Juicy Couture Pokes Fun at Influencer Culture in New Campaign

Juicy Couture is getting in line with social media standards, tongue-in-cheek.
The brand unveiled today its fall 2018 global campaign: a play on influencer culture that features seven models posing as “influencers.” Photographed in New York City by Stas May, the images include a tag line that reads “paid partnership with Juicy Couture,” as well as the models’ Instagram handles and #JuicyAd.

Nisaa Pouncey in Juicy Couture’s Fall 2018 campaign. 
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The #JuicyAd campaign pokes fun at influencer culture, specifically how the majority of influencer posts are now paid for by a brand. The models featured are Nisaa Pouncey (@nisaapouncey), Devon Lee Carlson (@devonleecarlson), Ashley Shoemaker (@ashley.shoemakerr), Charlene Almarvez (@charlenealmarvez), Issa Lish (@issallen), Tanya Kizko (@tanyakizko) and @reltubatokad. Their followings range in size from a few thousand to nearly 400,000.

Issa Lish in Juicy Couture’s fall 2018 campaign. 
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Influencer culture continues to reach new heights. Last week, RewardStyle announced a forthcoming coffee-table book on influencers due out in September. Simultaneously, anti-influencer accounts like Gelcream are emerging, swearing off #SponCon in the process.
Still, data shows that influencers are more powerful than ever, and brands are facing increased competition to work with the top ones. Juicy Couture is the latest to get in on the action —

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Dior Brings Couture to Chinese Fans

SHANGHAI — Dior was back in Shanghai for its second major event in as many weeks, reshowing its haute couture collection on Thursday night, with the addition of a 12-piece capsule couture collection offered as an homage to China.
According to artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, the inspiration for the new pieces, fashioned in red and pink, came from Dior’s archives, where she found an object that signified the fascination Christian Dior himself had for China.
“I found this fan in the archive that Christian Dior did for his first show. He also used the fan to put on top of the Miss Dior perfume because he wanted people not only to see the collection but to smell the idea of the Dior house. This capsule translates parts of the Dior archive into the pleats, like the fan. We work with the pleats of Mr. Dior, like the Bar jacket, the skirt and also the evening dress,” she explained.
A large coterie of Dior people has been in Shanghai preparing for the show and taking appointments with couture clients. For Chiuri, taking this collection, which was shown in January at the Musée Rodin in Paris, on the road is an ideal way to

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Juicy Couture RTW Fall 2018

Jamie Mizrahi, the Hollywood stylist who was appointed creative director for Juicy Couture in August, is on her second collection for the brand. Even though all of the hallmarks of Juicy are trending at the moment — the leisure tracksuits, velour and rhinestone embellishments that were pervasive during the Aughts — Mizrahi said she wanted to look at the brand through a different set of decades. She opted for the late Seventies and the early Eighties and presented a collection that extended Juicy’s footprint beyond the tracksuit.
Mizrahi, who is well-versed in red-carpet dressing, doubled down on eveningwear. The best from that bunch were the most pared-down looks, such as the black leather shirtdress with a pintucked bodice, a pink sequined turtleneck jumpsuit, and a sheer, floor-length raspberry gown with silver floral embellishments. She associated these pieces with Juicy by giving them a signature “J” zipper pull. The strongest pieces were the most casual ones that felt closest to Juicy’s heritage. One could imagine her clients going gaga for the fleece half-zips, the chevron tracksuits, the bodysuits and the matching tie-dye hoodie and pant sets. The floor grazing faux-fur coats were also a highlight — they felt sumptuous, but fun. The

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Designers Use Epson Technology for Themed Couture Presentation

DRESSED-UP TECHNOLOGY: For a fourth year, Epson is hosting its annual “digital couture project” pre-New York Fashion Week. The theme of the Feb. 6 presentation, to be held in New York, is “Cosmopolitan Couture with Impossible Colors — How Does Your Culture Dress Up?” Participating designers from North and Latin America will showcase designs that used Epson’s textile printing solutions. Keith Kratzberg, president and chief executive officer of Epson America Inc., said the “future of fashion is customization — from the colors and prints, to the size and shape of garments — all on-demand.”
Kratzberg said the company’s “digital-imaging technology is changing the business of fashion, providing a platform for designers to print higher-quality, more unique designs for customers on-demand, as well as the ability to print just in time.”
Prior to the fashion show, Epson is hosting a panel discussion on how digital technology is changing the fashion industry. Panel participants include: interior designer Ryan Korban; Mark Sunderland from Thomas Jefferson University, and Aliza Licht, executive vice president of brand marketing and communications for Alice + Olivia.
 
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Couture 2018 Trend: Speaking Volumes

Couture is filled with big ideas — some of the literal sort. While designers revealed their penchant for generous proportions mostly in billowing evening looks, some tailoring got the grand treatment as well.

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Xuan Couture Spring 2018

Absent from the runways for the better part of this decade, Xuan-Thu Nguyen took the long road home, or at least back to Paris’ couture where she had first shown in 2009.
This summer collection marked her third since her return last year under the label Xuan, and in her own admission, a darker collection than is customary. The idea of a road stretching out was there, in volumes figured as deflated lengths of fabric, but it was more metaphoric than biographic. “Everything you do takes time, and that’s a bad thing. It’s the way it is,” she said after the show.
Those with long memories will recall a delicate palette and floral elements, and perhaps even the “fox” stole, her take on fur transmuted into a lovely floral wreath — and here they were. As a child, the Dutch-Vietnamese designer had wanted to become a florist, so her clothes were bouquets.
Now, they were delivered with contemporary touches. One puffy posy was a Xuan version of a puffer jacket. A snowy coatdress was festooned with white ruffles. Later, an LBD had stretched petal shapes tumbling down the shoulder — the shadow of a bloom.
Back to that leave of absence: It hadn’t been

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Francesco Scognamiglio Marks 20th Anniversary With Couture Runway Show in Rome

MILAN — Francesco Scognamiglio is gearing up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his namesake fashion house with a couture show to be held in Rome on Sunday night, the closing day of the city’s Altaroma haute couture fashion week.
The designer, who was born in Naples in 1975, launched his label in 1998 in Pompeii, but actually made his runway debut in 2000 with a show at Rome’s Palazzo Barberini.
“This couture show is a comeback, a sort of tribute to my origins,” said Scognamiglio, who also expressed his gratitude to Alta Roma president Silvia Venturini Fendi, who offered him the opportunity to host his anniversary runway show at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Italian capital.
“Hosting my anniversary show in Rome, I also want to pay homage to my country,” he added, revealing that from July he will return to show his couture collections in Paris. The designer was admitted to the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 2016, a key year for Scognamiglio as he also moved the brand’s headquarters, design studio and atelier into a space inside an ancient palazzo located a stone’s throw from Milan’s Duomo Cathedral.
“During the last 20 years I focused exclusively

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Paris Couture Booms as High Spenders Flock Back

PARIS — Paris Couture Week, which begins today, is back to its usual length after tacking on an extra day last season, but with its momentum intact as luxury leaders report a steady return of high spenders to the French capital.
The number of hotel arrivals in the Greater Paris region reached a record 23.1 million in 2017, with tourist numbers expected to rise by 10 to 12 percent versus 2016, a year strongly affected by the aftermath of terrorist attacks, according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“The outlook for 2018 indicates that this dynamic is set to continue,” it said.

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The bureau made its prediction last month before a high-profile armed robbery at the Ritz Paris hotel and it was unclear whether the incident has had an impact on reservations.
Couture clients are expected to flock to the usual round of high-jewelry presentations, as well as events such as Christian Dior’s masked ball, due to be held at the Rodin Museum on Monday, and an exhibition devoted to Azzedine Alaïa, whose death in November left the fashion industry reeling.
Capping off the season will be Thursday’s Sidaction gala, the

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Ermenegildo Zegna Couture Men’s Fall 2018

The show space was striking: a snowy runway set by Swiss artist Thomas Flechtner in a Brutalist university faculty building in Milan’s Université Bocconi designed by Grafton Architects.
But the collection’s strength was in the detail and the process, with Alessandro Sartori plucking from the “natural reserves” of Oasi Zegna, the family’s natural park in northern Italy, to expand the definition of luxury.
“One of [Flechtner’s] works is exactly about a modern vision of snow landscapes….This idea of presenting a juxtaposition of craft and technical, handmade and sharp in a Brutalist architecture to me is the same type of philosophy,” said the designer during a preview of the collection.
A new fabric — Oasi Cashmere — came dipped in natural dyes made from flowers, herbs, wood, leaves and roots, developed by Lanificio Zegna over 12 years and using an entirely chemical-free process involving a multilayer deep dyeing process. A small revolution, producing even fluorescent and black tones. (It ain’t called couture for nothing.)
Experimental fabrics — courtesy of Bonotto SpA, the high-end textile manufacturer that Ermenegildo Zegna Group acquired last year — included a matte cotton and wool-blend corduroy used for jackets, and a new woven leather fabric best showcased on a tennis-bag-style, single-strap backpack.
The innovation

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Juicy Couture Appoints Celebrity Stylist Jamie Mizrahi as Creative Director

Juicy Couture, one of the original California contemporary lifestyle brands, might be going on 22 years old, but it’s striving to stay on the cutting edge of youthful fashion with the appointment of celebrity stylist Jamie Mizrahi as creative director.
Mizrahi, who styles celebrities such as Katy Perry, Nicole Richie, Riley Keough, Sasha Lane and Suki Waterhouse, first came on board last year as a consultant for the company, now owned by Authentic Brands Group.

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“You pay stylists and celebrities to work with a brand, so why not go straight to the source?” said Nick Woodhouse, president and chief marketing officer of Authentic Brands Group. “Not only does Jamie have a great social following, her clients do too, and with a generation that’s so influenced by celebrity, she sees it all and lives that Juicy lifestyle.” He added, “Juicy has a unique place in the cultural zeitgeist of fashion that few brands have permission to own. It was always a bold and daring brand and we can continue to be disruptive by taking on a more outward lens with Jamie and layer her own sensibility on top of our DNA.”
Said Mizrahi, “I am not trying

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Fendi Couture Fall 2017

As the curtains parted at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, revealing a set of screens hand-painted with trees, the strains of Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” filled the air. You half expected Vaslav Nijinsky to come bounding out of the wings.
The Russian ballet dancer has been closely associated with the premises since he premiered another of his revolutionary choreographies, “The Rite of Spring,” at the venue in 1913 — famously causing a riot among spectators.
The show notes for Fendi’s fall “haute fourrure” show on Wednesday night did not namecheck Nijinsky, or the painter Léon Bakst, who designed sets and costumes for the Ballets Russes — but their influence was apparent in the collection’s painterly effects and exuberant celebration of nature.
After all, it was Bakst who once exhorted his fiancée to “dress up like a flower.” Karl Lagerfeld brought that image to life with skirts shaped like petals, cocoonlike capes and outfits bedecked in a garden’s worth of colorful blooms.
In front of an audience heavy with clients — and a box where Bernard Arnault, the owner of Fendi, sat with family members — the designer opened with a red lace dress with a capelike bodice dotted

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Front Row at Azzedine Alaïa Couture Fall 2017

INNER CIRCLE: Azzedine Alaïa’s couture show on Wednesday — the first by the house in six years — sparked special memories for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Farida Khelfa who joined the likes of Daphne Guinness, Nicolas Ghesquière and Stephen Jones in the front row for the event, held at the designer’s Marais headquarters. “It’s a very special place here at Azzedine’s,” said Bruni-Sarkozy recalling “shows here with all the girls, and days and days spent here, sometimes for fittings, sometimes just hanging out.” The singer said she has a new album due out on October 6, “and I’ll be coming to America to promote it.”
A few rows down, Jean-Paul Goude, who was catching up with Patrick Demarchelier, at one point pausing, mesmerized, to stroke the photographer’s feral eyebrows, also shared his personal memories of working with Alaïa. “I remember when I was living with Farida, one of my great loves, we hung out a lot together and I was very inspired by the fact that he was not only Azzedine Alaïa but that he was from the other side of the Mediterranean, like Farida, and that fascinated me,” said Goude, who revealed he’s working on a capsule for the Spanish clothing

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Kendall Jenner Just Made An Inexpensive Top Look Like Couture

Kendall Jenner is arguably the biggest model of the moment. She walks in every major runway show during fashion week and counts many top designers as close personal friends, so you’d think the leggy beauty would stick to wearing designer duds in her day-to-day life. Well, this week she proved us wrong when she was spotted out and about in a very affordable $ 76 top, which she made look like a million bucks.

And she wasn’t the only star to rock cheap clothes over the past few days. Her older sis, Khloe, looked great in a pair of $ 75 Topshop jeans and her BFF Gigi Hadid was cute as a button in Guess sunglasses that we can all afford. 

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 Hailey Baldwin’s skirt

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Gigi Hadid’s sunglasses 

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Preview Virgil Abloh’s New Take on Couture for Spring ’16

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“For me, Off-White is a diary,” says Virgil Abloh. Judging by the response Kanye West’s right-hand creative has had since launching the label back in late 2013, it’s a journal that a lot of people are keen to open up. Tomorrow Abloh will present the brand’s third women’s collection at the Galerie Joseph on Rue de Turenne, a lineup stemming from a simple, even stark, jumping-off point: the white T-shirt and jeans.

 



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For Spring ’16 (dubbed Off-Day), Abloh has tapped into fashionable women’s newfound affinity for dressing down. Gone are the days of Going-Out Tops; sneakers are a staple of the industry’s most boldface front rows. And so the designer came to re-examine the iconic combo, embracing tees—a garment that served as one of Abloh’s earliest forays into fashion with his popular Pyrex Vision styles—and denim. This summer he headed out to San Francisco and plumbed the depths of Levi’s 150-plus-year archive; for Spring he’s collaborated with the heritage brand on retooled vintage pieces, patchworking “pure denim that hasn’t been indigo-dyed, with jeans that have been worn.” Other elevations of the workwear staple will include a denim evening gown, while your basic Hanes shirt will find new life in pieces created in collaboration with New York City artist (and Alldayeveryday art director) Othelo Gervacio. The pair borrowed elements from the rich visual vocabulary of the Grateful Dead, repainted by Gervacio onto garments, ripped to shreds, and tied back together.

As Abloh tells Vogue.com, “I’m 35, I like nice things, I like special things, and I think the old way of couture has a different relation to culture. For me, a pair of jeans that are custom-made with a person in mind, that have all these details—and as a designer I can go down the rabbit hole and create something special—that’s the spirit that I’m trying to unveil in Off-White.”

Check back tomorrow for complete Off-White Spring 2016 collection photos.

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AIG Offering Insurance for Couture Collectors

WEATHERING THE STORM: AIG is targeting couture’s big spenders with help from Garde Robe, a museum-quality garment storage service for high-end clients. Garde Robe’s Doug Greenberg conceived of the need for a niche insurance policy after sitting next to a client at a party whose Long Island home — and couture collection — was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. Afterward, the client discovered that her homeowners insurance didn’t cover her bespoke wardrobe — a common assumption. Greenberg approached several underwriters with his idea and found a match through AIG Private Client Group. Newly launched and modeled after similar polices for art collectors, AIG is currently the only insurance carrier to offer protection for valuable textiles damaged by flood, mold, moths and errant dry-cleaning. While Greenberg has been educating his clients about the need to insure their collections, he noted that the service has yet to pick up steam. Here are a few couture fans who might be interested.

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Manolo Blahnik to Be Honored by Couture Council of The Museum at FIT

MANOLO’S TURN: Fittingly, Manolo Blahnik, a man who helps to keep many showgoers on their feet, will be honored the day before New York Fashion Week begins with the 2015 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.
The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology will present the award to Blahnik on Sept. 9 at a luncheon in Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. Forty years into his career, Blahnik launched a collection of clutches this month inspired by his heels.
Blahnik described the upcoming honor as “one of the greatest accolades of my life.”
He said, “I very much admire the Couture Council’s invaluable support of The Museum at FIT. It is imperative that we cultivate the culture of fashion and continue educating about design and artisanship. The museum does just that and in very clever and innovative ways.”
Carole Divet Harting and Darcy Rigas will serve as co-chairs for this year’s Olivier Cheng-catered affair that will once again be adorned with Bronson Van Wyck floral arrangements.

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Couture: The Big Picture

When it comes to haute couture, that most rarefied of genres, the picture is sweeping, a panorama of invention, craft and bravado, resonant today on more levels than ever before.
Couture is changing dramatically, no question. Yet it is perhaps ironic that in some ways, those changes actually confirm its traditional purpose: At a time when income inequality is a constant global conversation, and in a season, in particular, when a member of the European Union remains on the precipice of economic belly-up, fall was the most extravagant couture moment in recent memory.
The season was a breathless one, packed with real news and philosophical themes rendered in concrete ways. For starters, in the eyes of the fashion world at least, John Galliano is back without qualification. He showed his Maison Margiela Artisanal couture not, as last season, in the protected, once- removed cocoon of London during the men’s shows, but in the haute epicenter of Paris. If there were debate or discussion over his presence, it happened in covert circles. The communal focus at the Margiela show lasered in on the fashion, which amazed. It reminded of Galliano’s brilliance as a couturier in its audacity, extravagance, and mostly, its invention, during

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Bouchra Jarrar Couture Fall 2015

Bouchra Jarrar packed away her perfectos and explored more tender fashion territory this season: the boudoir.
 
Pastel colors, luminescent silks, bra tops and filmy skirts fanning over girdlelike underthings were the latest propositions from the little couturier that could, staging her 12th high-fashion show as an independent, targeting a clientele still numbering barely in the double digits.
 
Jarrar’s couture is of an understated ilk built on bespoke fabrics, including meaty silk jacquards in pajama stripes and her trademark tweeds, here in textured bands of lingerie pinks and black, the looped chenille positioned at the shoulders of her minimalist vests and V-neck shifts.
 
Likewise, the colors were extremely subtle, tweaked to the designer’s exacting specifications: The python bomber jacket dyed a midnight shade of navy; the icy blue trenchcoat tinted with red and yellow to give it a more steely cast, like the slate sky that hovered over her open-air show, staged in the cloister of the Lycée Henri-IV.
 
The shapes were immediately understandable: Languid, high-waisted tuxedo pants; mannish robes; and her trademark sleeveless jackets and trenches. “It’s important for me that couture is visually accessible,” she said during a preview.
 
While realistic daywear is Jarrar’s forte, her evening gowns were exceptional, simple slip or wrap

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Yiqing Yin Couture Fall 2015

Yiqing Yin’s haute couture line is no longer what it was. In lieu of painstakingly crafted one-of-a-kind pieces, the collection has morphed into a kind of elevated ready-to-wear.
 
The designer acknowledged the transition, which began last season, by dubbing her fall collection “Shed My Skin.” To make the point, fabrics were textured to resemble reptile scales, with some outfits even featuring scraps of discarded python skin.
 
“There is a notion, when an animal or a woman is transforming, of a sense of pain or a form of violence. But paradoxically, there is the softness of a new skin, a rebirth,” Yin wrote in her show notes.
 
Indeed, there was plenty of skin on display as models paraded in outfits such as a wisp of a green slipdress over a bodice made of opalescent python skin. Bra tops anchored everything from a body-hugging navy silk jumpsuit with pleats at the neckline and sides, to bouffant white pants with a matching kimono jacket.
 
Yin played with textural effects, inserting cobwebby panels into a sunburst-pleated maxidress printed with a blown-up pattern of torn lace. The motif separated when the folds in the fabric split open — a technique she had also used in her fall rtw show

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Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015

What do the color hot pink and the word “Shocking” say to you? If the invitation had come from Yohji Yamamoto or Alexander Wang, one might imagine some inventive send-up of Schiaparelli. But decoding the message from Giorgio Armani — an impossible game.
 
What wasn’t difficult to imagine: that Armani rakes in a fancy crowd. This time out, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen turned out. They took in a show that wasn’t at all about adventurous appropriation, nor did it focus on a single hue. Rather, Armani’s shocker — and that might be the right word after last season’s serene bamboo story — was the embrace of vibrance through bold color — yes, bright pink, and also rich jewel-toned blue, purple and green. After all, couture shouldn’t be dreary.
 
Armani opened with two Shocking jackets, one, with a peplum, in Lurex-shot chenille over black velvet pants, the other, a lean, elegant crepe over color-blocked pants in velvet and satin. Then the optic verve really kicked in as solids gave way to jacquards, dégradés, feathers and fringes, often tinged with metallics for a tinselly feel. Some looks shone; two long, full skirts in dappled jacquards had a

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Alexandre Vauthier Couture Fall 2015

A heightened sense of drama is hardly new to Alexandre Vauthier, whose seductive party outfits built on bare legs beg for a stage. Yet this couturier of the bold and fearless still manages to come up with a new spin for his vixen. This season, he turned up the coolness factor, giving his ladies fringed leather — as seen on his wrap dresses — and some ammo.
 
Yes, ammo.
 
Instead of using prints or embroideries, Vauthier turned to golden bullet shells for special effect, sewing them into high-neck minidresses, ponchos and bohemian V-neck dresses — V as in Vauthier, n’est–ce pas? — some of which could actually be worn in broad daylight.
 
It was gangsta gal galore and climaxed in a lavish, full-body-length raccoon coat, left unfinished at the ends.
 
But Vauthier also provided enough material for traditionalist clients as he sent out ruffled, asymmetric skirts in glaring fuchsia and provocatively cutout siren dresses. His artistry came through in a skimpy faux-crocodile number embroidered with 380,000 sequins mimicking the reptile’s skin.

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Maison Margiela Couture Fall 2015

John Galliano is a rare creative talent. Hardly a news flash, but worth stating at what feels like the threshold to his full reimmersion into mainstream fashion. Baggage aside (his clothes are what’s under review), when realized to its fullest — which, anyone who’s been around a while knows, wasn’t always the case — that talent is a thrill to observe.
On Wednesday morning Galliano proved himself once again that designer in full. His Artisanal couture collection for Maison Margiela was a masterwork of invention and craft. In the house codes-designer balance, his own perspective won out but didn’t annihilate; the collection was more Galliano than Margiela with invocations of deconstruction — he now calls it “draped-in-haste” — a point of significant fusion.
Galliano fused far-flung references, some obvious (Japanese, Chinese, Yves Klein, his own archive), others arcane and highly personal. And he sourced from around the globe — Chinese mud silk lining, Aran knits, Madagascan raffia, a French tapestry, his beloved British tweeds. He worked them all with incredible technique, for example, in twisted takes on the smoking and a pair of men’s pants morphed into a jacket, the legs knotted in back over a sequined dress. And remember the old

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Closing the Curtain on Couture Week

BUSY AS BEES: With another heat wave waiting around the corner, designers and industry executives gathered to mark the close of couture week in Paris at a sunny garden party on Thursday night.
“I attempted the Californian ghetto kind of vibe,” said Louis-Marie de Castelbajac of his deliberately shabby look.
“But it turned out patriotic,” teased Virginie Courtin-Clarins, sipping on a glass of bubbly.
Dressed in blue, white and red, the colors of the French flag, de Castelbajac said he was getting ready to launch a swimwear collection with Mackeene in homage to painter David Hockney.
“It will reflect easy Californian living – very colorful and light. We also want to deconstruct towels to mess with people’s minds,” he said of the project, slated to hit stores in 2016.
Courtin-Clarins divulged she was focusing on the first line of bags for Mugler.
“We have just received the first, first, first prototypes. So it’s a work in progress. But we will already have them in the show in September. Accessories are very important for us. We just wanted to establish the Mugler woman first before taking the next step,” said the brand’s director of development, marketing and communications.
Guillaume Henry, meanwhile, was worried about Greece, where he is

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Aouadi Couture Fall 2015

What do you do when you are a designer with a penchant for craft, but do not want to deal with the speed the industry imposes? You create a couture label — like Yacine Aouadi.
“For me, haute couture is the last remaining part of fashion that rises above the limits of marketing and trends,” said the 35-year-old newcomer, whose freshman collection offered a refreshing dose of day in a season focused on eveningwear.
Kept mostly to a palette of black, the lineup took cues from the Victorian period, but with a modernist twist. The lines were clean and linear, spiced up with artisanal details. To wit: Aouadi embroidered little cubes of glass on lace to create tone-on-tone patterns, or he braided his garments, including a high-collar coat, from stripes of black-and-white tulle.
Elsewhere, the Balmain alumnus played with transparency by inserting trompe l’oeil tattoos, which upon closer inspection turned out to be embroideries. Contrary to his fall collection’s dark mood, Aouadi said he is not drawn to a goth-like aesthetic. “What I wish to do is to propose a wardrobe, one that’s real and that avoids the clichés of couture,” he said.

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Elie Saab Couture Fall 2015

No big celebrities at Elie Saab this season. “Mostly socials,” the PRs shrugged. One could even spot a couple of empty seats, including the one that belonged to American Vogue’s Mark Holgate, who moved to standing for a speedy exit as the delayed start ticked past 40 minutes.
 
By contrast, there was no shortage of selfies taken by Petra Němcová, whose endless preening and recording entertained those who waited it out. Once the show finally started, there was no shortage of gold, the inspiration for the show, and the common thread across the parade of gauzy evening finery, embellished to coronation-worthy degrees with elaborate embroideries and even mink trim at the shoulders.
 
While Kurt Cobain was growling, “I’m so horny,” on the soundtrack, this was a romantic outing for Saab, who dispensed with daywear and cocktail dresses and went to town with gowns. Shapes ran from Princess Anna slender to Cinderella full, alongside a few jumpsuits and the odd caftan.
 
Caped backs through to full-on trains added grandeur — and more real estate for sparkly decorations in varied patterns, from butterfly wings and Byzantine motifs to the usual gamut of vines and flowers.
 
Occasionally Saab interrupted his gold rush with gowns in deep green, burgundy or

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The 10 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Kate Middleton, Chanel Couture, and More

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This week was a blur of Parisian couture until Valentino drew fashion’s flock further afield, to Rome, where Hanne Gaby Odiele and Lexi Boling played gladiator, while Beyoncé, stateside, cheered on the real American gladiators: the World Cup–winning women’s national team. But it was two royal families that hit it big on social media this week, though one skews more typically monarchist. Between the British Royal Family’s Mario Testino–lensed portrait (marking the christening of the littlest member, Charlotte), and Karl Lagerfelds merry band of style ubiquitors—Lily-Rose Depp (and mother, Vanessa Paradis), Kristen Stewart, Rita Ora, Julianne Moore, Lara Stone, et al—who rallied around craps and roulette tables for a staged Chanel casino at the house’s resort show, keeping it all in the family has never looked so chic.

 

 

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Rami Kadi Couture Fall 2015

Fireflies all over. That was the essence of Rami Kadi’s inventive couture collection. And for good reason: “I have a phobia of bugs, and I was looking for a way to relieve my fear,” the young designer confided. And he found his therapy in crafty embroideries.
 
Kadi braided threads to recreate the insects’ shape on long and regal A-shaped dresses covered in lace, mimicking a spider’s web. And he used sequin material that was laser-cut in the shape of beetles and appliquéd to cozy mohair column dresses.
 
Kadi conjured various patterns on black-and-white numbers, including festive minidresses with built-in capes or trains lined with ostrich feathers. When he turned off the lights at the salon of the Plaza Athenée, the ensemble of 13 looks let off a warm glow — just like real-life fireflies. Bugs never looked so chic.

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Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Fall 2015

Nothing says Brittany like the buttery smell of crepes. Or the tart taste of artisanal cider, the ideal accompaniment to wash them down. Those treats circulated on trays ahead of Jean Paul Gaultier’s inventive Breton-inspired couture collection.
 
This show marked something of a return to form for Gaultier, who steered clear of kitsch and camp and focused more on his craft. Finding “the necessary time to find fresh ideas and to innovate” was among the reasons the designer cited for halting his ready-to-wear collections last year.
 
One could argue that the coastal region, whose famous striped sailor sweater, or marinière, is one of the Gaultier brand’s most obvious signposts, is not exactly the freshest idea out there. Yet folkloric embroideries, especially done in brilliant yellow gold, added verve to a range of handsome officer and pea coats, captain’s blazers and capri pants. Finally, here was some realistic and handsome daywear, the swirling and geometric embroideries jazzing up the tailleurs.
 
The cultural region has a rich costume history, and Gaultier incorporated its funeral garb, apron shapes, shawls and dramatic headdresses, known as “coiffes,” lace tubes as large as a roll of paper towels propped on the head. He also found yet more ways to

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RDVK/Ronald van der Kemp Couture Fall 2015

The second RDVK demi-couture project by designer Ronald van der Kemp was presented in a grand, empty apartment near Place de la Concorde — and it proved just as fun as the first. The designer has been sourcing leftover exotic skin from a handbag factory in Italy as well as couture fabric from late Dutch designer Frans Molenaar to create his chic and slightly wild one-of-a-kind pieces.
To wit: matte-black croc mixed with black lace for a pencil skirt; strips of pink python assembled into a short fitted dress; and a striped black-and-white kimono fabric used for a large skirt with an obi belt paired with a big-shouldered jacket. Van der Kemp excelled at his freewheeling mix of Eighties couture references with wilder Seventies touches, seen in bell-bottom jeans and a black-mesh T-shirt patched with vintage American flags. The haphazard feel of the mismatched mother-of-pearl buttons on a silk chiffon blouse or the collage of fabrics and patches on his artsy T-shirts made his very personal take on couture fascinating. No wonder Kate Moss is already wearing it.

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Loris Azzaro Couture Fall 2015

Hot pink has been the navy blue of this couture week, and the searing color made its latest appearance at the Loris Azzaro show in a shimmering zebra-print maxicoat.
 
We were back in the days of disco — and recent Milan ready-to-wear seasons — with this brassy Seventies retread, paraded under the pulsating ceiling lights of the Faust nightclub. The venue, at least, was perfect as many of the minidresses and slinky columns were lashed with strips of sparkly transparency, echoing the light show overhead.
 
Design duo Arnaud Maillard and Alvaro Castejón called it their “broken lines” theme, and they went to town with it, lashing bands of crystal around tubular suede and brocade coats, over cockatoo-print turtleneck dresses and on the slash front of a burgundy jumpsuit. Add in thigh-high Lurex boots, fringed bags and heavy eye makeup, and it was all just a little too much. Bad reviews will be few as most of the international press had already boarded planes for Valentino in Rome.

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Zuhair Murad Couture Fall 2015

It was a starry, starry night at Zuhair Murad’s fall couture show. Given the designer’s trademark — all-over crystal embroideries — it was probably just a matter of time before he turned to the sky for inspiration.
 
“I have a big telescope in my house and I see a lot of things. I love the mystery,” he said backstage before showing the collection, which was built on a series of familiar red-carpet silhouettes ranging from short tutu dresses to sexy columns and long gowns with flaring skirts. They were covered with a sparkling cosmic dust created from sequins, crystals and beads as well as a galactic-type print that was re-embroidered for extra twinkle.
 
Murad paired the looks with luscious velvet or foxy fur capes in various lengths, and occasionally sent out Seventies disco-inspired jumpsuits with cape sleeves for the sportier type.
 
The soundtrack pumped a remix of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” as models walked against a light installation mimicking the nocturnal sky, which eventually opened to reveal the bride, a fantasy Marie-Antoinette. Engulfed in a pannier wedding dress with a ballooning train, festooned with what Murad described as “galactic dust” embroideries that took 20 people 350 hours of work, she didn’t bother to

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Fendi debuts fur haute couture, activists protest outside

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Valentino Couture Fall 2015

“It’s kind of a new Renaissance.”
 
Pierpaolo Piccioli was speaking of Italy today, but he could have made the same observation about the house of Valentino itself. He and his co-creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri have thrust Valentino into a renaissance of its own, making it one of the hottest, most watched brands in all of fashion. They’ve done so with an against-the-grain aesthetic that unapologetically mines old-world beauty and laces it with antithetical elements to rich, disarming effect. The couture collection they showed in Rome’s Piazza Mignanelli, home to the Valentino headquarters and new store, brought new depth to their range and reputation. It was exquisite.
 
The designers wanted to share with guests their vision of their beloved native city, which they find endlessly inspirational. “Everything is getting so global, it’s very important sometimes to be very local to talk about your identity,” Piccioli said.
 
Local but never parochial. There’s worldliness to the Valentino aesthetic, not easy to achieve, particularly given the romance factor. “Rome is the place where we bring a lot of inspiration,” Chiuri said, adding that even if you’re Roman, “you can open a door or you can go inside in a corner and find something you’ve never made

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Valentino’s Fall 2015 Couture Celebration in Rome

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4 Beauty Lessons from the Paris Couture Shows

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From the razor-sharp bobs at Chanel to the return of ethereal waves at Dior, haute couture week offered a study in exquisitely beautiful contrasts.

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Fendi Couture Fall 2015

By Karl Lagerfeld’s lights, the best kind of anniversary is one that goes unmarked. But after 50 years, the Fendi powers were having none of that. Next best option: an anniversary not dependent upon past laurels for its mojo. Lagerfeld didn’t rely on past glory; he didn’t even reference it. Instead, fashion’s most stalwart connoisseur of currency did something brand new — a Fendi couture collection. It was captivating.
 
Lagerfeld showed at the glorious Théâtre de Champs-Élysees, before an assemblage of LVMH royalty — Bernard Arnault and his wife Hélène; Delphine Arnault; Antoine Arnault, with Natalia Vodianova; Pietro Beccari; Sidney Toledano, and Michael Burke — and a packed house of fashion lovers seemingly unfazed by a minor fracas between antifur protesters and police. Much of the arriving crowd was oblivious, sipping Champagne in the lobby before settling into their theater seats.
 
The huge golden metal stage curtain lifted upon a set rendering of Giorgio de Chirico’s Piazza d’Italia, but that didn’t mean a direct fashion link. That’s because there was no single driving inspiration for this show other than the creation of sumptuous, inventive furs that exhibited all of the mastery of the Fendi ateliers. Rather, this was the Lagerfeld of an

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Viktor & Rolf Couture Fall 2015

The line between fashion and art has never been this blurry. For their fall couture show, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren proposed dresses that turned into paintings or sculpture during a fashion performance at the Palais de Tokyo.
 
The show started with a model wearing white canvas draped elaborately around her body, still attached to its frame, as if someone had smashed it over her head. Similarly sculpted skirts, coats and dresses followed, each boasting a unique construction that would gradually become more colorful and more complex in form.
 
The collection had an existential question at its core. “We are fashion artists. But what does this mean, we asked ourselves. What do we want to do?” Snoeren mused during a preview, adding that every item could be displayed as artwork.
 
The duo opted for a combination of classic paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and action painting technique, “so that you have the aggression and the rawness of the action painting and the classicism and precision of Golden Age,” Horsting explained, drawing attention to the fact that all the canvas was essentially fabric, embroidered with yarns and appliqués that looked like paint splatter, or jacquard prints.
 
The designers took to the stage to liberate

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RDVK/Ronald van der Kemp Couture Fall 2015

The second RDVK demi-couture project by designer Ronald van der Kemp was presented in a grand, empty apartment near Place de la Concorde — and it proved just as fun as the first. The designer has been sourcing leftover exotic skin from a handbag factory in Italy as well as couture fabric from late Dutch designer Frans Molenaar to create his chic and slightly wild one-of-a-kind pieces.
To wit: matte-black croc mixed with black lace for a pencil skirt; strips of pink python assembled into a short fitted dress; and a striped black-and-white kimono fabric used for a large skirt with an obi belt paired with a big-shouldered jacket. Van der Kemp excelled at his freewheeling mix of Eighties couture references with wilder Seventies touches, seen in bell-bottom jeans and a black-mesh T-shirt patched with vintage American flags. The haphazard feel of the mismatched mother-of-pearl buttons on a silk chiffon blouse or the collage of fabrics and patches on his artsy T-shirts made his very personal take on couture fascinating. No wonder Kate Moss is already wearing it.

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Alexis Mabille Couture Fall 2015

Alexis Mabille celebrated the 10th anniversary of his brand by creating outfits for 15 of his muses, ranging from burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese to actress Bérénice Bejo.
 
Young and old, each was striking, their figures looming large in a first-floor gallery of the Paris Opera, where the made-to-measure creations were displayed on mannequins placed in front of large-scale portraits by photographer Matthew Brookes of the women wearing the designs.
 
“With my style, I work to pay homage to women, to make them beautiful and at the same time, for the dresses to blend with their personality,” Mabille explained. “We didn’t want to make fashion photographs, but rather something like timeless paintings — like a big gallery of family portraits.”
 
As befits a greatest hits collection, he included all his trademark touches, from oversize bows to lace, flowers and column dresses.
 
The Von Teese gown, a corseted sheath in emerald green jersey, featured a draped back embroidered with bugle beads. For Leslie Caron, the designer made high-waisted tuxedo pants with embroidered stripes, paired with a bouffant-sleeved white satin blouse with lace inserts embroidered with black crystal butterflies.
 
Ballet dancer Marie-Agnès Gillot was pictured in a nude satin crepe sheath embroidered with curtains of beaded fringe,

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Stéphane Rolland Couture Fall 2015

Stéphane Rolland’s couture presentation erupted into a push-and-shove — up to and including verbal insults — as guests and photographers competed for space in a badly executed set up in an apartment too small for the crowd.
 
The chaotic atmosphere took the spotlight away from Rolland’s red carpet looks.
 
Before the presentation, the designer said he drew inspiration from the Art Deco period along with that old favorite, the Seventies, which he expressed in graphic patterns adorning long gowns. Some came with an element of disco, as Rolland used gilded leather to contrast monochrome jersey and crepe looks, while straight-legged jumpsuits with voluminous built-in off-the-shoulder capes played to his penchant for a dramatic entrance.

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Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2015 Couture Backstage

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Street Style: Fall 2015 Couture

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Why the Gutsy Makeup Mix at the Chanel Couture Show Works

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Armani Privé Fall 2015 Couture Backstage

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Chanel Couture Fall 2015

Lucky charms? Try the camilla, double-C and quilted matter — they’ve done well by the house of Chanel. The luck continued in Karl Lagerfeld’s high-stakes couture collection, for which he converted the Grand Palais into  Cercle Prive, a chic casino, populated by the likes of Julianne Moore, Kristin Stewart, Rita Orla and Vanessa Paradis.

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Dior Haute Couture Fall 2015

Arriving guests couldn’t help a moment of breathlessness. Passing through the gated entrance of the Musée Rodin, they caught view of their destination: a huge faux-glass structure constructed of variously sized geometric panes — 356 of them — each one hand-painted with colorful, impressionistic blooms, more dotted suggestions than specific flowers. It was stunning.
 
With his venue for Dior’s latest couture collection, Raf Simons signaled a floral motif, one he has worked on and off during his tenure in homage to the house founder. Yet here he went for a non-Dior garden reference, Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, a painting with which he’s long been fascinated. “For many years I wanted to do something with it but I never really knew, I think, how to deal with it in terms of not making it heavily weighted with history and the like,” he said.
 
Until now. If Bosch intended his masterpiece as a warning of the eternal fallout from a life of indulgence, Simons extracted a more measured take: Life is full of contrasts, “very hard and very soft, very dark and very light, very angelic to very sexual.”
 
He put them all on the runway to exquisite effect. On the angelic side:

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Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2015

A crisp techno soundtrack — and a barrel full of crystals — accompanied Giambattista Valli as he stretched his flower-festooned couture into slicker, showier fashion territory.
 
He got off to a rocky start with ruffles shaved into half-spheres that strangled hips, and, in one instance, crept up over a model’s back. And then — poof — the poufs were gone and sleeker shapes took over: Lean tunic-and-pants combos, clean-lined collarless coats — also shown with slim or gently flaring pants — and short shift dresses with a bit of flare. These became canvases for intense and varied surface decoration, from tiers of silver fringe to fluffs of ostrich feathers clustered around the hips.
 
Marking 10 years with his independent fashion house, Valli has staked a claim on polished party clothes, often rooted in the couture of the Sixties and Seventies and embellished to the hilt with ruffles, elaborate tapestry prints, 3-D petals and vine embroideries. This collection had a slightly more modernist sheen in the variety of silhouettes, the gleaming and twinkling surfaces, and the occasional accents of artificial color — vivid greens, cool blues and oranges — as foils to the white and black. Oversize round sunglasses, each lens affixed with

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Ralph & Russo Couture Fall 2015

Everybody likes a good fairy tale, and Ralph & Russo’s fall couture had plenty of story lines to offer. Set against the backdrop of an enchanted forest, Tamara Ralph’s tale started out with “young tsarinas” storming into the woods on the eve of their coronation, hinting at an act of rebellion — though their majestic gowns would suggest otherwise.
 
The designer left no doubt that this was an old-school collection for women who attend grand balls in big castles. She sent out romantic capes in pristine white made of little balls of mink or stitched together from blush-pink ostrich feathers and matching fox fur. Everything registered as royal from the neck down to the toes. Sparkling underneath was a sea of Chantilly lace column dresses, featuring crystal, glass bead and metallic feather embroideries — often done all on one dress — yielding impressive floral patterns. Ralph also served a volley of exuberantly ruffled and heavy puffball gowns, for those swept up in the dreamy, princess theme.
 
Then, with a series of Seventies-tinged jumpsuits, some in double satin with plunging necklines, she suddenly gave her stiff Russian princesses something for a wilder after-party. Light and airy pleated dresses were other options for those late-night

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They Are Wearing: Paris Couture Week Fall 2015

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Serkan Cura Couture Fall 2015

“A girl walking in the snow in mountainous terrain,” is how feather specialist Serkan Cura summarized his eccentric yet likable fall couture effort.
 
Kept sober in a mostly black-and-white palette, the looks fascinated with their form and texture, marrying fur with a flurry of feathers and, occasionally, Swarovski crystals. The designer produced a series of cocooning outerwear pieces, including an enveloping A-line coat with sewn-in collar, which was made of ivory-colored alpaca fur and matching feathers. Another number suggested a voluminous feather hoodie, while it was actually a bodysuit concealed by its copious structure.
 
Elsewhere, Cura literally wrapped his exotic snowbirds in a white ball of feathers or had them peek from in between black ostrich feathers that were arranged like the spiky coat of a porcupine from some Far Eastern fable, given its outlandish, chimerical appearance.
 
The designer consistently focused on the upper body, matching his spirited creations with simple, high-waist leather pants or bare legs.
 
While it would take courage to sport off some of the more outré silhouettes, Cura still provided enough wiggle room for a delightfully different street-couture approach.

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Giambattista Valli Fall 2015 Couture Backstage

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Atelier Versace Couture Fall 2015

There are different ways to look at couture. One maintains that to survive, couture must embrace modernity inclusive of a realistic approach to day clothes. Au contraire, says Donatella Versace. She maintains that haute modernity means accepting the triumph of ready-to-wear by day, and that the future of couture – her couture, anyway – is at night.
 
In recent seasons, Versace has sculpted more than her signature corsetry; she has shaped with perfect clarity this unapologetic approach to couture that puts hyper-sculpted, hand-worked jackets over similarly assembled minis and tight pants in the rearview mirror.
 
Once again on Sunday night Versace drove home the point, focusing on a woman with a vibrant nightlife, preferably inclusive of major red-carpet moments. She did so with greater grace and, dare one say, discretion, than spring’s often harsh, cutout curves fest. The runway – a low Lucite platform encasing thousands of orchids arranged in geometric color clusters separated by light rods – suggested a return to pretty. “I call the collection tough, but ethereal at the same time,” Versace said backstage after the show. “I wanted to explore the softer side of the Versace woman.”
 
And so she did, in a woodland creature-cum-Stevie Nicks reverie in which

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Mansur Gavriel, Colette Partner for Couture Week

BAGS OF STYLE: Mansur Gavriel is taking over a window at Colette during Paris Couture Week.
Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, who recently picked up the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design at the CFDA Awards, have created an exclusive version of their best-selling bucket bag in metallic blue saffiano leather with a pony hair print. It will go on sale on July 6 for 635 euros, or $ 700 at current exchange.
The window display, which marks the brand’s first international collaboration, will be inaugurated with a cocktail event on July 6.
“Colette’s smart, unexpected edit and environment embodies a world that is very interesting to us as a brand,” Mansur and Gavriel said in a joint statement. Sarah Andelman, creative director and purchasing manager at Colette, in turn described the handbag label as “one of the greatest surprises we had these last years.”

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BEAUTY À LA MODE: Beauty typically plays second fiddle to fashion during couture week, but not this season. Four major fragrance and makeup-related events, starting on July 4 — the eve of the first high fashion show — will take place in Paris through July 8. And they’re no small shakes.
Miu Miu is up first, presenting its debut scent to journalists at the Palais d’Iéna prior to a catwalk display of its resort 2016 collection and a party. The company keeps its guest lists under wraps, but Miu Miu has been known to draw such stars as Uma Thurman, Marc Jacobs, Steve McQueen, Léa Seydoux, Isla Fisher, Freida Pinto and Emmanuelle Seigner.
Sunday night’s for catching up on beauty sleep, and then there’s the “Flower Obsession” ball hosted by MAC Cosmetics and Giambattista Valli on Monday. They’re celebrating their joint lip color collection and the decade as partners in beauty and fashion. (The cosmetics tie-in was already toasted in November at a party at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont to which the likes of Olivia Munn, Amber Valetta and Liberty Ross showed up.)
Lancôme will fete its 80th anniversary late Tuesday night with a “WÔW Party,” where its ambassadresses are due. No names of definite

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Bay Area Rapper Bobo Norco Launches High End Urban Clothing Line, Kindom Couture

BNBay Area rap artist, Bobo Norco, had a good rookie year in 2014 with two radio singles, 1.6 million YouTube views, a performance at South by Southwest, and he was on the cover of ten print magazines.

One of the things his social media followers seem to admire most is Norco’s unique and exclusive style of clothing. His IG fans frequently comment on his trendy wardrobe, exclusive accessories, and his $ 250,000 shoe collection which has it’s own bedroom in his seven bedroom NorCal residence.

According to the press release, Norco was approached with an offer of starting his own fashion line at the 2015 Super Bowl. Norco agreed to be the spokesperson and creative director of a new clothing line he called, Kindom Couture or KNDM. KNDM’s website (KNDM.co) shows joggers, jerseys, hoodies, and hats for men and everything is hand-stitched.

It also looks like Bobo Norco has a lot of celebrity friends that might like the new threads. He’s seen on his social media with Mistah F.A.B., Russell Simmons, Ace Hood, Evander Holyfield, Janice Dickinson, Welven Da Great, Hazel E, and Teairra Marí. I’m not ganna lie the fits are pretty dope! What do you think?

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Angel Couture was 18 and went for a modeling job interview. She told them she liked to party so they suggested she show them what she liked to do. She got up and started dancing around and stripping. It wasn’t long until she was fully nude on the couch and flicking her 18 year old muff. Jenner couldn’t hold back. He put the camera down and started licking her pussy. She returned the favor and gave him some head then he lifted her up and slammed his tool into her. This whore might be young, but she knows how to fuck and gives him the ride of his life.

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House of Larréon’s Larry Krone Gears Up For ‘Look Book’ Spotlighting Costumes And Couture

New York comedian and cabaret star Bridget Everett has been praised for her “dark, savage humor” and “outsize attitude,” but critical to her devil-may-care persona is a sassy, almost Grecian wardrobe that often leaves little to the imagination.

It makes perfect sense, then, that the man behind Everett’s slinky looks is very much a visual artist and a performer in his own right. Larry Krone, a 45-year-old native Midwesterner who’s been dubbed an “alt-couturier,” has been styling singers and dancers for some time, including Adrienne Truscott, Kathleen Hanna and Neal Medlyn (also known as Champagne Jerry). Everett, however, has been a critical muse when it came to establishing the House of Larréon, Krone’s line of custom gowns and stage costumes, in 2010.

Even though he began creating Western-inspired costumes for his own performances through Larry Krone BRAND in 1997, Krone shrugs off the traditional “fashion designer” label when it comes to his own work. Noting that a House of Larréon ensemble involves “poor taste, at least to some degree,” Krone said, “Labels creep me out and trends seem so silly. So much of the time I see clothes by designers that look so silly that I figure they must be in on the joke, but then I realize it’s completely [not] ironic.”

On April 14, Joe’s Pub at New York’s Public Theater hosted a benefit concert that will subsidize the production of Look Book, Krone’s forthcoming art book which features photography by Todd Oldham. The event included a fashion show as well as live performances by Everett, Champagne Jerry and others.

The Huffington Post chatted with Krone over email about his design work, the Manhattan nightlife scene and his hopes for the new book.

Why did the timing feel right for a book now?
I feel like there is a moment happening right now. A lot of it has to do with Bridget Everett and Joe’s Pub. I was making costumes for a long time, but joining forces with Bridget and starting House of Larréon is what has brought me all this attention and encouraged so much cross-pollination among my different performing friends and me. The clothes and the photos in the book tell a story about this exciting creative time and place that is my world right now.

Larry Krone, Neal Medlyn, Becca Blackwell and Jim Andralis in various “Underwear of Many Colors.”

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How would you describe the signature House of Larréon look to someone who wasn’t familiar with your work?
I started it as a joke on fashion with many of the earliest pieces, teaching myself rudimentary Grecian draping using see-through, glittery spandex. I love imagining that the person wearing them is convinced that they are wearing the most sophisticated, elegant gown even though you could basically wear it to go swimming in. But the joke is often on me, because when Bridget puts on a Larréon and the lights hit her, and her beautiful voice comes out, it does create something legitimately glamorous if I do say so myself.

What do you think separates your work apart from others in the fashion industry?

It’s funny to call it an industry, for one thing. I don’t think any of us downtown costume guys approach it that way at all, though I would love for this to start to make me more money! Maybe one thing that separates what I do from others is that I sincerely have no interest in the fashion industry.

“Maybe one thing that separates what I do from others is that I sincerely have no interest in the fashion industry.”

I always joke with Bridget that we at House of Larréon love to latch onto a trend exactly at the moment when it has gasped its last breath. Even with all the silliness, though, I must say that the bottom line is that the person wearing it should look and feel gorgeous and confident. I bet this is the same with most of the other designers. One of my favorites is Machine Dazzle and what he does for Taylor Mac and the Dazzle Dancers.

Bridget Everett in “Zebra Mama,” with baby Olivia in “Zebra Baby.”

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How have you seen New York’s downtown scene shift since you first introduced the Larry Krone BRAND in 1997?
It has shifted a lot! I used to design clothes just for me and my family act which started as a conceptual art project disguised as a country-western music review. My only audience was the art world: galleries, museums, fairs, etc. When I wanted to branch out and test the waters outside of that world, I imagined getting booked in a burlesque show as one of the straight musical acts between the fan dances or whatever. That didn’t really make sense for me, but I thought it was my only option because burlesque seemed to be dominating the scene.

Everyone is pretty much supportive of each other in the big scene, but my actual “scene” is just a tight group of real actual friends who hang out together and are always looking for ways to do stuff together.

Your work really represents the intersection of fashion and nightlife. Is there still a space for this in New York’s rapidly changing downtown scene?
When I think of New York nightlife, the images that comes to mind are those black-and-white photos from the ’70s of Studio 54. Everything is flash-lit and overexposed, and everyone is either wearing Halston or some homemade ensemble thrown together to show off their tits or whatever other body part. This is where I’m coming from. That nightlife hasn’t existed for ages, but if you can feel it in what you’re wearing, then maybe you can bring it to wherever you go in the clothes.

This will sound cliché, but my own personal nightlife consists of seeing my friends’ shows when I can, and otherwise sitting around my house drinking and eating with my husband Jim and our friends. So that Studio 54 thing is an admitted total fantasy from beginning to end!

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Which current artist or performer, in New York or otherwise, would you most like to create a look for?
Nobody could be more perfect for me than Bridget. So many of the clothes come from my reaction to and interpretation of what she does onstage combined with my love for her as a person. But I wouldn’t turn Dolly Parton away. Or Gloria Steinem. Or NY 1’s Donna Karger. Or Tonya Pinkins.

I’m really dying to make something for Lauren Tewes. I’ve been watching reruns of the “Love Boat” recently, and I have become a born-again fan. It would be fun to bring some of that Julie McCoy sass and glamour to Ms. Tewes today.

What do you hope readers and viewers take away most from your book?
I think the desire of most artists is to be seen. This is a chance for people to step back from the fun and craziness of experiencing these clothes in the moment when they are onstage and really see what I do. Plus how it all fits together. And how it might fit in with the rest of my practice as a visual artist, musician, and performer myself.

“I think the desire of most artists is to be seen.”

I also hope that it creates a little romance about New York and the artistic community that I’m giving a little peek of here. I like to imagine seeing this book as a teenager in St. Louis where I grew up and being completely overwhelmed with the desire to move to New York and be a part of something like this.

What’s next for Larry Krone?
I’m hoping that this benefit at Joe’s will raise the money I need to print the book! Once it is in the can, I’m looking forward to devoting a lot more time to being creative again in the artist’s studio as well as in the House of Larréon atélier and songwriting den, which are all actually the same place — my East Village apartment. I’ll also be doing the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown this September.

Erin Markey in “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” T-shirt of Many Colors

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For more on Larry Krone, head here.

Hair and makeup in the above photos is by Frances Sorensen

This interview has been edited for content, style and length.

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Dior Haute Couture Spring 2015

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The Posh Ponytail: Colorful Hair Ornaments, Extreme Lengths, and Undercuts at Dior Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2015 Couture Ponytails

At this afternoon’s Dior couture show in Paris, models’ thigh-high patent boots weren’t the only subversively chic accessory that demanded our attention: The high-gloss extreme ponytails they wore down the runway heralded a bold departure from the easy, lived-in aesthetic that designer Raf Simons has favored above the neck in recent seasons. “Raf and I talked about classic hair with structure—but made modern,” said backstage pro Guido Palau of the decision to turn the traditional style on its head. “It looks [effortless] but it’s very technical.” He slicked most of the hair back high and tight, then teased sections of the crown of the head to achieve the elegance of an updo with the edge of an undercut. Ponytails were fastened with colorful metal rings created by Simons, and finished with swishing waist-length extensions and a blast of Redken hairspray for ultra clean lines. “It’s quite a lot of style, but still very simple—it’s the couture ponytail.”



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Paris Couture Fashion Week is officially off! Last season, we saw some zany prints (think: rats and pigeons), cool gown-pant hybrids, and couture bike shorts sprinkled amid breathtaking creations. We didn’t think it was possible, but this season, couturiers have truly one-upped themselves. To wit: Raf Simons inspired awe and shock when he opened the Dior Haute […]
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Rome Couture Week Cancelled

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Couture Condom Dresses Teach Haute Lesson In Safe Sex

Given the option to learn about sex ed from an anatomically correct diagram, or a sizzling dress, most would likely choose the latter –- which is why one Brazilian artist’s advocacy work is taking off.

Since the ’90s, Adriana Bertini, of Sao Paulo, has been configuring defective condoms into art and designer threads in order to raise awareness for HIV and AIDS, and to promote safe sex. Her name is making waves again now since she had a hot yellow number on display at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, which ended on Friday, BuzzFeed reported.

The conference — which had such leaders as Bill Clinton and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé in attendance –- presented new scientific knowledge and opportunities for dialogue throughout the six-day event.

While Bertini is constantly developing new ways to bring condoms into the limelight, her message has remained constant.

“By using the very material at the center of effort to prevent HIV/AIDS to create something new, she can inspire reflection, foster discussion and challenge taboos,” Bertini’s Facebook page reads.

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Brazilian artist Adriana Bertini puts the finishing touches to a dress she designed using an estimated 5,000 condoms in Barcelona, Monday July 8, 2002. Bertini is exhibiting her dresses made from condoms to coincide the the XIV International AIDS Conference in Barcelona. (AP Photo/Denis Doyle)

She hopes that when a woman dons a bikini made entirely out of condoms, or when a guest sees her host’s seat cushion is also made out of the same unexpected material, that such moments will inspire a deeper dialogue about AIDS awareness and having protected sex.

Bertini says that two questions define her mission: What is HIV/AIDS prevention in the first place? How can we create more effective safe-sex campaigns?

To help get more people involved in her project, Condom Couture, Bertini hosts workshops in which participants make their own condom art and talk about the roles they play in sex, according to Buzzfeed.

In addition to her workshops and designing couture items, the artvist (that’s what you get when you combine artist and activist), has also used condoms to pay homage to leaders who have made a lasting difference, including Bono and Nelson Mandela, and to honor those who have succumbed to the disease, according to her Facebook page.

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Her ultimate goal is offer up a “new form of thinking in the people in order that they become aware of the reality in situations of risk in the face of HIV,” she wrote on her page. “How can we alert people against the danger of pleasure without advocating self-denial, which we know is impossible?”

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