Archive for June 27th, 2009

27
Jun
09

Hellfire Club Redux.

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For his Fall/Winter ’09 Collection, John Galliano drew inspiration from old England, most notably Sir Francis Dashwood and his Hellfire Club, an exclusive club for the British high society during the 16th Century. In his interview, Galliano also states that he was inspired by old paintings, books, and mythology, combining elements of streetwear, sportswear, and melding it into “The Galliano DNA,” somthing the designer says his discerning target audience seeks.

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I’m loving Galliano’s collection. Aside from the old English feel, it gives me a Pirates of the Caribbean vibe as well. And ladies, did you peep the shoes?!? yes, heels are coming in higher than ever, but to incorporate such raw materials as plywood, Galliano is taking the shoe game to another plateau.

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 For more pics, as well as video of the show, and a backstage interview with John Galliano himself, check out the website here.

Stay Classick!

JoeCouture.

27
Jun
09

Couture Cars: The Pursuit of Perfection.

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So, you’re probably wondering, “Why the hell is U.C. featuring a LEXUS?!?” But know that, since the introduction of the current LS, the luxury division of bestselling marque Toyota has entered a whole new ballpark. Aside from the all new design, The Lexus LS has merged the executive luxury sedan with the hybrid- a first in its class, something that has attracted attention from such celebs as Alicia Keys. Take that Mercedes!

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After being previewed by the LF-Sh Concept at Japan’s Tokyo Motor Show, The Lexus LS460 and LS460L (Long Wheelbase) arrived in dealers in late 2006. Starting at about $64,000, one of its major innovations- a standard package- it premiered with is Parking Assist, a system in which the LS can park itself, utilizing rear cameras (one cool feature… My neighbor owns one in navy). In the LS460L, the Executive Package added a rear DVD entertainment system, swivel tray tables, and reclining rear seats which provides passengers with a Shiatsu message at the touch of a button. Under the hood, the LS is powered by a 4.6 liter V-8, producing 380hp. A year later, Lexus upped the ante, introducing the $105,000 LS600h L, the first executive luxury hybrid, as well as the world’s first production V-8 hybrid. It’s also powered by a V-8 (up to 5.0 liters) and nickel batteries, producing 439hp, batteries and engine combined.

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So, STILL not convinced?!? Well, think about this: you can be rolling around in this lovely Lexus, getting a Shiatsu message in the rear reclining seats while watching Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in “Breakfast At Tiffanys” with- get this- OVER $20 GRAND IN YOUR POCKET! Yes, my people, it’s true. Lexus’ flagship undercuts the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, and Jaguar XJ by about $20,000 or more. Talk about a recession buster! Additionally,  its has that Far East flair with a modern edge, like the works of Vivienne Westwood, Commes des Garcon, or Yohji Yamamoto (of Y-3 fame). And, to top it off, it has the soul of a Toyota, so you know you can’t go wrong with this. Truly a classic that will age with grace.

For more information on the LS, check out its website here.

Stay Classick!

JoeCouture.

 

27
Jun
09

What Would Coco Do?

Chanel Store BagWe here at Urban Couture are major fans of the French house of Chanel, founded by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel  in 1909. I personally believe it should be a staple in any woman’s wardrobe (be it in their means), especially the famous Chanel suit and the classic quilted 2.55 bag. And while that will forever hold true, I’m very torn over their latest bag, the 31 Rue Cambon Tote.

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I’m not sure if my colleagues will agree with me, but I’m not a fan of the tote(s), which are essentially leather versions of the store’s shopping bags, most notably from Chanel’s Paris boutique (located at-you guessed it-31 Rue Cambon). While I love Chanel, I don’t think I’d want to walk around town with a leather store bag. Of course, it’s not marketed towards me… But I’ve been wondering, would Coco herself, approve?!? She’s revolutionized women’s high fashion, but is this something she hoped for? What are your thoughts on the bag? Love it or Leave it?

Stay Classick!

JoeCouture.

27
Jun
09

Contain Yourself

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Some time ago, my esteemed colleague CoutureSteez wrote about the cool transportable Puma store (pictured above), which can be taken apart and transported via ship from place to place and opened as a temporary store. After reading that post, I’ve researched the innovative architecture style, simply dubbed “Shipping Container Architecture.” And it has taken off in a major way.

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While it may not be a living arrangement for everyone, it does affect the environment, being that storage containers are being recycled and put to good use (Light Bulb: Homelessness could possibly be reduced or even eliminated if this takes off..?!?). Additionally, each container costs around $1500-2000, relatively affordable, especially if one is seeking to create a home that’s totally his/hers. And finally, IT’S TRANSPORTABLE! Imagine having the luxury of  being a nomad, or vacationing wherever, while not sacrificing your home comforts.

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Though that will be some time away, expect to see me in a “humble” abode of this nature. It’s eco-friendly, it’s unique, and it’s hot, hot, HOT!

Stay Classick!

JoeCouture.

 

27
Jun
09

Couture Cars: Shaken, Not Stirred.

Aston Martin DB9

So, being an avid car afficionado, I decided I would interweave the automobile industry-namely, the upper echelon of the industry- with the Fashion industry… Enter Couture Cars. First up, while not known to many, it hails from a British company known for it’s grand tourers, as well as one of 007 Agent James Bond’s favorites: The Aston Martin DB9.

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The Aston Martin DB9 was introduced in 2004 as a successor to the famed Aston Martin DB7. Coming in Coupe’ and Volante (convertible) form, the DB9 is powered by a 450hp V-12 engine, blasting the GT to 60mph in 4.6, topping out at 186mph. With a base price starting around $160,000 for the Coupe’, the DB9 can be configured in hundreds of exterior/interior color combinations and, if that’s too “common” for your tastes, Aston Martin offers a custom order program (for that price, why wouldn’t they?!?)

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As keeping with U.C.’s personal beliefs-so to speak- I decided I’d post about the Aston Martin since it’s a vehicle many wouldn’t think about when ultra-luxurious vehicles come to mind, especially something coming out of the UK. It’s sexy, sleek, and has a bit of a lower profile, especially when compared to its main competitor, the Bentley Continental Coupe. Additionally, one would be able to say that his/her vehicle wouldn’t be spotted at the valet often. It has that Savile Row quality; you may not know what it is exactly, but you know that your dealing with something serious.

For more information about the DB9, as well as other vehicles in the Aston Martin lineup, check their website here.

Stay Classick.

JoeCouture.




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