Tiger Mom or Cougar Town?

Yes, one could wonder while seeing this pic. Don’t worry, I was just standing in the rain, watching my kids playing tennis, like every afternoon. Rain or shine…

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But while the majority of “soccer moms ” will support their kids is sweat pants, leave it to the french to wear something a little more glam’. Here I chose a Zara Classic day dress in leopard print which will give me the opportunity to tell you a little more about leopard in fashion.

Cavemen use to wear leopard furs to protect them from the cold but also to gain strength and courage from the animal spirit. In 2565 AD, the Egyptian princess Néfertiabet was buried in an asymmetrical leopard sheath, a symbol of power and hommage to Bastet , protective goddess  of mothers and children but also to Sekhmet, goddess of destructives forces. These two feline divinities evoked  both woman creative and destructive powers.

In 1925, the american actress Marian Nixon creates a buzz while trotting down Hollywood Boulevard with a leopard on leash, living version of her fur coat.

ImageIn the U.S, leopard print was the staples of starlets and always had a tacky version. The first Grand Couturier to use leaper print not only fir and turn it into a beacon of elegance was Monsieur Christian Dior with the launch of his Couture house in 1947. Yes, leopard prints were part of the new look and it was  an instant hit within the clients. Below here is the “Afrique” evening dress and her little sister “Jungle” afternoon dress from the SS1947 collection both of which I would gladly wear today.

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This August 29th 1953 leopard print bustier gown covered sequins is an absolute beauty

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Though the leopard print has been despised by the bourgeoisie who found it vulgar and offensive, it continued to go strong decade after decade and survived any fashion trend imposing itself as a wardrobe staple.

Catherine Deneuve, Yves Saint Laurent absolute muse and perfect image of ice cold femininity, adopted leopard prints through out her life. Here in the 70’s wearing a leopard print trench coat, the mere essence of the “Rive Gauche”, both independent and teasing to be tamed by the right man.

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And is still able to teach Kate Moss some major fashion lesson throughout the lens of Patrick Demarchelier.image5

 

 

During his Fall Winter 1997-98 Couture Collection, Jean-Paul Gaultier sent down the catwalk a satin and leopard fur bustier gown which sent the PETA association through the roof. They were really close to throwing a pot of paint at the insulting garment. Thank got they didn’t.

defile-jean-paul-gaultier-automne-hiver-1997-1998_4064178 Alaïa, Dolce Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli , all three brands known for their voluptuous and sensual vision of women make a prodigal use of the famous print. Dolce and Gabbana being famous for lining their clothe with it.

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From accessories to make up, perfumes and even kids collections, the leopard print is everywhere.

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But do not forget that the first one to use it for a perfume ad was again Monsieur Christian Dior in 1949 for his  Miss Dior perfume illustration by Gruau in 1949, still so modern and feminine . And this powerful animal still leads the way for empowered yet feminine and seductive women all over the world. the only downside, you can never go cheap with leopard unless you have style and you know it.

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The 86th Oscars Ceremony debrieved

The big night celebrating Movie, stars and fashion is over and now that we had time to digest the whole thing, it is time for a debrief.

First things first, the red carpet. I am generally over exited to see the stars coming and see what they are wearing.

Jimmy Kimmel on ABC’s little video which wanted to be humoristic turned out to be disrespectful and sour. He should look at the way he dresses before making fun of the public at home watching the show. What did you say Jimmy? Those who live in a glass house shouldn’t through stones…

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Then, Ellen Degeneres, the host. No singing, no big opening number, her monologue fell flat. We all started chatting in front of the TV, not paying attention to what she was saying, not good at all for someone hosting the Oscars. The pizzas delivery was not really funny but the major moment was the big selfie which broke a regram record.clip17-everyone-selfie

She also should get a new stylist, she’s always wearing the same outfits at the jacket of the first one wash’t even fitting. Oh, and Ellen, we know that “life is boring, wear sneakers” but an overdose of sneakers is boring too…

Best acceptance speech of the night, Jared leto, who was the first actor to receive his Oscar, Best supporting role. Ok, I am absolutely partial when it comes to Leto, a divine mix of “Jesus Christ Super Star” and rock star, always looking 25 and who can resist those eyes? I could do with chin long hair though…Giving an hommage to the teen age high school drop out who tough Jared and his brother to follow his dreams and dream big was extremely touching, specially after seeing the mom’s teary eyes. Encouraging people to live their lives the way they want, love who they want and not be judged for that was right on too

The Pharrel Lupita dance party was one of the highs of the evening too. Lupita looked absolutely divine in her ice blue Prada plissé gown and really seemed to enjoy herself. Meryl Streep showed some very nice moves too while Jennifer Lawrence, who already stumbled on the red carper, stayed nicely put in her seat to prevent some major dress problems. The reps at Christian Dior Couture are not known for their sense of humour. Pharell, I LOVE your song but, please, find a new hat.

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Except the fact that no one seamed to be able to memorise his or her lines, hey actors, feel free to memorise your 4 line speech next time, the ceremony was overall a hit as my predictions were right.

More touching acceptance speech? Lupita Nyong’o, winning the statuette for her best supporting role in “12 year a slave”. She was genuine, sincere, touched and simple… Very refreshing

I was thrilled that Cate Blanchett took home the Oscar for Best Actress but her speech was a tad too long and she looked better dressed in “Blue Jasmin” than last night as she looked a little like a loose disco ball. But don’t get me wrong, she is absolutely gorgeous even wearing a potato bag.

Angelina Jolie looked like a sequinned potato bag too. Her pewter-gold Elie Saab dress made her look matronly and though it was a nice break from last year’s peeping leg it didn’t do anything to her figure. I prefered by far the black Ateliers Versace that she wore a few days ago while receiving an honorary oscar for her humanitarian work.Unknown

I also was delighted to see Matthew Mc Conaughey take the Oscar for Best Actor as his role is “Dallas Buyers Club” but he was so fidgety and whirled up inuring his speech. A few push ups backstage would have simmer him down a bit. He is absolutely gorgeous, but a total piece of work.

And last but not least, most gorgeous woman was Charlize Theron, absolutely stunning in a black mermaid like Christian Dior Couture gown.

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In the A list best dressed actresses were Kate Hudson in a divaesque white shimmery Ateliers Versace gown. She should tell her mom, Goldie Hawn, to stop borrowing her dresses and mimique her hair style though…Kate-Hudson-Oscars-2014-Red-Carpet-Dress

Sandra Bullock was absolutely gorgeous in a navy bustier Alexander Mc Queen gown and a total stunner at 49 years old!!!!

Sandra-Bullock-Oscars-2014Well, this is it for my high and lows from last nights. which were yours?

John Galliano makes a come back

A few days ago, I told you about the Kate effect. Everything that Kate Moss touched seemed  to bloom again,be it a long gone pop star career as for Sir Paul Mac Cartney or a doomed fashion future as for John Galliano. But the revoked Christian Dior designer is making a come back thanks to the little fairy of fashion.

Kate-Moss-Galliano-Vogue-30Oct13-Tim-Walker_bWhile many still haven’t forgotten John Galliano for his anti Semitic rant back in 2011, Kate lent him a helping hand and asked her friend to design her wedding dress. In an interview with Vanity Fair this past summer, Galliano said that”creating Kate’s wedding dress saved me personally because it was my creative rehab [after getting fired from Dior]. She dared me to be me again.”

And it seems Kate has dared Galliano to be Galliano yet again, teaming up for the British Vogue December issue as the pair appear in portrait in British Vogue’s December 2013 issue, photographed by Tim Walker.”I am now feeling so much love in this studio that it takes me back,” Galliano writes alongside the shot. It’s clear that Vogue UK, like Oscar de la Renta, is ready to endorse the designer once again, despite many industry insiders’ insistence that Galliano continue to pay penance for his past mistakes.

Should fashion industry feel Galliano’s repentance and give him a second chance? Judging by the breath taking pictures down below, I would say yes, totally. After all, even John Galliano is only human. Don’t get me wrong, what he said was despicable and absolutely wrong but we should take the high road and forgive true sorrow.And the new Christian Dior Couture ads by Ralph Simmons are so positively boring. I mean, come on, 3 double pages featuring the same grey coat… This is Haute Couture, creativity, opulence, in a word real art, just not a photo of a peace of garment.

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Vogue: November 2006 Gisele in a Dior Couture gown. Photo By Nick Knight

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Vogue: May 2009 Natalia Vodianova in Dior Couture. Photo By Mario Testino

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Vogue: December 2007 Lara Stone in Dior Couture. Photo By Mario Testino

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Vogue: March 2004. Gemma Ward in a John Galliano dress. Photo By Paolo Roversi