Veronique Branquinho F2009 RTW
I know I’m a bit late on this since it was announced in late May that Veronique Branquinho would be closing down her shop and forced to liquidate due to the current recession. I’d written about Branquinho’s work in a previous post and noted that she was always under the radar when it came to the fashion world.
However, Branquinho was meticulous in her attention to detail and was a pro when it came to her use of fabrics. She was one of the designers that I said I’d buy a piece from their line once I “made it”, because I knew that it would last forever in its stylish form.
Plus, her shoes were always on point:
Now, it’s one less designer I’ll be looking for in the stream of Fashion Week photos and reading the runway report on Style.com. Not that I ever got the feeling that she was the highlight of their reviews, anyway. As for what’s next for Ms. Branquinho, she will likely focus her time as the artistic director of Belgian leather-goods brand Delvaux.
So as we bid adieu to another talented designer who had the goods, but couldn’t stay afloat during these economic times, I leave with this video from of her Paris 2008 Fall runway show.
A few days ago I was going through a backup drive and I found some images from my old computer. I thought I’d lost these images and I vaguely remember rounding them up from various sources a couple years ago. They were going to be printed and they were to be added to my “mood board”. Well, the mood board never happened and the images, until now, have been mostly forgotten. However, I wanted to share because I think it’s interesting to look back at what inspired me at that time (and just a quick note, please don’t laugh at my faux-Photoshopping skills. Thx):
These adverts and images are at least a couple of years old or more, but I can still find inspiration from some of them and I remember why I saved them. I will say this, I must have been in a romantic reverie, because these images come off as incredibly romantic and idyllic in my mind. Soon, I hope to update this and show what imagery currently inspires me.
Right on the heels eight Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire, the lovely Freida Pinto graces the cover of Vogue India. Clothing by Louis Vuitton, makeup is by Gucci Westman. However, I think the scene stealer is the beautiful necklace she has on. Hopefully I can get my hand on a copy. Also, below is another picture from the editorial.
Both images from The Fashion Spot.
As many interested in fashion know, it has not gone unnoticed that fashion has suffered from a lack of diversity in the past few years. A few months ago, American Vogue had an article titled, “Is Fashion Racist”, which featured Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Arlenis Sosa. And Black models (and other ethnicities) have been missing from Vogue’s cover and editorials until very recently. Italian Vogue published their “All Black” issue in July to much fanfare and it became a best seller. And Ms. Naomi Campbell has spoken up about the issue and is said to be planning a London agency for Black models.
This brings me to the topic of this post, Ms. Donyale Luna. Ms. Luna was the first Black model to grace the cover of Vogue magazine in 1966. Born in Detroit with the birth name Peggy Ann Freeman, Ms. Luna was discovered by photographer David McCabe and quickly moved to New York to start her career. In addition to a modeling career, Ms. Luna was also a party of Andy Warhol’s Factory and starred in a Federico Fellini film. As a model, Luna supposedly demanded $60 a day for bookings, which was a pretty hefty rate during those times. During my research, I saw an excellent post from Afrobella, who excellently summed up her life and career.
The real shame is that Ms. Luna seemed to deny her Black ancestry and claimed anything but. In a profile written by Judy Stone for the New York Times, Luna’s background was described as ” Mexican, American Indian, Chinese, Irish and, last but least escapable, Negro”. When asked if she thought her appearances in films would bring more opportunity for Black actresses, she remarked, ““If it brings about more jobs for Mexicans, Chinese, Indians, Negroes, groovy. It could be good, it could be bad. I couldn’t care less.” Luna’s career declined when she started to exhibit unprofessional behavior. She died of a drug overdose in 1979.
Seeing how hard the path is for Black models today, Ms Luna definitely blazed a trail whether she wanted to or not. Imagining how hard it was for her in the 1960’s, Luna definitely rose to succeed beyond expectations. Here are a few more pics of Ms. Luna that I found from this website, The Beautiful and the Damned.
I remember waiting every month for the latest issue of Honey magazine to come out when I was a teen. Seventeen and YM were okay, but Honey was all the rage, as far as I was concerned. I’d pour over the magazine from the front cover to the very last page. For the most part, I always agreed with the women they put on the front cover and I loved the features. I couldn’t relate to everything, but they were able to provide examples how life would be for a confident, sexy, Black working woman in her 20’s and 30’s. When Honey folded, I was upset and I searched for an equivalent. When Suede came around, I gave them a try, but once I warmed up to them, they went bust. And once I finally got used to Vibe Vixen, they also folded.
Now, there are many publications online that you can look such as Clutch magazine and Honey will be coming back in an online capacity, but what about print? I know about Jewel, but if only my local bookstore (and yes, even the small ones) would stock it, then I’d be fine. I suppose you can argue that Essence has stepped up to appeal to women in my age range and even the younger woman in her mid to late teens, but the magazine can only be so edgy. What I’d personally love to see is a high fashion and lifestyle magazine that ran the gamut with its features and editorials.
With the magazine industry in dire straits right now, what would be possible for a new publication aimed at young women of color. And I know that some say that there just isn’t a market for that specific group, but I’d be quick to call BS. And why aren’t online publications good enough? They are fine; but I love having something tangible. Where I can tear out a page and add it to a mood board or journal. My extreme love for print will never die, but that is another story.
Anyway, I’ll make due with the mainstream fashion and lifestyle magazines that are out now. Plus, online magazines and blogs are good alternatives as well. But I can still hope…
I’ve been a fan of Alexander McQueen since I was a wee teenager. I poured over magazines and searched for any article I could find about the man. Every season, his show is one of the first I look forward once images are ready.
I do not have a McQueen piece in my closet, not even his famous skull scarf. I always said that if I bought a Mcqueen piece, it’d be from his RTW line. But now, I am excited as it has been announced that he is going to be producing a line for Target that will launch in March 2009. Everything is going to be priced under $129.99. I’m hoping that I will like the line he produces since many of the diffusion lines from Target are either hit or miss with me.
Here are just a few of my favorite McQueen creations(there are more, but I can’t post them all!)
pictures from Style.com:
I can’t say that I am a big fan of everything that she wears, but I will admit that I still find most of her style choices to be interesting. People are always interested as to how she has managed to be labeled a “socialite”, but however she got to where she is, it looks like she isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Some may call her style boring or typical of the New York social scene, but I do think that she always manages to add some type of twist in her style. Here are some of my favorite looks: