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Insight: Why So Few Female High Fashion Designers

Recent times have moved feminism beyond the bra-burning fringes to a full-on topic of social commentary and activism. Remember Chanel’s Spring 2015 runway show? The big march of thin models in high heels, waving protest signs that said ‘LADIES FIRST’, ‘HISTORY IS HER STORY’ amongst other silly syncopatic phrases, clad in Karl Lagerfeld’s personal take on Coco Chanel’s legacy. That season’s show sent a tremor through the industry: here was Lagerfeld saying ‘let’s get political’ while essentially treating the issue as a fad by sending a meaningless faux protest down the runway of one of the world’s most influential brands, albeit with nice clothing. The facts are plain: in the established gender dichotomy, women have been exploited by men to social, political, and economic ends. In fashion, we can say this with much less pedantry: male designers are telling women what is beautiful and therefore what to wear.

Phoebe Philo’s designs for Céline, Claire Waight Keller’s for Chloé and Julie de Libran’s for Sonia Rykiel have earned consistent praise for their ‘wearability’. That’s not a dirty word suggesting pedestrian clothes – what it means is that their designs are for women who live, work, play, and travel in, using it as the proverbial armour against the world. The shared beauty here is that these creations are pieces of clothing made by women for women, that understand that the expectations and standards of feminine beauty are often unnecessary and restrictive. The ladies thus offer us a liberated beauty.

While men may understand cut and fabric, there is the unavoidable political whisper of the male gaze. Thierry Mugler, Gianni Versace and Hervé Leger’s skin-tight dresses, for example, highlight the powerful feminine sexuality yet can’t be rid of the societal expectations of it to please the masculine. The psychological freedom from clothing designed by women, then, is that its celebrations of femininity and sexuality come from common ground that says ‘we know what we want to wear.’

Luckily, we have stalwarts of women in fashion to look up to. Miuccia Prada has been helming her brand since 1978 and shows no signs of stopping. Consuelo Castiglioni built up Marni to celebrate maximalism and considered excess. Diane von Furstenberg took sexy back and wrapped a dress around women to flatter the body. Rei Kawakubo made Commes des Garçons her cerebral and experimental laboratory where beauty has never had a fixed definition beyond variety.

Gladly, societal attitudes are in motion and change, and women are taking a louder and more visible fight for equality. A slow march, but movement nonetheless. The end goal of fashion remains the same, of course. We want it to make us dream of beauty we never thought possible; to keep looking towards the new, the creative, the exciting. Wouldn’t it just be nicer if more women were telling us how?

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Alien Talisman fragrance

Thierry Mugler celebrates 10 years of the “Alien”

Alien Talisman fragrance

Launched in 2005, the Alien fragrance by Thierry Mugler is celebrating this year a decade of existence and success. For the occasion, the bottle will be revisited and take the form of a talisman.

Mugler’s Alien fragrance for women, the brand’s second most popular perfume after Angel, will undergo a makeover for fall 2015 and will be outfitted to celebrate. The bottle is transformed into a talisman inspired by amethysts, designed to look like a precious stone. The “stone” is held by a gold-colored pedestal decorated with several claws.

The Alien elixir is created around three olfactory axes. The scent opens on white amber notes with cashmeran wood essence associated with sambac jasmine from India. Since its launch 10 years ago, Alien has been transformed into several versions: Alien Essence Absolue, Alien Eau Extraordinaire, Alien Aqua Chic and Alien Eau Luminescente.

The eau de parfum “Alien Talisman 10 ans” is available in a limited edition for the price of US $95 for 1.35 fl. oz.

Joséphine Le Tutour

Joséphine Le Tutour is the new Mugler woman

Joséphine Le Tutour

French supermodel Joséphine Le Tutour has become Thierry Mugler’s spokesmodel for the Spring-Summer 2015 season.

According to the brand, the supermodel embodies the new Mugler woman, who is “strong, feminine and elegant.”

DON’T MISS: THIERRY MUGLER ÉCLAIR BY FAUCHON

The campaign spotlights the first collection by designer David Koma, who took over as creative director at the brand in December 2013, replacing Nicola Formichetti.

Some of the signature pieces seen include fitted dresses and structured suits, all accented with metallic bands and cut-outs for a sexy effect!

Revealed through the Elite Model Look contest, Le Tutour is in high demand among leading couture and ready-to-wear brands. 

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Thierry Mugler éclair by Fauchon

Fauchon Thierry Mugler eclair

Thierry Mugler is preparing to launch Eau Sucrée, the summer 2014 limited edition of the fragrance Angel. In honor of the event, French pastry maker Fauchon decided to transform the iconic fragrance into a treat for the taste buds with a special edition dessert: a sweet éclair filled with marbled cream.

The new Fauchon éclair, named for Thierry Mugler‘s Angel, offers an exquisite union between two senses: smell and taste.

The composition of the fragrance has been translated into a gourmet treat filled with a rich marbled cream. At its center, the crunchy cake contains a bitter chocolate and almond praline, which contrasts with the Madagascar vanilla cream, accented by a touch of lemon and caramel.

A key detail of Fauchon’s pastry, the white chocolate shell has been given a blue tint, making it the color of the Angel fragrance. Stars, the symbol of Thierry Mugler’s perfume, adorn the shell, along with the Angel logo.

The limited edition pastry will be available for €7 from May 19 to June 7.

Supermodel Georgia May Jagger

Georgia May Jagger for Mugler?

Thierry Mugler may have chosen Georgia May Jagger as the star of a future campaign for its Angel fragrance, according to a rumor reported by Women’s Wear Daily.

Supermodel Georgia May Jagger

The rumor could prove to be true, as Georgia May Jagger attended the second performance of the designer’s show — Mugler Follies — at the Comédia in Paris in December.

Jagger, who is highly in demand at the moment, could become the eighth brand ambassador for the fragrance in the star-shaped bottle. If this is the case, she will be following in the footsteps of her mother, Jerry Hall, who represented the fragrance in the late 1990s.

Eva Mendes is the current face of Angel. Her contract is set to expire in 2014.

 

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Gaga on the catwalk for Mugler

Lady Gaga Nicolas Formichetti Sebastien Peigne

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.
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Lady Gaga makes music for Thierry Mugler

Lady Gaga 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 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).
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The Designers’ Christmas Trees

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On December 08, 2009 Marie Christiane Marek hosted “The Designers’ Christmas Trees” at the Cite de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris.

World-famous designers have sold 20 Christmas trees for a total of 41,500€ to be donated to The Foundation headed by France’s First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Since 1996 several famous names have taken part, including Stella McCartney, Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs.
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