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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Met Ball 2014 best looks, who improved from last year and who should fire her stylist?

The Met Ball 2014 is over and we had plenty of time to analyse every guest’s gown by now. So, after giving it a lot of thought, here are my winners for this year’s edition. So here was the dress code

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BEST DRESSED, I really hesitated between Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta Sarah-Jessica-Parker-1

and Suki Waterhouse in Burberry. I finally will go with Suki as SJP won last year and Oscar de la Renta was an the go to choice for this kind of dress code. Also, I’d rather wear my clothes tags inside than on the dress.

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Some ladies who were smack in the theme and flashed gorgeous gowns were

Karolina Kurkova looking like royalty in her gorgeous Marchesa gown,karolina-kurkova-vogue-6may14-pa_b

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta Autumn Winter 2014,amy-adams-vogue-6may14-pa_b Taylor Swift in a custom made Oscar de la Renta gown,taylor-swift-vogue-6may14-pa_b Bee Shaeffer in Alexander Mc Queenbee-shaeffer-vogue-6may14-pa_b

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior

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Kendal Jenner in another bespoke TOPSHOP gorgeous gownkendall-jenner-vogue-6may14-pa_b

and Chanel iman in again TOPSHOPchanel-iman-vogue-6may14-getty_b-1

WORST DRESSED, again, balancing between Lupita N’yongo in what looked like a bird in cage Prada costumelupita-nyongo-vogue-6may14-pa_b

Christen Dunst in a star wars dress by Rodarte. The death star, really?????kirsten-dunst-vogue-6may14-pa_b

and Shailene Woodley with her Rodarte autumn/winter 2014 collection recycled rags but I think we really do have a winner here.shailene-woodley-vogue-6may14-pa_b

BEAUTIFULL OUTFITS BUT MISSED THE POINT

Blake Lively in a custom made Gucci Premiere gown

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Caea Delevingne and Stella MAc Cartney in Stella Mc Cartney. BTW, Miss Mc Cartney shouldn’t wear her hair in such a tight bun, it makes her looks old and ghostly

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Gisele was gorgeous as always in Balenciaga but really missed the point

gisele-vogue-6may14-pa_bWell between all the beautiful dresses that we saw on the catwalks, the vintage dealers and the couture houses museums, some guests should definitely fire their stylists. This is what I would have worn should I had been invite. A beautiful Vintage Dior Haute Couturec01b

Christian Dior ready to wear 2014-15

The pictures from the Christian Dior ready to wear show just came in and I must say I was really disappointed. Raf Simons presented a rather unconvincing collection with a lot of laced up pieces which would have looked nice if they weren’t laced up with thick shoe laces. No, I am not kidding. The shoe laces look cheap either on the Kermit green coat or on the brown dress. The biased coat sleeves are nice, elegant and add a couture look to the piece but very unpractical under frigid temperatures.00470h_1280x1920 00290h_1280x1920

Mr. Simons should rethink his vision of dresses as he sent down the runway some very bulky ones which look made out of a down blanket and don’t really do much for the silhouette. If they are fattening on a tall and skinny model, just imagine what we would look like in them.

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Other dresses are hanging loose on bodys, not doing anything for the silhouette. Is Mr. Simmons going back to his sportswear roots? Probably. But as Karl Lagerfeld sent down the runway elegant and body fitting silhouettes paired with sparkly sneakers for Chanel Haute Couture collection a few weeks ago, the sparkly potato bag looking dresses do not really convince me.

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And the color associations seen on some cocktail gowns are not really working either as Raf Simons seams to stick to colour blocking. Not everyone can master the art of color mixing as did with virtuoso Yves Saint Laurent or Christian Lacroix. 00180h_1280x1920 00200h_1280x1920 00210h_1280x1920

But there was some nice pieces though, like the very tailored double breasted jackets wearer with flirty mini skirts.00250h_1280x1920

Or some nice black dresses. The shoes were resumed to the same pair of wedged sandal declined in a variation of 3 color blocks, again… Not very wintery either, especially with the tiny peep toe.

00300h_1280x1920I really don’t know what Mr Arnaud was thinking when he hired Raf Simons for Christian Dior when someone as talented as Olivier Theyskens would have done wonders to the couture house.

UNICEF fashion dolls for Darfur Children

The Paris petit Palais is the stage of the most unusual fashion show. from now till December 1st, it will host the world’s most fashionable dolls. For its 11th edition of the annual Frimousse des Créateurs, some major fashion houses have created a one-off doll to be sold at a UNICEF auction on Decembre 2nd. Designers this year had to create a doll symbolising their vision of “Wonderful Paris”. All proceeds will go towards providing vaccination for children in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Here are some of my favourites dolls, too bad I only have boys.

The Chanel one, very Mademoiselle…

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The Chantal Thomass one, or how to transform the iron Lady into a doll.ImageThe very elegant Christian Dior one which looks like she is on a no carb dietImage

The shopaholic glam’ punk Lanvin dollImage

 

The byzantine all carb diet Dolce and Gabbana dollImage

 

The Prada one which looks like she smoked something a little stronger than no filter Gauloises

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And the very unsettling Yvette Horner doll with her accordion by Jean-Paul Gaultier , not sure a little girl will fall for itImage

 

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

Miss Dior at the Grand Palais

For two weeks only, Christian Dior will showcase an exhibition around Miss Dior, the first perfume created by the designer in  1947 year he founded his couture house.

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A myth as well as a symbol, Miss Dior embodies Christian Dior’s vision of women, feminine, fragile, delicate yet exuberant.

Following a  traditional collaboration with artists, Dior invited 15 women artists from all over the world to reinterpret this legendary fragrance through its iconic codes as its bottle, its hound tooth motive, its dagger bow as well as its face, Natalie Portman.

There are no pictures yet of the coming exhibition but we can have a sneak preview of what it will look like with this video of the Dior Spirit exhibit actually in Shanghai

For more info on the up coming exhibition, log on to

http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/miss-dior#sthash.cIxIKqk8.dpuf

From november the 13th till November the 25th,