Met Ball 2: Marion Cotillard in Dior

Here’s another favorite from the Met Ball – Marion Cotillard in SS Couture Dior. Not pointing any fingers (ahem Beyonce and Givenchy), but this was by far the most stunning sheer black and deep purple look of the evening. Marion Cotillard in Dior  Read More

Mode d’Erté

Before I delve into F/W 12-13, I had to get this Erté-inspired illustration of Givenchy couture (hold the bull nose ring) out the door . What with all of the Gatsby-inspired frocks fluttering about for spring, a little reference to the Art Deco illustration master seemed entirely appropriate… Givenchy Haute Couture 2012    Read More

Pearl’s Dream

Givenchy‘s Riccardo Tisci represents to me a particular class of designers whose intricate visionary masterpieces defy the real world so utterly that they can sometimes scarcely be called clothes at all. In the mind’s eye of the designer and the deft hands of his atelier craftspeople, a world within a world is created – a symbolic landscape where the subconscious sweeps through with all the force of a hurricane. These unearthly collections... Read More

Feline Grace

Clawing at the coattails of Fall 2010’s obsession with all things feral came another contingent of wild felines for Resort 2011. This year leopard, cheetah and jaguar have made themselves at home not only with Dolce and Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli, where they are familiar and loyal pets, but also at Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, and Haider Ackermann, where such spottings  are somewhat less frequent. So why this continuing preoccupation with... Read More

The Scarlet Letter

Paris Fashion Week closed in a desert of beige, caramel, and taupe, but the drama found its way in through the back door.  A trickle of lavish color seeped into collections from New York to Paris.  Blood-red velvets, leather, jacquard and lace insinuated themselves across a wide swath of collections, reminding me that on some level we’re still feeling our fangs and thirsting for something dark and rich. Altuzarra (Sigrid Agren), Alexander Wang... Read More