Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
NOVEMBER 16TH, 2010
Bagliore, whose resume includes stints with Vivienne Westwood, Zac Posen and Paul Hardy, is hosting an art and fashion night where she’ll be previewing her spring line. An intricately draped, not-so-basic black Bagliore jersey dress does wonders for a woman’s silhouette, while her shawl-collared, Japanese nylon trench is wind and water resistant, not to mention fierce.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Here’s another few items to add to your Christmas list!
Desiree Endless Dress
Which can be worn endless ways!
Such as a top, a tunic, a halter dress, a skirt, tube dress, or as a hooded cowl cocoon top (as seen on the runway) etc
Kyushi Artisan hand-sketched silk charmeuse crawling ant print draped dress
Celia Cocoon coat
Check out UPC Boutique in Yorkville to get your hands on some of these lovely goodies! After attending Lauren Bagliore’s S/S 2011 collection during LGFW, I assure you these will go quick!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
LETTER FROM LEANNE: Lauren Bagliore’s fresh start
A look from Lauren Bagliore Spring 2011, a collection that our veteran fashion writer saw through fresh eyes (with a little help from a friend). Story by Leanne Delap
Fashion reporting has changed completely since my days on the tour. I whipped around London, Milan, Paris and New York for a half dozen years in the mid-90s as fashion reporter for the Globe and Mail before I had kids; later I cherry-picked ready-to-wear shows and five-starred the haute-couture a couple of times as editor-in-chief of FASHION. Though in the years hence I never stopped writing about fashion, I oft maintained that I’d sooner eat beetles than sit through another show. It sounds so glamorous, but humping through the full seven-week tour filing stories made me more tired than a toddler with projectile stomach flu.
That was a puerile dismissal, for I now realize I was very privileged to have witnessed some extraordinary moments: I remember now crying at the first McQueen show I saw at the Royal Horticultural Gardens when the late genius sent models out in filmy gowns shackled inside cages, wading through water. That was the show he hand-carved a leg prosthesis for model Amy Mullins. I sat behind the legendary Suzy Menkes from the International Herald Tribune, and beside Jerry Hall. Everyone was moved.
I was crammed into a gate rushing the buzzy first Theyskens show, where then-Hole bassist Melissa auf der Maur was his Goth bride in elaborate black crepe corsetry. I saw Miyake’s final show, where 30 supermodels were strapped together in an undulating green silk cocoon at the Academy des Beaux Arts. (I was lucky enough to see the real supermodels in their runway heyday, the Naomis and Kates, even the Lindas, Helenas, and Christys at the Versace tribute show after his untimely death.)
“I almost didn’t show,” she said. “But in the end, I was rewarded. Buyers from all the major stores came to see me, and I’m so flattered and I got great feedback.”
Bagliore’s work comes from within: “When you grow up in New York, there is so much noise, so much input. The only place to go was within,” she says.
And my fashion show companion got that before I did. At 14, she had no reference for the sharp shouldered jackets or skinny legged looks with billowing tops. She wasn’t tarnished by MC Hammer when she looked at the harem-style pants. They looked fresh to her.
And it made me realize that Lauren Bagliore’s take on them was fresh too. Her grasp on draping kept the silhouette fresh. And her eloquent use of black and white made me think long after the model parade ended.
See the post on The Style Notebook here: http://thestylenotebook.com/2010/11/11/letter-from-leanne-lauren-bagliores-fresh-start/#more-7411
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Toronto Fashion Week – Lauren Bagliore Spring 2011: La Risurrezione
Lauren Bagliore (pronounced “bal-your-ray”) was one of many newcomers to the LG Fashion Week schedule this season. When the calendar was first released, I checked out the site for her eponymous line and decided, quite frankly, that her designs were badass and that I wanted to witness her work in person. I realize ‘badass’ isn’t a very technical fashion term, but it is exactly the word that I uttered to my laptop as I scrolled through photos of her Fall 2010 collection. I was officially intrigued and very much looking forward to her Spring 2011 show.
The day of the show arrives and I find myself running rather late and hoping that Lauren Bagliore is as well. I manage to arrive in the runway environment just as the music starts, so I have no time to find my seat; I settle for the photography pit, which turns out to be a blessing in disguise. I have the perfect vantage point from which to see Bagliore’s designs, and I’m completely taken by it all. Many of the looks are as deliciously dark as her Fall 2010 collection, but Bagliore has complemented these with light, airy pieces as well. Titled La Risurrezione: Dalla Scura alla Luce / The Resurrection: From the Dark to the Light, Bagliore’s Spring 2011 collection strikes a perfect balance between dark and light, hard and soft.
Backstage after the show, I have the chance to chat with Bagliore, and she’s a breath of fresh air. Her designs may be dark, but Bagliore appears anything but; she comes across incredibly down-to-earth and very much in love with what she does. She’s more than happy to chat about how her first LGFW outing came about, the show preparation process, and the inspirations for the collection. Bagliore tells me that, after a year filled with personal tragedies, this collection almost didn’t get made and that she only had 2-and-a-half weeks to prepare for LGFW.
I’m stunned at this revelation, because now that the models are standing just inches from me, I’m even more blown away by the pieces, inside and out. The Gioia cropped jacket in particular catches my eye – from the beautiful blush silk jacquard inside lining to the intricate embellishments and draped twist on the outside, I’m completely smitten.
The fiercer than fierce Wilhelmina WaSPY trench done in a high-tech Japanese hematite nylon is a close second in my books.
The many dresses aren’t far behind on my list of loves - they’re all so perfectly draped.
Currently stocked at Outerluxe in New York, Bagliore is in talks with high-end department stores on both sides of the border, and I can’t wait to see her Spring 2011 collection hit the sales floors.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010