Oscar Carvallo Haute Couture Spring 2014 Collection

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Oscar Carvallo SS14 “Voyage Cinétique II” image from official Oscar Carvallo site.

Color and movement dominated the Oscar Carvallo SS14 collection, shown on January 21st at the Paris haute couture fashion week. The collection is an inspiration and collaboration of two artists, Oscar Carvallo the designer and Carlos Cruz-Diez, the painter. Cruz-Diez create six tableaux (see here and here) for the collection and Carvallo’s creations were all directly inspired from them using fabrics and textiles, prints and construction of the different pieces to illustrate the works of art and bring them to life via the moment of the female body. Continue reading

A Makeup Artist’s View on Haute Couture

I am thrilled to present a Paris Fashion Week haute couture show review from the darling and dashing makeup artist Charles Gillman, a British expat who has been making magic in Paris for three years now. I was lucky to get to work with him in a wedding modeling shoot and on my own Sweet Life in Paris video. And now he has been so kind as to lend his “plume” to Prête-Moi Paris for an article on Defined Moment’s Spring-Summer 2014 couture collection.

And without Further ado!

Post by Charles Gillman

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Defined moment’s show – 22nd January 2014

This winter I’m a makeup artist in hibernation, I’d spent most days nipping out to see clients and then whipping back home to spend my life by the Nespresso machine, as well as gluing my eyes to my laptop. Yes, Paris is fine-looking all year round, but it seemed easier and more tolerable from behind the window, avoiding the wind whipping, falling over undersized dogs and having disputes with fellow Parisians on the metro about ‘who got to the seat at the outset!’ (all these things are frequent occurrences.)

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A Wonderful Time seeking Coco Chanel

N° 5I was invited to join a fun and delightful tour with a new company called Wonderful Time. They were in the final stages of testing their tours, and asked me to join a group (thanks to Pamela of francophilia who put me in touch with them, and who joined me on the tour) for a tour of Coco. THE Coco.

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Paris Fashion Week : Claudine Ivari FW13/14

Once again, I was on the edge of my seat viewing Claudine’s new collection, and as always, it left me speechless. For next Fall she has diverged from the light and airy of her last few collections, and gone for something quite different from before. Her inspiration comes from the Countess of Castiglione, a mysterious character from the 19th century. She was beautiful, stunning, and was an advocate for the advancement of photography in its beginnings. When she got older, she kept herself all day in her place Vendome apartment (that was decorated all in black) and only went out at night, so it was easier to hide her aging beauty.

So of course I was beyond delighted to see such a contrasted inspiration on Mme Ivari’s work. This means that creativity it high whenever big changes take place. Check out my quick interview with the creatrice after the show (and ignore the fact that I look tired and exhausted, I need vacation!) with my buddy Ko Kok on the camera :

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Oscar Carvallo SS2013 Couture Collection

Sea themed.

Oscar Carvallo returned to the inspiration of his home by the sea, which he said inspires all of his work really. He worked metallics and lace, shimmering ladies of the sea waltzed on assured sea-legs down the catwalk at the Shangri-la luxury hotel ballroom.

(See a video of the show by Lauren Cashwell below)
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On Aura Tout Vu SS13 Haute Couture collection

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I was thrilled to receive an invitation to the On Aura Tout Vu couture collection for Spring 2013. The event was held at the Mairie de Paris in the 4th arrondissement, and was also sponsored on part by one of my favorite cosmetic brands, Caron, who offered to guests a little box of bath beads. And beading was certainly in the theme of the collection which was illustrated by the beatle, it’s shiny green shell, and a palette of it’s colorful hues, as well as plenty of black and patent fabrics to illustrate the essence of this creature. Continue reading

Dilek Hanif SS2013 Haute Couture Collection

A Century of Romance is the title of her collection, and the theme is in,spired by the styles of the Ottoman empire and the Seljuq culture put together with a modern touch. The ancient Ottoman style shows in the ethnic “harem” aspects while the minimalist, art deco and geometric Seljuq elements combine to create a breathtaking collection.
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Claudine Ivari SS13

I was happy to return for another show of the new Spring 2013 collection of Claudine Ivari. Her work has become the highlight of each fashion week for me.

I am writing a full article this season on her collection for Girls Guide to Paris… I’ll put an link here and you can read the rest of the article on their site when it is published…But for now…it was just as beautiful as ever, feminine and glowing.

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Chapeaux!

Authentic Panama

30 rue Mirosmesnil 75008, Paris

I like things that attach to my extremities… shoes on my feet, rings on my fingers, gloves on my hands and hats on my head! Sadly I have never felt I had a head for hats, but I LOVE hats! I will buy them because I imagine myself sauntering around Paris with this frivolous thing decorating me like some kind of ultra chic Audrey Hepburn character, and then when I bring it home at look at myself in my evil mirror, I feel like a silly cupcake. So I hang the hat on the wall and thus have found a new and interesting way of decorating my wall space.

Buuuut… I recently discovered the Alibaba cavern for hat lovers with heads for hats or not, because there IS a hat foreveryone in here! This place is full of head (or wall) decorations! And they are not just any type of hats, they are authentic panama hats, and hand made “ceremony” hats. The luxe de luxe of hats. Continue reading