The Divine Marchesa Casati exhibition in Venice

The Divine Marchesa is a strange exhibition about a strange person. Marchesa Luisa Casati was an exaggerator, a liar, a living work of art. The exhibition at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice captures her spirit in that it’s just as elusive. If you’re wondering why there’s never been an exhibition dedicated to the Marchesa before, ... Read more

Haute couture is not for you

With six-figure price tags and clothes sewn by hand to perfection, haute couture is hopelessly detached from the "real" world. Haute couture is not for you. It's not for me. This is the mistake we make when reviewing haute couture collections the same way we review ready-to-wear. Haute couture is not for us. We’re terribly ... 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

10 breathtaking haute couture looks for Fall 2014

Haute couture gods have once again descended upon Paris, introducing the Fall/Winter 2014/15 season. While the ostentatiously wealthy are busy sending their orders to fashion houses, we mere mortals can drool over the photos of the resplendent creations. Acute aspiration disorder? Nothing provokes it like haute couture. 1. Giambattista Valli Valli's Queen of the desert, ... Read more