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After Karl Lagerfeld sent out a Chanel Couture Collection of muted pastels yesterday, with nothing but flat patent mules on the models’ feet, he told Style.com: “I was sick of all those Eiffel Towers, sick of all those violent colors.” He later told Cathy Horyn of the collection, she writes: “’There’s no flower design.’ This is a little like Eve ignoring the apple, but I guess he didn’t think this was a moment for Chanel flowers. ‘I don’t think it’s very modern,’ he said.”
Jean Paul Gaultier’s favorite model of the moment is young Australian Andrej Pejic, whose near-absolute androgyny has made him a sought-after catwalker for men’s and women’s shows alike. JPG cast the statuesque blond opposite the equally statuesque blond Karolina Kurkova in his Spring ‘11 ad campaign, and sent him down the runway as both a tux-clad “James Blonde” and a gold-laméd lady at his Spring 2011 menswear show. Today, Pejic made a clean sweep of all the recent Gaultier goings-on: He took the second-to-last spot at the designer’s Spring 2011 Couture show as a veiledmariée.
>> Riccardo Tisci transitioned from full-on runway to intimate presentation for his Fall 2010 couture collection, shown yesterday in a gilded Paris apartment — only ten looks’ worth, as opposed to 23 looks last couture season. The impetusfor the change? “I’ve been at Givenchy for five years now, and I’ve found my feet, and know what I’m doing much better. People know what Givenchy is now, and it’s selling. For couture, I think it’s better to show fewer things like this, which are more special, and can be seen properly . . . My style is about the little details. If a dress goes by with the kind of speed of my shows, you might go, ‘Oh, there’s a lace dress.’ You won’t see why it took 1,600 hours to make. And this way, I can meet people and talk to everyone. That’s good, too.” The presentation was reportedly more expensive than runway shows have been in the past for the brand.
The collection was inspired by Frida Kahlo and her three obsessions — religion, sensuality, and human anatomy — paired with degrade, lace, and fringe — three finishes Tisci considers his signatures. One catsuit featured a Swarovski crystal skeleton that took 1,600 hours to make, and another gold lace dress clocked in at six months of work.
Speaking of putting in hours, Tisci has apparently joined Rick Owens and Marc Jacobs in their workout obsessions — he’s “a kick-boxing fanatic,” according to Hilary Alexander: “Every morning, for an hour!”
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER AND LA PERLA : AN EXCLUSIVE ‘DESIGNER COLLECTION’ OF LINGERIE FOR FALL 2010.
It is with great pleasure that we are announcing a special agreement between the designer Jean Paul Gaultier and La Perla for the launch of an exclusive « Designer Collection » of lingerie.
This collaboration unites the absolute femininity of La Perla and its unmistakable DNA and couture seduction and the distinct creative approach of Jean Paul Gaultier
« Lingerie is part of my DNA and of my heritage. »
– Jean Paul Gaultier
The collection combines the two ingrained couture approaches: the « soutache » which is one of the great La Perla classics, a sophisticated technique for creating motifs in silk braid on tulle and the star-shaped backstitches on satin for garments that delineate those silhouettes so dear to the designer.
Each model is a celebration of the female body: from the waist cincher corset to the slip that follows the curves of the body, from the extra-high briefs that hug the hips to the bustier which highlights the neckline. There are also the bras and a body with the famous pointed cups recalling the costumes created by Gaultier for Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition tour. Black and powder pink, two cult lingerie colours take precedence, but there are also accents of coral and bleu canard.
Leading the way, two special limited edition garments will be presented on 7th of July in Paris during the Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 Haute Couture show: a backstitch satin bra with a shoulder-strap motif and glove-holding strings and a suspender belt with « protege fesses » strategically stitched to round off the silhouette in an irresistible way.
« La Perla is the pearl of the lingerie, with a long history and the best savoir faire. »
– Jean Paul Gaultier
Commenting on the collaboration, Jean Paul Gaultier said : « Lingerie is part of my DNA and of my heritage. It is now almost thirty years since I have designed my first corset dress, and in my latest prêt-à-porter collection I revisited the conical bras and corsets worn as outerwear. This collaboration was a natural and logical step especially since La Perla is the pearl of the lingerie, with a long history and the best savoir faire. »
Talking about this project, Alain Prost, La Perla’s C.E.O., said that « cooperating with Jean Paul Gaultier filled us with satisfaction from the very start. A perfect synergy immediately came to light between his vision and the values of luxury and elegance that have always been cornerstones in La Perla’s history.
I believe that we will be even more satisfied once the collection is available on the international market, as it is an explosive concentrate of luxury and femininity that is highly desirable. All this is the result of a strategic link between two of the most important countries in the fashion and luxury field, France and Italy. The designer Jean Paul Gaultier, an outstanding point of reference in Couture and La Perla, representing the excellence in lingerie worldwide. »
The creations of this capsule collection, the result of collaboration between Jean Paul Gaultier and La Perla will go on sale in November 2010 in La Perla boutiques around the world, in exclusive international department stores, in Jean Paul Gaultier boutiques and in a number of highly-selected fashion stores.
Sarah Burton proved she’s the only choice to expand on Lee McQueen’s legacy with a Resort collection that effortlessly updated his design codes without losing his drama. There’s so much great material lying fallow in old McQueen collections that it would overwhelm anyone without the empathy, experience, and ability to edit that Burton brings to a difficult job. For Resort, she confidently revisited some of her own favorite moments in her mentor’s saga with a lightness that could be easily construed—for want of a better notion—as a woman’s touch.
For instance, a Victorian jacket was reconfigured as a white cotton shirtdress. But, more significantly for the future, proportions were lifted, with a higher waist taking some of the edge off of McQueen’s traditional silhouette. It worked spectacularly well with evening dresses that fell away beautifully from the torso. One of them—in what looked like blood-drenched chiffon—evoked a vision of Isabelle Adjani in La Reine Margot, one of McQueen’s favorite movies. It seems a taste for the macabre comes as naturally to Burton as it did to him. She shares his instinct for extreme glamour, too. His Hollywood clientele will scarcely be disappointed by the tuxedo dress that was bifurcated by black lace.
The tension between hardness and fragility that characterized McQueen’s work was successfully sustained in defined shoulders (some armored like a samurai’s) and tailored torsos that fell away into fins of diaphanousness. Burton continued to hybridize fabrics as she did in the Fall collection—lace transformed into chiffon in one cocktail dress.
Touches like that should allay the inevitable fears of McQueen’s fans that continuation of his line would involve some kind of sellout. Yes, there is more of what could pass for “daywear” here, but if Burton’s collection is commercial, it’s because it is direct. Pieces like the white kimono-sleeved coat-dress or the black dress in a lacquered raffia and organza have a straightforward chic.
Burton hasn’t neglected the dark romance, either—the brocades, the bullion embroidery are still here. She’s simply let some light in.
There are no fashions too small for Silvia Venturini Fendi. The designer is overseeing the Roman house’s latest venture: an upscale kids’ collection in partnership with Italy’s Simonetta SpA. The collection, for newborns to boys and girls up to age 12, was unveiled at Pitti Immagine Bimbo in Florence. The made-in-Italy line for little girls boasts soft and pale colors, floral prints, small checks and a bucolic inspiration, according to Venturini Fendi. Simonetta also produces young lines for Roberto Cavalli and Fay.