Giambattista Valli to show couture in Paris

Giambattista Valli has just been elected as guest of the French Chambre Syndicale, the organization in charge of the haute couture shows. In what is an unusual move for the notoriously exclusive committee consisting of design houses such as Armani, Valentino and Elie Saab, a young and independent designer has been granted a spot on … Continued

Chanel’s cruise collection: highlights

Celebrities including Vanessa Paradis, Blake Lively, and Rachel Bilson looked on as Karl Lagerfeld showed his annual Croisière collection at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes on the French Riviera on May 9.

The Tale of a Fairy by Karl Lagerfeld

For anyone whose invitation to Chanel’s resort show in the South of France on May 9 got lost in the mail, its creative head Karl Lagerfeld will release a new short film, showcasing the cruise collection in a dramatic surrounding. A teaser released May 5 depicts “friends of the House” including French actress Anna Mouglalis, … Continued

Burberry’s Beijing show to be the brand’s biggest ever

British fashion house Burberry  is taking its runway presentations to new heights in Beijing April 13. The fashion-meets-technology extravaganza staged at the Beijing Television Center will feature British band Keane’s first performance in China, “life-like” holograms, and of course lots of coats on lots of top models. A teaser released on YouTube also states that … Continued

“Hotel Louis Vuitton”

Marc Jacobs spends a lot of time on the road, so what better theme for his fall-winter collection for Louis Vuitton than the goings-on inside a grand old hotel? To the sound of elevators arriving, uniformed bellboys opened wrought-iron doors for models stepping out in tongue-and-cheek outfits inspired by, among other things, porn films from … Continued

Lagerfeld feels a volcanic autumn chill at Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld sent a volcanic chill of autumn swirling through the Grand Palais on Tuesday as he presented a tomboyish Chanel fall-winter collection. In a deliberate contrast from the Parisian garden theme that framed the spring-summer show, Lagerfeld sent darker, looser looks down a wooden boardwalk the length of a venue carpeted with volcanic dust … Continued

Gaga on the catwalk for Mugler

Lady Gaga hit Mugler‘s runway on March 2, while premiering her new track, “Government Hooker.” A live broadcast showed backstage preparations before following Gaga onto the stage where she walked among fashion models, dramatically demonstrating the flowy fabrics of Nicola Formichetti’s creations for the fashion house. What came down the runway was not as alienesque … Continued

Dior to present collection despite Galliano’s departure

“It is understood that Dior intends to go ahead with its runway show on Friday [March 4],” Women’s Wear Daily reports. Christian Dior released a statement on March 1 saying it had fired John Galliano with immediate effect in the wake of his arrest over anti-semitic remarks last week.

Givenchy Couture Casts All Asian Models

French fashion label Givenchy showed its haute couture collection exclusively on Asian models, demonstrating to what extent Asia has moved to fashion’s forefront. Inspired by Japanese Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohn, the lightweight dresses featured clear Asian style elements such as structural shapes, warrior-inspired headgear by Philip Treacy, and folding techniques. Declared “works of art” by … Continued

Prada latest label to target booming China market

Miuccia Prada has already won plaudits for her spring/summer 2011 collection — simply-cut dresses and suits in a quirky mix of stripes and solids, with bold splashes of orange, violet and electric blue. But by displaying the clothes on a runway in Beijing on Saturday evening, her first catwalk show outside Europe, and adding a … Continued

Lady Gaga makes music for Thierry Mugler

Lady Gaga has announced her plans to debut new music from her upcoming Born This Way today at a Paris fashion show by Thierry Mugler. “I’m the musical director for the MUGLER fashion show,” she said on Twitter. “I’m remixing/previewing a record on Born This Way, tailored for the show + garments.” She did not … Continued

Milan readies for men’s fashion fest

Milan is preparing to host its annual men’s fashion show on Saturday, billed as the biggest in the world. Thirty-six brands including Dolce&Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and Prada are set to take to the catwalks for the four-day fashion festival. The autumn-winter collection show kicks off on Saturday with top brands including Ermenegildo Zegna, Dolce&Gabbana, Jil … Continued

Video Of Tom Ford’s Spring 2011 Fashion Show

Tom Ford promised to release a film of his Spring 2011 debut womenswear show when the clothes are nearly in stores, and he’s delivered. The video is set to Karen Elson’s song Pretty Babies (who’s also seen in the clip) and features backstage shots, runway shots of the numerous models and celebrities, along with audience … Continued

The Fashion World Of Jean-Paul Gaultier

The first ever retrospective dedicated to the designs of French couturier Jean-Paul Gaultier will be unveiled at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in June 2011. The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk will display more than one hundred ensembles, including couture creations, as well as original sketches and photographs. … Continued

Lanvin’s Full Men’s and Women’s H&M Look Book

H&M continues to build anticipation around its latest designer collaboration with storied French couture house Lanvin. Over the past few weeks, H&M has been posting videos of designer Alber Elbaz discussing his inspiration for the line on its YouTube channel. Starting November 2, a sneak peak video of the collection is now available on H&M’s … Continued

Lanvin for H&M Collection Sneak Peak

H&M continues to build anticipation around its latest designer collaboration with storied French couture house Lanvin. Over the past several weeks, H&M has been posting videos of designer Alber Elbaz discussing his inspiration for the new line on its YouTube channel. And a sneak peak of the collection will also be available online at H&M’s … Continued

Adriana Lima to Don $3 Million Diamond Bra

The 29-year old supermodel Adriana Lima was chosen to model this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra valued at $3 million. Decorated with a starburst design, the Bombshell bra features 2,000 diamonds and was unveiled ahead of the upcoming fashion show in New York. Last year, Vicky’s Secret Angel Marisa Miller was the chosen one to … Continued

Watch Louis Vuitton live, 360°

This October 6, 2010, you’re invited to watch Louis Vuitton‘s Spring/Summer 2011 in a 360° ready-to-wear show on your Facebook, iPad or iPhone. Models will be photographed right after the show simultaneously with 52 cameras, resulting in images which can be rotated and paused 360 degrees. The collection will be shown at 2:30 pm ET … Continued

Dita Von Teese strips for Gaultier

Dita Von Teese has taken her famous burlesque act to the couture capital, Paris. During Jean Paul Gaultier’s Autumn/Winter 2010 collection show, Ms Von Teese appeared on the catwalk in a black slinky dress. The famous actress then walked down the catwalk and stripped off her robe revealing a black skeleton-looking bodice. Then came the … Continued

The girls from the pearl at Chanel

A monumental lion, teeth bared and one front paw resting proprietorially on a giant pearl, held centre stage, its golden coat caught in the setting sun under the glass dome of the Grand Palais. Karl Lagerfeld is a past master at dreaming up attention-grabbing scenarios for his Chanel shows, and Tuesday night’s was no exception. … Continued