The latest Chanel collection was present yesterday, with Karl Lagerfeld being in excellent mood. You can see more looks and read my article in greek about the Chanel fashion show here, at the brand new website of Votre Beaute magazine.
New York fashion week is on already. Here are the best looks of Prabal Gurung. Loved the tailored shirts, the cat-eye sunglasses and the black&white sling backs.
Self-tought high fashion designer Rad Hourani is the first to have been invited by La Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, to create and showcase a unisex line. Find below illustrations, backstage and catwalk photos from his latest Fall collection.
With their 20th Anniversary, Viktor&Rolf return to Haute Couture after a 13-year absence:
“We chose to celebrate our 20th anniversary by looking forward and creating something new – a Haute Couture show as tribute to our collective brand’s history. For us, Haute Couture is like a laboratory for experimentation and pure creation, and a place to where we always wanted to return. Having been in a meditative, reflective mood – we visualized this by creating 20 conceptual outfits that – when combined on stage – create one new piece: a tableau vivant of a Zen Garden. We felt this was a beautiful symbol of mindfulness, serenity and gratitude”, said Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren.
The 20 looks are executed entirely in a black, technical silk and manipulated in various ways to create the effect of a stone-surface. Every girl in the tableau vivant takes on a different pose and each piece is designed specifically for this posture. This conceptual approach to pattern cutting and designing results, when standing straight, in new volumes and drapes. Extra-large zippers rendered in metal are the only visible, functional accessories on the garments: all closures are executed with magnets. Key pieces in the collection are comprised of articulately hand-crafted miniature piping, made to resemble stylized grass. This labour intensive technique is used as an embroidery, partially or entirely covering garments. All looks are paired with flat, roped sandals, also in the same fabric as the garments.
Following the first post of my visit at Lanvin headquarters, here comes the second part that includes almost all the accessories from the Lanvin Summer 2013 collection. Python pumps in metallics, gorgeous shoulder bags and tiny minaudieres and the famous Lanvin crystal jewels. Knock yourselves out.
I have been waiting for a while to present you this.
During last fashion week in Paris, I was invited to the headquarters of Lanvin House, for a private view of the Spring/Summer 2013 collection, after the fashion show. A huge fan of Alber Elbaz myself, I could never miss such an appointment.
The gorgeous Lanvin silk fabrics looked absolutely amazing in the famous bright colors that the house uses, such as pomegranate pink and emerald green. Some high-tech additions, like the digital prints of naked female bodies that seem to move with you, creating the illusion of nudeness. Much less embroidery, apart from four or five pieces and some details on the dresses. Bodysuits: *swoon*. BUT. The greatest highlight of them all -maybe because I’m too much of a sharp-suit type myself: the tuxedos. Inspired by far east, Japanese tradition and origamis, Elbaz created the perfect, slightly deconstructed suit, with quiet bows and cropped jackets, some of them even sleeveless, combined with his popular it-piece: the silk shirt.
A down to earth collection, deprived of any trace of unnecessary extravaganza.
A post with the accessories of the collection to follow pretty soon.
Devine, once again.
A wonderful, raw, immense warehouse at the old industrial zone of Athens was the ideal location for “Idiosyncrasy”, the new collection of Konstantinos Melis by Laskos, whose evolution of ideas and sartorial craftsmanship was more than evident.
Great concept realization by Creative Director Michal Pandos and extra winning points for the lights, the conceptual hair (Vassilis Stratigos) & make up (Manos Vynichakis for Shiseido) and the Damien Hirst piece of art “As the memories fade”,
that was installed in the middle of the catwalk.
Once again, orchids were welcoming the crowd on the seats -loved that.
Manicure: Anna Almbanis at Nyxi-Nyxi
Lighting designer: George Tellos
Music Producer: Yiannnis Kakavelakis
Shoes: Konstantinos Melis by Laskos
Alexander McQueen launches today a backstage film created by Sean Frank, during the Spring/Summer 2013 show.
“The collection is a study of femininity. We looked at erotica. Vargas girls, cages, corsets and crinolines and the idealisation of the female form. Nothing is set in a particular period. It’s about sensuality and skin but not nudity. We also wanted to express lightness, for the clothes almost to hover over the women who wear them.” Sarah Burton.
That was the only show that I catched at Tuilleries, since the rest were scattered all around Paris (poor me).
I must say I enjoyed Viktor&Rolf Summer 2013 collection more than last summer’s. More wearable clothes, soft and a bit 80s -many long dresses for next year if you’ve noticed. And is there something with big flowers on clothes? Prada did her own naive version on her collection and Viktor&Rolf adorned some of the garments with big metallic roses.
Jean-Paul Gaultier fashion show was a party, an ode to music stars!
Disco balls and colorful headlights warmed us up of what was next and “Kiss” at the front row was another hint.
Models came out dressed as Grace Jones and then the music changed to Eurythmics “Sweet dreams” and multiple Annie Lenoxes appeared -and then changed again and black models came out as sexy Michael Jacksons under the matching soundtrack. Dancers were giving their own show at the back while gorgeous girls were parading as Charlotte Gainsbourgs, Madonnas, Boy Georges, Sades, Catherine Ringer and David Bowies,
in perfect alignment with the soundtrack!
The finale was dedicated to Amanda Lear playing herself and the show ended with the dancers and Jean-Paul running down the catwalk in laughs, overloading the guests with party vibes!
I have also taken a couple of videos but you have to wait for those a bit, dear fashion junkies.
Waiting 50 minutes for the Maison Martin Margiela fashion show would be ok if it wasn’t for the conceptual suffocating temperature inside the mansion. As if the weather wasn’t hot enough, all the walls at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild were covered in white plastic
- the outcome was intolerable but gorgeous.
Minimal as always, high waisted pants, straight lines, volumes in unexpected places, leather pieces
and organza gowns were the highlights of the collection.
Absolutely THRILLING music: The minute those spooky voodoo voices started, I got goosebumps.
Find the finale and the soundtrack below.
Visiting Paris for the fashion week is double pleasure for me, since it’s a great chance to meet my beloved friend Filep,
whom I hardly ever see and I’m missing so.
Arriving at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild where the Maison Martin Margiela show was set, we descovered that our seats were once again cheek to cheek! Lots of pictures in my camera are waiting to come out to the light, please be patient because my feet are killing me and my vitality battery is low
Last picture by Filep Motwary
during Paris fashion week i payed my annual visit at Pierre Hardy headquarters to see the new collection of one of my most adorable accessories designers. Neon details, water-snake, killer heels, graphics and the characteristic cube design of monsieur Hardy, who launches, moreover, his first jewelry collection.
the highlights of Mi-Ro fashion show and Ms. Elena Makri Liberi’s Paris-Byzance divine boots
street style during Paris fashion week and some of the most important ladies of the fashion industry
Freja Beha Erichsen
Miu Miu glitter booties
waiting for Viktor & Rolf
Mario Testino and Grace Coddington
Anna Dello Russo