Thursday, November 1, 2007

Something to think about Fashion............

*Images are from Maison Martin Margiela, one of the fore-front thinkers of fashion.

Gilles Lipovetsky's The Empire of Fashion (hardcover edition of course), questions a lot of things within society and it's reflection upon the world of fashion. The following is an excerpt from his foreword.

"The question of fashion is not a fashionable one among intellectuals. This observation needs to be emphasized: even as fashion goes on accelerating its ephemeral legislation, invading new realms and drawing all social spheres and age groups into its orbit, it is failing to reach the very people whose vocation is to shed light on the mainsprings and mechanisms of modern societies. Fashion is celebrated is museums, but among serious intellectual preoccupations it has marginal status. It turns up everywhere on the street, in industry, and in the media, but it has virtually no place in the theoretical inquiries of out thinkers. Seen as an ontologically and socially inferior domain, it is unproblematic and undeserving of investigation; seen as a superficial issue, it discourages conceptual approaches. The topic of fashion arouses critical reflexes even before it is examined objectively: critics invoke it chiefly in order to castigate it, to set it apart, to deplore human stupidity and the corrupt nature of business. Fashion is always other people. We are over informed about fashion in terms of journalistic accounts, but our historical and social understanding of the phenomenon leaves much to be desired. The plethora of fashion magazines is matched by the silence of the intelligentsia, by its forgetfulness of fashion as both infatuation with artifice and the new architecture of democracy."

There’s a thought. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Valentino bids ciao to fashion.

Early last week, Mr Valentino has announced that he will depart from the head creative helm that is the house of Valentino. There was much speculation in the previous months that has followed up to this announcement. But it seems that Mr Valentino is departing on a high, after seeing out the season after just one more ready-to-wear and one Couture collection. A creative team has been hand picked by the master himself, with the once Gucci womens-wear creative director, Alessandra Facchinetti, heading up the team. According to Vogue UK, Ms Facchinetti 'will have back-up in the shape of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, Valentino's accessory designers, who will continue in their current creative positions, as the house announces a shift in focus to menswear'.

It is another milestone end in fashion's history, as Mr Valentino departs the fashion limelight.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

McQueen for M.A.C

It seems that Mr Alexander McQueen has been rather a busy lad. Apparently not only does he design his bi-annual showing of his main ready-to-wear for men and women, diffusion line McQ for men and women, as well as yearly collaborations with Puma, and as reported Samsonite. Now........McQueen is collaborating with the large cosmetics house, M.A.C. Roping in make-up artist, Charlotte Tilbury, the two of them are creating a line of products for M.A.C, based on Alexander McQueen's autumn/winter 2007-8 collection show.

Well ladies the McQueen range for M.A.C will be available next month overseas, and later this year in Australia. So keep your eager eyes on local M.A.C counters near you.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Quote Of The Moment.......


Jens Laugesen

Friday, July 27, 2007

Super Model Pay

If you think that supermodels today do not get out of bed for say anything "less than $10000"? Think again. According to Guinness Book of Records and's '2007 list of The Top Earning Models in the World’, the sultry, bronze, Brazilian 'hot-stuff' known as Gisele Bundchen has been reported to be the highest earning model in the world to date. 'Raking in at US$33 million, triple the $9 million banked by Kate Moss, who came in second, and various other well-known names such as, Heidi Klum ($8 million), Adriana Lima ($6 million) and Alessandra Ambrosio ($6 million)'.

Ms. Bundchen may have recently relinquish the number 1 title in the Victoria's Secret's stables, but it has not slowed her income raising stakes. Recently modelling for Dolce & Gabbana's AW '07 collections, the face for British label Aquascutum and grabbing the lead role in the next instalment of 'Da Vinci's Code', called 'Angels & Demons', starring along side Tom Hanks, things can only look better for this model, actress, and business woman.

It seems beauty does pay.

Friday, July 20, 2007

The re-birth of Halston

The US fashion label from the 1960's, Halston was renowned in the days of Studio 54 and Andy Warhol. It is a label that is iconic and legendary in America's fashion history. Last year the movie-making-mogul Harvey Weinstein secured the rights and ownership of the Halston label. With this in tow, heading up the new team is the recently appointed creative director, Italian designer Marco Zanini. Who? I hear you ask. Well Zanini is the head designer of womenswear, ready-to-wear and haute couture at the House of Versace.

To assist Zanini with creating and maintaining the flair and style of the "Studio 54" days' glamour in modern times, is the ex-Jimmy Choo director Tamara Mellon, who sits on Halston board. To top things off, the celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe is an advisor on the creative team. One could say there are exciting things to come.