Doutzen Kroes, Irina Shayk, and Lara Stone; just to name a few. But the stunner of the night was when veteran Victoria’s Secret Angel, Candice Swanepoel, took a fall on the runway, while fellow model Joan Smalls managed to slowly and carefully avoid a mishap while going up and down on a set of stair in a gorgeous black gown. Take a peek at my favorite looks of the collection, and if you want to watch the entire collection click here.

Photos: Monica Feudi / Indigitalimages.com

Valentino Fall 2015 Couture

Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli once again created magic for their latest couture collection. The two designers don’t shy away when it comes to displaying their Italian heritage on the runway of the very Italian fashion house. The inspiration for this collection and the ones before it can be found all throughout Italy from a public library to a grotto. Take a look at my favorite ensembles and if you want to see the entire collection click here.

Photos: Umberto Fratini / Indigitalimages.com

Alexandre Vauthier Fall 2015 Couture

Alexandre Vauthier unveiled his Fall 2015 Couture collection mentioning that it was loosely inspired by Native American apparel as he traveled throughout California. The edgy Los Angeles glam is translated through Vauthier’s use of leather and deep cutouts along the sides and necklines. While the Native American features are seen throught his use of fringes on both the garments and heels. I’ve picked my favorite which can be found below, and if you want to see the entire collection click here.

Photos: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigitalimages.com