Paco Rabanne used to say that he was the reincarnation of a Spanish grandee. The President of the former French Federation of Haute Couture, Jacques Mouclier, died yesterday. During 50 years he has protected and defended the profession which today, thanks to him, embodied the French industry of Luxe.
50 years ago he went with the French government to conquer the Asian market because he had very soon understood the importance of that continent. He welcomed then the young foreign designers “Issey Miyake, Kenzo, Kansaï Yamamoto, karl Lagerfeld and so many others that he will propel to the front row. He never stopped helping them to protect their brand name and lobbying with the French government to make sure that their brand name remain French. Continue reading
Naeem Khan, born in India, has become the couturier of stars including Beyoncé, Penelope Cruz, Lea Michele, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and First Ladies…
Those stylish and elegant women pray to be dressed up by him. His designs have graced the silver screen in fashion film classics like Sex & the City and Dreamgirls. His luxurious collection consists of impeccably cut dresses, sophisticated gowns and chic separates – all embroidered by hand.
He grew up surrounded by the beauty of its culture, architecture, history and design. He cultivated his vast knowledge of textiles under the watchful eyes of his grandfather and father, both well known in India for designing intricate clothing worn by the royal families.
As a teenager, Khan moved to the United Statesand apprenticed for Halston, where he learnt the fundamentals of modern restraint, and the secrets of draping and cutting fabric to create a clean, elegant, timeless silhouette. Continue reading
Prabal Gurung launched his eponymous collection in February 2009 with a philosophy encompassing modern luxury, indelible style and an astute sense of glamour.
Gurung was born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. After beginning his design career in New Delhi he moved to New York to finish his studies at Parsons The New School for Design. Upon graduating, Gurung spent two years with Cynthia Rowley’s design and production teams. Soon after, he was appointed design director at the iconic Bill Blass, a post he held for five years until launching his own collection, PRABAL GURUNG.
A focus on quality and innovation has placed Gurung at the forefront of American fashion with designs worn by leading ladies including First Lady Michelle Obama and The Duchess of Cambridge, to name a few. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award.
In 2011 Gurung was honored as one of USA Network’s Character Approved Award recipients, named goodwill ambassador of Maiti Nepal, a finalist of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and was the recipient of the Continue reading
French Fashion designer, Marie-Louise Carven passed away on Monday afternoon at 105 year old. She died of natural causes.
Born Carmen de Tommaso, but fondly known as Madame Carven, the French couturier established her Fashion house in 1945, with the aim of providing fashionable clothing for petite women like herself. “I decided to make haute couture outfits in my size because I was too short to wear the creations of the top couturiers’, who only ever showed their designs on towering girls,” said the late designer, who was among the few female designers of that time.
Madame Carven was a contemporary of designers Christian Dior and Balmain, but she was never about the fame. She told “I never did it for myself. I did it for the youngsters that came to see me, to teach them how to dress, to give them confidence in their own beauty, how to show themselves off through colours, styles, everything. Designers unfortunately think about making their mark on their design. I did think of my designs like that.” And that is exactly why she will always be remembered.
Founder of the Haute Couture fashion house Carven, she celebrated her 50 years in couture accompanied by models Continue reading
Orange is a warm, joyful and dynamic color, but it’s also a symbol of luxury and good taste. It is the emblematic color of the Hermès house. Why has this color become the symbol of the fashion house? It’s the circumstances that have made the brand’s image evolve.
Orange was imposed during the restrictions of the Second World War. It was the only color available during that trouble period. Instead of trying to forget this sad souvenir, the Hermès house decided to make it an essential part of their communication. Orange has thus been remaining the emblem of the famous fashion house of the Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The orange boxes are still today almost perceived as a present themselves. Continue reading