Maison Martin Margiela and Converse’s New Collaboration

In a second collaboration with the cult sneaker label, the French fashion house revisits two cult Converse models in its signature white, with a difference.

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Following on from Maison Martin Margiela’s first collection for Converse, a new collaboration between the two labels revisits the US sneaker brand’s All Star Chuck ’70 and Jack Purcell. The cult shoes have been covered with the French house’s signature Blanc de Meudon paint, which is designed to flake off over time revealing the true color beneath. Unlike last time, Maison Martin Margiela’s Spring/Summer 2014 Converse are all leather and available in four colorways: amber and navy for the Converse All Star Chuck ’70 and blue and red for the Jack Purcell.

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Available from May 23 in Converse stores in SoHo, San Francisco and Santa Monica as well as all Maison Martin Margiela stores worldwide.

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Baskets Maison Martin Margiela x Converse, €250.

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Louis Vuitton’s New Cruise Collection

Over the weekend, recently appointed Louis Vuitton CD Nicolas Ghesquière showed his first Cruise collection for the heritage house. Hot on the heels of Dior’s Cruise ferry and Chanel’s Dubai bonanza, Louis Vuttion’s new season offering was a colourful nod to the late 60s/ early 70s, with gently flaring trousers and punchy prints at the heart of the collection.

Here’s a quick run down of what happened…

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Everyone’s talking about Monaco right now, thanks to last week’s world preview of Grace of Monaco at the Cannes Film Festival. The Vuitton show was set right near the Palais Princier de Monaco (where Prince Albert II and the Grimaldi family live) in a made-for-the-event glass box and it was a venue fit for a king… or at least Princess Charlene of Monaco.

According to reports online, the show was far more exclusive (only 350 guests in attendance) than the Chanel and Dior shows this month and the set was designed in a way where every guest got an front row view.

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2015 runway

Departing from the architecture and structure that gave his Balenciaga designs cult status, Ghesquière’s second collection for Vuitton was filled with more of the fit-and-flare shape he introduced in his AW14 show, but he also added slip dresses, long-sleeved evening jumpers over slim-cut flares and fine-knit shift dresses, too. Colour-wise, lemon yellows, pastel pink, gold, orange and black were mixed up with retro-curtain florals, from boudoir pretty to Mad Men style, and finished with splashes of egg-yolk, poster-paint red and power pink.

Adele Exarchopoulos, Miroslava Duma, Brit Marling and Jennifer Connolly at the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2015 show

 

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Customised Fittings come to Jimmy Choo Parisian boutiques

British shoe brand Jimmy Choo is preparing to launch its first personalization service, offering each of its clients the opportunity to customize the Anouk, Lance, Xenie and Tite models.

This unique opportunity will be available from the 19th of May 2014, in Jimmy Choo’s Parisian boutiques, making it even harder to resist!

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The Nine Most Iconic Dresses by Yves Saint Laurent

This week saw Yves Saint Laurent, a film based on the life of the iconic designer (and endorsed by his former partner, Pierre Bergé) open in the UK. It is nothing less than amazing.

Inspired by the designer’s life, here is a little recap of some of his most iconic dresses, designed by Yves Saint Laurent himself, which marked his most significant life mile-stones.

1/9 HE STARTED AT DIOR

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After entering and winning a competition for young fashion designers when he was 17, Saint Laurent travelled to Paris and met with the then-editor of Paris Vogue. Two years later, after finishing his studies, Saint Laurent was introduced to Christian Dior who hired him on the spot. Fast forward to 1957, when Monsieur Dior died, and Yves took over as head designer. He was 21.

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In 1960 Saint Laurent was conscripted to the French army, but after 20 days was admitted to a military hospital and left. He was fired by Dior, who he sued for breach of contract, and along with his lifelong partner, Pierre Bergé (who worked with Saint Laurent as CEO of the company, and still runs a foundation holding thousands of outfits from the YSL archive) Saint Laurent set up his own label.

3/9 SO HE DID.

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It’s hard to overestimate how much Saint Laurent revolutionised fashion for women. When he introduced ‘le smoking’ (the women’s tuxedo jacket) in 1967, he gave women a sassy, elegant, modern option for going out that still looks incredible today. He took traditionally masculine, practical clothing – like cream cotton explorer’s linens, which he turned into mini dresses as part of his Africa collection – to completely turn fashion on its head. When he retired his couture label in 2002, Vogue put it like this: ‘Yves was first with everything and has inspired practically everybody’.

4/9 BUT IT WASN’T JUST DESIGN: HE CHANGED THE FACE OF FASHION

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Saint Laurent is often credited with being the founder of ready-to-wear fashion (as opposed to couture – read more about the history of couture here). In 1966, Saint Laurent tapped into the youth-led democratisation that shaped the 1960s and launched Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, a line of clothes that was ready-to-wear, accessible for young people and relatively affordable.

5/9 HE WASN’T AFRAID TO BREAK THE RULES

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Yves Saint Laurent’s 1971 spring collection, for instance, went down like a lead balloon with the French press, who believed its 1940s vibe glamorised the occupation of France in World War II.

6/9 HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST DESIGNERS TO USE A DIVERSE RANGE OF MODELS

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Black models like Pat Cleveland, Mounia and Iman were celebrated by Saint Laurent at a time when it was rare for non-white models to appear on catwalks and in ad campaigns. Even Naomi Campbell, speaking after the designer’s death, said, ‘My first Vogue cover ever was because of this man. When I said to him “Yves, they won’t give me a French Vogue cover, they won’t put a black girl on the cover” he was like, “I’ll take care of that” – and he did.’

7/9 HIS INNER CIRCLE WAS AMAZING

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Saint Laurent hung out with the in crowd. Socialite Betty Catroux and designers Paloma Picasso and LouLou De La Falaise (who was also a muse for Saint Laurent) were an integral part of his inner circle, as were Bianca Jagger, the actresses Catherine Deneuve and Talitha Getty and the model Donna Jordan.

8/9 BUT HE WAS PLAGUED BY ILLNESS AND ADDICTION

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Saint Laurent was tormented by mental and physical illness and drug addiction throughout his life – issues he traced back to hospitalisation and electric shock treatment after being discharged from the army. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008 and died in June of that year, a few days after entering into a civil partnership with longtime love Bergé.

9/9 AND NOW?

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Saint Laurent retired in 2002 and following his departure, Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, Tom Ford and Stefano Pilati all took the reins individually, with Hedi Slimane famously becoming head designer in 2012. Re-branding the company as Saint Laurent Paris, Slimane created a whole lot of controversy (notably in the form of ‘Ain’t Laurent without Yves’ T-shirts) but his grungy-cool, rock-music inspired collections and ad campaigns have won over a legion of new fans, from Lou Doillon and Sky Ferreira and Jared Leto.

Laetitia Casta in Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic feather dress, after the designer’s AW2000 show

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Channel Your Inner Chanel

Got that Monday morning feeling? Suddenly the week ahead seems extremely long, and the weekend behind us already seems like a distant memory…

But hey, why not cheer yourself up by new purchase? They do say shopping is therapy.

Recently it can not be denied the recent wave of Chanel’s Optical Illusion dress to hit the red-carpet.

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Created by Chanels mastermind, Karl Lagerfeld, the dress is cut in a boxy shape to give the appearance of a crop top and skirt but features a tight-fitting middle panel.

But if you are just a mere mortal like the grand majority of us, why not give this Topshop version a go? Available in lilac, mint green, and white hitting all the right Spring/Summer 14 ‘Pastels’ trend.

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£55 http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/dresses-442/60s-lace-shift-dress-2721036?bi=1&ps=200

Or perhaps this white scalloped version is more to your liking?

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£55 http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/dresses-442/scallop-insert-shift-dress-2776000?bi=1&ps=200

Monday suddenly doesn’t seem as bad now? non?

Jimmy Choo Pop-Up Store comes to Printemps Haussmann Paris!

Jimmy Choo is launching his latest pop-up store at Printemps Haussmann, Paris.

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As from tomorrow (Tuesday 4th March 2014), one will be able the temporary boutique on the ground floor for the next three months. The boutique here at Printemps, will be dedicated entirely to the house’s leather line of London accessories and bags, featured in the Spring/Summer 2014 campaign.

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Not only this, but Jimmy Choo has also recreated its famous Cloud clutch in a disco version, in black glitter Plexiglas, as a Printemps Haussmann exclusive, designed especially to celebrate their collaboration!

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Find yourself a little piece of handbag leather at Printemps Haussmann, 102 rue de Provence, Paris 9ème!

DIOR’S New ‘Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet’ Perfume

Parallels to Raf Simon’s recent Dior haute couture gowns, the latest version of the Miss Dior fragrance blooms with floral beauty.

Fashion in ParisIt has been described by Vogue as a ‘new light-as-linen perfume combines fresh spring notes to create a truly blooming bouquet’.

Fashion in ParisThe ‘Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet’ is a divine blend of mandarin, rose and apricot essences, to recreate the scent of peonies, whose scent is elusively impossible to extract, yet Dior has done wonders in producing an exact representation of the peony’s scent.

Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet, 50 ml, €73.50.

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