Some inspired promotion from FOX in the US emerged this week. Our favourite Gleeksters are getting their fashion on for a promotional video ahead of the 8th September – the official date for the global Fashion’s Night Out extravaganza. And just 12 days later, the new season of Glee happens to air on the American network.
The skit (above) is too short for my liking (please let there be a full-length music video aired at some point, or at least additional break bumpers with out-takes), but some of the production stills give you an idea of the fun had on set.
Lea Michele looks a-mazing (in Balmain, natch), Heather Morris rocks the currently ubiquitous star print trend and David Bowie‘s Fashion is obviously right on the money.
Glee meets Vogue. Awesome. Inspired.
I’ve been meaning to post this for ages. Well, since Fashion Week actually.
Wallpaper* magazine, that creative authority on all things design, dedicated their whole March issue to the fashion world. Hugely enjoyable it was too, but this double page spread was my favourite (click here for a larger, higher res version):
A few of my favourite highlights:
- 20: pounds of gold glitter dumped on John Galliano during his post-show bow
- 37: pairs of titanium heels trashed minutes before the Lanvin show when it was discovered the models couldn’t walk in them
- 100: %age of RTW on the Prada women’s runway made from cotton only
- 800: hand-painted feather butterflies on a single Alexander McQueen dress
- 1,930: pieces of metal (safety pins, grommets etc.) sewn onto one Balmain skirt
OK, well not exactly , but this is the closest they’ve been yet to real high fashion exclusivity.
Pyrie Dress - Jack Wills Christmas Collection
The brand new Christmas collection launched last week and this season’s handbook is the best ever (the creative alone deserves another post at a later date).
The very first item to launch itself off the page is the Pyrie dress (above), available solely in the Check (with a very similar Kassian design also on offer in black). Strictly Limited Edition – there are only 20 of these fine pieces up for purchase – each 100% silk dress is individually hand crafted at a not inconsiderable cost of £798 a pop. In the words of older sibling brand Aubin & Wills: exclusively for the discerning.
Highly desirable and only available to those able to fit neatly into a size 10 (so not quite haute couture made-to-measure but close enough), the Pyrie is quite the statement must-have piece of the season. And if you’re balking slightly at the price, comfort yourself with the assurance that only 19 other girls in the world will own the very same.
A far cry from the Balmain sequins of my earlier post which, as the ever-growing trend expands past tipping point, are likely to have a presence at every Christmas party across the country.
JW, always looking to expand without losing desirable exclusivity, has stepped up a gear and held aloft a seasonal design that even a regular JW consumer might struggle to afford. But look at the impeccable timing: launched in the Christmas catalogue just when every little girl and boy across the land is putting together their Christmas whishlist. It might break our banks, but possibly not Santa’s/Mummy & Daddy’s.
Fear not: for those who can’t quite stretch even to the regular line, who gleefully poor over the rails at the Bicester Village outlet, take a look at what’s launching online:
Though of course, exclusively by invitation only. And there’s a HUGE waiting list. Natch.
So sequins and texture are dominating the high street right now. Why? Because they also stole the show at London Fashion Week last month. But there was one key statement piece that every fashion weekly and Hollywood superstar – from the established rock veteran to the teenage ingenue – seem to be adopting as the look of the season.
THAT Balmain dress.
The frightenly low waist-skimming neckline and statement shoulder pads define it from the multitude of sequinned numbers currently pouring forth from fashion houses and retail stores alike.
Where might you have seen it? For starters, the superb giant LFW special issue of my own personal weekly fashion bible – Sunday Times Style magazine – showcased it in all its glory in a runway shot:
© Sunday Times Style
On the same weekend, Sunday Telegraph’s big monthly fashion bible – ST – also flagged the Balmain sequins in a muted colour shoot:
© Sunday Telegraph ST
And then, the following week’s Style magazine (launch issue for their new look) featured a big splash interview with rock chick Courtney Love – and guess what they put her in for one of the looks?
© Sunday Times Style
(Perhaps thankfully discarding the slashed-to-the-waist version for the more modest front cut – both can be viewed in the Automne-Hiver 0910 collection on Balmain.com)
And then, a top starlet and fashion inspiration in my world, Blake Lively, rocked up at an Emmy after party in the very same. She even changed out of her classic red Versace awards gown before the party. A clear stamp of approval if it were still needed.
But sadly, not all of us can fork out the required £6,930 for the real thing. Fear not – Warehouse have a copycat number that is guaranteed to fly off the shelves this season. For a mere £90 as well. The danger is that you are likely to rock up at various Christmas parties this winter and experience the embarrassing she’s-wearing-the-same-dress-as-me horror, but given how widely the Balmain original is being touted around, celebs will probably be experiencing the very same. So you’ll be in good company.