Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Junya Tashiro Fall 09

Motonari Ono Fall 2009

Strike 2 for Ono with this romantic fall collection of tailored coats and embroidered dresses.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

My red carpet picks

Sarah Jessica in Dior Haute Couture

Sophia Diva Lauren in Armani Privé

Anne Hathaway also in Armani Privé

Penélope Cruz, in vintage Balmain Couture

Marisa Tomei in Atelier Versace

Jessica Biel in Prada

Halle Berry in Marchesa

Nicole Kidman in L'Wren Scott

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Fall 2009 Milan Highlight: Neil Barrett

The house of Barrett decided to play with skewed proportions, trompe l'oeil mash-ups and destabilized formality this season. Faux lapels were muffled under coats and jackets, leggings came out of cropped pants, knit appeared on top of leather. The experiment: an abstract reordering of the gentleman code.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Spring 2009 NY Highlight: Carlos Miele

Once again I give you the Big Apple's favorite Brazilian designer. This collection is said to be inspired from the vegetation of the Floarianopolis lush rain forest. The theme itself is far from being groundbreaking - the only merit being in its Brazilian heritage - but Miele's floaty chiffon gowns with their plunging necklines never cease to seduce. This season's props include splashy tropical patterns, extra-thin layering and stones sourced naturally from Brazil used around the trim of necklines, cuffs and rings.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Venice Film Festival 2008

It’s that time of the year again when international film stars and celebrities flock to venice to celebrate the 7th art. With the premiere of Matt Tyrnauer’s “Valentino: The last Emperor” a legion of the designer’s Hollywood friends came to Serenissima. The Valentino PR team certainly went to town with this one with virtually all the designs on the red carpet coming from the house of Valentino and showcased by Eva Herzigova, Claire Danes, Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman to name a few.
Alberta Ferretti also did a great PR job among rising international celebrities Tilda Swinton, Ksenia Rappoport and Lika Minamoto. Here are a few shots from the city of bridges.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Paul Ka's little black dress

As Paul Ka marks its second decade in the fashion business, founding designer Serge Cajfinger sat with the French Vogue to reminisce about the success of the brand's signature piece: the little black dress. While Paul Ka is hasn't yet conquered North American territories it is already to be reckoned with in Europe and Asia with 350 selling points and 30 boutiques across the world. The look: Audrey Hepburn , Jacky Kennedy for a timeless elegance. The lines: subtle but carefully researched with a twist that the Japanese dubbed "young couture". Here are some looks from Paul Ka's 2008 Summer collection.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Diesel's 80s Playground Sneakers in Yelle's ACDG

MUST buy!

Spanning six months of a designer's life, with true backstage and industry stories, Imogen Edwards-Jones’ novel is the result of a collaboration with various internationally renowned and A-line fashion insiders tagged Anonymous. You will read this book from start to finish and want more. From London to coke to Kate Moss to Top Shop to Tom Ford to New York to Madonna to Gucci to New York, this book gives the answer to all the right questions: Who decides what is in and what is out? Why is it purple this season? Why is this little black dress worth three thousand dollars more than this one? Is the catwalk really that catty? Is everyone high on coke, marijuana and full of champagne? What makes a supermodel super? A designer too hot to touch? Who is making the money? Who owns who? Who hates who? And who's got who in their pocket?
Comparatively, The Devil Wears Prada is soooo last season.

Dsquared sunglasses

Canadian designers Dan and Dean Caten have teamed up with the Marcolin group to launch the first-ever line of Dsquared-branded prescription frames and sunglasses. The group is said to expect a minimum 20 million Euros turnover from the deal. With DSQUARED2 explosive energy and sex appeal the resulting product line will be innovative with a strong attention to detail. The first pairs will not hit the stores until 2009 but be sure to look for them in the duo’s next Spring/Summer men’s collections. Think of how hot the macho models already look, now add sunglasses….gulp.

Swarovski does cosmetics

The world’s most renowned jeweller has signed a deal with Clarins group, though Thierry Mugler perfumes, to launch Swarovski Beauty – a line of cosmetics and beauty accessories. The partnership is expected to get its product line out on shelves in 2010. Diamond-studded eyeliner anyone?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Tokyo Autumn/Winter 2008 Highlight: Monotari One

It was a first participation that swept Tokyo off its feet. In a globalized vision of French flare and British structural rigour, Motonari Ono set the tone for his eponymous label on the opening night of Tokyo Fashion week. Inspired by Japanese video games – notably Final Fantasy – and traditional European clothing, Motonari Ono plays with structure, layering and shape like a young Dior-tamed Japanese Galliano. Combining ruffles, pleats, fringes and patchwork in a demure beige, black and white color palette, every garment is shaped to such precision that you could admire its silhouette alone. The structural skirts constitute with no doubt the element that ties the whole collection together taming Ono’s shapes into a unified Tokyo Glam rock look. Not only are his garments original but they are also wearable – not in the way in which fashion critics usually use that word to lessen a collection, but in its true sense: the Ono woman is a real woman so It she belongs to the fantasy world. As for Motonari Ono himself, his fame is no longer fantasy. The French Vogue already showcased looks from his collection in their Best of Tokyo feature…and if the French like it, so will everybody else.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Spring 2008 Couture Highlight: Christian Dior

John Galliano, inspired by a portrait of Madame X from John Singer Sargent, opened the Spring 2008 Haute Couture season will his Collection for Christian Dior. Vibrant lime greens, magentas, purples, reds and yellows add-on to the already extravagant yet elegant blown volumes, swirls and Klimt-inspired geometrics. It is hard to believe that Galliano designs a dozen collections a year including ready to wear, accessories and eyewear for Dior as well as directing his own eponymous label. We never cease to delve into explorations of Galliano’s manic fantasy world and this collection is no exception. Words alone will not do justice to his genius; neither will these pictures but they will with no doubt make you hold your breath