Archives for category: Fashion Show

DVF, Diane Von Furstenberg, Google, Google Glass, New York Fashion Week

It’s here! Take a look at the much awaited behind-the-scenes film where fashion and technology so beautifully collide on the DVF runway. A great story is captured with this bold collaboration between Diane von Furstenberg and those clever folks at Google, using the new Google Glass. Gaze through the DVF looking glass…

@BeautifulCurio, Twitter, London Fashion Week

Mulberry, Mulberry Spring 2013 invitation, Winsor & Newton, Winsor and Newton, @Mulberry_Editor, London Fashion WeekFor their spring 2013 runway presentation, Mulberry doesn’t offer a mere brush with beauty. They intend to wash us away in it… and this curious mind is more than willing. The inspiration for the collection is “celebrating colour and the craft of painting”. Mulberry has primed their audience with all the right touches, starting with the bespoke invitation. It is a customized box containing the show details, a Mulberry branded sketchbook and miniature watercolor paint set from renowned British fine art materials brand Winsor & Newton. Mulberry shares the story of water colour and the innovations William Winsor and Henry Newton contributed to the world of colour on the Mulberry blog. Today they released this beautifully simple video inviting us to watch the show live on September 18th at 10am (GMT) on Mulberry.com. Meantime, immerse in the colourful world of Mulberry by following their blog and various channels of Twitter @Mulberry_Editor, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

@BeautifulCurio, Twitter, London Fashion Week

Bibhu Mohapatra, Tadashi Shoji, New York Fashion Week, spring 2013 ready-to-wear

Today’s curation begins with a confession: Bibhu Mohapatra‘s collection was so extraordinary, it seemed nothing short of tragic to present only six looks. Kindly pardon the gushing, as you see there are twelve. What inspired Mohapatra’s genius? A Luna Moth he discovered in Cooperstown, New York. The result is a glories series of angular tops, cigarette pants, chiffon skirts and slim-fitting dresses that capture the energy of metamorphosis. A continuous pattern – part butterfly, part shards of glass – materializes in several ways: as bold, colorful print, as metallic embellishment, as angular cutouts, and through the construction of the garments themselves. Mr. Mohapatra is not the only one to have traveled recently. The collection presented by Tadashi Shoji is a journey to three destinations: the breezy coast of California, the caves of Dunhuang in the Gobi Desert, and the ancient Chinese capital of Xi’an. The embroidered sheath dresses, the flowing patchwork print pieces, and pleated ikat-print gowns are respectively inspired by these places. It is a diverse and beautiful collection and certainly covers the range from casual to red carpet. Come spring, there will be some very lucky ladies to find themselves transformed or transported into another world. And on that note, we take our leave for London…

@BeautifulCurio, Twitter, London Fashion Week

Narcisco Rodriguez, Sophie Theallet, Rodarte, spring 2013 ready-to-wear, New York Fashion Week

It is now apparent that there is quite an infusion of sex in the collections this season. Narcisco Rodriguez plunged right in with his provocatively elegant slip dresses made of billowy silks and sheers. He dabbled so eloquently with color combinations of orange with magenta, teal with olive, and black with with white. And not be out classed in the realm of sexuality, Sophie Theallet presented garments that confidently reveal skin – if not in the front, than certainly in the back. Her dragonfly theme was played out by means of sheer organza layering, mimicking iridescent wings, as well as through pattern in her signature bohemian prints. The color palette exuded a richness in souk tones of oranges, pinks, and teals. Finally, we transition from dragonflies to Dungeons and Dragons with Rodarte‘s offerings inspired by “Medieval and fantasy role-playing games”. The collection as a whole could be seen as a seductive armory for warrior-women, sumptuously structured with leather, lace, silk, chains and embroidery. Fashion, after all, can be a battlefield….

@BeautifulCurio, Twitter, New York Fashion Week

spring 2013 ready-to-wear, Thankoon, Jason Wu, La Perla, Helmut Newton, Ohne Titel, New York Fashion Week

At this stage in fashion week, the trends for spring 2013 ready-to-wear are emerging. Color palettes of corals and oranges, along with a generous range of blues are taking relevant positions. Black, white and flesh tones are claiming prominence in collections as well. Sheers and prints are ever present, as noted in Thankoon‘s whimsical bird and botanical themed offerings. Jason Wu outright seduces with his lacy, floral version of sheers in collaboration with La Perla. The Helmut Newton inspired collection is nearly all leather and lace, while remaining positively elegant. An additional trend making its presence known is curvilinear color blocking and bold graphics. The fit-and-flare signature silhouettes of Ohne Titel make this statement along with wide-net mesh and perforated leather in yet another variation on sheers. This curious mind eagerly awaits what else these final two days of New York Fashion Week have in store…

@BeautifulCurio, Twitter, New York Fashion Week

Christian Siriano, Diane Von Furstenberg, DVF, Monique Lhuillier, New York Fashion Week, Spring 2013 RTW, Spring Collections 2013, Google, Glass technology,

With so much to see of New York Fashion Week I feel compelled to say little, apart from LOOK! Although, mention must be made of the DVF and Google collaboration in producing a behind-the-scenes film using Google’s new Glass technology. The film will be released on September 13th, so stay tuned. Meantime, enjoy the beauty of prints, bright color blocks, layered sheer fabric and abundant symmetry and asymmetry.

In the weeks ahead, you can expect a BeautifulCurious curation of noteworthy Spring 2013 RTW collections from the fashion capitals. Today take in the stunning works of Monique LhuillierDiane Von Furstenberg, and Christian Siriano, who are setting the stage for a fantastic week in NYC…

@BeautifulCurio, Twitter, New York Fashion Week

Dior, Christian Dior, Dior YouTube channel, Raf Simons, Raf Simons interview, Dior Haute Couture, Know-How & Heritage playlist, YouTube

Dior recently released a video of Raf Simons speaking to the concept behind his inaugural Haute Couture collection on the official Dior YouTube channel. The interview is, of course, a terrific commentary on his view of the Dior brand heritage and intent to create dynamic, energetic pieces that juxtapose the storied, historic craft with futuristic craft. Yet this is just one video among an impressively rich assortment on the Dior YouTube channel – in fact there are 5 different playlists of compelling content to explore. Particularly noteworthy is the Know-How & Heritage playlist, as the selection is a terrific immersion in the artful beauty and attention to detail that make this iconic brand so extraordinary.

Interview Raf Simons – Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2012

Exceptional Pieces: Black Calfskin Suede Sandal

Dior VIII – The Inspirational Film

Dior Joaillerie – Le Bal des Roses

Curious Luxury, Louis Vuitton Maison in China, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton 2012 Fall collection, Louis Vuitton Express, Paris to Shanghai, 20th anniversary, The Meaning of Travel, Todd Selby, The Selby, photographs, video, drawings, paintings, Paris, Germany, Poland, Belarus Russia, Mongolia, Foursquare, Louis Vuitton, China, Jiepang, Sina Wiebo, Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks, social media platforms, virtual badge, www.louisvuittonexpress.com

Remember last March when Marc Jacobs presented the Louis Vuitton 2012 Fall collection from that gorgeous, steaming locomotive? That same train, christened the Louis Vuitton Express, has just journeyed from Paris to Shanghai over the last 11 days to mark the 20th anniversary of Louis Vuitton in China in a campaign called “The Meaning of Travel”. Photographer and director Todd Selby (yes, The Selby) documented experiences and encounters through photographs, video, drawings and paintings along the journey from Paris, which included stops through Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Mongolia and finally China.

For the campaign, Louis Vuitton joined with Jiepang (the Chinese version of Foursquare), inviting users to check in at any Louis Vuitton store in China and share a written post about what travel means to them on Jiepang or Sina Wiebo. Participants on Jiepang earn a virtual Louis Vuitton Express badge and 10 users will be selected to receive a copy of the book “Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks”. What is the incentive for any luxury brand to engage in social media platforms (Chinese or Otherwise)? Tech savvy twenty-somethings everywhere view luxury as an inclusive experience, whereas baby boomers perceive luxury as an exclusive badge. Particular to China, the spending potential of young, middle-class is growing… for the moment. And until they can afford their Louis Vuitton handbag, they can attain their branded “virtual badge”.

The journey culminates with a live fashion show, beginning promptly at 1.30pm GMT or 8.30am EST which can be viewed at http://www.louisvuittonexpress.com where beautiful and curious things surely await. Until then, below are highlights along the way in video journal form:

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Yinqing Yin Couture 2012, Yinqing Yin, Spring of Nüwa

In case you missed the memo, there is a youthful new force in French haute couture. Her name is Yiqing Yin and she crafts extraordinary ethereal wonders that are part sculpture and part armor, while being ever so fluid, sensual and feminine. In this, her second couture collection title “Spring of Nüwa”, we see her signature layers of loose fabric draped, slashed or formed into mille-feuille billowy marvels. The palette of every striking gray under the sun is every bit as dramatic as the occasional burst of red or flash of blue. She is clearly weaving a fresh “newness” in the couture tradition: “It’s between something very elaborate and modern with draping, but also very anarchic, chaotic almost,” says Yin. “It’s accidental. I am always preserving accidents, because it’s the real space for creative freedom and magic. It’s really the process that counts most, rather than the result.” So glad you joined the fold, Miss Yin…

The BeautifulCurious most desired dress of the Yiqing Yin Couture Collection is:

Yinqing Yin Couture 2012, Yinqing Yin,

Her work will be available this fall at www.modewalk.com

Jean Paul Gaultier, Pete Doherty, Silver Screen, Art Deco, Confession of a Child of the Century, Haute Couture, Couture 2013

With dramatic androgyny, Jean Paul Gaultier presented one very curious collection. His muse? Singer (and more recently minted actor) Pete Doherty in his role as a seductive, decadent dandy in the film “Confessions of a Child of the Century”. The provocative collection is comprised of a lot black which gives way to bursts of metallic golds, flashes of color, glamourous fox fur, and art deco prints and details that play homage to films of the silver screen. Of course the turbans, top hats, and corsets cannot pass without mention… quite a lively couture romp!

The BeautifulCurious most desired look of the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Collection is:

Jean Paul Gaultier, Pete Doherty, Silver Screen, Art Deco, Confession of a Child of the Century, Haute Couture, Couture 2013