Tastemakers: Women in fashion

In 1774, a young Viennese aristocrat by the name of Marie Antoinette became queen consort of France. A foreigner trying to cope with her new role, she embraced French fashions to show appreciation for her new country. She wore ostentatious gowns with long trains, decorated with ribbons, flounces and rich embroidery. Her hair was sculpted ... Read more

John Galliano's debut at Maison Margiela: an analysis

This collection would be lambasted were it not associated with the resurrection of John Galliano. But first let’s look at the Maison Margiela signatures that Galliano has mercifully retained: The mix of high and low culture denim hot pants, leopard and zebra prints, plastic, bright red mesh, muslin (cheap material used to make “test” garments ... Read more

Chanel's new film is proof that Karl Lagerfeld should stick to fashion

The brand Chanel is synonymous with elegance and class. The new short film by the house's creative director Karl Lagerfeld is anything but. The film Reincarnation premiered at Chanel’s Métiers d'Art 2014/15 Paris-Salzburg show last Tuesday. It stars model du jour Cara Delevingne as a dirndl-clad hotel maid moonlighting as a reincarnation of Empress Sisi of ... Read more

Haute Couture Ateliers: High fashion behind the scenes

If you’re anything like me, haute couture fashion weeks in Paris are for swooning over exquisitely decorated gowns. Appliqués, beading, embroideries and lace, oh my! The precision, the techniques and the flawless beauty of it all make you reconsider the notion that perfection doesn’t exist. Have you ever wondered who are the people behind high ... Read more