Thursday 12 April 2012

Christian Lacroix :: Irving Penn


More white :: Lace & Lacroix & Irving Penn ~ many of my favourite things!

“The Glorious Tradition”

Shalom Harlow in Christian Lacroix by Irving Penn for Vogue US December 1995

{Image via bienenkiste}

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Thursday 19 January 2012

a little more chanel at night


Les Allures de Chanel is so beautifully moody. I couldn’t resist sharing a very more pics from the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2011/2012  collection show.

{Images: Chanel Haute Couture autumn 2011 presskit photos via Istanbul fashion addict}

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Thursday 19 January 2012

dark nostalgia :: Channelling Coco Chanel


dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight. ~ Chanel Couture fall 2011

Les Allures de Chanel was an homage to Mademoiselle and her mysterious charm.

Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2011/2012 Haute Couture collection had something for every Chanelphile.

Sparkly tweed, muted gray, black and white suiting paired with knee length boots

~ the iconic Chanel suit morphs into something slightly different with each season.

The finale  was darkly romantic with sleek silhouettes and a starry nighttime setting

as crystal adorned skirts and gowns floated by.

 For the collection it seems Karl Lagerfeld set out to answer one question:

How many ways can I design a peplum? The answer is a collection that shows a vast array in many fabrics.

The peplum was popular in the 1940s – the era of Film Noir‘s hey day.  Cascading, layered, tweed and beaded…. In contrast to the curves of the peplum drawing attention to the waist, we saw straight styles that eliminated the waist made popular in the 1920s, notably by Coco Chanel.  Many dresses in fact seemed directly inspired by collections designed by Gabrielle Chanel. In addition to the straight dresses, another early Chanel reference was the boater hats that all of the models wore – a style that Chanel also wore and popularized.  Karl took us from the 1920s, to the 1940s and then to the 1950s when she returned to the world of fashion and gave us her infamous tweed suits. la chanelphile

Couture at Night

The Grand Palais was recreated into Coco Vendôme,

a dark recreation of Place Vendôme, the home of The Ritz where Coco Chanel lived.

There was an eery Film Noir mood with the set cast in black with neon lights outlining the structure and windows. Sitting high atop the center column was a robotic version of Coco herself, replacing the statue of Napolean that you would find at Place Vendôme. Models walked around the square – some say the shape that inspired the Chanel N°5 bottle – amid lampposts as if taking a late night stroll. la chanelphile

The traditional couture collection finale was the bride, who, like all the models, wore a blindfold-like headpiece and ostrich feather-covered boater hat. The gown had a medieval feel with a high neckline  and ecclesiastical train.

Twinkle toes! As the spectacle drew to a close, the models appeared for a final walk in the dark, illuminated only by laser-sharp LED beams on the the tips of their shoes.

Presented at the regal Grand Palais, the runway took the form of a dark city street complete with lamps, building facades, and a starry night sky. The show was staged around a dramatic set which recreated the famous Place Vendôme in the centre of the city, a very short distance from Mademoiselle Chanel’s first boutique on rue Cambon and the Hôtel Ritz is located at number 15 on the Place Vendôme.

Les Allures de Chanel took place under a crystalline vault sparkling with stars ~ presented after nightfall because Lagerfeld wanted dark skies over the glass ceiling in the Grand Palais to show off his neon-outlined set, complete with perspex street lights and twinkling black floor.

{Images: Chanel Haute Couture F/W 2011/2012, via obsessee}


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Thursday 19 January 2012

dark and stormy :: Chanel Noir


A granite floor twinkled like a rain soaked pavement on a sombre Parisian evening at the Chanel collection show.

In Film Noir, darkness is the great story teller.
Clarity is hidden in the shadows and silence is the soundtrack of choice.
Adopting this unlit and seductive mystique, Karl Lagerfeld became the director of his own motion picture; 
“Les Allures de Chanel”, travelling through the label’s eclectic chronicles. TheStyleCave
{Images: Les Allures de Chanel, Chanel Fall-Winter 2011/2012 Haute Couture collection via Style Fashione}

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Saturday 17 December 2011

Carousel of Pastel Delights


A sugar-spun ride :: Louis Vuitton spins candyfloss carousel.

Sugar and spice and all things nice. That’s what little girls are made of…

“A frosted sugary, sponge sugar type of feeling — like wrappers on a candy.” 

Marc Jacobs, Le carrousel, the circular dance of fashion.

Perched side-saddle on an old-fashioned white merry-go-round, Louis Vuitton’s belles

came wrapped in broderie anglaise in baby doll tones of cupcake or candyfloss.

Tinkling music signalled the start of the show, with models each poised sweetly atop whitewashed horses

on a spinning carousel, hooves studded with an “LV” monogram.

Round and round they went, descending one at a time, in sugary sweet 1960’s inspired looks.

ice-cream pastels hues ~ baby blues and pinks, dreamy peach, soft yellows and mint greens

silk organza layering, tweeds, ostrich feathers and

peekaboo cutouts of lasercut flowers and giant broderie anglais.

… swing coats in pastel tweets with exaggerated peter pan collars, lace, dipped in ice cream shades and coated a million different ways adorning dresses, blouses and skirts, floral appliqué creating dreamlike textures and even a touch of girlish rocker edge in the form of a luxe powder blue crocodile biker jacket. For cocktail and evening, lightweight ostrich feather fringe pulsated gently off of ultra-feminine tweed suiting or adding an additional layer of soft dreaminess to floral cut-out beehive dresses. Ally Pyle

A lady upon a white horse

And for the fairytale finale, there was Kate Moss,

cloud-like in a shimmer of fluffy white feathers and daisy-cut out anglaise, the icing on Vuitton’s cake.

The meaning of the carousel for Jacobs: It’s also a bit of a metaphor about this cycle of fashion and how it goes around and around, and regardless of what your references are, whatever you choose to look at, it’s just cyclical…We had one of the horses in the office, because all the girls had to pose on it during the fittings. So I did get on it and did some crazy poses.

Jacobs told AFP he went for a look that was “soft, soothing, gentle, light, tender, feminine, airy, loving”. Ultra-light, frothy pastel organza was laid over white broderie anglaise, laser-cut lace or crisp georgette crepe, with fabrics layered up to four times to produce the desired effect, he explained.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 @ courtyard of the Louvre Museum.

Accessories: Patent high-heeled mules, Lockit and classic Speedy bags in hyper-luxurious fabrics like whitewashed crocodile and deer, hair pulled back into chignons under thin silver tiaras on every head.

Monogrammed napkins, trays embossed with LV displayed a selection of sweets, macarons, coffees and, of course champers, and were carried by white clad waitresses in immaculate LV-logo perforated white gloves.

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Friday 22 July 2011

Dolce & Gabbana sparkles


Lace dresses embellished with sparkling, beaded embroideries of crystals and rhinestones, so exquisite.

Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana

~ the Spring 2011 show paid homage to the beauty of handcrafted Sicilian white lace.

Dolce and Gabbana’s Spring 2011 collection.

{Images by Olivier Claisse/ firstVIEW via Vogue}

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Thursday 21 July 2011

shades of black & white


Precious Time
Vogue Italia, September 2009
Photographer: Mark Seliger
Model: Isabel Lucas
Christian Dior, Fall 2009 Couture

Oh, and I’m an Isabel Lucas fan!

{Image via debutantes ball via musikdirne}

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Thursday 7 July 2011

Happily Ever After :: Anne Hathaway


A simply luxurious life ~ Anne Hathaway gets caught up in a modern day fairy tale in Paris. She was photographed in iconic locations like the Crillon (she caused a major stir getting out of an antique car) and Maxim’s.

Once upon a time, in 1996, Anne Hathaway spent her fourteenth birthday behind the footlights at the Paper Mill Playhouse in her hometown of Millburn, New Jersey, where she was appearing in a stage version of Gigi, the 1958 movie musical that starred Leslie Caron as a little girl who grows up in the most delightful way. But Hathaway wasn’t playing the title role—she was just a kid in the chorus—and throughout the famous scene at Maxim’s, where Gigi makes her entrance as a woman, she had to sit with her back to the audience, hidden behind a prop.

Now, on a June afternoon in Paris, Hathaway finds herself front and center in the Art Nouveau dining room of the real Maxim’s for a Vogue cover shoot. Looking like a cross between Caron and Audrey Hepburn, Hathaway has spent the past two days gamely flitting about Paris wearing a series of dazzling creations and a staggering amount of diamonds. Here at Maxim’s, she stands in front of the camera in an embroidered Miu Miu top, her hair swept up into a lofty French twist. When she jokes with the crew (“It’s Holly Golightly meets Marge Simpson”), the photographer, Mario Testino, says, “Anne—less talking, more beauty.” Taking his cue, she gazes at the horizon with gentle melancholy, prompting him to say, “Just like that, just like that. Oh, darling, you’re perfect.”

“It was true glamour,” Hathaway says later. “Not just the clothes and the jewels but that feeling that glamour can produce in you, which is like a dream.” We are on our way to the Gare du Nord to catch a train to London, where she’s about to start filming the romantic comedy One Day, directed by An Education’s Lone Scherfig. But first the actress decides to pop into Hermès, on Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré. “I’ve never seen a Kelly bag or a Birkin bag in person,” she tells me, “and at my age, it’s about time.” As she strolls through the store, wearing blue patent leather Sonia Rykiel flats, a flouncy Zara skirt, and a short-sleeved Lanvin T-shirt with a pink silk rose on the shoulder that on her somehow look all-American, shoppers and clerks look up, their soigné indifference giving way to wide grins and low murmurs of “C’est Anne ’Atta-way!” It could be a scene from a sequel to The Princess Diaries, the 2001 cinematic fairy tale that transformed Hathaway, at eighteen, from an aspiring ingenue into Hollywood royalty.

Moments later, a salesman who, if this actually were one of the Princess movies, would be played by Hector Elizondo, oversees the arrival of a stack of boxes bearing the coveted items in various sizes, colors, and skins. First up: a small brown leather Kelly whose clean, classic lines exemplify the 1950s American glamour of its namesake. Hathaway oohs and aahs with appropriate reverence. But it’s the oversize Birkin, with its hippie-chic quality (and heart-stopping price tag), that really makes her gasp. “It’s Heaven,” she says.

If what we wear is an expression of who we are, then Hathaway is still exploring—mixing young, bohemian looks with vintage classics. Labels she likes range from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag & Bone, and If Six Was Nine to Céline and Isabel Marant. (She is also obsessed with Freddies of Pinewood, whose retro denim she describes as “my new magic jeans, sort of Marilyn Monroe in her off hours.”) With a bag in each hand, Hathaway steps in front of a mirror, studying herself as she turns from side to side. “I think the Birkin would suit me more,” she pronounces. “As gorgeous as the Kelly is, I think it’s something that you mature into.”

“You are young,” the salesman says.

Photographer Mario Testino and stylist Tonne Goodman cast Anne Hathaway in the center of a fairy tale for the cover feature of the November 2010 issue of Vogue.

{Images via rdujour, text source Vogue}

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Friday 27 May 2011

oscar de la renta spring 2011 rtw


{Images via fashion week paris}

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Tuesday 24 May 2011

as Sweet as Honey


Louis Vuitton strikes gold with their stunning store windows, dripping gold & bee’s ~ featuring golden starbursts and dripping liquid gold, forming a pool of precious honey on the floor.

This spring {northern hemisphere}, Louis Vuitton is celebrating the first batch of honey produced from the three beehives installed on the roof of its Parisian head quarters back in 2009.

In April 2009, Louis Vuitton installed three beehives on the roof of its Parisian HQ on the rue de Pont Neuf.

Its first batch of honey is now ready for spring, celebrated through creative displays at many of its store windows worldwide till May. It is a nod to biodiversity. As Louis Vuitton tells it: ‘35 per cent of food resources in the world are insured by nectar- and pollen-gathering insects.’

Through 2010, 200,000 bees gathered 75 kg of nectar for Louis Vuitton.

The honey won’t be sold: it will be given to friends and family of the company.

Called “As Sweet as Honey”, Louis Vuitton shop windows worldwide feature bags and shoes dripping with the sweet stuff and surrounded by bees, inspired by the global need for sustainable development, of which nectar and pollen gathering insects play an important role.

The campaign has been in the works since 2009 when three beehives were installed on the roof of the Louis Vuitton headquarters in Paris. Throughout 2010 more than 200,000 bees gathered 75kg of nectar, from which the golden honey was produced.

Be drawn in by these dripping golden honey bursts

with shooting golden bees and LV logo/icons bursting all over.

As Sweet as Honey :: Louis Vuitton shop windows feature bags and shoes dripping with honey.
These installations are surrounded by bees, which highlights the global need for sustainable development, of which nectar and pollen gathering insects play an important role. The campaign has been in the works since 2009 when three beehives were installed on the roof of the Louis Vuitton headquarters in Paris.

    Honey honey ~ Sweet indeed.

    Passing by the LV shop of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & the Gold Coast,

    I keep noticing the beautiful window display ~ a honey inspired installation.

    Photos by Stephane Muratet for Louis Vuitton.

    {Images via Lucire & Freshmess}

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