PARIS — How much does context matter when it comes to fashion?
Karl Lagerfeld recreated a Parisian bistro (Brasserie Gabrielle, named after Madamoiselle Chanel) in the glass-ceilinged environs of the Grand Palais, complete with mahogany bar serving Perrier-Jouët, cafés crème and croissants, red leather banquettes for guests and a tile floor (plus his favorite male models among the bow-tied bartenders): it was hard not to wonder. Continue reading “Staging Vs. Style: Which Comes First? Vanessa Freidman explains” »
This is not Yves label, and he never envisioned getting this “trashy”….even though he had a penchant for the controversial…elegance was always at the forefront of his collections…but times have changed Slimane is not Yves. Continue reading “Forever Bad Saint Laurent” »
Tisci a lover of the dark and the occult, staged a show amongst old video games, skateboards, neon lights and vintage pinball machines with models boldly displaying piercings and face adornments reminiscent of the most hard core of the Roma Gypsies…all enveloped in an aura of mystique and Victorianism… Continue reading “Victorian Carnie Goth Roma Psycho-Gypsy…Givenchy” »
Tierra de los Mayas, adonde las olas del mar como cuchillos de vidrio cortan el costal a la piedra.
Que sin sentido y sin temor así siendo y no siendo, se encuentra y se pierde. Fortaleza de Vida. Certitud de muerte, medida de tiempo. Continue reading “Tulu’mas” »
Well, that didn’t take long. Having nailed a common ground for Maison Margiela’s aesthetic and his own with the Artisanal collection he presented in London, John Galliano galloped back into Paris with renewed confidence, surely bolstered by the sense of acceptance he must have felt after that London show. What he offered tonight extended that common ground into the febrile world of pure imagination that he once roamed with imperious invincibility. “A fashion lo-fi: like Polaroids inflected with acid dreams,” was the humble proposal of the show notes. Continue reading “The return of John Galliano by Tim Blanks” »
OMG it is Kim with her tits hanging out and that obnoxious husband of hers…It’s supposed to be about the clothes on the runway but at Lanvin’s Paris Fashion Week presentation on Thursday, Kim Kardashian ensured all eyes were on her….attention monger that she is.
The collection was pure magic and it was something that if Yves would have resurrected from the dead, would have loved to have designed himself…
It was that good…But then it is expected of Alber who with Lagerfeld are the bookends to Paris Fashion…. Continue reading “Lanvin and Elbaz Stendhal Syndrome…” »
Vanessa Freidman reports from Paris.
And so to Paris, where the Twitterverse is full of talk about the generational employment gap and the frustrated younger set.
Yet paradoxically the opening of the French season is front-loaded with youth: Cédric Charlier, Anthony Vaccarello, Simon Porte Jacquemus of Jacquemus, short-listed for the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize this year. Continue reading “Reaxed Parisian Vibes” »
PARIS – The first model Simon Porte Jacquemus sent out for his show here Tuesday night wore a pair of stiff fisherman’s waders and a mask.
She was otherwise topless. The young woman glided barefoot down the runway that wound through tattered rooms where plaster peeled from the walls, her face obscured by a swath of brown paper. Continue reading “THE PARIS NUDE LOOK NOVEAU” »
MILAN — Karl Lagerfeld, arguably the most recognizable fashion designer in the world, is in a back office at Fendi’s headquarters on the Via Solari, receiving from an assistant a gift someone has sent for his Birman, Choupette. Continue reading “Karl Lagerfeld and the Tao of Meaow” »
MILAN — It has been an odd, unsatisfying season in Milan. Parties and celebrities were thin on the ground; the biggest trends to emerge have been Lurex and fur for the feet (really: sheared-mink shoes will be big come September). The ’80s are of interest to some. Rumors have swirled with no closure. Continue reading “Milano: Fashion Reality Check” »
Olivier Theyskens, a decade and a half ago, was one of the most talked about designers in the World…garnishing the attention of a frenzied media looking to devour every nano bite of information from one of the newest and Brightest Stars of the Fashion World and the object of adoration and desire for celebrities and fans all over the World. Olivier, now 37, having previously headed Rochas and Nina Ricci, is convinced that the fashion industry is unable to cope with the surplus of young designers starting their own labels.
Continue reading “The Fashion Bubble” »
MILAN — The most ubiquitous, and worst, trend in fashion these days may not be a silhouette, or a shade, but a strategy: the acceptance of ambiguity and gossip around a creative transition. Continue reading “Gossip as a Fashion Statement.” »