Schiaparelli has officially been awarded Haute Couture status by the French Ministry of Industry and the French Couture Federation, confirmed the brand yesterday. Despite showing its collections during Couture Fashion Week each season since its high-profile has been relaunched in 2014, the fashion house has only enjoyed guest status until now.

A great couturier and visionary artist, Elsa Schiaparelli brought an artist’s sensibility to 20th century fashion. She was the first to assign a theme to her Haute Couture collections starting in the early 1930s.

As a child, Elsa felt a deep affection and immense admiration for her uncle, Giovanni Schiaparelli, the renowned astronomer. In her autobiography, Shocking Life, Elsa Schiaparelli recounts that her uncle told her the beauty marks on her cheek were arranged like stars forming the Ursa Major constellation. Continue reading


Last May,the leather goods brand, WE ARE NOT, opened its first outlet 7 rue Malher in the 4th district of Paris. It was only six months ago, and six months later the companies is in liquidation.

WE ARE NOT was created with the objective of revolutionizing high-end leather goods by offering high-quality, sustainable and fashionable pieces at less than 300 euros.

To create beautiful, practical and sustainable  pieces, WE ARE NOT went to seek the know-where where it is, in a family workshop in Tunisia. Nappa calfskin was selected for its finesse of grain, its sophistication and its silky touch. Diving leathers, that is to say that the tint is produced by immersion, which ensures an excellent resistance of the coloring. Only precious skins can benefit from this technique. Continue reading


It’s no secret at this juncture that the fashion industry adores pretty young things and we do mean that literally. Models nowadays get their start as young as just 14 or 15 years old, and if you flip through the pages of any major fashion magazine, you swiftly understand that women above a certain age are just not part of the club.

This lack of diversity has been well discussed and is unfortunate especially when there are so many beautiful older models out there! But some designers are starting to catch on; major brands like Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana and Céline have cast more mature women in their campaigns over the past few seasons. The tides seem to be changing, and every baby step counts so here is our own little baby step we want to contribute. Continue reading


buccelati2Buccellati has a new owner. The historic Milanese jewellery label, in which Italian private equity firm Clessidra acquired a 67% stake in 2013, has been sold to Chinese conglomerate Gangtai, specialized in the consumer, culture, finance and health industries.

The Italian private equity firm and the Buccellati family, which held 33% of the capital, have announced in a press release that they have sold an 85% stake in the label to the Chinese group, while still holding the remaining 15%. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed.

Clessidra has been trying to sell Buccellati for several months, and Swiss luxury group Richemont was tipped as a potential buyer. Continue reading


casadeiCasadei’s Blade Heels have earned a place in fashion history. Cesare was born in 1962 to Quinto and Flora Casadei, two artisans who, in 1958, founded Calzaturificio Casadei, just outside Rimini. Here, they initially produced sandals for tourists, later branching out onto the national and international market. For Cesare, there are no boundaries: neither his house, nor his factory, nor the warehouse in which the skins are stored have any walls: everything flows seamlessly amidst prototypes, production, skilled artisans and expert hands, resulting in those small masterpieces that go by the name of shoes.

As an adolescent, he was schooled in Switzerland, where he received an international education. It was the Seventies, a time of revolution and innovation: travel, a quest for freedom and a desire to discover new horizons were the ideals that inspired him more than anything else. Continue reading


callotCallot Soeurs (French pronunciation: (kalo) was one of the leading fashion design houses of the 1910s and 1920s.

Callot Soeurs opened in 1895 at 24, rue Taitbout in Paris, France. It was operated by the four Callot sisters: Marie Callot Gerber, Marthe Callot Bertrand, Regina Callot Tennyson-Chantrell and Joséphine Callot Crimont. The sisters were born in France to a Russian family.

The eldest sister, Marie, was trained in dressmaking, having earlier worked for Raudnitz and Co., prominent Parisian dressmakers, and they were all taught by their mother, a lacemaker. The sisters began working with antique laces and ribbons to enhance blouses and lingerie. Their success led to an expansion into other clothing.

In 1900, they were featured at the Paris World’s Fair. That year, they had a staff of two hundred and did two million francs in sales. By 1901, they had tripled their workforce and doubled their sales. Continue reading


thecollectionFrom December 29, the French channel “France 3” broadcasts a new serie called “The Collection”. This serie is in association with the BBC and Amazon. It follows the adventures of the couturier Paul Sabine in Paris in 1947, a talented character with a troubled past.

In 1947, in Paris, the American have kicked off the Nazi from France which is back to work. However tensions are still palpable. It is in this difficult context that the Haute Couture house Paul Sabine tries to make a place in the fashion world.

On the eve of a major partnership, an American photographer is sent by Life Magazine to draw the portrait of its leaders. Immediately debauched by the French company, the young man will not delay to discover the troubled past of his new employers … Continue reading


carolineBorn and raised in Venezuela, Carolina Herrera was exposed from early on to international culture and fashion. As she elegantly puts it: “My eye was accustomed to see beautiful things”. Welcome to the wonderful world of fashion.

The fashion world is airing some of its dirty linen and who knows what else could come to light as the lawsuit filed by Carolina Herrera against Oscar de la Renta.

The hearing is in connection with a preliminary injunction request to bar Kim from working for de la Renta until her six-month non compete agreement runs out on April 8.

While Herrera’s business, which is owned by Puig, is substantially larger, its primary category is fragrance, while de la Renta’s business is centered on ready-to-wear and accessories. Continue reading


franca3The “Lady of Fashion.” Franca Sozzani died in Milan at the age 66 years old. She dedicated her life to support fashion and creativity in all its forms.

She was Vogue Italia editor in chief, born in Mantua, Italy, in 1950. Sozzani headed the Italian magazine for 28 years, shaping it into one of the most influential fashion titles in the world. Sozzani’s career unfurled at Condé Nast, as she started at Vogue Bambini in the Seventies, followed by women’s magazine Lei and men’s magazine Per Lui in the Eighties.

He pointed to her sense of humor and healthy distance from the industry. “She had a very transversal idea of life and would find the irony in vanity.” Continue reading


pafweeksNext Januray, six new fashion designers have been invited to the next edition of the Paris Haute Couture Week. Paris Fashion Week will host no less than six new names: Antonio Grimaldi, Galia Lahav, Georges Hobeika, Hyun Mi Nielsen, Maison Rabih Kayrouz and Xuan.

The Chambre Syndicale has also re-invited the members hosted in previous sessions: Aouadi, Francesco Scognamiglio, Guo Pei, Iris Van Herpen, Julien Fournié, Ralph & Russo, Schiaparelli, Ulyana Sergeenko, Vetements, Yuima Nakazato and Zuhair Murad.

The new foreign labels will benefit from a great deal of media exposure, offering a big boost to these  couturiers comprising both well-established names and emerging designers.

The most important is to find young talents and to support them. If you really want to boost your presentation, you have just to invite the group Canal-Luxe which represents today 21 millions of readers.


fournieThe weekend wasn’t quite the knockout retailers hoped for because of frigid weather, snow and ice storms in the country. The key question was whether the last-minute rush over the weekend will be enough for stores to hit their holiday targets of 3 to 4 percent growth  and at what price to margins those sales will come.

Saturday was actually pretty busy. It was almost the equivalent to last year’s final Saturday. Although we were slightly behind in traffic, the malls had been lagging, mostly because the holiday selling season has been spread out, beginning before Black Friday and extending out due to the extra shopping weekend this year.

Typically for Black Friday, 50 percent off is almost always planned promotions. This past weekend, maybe a few were planned promotions. I would venture that because promotions were deeper, the management teams did not think this was a successful holiday. Continue reading


bow2Tradition states to do the Christmas tree on the 8th of December, but who can wait two weeks? I make no mistake, I did it three weeks ago. I started to see the decorations around the shops and I could not resist! You can smell the scent of gifts since then, but how to create the perfect gift packaging?

It is explained by one of the most famous French fashion house Louis Vuitton, who with his video gives us useful tips:
1. Prepare the packaging with fluffy feathers
2. Choose the prettiest box.
3. Make a perfect ribbon.

It seems easy but in reality, it is not?! But after having watched the spot a few times, you understand that the message is a bit different … Continue reading


canal2Each year at Christmas the same question comes back: what am I going to offer to my love?

Many ideas come to my mind. But this year I would like something special and different. I look for a present which beats regularly like my heart. What would be more natural than a watch which beats like a heart. Now my trouble is to find the right one. The choice is vast.

Now the question is: how to choose a true watchmaker to whom I can trust to give my heart. It is difficult to find a watch for a woman. Today, many girls love wearing men’s watch just to say: I have a man at home. The society is changing and the rules of consumption are changing as well. Continue reading


isadora-dore-caron-par-on-aura-tout-vuON AURA TOUT VU loves to distort Couture, fashion and glam, everyday accessories, bags, glasses, jewels…

In association with the famous brand Caron, Livia & Yassem have revisited a spray of sequins and preciosity, with flaches of crystal, nacre and magical stuff. The spirit of the designers of On Aura Tout Vu redesigns our daily life, showing us new facets, giving it sparkle, and offering it back to us shiny precious and rafinated.

In 1910 while the elegant women, who adore Caron perfume from all over Europe, do not hesitate to travel to Paris, buying their bottle. Ernest Daltroff developed a wonderful fragrance called “ISADORA” in honour of Isadora Duncan, infamous dancer in the 10’s, early Art Deco era. Continue reading


Here, Theresa May attends the funeral of Margaret Thatcher in London, in 2013.At 10 Downing Street a war of words has been declared between David Cameron’s former education secretary, Nicky Morgan and Prime Minister Theresa May. Morgan accused May of Profligacy in her purchase of a pair of brownish-gold Amanda Wakeley leather trousers, which she wore at home during a recent shoot for The Sunday Times of London — and more recently for work at No. 10 Downing Street.

May is famous for loving fashion and promoting British Fashion Designers. She has long been wearing designer brands including Roland Mouret, Anya Hindmarch, and Russell & Bromley.

In September, May even hosted a cocktail at Downing Street to usher in London Fashion Week and give the industry a pep talk. “Thank you for what you are doing for British business out there, and across the world,” she told designers and industry leaders. “Long live British fashion. Let’s go from success to success.” Continue reading


poulaineThe history of fashion is studded with a host of iconic inventions: rhinegraves, the robe volante, the robe chemise, the chemise à la grecque, women’s trousers, skirts for men, the female tuxedo, the miniskirt, the “baggy” look and jeans, to list only a few.

From Jeanne d’Arc to Marlene Dietrich take center stage in a new exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Three years preparing the show, with loans from a range of institutions and private collections including the Royal Collection, La Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent, the Cinémathèque allemande, and Paris’ Archives nationales.

At once entertaining and informative, the show also touches on the consequences of transgressing rules of dress imposed by law and society across the centuries. Continue reading


givenchyBorn December 3, 1985, she is an American actress. She began her career as a model when she was 11, then her acting career at 15 with recurring parts on the soap operas “As the World Turns” and “All My Children”.

Amanda Seyfried had two big reveals on Tuesday night: She unveiled the new Givenchy Very Irresistible fragrance that she is the face of and a teeny baby bump.

The fourth scent in the Very Irresistible collection is encased in a hot pink package and comes with a corresponding heavy-on-the-pink ad campaign. But it still has that signature Givenchy feel, Seyfried said, pointing to the geometric spikes infused into the glass bottle. Continue reading


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