My initial reaction to the Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture collection was a resounding “meh.” Couture distinction is such a honor, it horrifies me when designers phone in vague draped gowns under this header. It’s couture, show some respect. Also the hair and makeup is hideous. All the lips are bright red and encrusted with crystals, which feels really out of step with the spring rebirth theme of the collection – though I would love it in a different context. The hair has everyone in a pixie cut, which looks nice, then it was all smashed down with grease, which looks disgusting. The saturated stockings with contrasting shoes look sweet though, and they go with the better looks in the collection. However, there are some really amazing looks in the collection, so per usual I took out my favorites, which you can see below.
Size: 2.5″ x 3.5″
Eighty is a nice, round number for my 2012 collage collection don’t you think? Of course I’m tying this draft two days before the end of the year and lord only know what will happen between now and then. (Update from January, 80 was the magic number!) I wanted do something similar to “Romantic Gothic” with this ATC and ended up using some of the leftover clippings from my Givency collage as well. Mixing Givenchy (background) with McQueen (foreground) doesn’t exactly feel right to me for some reason, but I “apologized” by giving it a title with neither house in the name. I’m probably taking things way too seriously.
The look is from McQueen Pre-Fall 2012 which slipped under my radar and it is entirely likely that it’s because the look really smacks of Marchesa to me. It just really does, it’s remarkable, but beautiful none the less. I left the model’s face in the collage (which you know is rare) because I love her expression, so angry. I wanted it to look like the Queen at the end of Snow White looking into a broken mirror. This is what that looks like in my head.
Size: 2.5″ x 3.5″
This ATC was also a part of my Xmas present to my Dad. It features a Karlie Kloss editorial for Vogue September 2012 reprinted in miniature in Vogue January 2013. I had completely missed it the first time around. She looks quite striking with green hair (even if it is just a wig) and it makes me miss my own technicolor lock days. The image is from an article about OMG Karlie getting a haircut. What a page turner that was. I mean, really, if there’s one thing I want to know about in detail it would be a tall, attractive woman in her early twenties getting a haircut. That’s just so fascinating. </sarcasm>
Title: Mary Katrantzou 3
Size: 2.5″ x 3.5″
Status: Not Available
After I scanned this collage I went back through this years’ work to see what number this was in the Mary Katrantzou series. I was utterly shocked that I hadn’t made a Katrantzou collage since 2011! It was made very late in 2011 too, which means it has pretty much been an entire year since I last worked with one of her designs in a collage. I guess I’m so surprised because I’d rank her right behind McQueen on my list of favorite fashion designers; maybe she doesn’t get as much press coverage?
This piece is from her Fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection, which seems to be the only collection that fashion editors will admit existed. Don’t get me wrong, it’s gorgeous, and her most recent stamp collection was not my speed, but I would love to see more of her work printed in the glossies. The only reason that I don’t have more Katrantzou collages in my collection than McQueen is only because she doesn’t show up as often. Still, when she does, I’m delighted.
The ATC background is from Marie Claire December 2012, an article on aging I believe, and the jewels are amethyst, Le Vian “cotton candy” amethyst or some other nonsense name, taken from an advert in the same issue. Look Le Vian, just because the color is off doesn’t make it more specialer.