Where to Score It: Chanel
Thursday, November 29, 2012 – Chic, always appropriate, and classic. This is how Chanel consistently makes me feel! No matter the season, the famous Chanel suit can be worn as a power suit, lends itself to a ladies who lunch outing, and can even be worn as separates (jacket worn over a crew neck t-shirt and paired with jeans). Trust me, a Chanel suit is a Tier 2 wardrobe staple!
Where to find one of your own, without forking over the big bucks? Consignment stores, love! For my NY followers, check out Michael’s Consignment on the Upper East Side (1041 Madison Avenue). Also try A Second Chance Designer Resale boutique (1109 Lexington Avenue).
One can also score Chanel online. From time to time, Housing Works’ e-auctions offer high-end luxury items on deep discount. Just gotta make sure you aren’t caught in a bidding war! You can shop for designer wears, furniture, and more, and proceeds are donated to HW’s efforts to end AIDS and homelessness. Visit, www.HousingWorks.com. Another great place to search is on a new fashion e-commerce site called Hello La Mode! It’s eBay meets a trusted marketplace. Full disclosure: I worked with the site for their press launch back in June). Their experts authenticate every item on the site to ensure that your designer piece really IS designer! (HelloLaMode.com). Happy hunting fashionistas!
Written by Sharifa Crawford: Sharifa is a freelance writer, special events coordinator, and fashion enthusiast in every sense of the term. She enjoys writing about the business of fashion and intellectual property law. Sharifa holds a Bachelor’s in Advertising from Michigan State University.
Coco Chanel, influential French fashion designer and founder of the House of Chanel
Currently one of my favorite spring ad campaigns. So ladylike, demure, and playful.
Behind the Scene of the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer ‘12 Ad Campaign. I love Marc
Couture Reads: Dior Couture by Patrick Demarchelier
Famed French fashion photographer, Patrick Demarchelier, has recently published a book showcasing over 100 of the most exquisite gowns spanning the life of the Christian Dior haute couture house. From vintage to contemporary looks designed by Christian Dior and his successors (Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, and John Galliano), Demarchelier picked the hottest models to shoot in some of the world’s most distinctive locales. The shoots were staged in New York’s Times Square, “a movie studio in Beijing…in Paris, in settings including a private chateau, the Opera Garnier, avenue Montaigne, and at the Hotel Plaza Athenee.” Karlie Kloss, Gisele, actress Charlize Theron, and many more were featured.
Check out this great video on the making of Dior Couture byPatrick Demarchelier!
Christian Louboutin v. YSL Court Battle Continues
After Christian Louboutin’s request for a injunction was denied in federal court last summer, a federal appellate court began hearing arguments last week in the ongoing legal battle against Yves Saint Laurent. Christian Louboutin was accompanied to Court in Manhattan by Diane Von Furstenberg last Tuesday (presumably in a wrap dress) lol.
Although the luxury goods designer began applying red soles to all of his shoes in 1992 (one year after founding his French-based luxury footwear company), and registered their trademark in 2008, there are conflicting decisions from past Court cases on similar intellectual property matters in industries other than fashion. According to Jeannie Suk’s New York Times article, “Louboutin and the Little Red (Litigious) Shoes” on January 21st, “fashion designers find no comfort in the federal copyright statute, which protects authors and creators, but does not extend to ‘useful articles,’ including apparel and shoes.” For instance, in a Supreme Court case deciding the trademark rights of the maker of a dry cleaning press machine (which trademarked the solid green-gold color on pads used in their product), the Court ruled in their favor “because the color served to identify the maker of the product — and had no other function. Thus an important caveat is that if the color is a useful feature in a product — green for farm equipment or yellow for banana-flavored gum — it can’t be a trademark, even if it is source-identifying, because excluding competitors from a useful feature would be anti-competitive.” In essence, this was the reasoning that the judge used to deny Louboutin’s injunction in 2011.
While I agree that designers should have every color of the rainbow at their disposal in which to exercise their creative freedom, it is clear to industry professionals, fashion followers, and increasingly, the public at large, that cherry red soled shoes signify a Christian Louboutin designed shoe. DOH will continue to keep you abreast on further developments!
Yves Saint Laurent Men’s Fall/Winter 2012-2013
Now THIS is what I call a presentation! Dare I venture to say, art?!
This show is best enjoyed via show footage from last week’s Paris Menswear Fashion Week. EN-joy!
Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Alexis Mabille Spring 2012 is Wearable Couture
"It is only women who do not know how to dress that are afraid of colors.” – Marcel Proust (French novelist and critic) To some, those might be considered fighting words! However, if you’re a fan of Alexis Mabille’s latest collection, then that also means you’re not averse to wearing shades of bubblegum/Barbie pink, fire truck red, lime green, and orange. All 21 looks, which debuted in Paris this week, are statement pieces in and of themselves, without even addressing the tissue flowers mounted on top of model’s heads (o, and there’s face paint involved)! For a couture collection, I found the dresses and fascinators (depending on the occasion) to be quite accessible. In a sense, Mabille’s striking looks can be everything to everyone. From a short, yet chic embroidered mini-dress with fringe at the hem to a hip hugging, knee-length shift dress, from dramatic ball gowns (think Alexander McQueen) to Giorgio Armani-esque tuxedo suits in lime green satin (finished with a coordinated bow tie), Mabille managed to express strength, playfulness, and even romance.
"It is only women who do not know how to dress that are afraid of colors.” – Marcel Proust (French novelist and critic)
To some, those might be considered fighting words! However, if you’re a fan of Alexis Mabille’s latest collection, then that also means you’re not averse to wearing shades of bubblegum/Barbie pink, fire truck red, lime green, and orange. All 21 looks, which debuted in Paris this week, are statement pieces in and of themselves, without even addressing the tissue flowers mounted on top of model’s heads (o, and there’s face paint involved)!
For a couture collection, I found the dresses and fascinators (depending on the occasion) to be quite accessible. In a sense, Mabille’s striking looks can be everything to everyone. From a short, yet chic embroidered mini-dress with fringe at the hem to a hip hugging, knee-length shift dress, from dramatic ball gowns (think Alexander McQueen) to Giorgio Armani-esque tuxedo suits in lime green satin (finished with a coordinated bow tie), Mabille managed to express strength, playfulness, and even romance.
His inspirations include Lisa Fonssagrives, considered to be the first supermodel, and famed Calvin Klein model Christy Turlington. “This is couture you can really wear,” Mabille enthused post-runway show.
Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Couture: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse
It was not by fault that the models strutting down the runway at yesterday’s Jean Paul Gaultier show were akin to a fallen R&B/soul singer. That’s because Jean Paul Gaultier, the famed French haute couture fashion designer, paid tribute to the late Amy Winehouse. “I think Amy Winehouse was truly a fashion icon,” Gaultier states while describing his inspiration for the show. Her presence was felt throughout as the models were heaped in heavy cat eye makeup, rocked Winehouse’s signature beehive updo, and even the looks were named after the songbird’s lyrics.
The spring 2012 couture collection oozed of the za za zoo! It was neo-rocker chic (think Taylor Momsen and Rihanna) meets a 90’s affinity for neon color, curve hugging 50’s flair, with corsets, leather elements (bomber jackets and pencil skirts), quite a few sheer lace skirt suits, and pairing contrasting textures and patterns.
My favorite look was the fuschia pink sheer silk chiffon maxi dress layered over a white swimsuit decorated with the most gorgeous collar embroidery and statement earrings I’ve ever seen! Suprisingly, it all worked together to create a unique take on couture.
Check back for more Disciples of Haute Paris Couture Week coverage!
It’s Paris Couture Fashion Week!
Continue to check back as we update you on the best of the best in haute couture designs for Spring/Summer 2012. Pictured is Karlie Kloss closing out the Elie Saab haute couture runway show.
LVMH Group Increases Stake in Hermès to 22.3%
Drama at Maison Hermès! The world’s biggest luxury holding group, LVMH, recently increased their stake in the French fashion house from 21.4 percent to 22.3 percent. As a result, LVMH now has 16 percent voting rights, according to the AMF, a stock market regulator in France. Further, LVMH made it known in a filing to the AMF that they plan on continuing to buy shares in Hermès ”according to circumstances and the market situation.” (Snaps finger).
Feathers have been ruffled by this move as the French designer - best known for their luggage and handbags - has been privately owned by the Hermès family since its founding in 1837. In response, Hermès family shareholders are forming a majority family holding to protect itself against an all-out takeover.