Posts tagged "couture"

You Can Now Study Selfie Theory At USC

Associate Professor Mark Marino says that the course is about how people construct “an image of their identity  their gender, their ethnicity, their sexuality, their socioeconomic status” through selfies.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 12, 2015

Meet The Fashionable Couture Dogs Of New York

Want to feel slightly depressed? There are people who spend more on their dog’s annual wardrobes than most people do on their own in 10 years. Meet the couture dogs of New York, the subject of a new book by Paul Nathan. This expansive volume features people with an excess of money, time and love…

Julie Gerstein / January 27, 2013

The Cyborg-Styled Looks From The On Aura Tout Vu Couture Show

As Paris couture week rolls on, we thought we’d take a moment to look at a lesser-known entry into the couture-o-verse. That would be On Aura Tout Vu, the French label whose name translates to “You think you’ve seen it all.”
Their offerings this season skew toward the dramatic, the Gaga-rific, the over-the-top and way…

Julie Gerstein / July 6, 2012

Elie Saab Sends Droolworthy Dresses Down The Runway At Paris Couture Week

Reason #5934 why being rich and famous wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world: Elie Saab. Actually, while we’re waxing hyperbolic, let’s give him the top slot. I can’t think of a single designer more imaginative, more unique, more timeless, or more committed to the most exquisite detail than Saab. It’s never conceptual or…

Rachel Krause / July 5, 2012

The Best Of Front Row Fashion At Paris Haute Couture Week

Is it already that time again? I always look forward to the big fashion weeks, even though the shows run counter to the current season — it’s sweltering outside, but the promise of fall/winter fashion still thrills me. Sorry, but I’m a sweater-and-boots kind of girl… not that there’s any sweaters to be found during…

Rachel Krause / July 3, 2012

The First High Fashion, Internet-Inspired Instagram Photoshoot, Brought To You By Nick Knight

Instagram is the latest billion-dollar craze, but you probably won’t see me hopping on the bandwagon. I am biologically averse to anything that leads millions of middle schoolers with iPhones to believe that they are, in fact, skilled photographers. The pictures aren’t terrible, but I hesitate to call anything produced by a smartphone app “art.”…

Rachel Krause / April 25, 2012

Model Inner Monologue: Spontaneous Combustion

There are normal fashion shows, and then there are fashion shows where a model lights a barbecue in the middle of the runway. As you can see, the Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov couture show in Paris this week was the latter.

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 27, 2012

The Couture Collections Are Here! Our 18 Favorite Looks From Day 3

Julie just about summed it up in her favorite looks from the first two days of Haute Couture Week when she said, “The Paris couture collections make me absolutely giddy.” As a fashion-loving lady, there are so many things in its spectrum that excite me, but nothing makes me salivate so much as couture. Today,…

Rachel Krause / January 26, 2012

Karl Lagerfeld Outdoes Himself (Again)

I await each Chanel show with bated breath, thrilled at the prospect of Karl Lagerfeld’s latest blowout. Need you be reminded, he notoriously flew a 265-ton glacier imported from Sweden to the venue of his Autumn/Winter 2010 show. For the Spring/Summer show that preceded it, he turned the runway into a massive barn, replete with…

Rachel Krause / January 26, 2012

The Best Dressed At Haute Couture Week (Days 1 & 2)

We have now entered day two of the prestigious Paris Haute Couture Week, the spark that lights the fuse of fashion weeks to follow. Yesterday was Atelier Versace (for the first time since 2004!), Alexis Mabille, Christian Dior, and Giambattista Valli, among others. This morning, not one, but two Chanel shows took place, followed by…

Rachel Krause / January 25, 2012

The Couture Collections Are Here! Our 27 Favorite Looks From Day One

I love fashion, but the Paris couture collections make me absolutely giddy. These collections celebrate fashion as high art, and present frothy, impossibly constructed delectable creations that make grown women salivate. Of course, couture gowns cost in the tens and hundreds of thousands, so we won’t be buying one anytime soon, but that doesn’t mea…

Julie Gerstein / January 24, 2012

Christian Dior’s “New Look” In A New Book

Designer Christian Dior helped revolutionize fashion with his “New Look,” which refined women’s dressing after World War II, ushering in an era of luxurious refinement. A new collection from Rizzoli gathers around 100 of Dior’s signature styles and gives us a historical tour through the designer’s ample closets. Shot by Patrick Demarchelier, Dior Couture re-positio…

Julie Gerstein / November 28, 2011

The Playboy Bunny, Couture Style

It seems that the Playboy Club is enjoying something of a renaissance. First, there’s the sure-to-be-a-hit NBC show, “The Playboy Club,” debuting this fall, which takes place in the swinging ’60s. And now, the design team Marchesa has revamped the bunny costume for the club’s London location in the form of a delicious feather and…

Julie Gerstein / May 31, 2011

Does This Mean We’ll See Heidi Montag At Couture Shows?

Fashion gods, help us. Heidi Montag has decided to share her plans for a fashion line with the world, and it’s a bit worse than expected. Not only does the reality star want to “design” a low-end line, but she’s intending to join the couture world as well. Do we even want to guess if…

Bianca Posterli / February 22, 2010

Can Couture Ever Get Hip And Modernized?

The problem with couture has existed pretty much since its inception. How much do we value fashion as an art, and at what point does couture’s importance cease if it remains not only elitist, but completely impractical? (Unless, of course, you’re keen on doing your grocery shopping in 40-pound ballgowns.) With an injured global economy…

Leonora Epstein / January 29, 2010

Score: Chanel-Esque Silver Tights For Under $10

As we bask in the afterglow of couture fashion week, we can’t stop obsessing over Lagerfeld’s massively triumphant Chanel collection. Those classic, pastel suits — mousse pinks and baby blues and lavenders — looked as delicious as a bag of robin’s egg candies (or in this case, more like a box of macaroons from a…

Erin Flaherty / January 28, 2010

Well, There’s An Idea

The young French couturier Alexis Mabille sent models with hair color blocked to match his dresses down the runway. The question is, would this work on the realway? We just don’t have the answer. [The Telegraph]…

Erin Flaherty / January 28, 2010

Hair Model Citizen: Someone Needs A Root Touch-Up

Today at Dior’s spring 2010 couture collection, John Galliano channeled an exaggerated version of the Gibson Girls (not to be confused with those ladies of the Golden variety). By the look of model Kasia Struss, there was a touch of “Bride Of Frankenstein” thrown in the mix. We can only speculate what the rest of…

Erin Flaherty / January 25, 2010

A Look At Jane Aldridge’s And Other Debs’ Crillon Ball Gowns

Once a year, the crème de la crème of international teenage society gets invited to the fancy Crillon Ball in Paris. It’s a debutante ball, so the focus, of course, is on the girls, who range in status from royalty to daughters of industry billionaires. It’s the ultimate coming-out party hyped mainly for the fashion.

Leonora Epstein / November 24, 2009

White Eyeshadow Provides Instant Rest For The Weary

During the recent couture week in Paris, designer Elie Saab showed an entirely white collection, which included matte ivory eyeshadow surrounding the models’ eyes. Sure, they looked a little like aliens or the White Witch from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but I tried out some of the stuff, and without any coaxing,…

Catherine Strawn / July 15, 2009