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Fashion Flashback: Givenchy Fall 2007 Couture

Clockwise from left – Jessica Stam in American Vogue, From Runway, Nicki Minaj on Grammys red carpet

I recently stumbled across the image of Jessica Stam with the giraffe on Tumblr. All I could think, besides what a fantastic photograph, was that I recognised that outfit. Almost immediately I remembered Nicki Minaj wearing the look at the Grammys in 2011. I remember waiting up until midnight to see what she was wearing, watching Live from the Red Carpet on E!, and tweeting about it afterwards. At the time I was a super fan so that kind of behaviour was expected. Anyway, seeing the image of Stam made me look into the collection, Fall 2007 Couture. In 2007 I was 9 years old. I will not even lie to you and pretend I remember seeing this come down the runway. I do not recall that. In fact, in 2007 I was still obsessing over Paris and Nicole. I probably didn’t even know what Givenchy was. However, since I enjoy looking back at older collections now, I’ve been browsing for images and videos from the show. I have to say, I really enjoyed the collection. I like when Riccardo Tisci does couture. It is fun.

Some other pieces from the collection which I particularly enjoyed were all of the leopard looks (animal print is practically a neutral), the feathered jackets, and the liberal use of fur. I feel this collection was very Cruella de Vil in the most glamorous way. Riccardo Tisci also played with peplums and tailoring, something that is now perhaps a classic from him. We’ve come to expect a great blazer from Givenchy, a perfectly fitting pair of pants. Honestly, the outfit in the images above is definitely my favourite with the pale ombre leopard coming in a close second. I don’t know if it is because I’ve seen it styled off-the-runway (that often helps) but I really do love it, even with the hat.

Apologies for the slightly grainy images below, I couldn’t find HQs.

10 Looks from the Fall 2016 Shows that Nicki Minaj Should Wear

My adoration towards Nicki Minaj is apparent now so this post should come as no surprise. It’s practically a regular series, just like my fashion week posts. I feel like I have barely seen anything from Nicki over the past month or so but given that she’ll soon be embarking on a press tour for the new movie that she’s in, perhaps some of these looks could be used for that?

She used to work with Rushka Bergman a lot for her styling but I’m not sure if they still work together. It always amazes me when you see how much Nicki’s look has changed since she first began her career to when she began to really get famous to now. Sometimes I miss the crazy looks that she sported from around 2010 – 2013 but then I looooove the new look that she’s worn since then so I can’t complain either way. Let’s face it, I’m such a fan that I don’t mind either way.

 

Dion Lee

Mugler

 

Cushnie et Ochs

I know Selena Gomez wore this already (and looked so great in it) but in a way I wish Nicki got there first. With some alterations to the top (obviously Nicki has boobs where this model doesn’t) I think this could’ve looked so good.

Herve Leger

Wes Gordon

Yeezy Season 3

Alexander Wang

 

 

Fausto Puglisi

Moschino

Julien David

Just the tunic, not the pants or shirt underneath

 

Best Looks of 2015

Now that the year has ended and I’m feeling very retrospective I thought it’d be fun to do a round-up of looks worn by the famous folk that I loved this year. I started off by compiling a list off the top of my head and then did some more digging around too. I’ll try not to include looks that I’ve already spoke about on here before for fear of being repetitive but if something is so good I might just have to include it.

What constitutes a good look is tricky. I often feel myself wanting to “up” my looks in daily life and dress a little better. For example, I feel I should accessorise better or wear heels instead of flats but then other times I think what’s the point if nobody’s looking. Also, when you’re getting dressed at 7am the effort levels are low.

Celebrities have more opportunities to dress well and that’s why I love them. Everyday, mundane tasks are rarely photographed (unless its the Kardashians, in which case their grocery shopping will be a headline on the Daily Mail website) so it is usually the bigger red-carpet events or at least occasions that require a little bit of effort. But hey, if they want to go in full on glam and heels just to go shopping then more fool them – at least they have a car service to take them from A to B, no need to worry about hauling their bags on the train!

In no particular order, see my favourite looks of the year:

Beyonce photographed in New York wearing Cushnie et Ochs, DSquared, and Givenchy – May 2015
Nicki Minaj at the VMAs in Labourjoisie – August 2015
Kylie Jenner at the Balmain X H&M launch in the brand – October 2015
Bella Hadid at Chrome Hearts Celebrates Art Basel – December 2015

 

FKA Twigs in Alexander McQueen at the Brit Awards – February 2015
Rihanna in Dior at the Annual Diamond Ball. The wrap is so old Hollywood glam. I love it – December 2015
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party – February 2015
Julia Roberts in Givenchy at the SAG Awards – January 2015
Beyonce in Proenza Schouler at the Grammys – February 2015
Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta at a “Still Alice” screening – January 2015
Kim Kardashian in Altuzarra, Tom Ford, and others at the Vogue Fashion Fund event – October 2015
Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace at the Critics Choice Awards – January 2015
Kiernan Shipka in Dior at the Emmys – September 2015
Rihanna in Dior at the brand’s show – October 2015
Selena Gomez in Givenchy at the AMAs – November 2015
Beyonce in Givenchy at the Met Gala (I’m sick of naked dressing but this was insane) – May 2015
Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein in Cannes – May 2015
Nicki Minaj in Mugler at the BET Awards – June 2015
Zendaya at Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Gala – December 2015
Chrissy Teigen (an angel) in Solace London at the CFDA Awards – June 2015
Blake Lively in Roksanda promoting Preserve – April 2015

 

An icon in the making, the sweetest kid in America, North West in Balmain for a ballet lesson – May 2015

 

SHOPPING FIND OF THE WEEK: Chanel VS Mango

Chanel’s Boy Bag is about as popular, if not more so, than its classic quilted flap styles. I like the shape. It’s boxy and cool. For that reason I’ve been searching for a high-street dupe that looks fairly good quality. I’ve come across this one in Mango (a shop I love). Mango is a high-street store that offers good prices and also high quality. I’ve never bought anything from Mango that I wasn’t impressed with. In the spirit of my previous post, I thought now would be an apt time to post another Chanel related piece.

Each season there are new styles of the Boy Bag shown on the runway so for that reason this one may not be an exact match to one you see on the website. However, it is very similar. Same shape, has a thick strap with chains, and has some quilting on the front. What I like most about it is that it looks fairly spacious. I am someone who likes to carry a lot so I often shy away from more dainty, cross-body bags because I think I won’t be able to take everything with me. I do feel like you can fit a lot more in this bag than others (maybe not a book and a water bottle though…).

The Boy Bag is a popular style at the moment and is worn by lots of celebrities. Perhaps that’s why there’s finally some high street dupes. The classic quilted style can be found everywhere (and has been everywhere for as long as I remember) but it is only recently that this shape has made an appearance. As Nicki Minaj said, “these Chanel bags is a bad habit”: the only difference is her bags are legit (and hella expensive…).

SHOP ONLINE

Mango – £39.99 (appears to be sold out, try this alternative for the same price.)

Chanel is not available online, you can order via telephone or purchase in store. Alternatively, you can purchase a pre-owned bag on a site like Vestiaire Collective for £2650 or Portero for $3050.

15 Looks Nicki Minaj Should Wear From The Spring 2016 Collections

Nicki Minaj is a queen. I truly mean that. I feel like she’s someone whose popularity is continuing to soar and I’m so happy about that. Something that I think has boosted her fame is her image overhaul which began around the time she joined American Idol. She stopped wearing the colourful wigs, wild make-up, and out-there outfits, and toned her look down – natural hair, more “normal” make-up, and a mix of high-end designer and fast-fashion clothes. To put it simply, she had a make-under. Whilst I do miss her old sense of style (it was so fun), I think she looks amazing now. For example, the VMA dress was a killer.

I find it fun to try and predict what Nicki is going to wear next, especially because she attends a few fashion shows nowadays and actually works with a brilliant stylist, Rushka Bergman, to create her red-carpet/event looks. There are a few designers who she clearly favours: the Alexanders (Wang & McQueen), namely. I’ll choose looks from designers I know she likes and also ones which I think she would like to be introduced to. I’m going to pick 15 different designers and select looks from their shows which I think she should wear (yes, I’m totally cheating with this post title). When I did this before, I actually got a couple looks spot-on that she wore. I wonder if the same will happen this time.

Also, on the topic of Nicki, read this NY Times profile – it’s amazing.

Jeremy Scott

Nicki used to wear a lot of Jeremy Scott back in the days when she used to dress more kooky and she still does wear a lot of his designs for Moschino. I think she would look great in this checkerboard cardigan, mixed and matched with this printed bikini. I think this would work great for a music video.

Givenchy

Another brand that Nicki seems to be rather fond of, Givenchy is a show which she actually attended in New York (wearing the designer head-to-toe, naturally). There were quite a few looks which stood out to me and I think would work, depending on the occasion. The first would be the dress which Joan Smalls wore – the black gown with the full skirt and fur – which I think would only be appropriate for a grand red carpet event (Oscars, Grammys, Met Gala) but I’m not sure there’s anything coming up soon that this would suit. The cross-over top and skirt combination that Pooja Mor wore would work well for a more casual event, however it isn’t often that you see Nicki in that type of neckline. Finally, I think that the feathered jacket with the bejewelled top and trousers would look insane. Nicki doesn’t often wear trousers to events but I think this could look great. Conversely, the trousers could easily be swapped out for a black pencil skirt. I’d go for Stuart Weitzman’s Nudist shoes in black with all of these looks.

Zac Posen

I’m not sure that Nicki has even worn a lot of Zac Posen but I wish she would – a ball gown would look fabulous. However, the look that I am going to suggest is the black bandeau strapless dress with the full skirt and slight tiers. I think this would look amazing if she had her hair down in a centre-part, a dark red or wine lip, and pointed black suede heels (Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo perhaps).

Burberry

There’s three different looks that I think could work from the Burberry show. The first is the long dress with the full skirt and sheer panels. I think Nicki would wear this firstly because it has transparent sections and therefore it would show off her insane body, and secondly because she has favoured a fuller skirt in the past. I’d also like to see her wear this black coat with gold details. I think this would work for a casual look (perhaps paired with some items from Fashion Nova, a store that she seems to love nowadays). Finally, I think this short taupe dress would work well. As I said before, she used to wear full skirts quite often and this one reminds me of Alexander McQueen dresses which she has been seen wearing before. I think the details on this are so pretty too.

Moschino

As I said before, Nicki likes Moschino. I think it’s a bit of a throwback to the wild outfits she wore when she was first blowing up. I think she’d buy these two t-shirt dresses because they’re both rather funny (the second being a Chanel-logo parody, another brand she’s fond of), maybe the boots, and also this coat. The coat reminded me of the one she wore for a Casio event in New York back in 2012.

Monique Lhuillier

The only time I can remember Nicki wearing Monique Lhuillier before was at the AMAs a few years ago when she wore the bright yellow gown – it was quite a moment. This look I’ve chosen is more casual than a full-on gown. On the runway it is styled with a white top underneath but I propose we remove that and just have the floral crop-top and skirt instead. This is a look that I really really really want to see her in because I can just imagine it looking so brilliant.

Christian Dior

Now that we know that this is Raf’s final collection for Dior, I feel that Nicki needs to wear something from the collection. I mean, who knows what the next collection will be like or who the hell will be designing it? Maybe the floral set was an omen that I missed – taking it full circle. I chose this simple jacket-dress, reminiscent of the infamous Bar Jacket. Hey, you’ve got to try the classics at least once right? Pair it with some tough looking boots and all will be good. I’m thinking something by Saint Laurent or Giuseppe Zanotti.

Balenciaga

Since I didn’t include any mainline Alexander Wang in this list, I thought I’d better include something from his swan song for Balenciaga. I see that next season will be one of change – will Nicki even wear Balenciaga if it isn’t designed by Wang? I opted for this white look with the shaping around the breasts, because I can only imagine that it would look better on someone with fuller breasts than the model – no offence intended, I’m in the small group too. Louis Vuitton

I went for this pink biker jacket from Nicolas’ latest collection. It reminded me of when Nicki used to be like Barbie. If only she’d go for one of the old Barbie necklaces with it. That would make my life. I can imagine her wearing this casually, perhaps shopping, flying, or the likes (I don’t know how she spends her downtime).

Alexander McQueen

Instead of going for one of the flowery, floaty looks from this show I propose something a little different – my favourite look in fact. Jeans and a top. I can see her going for this entire look to be honest. To make it perfect, I’d like black hair in a bun with a fringe, but that may be too much to ask!

Versace

I loved this season’s Versace. Raquel Zimmerman opened it by stomping down the runway in this khaki blazer which I’d love to see Nicki in. I also really like this dress which Gigi Hadid wore but I fear that it might be too associated with her already for someone else to wear it and nobody really wants a “who wore it better?” moment, so I think Natasha Poly’s could be a close alternative.

Oscar de la Renta

This dress was just so pretty that I couldn’t not include it on this list. I can imagine this with a centre-parted wavy hairstyle and matching lipstick. I know Nicki used to favour Oscar so maybe its time she wore something from the brand again.

Altuzarra

My favourite New York designer’s clothes have never been worn by Nicki as far as I know. That should change. I went for this exotic skin coat because I feel like it is her down to a tee – glamorous and luxurious and so fucking expensive. This would be a great introduction to the brand’s clothing.

Anthony Vaccarello

This dress may be pushing the limits a little in terms of how risque Nicki is willing to dress. However, if she’ll push the boundaries this far I’d be impressed. I loved Vaccarello’s show and this was one of my favourite dresses from it.

Ashish

The first thing I’ll say about this is that I suggest hiking the skirt up over the belly button to make it high waisted. I think that would look better (more flattering) and also show less unnecessary stomach. This is one of the looks that I think she’s least likely to wear, but I’ll include it anyway. Oh, and change the shoes too.

So there’s 15 different designers, a few more looks. You’ll probably have noticed that there’s a few major brands who I’ve left out – Balmain, Alexander Wang, and Chanel are just a few – and the reason for this was rather simple: I couldn’t see any looks that I’d put her in. I can guarantee that she’ll wear quite a few pieces from Balmain (she always does), maybe something from T by Alexander Wang or a custom modified runway piece (I couldn’t see any straight-off-the-runway that I’d put her in), and she’ll buy a few bags and maybe shoes from Chanel.

Is there a glaringly obvious look you think I’ve missed? Let me know. Apart from that, I’m fairly confident in my choices. I hope she wears at least one. Ruskha, it’s over to you now.

2015 VMAs Best Dressed

Oh the VMAs. The drama-filled music event which is attended by those who have literally nothing to do with the world of music. Quite a few big pop culture moments have occurred at the annual award show: Britney and Madonna’s kiss; Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift; Lady Gaga’s meat dress; Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s odd performance; and now this year, Nicki Minaj calling out the host herself, the aforementioned Miley Cyrus.

However, I am not here to dwell on the actual show. I want to talk about the stars’ sartorial choices. I’m going to make a list of my picks for the 5 best dressed of the night. See below:

NICKI MINAJ in Labourjoisie

I hope she works with Rushka Bergman for a long time because her looks have been utterly fabulous in the past year or so.

GIGI HADID in Emilia Wickstead

Whilst I think Gigi would’ve looked better had the dress been a little more closed at the front (a high slit still could’ve worked though), the colour looks insane on her.

KYLIE JENNER in Balmain

I’m not a Kylie fan but I cannot deny that she looks so good here. The hairstyle suits her and I love the dress, although I could never wear something so short personally.

SELENA GOMEZ

I didn’t love her first Calvin Klein dress that she wore on the red carpet but she looks amazing in this dress which she changed into for the actual show. She just has a great body and this dress flaunts it.

LILY ALDRIDGE in Alexandre Vaulthier

The plunging neckline couldn’t be any lower but somehow she still looks great. The risqué top is balanced out by the fishtail bottom.

What do you think? Would you have picked somebody else to be on this list?