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 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” »
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.” »
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.” »
Nothing creates more drama than black, in Tokyo as it is in New York, black is the to go to statement color, the uniform of the uber chic and the true fashionista.
Gut’s Dynamite Cabarets is an up and coming Japanese fashion label. Combining aspects of different sub cultures including rock and roll fashion, cross dressing, and various nightclub acts and performances. There is a certain sense of irreverence that permeates each one of their show making them into a fun and entertaining happening.more The clothes are intentionally vibrant and loud. Formed by Aki and Kuzu in 2006, the company has risen quickly, making it one of the highlights of the Tokyo Fashion Week. Continue reading “Come to the Cabaret: Gut’s Dynamite Cabarets RTW Fall 2013” »
Not the first thing you think when you think of fashion ad yet the first collection of this new up and coming designer was steeped in classical referencing of her Mongolian heritage especially visible in the hair styling and some of the exquisite knits on show. Continue reading “Mongolian chic: Ariunnaa Suri at Tokyo Fashion Week FRW 2013” »
The Globe that towered at the center of the Grand Palais as frenzied Chanélites made their way into the Grad Palais, attested to the reach of the brand that Lagerfeld has been reinventing for the last 30 years: 300 CC points of light scattered in 5 continents. Yes, there will be a Chanel boutique slated for Antarctica once they come up with the plans for a proper shopping mall to host it. Continue reading “The World according to Karl: Chanel fall 2013” »
California grunge, Venice Beach, Cali…..L.A. woman part 2
Los Angeles I give you my props.
Billowy soft, skin the color of sunset, Continue reading “Cali & Saint Laurent a new combo for fall 2013” »
In fashion, history can cast a long shadow, it confers authority, and a certain sense of responsibility for a creative director faced with the task of upholding the image and worth of the label; and forge ahead with a fresh new direction. Sometimes however age and history in the case of fashion houses as well as designers do not necessarily mean perpetuation of quality and creativeness in the pursuit of maintaining the good fortunes of the Establishment. Continue reading “Simons reveals himself at Dior. Fall 2013” »
Alber Elbaz’s brilliant Lanvin collection on Thursday night showed once again that when it comes to pure unadulterated French Elegance he is indeed the master. For fall, the Lanvin woman is displaying her emotion in full view of her admirers. The models wore necklaces and belts with words like “Help” “Cool” “Happy” “Love” as to reaffirm the new mantra for the House. Wonderfully crafted and flamboyant butterfly and flying insects brooches sewn onto a cocktail dresses and tops tells us that she is a free creature with boundless possibilities in her grasp. Continue reading “Happy, Cool, Love and Help: new words for divine elegance at Lanvin. Fall 2013” »
This morning, Alexander Wang made his Balenciaga debut in the house’s venerable salons on the Avenue George V in Paris. Fashion’s latest boy-wonder appointment has every one in the French capital talking. The Press and TV crews were as thick as a winter fog; another reminder that fashion in France is serious business. The story will be followed by millions around the country and most likely in Wang’s home town of New York as well as China where Wang’s family originates. Continue reading “Alexander Wang: The American designer unveils his first collection for Balenciaga. Fall 2013” »