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 →
Kris Van Assches, the Belgian designer who has been the artistic director of Dior since 2007, has just announced that he need a break and will take some distance to think on how he could best develop his brand in the future. In the meantimes he will focus on Dior, “while awaiting the right project for his label”. He will thus be one of the absent at the next collection in Paris.
A graduate of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Van Assche left his native Belgium to move to Paris in 1998. He launched his own label in 2005, after Continue reading →
Today Vestiaire Collective as well as dozen of other websites selling secondhand goods, have to authentified about 10 000 items a day. Therefore they need more and more Experts to make sure that the products they are buying and selling are real one.
For example the Expert, to authentify an Hermès bag, will look at the purse’s silver clasp and the Tic Tac size metal plate bolted into the lining.
At Vestiaire Collective, the buttery brown bag was the 100th or so hunk of Hermès to cross her desk that day. An authentic Hermès bag can fetch upward of $15,000 on the site. Continue reading →
Damien Dufresne chose MakeUp in Paris to present “Skin”, his new book dedicated to make-up published by Editions Assouline. Indeed, I did the make-up, the photos and surrounded myself with a team of true professionals. Three years ago, on the first edition of MakeUp in Paris at the Espace Pierre Cardin, I decided to make those pictures by myself.
At first it was like a game, a sort of challenge and gradually I started liking it. You know, as a make-up artist and Art Director, I have always been next to the photographer and gradually the desire came to me to play this role too. It is legitimate at some time, I think, to want to go to the other side of the camera.
I have basically a passion for this job and this passion hasn’t withered, on the contrary; the photos that I take are before all make-up photos, photos of my make-up. Continue reading →
Franck Sorbier, in his constant conceptual research on the future of Haute Couture and luxury, maintains his strategy in a post-apocalyptic area. He maintains himself the whole values of Haute Couture in this world, to keep the fundaments than others try to erase and to level down the profession in order to be able to raise themselves by a mechanical effect.
We are not at the limit of poetry but we are in pure poetry; a fashion concept looking like a Manet or a Van Gogh. More specifically a moment to forget this world so unfair.
Beautiful Memories are also the quintessence of fashion. And as Camus used to say, “the way you name things, can add to the misery of the world.” Is not it, Mr. Wargnier?
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The creative genius of Christian Dior spans the decades. A by-word for Avant-Garde and new beginnings, Dior today denotes a new take on femininity and a particular definition of elegance, at once simple and sophisticated, and always ahead of its time.
In 1947, Christian Dior begins to rewrite all the rules of elegance and creates a new, sensual figure: The New Look. “Make me a perfume that is the fragrance of love.” With these ambitious terms in mind, he formulated his desire to create the perfume that would add the finishing touch to his designs, a perfume embodying all Dior’s signature hallmarks: Miss Dior. Continue reading →
Yiyu Chen was born in 1988 in Taiwan. She holds a Fashion Design BA of Shih-Chien University. She then studied one year in ESMOD PARIS for a Postgraduate Programme Createur Couture, where she learnt Haute Couture tailoring.
In 2012, she enrolled at the ArtEZ Institute of Fashion Masters for Fashion Design. During her study in ArtEZ she did an internship at Iris Van Herpen in Amsterdam. Once she had obtained her Master degree, she was one of the semi-finalists of H&M Fashion Award and one of exhibitors in Modebelofte of the Dutch Design Week 2014.
The concept of my graduation project is about the process how animals take over living space of human beings. Inspired by the documentary “Life After People”, in which it is demonstrated the extinct of human being in an imagined earth. I build up a Continue reading →