Comme des Garçons Spring 2007: Grace and nature


Comme des Garçons Spring/Summer 2007: A collection whose t-shirts were not just t-shirts. Rei Kawakubo is a senior voice in Japanese design, and, in a broader sense, a foreign ambassador for all that can be creative and free-thinking about her nation. In a way—an allusive way, admittedly—she acknowledged that fact for the first time in ... Read more

Male students protest longer hemlines, circa 1947


Male students protest against longer hemlines at Michigan State University, circa 1947. When a friend of mine posted this photo on my Facebook wall some time ago, I immediately thought this was one of the most interesting moments in fashion history I've heard of. 1947 was the year Christian Dior introduced the "New Look" in ... Read more

On Chanel and brand success


Just as everyone wants to be French or British at some point in their lives, every fashionista is fascinated by Chanel. The tweed jacket, the Chanel 2.55, the cap-toe pumps, Chanel no. 5.  So many Tumblr photos reblogged thousands of times, so many Christmas presents, so many unfulfilled wish lists. The only explanation I have ... Read more

Prabal Gurung Fall 2011 campaign: Passionate red

Prabal Gurung Fall 2011 campaign

Prabal Gurung Fall 2011 campaign featuring Julia Saner, shot by Daniel Jackson, styling by Tiina Laakkonen. Are you in the mood for fall already? I opened the season with Givenchy haute couture and continued with Alexander McQueen to make use of these precious last moments before the Spring 2012 fashion weeks commence and make Fall ... Read more