A SUCCESS FASHION HISTORY BY ACCIDENT

ladydiorIn 1995, Bernadette Chirac wished to give Princess Diana a unique handbag on the occasion of her visit to Paris. When France’s first lady contacted Dior in her search for such a bag, the House offered her a model unofficially named Chouchou at the time. It was officially rechristened Princesse in the short term.

The bag, black in color, was presented to the former Lady Diana at the inauguration of the Cézanne exhibition at the Grand Palais. It was then often photographed carried by Diana at public events: she had it with her in Birmingham during an official visit; again a few weeks later during a stay in Argentina; then on several further occasions.

It was soon being described as “iconic” and “legendary”. Dior was launched in larger series, with its name changed to Lady Dior. Continue reading

SEAN SUEN PARIS 2017

SEAN SUENThis the best of Paris Men Fashion Week 2016. The Chinese fashion designer Sean Suen is the most promising men fashion designer in the world in 2016.

Sean Suen believes that the future of menswear design emphasizes on textile development and multi-textile manipulation. Therefore, in his 2014 Spring/Summer menswear collection, he takes a bold approach to the use of fabric and textile. For instance, he uses industrial textile in ready-to-wear pieces and he puts the most unexpected textile together in one look. Such approach can be also seen as his attempt to break free from the gloomy reality.

In his 2016 Spring Summer menswear collection, he chooses to mix European style with chineses style which makes his presentation outstanding and reveals a new handsome men. We love it.

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PRADA THE PSYCHEDELIC

pradaThe set for the Spring Summer 2017 Prada show designed by AMO is conceived as a stratification of architectures. The remnants of the previous show are left on the periphery of the room as foundation and visible background for the new scenography, whereas the center is freed to host the new set.

The central element in the space is a linear structure which divides the room and amplifies its perceived proportions. A straight ramp, between the inserted ceiling and floor, serves as catwalk, while tribunes are arranged along the perimeter to accommodate the guests. Continue reading

DIOR FEMALE FASHION DESIGNER

MARIA POUR VALENTINOMaria Chiuri will be the new creative director of Dior, and signed on Chiuri suggests the house is ready for another shift in fashion direction, given Simons’ predilection for minimalism and futurism, which was an about-face from the retro-tinged glamour Galliano plied over a storied 15-year tenure. It also signals that Chiuri is finally ready to strike out on her own, having spent almost the entirety of her fashion career at Piccioli’s side.

While they had a rough start at the creative helm of Valentino fashion, the duo have won acclaim for plying a chaste, graceful femininity with Renaissance airs, exemplified by their high-necked, fragile gowns. They have typically culled inspiration from Rome, recently branching out with collections referencing Africa and the world of dance.

Before Valentino, the duo had spent 10 years at Fendi, where they met and were credited with the invention of the Baguette, one of the first so-called “It” bags of the modern luxury age.  Continue reading

HEDI SLIMANE IS SUING KERING

SLIMANEOn Wednesday afternoon, that’s precisely what Hedi Slimane did. The former Saint Laurent creative director, who stepped down in April, filed a complaint in the commercial court in Paris against the French fashion house’s parent company, Kering, asking that the the clause be added back.

The procedure regards the usual non-competition obligations that accompanied Hedi Slimane’s collaboration with the Yves Saint Laurent Maison. Kering lifted this clause at the end of Hedi Slimane’s contract, thus freeing Hedi Slimane from this potential constraint. Continue reading

QUATAR FUND ACQUIRE BALMAIN

BALMAIN X H&M Collection LaunchThe French fashion house was started in 1945 by designer Pierre Balmain and has passed through several hands and periods of financial difficulty over the years.

Today a Qatari investment fund, already owner of the Italian Valentino label, will take over French luxury fashion house Balmain, which has become a favourite of film stars, the advisor for the acquisition announced Tuesday.

“After completing this transaction, Mayhoola for Investments will hold 100 percent of Balmain’s capital,” Bucephale Finance, specialists in mergers and acquisitions, said in a statement without revealing how much the Qataris paid for Balmain.

French financial daily Les Echos in reporting on the acquisition said the Qataris offered 485 million euros ($546 million) for Balmain, which is 70 percent held by the heirs of the former CEO Alain Hivelin who died in December 2014, with the remaining 30 percent held by management. Continue reading

BURBERRY, A FABULOUS STORY

burreburyEstablished in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, originally focusing on the development of outdoors attire, the fashion house has moved on to the high fashion market developing pattern-based scarves, trench coats, and other fashion accessories. The first shop opened up in the Haymarket, London, in 1891.

In 1914, Burberry was commissioned by the War Office to adapt its officer’s coat to suit the conditions of contemporary warfare, resulting in the “trench coat”. After the war, the trench coat became popular with civilians. The iconic Burberry check was created in the 1920s and used as a lining in its trench coats. Burberry also specially designed aviation garments. A.E. Clouston and Betty Kirby-Green made the fastest flying time to Cape Town from London in 1937 and were sponsored by Burberry. Continue reading

LOUIS VUITTON FRAGRANCES

VOYAGENext September, LVMH, the Luxury French trunk-maker, launches its fragrance collection. The label’s last perfume dates back to 1946. You can imagine how the new fragrance is eagerly expected.

The man behind the new scents is perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. The LVMH group has alreday worked with him for the brand, Bulgari. As he explained to Madame Figaro magazine in 2012, he was tasked with the mission of “creating the world’s best perfume.” It has taken four years of work to reinterpret Louis Vuitton’s olfactory world. Continue reading

MR. SMITH LEAVE BURBERRY

John-Smith-001Burberry announced on Friday that Chief Operating Officer John Smith has decided to leave the company to pursue new interests. Smith will part ways with the company and step down from the Board by the summer of 2017.

Smith served as Burberry COO since March 2013, and prior to that, he held a non-executive director position from December 2009. Before Smith joined Burberry, he served as Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide from 2004 to 2012. He joined the company in 1989 and also served as Chief Operating Officer, Director of Finance, Property & Business Affairs and Finance Director. Continue reading

RAFFLE SIMONS

SIMONSThe man, who did not like women, or the Calvinist of Fashion has just been nominated at Calvin Klein as Artistic Director. The press release does not mention the amount of the transaction.

For a little while, Raf Simons’ name was stated to replace Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli, who respectively were in charge of Women and Men design at Calvin Klein’s.

Raf Simons, who maltreated the Dior brand when he was the Dior designer, would be more successful with the American brand where the stakes are less important. He might do like Anne Valérie Hash: be bad in Haute Couture and good in Ready-to-Wear.

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FASHION ICONS OF THE 1950s

50Women’s fashion of the 1950s reflected a complicated mix of conservatism and glamor. Women who had lived through the privations of the Great Depression and World War II were now able to afford new styles and embraced them all, from the elegance of grand, sweeping skirts to shorts and trousers.

Despite the mature, conservative look of major designers, a new feeling for casual attire crept onto the scene, as women increasingly began to wear pants, shorts, sportswear, and shoulder-revealing sundresses.

Christian Dior introduced the New Look in 1947. With its tight cinched waist, billowing skirt, and pronounced bust line, the New Look recalled historic styles of the mid-19th century and set the tone for the next decade. Continue reading

DESIGNERS LEAVE LORIS AZZARO

EXITThe designers Arnaud Maillard and Alvaro Castejon announced Wednesday night the end of their collaboration with the brand Loris Azzaro.

Arnaud and Alvaro arrived in 2013 as artistic director of the fashion house, and “we wish to thank them for their contributions over the years. They brought a new dynamic in the history of the brand by modernizing it while remaining faithful to the codes and the spirit of the founder, “says the general manager of Loris Azzaro.

The brand says in a statement that a new artistic director will be announced shortly and will be part of a process of creative will and expansion. No names were announced to replace the duo. Continue reading