Lit in the Media: Valentino Spring 2014 RTW

Valentino Spring 2014 RTW Look 1

I am lucky enough to teach Literature in the Media for a living (super amazing life right now, folks) so when ever these twin star collide I like to take note. Even though this doesn’t apply to my current class theme, the Valentino Spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection is inspired by literature. Of the collection Style.com writes: “All you need to know is that Maria Callas’ Medea, from Pasolini’s film version of the classic opera, was on the mood board.” Cute that they took it as far back as the 1969 opera, but we can do better.

Valentino Spring 2014 RTW Look 12Let’s take it back to the definitive first version: Euripides stunning tragedy, 431 B.C.E. It is the tale of Jason (of “and the Argonauts”) who falls in love with Medea, a sorceress, who helps him procure the golden fleece. They are married and have two children when he decides, like an idiot, that he can do better, and gets engaged to a princess. Medea makes the princess poisoned garments and the princess puts them on since princesses love garments. After the princess dies, Medea kills her and Jason’s children, because of reasons. Then, like a badass, she flies away in a chariot drawn by dragons. Medea out.

Snark aside I can see that this collection is actually inspired by the 1969 version of Medea and I love it. The hippie vibe and pseudo-Native American influence of that era shines through beautifully and these could easily be the costumes for a really vibrant re-staging of the play. Well done, Valentino, well done. A gallery of all my favorites can be found below.

Thus the chart goes Medea of the Greek oral tradition –> Euripides 431 B.C.E. –> Medea (film) 1969 –> Valentino Spring 2014 RTW

Fashion: Manish Arora Spring 2014 RTW

Manish Arora Spring 2014 Look 6

When I saw the Manish Arora Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear collection I absolutely had to post it. Generally when I post fashion my hope is that it will end up in one of the magazines so I can collage with it, and this collection is no exception, though part of me wonders if it’s too esoteric for most of the magazines to use. All my favorite pieces from the collection are in a mini gallery below, but I especially love the pieces with the lipstick motif. That coupled with the pastel (and pearls of course) presents this overwhelming girliness that has to border on parody or critique.

Manish Arora Spring 2014 Look 7

Take this piece for example (Look 7), the lipstick tubes around the collar of the dress look almost like bullets. The piece on the whole feels like some kind of mandala for Saint Cuteness; it’s absolutely adorable and utterly fun. Also, pastel and neon are no easy to use together, just saying.

Images from Style.com

Fashion: Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture

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.

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ATC #1280 Shattered

ATC 1280 Shattered

Title: Shattered
Size: 2.5″ x 3.5″
Status: Adopted

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.

Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2012

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.

~ Brigitte