Enfant Terrible: Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young Museum

I’ve been wanting to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the de Young since its opening in March, but hadn’t yet gotten the chance to do so. Taking advantage of my glorious week off, I stopped by on Tuesday and avoided the worst of the summer crowds. After seeing the Balenciaga and Spain exhibit last summer, I was looking forward to another fashion exhibit at the de Young.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk definitely did not disappoint – from the intricate details on extravagantly beaded and laced pieces to those that fully embodied the irreverence Gaultier is known for, every piece in the collection was arresting, if not beautiful. Of course, there were a few pieces that had me scratching my head in bewilderment, but for Gaultier, that’s par for the course, I’d say.

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

More photos from the exhibit on my Flickr over here.

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Refined Versace for H&M Strategy

After much contemplation, the final shopping list (must-haves are outlined in gold):
Versace for H&M Shopping List
Some of these may switch around, depending on what’s still in stock. Fingers crossed that 4AM is early enough; yes, I know my friends and I are insane.

Update: Unfortunately, I didn’t get any of the gold-outlined items above, but I still grabbed some choice items from the collection without breaking my wallet. After the break, a breakdown of events (accompanied with a dash of sleep-deprived delirium):

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Viva Versace for H&M

How time flies – it’s officially less than a week from the November 19th launch of Versace for H&M. This means it’s time to strategize what to buy and what to keep.

Dress Number One:

Work-appropriate, yet with a bit of edge. This one’s definitely a keeper if I can snag it.
Versace for H&M Dress

Dress Number Two:

Edgy LBD that should be good for multiple seasons. So far, this is a maybe, depending on the other items I choose to keep and the quality of the material.
Versace for H&M Dress

Dress Number Three

Ahh, the classic Versace leather dress that’s been making the rounds over the past few months. Fantastic dress, but not very practical. This one’s a maybe.
Versace for H&M Leather Dress

Shoes

Love the style – I just don’t know if it’s worth $129, even with the Versace name attached to it. I feel like I can find something similar from Aldo for less than $100.
Versace for H&M Sandals

Skirt

Saw this skirt in person at the Union Square store, and it looks a lot better than in photos. However, $129 is a bit pricey even for silk, so this is a maybe.
Versace for H&M Studded Skirt

Top

Matching top, seems a bit more versatile than the skirt and $69 is a fairly reasonable price, given that the material is silk.
Versace for H&M Studded Top
While the Versace for H&M collection is pretty fabulous, it doesn’t have as many wearable pieces as the Lanvin or Jimmy Choo collaborations. I’m sorry, but there’s no way I’m going near any of the crazy 90’s-esque archive printed items. Also, there are fewer items at an affordable price – last year, the Lanvin T’s were $40, which is pretty reasonable given the amount of embellishments.

Despite that fact, I’m still going to line up in the wee hours of the morning this Saturday. Thankfully, Michelle is also crazy enough to line up with me! Fingers crossed that the forecasted showers on Saturday will prevent too many people from lining up pre 5AM.

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