Fashion + Art + Dance = Bolero at the Opera de Paris

It is the hottest ticket in Paris. Created by artist Marina Abramovic in collaboration with choreographers of the moment Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet and featuring costumes by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, the new production of Bolero at Opera de Paris is the fusion of the most captivating contemporary talents in art, dance and fashion. … Continue reading

Focus… Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Collection FW 2012-13

No one has more fun with a Haute Couture collection than Jean Paul Gaultier. His FW 2012-13 Couture show held on Rue Saint Martin in Paris displayed the designer’s sense of drama and fashion flair with a collection brazenly designed, filled with corsets, top hats, embellished jumpsuits, three-piece suits updated with asymmetrical silhouettes, saucy cutouts, … Continue reading

Focus… Valentino Haute Couture Collection FW 2012-13

Valentino presented a spectacular Haute Couture collection for FW 2012-13, working with an extravagant dark palette. The show was for some part inspired by Gustave Moreau who, according to the house, was a “lover of dark colours but never painted black.” Dark-hued luxury in rich brocade and midnight-navy silks dominated the show, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo … Continue reading

Focus… Elie Saab Haute Couture collection FW 2012-13

Elie Saab presented his Fall Winter 2012-13 Haute Couture collection on Wednesday in Paris, who is known for his red carpet creations, a collection inspired by Constantinople. Indeed the gold, shimmer and sparkle overflowed in the Paris reception hall on the Rue Cambon. “As if lifted from a palace along the banks of the Bosporus, Ottoman … Continue reading

Focus… Schiaparelli Opens Couture Salons in Paris

Last weekend marked the reopening of Elsa Schiaparelli’s whimsical couture salons in her former Paris ateliers, 21 Place Vendôme, where the designer once showed her surreal collections in the 1930s.  The extravagant interiors of the salons show vivid hues and gilded columns by Alberto Giacometti. Schiaparelli’s legacy is imparted into many aspects of the rooms: a … Continue reading

Focus… Armani Privé Haute Couture Collection FW 2012-13

Armani Privé’s Haute Couture FW 2012-13 collection showed  elegance through a dramatic crescendo, from a restrained start to a grand finale. Understated at first with silhouettes reminiscent of the 1940s, tailored, wide-edged and wide-shouldered, then the collection worked its way through colour blocks and volumes that were more a nod to the ’80s, before the embellishments … Continue reading

Focus… Chanel Haute Couture Collection FW 2012-13

Karl Lagerfeld chose the Grand Palais again to roll out a runway for his Chanel Haute Couture FW 2012-13 collection, as an ode to vintage Chanel. Lagerfeld brought back the fashion house’s age-old association with textiles. The classic tweed suit in an elegant silhouette came across in its finest form, along with an abundance of the … Continue reading

Focus… Iris Van Herpen Haute Couture Collection FW 2012-13

Iris Van Herpen’s extraordinary Haute Couture collection for Fall 2012-13 takes us on a voyage to other worlds and crossing the boundaries of dress construction and materials. Drawing most of her inspiration from Nature, the Dutch designer presented sculpted body armours made of copper, acrylic or leather with a very strong organic feel. Working in … Continue reading

Focus… Christian Dior Haute Couture FW 2012-13 by Raf Simons

 Raf Simons set the stage for his couture debut at Christian Dior yesterday in a series of mesmerizing rooms filled with flowers arranged by colours. Simons created a collection that interpreted Christian Dior’s 1947 design aesthetic for resolutely modern women living in 2012. The collection represented a New New Look some said, and with its generous … Continue reading

Focus… Miharayasuhiro Menswear Collection SS 2013

Iconic American items were the inspirations for Japanese designer Mihara Yasuhiro’s Spring 2013 Menswear collection, from rockabilly leather trousers to classic western shirts and hybrid baseball/motorcycle jackets, while citing David Lynch’s Wild at Heart as his visual reference. Yasuhiro’s re-interpretation of these themes looked fresh, his tough 50s-era outerwear rendered in pale peach satin and … Continue reading