Shiny nipples?

Sachin & Babi Spring 2013 RTW

Okay, so it’s been a rough day. And my fourth drink isn’t even touching the cloud over my head. So I camp out on Style.com and start looking at all the Spring 2013 RTW collections, hoping to see flowy, feminine dresses and separates that make me feel warm and pretty and happy inside.

Black leather and severe, architectural constructions which hide a woman’s body are not my idea of a warm happy Spring. And most of the collections I’m seeing so far are black leather and severe constructions.

This collection from Sachin & Babi is the prettiest I’ve seen so far, but I have to stop and ask:

Are they polishing these girls’ areolae?

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My silly obsession with shiny nipples aside, these looks from the same collection are what a happy Spring looks like to me.

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Paco Rabanne

Maybe you’ve seen the famous Rabanne tunic from the Sixties.

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Plates of aluminum linked together.

The designer made a name for himself with these oddly appealing creations.

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^A wedding dress of white leather and chain links.^

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^Audrey Hepburn in a Paco Rabanne mini for the film ‘Two for the Road’.

Rabanne collaborated with Jacques Fonteray to create the costumes for ‘Barabarella’ in 1968.

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For more on Fonda’s ‘Barabarella’ costumes, go here.

Rabanne continued designing and running his brand into the 90s but sold to Puig in 2000.

As of June, 2012, the Creative Director for the brand was Lydia Maurer, though the brand changes designers so frequently that this may not be current information.

Clearly the young designers running the brand are determined to maintain some connection to Mr. Rabanne’s aesthetic, as these selections from the Paco Rabanne Spring 2013 RTW collection demonstrate.

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Make It Rain

Ella’s wet, and not in a hot way.

Third day of rain.

Fashion photographers, take me away!

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^Two by the brilliant Rodney Smith.^

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^David Bailey^

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A fave! By Norman Parkinson

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^Also Norman Parkinson^

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^Patrick DeMarchelier^ (Her shoes!)

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^The incomparable Tim Walker, whose prop-and set-heavy shots were in every issue of Vogue USA for awhile.

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^Tim Walker, again^

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^Peter Lindbergh^

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^Dominique Issermann^

Antonio

Today’s lesson in fashion history features the exciting work of fashion illustrator, Antonio (aka Antonio Lopez).

Born 1943 (same year as my Dad), we lost him in 1987 to the same disease which took my best friend and an entire generation of some of the world’s finest artists, writers, comedians, dancers, friends, neighbors, brothers, dads, and friends. (Yes, I said ‘friends’ twice.)

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As The Fashion Book says, “His work dominated fashion illustration for a decade, encouraging a discipline that had diminished throughout the 1950s.”

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Paris in the 70s must have been a BLAST for Antonio and his friends; Grace Jones, Tina Chow, Karl Lagerfeld, and others.

Sexyback

Ella was inspired to set her ‘nets for GUCCI print ads from The Tom Ford era there, and then post a hot collage of sexy fashion ads.

Great google-y moogly.

Ella is now hotter than a screaming tea kettle.

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It looks like serious business.

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Kate looks downright angry about having to be so sexualized.

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And those two surlies are waiting for the second hit of x to come on.

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At least someone is enjoying it.

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Oops.

All these GUCCI ads, but the logo is nowhere to be found.

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Oh, there it is.

Fashion saves! (Batteries.)