THE GHOST OF FASHION

Diane Pernet is a world-renowned fashion critic and journalist based in Paris. Previously a photographer and fashion designer, she now acts as documentary filmmaker, talent scout and fashion blogger.  She was one of the earliest fashion journalists to embrace the power of the internet, first through a column in the online editions of “Elle”, “Vogue” and, then, on her own site, A SHADED VIEW ON FASHION, which since its inception in 2005 has become a ‘must-read’ in fashion and creative industry circles.

Pernet was recognised in 2008 for her pioneering spirit in digital media when she was chosen as one of three influential global bloggers to take part in a panel celebrating a seminal fashion exhibition at New York’s venerated Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 As one of the most recognisable faces in fashion, she has also been captured on the other side of the movie camera through cameo appearances in Robert Altman’s film, ‘Prêt-à-Porter’ and in Continue reading

FASHION BRIEF

I have always liked to hear how people meet for the first time. Each story is different and unusual.
I am going to tell you how I met Bernard Arnault : An attractive and handsome gentleman walked down the lobby of “the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. We could feel someone energetic and soft. He came alone and went straight to the point and said:  I am Mr. Arnault, the President of Ferinel and I want to build a French Luxury group. Can you tell me more about how works the fashion industry?

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AMERICAN, PLEASE KEEP RALF

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (Cfda) announced the nominees and honorees for the 2014 Cfda fashion awards. The International award will go to Raf Simons for his creative contribution to the international fashion stage.

The nominees for Womenswear designer of the year award are Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarraand Marc Jacobs. For the Menswear designer of the year nominees are: Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow for Public School, Marcus Wainwright & David Neville for Rag & Bone, and Thom Browne.

And for Accessories designer of the year award the nominees are Alexander Wang, Lazaro Hernandez & Jack McCullough for Proenza Schouler, and Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen for The Row.

CORRIE NIELSEN

The official guest of the Federation of Ready-To-Wear, Corrie Nielsen, who has been presenting her shows for the last six years in London, presented a collection this year in Paris. She is one of the first to start the Paris Fashion Week with a well thought and relevant collection revealing a much more personal and innovant trend.

The collection, entitled ” Cradle of Humankind “, draws its inspiration from the great literature of the late nineteenth century with Bram Stoker’s Dracula as well as in 1992 film adaptation of the novel by the Director Francis Ford Coppola with Continue reading

CHLOE GLAMOUR ATTITUDE CHIC

The soft and relaxed attitude of the Chloe woman has a touch of untamed for the label’s Fall-Winter 2014 collection presented during Paris Fashion Week. The creative director, Clare Waight Keller, sent out the house’s signatures – a parade of easy, tomboyish separates for the Autumn season in a mix of neutrals and pastels.

However, the look is emboldened with luxe multi-colored furs and ruffle embellishments for a sense of surprise in the Chloe woman’s wardrobe.

Elsewhere, dresses and skirts are decorated with raised geometric gold emblems while funnel neckline jackets bring a sporty mood.

chloe3The story was, once again, about texture, with some intriguing double-faced wools. Although this designer, who cut her fashion teeth on knitting, might have extended Chloé’s knit repertoire. Ms. Waight Keller is getting a freer sense of the Chloé style, and that is to be applauded.

HERMES

Mini and maxi
 lengths at the Hermès’ catwalk in Paris, with full, straight and tapered shapes, the protagonist of the Hitchcock film, Rebecca, with her duality, her mystery, and her past-era elegance, inspires a feminine and an extremely French women. Christophe Lemaire wants Fall to be a cozy and a luxurious xxx.

The Hermès collection offers rich and warm coats wrapping the body. Beautifully draped and cut coats were key here—done in variations of robe-like silhouettes, collar-less throw-ons, relaxed military jackets and tons of belted fur vests.

His color palette was restrained, almost to the point of austerity. Which made moments like a printed dress and shearling vest especially welcome. There was a lot to like

(and importantly, wear) in this line-up, but as a whole, it was very subdued. It was luxe, luxe, luxe. Think: an entire suit made from sheered fur. The wonder was Continue reading

CHANEL SUPERMARKETING

Yesterday Karl Lagerfeld took VIPs shopping at the “Chanel Supermarket show” complete with fully-stocked aisles, check-outs, trolleys, special offers and discount posters. Every product packaging  were branded Gabrielle Chanel.

Karl transformed in supermarket the Grand Palais, the temple of arts, after the FIAC (Art supermarket for rich people). Chanel has recreated a supermarket for rich people in Paris downtown. He just forgot that he has never been in a supermarket and does not know what is happenning Continue reading

ZAC POSEN IN NY

Zac Posen turning the exuberance that characterizes him, and turning it towards the construction of his garments, he turned to the beautiful simplicity clean lines and silhouettes.

On a tweed double breasted blazer, a dozen curving seams revealed the engineering presided at its creation; it fits like a glove, and espoused the model’s every move.

As if to prove the lightness of construction and execution, one model twirled in her Continue reading