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Category ‚Couture‘

Iris Van Herpen Autumn/Winter 2012 Couture Runway

28 July 2011, 11.48 | Posted in Couture, Fashion | 1 comment »

Seeing Iris Van Herpen’s latest couture runway in movement is something we just  had to share, enjoy!

Riccardo Tisci & Tim Blanks Talk Givenchy Couture Autumn/Winter 2011

19 July 2011, 23.19 | Posted in Couture, Fashion | 1 comment »

The Givenchy couture “Birds of Paradise” collection by Riccardo Tisci and his atelier of genius craftsmanship is one of those presentations that nearly takes our breath away. While the images convey the grandiose appeal of the apparel, the above video brings us closer to couture and why it still exists. It’s not about obsession as Tim Blanks offers, but about emotion according to Tisci, who says, “Very experimental while keeping the tradition of the house,” hence his reason for not presenting couture on a catwalk, adding, “Couture  should be something that stays forever in your wardrobe.” On the next page his favorite dress, enjoy.

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Iris Van Herpen Couture Autumn/Winter 2012

11 July 2011, 19.19 | Posted in Couture, Fashion | 1 comment »

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Consistently challenging our expectations, Iris Van Herpen once again creates wonder with her latest couture collection accessorized with United Nude footwear. Enjoy more looks on the next page.Via and Iris Van Herpen.

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The Swag Of Givenchy & Riccardo Tisci

06 July 2011, 23.30 | Posted in Couture, Runway Show | 2 comments »

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Givenchy gets the “Swag Or No Swag?” treatment, and natch, comes out on top in poll results. Not suprising because these days head designer Riccardo (oops) Roberto Tisci very much has that “it” aura floating all around him. 

The dress above is from Givenchy’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection. It seems like back interest and half exposed butts are quite the theme thus far in the couture presentations. Is that inspired by all the pop stars–especially Lady Gaga, who have been exposing their bums as of late?

The entire collection at Fgr. The front of the dress featured here on the next page.

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Riccardo Tisci Supposedly Replacing Galliano At Dior

09 March 2011, 15.46 | Posted in Business, Couture | 1 comment »

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All sorts of fashion sites have said it’s been “confirmed” that Riccardo Tisci, currently the head designer for Givenchy, will be replacing John Galliano at Christian Dior. At this point the confirmation seems to be a lot of people repeating the same rumor on Twitter, making it far from official news. If it is him, just to get up to speed, Tisci was born in Italy, is 35 and began designing for Givenchy in February 2005. Christian Dior is publically traded and thus very numbers minded so if it is indeed looking at Tisci, it’s in part because Givenchy has grown since Tisci landed there, with an added plus that over his past few collections he’s begun to really hit his stride creatively. Another plus is that Givenchy, like Christian Dior, is a couture label so there would be less of a adjustment period in that respect.

Still, while he may be a great candidate and the only one on Dior’s short list, given the intense level of scandal it just experienced, you’d have to guess that its doing a very, very thorough background check of Tisci so even if he’s the company’s No. 1 nominee, it could be a minute before the announcement is made official.

PFW: Christian Dior First Runway Images Autumn 2011 W Statement Update

04 March 2011, 15.30 | Posted in Couture, Runway Show | No comments »

ChristianDior PFW: Christian Dior First Runway Images Autumn 2011 W Statement Update

The first runway images from the Christian Dior runway show that will go down in infamous history as the last designed by John Galliano have begun to show up. Apparently a speech was made prior to the start byChristian Dior CEO Sidney Toledano, who spoke of the unusual events leading up to the show. Good luck to all the editors who have to write about it–combining a critique with an attempt to makes sense of the final tragic show of a great designer won’t be easy!

[UPDATE: The actual letter statement, written by Sidney Toledano, on the next page with a heavy emphasis on the brand's heritage.]

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Colette X Chanel Pop-Up Shop Opening

02 March 2011, 15.14 | Posted in Couture, Designer Collaboration, Retail | 3 comments »

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Images from Colette’s pop-up Chanel store are starting to show up, starting with our very own HighSnobiety, which visited the store yesterday. This images shows a bag customized by artist Kevin Lyons, who was making an appearance at the store at the time of HS’s visit.  On the next page, an image from Stylebubble, which details planned activities for the next week, including handbag customization by Fafi (!!) and two different nails bars (!!!). Many more images at HS and SB.

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Galliano Let Go By Dior!

01 March 2011, 15.58 | Posted in Business, Couture | 1 comment »

According to WWD:

In the wake of mounting allegations that John Galliano made anti-Semitic and racial slurs on multiple occasions, Christian Dior has fired its star couturier with immediate effect. In a brief statement, Dior said because of the “odious behavior” of Galliano portrayed in a video circulated Monday, Dior has sidelined him and initiated proceedings to fire him. Sidney Toledano, Dior’s president and chief executive officer, said, “I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior.”

According to the article, Christian Dior plans to go ahead with the runway show scheduled for this Friday. Galliano had been with the label since 1996.

Galliano On Video Making Anti-Semetic Comments

28 February 2011, 15.00 | Posted in Business, Couture | 14 comments »

In the latest update on  designer John Galliano, who was suspended last week by Christian Dior because of accusations he made anti-Semetic comments, we just spotted the above video on Fashioncopious (more details there on the case), in which Galliano is filmed making venemous comments, including “I love Hitler,” at La Perle restaurant in Paris, where the incident between Galliano and some nearby diners was said to take place. [UPDATE: Apparently this video is a separate incident from the one that led to his suspension though they both took place at La Perle.]  It’s really quite sickening and sort of heartbreaking so be warned before you hit play.

We had commented on Friday that major corporations put people on the chopping block for often whimish reasons, but had they seen this video it was clear they had good reason to suspend Galliano.

John Galliano Fights Back

26 February 2011, 14.43 | Posted in Business, Couture | 2 comments »

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Since we posted the news of John Galliano being accused of hurling anti-Semitic remarks at a couple in Paris a couple days back, the rumors have been flying. And now we have some actual news from his lawyer from WWD:

His lawyer Stephane Zerbib told WWD the designer visited police in Paris’ third arrondissement at midnight on Friday to provide three witness statements that he never made any such comments. The designer has also filed a claim of defamation and injury against the couple – identified on Le Figaro’s Web site as Géraldine Bloch, 35, and Philippe Virgiti, 41 – and is now awaiting the decision of police, Zerbib said. Zerbib also said Galliano is “shocked” that Dior – citing a zero-tolerance policy on racism and anti-Semitism – suspended him from his job functions pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Christian Dior, while a storied fashion house, is also part of a publically traded, mega-corporation, Christian Dior S.A. to be exact, which has ties to LVMH Moet Hennessy Group, an even more massive public company (which has been in the news recently for irritating the heck out of Hermes). Above is an image of Bernard Arnault, the CEO and Chairman of both companies and the richest man in France. Some have implied that this happened because Christian Dior Couture has been struggling financially and leadership were looking for reasons to dump Galliano. And while its true it’s underperformed its luxury peers, it recently reported a positively-received earnings quarter. Still, given the strangeness of corporations, especially ones of this size, it’s shocking to read that Galliano is “shocked.” After all, however, legendary he may be to the fashion world, he’s still a weirdo outsider to corporate and as such, his head can be offed for the most whimish of reasons.