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Oscar Carvallo Couture FW2014

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Article by Charles Gillman

Images provided by Oscar Carvallo

Summer was here, and didn’t this Brit know it! Anything generally above ten degrees celsius sends me into a broad-spectrum decline of complaining how unbearably sweltering it is and re-sighting dramatically about how I may not make it to the fall, by falling face first on to a thirty degree pavement. I was already looking forward to the fall, it’s my much-loved time of year as the temperatures drop, the lights around Paris come on earlier and there are abundances of leaves on the ground, Just in case I drop face first.

So, what better way to get in the mood than to go to an haute couture show by Oscar Carvallo with his new collections for fall/winter 2014. Recently I’d become single again, and getting out and about mingling with some fashionistas was just what the heartbreak doctor had ordered. He’d also ordered that I adopt a cat called Willow and that I started reading a book called ‘Good Husband Material’… Yes, I have to hide the front cover when I sit on the metro, however the only first-rate husband material that I was managing to unearth in the so called ‘city of love’ was 100g of chocolate every night and a Starbucks by the river everyday. They were dependable, I knew what I was getting, and I kind of knew that they weren’t good for me. Sounds like the ideal husband, no?

Fine, I’ve turned in to the cat lady at twenty-seven but on the contrary, I do own a lint roll. Anyway enough of that, before I put you all off of Paris completely! It’s the 10th of July and I’m getting ready to go to the show and as I’m becoming a bit of a navy fan, I thought that would be the outfit of choice for the evening. I threw on the navy glasses to complete the look and tried to make my pile of hair into a decent form with it’s nest like appearance, I’m quite certain that I saw a few sparrows fly out of the back of my barnet, but it’s the best it was going to get, so off I went leaving Willow swinging from the clothes horse, keeping herself entertained.

The show was set in the town hall of the forth district, which is a beautiful building! I was expecting to be impressed, but I was blown away this time around at the shows! The collection was entitled ‘Save Our Souls’.

The clothes were literally stunning, created with structure and clean lines in mind but soft at the same time. The colours that we’re used were soft and pastel like (powdered rose) but with a pearl and iridescent texture at the same time. It really was a collection of something strong yet soft. Enjoy the photos and the video!

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Press Release by PR agency Alexandre Boulais :

The Oscar Carvallo fall-winter 2014 collection named Save Our Souls (SOS), is a call for the redemption of the souls of the people who, like in Venezuela, fight to defend their rights and freedom.

From the innovation and research of new materials specific to the House, dresses of tulle, silk gazar and silk mikado, parade in tones of gold, white, gray, blue and pink, decorated with horsehair, pearls and hearts embroidered applications. Filled with futuristic influences, glittered tops and short dresses in pearly leather melt into tulle skirts. Phosphorescent strips and mesh dresses boost determined silhouettes with sporty looks.

In a heavenly and peaceful atmosphere, stand oxidized accessories that evoke the past fights: earrings, necklaces and belts designed with genuine cartridges and bullets, shields and bracelets globe “SOS” engraved and accessories such as open hearts. Iconic pieces from the House of Oscar Carvallo, such as the leggings monogrammed OC, accompanying the silhouettes in shades of powder pink and charcoal gray.

Last but not least, a wedding dress created by the visual artist Pancho Quilici is the highlight of this season offering a new thinking on clothing as a protective habitat.

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Defined Moment Couture FW2014

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Article by Frank Cierpial

Images provided by Defined Moment

After going through a hard time in life, sometimes you need to take a few steps back, rediscover who you are, and integrate the old you with the new you. That is exactly what I did after coming back to Paris after a great loss in my life and spent some time with my greatest loves : my friends, crêpes, night walks along the cobblestone streets of le Marais and fashion! It is my favorite time of the year in Paris : Haute Couture Fashion Week (woooo!!!!!! confetti!). Going to a fashion show/presentation in my opinion is the most exciting thing in the world. It can be compared to opening Christmas presents, you never know what you’re going to find inside, and this show was almost like a Christmas present to me. Christmas in July!

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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. Read more →

Pastry Boy Dishes on High Fashion Design

Paul Waters, one of the sweetest guys in Paris (and he is a fabulous cake baker!) was darling enough to attend the Clarisse Hieraix fashion show for me for Paris Fashion Haute Couture Week. I have to admit, I am a little jealous that I couldn’t go, I love her work. But Paul knows her brand, so I was confident that I was handing the invite to a capable guy with style and a good eye for design.

Here is his beautiful review :

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When one thinks of Haute Couture or luxury fashion, labels, brands and fashion houses such as Chanel or Louis Vuitton immediately spring to mind; but it is hard to imagine these names and brands that seem to rule over the industry with such power were once founded and created by people like Clarisse Hieraix.

Born in 1973 in Marie-Galante (Guadeloupe), Clarisse Hieraix received her diploma from the Chambre Syndicate of Haute Couture in Paris in 1999. During her initial studies, she perfected her craft while working on different collections, ultimately allowing her to perfect her style and personality. A style and personality that is very strong and evident in all her work, the Clarisse Hieraix woman knows exactly what she wants and where she is going.  Hieraix, may have a very long way to go before becoming the next “Chanel” but she certainly posses some potential and I was lucky enough to attend her latest show in Paris.

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Didit Hediprasety SS2013 Couture Collection

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The calm and quiet zen of spring water, a dreamlike Japanese afternoon, the body is warm and relaxed, unconstrained in the soft draping jersey that clings to it gently.

I was invited to attend the Spring-Summer 2013 couture show in Paris held at the luxurious Shangri-La palace hotel in Paris for Didit Hediprasetyo, one of the designers I have been following now for several seasons. One of the things I appreciate the most about his collections is that they change entirely every season, but still to the trained eye, you can pick out the details that are so typical to his work.

Didit never ceases to inspire me, as every season his collections are completely different. He comes up with an entirely new concept, idea and theme, that he always displays with elegance and craftsmanship. The models all dressed in Didit’s version of Japanese zen-wear, stepped slowly onto the padded platforms where they each took their place in the « tableau » that had been imagined by Didit.

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What women want – Ce que veulent les femmes


And what is it that they want? Well, at the moment it is a Yves Saint Laurent frock, gown, garment, glove…anything.

The artist who disappeared from this world in 2008 is not to be easily forgotten. Madame Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has teamed up with the Petit Palais and the Foundation of Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurant (Pierre Bergé was Yves life partner), to create a special homage to the man who understood the grace of the female body better than most women do.

The exposition which was opened in March, will be coming to a close soon on the 29th of August. I suggest you go as quickly as possible to see this stunning spectacle of fashion, artistry and pure genius.

YSL was a master of using texture, shapes, lines, colors and movement in his work, and this display shows about 300 pieces of his haute couture work, as well as photographs and film. Sometimes shocking, often innovative and always the emblem of elegance Yves creations will forever remain works of art.

YSL, started at the age of 19 as Christian Dior’s assistant modéliste . He then took over the maison when Dior passed two years later. In 1961 his own maison is created YSL, under the guidance of Pierre Bergé, and Yves went on to revolutionize fashion for decades.

The exposition has a well thought out scenographie, and you flow through the rooms as if on air, passing in front of one gorgeous piece to the next, with each one calling out to you to touch (which is not allowed), so you feel them with your gaze. All those folds of taffeta, tweed, silk, satin, velvet, tulle, lace and embroidery are enough to drive a lady mad, or ecstatic, or both. You exit feeling as if you have wings, or are wearing a silk gown… same thing.

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