Alexander McQueen SS12
In my head, where I have the design skills of a couturier and a fabric arsenal of my favourite stores in East London, I dream of collections like this.

Delivering demi-couture like only this label knows how, it was incredibly moving to – yet again – feel like Lee McQueen was holding the reigns of the design process. A testament to the absolute brilliance of Sarah Burton.

For her third solo collection for Alexander McQueen, the obsessive detailing was as powerful as ever. Breathtaking and haunting pieces (dresses, dresses everywhere) were modelled after the three G’s; Grès for the pleating and draping, Gaudí for the architecture, and Gaia for the oceanic infusion of shells and coral, in-garment.

That’s right, ma cherie, Burton was the translucent cherry on top in a fabulous run of oceanic collections for Spring/Summer 2012, aiming to have the MxQueen woman move “like a jellyfish moves in the sea”. I’ve been taken under. View Post

Vera Wang Fall Winter 2011
For Fall/Winter 2011, Vera Wang stuck to her strength: subtle (and first-class) separates, winter-ized by sublime outerwear. With details including pleating that you would expect from a couturier, the collection had a blueblooded English feel conjoined with 1930s taste. Those possessing time machines shall be inspired, indeed. See the top five looks below! View Post

Eric Tibusch Couture
Parisian couturier Eric Tibusch provides everything a woman needs from haute couture. The genius designer is known for his modern and affordable productions of French haute couture, which he qualifies as “young couture”. Tibusch was recruited on the spot by Jean Paul Gaultier in 1998 and given the responsibility for the fashion shows of his famous “Maison de Haute Couture”, eventually creating his own “Maison de Couture” eight years later, aged just 34. This week, I was fortunate enough to get a great interview with the legend himself:

Bonjour, monsieur! Five words to sum up the brand?
Contemporary-avant-garde-couture. There, I can sum it up in one!

Smart cookie. So why fashion design in the first place?
When I was a child I remember going to visit the tailor-maid with my mother. I would collect pieces of fabric that had fallen on the floor and make clothes for my cousin’s Barbie dolls. Also, my mother was a fashion-lover and she passed this down onto me. Fashion has been a passion shared by the both us and this passion is something I’ve always had inside me. I worked for several years in a famous couture house where I learnt an enormous amount of things. One day the opportunity to launch a couture collection presented itself to me, and so I went for it, and it all began from there.

What a dream! What has been your biggest challenge thus far?
The biggest challenge has been launching a ready-to-wear line, in fact we are currently developing a second line for the wider public for both women and men.

Men, as well – how refreshing! How would you define your personal style?
Comfortable, elegant and contemporary.

Finish this sentence: “I can’t get through the day without…”
Shoes!

And for the females – one piece of advice for today’s woman?
A little black dress, because every woman needs to have one in her wardrobe.

Favourite and least favourite trend of the season?
I don’t actually pay attention to the current trends, I prefer to anticipate upcoming trends instead!

Personal highlight from your last show?
My personal favourite from my latest couture show ‘Legende‘ is my ‘contemporary art in haute couture’ dress. To make it, I took down an oil painting and cut into it to form a long dress. The painting is signed Alexandra Mas, and the dress will be on display at her upcoming exhibition in London early next year.

That was a phenomenal piece! So, what is next for Eric Tibusch?
It’s more or less confidential, so all I will reveal is that I am continuing my exploration of fashion architecture.

Stylish Wicked Iris Strubegger as Daisy FellowesIris Strubegger as, “The Most Stylish & Wicked Woman in Fashion” – Daisy Fellowes, is a great concept, Harper’s Bazaar. The title is so suitable for the stunning Parisian society figure, who was intriguingly the best patron of the surrealist couturier Elsa Schiaparelli.

This time around, Karl Lagerfeld played photographer for Bazaar, remembering her as the ‘chicest woman he’d ever laid eyes on’. The styling was done by Brana Wolf. View Post