I’m not sure if you saw the recent film adaptation of Anna Karenina but I know I didn’t. The whole way of filming, while creative, seemed like another 300 type ploy to change cinema. It’s cool for a little bit but let’s not reinvent the wheel. Anyway, many claim this to be one of the greatest novels of all time. It may well be, but it is confusing as hell. Anna finds herself adrift in the fading Russian oligarchy, love triangles and a world in turmoil. It’s a doozy of a story.
1. Get down, Moscow!
Coat by Altuzarra, dress and shoes by Dior
2. Chillin’ with Vronsky
Dress by Dolce & Gabbana, coat by Nina Ricci, shoes by Dior
3. Time to jump in front of this train
Dress by Valentino, shoes by Dolce & Gabbana
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Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2013
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I’ve given you guys a few teasers of this video, but this is the final thing. I picked 12 collections from Spring 2013 and set them to Tchaikovsky’s “Apotheosis” from Sleeping Beauty. It’s essentially the finale of the performance when all the conflict has ended. When something undergoes an apotheosis, it means it’s elevated to divine or heroic levels. Sweet word. I believe there is also a cancer treatment that goes by the same name, but I’m a little hazy on that end of it. Watch it in full screen, watch in HD.
The collections included are:
DRIES VAN NOTEN
3.1 PHILLIP LIM
Hello. Welcome to a blog post I wrote. This post is about Queen Sibylla of Jerusalem. For most, she’s an unfamiliar name because high school history classes tend not to delve to deeply into the Crusades, but take my word for it when I say she was very interesting. Sibylla was the sister of King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem, famously known as “The Leper King” because, you guessed it, he had Leprosy. Eventually, the disease claimed his life and in his stead, Sibylla’s son ascended throne during his minority. However, the young king didn’t outlive his regents and Sibylla then became Queen. Once crowned, she took the French Guy of Lusignan as her husband, known for his brutish and war-hungry attitude. The immediate concern of Sibylla was to protect Jersusalem from the encroaching armies of Saladin, who was making moves to capture Jerusalem in the name . In an attempt to stave off the warriors, Sibylla’s husband rode out to meet them in battle but was defeated and taken prisoner. Now, nothing stood between the armies of Saladin and the holy city. In a last ditch attempt, Sibylla led the remains of her defenses against Saladin, but was forced to concede and was allowed safe passage from the city with her children. You can’t deny that Sibylla was pretty badass, she has a little bit of the Eleanor of Aquitane vibe about her, admirable for somebody who was stuck in a fairly oppressive time.
1. I am awesome because I am great.
Dress by Manish Arora, shoes by Altuzarra
2. I’m the Queen of Jerusalem, yo.
Dress by Altuzarra, shoes by Marchesa
3. Fine Saladin, you win all the things.
Dress by Marchesa, shoes by Dior
Lydia Deets is one of my favorite apathetic characters ever. Having watched Beetlejuice many times in my childhood, I like to think that her general negative attitude toward everything rubbed off on me. I can only my children grow up with the same pessimistic outlook. Anyway, Lydia finds herself stuck in Connecticut with her frantic mother and simple father. Little do they know, their new home is where the ghosts of Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis live, isn’t that fun? Lydia forms a relationship with them and has various misadventures in the netherworld where she runs into Beetlejuice. I’m a little hazy on the details but there are sandworms and witch doctors and almost a wedding. Also, the cartoon version was great.
1. Bride of Beetlejuice
Dress by Prabal Gurung, vest by Maison Martin Margiela, shoes by Celine
2. I myself am strange and unusual
Dress by Commun, coat by Prabal Gurung, shoes by Carven
3. Shake, Shake, Shake Senora
Dress by Christian Dior, vest by Lanvin, shoes by Acne
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