Friday, November 7, 2008


I am beyond excited to report that one of my favorite designers of all time, Pam Hogg, is back after a 9-year hiatus with a new label entitled "HOGG COUTURE" available exclusively at Browns London. Don't know who she is? Let me clue you in...

From her MySpace page:
HOGG infiltrated the elitist ranks of the conventional fashion world with her wild brand of outrageous creations, establishing a highly respected fashion career. Her meteoric rise to fame came in the mid eighties after studies of Fine Art and Printed Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art, where she won two medals, two scholarships, and subsequent Masters of Art degree at the Royal College of Art in London.
She was an extremely important and influential figure in the London club scene who completely shaped the "look" of the 80s and 90s underground. This bitch understood the definition of 'fierce', and paved the way for a generation of young designers to come.

Check out this fabulous clip from YouTube....a retrospective of her collections from 1987-2000 (starting with the later collections).... After all, pictures speak much much louder than any words I can say.

a/w 1985 runway......

a/w 1986 collection "Hyper-Hyper" ad....

s/s 1986 "Dalice in Wonderland"

Here's another video of the intro from her ICONIC "School for Scandal"/Vogue collection (ca 1989-90?), featuring the London Vogueing group the House of Child featuring Les Child, Roy Brown, Marc Massive and George Long:


Aside from the fashion, Pam is also a musician (check her group Hoggdoll's MySpace).... She was in an Acid House group in '88-89 called The Garden of Eden (with
Steve Jackson, Darrell Lockhart, Angela McKlusky and Mark Tinley), who had an eponymous underground single which remains one of my favorite House tracks of all time....the video for this tune is the video of the week right now. Check it out! "We don't need no E...XTC is you and me!"

OK, back to the HOGG COUTURE collection......if you didn't check the link at Browns yet, the collection is comprised of Pam Hogg's signatures: patchworked, second-skin dresses and catsuits in metallic spandex and silk. Can you say ferocious? I can. Not for the faint of heart. Here are a few of my picks:

two-tone black dress with gold "tie," $930

two-tone black and silver satin sheath, $1243

metallic spandex patchwork leggings, $406

metallic spandex patchwork catsuit, $805

Pam's BFF, Siouxsie, has been spotted wearing nothing but HOGG COUTURE recently...... ;-)

Siouxsie-pics c/o Sidney... <3

Sunday, October 5, 2008


After a knockout season under his own name, Jean Paul Gaultier hit another home run with his Spring/Summer 2009 collection at Hermès, inspired by the wild, wild west.

While the public isn't too enthused about the collection, thankfully at least the critics can agree with me that this was exactly what we needed: it's joyous, full of life, and a great distraction from all of the bad things that are happening in the "real world" right now. At the end of the day, isn't that what fashion should be--an optimistic escape from reality and the pressures of everyday life?

I really hope the music at the show was "Personal Jesus,"
and maybe even "White Horse".....Suits it to a T, I think.

Here's what Sarah Mower has to say, via
It was only a matter of time before all the fringe we've seen this season went West. Sure enough, it was down to Jean Paul Gaultier to rustle it up in full buckskin glory, across the cactus-strewn desert sands of the Hermès runway. Naturally, this cowgirl is quite the chicest, classiest example of her kind ever to don a Stetson, and her fringe-swishing posse was led out by none other than Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.

Only a branded thoroughbred as sure-footed as an Hermès filly could possibly tread this trail with such a sense of fun. The kitsch risk was high, but Gaultier made it look natural: Hermès = equestrian heritage + sophisticated world traveler, after all. His quick mind for the crossover pun also found a way to twist the classic house scarf as a bandanna, and even to tame a poncho to supreme elegance, rendering it in square-cut cashmere knits and slinky jersey day dresses. And the accessories were all-out amazing: soft suede riding boots, mirrored aviators, driving/riding gloves, slim crocodile envelope clutches, handheld canvas-and-leather suitcases, and (whoa, ladies!) even a fringed Birkin.
I couldn't agree more. The collection, or at least 99.99% of it (I really wasn't feeling the one head-to-toe chamois look), was completely flawless....and each look could easily transition into the wardrobe of many a woman (or at least those who could afford Hermès) with a simple change of accessories. The key to successful dressing is all about personalization anyway; no one likes a fash-victim.

Everything in the collection, from the stellar floor-length halter-necked shirt dresses that will work everywhere and anywhere this summer, to the simply chic platform sandals, the fabulous sterling silver interpretation of the classic Collier de Chien bracelet, and the must-have slouchy suede flat boot are just mouth-watering. I want it all, don't you?


Accessories to die for

In closing, I have one thing to say--- Bravo, Jean Paul! I'm glad to see that you're in such good spirits...keep it up! ;-)


Friday, October 3, 2008


For the past few seasons I haven't really been too excited about Jean Paul Gaultier's ready to wear collections, but his Spring/Summer 2009 was a great surprise: a joyous collection celebrating the spirit and movement of dance.

All of his signatures are present: fluid jersey skirts and bodysuits--my favorite being a reinterpretation of his classic "cage," in a maillot worn with a long pareo-style skirt; his beautiful suiting, including a few pieces in leather, his usual take on the Le Smoking and an incredible jacket and trousers in wool with fine pinstripes of sheer mesh inset. Another thing I adored were the high waisted suspender pants worn with demi-sheer wrap blouses.

The collection itself wasn't really well received by the press, but I think it's absolutely beautiful and a welcome return to form. It's not as in-your-face as his work in the late 80s/early 90s, but it has the same spirit that makes me love Jean Paul Gaultier.

Of course, not only were the clothes beautiful but the shoes, as usual, are to die for... And I'd kill for the black metal mesh messenger bag. Hopefully it'll be under $1,000... I can dream, can't I?


Thursday, October 2, 2008


Riccardo Tisci is getting major flack from the press about his Spring/Summer 2009 show for the house of Givenchy, which he presented on Wednesday (1st Oct).

The collection, which he called "Western Bondage," was typical Tisci: primarily a black and white palate but this time incorporating a few abstract western-inspired "flame" motifs vaguely reminiscent of Felipe Oliveira Baptista's s/s 08 "Les Catcheuses" collection. He successfully did his own interpretations of mid-90s Gianni Versace bondage straps and also showed a few ready-to-wear versions of his one-shouldered, puff-sleeved, dresses from a couture collection 2 seasons or so ago. The only misstep he made was using the bane-of-my-existence tacky late 80s acid-washed denim (again a recurring "trend" in many collections, don't ask me why), however that was only in 4 looks so they can (and will) be easily forgotten and forgiven.

What lasting impressions I got from the collection were the sharply tailored, figure-flattering jackets for day (statement of the season), beautiful draped silk tops, and classic workaday trousers which were done in looser, more figure-friendly shapes cropped at the ankle to show off a statement shoe. Of course, the omnipresent second-skin trouser was there, too (and in leather, natch)... but what's new with that?

For evening he showed a gorgeous version of a man's classic tuxedo tailcoat, paired with a bejeweled silk blouse and zip-detailed trousers as well as a crystal-encrusted suede coat which is probably my favorite piece in the whole collection.

As far as what the "critics" thought of this collection, my absolute favorite person in the world (ha!) Cathy Horyn didn't hesitate to rip Riccardo a new one:
I don’t think the explanation for last night’s rambling Givenchy show is that Riccardo Tisci just has too many ideas and doesn’t know how to “focus.” I’m beginning to wonder if he has any ideas at least that are original.

There was not much design value in the clothes, and some things showed surprisingly little finesse, and I couldn’t help but wonder...if Christophe Decarnin’s Balmain had an influence. Those black and white flame leather pants? The crystal-soaked club dresses?

Looking at the mess tonight that is the spring Givenchy collection — a label that people covet — it’s easy to believe that mindless acquisition actually has a style. It’s not trashy. The designer Riccardo Tisci uses high-quality leathers, jackets feature such feminine details at puffed sleeves and a lattice of straps across the back, and there are minidresses in beige-pink wool with sheer insets that reveal yellow lace underneath.

But there is a gluttonous quality to everything, a lack of sophisticated design and standards. The collection simply asserts, in the most banal way, that there is a customer for stone-washed denim jeans with a leather crotch, a cape with a golden flame detail, and dresses gobbed with fat crystals. And despite the economic worries, she will gladly pay through the nose.

First off, saying that Riccardo would deliberately copy Balmain is not only insane, it's evil-hearted. I see nothing Balmain about this collection at all. Just because he decides to use crystals and leather? Please. Cathy H. has had a beef with Riccardo for a long time and she is always bitter in her reviews of his collection. I don't know what she has against him, but her opinion does not matter. He IS talented, creative and original; he has proven that season after season. Some people just won't ever get it. And what's with that last paragraph? I'm pretty sure she got her notes for Balmain mixed in with this one. It's befitting that collection, not his, especially since Givenchy doesn't even cost 1/4 of what Balmain does. Gluttonous? Proves that there is a customer for ridiculously overpriced mediocrity? You tell me.