Famed French luxury brand Christian Dior is set to re-stage its Spring 2013 haute couture show for buyers and press in Shanghai, China on March 30.
For the first time since Belgian designer Raf Simons took over as creative director, the brand will be returning to mainland China and the country’s couture customers will be hurriedly booking appointments in the days following the show to place their orders.
The move isn’t a particular suprise: back in January Christian Dior CEO Sidney Toledano noted that China was the “big market of tomorrow” as the brand looks to expand its haute couture client base.
On certain Saturdays of the month, guests can indulge in an elegant tea while watching a fashion show at the Bristol hotel in Paris’s tony 8th arrondissement. The next two Fashion Saturdays scheduled will focus on up-and-coming designers.
On Fashion Saturday afternoons, from 2:30pm to 4pm, Le Bristol offers a tea-time menu with tea, a range of pastries, finger sandwiches and a glass of champagne.
An ephemeral dessert created by head pastry chef Laurent Jeannin, inspired by the designer showcased that day, is also available. The price of this treat: €70.
For the next two “Fashion Saturdays,” the luxurious Parisian hotel will focus on two up-and-coming fashion names: Dina Jsr (Jan 26) and Le Lièvre et la Tortue (Feb 16).
The most prestigious haute couture fashion houses including Céline, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Chloé, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Versace and Ungaro have previously taken part in these “Fashion Saturdays.”
German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday used the finale of his Chanel haute couture show in Paris to signal his support for gay marriage.
Parisian brand Cacharel has announced that it will skip the upcoming Paris fashion week as part of an ongoing restructuring process.
A round-up of the key fashion weeks, trade fairs and consumer events of 2013.
After the sad death of Alexander McQueen and the public self-immolation of John Galliano, some of fashion’s greatest risk takers are no longer on the scene, but 2012 proved that there was still plenty of room for experimentation. Here’s our slideshow featuring some of the most unusual looks from the past 12 months.
The Chanel Metiers d’Art show will take place in December at an as yet undisclosed location near the Scottish capital it was revealed Wednesday, following the French luxury brand’s acquisition of Scottish cashmere firm Barrie earlier in the week.
Karl Lagerfeld will be taking Chanel’s pre-fall collecition, known as the Metiers d’Art, to Edinburgh, revealed vogue.co.uk Wednesday.
Details are scarce for the moment, but a date for the show has been confirmed as Dec. 4, and the fashion extravaganza looks poised to set the Scottish capital alight.
Chanel announced on Tuesday that it had bought the Barrie Knitwear cashmere mill in the Scottish Borders area. The 140-year-old firm had been facing a long spell in administration after the collapse of parent company Dawson International.
Chanel fashion president Bruno Pavlovsky told the BBC: “The acquisition of Barrie business by Chanel is all the more natural as the factory has worked with us for more than 25 years, producing cashmere knitwear including Chanel’s iconic two-tone cashmere cardigans….Through this acquisition, we reaffirm our commitment to traditional expertise and craftsmanship, and our wish to safeguard their future and support their development,” he added.
Dolce & Gabbana will showcase a small collection of couture clothing for the first time July 9, following in the footsteps of fellow Italian houses to embrace the higher end of the market such as Armani and Versace.
Following recent rumors on the matter, the label confirmed June 27 that it will present its couture creations to a small group of clients next month in Taormina, Sicily.
Three days and two nights in a Paris art gallery windowfront, with books and passers-by for company, a male model got settled in Wednesday for what is being billed as the longest-ever fashion show.
Scott Sternberg, founder of the fast-growing US label Band Of Outsiders, took over the gallery to showcase a look inspired by the Occupy protest movement — and make his Paris debut on the sidelines of this week’s menswear shows.
Newly appointed Yves Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane will present his upcoming women’s resort line to selected buyers only.
Since it was announced back in March that Slimane would be returning to the label by replacing Stefano Pilati as creative director, fashionistas have been eager to catch a glimpse of his new creations for the house.
Fashionistas are invited to take their seats at the first fashion show to stream live in 3D when Hugo Boss presents its Boss Black Fall/Winter 2012 catwalk show May 18 from Beijing.
Hugo Boss will now show what has been dubbed the first live stream 3D runway show at www.hugoboss.com, with model and designer interviews and backstage impressions also to be part of the live stream, which begins at 8.45 PM CST.
On May 14 Karl Lagerfeld presented Chanel‘s 2013 Cruise collection around the Trois Fontaines Bosquet fountains at the Château de Versailles near Paris, with ornate Marie Antoinette-inspired creations receiving an edgy update thanks to the addition of candy-colored wigs and flatform shoes.
Joining the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr and Candice Swanepoel, German model Toni Garrn has been confirmed as the latest Victoria’s Secret Angel.
Louis Vuitton has a day of live streaming events planned for March 7 ahead of its Paris Fashion Week presentation and Arts Décoratifs exhibition launch.
LV has teamed up with Louise Roe for the big day, with the British fashion journalist to host a live stream of Wednesday’s 10:00 F/W 2012 show at www.louisvuitton.com.
Then, from 20:00 Roe will provide red carpet access live from the launch of the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibition at the French capital’s Arts Décoratifs.
Valentino will live stream its Haute Couture fashion show at valentino.com, allowing fans front row access to the January 25 presentation when it kicks off 18:30 CET.
Although Valentino previously streamed couture shows live to selected boutiques, this will be the first time an online couture stream is offered from the Italian label.
Kicking off January 23 and running through January 26, Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week will see esteemed couturiers including Christian Dior, Chanel and Givenchy taking to the runways, as well as newcomers to the scene such as Alexis Mabille.
The annual Chanel Metier D’Arts premiere took place in the Galerie Courbe at Paris’s Grand Palais Tuesday December 6 with an India-themed luxury show.
Models, adorned with accessories including head-jewellery and turbans – also for men – walked the epic runway sporting the 2012 pre-fall collection.
Guests sat at banquet tables, which doubled as a runway, complete with chandeliers, opulent candlesticks – and a feast fit for a Maharaja.
It seems as if this year’s color explosion was only the beginning: there was a downright abundance of bright-orange and hot-pink dresses on New York’s runways, while tribals helped to combine colors.
Paris will be hosting the first combined culinary and couture show next week in which some iconic fashion and pastry houses collaborate for an outdoor, sensory exhibit.
In the grandeur of the city’s Palais Royal, fashion houses like Christian Dior and French celebrity chefs like Jean-Francois Piège and Jean-Georges Vongerichten will exhibit their interpretations of how haute cuisine and haute couture merge.
Artisans in both trades must master techniques, a “savoir-faire” and possess a vision to reach the height of their craft, organizers point out.
According to Uk publication The Telegraph, the fashion-conscious rapper is getting ready to show his first full men’s and women’s ranges this fall.
Kanye West is currently working on the high-end creations, based out of a studio in central Paris, the paper quotes a source.
Just last year, he had told Elle: “Did you not see the Lindsay [Lohan] and Ungaro collection? That was 9/11 for celebrities doing fashion. After that I thought: ‘Well I can’t do a line now’.”
South Korea’s capital city has told Italian fashion house Fendi to remove all fur items from a show of its fall/winter collection due to complaints from animal rights groups.
“We have received complaints from animal rights activists and saw negative public opinion on the Internet… we can’t let such a controversial thing be staged at a public property,” a spokesman for the city government told AFP.
Fendi has scheduled the show on June 2 at a newly-built floating island on the Han River, which the city wants to promote as a landmark.