Chanel’s Haute Couture Has Ideas For Brides

Chanel’s Haute Couture Has Ideas For Brides

Twice a year the pinnacle of fashion specticles takes place in Paris called Haute Couture. The literal translation of this French phrase is “high sewing” which involves painstakingly detailed dressmaking techniques using opulent fabrics, innovative designs and hand finishes. Fashion houses unleash their design prowess at the couture shows and create the most elaborate and challenging creations. It’s like the Super Bowl, the Olympics and the Tour de France of fashion all rolled into one A client sees something she likes (at the show) and makes an appointment for a fitting at the Atelier. The look is made to order...

Gray Matters:  Gray Heads on the Runway

Gray Matters: Gray Heads on the Runway

It’s men’s show time in Florence, Milan and Paris and the runways are filled with prepubescent models wearing clothing that they likely can’t afford and are not interested in. Luxury brands like Hermes, Vuitton, Lanvin and you name it designer present on slender models who are chosen deliberately for their slim or not fully developed bodies.This is unscientific but I recall growing from age 16 to 20 so to my mind bodies are not fully adult until they hit 20. So why do designers chose boys to model men’s clothing ? I came across the Italian collection by Philippe Plein...

Van Cleef and Arpels Little Creatures

Van Cleef and Arpels Little Creatures

  One of the requisites of making adorable jeweled creatures for Van Cleef & Arpels is to let childlike fancy guide the designs. VCA entrusts Nicolas Bos, Creative Director and chief imaginary officer with this job so that jewelry groupies will grace their lavish salons. What better story to re-tell in gemstones than the biblical tale of Noah’s Ark which doubles the cute factor with two creatures for the price of one. In the brand’s native tongue the project is called, L’Arche de Noé racontée. [ 377 more words ]   Because nature— animals and botanicals are motifs used in...

The Costume Institute’s Rei Kawakubo Comme des Garcon is Off and Running

The Costume Institute’s Rei Kawakubo Comme des Garcon is Off and Running

I was never invited to the Comme des Garcon show when I attended Paris fashion weeks. Even when I worked under Amy Spindler at the New York Times who would make a call to the CDG office to request one for me—it didn't happen. She was arguably the one of the most powerful fashion journalists of her time so if she couldn't make it happen then no one could. Despite sneaking into one of the shows to see what all the reverence was about and being educated in Yohji, Comme and Undercover by my editors one of which was Franz Ankone, I never really got it. At the time I was into more conventional fashion. That didn't mean I couldn't get an intellectual message at a runway show.

Uniqlo Brings Fashion Innovator JW Anderson into the Fold

Uniqlo Brings Fashion Innovator JW Anderson into the Fold

  “People need a real reason to buy clothing”, said a Uniqlo spokesperson at the fall/winter press announcement event. In a world where our closets look like boutiques stockpiled with every clothing category—there is nothing truer. A good reason to eek out some space in the drawer may be fashion innovator, JW Anderson who is now collaborating with the Japanese mass retailer known for the ubiquitous down jacket. Collaborations in fashion are as common as bread and butter and announcements like this seem like a marketing ploy to drum up short term business. But Uniqlo doesn’t partner indiscriminately. Case in...

Pirch —The Ultimate Top-Shelf Appliance Showroom

Pirch —The Ultimate Top-Shelf Appliance Showroom

When my husband insisted on a Bluestar “cook’s” range that I’ve now named “the dragon” because of the many burns received while putting food in its mouth, I could not convince him otherwise. His point was that it would be the centerpiece of the kitchen and increase the value of our house not to mention it may help in becoming more chef than home cook. I thought that spending $8,000 on an oven range was basically insane. But I was clearly wrong. Seems oodles of people spend 5 or more times that figure and need their appliances to also look...

Here Elsewhere Hermes

Here Elsewhere Hermes

There is a reason Hermes, the French purveyor of beautiful things and the gold standard for luxury goods remains on top of the luxury heap. They are at the pinnacle  in terms of profits, desirability and awesome products because they set themselves apart. They are the leaders—while the fashion bandwagon is standing on their head to get a sliver of attention from millennials, Hermes is content to surround themselves with the smart and accomplished  who are also the persona of their customer. The brand’s instagram feed is experimental and whimsical and appeals to the artful and intelligent who also has...

Madison Avenue Watch Week

Madison Avenue Watch Week

Ever watch reality TV shows like “Naked and Afraid” or “Alaskan Bush People” ? Our modern lives are so disconnected from the natural world that it’s fascinating to drop all traces of our technology laden cushy lives to see how a butt-naked couple survives 2 weeks on bugs and berries. Granted there is the safety net of the film crew who no-doubt  swoop in with doctors should a naked life be in danger. “Alaskan Bush People” explore the lives of the Brown family —blase’ when face to face with the producer’s iPhone for the first time. They meet daily challenges...

Catwalk Comics

Catwalk Comics

The Milan fashion runway is off to a wacky start with antics to cut through the noise and create brand buzz.  Fashion designers work intensely at making their show a fashion happening.  Below are highlights from the catwalk commotions with a wink to whimsy.

“Dizaind” Let’s You Create Your Own HandBag

“Dizaind” Let’s You Create Your Own HandBag

DIY is where it’s at and face it— You Tube instructs everyone from a plumber to a rocket scientist  to be a fine artist or fashion designer.  No longer do we have to stay in our lanes.   Style conscious people—practically the entire universe—want a personalized approach to almost everything they purchase. Individuality is key.  It’s that inner fashion designer and fashion critic in all of us that is driving the trend. So it makes perfect sense to give consumers  the power to create and fine tune an item into a one-of-a-kind “designed by Mimi” (insert name), bespoke—thing. Dizaind is the latest...

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