lMy fashion escape is music, the kind you hear in dim basements on scary street corners at 3 am. I like it before it's big, when it's still too loud and too raw and usually high and dizzy. I like the music festivals, too - Coachella with Nicole Richie playing hipster; Lollapalooza with shredded chiffon girls onstage; and CMJ, which started off as a college music festival and turned into a Scene. I asked my friend Gurj how it happened, and she said, "Sometimes, you just need a time to be with your community, with the people who really get it, and show off what you can do. CMJ is when everyone comes to show off." The same is true with Couture - a week of fashion shows in Paris where every dress is hand-stitched and hardcore. These aren't the clothes that every woman wants; they're for the truly obsessed: Neon pink Dior kimonos with silk that's draped like origami. A floor-length leopard print chiffon gown with little Chanel logos down the back. Bridal gowns for billionaires. And this - a vampire vixen of an evening gown, worn by Brazilian beauty Raquel Zimmerman and made by Ricardo Tisci of Givenchy. At first I thought it was a little much, but then I remembered - this is show-off time, the bigger the better. So I guess all I can say is, rock on, Ricardo.
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