Daily Archives: July 2, 2012

Enter the new era at Dior: new designer (Raf Simons), new show address (a hotel particulier on Avenue d’Iena instead of the Musée Rodin), new hair and makeup (simple, stripped-down) and new clothes. Kind of.

For his first show as a couturier, Raf Simons stuck to two primary silhouettes, both involving the classic New Look code: a slim cigarette pant under a moulded jacket or bustier that blossomed from the waist down into a full hip; and a strapless 1950s-style cocktail gown (yes, there were other bits: a day sheath and swing back coats, but these were the overwhelming shapes). Read more >>

Diego Della Valle may not yet have a designer for the house of Schiaparelli – that will come, he says, in September – but he has an interior designer: Vincent Darré. And yesterday in Paris Mr Darré, Mr Della Valle and Farida Khelfa, the face of the house, unveiled their new Maison. It’s a pretty perfect Cinecitta construct of how one would imagine Schiap — the woman who made shocking pink famous, collaborated with Dali and Cocteau, and invented such fashion staples as fake fur and the luxe shirtdress — once held court. Read more >>

In the course of reporting the piece about the rise of fashion branded
fine jewellery
(along with menswear, it’s seen as the next big opportunity
for many luxury brands) I had a very interesting conversation with
Stanislas de Quercize, the ceo of Van Cleef and Arpels, who made three
interesting points I wanted to pass on:

1. First, he said it was good for the industry to have so many fashion
brands launching or expanding their fine jewellery ranges. Read more >>