Vanessa Bruno had a poetic take on Fall 2011. The designer sent a Russian-themed collection of peasant dresses, smocks, chunky knits and fur-trimmed coats down the runway during Paris Fashion Week. The collection had a modern '70s bohemian feel with its slouchy beanies, suede bags and clog boots. I got swept in the romance with Bruno's slouchy but chic silhouettes, flared pants and exquisite textures that somehow merged together in beautiful multi-layered combinations. It was a collection that balanced chic sophistication with an ease of wearability. Am I a fan? Indeed.
It's no secret fur is hot, hot, hot, but at Paris Fashion Week I discovered furry, fluffy and fuzzy bags of all types are the latest chic accessories. Here are a few I spotted outside Chanel, Christian Dior and Maison Martin Margiela.
Leonard is known for its exquisite prints. I was first introduced to the couture house a few years ago when I attended the Lyon Mode City trade show. While I was in Lyon, the Musées des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs held an amazing exhibition which chronicled the more than 50 year history of the maison led by Daniel Tribouillard. Japanese influences, floral prints and bold colors are just a few of the hallmarks of the collection. After viewing the stunning exhibition, I found a whole new appreciation for floral prints - so decidedly French! This season the French house's luxurious fabrics took on a new character and attitude. Focusing on modernity, the prints were feminine, yet boldly graphic. Asian-inspired peonies, tribal designs, reptiles and panthers were printed on its signature silk jersey fabrics, flowing dresses and wool suits. It was visual feast in bold pink, blue, red and neutral shades of tan. Luxurious, beautiful, classic.
We here at SIMONE INC. (where Bob & Sachiko work ) have launched a project called SAVE JAPAN.
There has been significant damage from the Tohoku Earthquake that took place today, March 11th 2011 at 14:46 pm.
SAVE JAPAN is a website that organizes the influx of information that is flooding over Twitter. In doing so, we aim to provide those who are in need with accurate and up to date information.
If you are providing or spreading any information on TWITTER regarding a specific disaster area, please add [#save_area] to the end of your post. (example: #save_tohoku , #save_tokyo , #save_miyagi)
Our SAVE JAPAN website will gather all of your posts and categorize them by area.
Please support our effort in helping those who are in dire need of accurate and timely information. Imagine how lost you would be. This is the least we can do from the comfort of our homes. Every little act makes a difference. Thank you everyone.
While Paris Fashion Week showcased the new Fall collections on the runways, fashion addicted attendees styled the trendiest looks for Spring. Color blocking was the break out look on the street. From accessories to fur, denim and even color-coordinated pairs, here are some of the best looks I spotted throughout the week.
While attending the Issey Miyake Autumn/Winter fashion show in Paris, I knew I was witnessing the work of a true genius. The presentation opened with crafty artists folding paper into origami shapes. Serenaded by a live piano instrumental, there was a playful mood in the air. Soon, it was obvious these origami creations were being transformed into clothing which were then placed on models. It was incredibly beautiful! So, it was with sad heart that I learned that the show marked the end of Creative Director Dai Fujiwara’s work at Issey Miyake.
Fujiwara, who was appointed in 2006, wrote a heartfelt goodbye letter to the fashion community as he “passed the baton” on to “the next generation of creators.” Over the past 17 years, Fujiwara has worked under the tutelage of Mr. Miyake and contributed to a wide range of projects. According to his letter, his proudest memory is having built and developed A-POC with him. The project started in the mid 1990’s when he set out to take Mr. Miyake’s core concept of “A Piece of Cloth” to the next stage of development.
It was an especially stunning end to Fujiwara’s career at the fashion house. The collection was based on the idea of producing variations in design using the bare minimum of materials such as a single length of tape. Aptly titled “Rondo #2," the presentation started out with simplicity intensifying as it progressed much like its musical accompaniment. The idea was to create simplicity through dressmaking based on the tape work. With the continual goal of sustainable manufacturing in mind, clothes were created with very little waste using tapes of varying lengths and widths. Ultimately, the width of the tape was altered for each item and then folded. Using such a process, a single tape was transformed into tops, skirts and dresses as illustrated in the opening origami demonstration. The multi-dimensional "Rondo #2" collection mimicked Escher’s drawings in which fish figures morph into birds. As such, the patterns were repeated through gradual changes eventually morphing from graphic herringbone patterns and zig zag shapes into light chiffon tulip-like creations.
While in Paris, I had dinner with photographer extraordinaire, Ed Kavishe of Fashion Wire Press. Veering away from the touristy scene on the Champs Elysées, we discovered Le Boudoir. This charming French brasserie, is chic and informal. Think deep red interior, French wallpaper, boudoir photos and even a private smoker's room. The food was traditional French cuisine. I tried escargot for the first time and enjoyed a tasty entrecôte and, of course, some vino. If you're in the area, I recommend stopping by. It's definitely on my agenda on a return trip!
Perfectly playful and artistic, these windows at Louis Vuitton were a lovely welcome to Paris! The store which is located on the Champs-Elysées was filled with Spring's Safari-themed clothing and accessories. I felt myself flashing back to my "Dune" and "Safari" photo shoots from last summer. It's hard to imagine this trend in stores now as my head is already on to Fall 2011. Still, these delightful zebras and animal prints definitely get my fashion vote! Enjoy!!