Bag of the month: July is for Jérôme Dreyfuss
In July I was tempted with this soft and huggable Alain hobo by Jerome Dreyfuss, a French designer extraordinaire and a husband to la créatrice de mode Isabel Marant (pardon my French, but I just love the sound of it so much!). Also while we are on the Dreyfuss-Marant subject, here are a few photos of their Parisian apartment, in case you feel like visiting.
Back to the bag, though. I think it was the distressed leather that made me fall in love with this sweetheart. I can just imagine squeezing it and touching that grainy surface with my fingertips. And the size of this sac is absolutely perfect, too. Irresistible!
Kylie Bax in Allure May 1997
Vanessa Axente in Calvin Klein Fall 2013 campaign
Safari chic, the hottest summer trend
Open the doors of your wardrobe welcoming a new day and new beginnings. Pull out your clothes coloured in every shade of powdery sand, knits in earthy tones, belted vests that add that special feel of casual elegance, crisp white shirts, a little bit of buttery soft tan leather or suede, a statement cuff bracelet, a pair of classic Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses or Ray Ban Wayfarers in tortoise shell, woven leather sandals or espadrilles and a light as air silk scarf or a panama hat for a touch of glamour.
Start your own safari-inspired adventure wherever you are. The tiger cub is optional, but remember to grab your favourite mini cross body bag or a slouchy caramel satchel on your way out.
Photo source: Liya Kebede in Desert fox / Vogue US March 2009 (photography: Patrick Demarchelier, styling: Marie-Amelie Sauve); safari trend on a runway at Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2013, Max Mara Spring/Summer 2013, Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2013, Loewe Spring/Summer 2013, Trussardi Spring/Summer 2013 via stylebistro.com
"We need the dreamers. We need those designers who create a magic moment, a world that changes the way you look at clothes."
(on John Galliano for the story published in Vanity Fair US July 2013)
Photo source: Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2000 by John Galliano
It’s a boy!
Couture now in Elle US October 2003
Photo source: Vogue UK August 2011 (photography: Raymond Meier, styling: Charlotte Pilcher)
Making Chanel couture
You see, I believe that in the last hundred or so years there have been very few art forms worth falling in love with. Couture is definitely one of them – it moves me beyond tears, especially when seeing it in the making.
Photo source: Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2013 via style.com & stylebistro.com
Linda Evangelista by Peter Lindbergh
Timeless chic: Donna Karan Spring 2008
Talking of haute couture
Couture... the magical constant of fashion. My primitive self has always perceived it literally, as the vocabulary intended. “Haute couture”, the clothes sewn with extreme attention to detail, the highest level of craftsmanship that meet certain well-defined standards, the design that preserve the most precious traditions, the building blocks of fashion, the exquisite elements that make a woman beautiful by recreating her fantasies and desires in clothes that are tailored to fit her body and soul. “A realm supposedly unique as well as sublime” as wwd rightly put it.
Over the last couple of years the constant of couture seemed to have shifted in a direction when the label on the back of the dress boosted by endless publications in top ranked fashion magazines seems to be more important than the quality of the garment itself. I suppose, when a crowd is repeatedly told that something is beautiful, the crowd eventually believes it. The syndrome of the naked emperor kicks in and the truth becomes irrelevant.
Fortunately the fashion organism has to restore the homeostasis no matter how toxic the environment is and this is when we get the pleasure of Chanel drama, arty Alexis Mabille, magnificent Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad, surreal and stunning Schiaparelli, nostalgic Ulyana Sergeenko and, of course, enchanting and opulent Valentino, my personal favourite.
When I saw those daywear looks presented by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the embroideries that took hundreds of hours and thousands of pearls to make, the antique gold lace, the renaissance-inspired prints, the mink, cashmere and silk and smooth and sensual clutches decorated with gold figurines encrusted with tiny precious stones, I lost my ability to breathe. This was a collection worthy of a classic movie star, mysterious, elegant and impeccable, a woman who is an embodiment of class, not a celebrity starlet who shows up for a couture collection with a bare midriff or a skirt that splits up to there (lets forgo the names at this point).
It was a joy to see that we still have designers who know how to create couture and, most importantly, have an ability to preserve traditions and take them into the future.
Photo source: Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013 (photography: Gianni Pucci) via style.com & backstage photo via stylebistro.com