The sketch of a polar bear by Karl Lagerfeld on the invitation to his autumn-winter show for Chanel on Tuesday was already a big hint.
As a howling wind came over the sound system, screens were hoisted up to reveal gigantic ice floes, from which his models emerged enveloped in shaggy furs to keep out the Arctic cold and splashed through puddles of melted ice in knee high yeti boots.
With bouffant platinum blonde hair swept up, they snuggled into floor-sweeping snow white coats quilted like the Chanel signature handbag, with deep black fur hems, cuffs and stole collars. Continue reading →
From fashion design’s big stars such as Matthew Williamson, who presented timelessly elegant cuts combined with colorful prints, and Vivienne Westwood’s punky chic to London’s new stars Mark Fast and Kinder Aggugini, the edgy capital’s fashion week kick-off didn’t disappoint. Continue reading →
The sound of whinnying horses and thundering hooves set the scene for Christian Dior‘s haute couture show for next summer on Monday, with its opening sequence of riding habits, a personal favourite of Monsieur Dior. Continue reading →
After last year’s Moscow extravaganza, Chanel’s head designer Karl Lagerfeld relocated to Shanghai last week to present his yearly Maison d’Arts collection at the label’s freshly inaugurated boutique at the Peninsula Hotel.
As in past years, ‘King Karl’ has documented his creation process meticulously — videos can now be watched on YouTube.
All the videos have been removed from Youtube by Chanel
Beginnings — After a nostalgic black-and-white opening, the ‘Kaiser’ is shown sketching the first drafts for the collection.
Fittings — Models show Lagerfeld the first results of his work.
Fine tuning — Whatever the label’s creative head decides is implemented in Chanel’s Paris ‘ateliers.’
Shooting the movie — Coco Chanel never made it to Shanghai herself, even though she imagined the place as very inspiring.
Lagerfeld tried to capture her relationship with the city in a new short movie, which he can be seen directing here.
More fittings — The collection starts to take shape.
Working overtime — This is where the ‘Art’ in ‘Maison d’Art’ comes from.
Fit for the press kit — Lagerfeld photographs the collection for the press, as always with a little help from his ‘muse du jour,’ Baptiste Giabiconi.
Leaving on a jet plane — Chanel’s staff gets ready for the departure to China.
Shanghai impressions — The team arrives in the metropolis.
Getting ready — This short summary of the actual fashion show also gives you a few glimpses of the backstage scenery.
The show — Lagerfeld’s favorite models including Jessica Stam, Heidi Mount, Freja Beha Erichsen and Abbey Lee Kershaw paraded down the runway in richly embellished creations inspired by Asian art and antiques.
While the clothes didn’t fail to impress, the Kaiser’s ‘yellow-face’ make-up for the girls caused hot debate this week.
Marc Jacobs created a collection full of accessories for the Louis Vuitton fall 2009:
Lovely handbags, exciting shoes, bejeweled satin leggings, necklaces modeled after paper garlands, stunned gloves mixed with ladylike pearls of all sizes and even bunny ears for playful ladies.
And of course the gilded monogram, the protagonist of every collection.
The yokozuna Asashoryu has appeared in the Shibuya Girls Collection show in Tokyo this week and entertained a crowd of 20,000 mostly teenage girls.
He was wearing a school uniform as a reference to him starring as a high school student in a recent TV commercial. Source: Relaxnews
In the spirit of saving money, Halston presented its fall 2009 collection in a music video instead of on the runway.
The video stars Dree Hemingway, a ballerina and granddaughter of the writer Ernest Hemingway, running through a city, wearing a yellow Halston dress and heels, and passing by other Halston-wearing women.
The change in format was not due to economic strain, Bonnie Takhar, CEO of Halston maintained â€” “It was something we were planning since September, before the world fell apart.”
But it has worked out with the economy in mind: “A lot of peopleâ€™s budgets will be cut and many wonâ€™t be traveling to see the shows, and this is a way to be inclusive.”
While the Chanel couture collection was inspired by paper, it was calligraphy that inspired the new Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2009 Haute Couture collection.
Set to a huge screen with calligraphy images in motion, Gaultier introduced his dreamy couture creations that featured see-through fabrics, fishnets, embroideries, and high-waisted skirts and pants that illustrated the mastery of his craftsmanship.
Lace and embroidery were just some of the exclusive, meticulous details which came in black and white, like ink on paper.
Trousers turned into corsets, and silhouettes took on an 80s look with dresses, some of which were inspired by swimsuits.
I have recently attended La Perla’s fashion show in Hong Kong and I loved it ! This season, the theme is Welcome to Hell !
An exciting journey into Dante’s Inferno, a tour into the wardrobe of a lost angel. Fire and flames on lace, tulle as light as smoke, shiny and voluptuous satin. An ardent style with an unmistakable fragrance of sin.
On the picture above, the model – Jaana – was wearing a black transparent tulle and satin American bra, culotte and Suspender Belt, with mysterious lockets-like oval patterns, accessorized with breathtaking bat wings.
I am not sure if it is available in the US but this is a great Valentine’s Day gift idea for your girl though : )
Wildly popular Korean pop singer Rain has launched his own fashion line, called Six to Five. He introduced the collection with a fashion show in Ilsan, which was attended by celebrities and fans alike.
“Six to Five means that we are aiming to reach the sixth sense from our original five senses. I also wanted to use numbers to make it easier to find and comfortable to approach”, he said.
“I think it’s a bit unreasonable to call myself a designer. I never learned the trade professionally, but I did try to analyze the clothes I enjoy wearing and feel comfortable in. I volunteered as a designer, thinking the public may understand my views,” he said.
Karl Lagerfeld opened his pre-fall 2009 Chanel show last week with a ten-minute silent short film about Coco Chanel — his directorial debut!
Last year, Karl Lagerfeld brought Paris to London, and this year he brings Moscow to Paris, highlighted by his silent film presentation. He shied away from the subtle, with elements of Russian folklore tying the collection together, including elaborate headdresses, thick fluffy knits and sparkly gold boots.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Lego teamed up with Agence Four H to create this wonderful 3D Runway show using only LEGOS as his sets, models and audience. The virtual fashion show was broadcasted on French Channels during Paris Fashion Week…