do you enjoy blanketing far away lands in an endless winter? are you curiously aligning with dogs and against cats? do you turn people to stone with your creepy scepter? well…if you’ve answered yes to all these, you’d probably get along with the white witch. she’s quite a nasty ho and until the pevensie kids came along to destroy her reign there wasn’t much anybody had done about it. gotta hand it to her though, there’s something so badass about keeping narnia in a frozen haze. brrrr.
1: i saiid brrrrrrr: coat by burberry prorsum, dress by erin fetherston, boots by derek lam
2: it’s cooold in herrreee: dress and tight legging things by rodarte, fur by chanel, shoes by fendi
3: there must be some witches in the atmosphere: fur by giambattista valli, dress by celine, shoes by john galliano
All images from Style.com.
yolande de polastron is more commonly known as the duchesse de polignac. she was born into an impoverished aristocratic family, poor thing. her life took a turn when she was invited to versailles by her sister-in-law. shortly after arriving she became a favorite of marie antoinette. determined to stay close to the duchesse, the queen set up her husband with a royal position and plenty of money to continue on comfortably in the palace. her new fortune drove the duchesse to spend riotously (although most at versailles did) and other courtiers resented her extravagance and royal favor. outside versailles, parisians hated her and considered her a bad influence on an even worse government. when the revolution flared up, she remained a staunch monarchist and was forced to flee the country. i’d equate with one of those party girls today, perhaps not so trashy but you get what i mean.
1: heading to versailles: alexander mcqueen
2: hanging at versailles: dress by balmain, fur by elie saab, shoes by lanvin
3: fleeing versailles: dress by john galliano, shoes and fishnets by bottega veneta
thank you all for the great submissions, keep ‘em coming. several of you suggested marie anotinette. to be honest, i’ve been avoiding the ill fated queen since i started because she is pretty daunting. however, since i’ve been denied internet this past week and have plenty of posts to catch up to i figured i’d give it a shot. everybody knows the drill, she had tons of money, was ill prepared to run a country and had a penchant for crazy hats. there, done. enjoy.
1: the dauphine: hat by jean paul gaultier haute couture, dress by john galliano, tights and shoes by rodarte
2: queen of france: chanel haute couture
3: this could get ugly: hat by l’wren scott, dress by christian dior, shoes by oscar de la renta
p.s. how fitting they are all headless. oh, france.
after tsarina alexandra yesterday, i figured i’d ride the revolutionary russia wave as far as i could. naturally, the most ‘editorial’ of all these cats would be rasputin. now i’m sure most of the people who read this blog are familiar with him from the anastasia movie. i hate to be the bearer of bad news but i don’t think he sold his soul for a vial of demon monsters to destroy the romanovs. rasputin was a mystic, some revered him as a prophet and others dismissed him as a lunatic. regardless of the public, tsarina alexandra turned to him to aid her son’s illness. rumors swirled around the tsarina and rasputin, but the czar refused to send him away for fear his beloved wife and son would feel betrayed. as his relationship with the royal family grew, so did his influence. ultimately driving the country’s nobles mad with jealousy and fear. and everybody knows what happens when you’re jealous and frightened enough. too bad for rasputin. please note: these captions are taken from this song
1: he was big and strong and his eyes a flaming glow: coat by rick owens, shirt by givenchy, pants by ysl, boots by ann demeulemeester
2: ra-ra-rasputin, russia’s greatest love machine: coat by john galliano, pants by ann demeulemeester, boots by tim hamilton
3: though she’d heard the things he’d done, she believed he was the holy healer who would heal her son: coat by burberry prorsum, shirt by neil barret, man-skirt and leggings by givenchy, boots by burberry prorsum
note: anastasia was posted ages ago…but check it out, one of my favorites.
christian dior haute couture s/s 2010
thoughts: in 1947 when dior created “the new look” (#3 above) of a cinched waist and flowing skirt, history was made. it was one of the few watershed moments in fashion that has lasted a lifetime. today, galliano’s couture show paid homage to the house with an ethereal and undeniably dior collection. i feel the mark of an incredible designer, brand, whatever you want to call it is that from one season to another there is an evolution not a departure. the haute couture show is far evolved from the famous 1947 look and retains the incredible history, thought and femininity of the house. one of my favorites and one of the reasons i work and love fashion…pray be upstanding for christian dior and “the new look”
i encourage you to see the whole collection and check out the equestrian inspired looks…i just preferred these.