It feels so good falling in love with Vionnet, over and over and over again. And it feels so good to be proven wrong, once but well. Admittedly, when Goga Ashkenazi acquired the maison-in-waiting I was sceptical and I had my reasons - for an outsider Ashkenazi looked like a very priviledge and incredibly wealthy woman who had cash to spare and a dream of playing a fashion designer. So yes, I was mean.
But you know what? She turned out to be exceptional, intelligent, fearless, witty and incredibly passionate about the house she made her own and yet kept its aesthetics palpable. Not only she gave me a beautiful collection to admire (once again), but made me feel at peace about the future of Vionnet, one of the quieter and very precious gems of Parisian fashion.
And I love her for that. It feels good to have a person who is not there for attention, trying to please, copy original ideas or make big bucks and get out. There's a lot of love, knowledge and learning in what she does and I believe that anything made with those ingredients has a future... A kind of future we still dream of, the one... fashioned by love.