Overview: There is definitely much in the way of entertainment and novelty value, but I never got Rick Owens. I just don't see most of the clothing line as being very wearable. I would however select him, and not, say Ralph Lauren, to design the costumes for the next Mad Max movie (or Rihanna video).
There is definitely a lot of buzz around RO. Will it last?
Rating: *1/2 (out of ****)
Highlights: Wrap around leather jackets and coats
Lowlights: Toomany to list: men in haltertops, squirrel furs, snakeskin boots, giant cannoli wraps, etc.
Overview: Of all the unconventional, visionary designers, for some reason, Galliano stands head and shoulders above the rest. I can't quite explain why his far-out collections and trippy theatrical shows appeal to me whereas as those of other rogue designers (e.g. Rei Kawakubo, Rick Owers) simply annoy me. Maybe because's he's simply much, much better than the rest?
Rating: **** (out of ****)
Highlights: Victorian getups, samurai chic
Lowlights: Bustiers(men in lingerie is never, never a good idea).
Overview: What guy wouldn't want to look like James Bond? What guy would want to look like James Bond circa "The Spy Who Loved Me? That's a diferent question. For the most part, I think Frida Giannini managed to pull off 70's chic.
Overview: Much has been already made of oddball Jean-Paul Gaulthier's bloody boxing theme, but maybe not for the reasons he envisioned. Painting the models with blood may have seemed to be a good idea at the time but DSquared beat him to the punch (bad pun) this very season with a bloody hockey theme.
The other notoriety comes from a picture of JPG with Chris Brown, which looks eerily similar to the infamous Rihanna bruised pic.
Anyways, as for the show, it was imspired by boxing gear, but boxers don't wear much-- at least the ones I've fought. Go Figure.
Overview: I've grown to enjoy the Louie V men's collection ever since designer Paul Hebers took over from dress-wearing icon Marc Jacobs a couple years ago or so. This earthy colours were a welcome change from many other labels which preached dreary shades of black and grey for the season.