Effie Trinket Vs. Inkvixen

It’s a fashion showdown! The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters today, and if the trailers for the second installment of the trilogy are any indication, the costume design, by Trish Summerville, looks pretty off the hook. Clothing all of Panem is no mean feat. If Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket has her way, we are in for quite the Alexander McQueen-laden affair. Trinket, of the oft-changing hair color and superficial demeanor, takes... Read More

PFW SS13: Alexander McQueen’s Flowers And Bees

Alexander McQueen, Spring/Summer 2013 Sarah Burton poured on the honey for her SS13 Alexander McQueen collection in Paris last Tuesday. The collection explored the sweetly sensuous relationship between flowers and the bees that love them. The show started in the hive, with a series of glorious wasp-waisted, forties-inspired suit silhouettes embellished with variations on a black and gold honeycomb motif. (One could see the through line between these... Read More

McQueen’s Garden of Live Flowers

’There’s one other flower in the garden that can move about like you,’ said the Rose…’she has the same awkward shape as you, but she’s redder–and her petals are shorter, I think.’ ’Her petals are done up close, almost like a dahlia,’ the Tiger-lily interrupted: ’not tumbled about anyhow, like yours.’ ’But that’s not YOUR fault,’ the Rose added kindly: ’you’re beginning to fade, you know–and then one can’t... Read More

Mad as a Hatter

Last week’s Royal Wedding came and went in a flurry of vivid Anglomania and Disneyesque fairy tale romance. I can’t say I was completely immune, though the majority of the spectacle was hardly to my particular taste. If nothing else, cultural curiosity took over, inviting an anthropological examination of the entire phenomenon. You know the fact that Catherine Middleton was wearing McQueen tugged at my heartstrings a bit, though in some... Read More

The Surreal World of Mary Katrantzou

Every fashion season, legions of editors and aesthetes converge online and at the shows to witness the turning of the fashion tides. Admittedly, the returns on this investment of time can be less than thrilling on occasion: Shocking! Last season it was the 50s, now it’s the 70s! Would you just look at all those wide-legged trousers! or Goodness me, can you believe the amount of orange around here? or Who would ever have thought of doing... Read More

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