Thursday, October 2, 2008

Now, it’s Personal!

Anthropomorphic iconography as adornment: love it or hate it, people are everywhere! Whether cartoonish (Marc Jacobs), representative (McQueen), abstract (Versace, gown detail at left), Warholian (DKNY) or historically referential (Dior), the body is a point of departure for many a designer these days.
Fashion flashback at right: Lanvin Éte 2007
Runway photos via style.com except unless otherwise specified.
I KNOW YOU! (Realism in fashion's figures):
DKNY, via nymag.com
Miss Sixty
Just Cavalli
Marni
Tuleh... CC is smitten with this entire ensemble!
FUNNY PAGES (from Betty Boop to caricature, and everything in between!):
Zero Maria Cornejo strapless parachute dress, via nymag.com
Ailanto, courtesy Spanish Vogue
Danielle Scutt
Giles
Just Cavalli
At far right, Gwyneth Paltrow in a sparkling Sonia Rykiel "face" minidress. Picture via instyle.com.














“PERSON”ALIZED ACCESSORIES
Given her background in art history, CC was quite taken with Christian Dior’s figural sandals, necklaces and earrings . . .
Dior's arty statement pumps, collars, and chandeliers resemble fertility idols, like this Cycladic figurine from the Stone Age in Greece, circa 2500 B.C.
Apart from being historically referential end exceedingly creative, these accents have other assets to which we non-models can relate... curves!
Marc by Marc Jacobs runway (left) and at shopbop.com (right)
Braccialini bag; this and next via style.it.
Piero Guidi bag; visit pieroguidi.com
Ed Hardy Ellerise sneaker, at Nordstrom.com
The cameo gets a post-modern makeover: Tarina Tarantino crystal and bead necklace, pictured at right via elle.com.
ANTHROPOMORPHIZED APPAREL
Romeo Pires Marilyn print puff sleeve jacket, at asos.com.
At right, a celeb fave: Lauren Moshi Peace swing pocket tank at pinkmascara.com.
Get the look for less with this Forever 21 Rhinestone Lady knit top.
CC’s pick: Alexander McQueen's strapless bustier dress, at net-a-porter.com.


Last look: a lovely watercolor painting by Fellow Fashionista and talented young artist Emily of EmilysoEnchanted. If you haven't checked out her work yet, take a gander!

41 comments:

lisa said...

Love the Ed Hardy shoes! If it's okay with you, I may have to feature them in a future blog post. I'll give you due credit and link back, of course. :)

CarmenSinCity said...

I'm definitely not a fan of the cartoon clothing. But, oh well - the good thing about fashion is that it comes and goes and nothing ever stays around forever.

Have I mentioned lately how awesome your blog is? It's obvious that you put a lot of time and effort into it and I love it!

la petite fashionista said...

I really like this look. its trendy, but definitely eye-catching. I like the looks that leans toward art inspiration.

issa said...

hhmm.. not really a fan of this trend, but i can see the appeal for some people

shoebox said...

Great pics!
I´m impressed that you found them all :)

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Leeann said...

I must admit, the whole look is kinda scary =O Haha. Love your blog, I added you to my blogroll =)

J'Adore Fashion said...

love the Paltrow dress and the Dior's shoe is hilarious!!!
:)
xoxo

Lisa said...

just cavalli.
what fun!

thanks for the comment + your never-ending passion for fashion.

x.

miss cavendish said...

Do you remember the classic: Bella's Freudian slip dress (with her grandfather's face on the fabric)?

I like how many of these looks manage to have a classic, rather than a novelty, vibe . . .

Hunters Glory said...

nutter fabuoous post cc!

;)

sammi-lise ^_^ said...

i love the heel detail in that one picture, and gwyneth paltrow's dress is really cool too. i didn't notice the face in that dress at first.

La Belette Rouge said...

I don't want my clothing anthropomorphized. I think this trend is a little too young for this weasel.

MimiSaeger said...

I'm not really a great fan of the cartoon clothing, but I just loved the pics...

Nina said...

i dunno if i can hop on this bandwagon. i'm not very keen about large faces on my clothes. oh well...good thing there's other trends from the shows i can follow! :)

Clara Sheller said...

I don´t like this trend. I find grose havin a face which is not mine´s on my breast!!!!1
So great Rachel as usual!!!
Im waiting for the godess hair do´s!!!!!

AusAnna said...

I love the cartoon clothing. Its fun fresh and so young. Its summer, baby, be lively. :)x

K.Line said...

Amazingly, I have a T dress with a woman's face on it. Never thought I'd buy such a thing, but there you go! (Not my front and centre fave trend, but I wouldn't dismiss it.)

WendyB said...

I like quite a few of these.

PorcelainBlonde said...

Those Dior sandals are exquisite! I'm not a fan of much of the clothing though, too busy for my taste.

Mel said...

oh aaamazing! i love your blog! the just cavalli dress is awesome.

http://thesunsetpalette.blogspot.com/

Annie said...

5 and 12, with the ruffles. Really cute!

Songy said...

okay. I so want those sneakers. Ed Hardy? I've never heard of it. I'm sure it's famous there?!

You gave me an idea now. This post will be linked.... this is going to be amusing.. well just a little bit.

ashleigh said...

wowow i never even realized this was everywhere! i like the mixture of art and fashion :)

THE HOUSE OF STYLE said...

I think this trend is tons of fun,what i like about it Carrie is the varying types of inspiration.From Art,to cartoons to all in between. Those dior shoe heels,earrings and necklace remind me of fertility dolls!
I think we will be seeing so much of this trend.
darling thank you for your lovely comment on my vacation post,yes Steve and I had a ball.Thank you for passing my details onto Danielle from Solestruck,that was so sweet and considerate of you. Will let you know if I hear from her.
Have a lovely wknd ahead CC!
kisses
Marian xx

Cate said...

Hi CC!
Thanks for your comment!
Ahh I love iconography... I really wanna have that Kate Moss necklace by... Alex & Chloe, I think it is.
I love the dress from Lanvin summer 07. I especially love t-shirts with photos of iconic people on them.

Wow, you really have a great background in art history.
xoxo! Cate

Susanna-Cole said...

Anthropomorphic iconography ... can be really hip, but sometimes I think it just looks tacky. >_< I like it better in cartoon or animated like form (vs. real silk screened photos, or what not), but even then... oh but I have seen this trend done really well, I just remembered seeing a girl who had a Justice League t-shirts (like from the comics) and it was to die for! :D

xoxo,
S-C

MakeupByRenRen said...

now that's a hot trend! i love the alexander mcqueen dress...

S said...

S is in agreement fully with CC - that Tuleh look is perfectly amazing!

fashion herald said...

I like the more subtle pieces, and how this trend has evolved.

VIVI said...

Always your post are marvellous.
Kisses
Vivi

Crave said...

I'm in love with this post! So funky, fun and creative!

bronwyn said...

I like this trend, especially the more poster type images on T-shirts. Have a great weekend:)

saray said...

I love the DKNY dress..

A World in a PAN said...

love the sneakers!

Bombchell said...

Love the title.

my faves are all the subtle ones, that make you do a double take.

Dana said...

I love everything in this post! Specially the sneakers!!

myriam said...

Seriously those Dior shoes are so funny, it looks like a pregnant woman on the heel!

kokostiletto said...

omg are those SHOES for real??????? who is the designer? i need to get those like NOW!

michelle said...

I noticed that a lot in some of the spring collections, I think it's a lot of fun! :D

RASPBERRY said...

This trend is so fun! Sometimes it gets a little creepy, but I loved your choices :)

Fashion_Girl22 said...

Face printed peieces are so quirky and cool. The Sonia Rykeil dress is to die for. Gwyenth wore it well!