Tag Archives: Louis Vuitton

Don’t be so Flattered…

So WWD is claiming that shoe brand Melissa’s summer 2013 Plastic Dreams magazine looks “”looks strikingly similar” to W Korea’s March 2012 cover.  Here’s the two side by side to see for yourself.

What does the Carpetbagger have to say about it?  Hogwash!  W stylist Karina Givargisoff remarked, “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.”  But if you ask us, that comment isn’t so appropriate considering the content.  Yes, both images feature models with colored wigs, lounging on a lightly colored floor.  Though when it comes to similarities vs differences, there’s not much room for talk.  For starters, W’s wigs are confined to cotton candy colors.  The Melissa wigged ladies are severly more clownish with their choice of hues looking closer to the rainbow than soft dreamy pastels, not to mention the ratted out boingy curls or beehive do, compared to W’s simplistic short and sweet hairstyle.

As for the choice in wardrobe, other than Melissa’s couple girls in white tops, there’s really no room for accusations of copying.  And last time we checked, W doesn not own the color (or lack thereof) white.  And we can undoutedbly confirm the clothes are high end, Louis Vuitton, Spring/Summer 2012 to be exact, while the Melissa gals are dressed unidentifiable ensembles that honestly feel more “high street” than high end.

Another difference we feel necessary to point out- as the audience of Melissa’s ad, our attention is suppossed to go straight to the footwear, it being a footwear brand and all.  The focal point on W’s cover is on the models’ faces, while their feet are (almost) entirely out of the picture.  And while the Melissa shoes on the models are super cute, they don’t portray the same vibe we are getting from the W cover story.  Need we really say more?

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Spring 2013 trend Coverage: Check(s) Mate!

Nanette Lepore, Spring 2013

Jill Sander Navy, Spring 2013

House of Holland, Spring 2013

Fausto Puglisi, Spring 2013

Marni, Spring 2013

Alexis Mabille, Spring 2013

Louis Vuitton, Spring 2013

 

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We ALL Live in a Yellow Submarine. No Really…

Unless, you’ve been living under a rock since last Fashion Week (Fall 2012), you have to have noticed the overwhelming (not to mention positively Groovy!) dose of psychedelia into Fashion. Between Prada’s bright patterned suits and Louis Vuitton’s mirror encrusted appliques, designers are sending a clear message that this season is no time to dress stale and mundane.  The Carpetbagger is totally loving this “more is more” mentality, and can’t wait to indulge in the carousel adorning trend!

                                                                                                              FALL RTW 2012

Miu Miu, Fall 2012

Miu Miu, Fall 2012

Prada, Fall 2012

Prada, Fall 2012

Nicole Miller, Fall 2012

Anna Sui, Fall 2012

Anna Sui, Fall 2012

Louis Vuitton, Fall 2012

Courtesy of Elle

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the best of Paris fashion week fall 2012

Celine, Fall 2012

Celine, Fall 2012

Celine, Fall 2012

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon for Kenzo, Fall 2012

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon for Kenzo, Fall 2012

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon for Kenzo, Fall 2012

Paula K, Fall 2012

Paula K, Fall 2012

Paula K, Fall 2012

Paula K, Fall 2012

Tsumori Chisato, Fall 2012

Tsumori Chisato, Fall 2012

Chloe, Fall 2012

Chloe, Fall 2012

Chloe, Fall 2012

Miu Miu, Fall 2012

Louis Vuitton, Fall 2012

Lanvin, Fall 2012

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Paris Fashion Week’s Greatest Hits

Celine, Fall 2012

Celine, Fall 2012

Celine, Fall 2012

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon for Kenzo, Fall 2012

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon for Kenzo, Fall 2012

Carol Lim and Humberto Leon for Kenzo, Fall 2012

Paula K, Fall 2012

Paula K, Fall 2012

Paula K, Fall 2012

Paula K, Fall 2012

Tsumori Chisato, Fall 2012

Tsumori Chisato, Fall 2012

Chloe, Fall 2012

Chloe, Fall 2012

Chloe, Fall 2012

Miu Miu, Fall 2012

Louis Vuitton, Fall 2012

Lanvin, Fall 2012

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The Carpetbagger’s Weekly Case Studies

Kate Moss in Stella McCartney

Damn, does Kate Moss know how to rock a LBD!  She never fails to make it her own and look like a dangerously sexy goddess.  LOVE the hourglass inspired style of this Stella dress and seriously doubt Ms. McCartney could find any better PR than this image right here.  Enough Said.

Jessie J at the Brit Awards

I’m only relatively familiar with Jessie J, but she certainly now has my attention!  Her + this dress = a knockout!  Clearly on the riskier side of fashion choices, this dress displays just the right amount of promiscuity.  With strategically placed appliques and classic drapery, it successfully steers clear of looking cheap and inappropriate.  The tailoring is superb and Jessie J knows just how oozes such sexy confidence.  Also loving the basic dark hue on her nails, heavy dark eye makeup, as well as the glamourous yet laid back hairstyle.  These wise styling choices only enhance the beauty of the bold gown.    This look is definitely going on my best dressed list!

Rihanna in Givenchy Dress and Solange Azagury-Partridge earrings

I neither love nor hate this look, though definitely think it deserves a second look.  The Givenchy dress is pretty and tasteful (though that odd ring on the left halter is bothering me), and the shoes are the obvious choice to go with the dress, it’s the gloves that steal the spotlight.  This look happens to be straight from the runway, which while Rihanna seems to know a thing 0r two about fashion and how to work it, this is not typically a smart move.  The runway is its very own world that nothing else can compare to, even the red carpet.  Not to say that one should never ever try to strut a direct runway look, but this was not it.  I get the gloves, I do, but they overwhelm the whole look and just sort of weigh her down.  I do however, think that if the gloves’ length hit at just passed her wrists, we may have something easier to work with here.  Overall, I’m not impressed.  I give her props for trying, but in the end thisjust doesn’t sit so well with me.

Amanda Seyfried in Nina Ricci

Loving the old Hollywood Glamour feel of this Nina Ricci dress.  The cream who and sheer, polka dotted fabric is quite angelic, and along with her almost blindingly shiny waves of golden hair, Amanda looks positively lovely.  The shoes are a bit too wedding attire for my taste, but they could have been a lot worse.

Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian in the their line for QVC

Oh, lord.  Just the typical sleazy attire worn by a Kardashian.  Kris isn’t absolutely awful, though there’s definitely room for improvement.  It’s Kim who never fails to present herself as cheap as possible.   Positively cringe-worthy.

Rooney Mara in J. Mendal

Beautiful!  I think it is safe to say that plum is Rooney Mara’s color.  She even pulls of the bold lipstick and does so smashingly.  I’ve never seen her look so happy and my guess is because she feels beautiful and most importantly, like herself.  The plunging neckline is just what this dress needs to steer clear of basic and keep things interesting.

Kate Bosworth in Burberry

Here’s a perfect example of why I love Kate Bosworth-she wears things her own way and (unlike so many of her peers) doesn’t take fashion too seriously.  The gorgeous actress always looks adorably chic and never fails to have a bit of quirk going on in whatever she’s sporting.  This ladylike pencil skirt gets a dose of whimsy thanks to the animated owl peeking out on her sweater, then wrapped in a big velvet bow.  Instead of going with something safe and expected to cover her feet, she sided with a more playfully rugged shoe in these chunky booties.   Yet still a perfect lady, she keeps the look grounded with a simple black clutch.  This is one fashionista who decides what kind of look she’s going for, mixes her expressive pieces and personal asseccories  pulls it off without a hitch!

Michelle Williams in LV Suit and Olympia Le-Tan Clutch

This girl just won’t quit!  Michelle Williams owns the purple carpet at the Indie Spirit Awards in this badass Louis Vuitton suit!  It fits her adorably petite frame to perfection and does a mighty fine job of hi-lighting her killer gams!  Gotta give the girl props for choosing to forego any hosiery, if you got the legs for it, why not?  The double breasted tuxedo blazer and its silky black/navy color combination alone has me desperately wishing money grew on trees so I could snatch one for myself!  It ever so chicly displays William’s quirk for slightly androgynous inspired pieces and I can’t think of any other gal to pull it off better.  Now for the Olympia Le-Tan book clutch… Are you freaking kidding me Michelle?  When does the cuteness end?  I’m seriously one step away from literally framing this look and hanging it by my bed!  The entire concept of Olympia Le-Tan’s nostalgic book-inspired clutches so damn cute they deserve their own special shout out!  The Academy Awards are tonight and I CANNOT wait to see what Michelle will stun in!

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The Carpetbagger’s Weekly Case Studies

Victoria, Victoria Beckham raincloud-emblazened sheath

Michelle Williams in Victoria, Victoria Beckham raincloud-emblazened sheath

So I officially want to be best friends with Michelle Williams.  Not only to borrow her amazingly sweet wardrobe, but just to be in the presence of someone who seems so kind and charming in a very gentle manner.  Now about this dress-I don’t know if I could dream up anything cuter and more charmingly nostalgic.  I mean seriously, way to take a basic silhouette and make it completely one of a kind!  Always a fan of collared necks, I love how this little number distributes a perfect ratio of creamy white,  a good-humored print, and  touch of sparkle.  I agree with her choice of simple black heels and no jewelry, letting the dress do all the talking.  Williams wears this beauty with ease and contagious smile, the perfect accessory!

Sarah Michelle Gellar in Haute Hippie mini and cropped black blazer

Oh Sarah Michelle, nice try honey.  But this look just isn’t working for me.  The basic idea behind it is fine- a sparkling black and gold mini with a black blazer, though the particular separates she chose don’t mesh well, not to mention rather ill-fitting.  I know for a fact that this girl has a knockout body, but this outfit adds 15, 20 pounds easily.  She could do so much better, much sexier, and much more flattering and I’m hoping that for her next public appearance she will.  This  outfit would be best suited on a 13 year old girl making her debut at her Bat Mitzvah.

10 Crosby by Derek Lam

Diane Kruger in 10 Crosby by Derek Lam

Diane Kruger is one of my favorites, because not only does she behold the beauty of a poised goddess, she takes fashion risks and does so brilliantly.  Here in this 10 Crosby by Derek Lam look, she does a fine job of making this look her own.  I happen to be a big fan of stripes and florals together and this is exception.  However, I’m not so keen on the dress poking out under the skirt?  It keeps your eye moving back and forth and not in a good evened out sort of way, more in a confused “wait, what?” sort of way.  But that could just be me, and I still give her props for not playing it too safe.  Last, but not least I dig the sandals; I always agree with a palette of green, black, and yellow.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta dress and Leather Jacket

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta dress and Leather Jacket

Oh Sarah Jessica, what do I say… Good try?  All this looks like is a way too long nightgown made from an 80’s prom dress fabric, then she goes all Michael Jackson on us with the jacket and those gloves!?  Nothing about this is okay.  Better luck next time.

Krysten Ritter in Peter Som

I would like to apologize to Peter Som on behalf of Krysten Ritter.  Mr. Som, you are a lovely designer, it’s really too bad this usually cute actress does a sham of a job representing you at your Fall 2012 show!  I mean, what is there to this dress besides managing to looking like a potato sack?  And don’t even get me started on the  mismatched purple accessories!

Rooney Mara in Louis Vuitton

Rooney Mara knows how to impress in this impeccably tailored Louis Vuitton beauty.  The emerald green is the perfect, yet subtle quality of this dress to take it from basic to arousing and elegant.  The shoes are alright, I guess.  I don’t hate them, but I think I’d prefer to see this dress paired with some classic kitten heels in the same gorgeous emerald shade to enhance the charmingly humble vibe of the dress.

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