Enlightened despots were always a strange concept to me. The idea of somebody ruling iron-fisted over an entire empire never seemed enlightened to me, but I suppose back then things were different. For Russia, Catherine the Great brought the land into a new age. Despite her empowerment of the oligarchy, she caught the country up with western Europe—effectively solidifying Russia as a global power. Though she rose to power in questionable ways, she sought the counsel of some of the most cherished thinkers of the time as she lead her country. That’s cool I guess.
1. Coup d’etat? No. Not happening:
Coat by Carven, dress by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Lanvin
2. I’m pretty great, I guess:
Coat by Prabal Gurung, dress by Chloe, shoes by Jean Paul Gaultier
3. Meeting of the minds:
Dress by Valentino, shoes by Dolce & Gabbana
jean paul gaultier haute couture s/s 2010
thoughts: with the notable absence of msr. lacroix, gaultier was a happy reminder of the wild parisian creativity we’ve come to know and expect. as always, there was a strong inspiration and story behind the collection and it shows strong. his inspiration lied in aztec history and the message of avatar…quite the merging of low/high. regardless of whether these pieces are practical or desired at this time, you can’t deny they’re fun to look at. continuing in my haute couture mortal kombat obsession, these bitches would tear that shit up. beware kaisers and new looks.
1-5: don’t. mess.
as i said in a recent post, one of my favorite things about stories is the transformation of a character. sometimes it’s obvious sometimes it’s subtle. well, to examine an obvious case just take a look at the count of monte cristo-a classic tale of revenge. the hero begins the novel as a happy go lucky sailor with a modest living. when jealousy strikes his best friend, his life is turned upside down and he spends fifteen years in chateau d’if prison. whilst enjoying his lovely stay there he works with a fellow prisoner to piece together just how and why his life took such a nasty turn and to dig an escape tunnel. unfortunately for his friend, the tunnel claims his life but just before dying he shares the secret of the treasure of monte cristo with edmond. escaping in the body bag of his friend, edmond is free to seek the treasure and exact revenge on all those who betrayed him. so you see, edmond is transformed from happy fisherman to miserable prisoner to maniacal count. i won’t spill the beans of his revenge but rest assured all ends well for edmond and horribly for his adversaries.
1: edmond the fisherman: sweater by missoni, shirt by louis vuitton, pants by hermes, weather boots by dsquared
2: edmond, the count of monte cristo: coat and bag by burberry prorsum, shirt, tie and vest by gaultier, pants by robert geller, shoes by rag and bone
3: exacting revenge: coat by dries van noten, shirt, tie and sweater by thom browne, pants and bag by louis vuitton, shoes by burberry prorsum
my first brush with lady marmalade was actually in a children’s movie. you may recall a rather well directed scene in beethoven, where the idiot youngest daughter falls into the pool. rice, and her brother (name forgotten) fail to notice this near drowning incident because their insane babysitter is belting out lady marmalade and playing it on the piano. what. the. fuck. anyway, it was rather hilarious. of course most of my generation became familiar with her through moulin rouge and the mya, pink, christina, lil kim situation. enough of that though, when it comes down to it…’creole lady marmalade’ was a hooker on the streets of new orleans, how quaint. anybody knows to be a good hooker these days you have to keep it interesting. and i must say, jean paul gaultier really designs well for the whore who knows the art of hooking. so this post is a little heavy on the gaultier, but that isn’t a crime. she also looks shockingly like lady gaga. not surprising, they both sex it up but keep it interesting and somehow classy, unlike some others.
1: struttin’ her stuff on the streets: body suit & cape by jean paul gaultier haute couture, shoes by valentino
2: hey joe, wanna give it a go?: body suit by alexander wang, tights and shoes by jean paul gaultier, fur by jean paul gaultier haute couture
3: seeing her skin feel silky smooth: robe dress thing by jean paul gaultier haute couture
in gitchi gitchi gitchi ya ya related news, a friend just opened up his first new york store, be warned it is completely nsfw: www.coco-de-mer.com