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.” »
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.
Yasutoshi Ezumi is a graduate from Central Saint Martins School of Design in London and from the look of his latest offerings for Fall 2013 the lessons in tailoring learned among-st others by interning with Alexander McQueen Back in 2008 are starting to pay off. Continue reading “Yasutoshi Ezumi Fall 2013: a Rock n’ Roll edge for the Kimono” »
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” »
Giambattista Valli may take himself too seriously at times, but do not believe everything you read in the press. The Roman designer from New York has a sense of humor and can crack a few off color jokes to make a young princess blush. His fashion however remains stepped in the classic notions of the Roman Alta Moda that he learned by way of apprenticing with Roberto Capucci: ”Belleza prima, concetto secondo”. Continue reading “Valli Girl: Giambattista Valli Urban Elegance for Fall 2013” »
Riccardo Tisci knows how to put on a good show; such is his theatrical expertise that sometimes it tends to overshadow his collections. Sunday night was no exception. With a front row of demi celebs: Jessica Chastain, Frank Ocean, Amanda Seyfried, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian among some of the names, and the headlining act being Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons the transgender English singer known for his hauntingly symphonic voice; this was going to be an interesting half hour. All the better when staged on an imposing circular runway at Halle Freyssinet: This was fashion Meets Theater at its best. Continue reading “The obscure object of desire: Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy Fall 2013” »
Gaultier has always been a hard designer to pin down, one might say chameleon-tic in nature, then again that might be the reason of his longevity in the business of fashion. He tends to elate and exasperate at the same time. And yet, it is this duality that makes him thrive. Continue reading “Patchwork of style at Jean Paul Gaultier fall 2013” »
They came down after the storm wrapped in their tweeds, melancholic, hair frosted by the glacial air…survivors, solitary figures, shadows in the early twilight.
Strength, fragility, poetry and revolt those are some of the words that best describe Ackermann Fall collection. “I’m surrounded by so many strong women, but there’s always fragility inside and I wanted to explore that,” Ackermann said, while noting, “The older one gets, the more fragility there is.” Continue reading “After the Storm: Haider Ackermann 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” »