Wednesday, December 17, 2014

INTO THE ARCHIVES… Valentino Garavani 1968 and Valentino HC SS||2015

The haute couture show that has just been presented on a special occasion in New York [right], reminded me of a beautiful image of Audrey Hepburn. In this picture [left] Audrey is wearing a Valentino gown to the ‘Proust” ball held at Château de Ferrières on the 11th December 1971. The picture was captured by her beloved friend Cecil Beaton and has been published a few month later in the American Vogue.

What NowFashion wrote about the New York event: ‘Valentino took its haute couture show on the road this week. Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli descended on New York to present a special haute couture collection they designed specifically to celebrate the opening of the biggest flagship store in the brand’s worldwide stable of shops, on the city’s famous Fifth Avenue. This was the first time in the over fifty years history of the brand that the house has shown its couture creations in the United State and the duo did not disappoint. They even added an extra level of reverence and reference to the heritage of the brand. In a nod to founder Valentino Garavani’s famous White Collection of 1968, from which Jacqueline Kennedy chose her wedding gown to marry Aristotle Onassis, the designers created their own all white line up of one-of-a-kind creations…” [click here for the entire article].

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

INTO THE ARCHIVES… Vogue US 1988 and Vogue US 2014

The American-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid, wearing an A.L.C. Covington sweater [right], has been chosen to recreate the famous Vogue US cover from 1988, photographed by Peter Lindbergh [left]. This particular Vogue picture, featuring Israeli model Michaela Bercu wearing a Christian Lacroix jacket, is famous in the fashion world because it was the first cover under editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and it was the first time a pair of jeans made it on a Vogue cover. The Lacroix jacket was actually part of a suit, but the skirt didn’t fit Michaela: she had been on vacation back home in Israel and had gained a little weight. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

INSPIRATION Into The Fashion... Top Fashion Clothing

Just yesterday I found out that my blog has been cloned [copied is just not enough to describe what is happening here]... by a blog called Top Fashion Clothing [click here to view my contents once again]. I'm actually only posting this content to see if the web site Top Fashion Clothing is more delinquent or stupid: will they also post this content that is reporting their wrongdoing? 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

INSPIRATION Susan Dannenberg 1947… Schiaparelli FW 2014||15 Haute Couture

The iconic ‘Jezebel” sweater with a patch of a heart pierced by a jewelled dagger [left], might have been an inspiration to Marco Zanini's FW 2014||15 haute couture collection for Schiaparelli [right]. The surreal feeling of this design fits in fact very well the heritage of Elsa Schiaparelli. The American designer Susan Dannenberg, who created a series of so called ‘Suse” sweaters in the the forties, became famous also due to this Life magazine feature photographed by Nina Leen and attracted Hollywood stars like Barbara Stanwyck and Esther Williams who became some of her best customers.

Friday, November 28, 2014

INSPIRATION André Courrèges 1972… Tom Ford SS||2015

Tom Ford has always a little something for Into The Fashion [click here for previous posts]! This time he brings us back to the nude and transparency looks that was introduced to the fashion world by Yves Saint Laurent and André Courrèges [left] in the early seventies. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

INTO THE ARCHIVES... Yves Saint Laurent HC SS||2001 and Yves Saint Laurent SS||2010 and Saint Laurent SS||2015

Was Hedi Slimane [right above] inspired by his predecessor Stefano Pilati [left above, right below] or Monsieur Laurent himself [left below] while thinking to introduce this fruit motif? Who knows. For sure is only that the cherry all over print is now a consecrated element of the SL collections since used by more than one creative director of the French maison.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

INSPIRATION Yves Saint Laurent 1964… Rochas SS||2015

The layers of garments and accessories it took to create a single outfit seemed to be crucial to make an overstatement of sweetness in the last Rochas collection, designed by Alessandro dell’Acqua. For example, in this outfit [right] two delicate dresses were held together under a ruffle layer by a webbed military belt with a ‘R” for Rochas buckle. The poetry of exaggeration combined with the exquisiteness of an extra-high silhouette. Less complicated but with a similar romantic outcome is this Yves Saint Laurent dress, photographed on Antonia by William Klein in 1964 [right].