Chinti and Parker
About eighteen months ago, something very cozy crept onto the fashion scene. A label that sprung from the concept of clarity and conscience, two carbon-neutral designer cousins now use materials such as bamboo and seacel (a derivative of seaweed, I kid you not) to accent their versatile wardrobe staples. Who am I talking about? Chinti and Parker, of course.

Honestly? The cashmere reminds me of sugar-coated oatmeal. Everything is sensual in the most desirable and organic effect. Personal favourites coming to us for Spring/Summer 2011 include the perfect apres-ski cashmere pants, a relaxed cashmere sweater with Leeloo Minai Lekarariba Laminai Tchai Ekbat De Sebat hair-coloured elbow patches, and their dramatic hooded cape wrap. Shop them exclusively at Net-A-Porter and chintiandparker.com. 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.

Glee Terry Richardson Sexy Lea Michele Dianna Agron Cory Monteith
Barry Richardman strikes again. Seriously, why does everything Terry Richardson touch turn to skank? Glee is an incredible show with a golden reputation, but some PR person let the cast take a wrong turn here. GQ managed to get the ‘popular’ kids to pose in various near naked shots with no real structure. Sue Sylvester would have a field day with this.

In an added notch to the creepy Richardson belt, the accompanying interview quotes Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray) as saying “I’ve never been shot in so little clothing…”, while locker room lollipop licker Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) tells GQ “I don’t know how they got me to do half the stuff I did…but I was in really good shape this summer, so…”. So WHAT? The minute I saw Cory Monteith‘s (Finn Hudson) wardrobe of double-standard layers I would have been out of there. View Post

Coco Rocha Apartment Vogue
Does anyone remember when Lauren Santo Domingo tweeted about shooting Coco Rocha and James Conran for a Vogue feature back in July? As it turns out, the project was a brand new adventure called “APT with LSD” and Coco has been honored as the owner of Apartment One. Model and husband opened their home to the magazine for a sneak peek at their decorative apartment and its memorable features.

It is a great shoot that captures her Rimmel heavy makeup wardrobe, a limited look at her custom designed closet, a piggy bank that looks like a YSL bag, a DIY project that originated from a street find, and details about Steven Meisel‘s wedding present for Coco – a portrait of the model – by the artist. Take a look! View Post

Viktor and Rolf PFW Runway Frida Gustavsson
I hear all you need to create a masterpiece is a plain shirt, though I would probably add the Dutch duo of Viktor and Rolf to seal the deal. Their goal for Paris Fashion Week was to inspire femininity through the white-collared wardrobe staple, and boy did they. We saw dresses with lengthy personality disorders, gathered Elizabethan shoulders, collar multiplicity, and gowns that were lending themselves to cubism. It was a nip and tuck affair, and delightful from beginning to a “White Wedding” end. View Post