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Haute couture is usually the stuff of rarefied Parisian ateliers and clientele with bottomless bank accounts (or blockbuster movie roles), but in the hands of illustrator Francois Berthoud, it’s vivid, electric, and so, so cool. The Swiss artist rendered choice pieces from the spring/summer 2013 collections for the new issue of V magazine, and we’ve got an exclusive first peek at his incredible handiwork.
Hallelujah! A major name has finally been confirmed to design for the soon-to-be-relaunched house of Schiaparelli — although, alas, only for a one-off collection.
It’s safe to say that the Christian Dior execs who hired Raf Simons must be giving themselves a big pat on the back right about now.
While we see it on the runway, in the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and on backs of celebs like Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard as they strut the red carpet, we don’t encounter all that much haute couture in our everyday lives. But much like the proverbial tree falling in the forest, that’s no reason to believe that there aren’t people out there wearing it.
The couture shows in Paris are wrapping up today, and we’ve seen some dreamy ensembles, scary eye makeup, and possibly intentional wardrobe malfunctions on the runway. But Jean Paul Gaultier‘s spring 2013 show is probably the cutest. Sorry, Hudson Kroenig.
If yesterday’s Dior haute couture show was a garden party, Chanel‘s today was a trip through an enchanted forest. Except, of course, these definitely weren’t the kind of clothes you’d want to wear to trudge through the mud.
For the lucky editors who will be attending the couture shows in Paris in late January, there’ll be a big gap in the schedule due to the announcement that Givenchy will not present a collection to the press. It’s a sad day, you guys.
Kate Moss stars in “Checking Out”, a gorgeous spread in this month’s Vogue showcasing the crème de la crème of January’s couture collections. The shoot evokes a modern day Marie Antoinette, with Moss cast as the extravagant queen, lounging about the Ritz in frothy dresses while her ladies in waiting clamor behind in Valentino Haute Couture.
We’ve officially wrapped up Paris Couture Fashion Week, and there’s certainly a lot to take in.
In case we’d allowed you to forget, the Oscars are coming right around the corner, and everyone and their mother is already placing bets on what some of the top-billed actresses in the business are going to wear on the red carpet. Including New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn.
We’ve often wondered how the couture business stays afloat. Does anyone really buy that stuff? The answer is a resounding and absolute yes, and one corner of the planet is buying up every stitch of the best French fashion houses have to offer.
This was the week of couture — Dior didn’t fare too well, and Vogue was banned from Alaïa. Kate and Prince William continued their tour of Canada, Terry Richardson took pictures of Kate Moss‘s wedding, and Nicola Formichetti refused to work with fat people. Also, your lipstick has bugs in it.
We’ve done a lot of writing about how John Galliano‘s career at Dior ended, but we thought it would be a good idea to look back at how it all began. At the end of 1996, LVMH executives decided they wanted Galliano to move from Givenchy to the house of Dior. He presented his first couture collection for the storied brand on January 20, 1997, to widespread acclaim and best hopes a prosperous future there.
This was the week of couture, Michelle Obama‘s McQueengate and offensive “family shields”. The regular suspects — Karl, Anna, Willow and Justin — made some moves, as did Styleite fave Andrej Pejic.
Are you in the safety of your own home? Do you have hours to devote to a new obsession? Do you like books and words and fashion and words in books about fashion and/or fashion words in books? Because we sure do. And Google Ngram lets us analyze said fashion book words. Which is awesome.
Yesterday, 88-year-old designer Pierre Cardin showed over 200 looks in his spring summer 2011 runway presentation in Paris. And you thought the TPS report you handed in an hour early was impressive.
In what initially seemed like a the-way-we-live-now sort of move, Givenchy has decided to give up its couture runway presentations. But leaving the shows behind isn’t going to save the company any money.
Hold onto your lunches, folks, because nothing says tasteful like some good old-fashioned taxidermy. And what could be more appetizing than hats made out of roadkill?