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 the official schedule for the July shows.
According to the calendar, his show will take place at the Galerie de la Madeleine where his new store and atelier are based. Continue reading →
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, American model Kristen McMenamy, fashion empress Amanda Harlech, models Freja Beha Erichsen, Bianca Balti and Baptiste Giabiconi.
All are putting their best acting skills forward in this new trailer that seems to revolve around a dysfunctional, affluent family whiling away their time in chic casinos. Continue reading →
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 the event will be a celebration of British weather, which probably means that there will be artificial rain or snow involved, as seen at Burberry‘s show during London’s past fashion week.
The event will be broadcast live all around the world at burberry.com and many other international fashion sites at 1.30 pm London time.
Burberry also just opened a new Chinese flagship at Beijing’s Sparkle Roll Plaza.
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 the 1940s.
“I spend a good part of my life in hotels and I like watching their secret lives, especially the ballet between call girls, mistresses and wives,” said Jacobs, 47, on the final day of Paris fashion week. Continue reading →
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 that crunched underfoot.
The soundtrack – “A Forest” by The Cure, about a man who goes looking for a woman in, well, a forest – set the tone, even if there wasn’t a tree in sight. Continue reading →
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 or ‘anatomic’ as expected — apart from the fully tattooed Rick Genest’s appearance and the occasional sculpted pointy ears of course. Continue reading →
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 few looks from her spring menswear line, the Italian designer signalled her focus on China’s huge market.
Actresses Gong Li and Maggie Cheung added a bit of high-wattage star power to the show at the Central Academy of Fine Arts museum — a surefire way to maximise local media coverage and get the Prada message to the masses. Continue reading →
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 detail which song she would preview. According to a post on her website, fans will be able to listen to the new song on Mugler’s official website beginning on Thursday, January 20, at 6 p.m. Central European Time (9 a.m. PST). Continue reading →