Topic: Hanne Gaby Odiele

Bring Back The Trend: Parasols

Bring Back The Trend: Parasols

Last week, when editor-in-chief Jennifer Wright and I were figuring out content for the now-current theme week, we were listing off dozens of trends that have been relegated to memory: acid washed jeans, shoulder pads, bell bottoms. In doing so, I realized all trends were objectionable. Which left it very difficult for me to write about a trend I’d like to see revived. More »

Runway Gallery: Subversive Femininity For Spring 2011 Valentino Couture

Runway Gallery: Subversive Femininity For Spring 2011 Valentino Couture

The team behind Valentino–Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri–inspired a whole lot of questions by explaining their Spring 2011 couture collection with a statement like “Elegance is subversive… The real subversion is culture.” Although I’m not entirely convinced that means anything, it rang oddly true when viewing the clothes: a strange and compelling mix of classic femininity (butterflies, flowers, neutrals in romantic pinks and pales) and something more off-putting (cut-outs, sheer panels, those same butterflies as weirdly constricting chokers). The collection–with its admirably coherent narrative–actually did an excellent job of realizing this play on virginal prettiness and something legitimately subversive… while keeping things subtle and wearable all the time. I’m officially excited to see where they’re going with Valentino. More »