Masqued Class

31/10/2012 § Leave a comment

From my temporary refugee perch on the UES, and on Halloween no less, I felt this elegant masked ball in Paris in 1946 was particularly apropos to share with you today.  Featuring several minor royals and creations by seminal postwar French designer Jacques Fathand a few pictures of Fath himself, even in a mask! — these ensembles take fancy dress to dizzying couture heights.  Doesn’t it just make you itch for a pair of opera-length gloves and a set of crown jewels?

Photos by David E. Scherman for Life Magazine, via the Life Archive.

While these pictures are a sorry excuse for missing out on the usual Halloween festivities, I’m still very hopeful that New York will come together for the kids this evening.  I’m planning a UES constitution of my own, to try to help spread the spirit.  So many New Yorkers are still without power, and the annual Halloween parade in the Village has been postponed, but the city has been working hard to come back online as soon as possible after Sandy — and we’ve made some amazing progress already.

If you would like to help, please make a donation to the American Red Cross.  You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Be well! Happy Halloween!


Faerie Queens

28/01/2011 § Leave a comment

I loved the makeup at the Valentino show, probably my second favorite to Dior.  The soft dewiness had the girls looking very faerie-like — even with the oddly bleached eyebrows.

Images via Vogue Paris

Elegance: Valentino Haute Couture S/S 2011

28/01/2011 § Leave a comment


Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli presented an etheral and quietly luxurious collection for Valentino.  Displaying an uncanny sense of weightlessness and timeless elegance, Valentino is assured to yet again be a major player on the red carpets and high society events this year.  In a sea of muted colors, my favorite is probably the red dress…but you know I have such a thing for red, these days!
Some favorites from the show:
Images via Vogue Paris

Iconoclast: Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture S/S 2011

26/01/2011 § Leave a comment

Gaultier brings moody edge to Paris haute couture week with his punk cancan themed collection.  Choosing to end the show with male model Andrej Pejic in a wedding gown (above), Gaultier achieved the ultimate in androgyny.  Audacious and sexy, Gaultier achieves the kind of high drama we love him for.
Some of my favorite looks below:
Images via Vogue Paris

Baroque: Givenchy Haute Couture S/S 2011

26/01/2011 § Leave a comment

Riccardo Tisci’s collection for Givenchy embodies all that haute couture is meant to be!  Drawing on inspiration from the Far East — and perhaps the future — Tisci’s creations are intricate, diaphanous creations from another world.  They are amazing for their originality as well as for the craftsmanship that went into creating them; one gown is rumored to have taken more than 4000 hours to complete!  While some designers showed practical looks that were more down to earth and wearable, Tisci kept Givenchy in the stratosphere and I love him for it!
The entire collection follows below:

Images via Vogue Paris

Feminity: Chanel Haute Couture S/S 2011

25/01/2011 § 1 Comment

Lagerfeld presents a collection that is refined, yet relaxed; mature, yet girlish; grounded, yet airy; tailored, yet fluid.  As always, Lagerfeld creates a completely modern statement that embodies the spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel.
Some of my favorite looks from the show:
Simply adore the tailored pant paired with pointy flats!

Adore this!

Whispers of the ballet…

Effortless and modern.
Could you not see yourself in this, going to (a very fabulous) brunch?
Images via Vogue Paris

For complete coverage, head over to Vogue Paris.  Warning: you will be stuck for endless hours admiring the couture confections.  J’adore!

Timeless: Dior Haute Couture S/S 2011

24/01/2011 § Leave a comment

Galliano channels Monsieur Dior and illustrator René Gruau to create a truly timeless haute couture collection for S/S 2011 that embodies the spirit and style of the House of Dior.  The looks are nostalgic and forward-looking at the same time.  J’adore!

polished, tailored, ladylike…
drama and elegance…
luxury and detail…

Must. Have. These. Shoes…
Via Stylelite
The always amazing Karlie Kloss

Via Telegraph UK

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