For the past three days, it has done nothing but rain in Monte Carlo. Mother Nature being uninterested in Raf Simons staging of his collection meant that the designer had to go indoor for his Dior Cruise show. Scrapping the seaside venue and any allegory to a Hitchcock vibe thanks to the giant seagulls populating the prospected seaside venue, the audience instead was safely sheltered from the elements and possible bird droppings behind thick sheets of plastic revisiting the bubble allegory of his previous Paris showing. Just as well this was a collection geared to show the moving forward into a future of virtual luminescence and luxurious dissonance for the House of Dior. The collection that Simons showed was all about the speed of life as viewed from tablet colored glasses… Continue reading “Dior Cruise 2013: life and the speed of color.” »
It seems that the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival are hell bent into remembering the golden era of their event. And why not? Times have changed and no matter how many remake of The Great Gatsby Hollywood spits out things will never be quite the same as they once were. Continue reading “Cannes Film Festival 2013. The glamour of today and the allure of yesterday” »
August 10 1969.
“It was so quiet, you could almost hear the sound of ice rattling in cocktail shakers in the homes way down the canyon.”
It is the new frontier, the land of a new breed of Millionaires, that have sprung forth from the crumbling of the old economic western guard, the city state is the quintessential playground for the wealthy: vertigo-inducing skyscrapers, fast cars and packed nightclubs.
“A new city, in a new world,” marvels Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel fashion. Continue reading “Chanel Resort 2013. Once upon a time in Singapore” »
Chola Bambi took a few steps back to look at the Christ she had finished painting, it was a large canvas, one of the largest she had done, it was an almost life size figure. The Christ stood in the middle of an urban barrio landscape wearing robes, on-arm exposed, heavily tattooed holding a semi automatic assault weapon. Continue reading “The Devil lives in Cali: armchair romance” »
I had dinner once with Ottavio, Rosita and Angela Missoni, then just a teenager, in Los Angeles sometimes around 1978.
What struck you about the man, besides his stature and his carefree attitudes and good looks was the simplicity and elegance of expression that spoke volumes about the man that had invented Italian pret a porter and revolutionized the knitwear business. . Continue reading “The Lion in Winter: saying goodbye to Tai.” »
On March 24, 1969 Gio Sardi was sitting at a café in Castellammare di Stabia finishing his granita di limone with pastis and thinking of his flight back to Rome in time to see Sharon Tate arrive at Fiumicino from Los Angeles, she was to star in the comedy caper The Thirteen Chairs with Vittorio Gassman and Orson Wells. Continue reading “The Devil lives in Cali: click and run” »
Last time we caught up with Christian Lacroix he had taken refuge after the apocalyptic demise of his eponymous Maison of Couture with the fast fashion Spanish label Desigual a far too low of a nest for one who had soared so high in the firmament of high fashion and couture. Continue reading “Christian Lacroix fifteen minutes of fame after a lifetime of fashion.” »
She brought back two loafs of bread from the market, one she stored in the freezer, the other one she kept out, she remembered when she lived in L.A. and she would stop by that bakery on Pico and Fairfax to buy bread. Continue reading “The Devil lives in Cali : a small discovery” »
Born in Moscow, live in St. Petersburg. Continue reading “Model behavior: Katya Riabinkina” »
From a self-promoted sexy phenomenon of the web to the girl everyone wants to photograph. Supermodel Kate Upton is at the crest of a wave she is riding all the way to stardom. She is without a doubt the most recent incarnation of that Marilyn Monroe myth that has always been the measuring stick for all sex bombshell, blondes preferably, clamoring to climb to the top of the Hollywood A-list. Continue reading “All about Kate.” »
Yves Saint Laurent dressed both Mick and Bianca Jagger for their wedding in St Tropez, May 1971.
The image of the Rock royals made the YSL label an icon for hipness and gave it its Rock credentials… Continue reading “Rock of Ages: Slimane unveils new campaign for Saint Laurent.” »