"Is the Parisienne real? good question. She seems so sure of herself. She makes so little effort. It's far from fair that what others struggle to achieve comes so naturally to her.", writes Vogue Paris Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt, in her September 2014 editorial. New Parisienne Natalia Vodianova graces the cover
I have long been an admirer of the work of the Cartier Foundation. Now as we are able to look back at thirty years of this most inspired organisation, we can truly see the incredible vision of its founder Alain Dominique Perrin, its director Hervé Chandez and the hard work of my dear (and sadly departed) friend Sylvie Dumas who for many years provided the financial structure to enable the foundation to commission art without any boundaries.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk does exactly what it says on the designer label - it's a retrospective showing the accomplished style journey of the French, avant-garde couturier and his many inspirations. And it is HUGE. From start to finish this show is all killer, no filler.
If there's one thing that never goes out of fashion, it's giving to a good cause. No wonder then that this autumn, designers from Paris to Milan, London to New York, have rolled up their sleeves to prove that not only has philanthropy never been so fashionable but that designer collaborations can have style and substance.
Technology has provided a new medium for labels, from heritage brands to avant-garde innovators, to explore and express their identity and style, and to take the stories, ideas and icons who that provided their foundation forwards into a new digital dimension. We take a look at the brands which are doing it best, through a few of the technological treats on offer.
From her 'Locomotion' days to the recent 'Aphrodite' tour (with costumes created by Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce), the 44-year old singer is now the star of a book which charts the various style eras of her career - and the designers and fashion houses she has collaborated with over the years.
In a life before, extra-marital affairs were not reported, unless dramatized by Shakespeare, misdemeanors were kept behind closed doors, and mobile phones were not hacked for tabloid gain. The same is true of fashion. I remember Jean Paul Gaultier freaking out at the idea of my entourage of backstage photographers. When I tried to calm the Gallic delight we struck upon a bizarre compromise - next time I was getting ready for a party he would come over and snap pictures and ask inane questions at the most inconvenient times while I tried to get ready. No, hang on. That's a nightmare.