Less than a week after Raf Simons resigned from Christian Dior, Israeli powerhouse of fourteen years behind Lanvin, Alber Elbaz announces his leave from Lanvin this morning. Rumor is the break between Elbaz and the brand is said to have followed designer's disagreements with Lanvin’s owner Shaw-Lan Wang and chief executive Michèle Huiban. But don't be sad fashion community. Dior has yet to announce it's new leader. Will Elbaz replace Simons? We'll just have to wait and see.
Gianfranco Ferré is known as the “architect of fashion” and the purveyor of “power dressing,”. Italian fashion designer always expresses the white shirt in the most architectural way. Ferré’s obsessed with white shirt, to him it is a symbol of beauty, art and a way to communicate his talent in the most creative way. The white shirt became the designer's "DNA of style" and interpretation of elegance. Ferré graduated from Milan Polytechnic Institute in architecture and began his own label in 1978. From 1989 to 1997 Gianfranco was appointed Artistic Director of Christian Dior. His clothes represent elegance and cache of "made in Italy".
The White Shirt Exhibition includes 27 of Ferré's most significant white shirts created ofver the course of his career from 1982 to 2006. Sketches, photographs and videos from the making of the white shirt will take you beyond the mind of the great artist. "The White Shirt According To Me" exhibit is started its American tour.
Text Samantha Milo
He doesn't like to be photographed and make press, but he is the richest man in the world's fashion retailer today. Amancio Ortega transformed Inditex clothing group from family owned business into Spain's biggest clothing company.
Ortega fortune sums up to $79.9 billion dollars earned from turning Zara into a chic, "fast fashion". Ortega is ahead of Gap and Hennes & Mauritz. How's that for imitating catwalk designs.
Text Miles Socho
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is not only a talented singer-songwriter and actress from Houston, but she is a philanthropist at heart. After donating half a million to Chime for Change, a global campaign created to help strengthen and unite the voices of young women around the world, Bey dropped $7 million to build a low-income housing project for homeless men and women and children in her hometown of Houston. She has a global following and it's great to see her doing an amazing work and inspiring others.
Text Samantha Milo
Designer Raf Simons is stepping down from his position at Christian Dior. For three and a half years Simons held the position of creative director at the helm of Dior bringing modernism to the fashion house. In April 2012, it was announced that Simons would replace Bill Gaytten as creative director at the helm of Dior, ending a period of transition after John Galliano's dismissal from the role. “It is after careful and long consideration that I have decided to leave my position as creative director of Christian Dior’s women’s collection,” said the designer in a statement. “It is a decision based entirely and equally on my desire to focus on other interests in my life, including my own brand, and the passions that drive me outside my work. Christian Dior is an extraordinary company, and it has been an immense privilege to write a few pages of this magnificent book. I want to thank Mr. Bernard Arnault for the trust he has put in me, giving me the incredible opportunity to work at this beautiful house surrounded by the most amazing team one could ever dream of. I have also had the chance over the last few years to benefit from the leadership of Sidney Toledano. His thoughtful, heartfelt and inspired management will also remain as one of the most important experiences of my professional career.” What's next for Simons'is unknown at this point.
Over the years, Los Angeles has become a memorable last stop on the long trip that is the competition for the ten finalists trying for a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. Chateau Marmont hosted the show and afternoon tea presented by Amazon Fashion. Celebrities like Kanye West, Anna Wintour, Kim Kardashian West, Alexandtra and Talia von Furstenberg, Reese Witherspoon, Solange Knowles and more came out to show their respect.
“One of the things we discussed is the importance of authenticity in fashion and [these designers] have it in abundance.” said Vogue's Mark Holgate who sits on the Fund's Selection Commitiee.
It was a great time filled with models walking, dancing, and vogueing.
Images via Vogue.com
The premiere of the film starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, "Côte d'Azur" is out in November. Angelina is both director and a screenwriter for the drama where Angelina plays the main character, Vanessa and Pitt her husband Roland. During a joint trip to the country spouses begin to drift apart. The couple decides to stay in a small seaside town, where the atmosphere in the family starts getting warmer. “This is the only film I’ve done that is completely based on my own crazy mind,” Angelina tells Vogue.
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, for Vogue, November 2015
Ever since Jourdan Dunn and Kendall Jenner showed up on the Billboard Music Awards red carpet sporting Balmain for H&M, hand-in-hand with designer Olivier Rousteing, people are talking and waiting. All we can say is that Balmain for H&M looks just like Balmain. Baroque, beads, mettalic thread and shoulders is the kind of Army you'll want to join when colleciton is out on Nov. 5 in 250 select H&M stores worldwide and online. And since H&M is testing the waters in beauty the collaboration also includes a limited edition fragrance.
Want a chance to join H&M as they celebrate the #HMBALMAINATION collection at their live runway show? You could snag a precious ticket for you and a friend to their exclusive, invite-only launch party on October 20th! Follow @HMUSA on Twitter and keep your eyes out for ways to win this week.
Mademoiselle Privé, a journey through the origins of CHANEL's creations capturing the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.
This autumn, Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL presented an enchanted journey through the House's creativity. The "Mademoiselle Privé" exhibition highlights the Haute Couture, the re-editions of the High Jewellery "Bijoux de Diamants" collection created in 1932 and CHANEL N°5. A dazzling experience and immersion into the origins of CHANEL's creations, "Mademoiselle Privé" captures the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.
Installed on all three floors of the Gallery, the enticing adventure bringsto mind the House's essential elements: audacity, freedom and innovation whether it is the history of Gabrielle Chanel's inspirations or Karl Lagerfeld's inimitable take on CHANEL's codes, symbols and icons.
Don’t forget to download the Mademoiselle Privé app before you visit. Hold up your smartphone to a blank canvas space to see it transformed with a 360 o view of Mademoiselle’s famous 31 Rue Cambon apartment in Paris. And don't forget to watch Karl Lagerfeld meet his match. There’s also a cinema screening a film starring Geraldine Chaplin as the ghost of Gabrielle Chanel revisiting her former HQ and uttering gems such as‘I haven’t had a cigarette in 40 years’ before lighting up on the sofa and going head to head with Karl about his modernisation of the brand.
At just 11 year old Noa Sorrell debuts her Spring collection at Los Angeles Fashion Week. While in chemotheraphy for three month, fighting cancer, Noa found her relief in designing her own line of clothing. Her one wish was to bring her drawings to runway and Make-A-Wish Foundation granted that wish for Noa. Noa Sorrell opened up LA Fashion Week with Art Hearts Fashion produced by Erik Rosete and Parker Whitaker Productions showcasing childrenswear collection at the Taglyan Complex. Check out Noa Sorrell collection below and stay tuned for more.
NOA SORRELL Images by Jeff Linett
2015 Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit took off in San Francisco bringing together the titans of technology, politics, business and media. It began with special advance screening of Steven Spielberg's new film "Bridge of Spies" starring Tom Hanks.
Ahead of the next days is inventive programming and inspiring conversations around ideas and innovations shaping the future with Mark Zuckerberg, Elizabeth Holmes, James Murdoch, Annie Leibovitz, Lena Dunham, Kevin Systrom, Maria Shriver, Katie Couric and more.
See who is in town. Go San Francisco!
The incredible party in honor of the 95th anniversary of Vogue Parisevening rocked Paris on October 3rd. Designers, photographers, models and key ladies all over the world gathered in one place. A breathtaking view of incredible amount of dresses straight from the catwalk andbeautiful girls. One can only imaging what will happen in five years when Vogue turns 100.
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A tiny hill covered in royal blue and purple flowers at the palace grounds, Musee du Louvre, once king's grounds was taken over by Dior today. According to Alexandre de Betak, who oversees each Dior show since the designer Raf Simons joining in 2012, "It has been showing the overlap of romanticism and modernity with Raf Simons doing it with flowers"
The most high profile guest joining Dior this season was singer Rihanna. The 27-year-old hitmaker looked sensational in an oversized pink coat-dress paired with racy PVC boots.
It's official! Cindy Crawford launched her book "Becoming Cindy" Supermodel took to Instagram to announce the launch.
Fellow model and a new mama, Coco Rocha stopped by to grab a copy and get her reformation sweater autographed by the supermodel herself. Coco posted on Instagram saying "With my ultimate mode inspiration @CindyCrawford at her #BecomingCindy book signing. She already signed my book so I had her sign my #CindyCrawford fan girl sweatshirt instead"
Fern Malis invited Cindy Crawford to participate as part of her Fashion Icons series. . Fern posted on Facebook, "She's just published "Becoming Cindy Crawford " with Rizzoli. She's come a long way from DeKalb, IIllinois... But she's still a sweet, lovely, beautiful All-American girl from the Midwest!!
Copying may be rubbing the wrong way in the fashion industry. Be it copying someones style, manners, things people do or events they attend. It is also rare to seelabels copying each other. Take for exampleMaryam Nassir Zadehwho made headlines by accusing accessories label Mansur Gavriel of directly copying her mule sandal. The label took it out to public by posting their concern on Instagram and social media to voice her conerns.
“In September 2015, Mansur Gavriel launched their first shoe collection featuring seemingly exact replicas of Maryam’s hallmark mule and slide designs in colours identical to Maryam’s Spring 2015 collection that was released one year ago,” Nassir Zadeh’s representative said in a statement released on Wednesday.
She mentions similarities in shoe design, Mansur Gavriel recently launched concentrating on the color of deep coral and material suede. Nassir Zadeh issued a statement where she says, “Since I was notified of Mansur Gavriel design’s likeness to my shoes, I did research into Maryam Nassir Zadeh store records. I found proof of purchase receipts [from my store] from Rachel Mansur dating March, April and May 2015, of the exact styles and colours in question, as well an earlier purchase of Maryam Nassir Zadeh sandals from Floriana Gavriel in July 2014. For me, this is clear proof that they had my designs as a reference to develop their shoe line by emulating my shapes, materials and colours.”
"Recently it has come to our attention that fellow New York City brand Maryam Nassir Zadeh is claiming similarities between her designs and our newly launched Spring/Summer 2016 shoe collection. This deeply saddens us as any similarity is completely coincidental. Our line has been developed and designed over a period of 18 months, drawing inspiration from classic shoe silhouettes and the iconic colors and materials of our handbag collection."
Mansur Gavriel was founded in 2012 with a dedication to providing clean, classic handbag designs crafted in the highest quality Italian leathers. It is our design philosophy and concept to concentrate on a few classical shapes in a wide array of colours and materials. That same philosophy guided us in designing our shoe collection which consists of 4 styles, 5 heel heights, 2 fabrications and 16 colours, resulting in 320 SKUs. The colours selected for this collection all tie back to the interior and exterior colours of our core handbag collection, which has been on the market since June 2013.
We respect Maryam Nassir Zadeh as a designer and retailer, and are customers of her store. However, we believe that neither she nor we can claim ownership of a mule or slide or block heel or colour, for that matter. We are well aware of rampant imitation of young designers in the marketplace and have personally experienced this many times. However, we are also well aware we do not own the silhouette of the bucket bag or the tote."
Will Nassir Zadeh, takelegal action against Mansur Gavriel? We hope not. “There is a great deal of similarity between the shoes,” observes professor Susan Scafidi, founder of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham University. “That being said, this is not a design that US law is likely to protect.”
Let's go back to the case of two great houses Christian Louboutin and YSL. Christian Louboutin has won his court case against Yves Saint Laurent when he claimed his trademark for red-sole shoes. But Christian Louboutin had resources. In the case of Nassir Zadeh, Even if she is confident that she has a case, the costs of pursuing legal action may not outweigh the benefits according to Business of Fashion.
Mansur Gavriel is a strong brand and to blame them for copying style of the classic shoe that is been there forever, is not a smart move if you ask us. Should all the fashion housessue Zara then?
Getting loud on social media maybe the widest success Nassir Zadeh will get out of all of this, but it can backfire as well. Never try to blame based on emotions, instead create the trademark that will definitely make you stand out from others.
Both are two great fashion houses and they should have better things to do than to fight in court over a question of colur.
Text Miles Socho
Third Dream Media and Keni Valenti of the Museum of Fashion present: Amy's Style. Showcasing Amy Winehouse's style who inspired designers such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Balenciaga, Betsy Johnson, to name a few. Four similar dresses worn by Amy Winehouse exhibited at the show as well as a tribute by Keni Valenti with the inspirations of the designers named above. If you're in Miami and follow fashion , don't miss the opportunity to come celebrate the life of a musician that will forever live on in our hearts in this special tribute to Amy.
Stella McCartney has unveiled a new lingerie range supporting breast cancer survivors. Her chic pink mastectomy bras will benefit Linda McCartney Center in the U.K and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the U.S. and Australia. Cara Delevingne leads the philanthropic campaign wearing the bra. Stella's latest desing is a tribute to her late mother Linda, who dided of breast cancer in 1998. One of the designs were specifically designed to fit women who have undergone mastectomies.
Text Miles Socho
Louis Vuitton opened its doors to his exhibition on the Strand in London for the next month, free for everyone to see and experience the world of Nicholas Ghesquiere. Cocktails were flowing as guests were taking photos with man of the week, Nicolas Ghesquiere.
The exhibition was made for selfies, with mirrored walls with catwalk projections, huge LV trunks suspended from the ceiling and a resident Vuitton craftsman answering all questions about how they create their handbags. #LVSeries3 is taking over Instagram for sure.
Images via Vogue.com and Instagram
The Business of Fashion and the CFDA Celebrate the Forthcoming #BoF500
Many of the industry’s most important players from near and far, including IMG’s Ivan Bart and BoF board member and advisor Tom Florio, as well as designer Thakoon Panichgul, Prabal Gurung , US Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers, Glossier chief executive Emily Weiss and Bergdorf Goodman senior vice president Linda Fargo attended the event.
Images via businessoffashion.com