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WOMEN’S WEAR DEAL

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Today, Condé Nast announced its plans to sell the U.S.-based trade publishing assets of Fairchild Fashion Media (FFM) to Penske Media Corporation (PMC). The transaction includes business-to-business brands Women’s Wear Daily, Footwear News, Beauty Inc, M and the Fairchild Summits. Consumer brands Style.com and NowManifest will remain at Condé Nast. The deal is expected to close in September 2014 and financial terms and details were not disclosed. Gina Sanders, FFM president and CEO since January 2010, will be remaining at Advance Publications in a new role to be announced shortly. Employees of the acquired Fairchild assets will move to PMC with the sale.**

“Today’s announcement reflects our strategy of investing resources in Read more »

NEW PRADA COFFEE SHOP

prada2Amsterdam has now its own Prada flagship. It is located at the intersection of the luxury thoroughfare, Hoofdstad, and Honthorststraat. The new location expands on two floors, with retail space covering over 6,000 square feet.

The store offers womenswear, accessories for women and for men, women’s shoes and menswear. The Italian architect respected the designed code of Prada stores around the world : black checks, white marble and pale green walls. Read more »

ANTHONY VACCARELLO

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LADIES LEATHER FASHION

 

BALMAIN2What is the common point between the fall-winter ready-to-wear collections for 2014-2015 from Anthony Vaccarello, Balenciaga, Balmain, Blumarine, Cedric Charlier, DKNY, Gucci, Guy Laroche, Jason Wu, Lanvin and Moschino ? All these brands rely on leather. On perfectos, dresses, skirts, belts, pants, chest protectors, Teddys, the skin is everywhere. It is used in super-soft variations, or can be rigid and sculptural. Leather means a return to natural materials and to manual labor from the past. It is combined with other materials such as fur, wool, big zips, cotton, cashmere and velvet.

On the whole, for this season, those designers have ignored print, except some Read more »

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BALENCIAGA BODY OF PROOF

Balenciaga2 Have Fun on a Rainy Day.

Rainproof: There’s a retro charm to the new waterproofs, viewed – naturally enough – through fashion’s luxurious lens. Think old-school anoraks and parkas, made over in glossy rubber, smooth Neoprene and lush silk.

Winter poses no sartorial challenge now that fashion has braced itself for the big chill. The collections saw quilting expand beyond the padded jacket, bringing down-filled detail to tops, trousers and even gowns.

Winter poses no sartorial challenge now that fashion has braced itself for the big chill. The collections saw quilting expand beyond the Read more »

AN ICON OF FASHION DIED

laurenbacallLauren Bacall was one of the sexiest and most elegant stars of the 1940s and 1950s. On screen, she was often seen in sharp little suits and slinky evening gowns – which still look utterly fabulous today.

She was stunning at teaching Humphrey Bogart to whistle (“You just put your lips together and blow… “) in her debut movie To Have And Have Not, in 1944 when she was 19 years old.

One of her favorite fashion designer seems to be the French “couturier” Franck Sorbier. We recognize her taste for  the “bon goût”.

The one of my favourite publicity pictures of Lauren Bacall – one that looks as if it belongs to an Estee Lauder Read more »

GIRLS AND PEARLS

WAN3It is the mirror of luxury like a vision of our soul. It is the mirror of the self-sacrifice of people who constantly look for the perfect iconic black pearl. In this world the level of quality is constantly improving to reach the excellence which is never achieved. Oh my god! I’ll lose my life…

Yesterday, I discovered the most beautiful black pearls for women in the world. It is located in Paris closed to the place Vendôme. In a small black window, I saw a very powerful light beam which surrounded me and lead me for a couple of hours in the world of the South Seas.

If you want to live this experience, visit: http://www.robertwan.com/fr. 222 rue de Rivoli Paris districk 2, and discover the Read more »

BRILLIANT HAIRDRESSER

shot12 155Angelo began his career as a trainee Barber in his home town in Italy at the age of 11. Five years later he moved to Rome to take up a job with Toni & Guy, but he already had his sights firmly set on London.

Since 1995 Angelo Seminara became Trevor Sorbie’s protégé and International Creative Director. Angelo Seminara has captivated clients and inspired the work of hair professionals around the world with his creative drive and passion. In 2010 Angelo went freelance and has been working all over the world on shows and seminars. 15th January 2011 Angelo started as the new Art Director for Davines Spa.

He has also developed an incredible reputation on the catwalk circuit and his celebrity client list is impressive, but it hasn’t gone to his head, he maintains his gentle nature and carries with him an aura of calm. Angelo has always been absorbed Read more »

FASHION COLOR 2014

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The colors of 2014 are : blue, green, orange, yellow, pink and purple ? Designers and the fashion industry chose bright colors to face pessimism and the economic crise. Canal-Luxe.org analyses the colors of 2014. Read more »

OOZING FROM EVERY NAIL

louboutin2-240x3002Christian Louboutin’s preliminary venture into the beauty arena a crimson lacquer called Rouge Louboutin that boasts a black pointed cap eight inches tall (the same height as the heel on the Ballerina Ultima, a shoe he designed in collaboration with David Lynch for his exhibition aptly titled Fetish). The blood-red polish is dangerously sexy—similar to one of Louboutin’s stilettos.

Seeing as the iconic red sole was developed in 1992 after the designer ripped a bottle of scarlet nail polish from his assistant’s desk on a whim and painted the bottom of a prototype, it seems only appropriate that his launch into the already-saturated world of cosmetics would begin in much the same way. Never one to blend in, his extensive range of 30 additional shades—comprising three color families, all with caps clocking in at seven inches tall, dubbed The Pops (vivid cobalts, pinks, and greens), The Noirs (vampy hues), and The Nudes (varying tones of Read more »

AGENT INTERPROVOCATEUR

ProvocateurInterparfums has expanded its portfolio with the addition of the Agent Provocateur fragrance license, for the creation, production and distribution of the British lingerie brand’s fragrance. The first fragrance is expected to be released in 2014.

Agent Provocateur is a British lingerie retailer founded in 1994 by Joseph Corré and Serena Rees. The company has 30 stores in 13 countries. In 2007, 3i, the private equity firm, purchased 80% of the company for £60 million.

Agent Provocateur launched its first fragrance in 2001 under a license with Selective Beauty switching to a licensing agreement with Designer Parfums. Agent Provocateur products are currently sold at in 80 retail outlets across 30 countries.

In January 2014, the model Hailey Clauson is the focus of an ad campaign called “Behind Closed Doors,” which was photographed by Miles Aldridge.

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LUXOTICA MILANO

LUXETICAItalian luxury eyewear group Luxottica is optimistic for the rest of 2014 after sales accelerated in the second quarter, offsetting the impact of euro strength which is now seen waning. On Thursday, the world’s largest eyewear maker by revenue posted a 2.1 percent rise in second-quarter sales to 2.06 billion euros ($2.8 billions), broadly in line with a Thomson Reuters Smart Estimate.

Sales at the maker of Ray Ban and Oakley sunglasses rose 7 percent at constant exchange rates, picking up from January-March’s 4.2 percent increase as the North American market recovered after a harsh Winter that kept shoppers at home. North America accounts for more than half of group revenue.

The group has extended a licence agreement to produce and distribute Chanel-branded eyeglasses until the end of 2018, renewable for a further two years, the world’s largest eyewear maker by Read more »

VALENTIN YUDASHKIN

valentinFashion House «Valentin Yudashkin» – One of the leading Russian brands, very well-known in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic states, the Caucasus. Since 1992 – He has been nominated Corresponding Member of the Association of Haute Couture in Paris for having fans and customers in Europe, America, India and the Arab world.

He came out to be well-known during the 1980s, dressing Raisa Gorbacheva. He is considered the first post-Soviet designer to bring a contemporary Russian look to the international fashion world, wowing critics with sumptuous theatricality as well as wearable styles.

His designs have been exhibited in museums such as the Musée de la Mode et du Textile in Paris, the California Museum of Fashion in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the State Historical Museum in Moscow. In 2010, he redesigned Russia’s military uniforms, creating 85 designs to dress all branches of the Russian armed services. Nevertheless, the uniforms turned Read more »

A PENINSULA IN PARIS

CANALTOITFrom the top of the world, day after day, I watched the most beautiful hotel in the world to be build. May I remember you that it is there that in May 1922 James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky and Serge Diaghilev who celebrates the premiere of his ballet Renard, were seeing each other.

It is also in this place that in 1928, George Gershwin composed the celebrated symphonic poem « An American in Paris ». It is again here that the Paris Agreement, which lead to the end of the Vietnam war, were signed in 1973. Finally it is still here that from 1936, the French government located UNESCO offices and from 1958 (till 2009), the French Foreign Minister held conferences.

To give you further information on the hotel we are expecting to be invited as we would like to report on the services and the palace.

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FASHION SHORT STORY

JMOUCLIER2A few decade ago, a journalist of the French television, which was called at the time the ORTF, Leon Zitrone, the French Dan Raiser, called me for arranging a meeting.

Leon Zitrone was a very charismatic journlalist. A Friday morning, he arrived and said : Mr Mouclier, Mr Dassault would like write several pages on French fashion in his magazine « Jour de France ».

I was very surprised that Marcel Dassault knew me and was interested by me. « Do not be surprised, Mr. Dassault knows everything and he knows you very well. He calls you the man of the fashion industry.

Marcel Dassault belonged to those captains of the French industry like Francis Bouygues or Largardère. We used to call them « Sirs ». They belonged to those gentlemen who have partly disappeared today to leave place to rednecks and who have no more consideration for anything except themselves. Read more »

ATELIER CUSTOMIZATION

Eric Charles DonatienJust when you thought that nothing new could be done with a shoe, there was a stiletto plumaseri. To my mind, the most amazing thing about shoes is that they were made in the sixties and seventies, to walk on a red carpets in the Dolce Vita years. Brigitte Bardot, Claudia Cardinale, Sophia Loren and Ava Gardner wore these shoes.

Would you like a new idea? How to make classic shoes becoming a footwear that looks like a real acessory. If you are looking for that kind of shoes and wish to wear an original pair of bespoken shoes we invite you to visit the

Parisian workshop of Eric Charles-Donatien
18 rue Jean Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris

Tel: +33 1 42 60 97 88
Cell: +06 60 17 11 66

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XEROX

xeroxI think it was Coco Chanel who said if you’re original, be ready to be copied.I love seeing a Zara window filled with Haute Couture clothes which are a mix of Vuitton and Sorbier! I think that’s genius. It’s even better than what I do! I love the styling, I love the story… Read more »

MAHARAJA FROM ORIENT IN EXPRESS

MOYATNothing was too good for the Maharaja of Behar. His journeys on the Orient Express were an endless spectacle that dazzled the European elites, and his outrageous demands are the stuff of railway legend. Whether he was headed for the Pera Palace hotel or an international conference in London, the Maharaja brought his full retinue aboard with him. Before the journey began, he had his entire carriage redecorated in the purest Indian style to make them all feel at home, and he fuelled the wildest speculation by insisting that the curtains remain closed throughout the journey.

Pauline Moynat, a visionary and the only woman trunk-maker in history, founded Moynat in 1849, and soon made the house the most Parisian of the French leather goods and trunk makers of her time.Founded at the time of the Read more »

DAVID LAPORT AMSTERDAM

david-laport2David Laport is one of the most promising designers in Holland, and a wizard with materials.

Laport graduated two years ago at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague. He impressed with a colorful set of plissé skirts that were blown straight up into the air, really technical tour de force pieces.

In his second collection, Laport surprised with a special developed fabric, a punky black mesh with small square holes, his modern take on lace. But what’s a David Laporte collection without entertaining show effects?

So there was a black, very short voluminous dress with feathers – which were not feathers – but unravelled nylon mesh. It looked ultralight and playful.

HERMES DARES NADEGE VANHEE

nadegeNadège Vanhee is 36 years old. Famous both for her discretion, her talent and her efficiency, she seems to be the right person for that job.

She has been the Artistic designer for The Row, a label created by the Olsen Sisters. She worked as senior designer with Phebee Philo at Celine’s. Graduated in 2003 from the Antwerp Academy, she started her career at the famous belgian luggage brandname Delvaux and then at Martin Margiela’s in Paris.

Though the rumors no parties has confirmed her nomination but from our sources we know that it would be her.

CHRISTOPHE LEMAIRE LEAVES HERMES

HERMES1French designer Christophe Lemaire will leave Hermès after presenting his final collection for Spring/Summer 2015 during Paris Fashion Week in October.

The designer joined Hermès as the artistic director of the women’s ready-to-wear in 2010 following Jean Paul Gaultier’s departure and has now decided to dedicate himself fully to his own label which has seen significance growth of late.

“Working for Hermès has been a great pleasure: a profoundly enriching experience on both a human and professional level. I am proud of what we have built together” Lemaire shared today.

According to Axel Dumas, CEO of Hermès, the designer led Read more »

EYMERIC FRANCOIS

FRANCOISCANAL1For a few years ago Eymeric Francois has not been able to present any Fashion Shows, as he had difficulties to raise money whereas companies like Chanel and LVMH spent up to 2 million euros for their fashion shows…

But those situations require designers to find innovative solutions to address financing gap. Eymeric Francois realized his show thanks to the cooperative support of users on My Major Company, opening the Couture to the greatest number. Eymeric François’ latest collection offers a range of black and transparencies mixing materials and forms.

The Eymeric François woman is a mix of sensuality and active glamour women. A modern and elegant woman who knows how to adapt to the changing world. We like the simplicity of Read more »

FREND SATHAL

FREDSATHAL1At the beginning the univers was transparent. A billion years ago, after the Big Bang, the universe was like an hydrogen fog, who have the capacity to absorb the ultraviolet. Fred Sathal’s coloration process is similar to the Big Bang, and that seems normal as the designer is coming from the edge of the Galaxy. Read more »

HAUTE COUTURE 2015

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ANA QUASOAR

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Influenced by the period 1950, Ana Quasoar revisits Audrey Hepburn. She plays with colors, embroideries and precious stones. It is one of those artists who have a vision ahead of the others.

But her DNA are wedding dresses in pure white, the absolute chic.

Haute Couture or not, is not the subject regarding the artistic beauty of our philistine eyes.

Thank you for this exceptionnal moment. As usual, the hospitality and the organization were first class and, as you know, the success of a presentation of Couture is made of details.

OSCAR CARVALLO COUTURE

Oscar Carvallo, Couture, Fall Winter, 2014, Fashion Show in ParisLike an arrow in the heart, the situation around the world lead to the reflection on how to transcend the future. “A pastoral symphony of blossoming girls in the shade of an Autumn night,” began the pretty prose which elaborated on the half-girls, half-flowers, appearing in the deepening dusk in the garden.

A look between Galliano, Courrège, and Dior style tried to prevail. “Save our souls”, was the theme of the collection. Unfortunately in copying and looking for a style he lost his own style.

For the final, there was no pregnant wedding dress like Chanel earlier in the week, instead the wedding dress looked like a bee on a wedding cake.

After “La Femme Poisson”, the “Eagle eyes” collection, Oscar Carvallo continues to revisit the nature. He loves to say that “Life is too short to dress sadly”.

We agree with him.

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