dior1The National Gallery of Victoria will stage a Christian Dior retrospective next year to commemorate Dior’s 70th anniversary. Christian Dior designed under his own name for only a decade, but his influence is everlasting.

Although Dior declined to confirm or deny that other similar exhibitions are in the pipeline for 2017, NGV senior curator fashion and textiles Katie Somerville said she understands the Melbourne show is one of three retrospectives that Dior has in development for its 70th anniversary year, with a Paris show at the Louvre and another in New York yet to be announced.

Showcasing 140 couture garments spanning 1947 until the present day and exclusive to the NGV, "The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture" will run from Aug. 27 through Nov. 7, 2017 at the Melbourne museum. Continue reading



canalWhen Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld took over the Ritz Paris and sent beauties like Mariacarla Boscono striding across the thick carpets in sophisticated French fashions, the Italian model in a sultry, fluted dress with a skirt composed of golden eyelash tinsel.

You must be convinced that you are the most beautiful and chicest woman in the world, Said Lagerfeld during a fitting on Monday for his latest Métiers d’Art collection. He dubbed it “Paris Cosmopolite” to evoke a time when elegant women from the world over converged on the mythic Place Vendôme hotel, established in 1898, the Ritz.

The soul of Paris and Gabrielle Chanel, the Ritz, and the Hemingway bar. This is the kind of Paris everyone would like to bring back. Karl confessed to fleeting references to the Twenties and Thirties, when the founding designer took up residence at the famous hotel a stone’s throw from her Rue Cambon headquarters. Continue reading


hublot-big-bang-watchFerrari and Hublot, the Swiss watchmaker controlled by LVMH, unveiled the result of their latest collaboration at the Italian luxury car manufacturer’s factory in Maranello.

Called “Big Bang Ferrari,” it is a limited edition re-design and a customization of Hublot’s signature Big Bang watch, first launched in 2005. Available in three variations – titanium, carbon fiber and King Gold – the “Big Bang Ferrari,” features Hublot’s patented Unico movement with details inspired by Ferrari’s car designs.

The two companies started their partnership in 2011 when Hublot became the licensee of Ferrari’s watches and the official timekeeping partner of all the Italian brand activities.

“This watch is the natural result of the synergy between the Ferrari design team and Hublot, since we met many times to design each single detail,” said Flavio Manzoni, senior vice-president of Ferrari design. Continue reading


canalJonathan Simkhai is a New York based women’s wear designer. Since launching his eponymous label in 2010, he has designed unique pieces capturing a balance between masculine strength and feminine sensuality.

Jonathan’s love affair with fashion began at age 14 working as buyer and merchandiser at a local boutique. Jonathan Simkhai was a member of the CFDA {Fashion Incubator} inaugural class and in 2015, Simkhai showed his first runway collection and was inducted into the CFDA. In November 2015 Jonathan Simkhai was named a winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

Inspired by the iconic glass ceilings of the Grand Palais and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Simkhai filled his gowns with transparencies, gilded details and fantastical elements. Continue reading


canal“I wanted to create the image of a very feminine and free woman who is free to choose her own way of moving through life, susceptible to change but also still staying true to herself, and free to use romanticism to reflect her own feelings all seasons”

How many times have you heard a designer name-check Brigitte Bardot? Countless, probably. Serafini likes clothes that look like they had a previous life. Since he arrived at Philosophy, he has mined Brooke Shields’s ’80s and Jeanne Mas’80s.

This season he dialed the time machine back a decade and a half or so further. Bardot’s St-Tropez is beloved ground in fashion, so this collection felt familiar, but that didn’t stop it from looking sweet.

Serafini’s got a thing for Liberty print–style micro florals, and they turned up on many dresses here, the best of which was patchworked with fringes of lace and descended below the knee. Continue reading


veraVera Wang will not be presenting her collection at the New York Fashion Week next season ?

Vera Wang will be debuting her Autumn/Winter 2017 collection via a film instead. It would seem that the designer would prefer to unveil her collection online on February 28.

One potential reason for the change of strategy could be the fact that Wang is set to be awarded the French National Order of the Legion of Honour on the same date, which also happens to be the opening day of Paris Fashion Week.


azoulayOn 6th December, the first Fashion Forum will be held at La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris.

Both the Minister of Culture and Communication and the Minister of Economy and Finance sponsor this Forum which will be opened to the professionals of this sector. The themes of the conference will be finance, know-how, production, retails and also the creators. The speakers will be soon confirmed.

This objective of this forum is meant to harmonise and share the experience of this sector to help the new generation of creators and entrepreneurs. Generation Z has significant influence over household purchases. Continue reading


NANA; Place Blanche; Paris 1961Today a photographer is an Artist. Christer Strömholm is one of the great personalities of Swedish photography. Born in Stockholm, he discovered photography via graphic art in the late 1940s. His photographs from this period are hard black-and-white compositions featuring walls, shadows and minimalist settings.

During his sejourns in Paris in the 1950s and 60s, he developed a style reminiscent of street photography, and this is also where he produced his famous portraits of transsexuals at Place Blanche. Strömholm also went on numerous photographic expeditions around the globe in the early 1960s, including Spain, Japan, India and the USA. Early in his career, he began teaching at Kursverksamheten in Stockholm, and his classes eventually became the legendary Fotoskolan, from which some 1,200 students graduated between 1962 and 1974. Continue reading


ukrainianA Slavic workshop of stylists and photographers called Treti Pivni (translates as Third Rooster) have decided to bring back one of the more amazing Ukranian traditions.

They’ve produced a serie of portraits of modern Ukranian women dressed in traditional Ukranian floral headdresses.

According to the tradition, these headdresses were worn by young, unmarried women to show their “purity” and marital eligibility.

The artists are using them as a reminder of Ukrainian identity. With continuing political and actual physical pressure from Russia, the country faces serious threats to its integrity and unity is needed more than ever and needs some tenderness


canalStella McCartney invited to talk at London College of Fashion. The designer, who last week unveiled her first men’s range at Abbey Road Studios, spoke at a talk hosted by Kering and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion on Monday.

She talked about sustainability, fast fashion and the use of viscose fabrics to a crowd of students and industry figures including Kering chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault, Salma Hayek, Twiggy and McCartney’s sister, Mary McCartney, and her husband Alasdhair Willis.

“People want to be more conscious in the way that they consume,” the designer said. “I feel that people are less intimidated by it, so that’s what’s changed, people have learned more and become more open. That comes into how you eat, what your lifestyle is, how you get from A to Z. Continue reading


canal2Before the Fashion Show in February, designers present a short preview of their collections. Givenchy has presented the Givenchy Resort 2017. Givenchy was known for his glamour dresses weared by Audrey Hepburn. What is going on with the Fashion industry in France!


canalGeorge Shaghahsvili established his own company and brand in both Georgia and Denmark. The brand has very fast established George Shaghashvili as one of Georgia’s best known and most distinctive contemporary Georgian Fashion Designers.

George Shaghashvili holds a BA and an MA degree from the State Academy of Arts, Tbilisi, both degrees with high distinctions as well as he finished Tbilisi Medical University as a Medical Doctor in Preventive Medicine.

Previously, in 1999, before his formal design education, George Shaghashvili won a price at the International Advantage Fashion Assembly in Tbilisi for the best avantgarde idea and realization of a 17 costume collection. In 2000, George Shaghashvili was nominated as the best avantgarde designer of the year at the Tbilisi Fashion Festival (same collection as above). Continue reading


santos2Johann Peter Rupert (born 1 June 1950) is the eldest son of South African business tycoon Anton Rupert. He is the chairman of the Swiss-based luxury-goods company Richemont. Johann is not giving up on his old team. Alongside the changes and in the interest of continuity in the decision-making process and the “wealth of knowledge” among Richemont veterans, many former managers and current non-executive directors will join a new international advisory council.

They include Yves-André Istel, Simon Murray, Lord Renwick of Clifton, Professor Jürgen Schrempp and The Duke of Wellington. The council will act as a sounding board for the board of directors, drawing on the “significant expertise” of its members, according to Rupert. Continue reading


diorToday the Lady Dior Bag has become the iconic bag of the House of Dior.

Since its creation it has several times reinterpreted. The brand has recently decided to ask to some of the most modern American and British artists to re-invent the Bag.

The #DiorLadyArt project began with a one-off bag designed by Marc Quinn for the opening of the Dior boutique in London and has now grown to six more famed names including Ian Davenport and Jason Martin. Each artist was given carte blanche to utilize their signature techniques to put their own spin on Lady Dior.


kenzohmEver since the #HMBalmaination hysteria calmed down, H&M has been taking guesses on who will be the next H&M guest designer. And today, finally, H&M is launching  its new designer collection with Kenzo. Launching worldwide in selected stores and online on November 3, the collection will feature clothes and accessories for both men and women.

H&M Magazine spoke to Creative Directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim to find out more about Kenzo x H&M.

Carol Lim: ”We were really excited. Obviously, we’re the latest in a line of a lot of incredible people. We were like, ‘We’re in great company!’” Continue reading