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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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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Kate Moss bares it all for Playboy

Finally, the highly anticipated Kate Moss spread in the 60th anniversary edition of Playboy has been revealed today. Who would have thought that the magazine which generally shows off curvaceous 60 like pin ups had fallen for the Twig? Far from the regular image of Hugues Heffner bunnies, Kate Moss ads a couture spin to the magazine and the images shot photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott are undoubtedly hot. I am not a huge expert on playboy’s iconography but I am quiet sure it is the first time they show off someone known for her lack of curves. ImageNo vulgar poses here, everything is subtle and subdued. Who said you had to be a 36E to be sexy? Small and forty can be very hot too, especially when you have razor sharp cheek bones, feline eyes and pouty lips. Check it out…

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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

The Kate effect

A few days ago, magazines and social medias were all about the new Paul Mac Cartney video where Johnny Depp and Kate Moss were to “reunite”. Just a steamy journalistic word to say that they were to play a cameo in the new Queenie Eye video, as well as as an impressive choral cast including Jeremy Irons, Jude Law, Sean Penn, Tom Ford, Meryl Streep, Laura Bailey, Alice Eve to name a few. We are not even sure that they were on the set at the same time. Johnny Depp shot during the first day and Kate Moss took the late shift of the second and last day.

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So what was all the fuss about? Old pictures of the young couple blossomed all over the net even though each of them found love elsewhere. OK, they were young, beautiful, rich, famous and had only eyes for each other. Nothing really new under  Hollywood skies.

But more than just tabloids trying to sell papers,  I think this has more to do with the Kate effect. Tinker Bell’s powder had the power to make people fly well Kate Moss seems to revamp the career of everybody she crosses path with. Because frankly, we, french people, weren’t really happy with the way Johnny Depp tossed our national pride, Vanessa Paradis, after 14 years and two kids for a glorious Bimbo whose only noticeable talent is claiming every where that she is bisexual.

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But after the rumour that Kate reunited with Johnny on the set of Queenie eye, well we couldn’t help but think that Depp was extremely talented and did really steel the show. As well as for Sir Paul Mac Cartney who looked a little has been on the live set of the Olympics in London. Now with his new video and Kate Moss dancing in an off the shoulder mini skirt on top of his piano the Beattle is back full blast.

Same think with John Galliano since this picture was the talk of the net this morning.

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The disgraced designer who could’t make a fashion come back after his racist tantrum internet video, was rejected as a teacher by Parsons school, was generously invited by Oscar de la Renta to work of his collections… All this couldn’t get him a word or a pic in his favour but then along came Kate and the dark spell was overcome.

I am pretty sure than now that the Kate effect has operated, it won’t be long before a major couture house contacts him. Well let’s just wish for it anyway because no matter what he was, is and will remain an outstanding designer.