Thursday, October 30, 2014

The History of Lanvin: 125 Years and Counting


The year was 1889 and the woman was Jeanne Lanvin.

The time in which something starts and the context surrounding the person who starts it will most times be the determining factors in whether it becomes a success and for how long it will be successful.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wearable Technology: The New Frontier in Fashion

Mae Yokoyama Solar Panel Necklace
IBM was the first major company, back in the late 1990’s to research and develop the possibilities of wearable technology. The goal in developing this technology was for IBM to make portable the most important functions of the personal computer they had created over 15 years before. Functions such as checking email, using voice commands, browsing the Internet all through using a hands-free wearable device. Although, these capabilities are standard today IBM’s curiosity in the possibilities of wearable technology set the precedent for the execution of products that are being offered in the category today.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Origins: The History of Oscar de la Renta



45 years ago when Oscar de la Renta was 37 years old he bought the Jane Derby Company and started the journey of making his name into a brand and eventually into an American household name. His path is simple yet calculated in that he went from sketching for Cristobal Balenciaga to being a design assistant for Antonio de Castillo at Lanvin in the early sixties. And then he came to America.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Woman I Wanted to Be: Diane von Furstenburg



On October 28th, Diane von Furstenburg will release her latest book “The Woman I Wanted to Be” which reflects on the journey she has taken as a designer and as a woman to get to the place she wants to be in the fashion industry and in her life.

I am excited about this book for several reasons, primarily because DVF always celebrates and supports women and seems to have a gift for uplifting and supporting the unique attributes that make women special. Rather than promoting a message of conformity she has always exclaimed that our differences are what makes us special and that exercising the right to be who you are is what sets you a part in business and what sets you free as a person.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Building a Legacy as a Fashion Designer

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013

For as long as fashion continues to exist there are some moments in fashion history that we will never forget and that we will continue to reference for years and years to come. Many of those moments derive from the amount of time extraordinarily talented designers dedicated to storied fashion houses that during their reign became their own and now is forever a part of their legacy as a designer. Some examples are Tom Ford at Gucci (1994-2004), Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton (1997- 2013), Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel (1983- Present), John Galliano at Dior (1996- 2011), and Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy (2005- Present). While developing and building their own identities as designers they simultaneously made a mark on the brands that they designed for, most times introducing something new to an aged brand or shifting the focus of a brand to line up with their personal aesthetic in a way that, many times, has completely shifted the culture of fashion.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Passion Pays: The Impact of Fashion Conglomerates

Louis Vuitton, Spring 2014
The fashion industry is a mix of brands housed within a fashion conglomerate, owned by a private equity group, privately owned by a person, family, or company, and/or publicly owned controlled by a board and a group of majority shareholders. There are six major conglomerates in the fashion industry Kering, LVMH, PVH, OTB, Puig, and Richemont, and all other brands sporadically fall within one of the other categories of ownership.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Spring 2015 Inspirations: Late 60’s- 70’s Sunglasses


Emilio Pucci Spring 2015 Photographed by Taylor Jewell for Vogue.com


The Sunglasses.

Reminiscent of the counterculture, freedom-seeking late 60’s and 70’s era my favorite accessories from Fashion Month Spring 2015 were the sunglasses. Across all four-fashion capitals amongst designers that either fully embraced the 70’s revival or just sampled it, the sunglasses of that time were the common accessories.

Where it all began, after the jump…

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends: Paris


Alexander McQueen Spring 2015 
What I loved most:

On the Runway: Gareth Pugh, Alexis Mabille, Balenciaga, Nina Ricci, Mugler, Chloe, Martin Grant, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli, Leonard, Elie Saab, Valentino

Paris was all about goodbyes and new beginnings this season. Jean Paul Gaultier discontinuing his ready to wear line, Christophe Lemaire’s last show for Hermes, David Koma showing his first collection for Mugler, and the passing of Chloe Founder Gaby Aghion.

Major trends from Paris Fashion Week after the jump...

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Era of Showmanship



Hermes Fall 2009
With the conclusion of the Jean Paul Gaultier ready-to-wear collection, it makes me reflect on the designers throughout my time with fashion whose runway shows had such an infectious energy that one could not compare them to anything else but what it was. Those designers are Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, and Alexander McQueen.

The moments that these designers have created transcend time and are why each generation falls in love with fashion repeatedly, always looking forward to the next great show…