Lily Allen rushes to Louis Vuitton
In a world where celebrities are styled to within an inch of their lives, it’s refreshing to know that Lily Allen still does her own make up. And rather publicly.
The Grammy nominated British singer sat front row at the Louis Vuitton show alongside Will Smith and “Blood Ties” actor Matthias Schoenaerts in full view of the fashion crowd.
But that didn’t stop the plain talking singer from doing an eleventh hour touch up of her make up with the aid of her iPhone as a mirror.
She told The Associated Press she’d been in a rush to get to the show.
“I just got in from South Africa, and I’m only here for three hours,” said Allen wearing skinny jeans and a black jacket embroidered with sequins and paillettes.
“Of course, I’m wearing Louis Vuitton,” she added, smiling. “But I did the lips badly.”
Allen is a long time friend of menswear designer Kim Jones.
IT’S THE BAG, STUPID
Louis Vuitton’s fall winter menswear 2014 show was all about the bag.
The world’s most famous check pattern, the Damier, was unveiled along with the Eiffel Tower for the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1889. And some 125 years later, it’s finally been given its first revamp: Being transformed from the famed brown into a vivid, modern cobalt.
The Damier Cobalt canvas featured in Jones’ slick show in a travel bag and clutch.
The backdrop of the show, held inside a sweltering conservatory, was a giant hand p adidas gazelle ainted image of South America’s Atacama desert salt lakes as seen from above.
The colors from these aerial shots of caramel, beige, gray, black and blue adidas gazelle were channeled in the clothes.
Snow shades, sporty zippers, studs and hoods on winter parkas with chinchilla lining, as well as hikers’ boots added to the feeling of extreme nature and trekking.
“Our collections have always been about travel,” said Jones.
The Issey Miyake show was also about extreme nature. Designer Yusuke Takahashi used batik resistance dye with wax in tones of red, blue and yellow to evoke a fountain of volcanic magma on jackets, knee leng adidas gazelle th shorts and leggings.
Meanwhile, a double faced knit poncho was partially hand cut for movement and to mimic so say the program notes “rough and adidas gazelle eroded fjords.” There were some nice effects, but some of the styles seemed disparate.
RICK OWENS’ BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WADING
Following on from Raf Simons’ exaggeratedly sized cartoon shoes, Thursday saw Rick Owens lead the pack in creating the most outlandish footwear.
At a show overlooking the Eiffel Tower, each of the 40 looks sported gargantuan knee high boots in black, tan and gray that resembled waders used by river fishermen.
Protection and hiding were a running theme, with bullet proof jackets, and protective headdresses.
It was one of the strongest and coherent shows Rick Owens has produced. But it raises the question who is the designer protecting himself and hiding from?