Archive | October, 2010

Karl Lagerfeld: Parcours de Travail

28 Oct

Karl Lagerfeld, iconic fashion designer and celebrated photographer is showcasing his visionary photographs at the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie until October 31, 2010

It all began over twenty years ago, disappointed with the press photos of his collection, Karl Lagerfeld determined it was time  to go behind the camera, look through the lens and make his own beautiful images.

The exhibit is a reflective and pensive illustration of Karl Lagerfeld’s fascination of images, extensive advertisements and his love of travel. His intimate and personal images translate his vision of reality.

The exhibition is divided into two sections. The first section displays is professional photography, such as fashion, portraits, landscapes and architecture.  The second section examines his experimental photographic printing work, which is quite innovative. His commitment to imagery is illuminated throughout the entire exhibit.

The correlation between his artistic work as a fashion designer and his photography is astounding. For example, the rich density of his black and white prints is reminiscent of fabric falling in luminous waves. I was inspired and transported into a world of provocative imagery.

For all of you photography lovers, Karl Lagerfeld’s bookstore Librairie 7L, is located in the 7th Arrondissement is dedicated to photography and coffee table books. There is a vast range of old editions as well as limited ones, not to mention a fabulous selection of fashion books.  The book store is located at:

7 rue de Lille
7th Arrondissement, Paris
75007
Tel: 33 1 42 92 03 58

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Voyage en Capitale : Louis Vuitton & Paris

20 Oct

Oh to have a hand-crafted, tailor-made Louis Vuitton trunk filled with treasures and memories from my travels. A girl can dream can’t she? I was transported into the luxurious world of Louis Vuitton and travel at the Voyage en Capitale – Louis Vuitton & Paris exhibition.

The Carnavalet Museum, located at 23, rue de Sévigné, is showcasing Louis Vuitton’s iconic trunks, luggage and handbags in an exquisite setting. Historic pieces from the Heritage collection are displayed in a pristine backdrop. The exhibition runs from October 13, 2010 through February 27, 2011.

I marveled at the craftsmanship, beauty and attention to detail illustrated in each one-of-a-kind piece. Louis Vuitton began taking special orders in 1869. Can you imagine phoning Mr. Vuitton and describing your perfect travel piece—VOILA a custom-designed luxurious travel “companion” created just for you! The creativity, pragmatism and artistic ability behind these ingenious trunks was astounding

Louis Vuitton distinguished himself by making lighter cases with waterproof canvas (the Trianon canvas). The house made its first flat trunk in 1856. Louis Vuitton also made some of the first custom trunks such as the compartment trunk, bed trunk and watertight trunk. It was the first company to make its steamer with a flat top making it easier to stack on a ship or train.

Louis’ son, George, created the interlocking LV initials, diamond points, stars and quatrefoil flowers. The monogram was trademarked in 1905.

I would like to close with this statement from Patrick-Louis Vuitton, Director of Special Orders.

Here we are after a long journey of over a century and a half, on this misty October morning in Paris, a port where we have already stopped off at various docking points.

The first was located in the Opéra district from 1856 onwards, and then the Champs-Elysées in 1916, avenue Marceau in 1954 and back to the Champs-Elysées with the fleet’s flagship in 2005.

You will see how much we have changed, while remaining true to our tradition, how we have adapted to all those huge machines, planes, trains, etc., remaining a constant companion always ready to serve and set off again.

Patrick-Louis Vuitton
Direct or of Special Orders, Louis Vuitton

Christian Dior – Spring 2011 Fashion Show

20 Oct

A nautical-theme, 50’s pin-ups, bright colors and a tropical twist anchored John Galliano’s Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show for Christian Dior in Paris.

The collection paired nautical prints and flirty silhouettes for a more playful line than past seasons. The show combined masculine and feminine influences; sailor uniforms and sheer flowing gowns adorned the runway. John Galliano brought “island leisure” to Paris Fashion Week with exotic themes, tropical twists and vibrant colors.

Check out the incredible collection below as Galliano sets sail and takes you on a holiday to the South Pacific.

Alexander McQueen – Paris Fashion Week – Spring 2011

13 Oct

Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s protege, had some very big shoes to fill during Paris Fashion Week this year. She debut her first collection after Alexander McQueen’s tragic and untimely death. The show represented a re-birth and served as a tribute to the brilliant Mr. McQueen.

Sarah Burton, a quiet powerhouse, worked closely with McQueen for 15 years. She shares his same visionary approach. Her dynamic and captivating show proved that she has the ability to carry out his legacy.

Burton slightly softened everything including the staging. She embraced a nurturing atmosphere, reminiscent of a pagan, inspired by Mother Earth. The models were reclaimed by nature, wrapped in leaves of black leather, the wings of a monarch butterfly or an enveloping mass of feathers.  Colorful prints in orange and ochre were combined with black and white.

The craftsmanship was stunning from the monarch butterfly dress to the skirt of pheasant feathers to the gown of pleated organza the work was truly impeccable. Burton showed baroque-details, golden embroideries, high collars and pointy shoulders.

Adam Markian, a good friend of mine, and a freelance editorial hairstylist in New York, worked with renowned hairstylist Luigi Murenu at the Alexander McQueen show. The team transformed the models into nymphs, with braided hair like a woven wicker basket that looked absolutely stunning. Luigi, Adam and team worked at over 14 other shows during Fashion Week (including Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Miu Miu), their work is absolutely awe-inspiring!

Check out Adam’s Website to see more of his incredible work.

I met Adam after the show wanting all the juicy details. I was incredibly moved by the impact and magnitude that the show had on everyone. Adam’s incredible stories gave me goose bumps. There was not a dry eye in the house. It was quite a monumental and emotional event that left models hugging, the audience weeping and above all a deep love and respect for Mr. McQueen.

Fashion editors were impressed by Burton’s success in building a collection that was true to the spirit of McQueen, while keeping the dramatic silhouettes for which he was famous, but introducing a more feminine, romantic side.  Job well done Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen would be proud!

Chanel – Paris Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2011

13 Oct

80 models…over 85 looks…the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Grand Palais— Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2011 show in Paris during Fashion Week.

Although I was not invited to the fashion show itself, I did make my way to the Grand Palais the morning of the show to take in all the grandeur, extravaganza and get up close and personal with some of Paris’s social elite.

Attempting to look like professional press, my mini canon camera in hand, I snapped some pretty decent shots of Courtney Love, Caroline Sieber and Kate Lanphear.

Courtney Love Arriving at The Chanel Fashion Show

Karl Lagerfeld’s inspiration came from the avant-garde 60’s movie Last Year at Marienbad. It inspired a breathtakingly surreal setting: a beautiful black and white ornamental French garden set around three fountains. An orchestra of 80 musicians performing romantic arrangements of the Verve and Bjork. And an abundance of beautiful and audacious clothes paraded by stunning models in a careful and schematic way.

The return of French model Ines de la Fressange, Karl Lagerfeld’s muse in the 80’s, was very exciting. At age 52, she’s still as beautiful as ever and is considered one of the chicest women in Paris. She was met with revering applause from the audience.

Karl Lagerfeld and Ines de la Fressange

The extraordinary workmanship of these pieces suited the grandeur of their setting. A record 18-minute show, showcased everything from classic Chanel tweeds in black and white, to summery pastel colours and floaty chiffon floral dresses, finishing with an all-black evening wear finale. It was about as close to couture as ready-to-wear can be.

Karl Lagerfeld out did himself this time! He put on an extravagant, captivating and elegant show that left the audience wanting more.

Happy 90th Birthday French Vogue!

7 Oct

Happy 90th Birthday French Vogue! I raise my champagne glass in a toast to you!  Joyeux anniversaire, you are as fabulous as ever…and haven’t aged a bit!  

The sexy and provocative anniversaire edition boasts over 620 pages filled with all kinds of sought after goodies for us fashion lovers: Chanel sketches from Lagerfeld, custom advertisements, the magazines history, archival images and erotically masked models by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. Donning a lace mask by Philip Treacy, mademoiselle Lara Stone seductively graces the cover.

At age 16, I purchased my first copy of French Vogue—a purchase that turned into a lifelong hobby of collecting periodicals from around the world. To me, fashion magazines are a democratic form of beauty, a work of art not hidden in a museum but available to everyone to admire. Today, my bedroom, filled with framed covers, pays homage to the art form of these magazines. The 90th anniversaire edition will most certainly be added to my collection.

Carine Roitfeld, the chief editor of French Vogue, said of the magazine at 90: “In 90 years, we haven’t changed the mood of the magazine. It’s still very audacious. It’s still about beauty. It’s still about excess. It’s still very avant-garde.” That would explain the title on the cover 90 ans d’exces (90 years of excesses).

What good is a birthday without an extravagant and decadent birthday party? French Vogue celebrated in style at Le Bal Masque Vogue. Apparently, my invitation was lost in the mail.

It was a star studded party inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film, Eyes Wide Shut. This was a truly decadent affair. Not only was this party the highlight of Paris Fashion Week, it quite possibly was the most elaborate fashion party of the decade. The costumes were innovative, imaginative and stunningly chic! Check out the fabulous pictures from the party.

Alessandra Ambrosio

This party brought out fashion’s elite crowd. Alexander Wang, Zac Posen, Jean-Paul Gualtier, Diane von Furstenberg, Carine Roitfeld, Joseph Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs and Christian Louboutin to name a few of the attendees.

Diane von Furstenberg and Zac Posen

Don’t forget the gorgeous super models  Kate, Natalia, Gisele and Tyra were all there strutting their stuff. And socialites and jetsetters such as Vladmir Roitfeld-Restoin flocked to Paris to attend the grandeur soiree.

Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss

 French Vogue you still have that je ne sais quoi factor!