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PYER MOSS HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION CELEBRATES BLACK INVENTIONS FROM PEANUT BUTTER TO THE REFRIGERATOR

Saturday, July 10th saw Kirby Jean-Raymond, founder and lead designer at Pyer Moss become the first black American designer to be featured at Paris Haute Couture Week. The historic show was live-streamed from the Villa Lewaro mansion in Irvington, New York, home at one time to the first black American female self-made millionaire, Madam CJ…

Givenchy Winter 2021 collection. Photos courtesy of Givenchy.

MATTHEW WILLIAMS BRINGS TENSION AND HIS SIGNATURE SPORTS AESTHETIC TO GIVENCHY

On March 7th Matthew Williams showed his second collection as the creative director of Givenchy in an empty Parisian stadium. The co-founder of the fashion brand 1017 ALYX 9SM merged his signature sports aesthetic with the high-end craftsmanship of the Givenchy brand, producing some impressive looks that explored shape, texture, and color.  “In many ways,…

RIHANNA’S FENTY FASHION HOUSE ON HOLD INDEFINITELY: A LOOK AT THE PIECES THAT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

On Feb. 10, the luxury conglomerate LVMH, home to fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton and Dior, announced the suspension of Rihanna’s clothing line, Fenty.  This suspension, however, is far from permanent. In a statement about the decision, LVMH stated that there are “pending better conditions” to continue production. While hinting at the effects the…

PIETER MULIER NAMED CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF MAISON ALAÏA

Belgian designer Pieter Mulier has been appointed as Creative Director of Maison Alaïa. Chief Executive Officer of Alaïa, Myriam Serrano announced the hire on Feb. 5th. The Richemont-owned luxury brand produces both ready-to-wear and haute couture lines.  Alaïa began his couture work in 1965, eventually garnering the nickname "King of Cling" for his svelte, body-hugging…

HIGHLIGHTS OF SPRING/SUMMER HAUTE COUTURE 2021

The last days of January mark fashion Haute Couture week in Paris. Though this year’s shows were presented in different formats due to the pandemic, designers and their collections still managed to impress and to stir up conversation (like any Haute Couture show should). Below are the week’s top shows and their most noteworthy looks. …

FASHION COLLABORATIONS: THE HITS AND THE MISSES

When fashion brands want to step out of their comfort zone or just want some extra buzz, fashion collaborations are very common. From Dior to H&M, many brands have dived deep into fashion collabs. With that being said, these partnerships can mean one of two things: either a new and unexpected product is made and…

VIRGINIE VIARD: A TROUBLED START FOR THE NEW CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF CHANEL

Not long after Karl Lagerdeld’s passing, Virginie Viard, also known as the late fashion icon’s “right-hand”, was announced as his successor on Instagram. The social post reads: “Virginie Viard, director of Chanel’s Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work…

ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER HAUTE COUTURE 2020: BACKSTAGE WITH PHOTOGRAPHER IRIS BROSCH

"[Couture] is the moment where we have to show what we do best in France," said Alexandre Vauthier of his Summer 2020 Couture collection. Playing with all sorts of volume and shapes, Vauthier embraced the freedom that comes with designing Haute Couture; in this art/fashion form of extravaganza and excess, there's a lot more room…

HAUTE COUTURE FALL 2019: TREND HIGHLIGHTS

Haute Couture is synonymous with opulence and drama; the utmost form of fashion is not mass-fabricated ready-to-wear - its carefully and uniquely crafted in France. We've rounded up eight trends we saw and loved at the Fall Couture 2019 runway shows, including mini-dresses, loud prints, and statement accessories. CELESTIAL HEADWEAR What's couture without theatrical camp?…

KARL LAGERFELD WILL LIVE ON IN OUR MEMORIES AS THE ULTIMATE FASHION LEGEND

“I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth.” ― Karl Lagerfeld Karl Lagerfeld, the genius mind behind the megabrands Chanel, Fendi, and Chloe, and one of the most well-known personalities in the fashion industry, has passed away at the age of 85. A notable absence at his Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris (due to health issues)…

PARIS FASHION WEEK MEN’S: FALL/WINTER 2019 TREND REPORT

Men are more invested in fashion and the overall joy of coming up with the perfect ensemble--from head to toe. Paris Fashion Week Men's 2019 made a point to inform viewers that trends such as cheetah prints, skirts, and fur detailing are not reserved for femmes. Designers are tilting towards a gender-binary outlook for menswear.…

THE BEST OF PARIS FASHION WEEK: SPRING 2019 RUNWAY HIGHLIGHTS

BALENCIAGA Presence and the “right now” were the inspiration behind Balenciaga’s spring show, more explicitly, the exploration of what modern clothing means and how that correlates with all the noise around politics and the overconsumption of media news. The clothes themselves had a futuristic aura, as per Balenciaga usual. Tailoring took a contemporary twist in…

PARIS FASHION WEEK: BEAUTY AND ACCESSORY TRENDS

CREATIVE EYELINER Eyeliner mistakes can be left alone for next spring. Makeup artists at Paris fashion week free-handed (or so it seems) the eyeliner application: Dries Van Noten did a chunky black stroke along the lids, while Christian Dior applied uneven short blotches of black eyeliner along the models' eye corners. OVERSIZED SUNGLASSES The tiny…

PARIS: HAUTE COUTURE FALL/WINTER 2018-2019 HIGHLIGHTS

The highly-anticipated Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2018-2019 show returned to Paris this July. Many designers were inspired by the past year’s historical advances for women, the royal wedding and other current issues for their latest collections. Check below for highlights from the shows and presentations. MASON MARGIELA Maison Margiela’s John Galliano created an highly conceptual collection…

RESORT 2019: RUNWAY HIGHLIGHTS FROM LOUIS VUITTON, DIOR & CHANEL

Marketed towards the most affluent customers of a brand, resort collections are always a spectacle. With the majority of major fashion houses having unveiled their Resort 2019 collections over the past month, we've rounded up the season's runway highlights from designers Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Chanel. Louis Vuitton Despite the recent spate of designer…

PARIS FASHION WEEK FALL 2018: 5 MUST-SEE SHOWS

Fashion Month is officially over! Paris Fashion Week has drawn to a close, and we've rounded up the best new collections. Don't miss our lowdown on the highlights. Kenzo - La Collection Memento For its third La Collection Memento, season-specific homages to founder Kenzo Takada, designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon looked to French Post-Impressionism,…

RETROSPECTIVE ‘AZZEDINE ALAÏA: JE SUIS COUTURIER’ PAYS TRIBUTE TO LATE DESIGNER

Azzedine Alaïa: Je Suis Couturier Until June 10th, 2018 Association Azzedine Alaïa: 18 rue de la Verriere, Paris  An exhibition of 41 dresses by the late Azzedine Alaïa has opened in Paris at the designer's showroom, the location of his last couture show. The retrospective was organized by the Association Azzedine Alaïa, a nonprofit founded in…

STANDOUT LOOKS FROM COUTURE WEEK SPRING 2018

Couture Week takes place twice a year every January and July in Paris. With the Spring 2018 Haute Couture shows afoot, the runway has played host to collections resplendent with rich fabrics and sculptural silhouettes, many inspired by intellectual subject matters like the surrealist movement. Read on for highlights from the collections thus far. Christian…

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