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