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

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

Photo by : Lauren Cashwell

Photo by : Lauren Cashwell

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.