09.13.2014

I could read an entire book  of just what Karl Lagerfeld has to say. His wit and ability to say what’s on his mind is impressive. This little quote is from an interview he did with WWD….

 

Karl Lagerfeld & Choupette – courtesy Net-a-Porter TV

WWD: How do you account for the glut of fashion books, especially large-format ones?

K.L.: I must say, some are not very beautifully made. They’re coffee-table books for people who drink alcohol. I have nothing against coffee-table books as long as they are well done. They must not look like gravestones on a table. Sometimes they are too big, they come in boxes and things like this. No, a book has to be easy to open and you don’t have to be a bodybuilder to lift it. I like books I can read in bed. Those big tombstones would kill me.

Junya Watanabe – Black Glamour – Douglas Chen

( click above to play )

 

The big news of the week comes on the last day of work for Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga after a very strong run of fifteen years.

Alexander Wang

photo: Thomas Iannaccone

Hot American designer, Alexander Wang, has been named by PPR to replace Ghesquiere as creative director at the house of Belenciaga. ( PPR is a French luxury goods conglomerate based in Paris. Other than Balenciaga, it is the parent company of fashion brands Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Sergio Rossi, Brioni, Boucheron, as well as FNAC, Puma, Tretorn and other non fashion related businesses. )

Alexander Wang RTW Spring 2013

photo: Giovanni Giannoni

There wasn’t really enough time for speculation and rumors for this appointment. Unlike at Dior and Saint Laurent, where for months, all the top European designers were rumored to be next in line to take the reigns. Not so here. The announcement of Alexander Wang came fast and unexpected.

This 29 year old Chinese-American designer was raised in San Francisco and moved to New York at 18 to attend Parsons School of Design. He  has been a rising star…. correction… shooting star since he began his company in 2005.  Alexander Wang, in 7 short years, has built an international business,  worth millions, with an astonishingly strong foundation. He is considered a young, edgy designer popular with the hip  fashion crowd, but he has an incredible business acumen as well. As his collection was growing and earning gushing praise from editors and retailers…. he established T by Alexander Wang at the same time and that has become a retail success and phenomenon.

The first time I met Alexander Wang, was in 2005. He brought his then collection of about 16 sweaters to our offices on Park Avenue in New York. He was all of 22 maybe at the time. Once he laid out his collection,  I knew we had something good ( certainly not to this extent good… but good). We bought several styles and months later when the merchandise came in, impeccably and on time I might add,  sold out immediately. Women loved his sensibility. Styled for a woman but even back then… he had a way of always maintaining a masculine bend.

Mr. Wang will definitely be challenged in his new job. After Nicolas Ghesquiere,  the bar is pretty high. There is talk that with this appointment, Balenciaga would like to keep the label a strong fashion brand but perhaps bring it down just a tad so that the ready-to-wear can be more attainable. Only a rumor and remains to be seen, of course. He will also be challenged with managing his eponymous collection that’s still growing strong at the same time. Shuttling back and forth between NYC and Paris is no easy task. This is one success story you hope just continues to get better and better for Mr. Wang.

Fashion  continues to extend its long, well groomed fingers into unchartered waters. Kudos to Disney and Barneys New York for this super video of Minnie’s joyful romp through Paris. During her fashion frolic, she rubs shoulders with a number of fashionistas and iconic Disney characters. See how many you recognize in animation before the closing credits.

 

click here for Minnie’s adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

Since I am on the subject of Dior… I was fortunate enough to pass in front of the holiday windows at Printemps on boulevard Haussman on my way from Gare Saint Lazare to Gare de Lyon this past Tuesday morning. Atelier Dior has decked these windows of the famed Parisian grand magasin with a beautiful ballroom scene with poupettes dressed in bespoke Dior, or mini couture, made especially in their Haute Couture workshop.

   

The 70 plus poupettes are dressed in mini replicas of Raf Simons’ debut couture collection as well as Christian Dior’s own designs from his 1947 collection.

I do believe Marion Cotillard was there to unveil the windows with team Dior.

The windows are beautiful, romantic and magical no matter your disposition regarding the holidays. If you’re in the neighborhood before the holidays…. a must stop and see.

all photos: DChen

11.13.2012

I am mesmerized with Marion Cotillard in this DIOR short short film. The clothes are breathtaking.

Christian Dior’s New Look revisited.

video here

then ….

Just in…. it’s been announced that PPR and Nicolas Ghesquiere have mutually decided to end their marriage.  The designer will terminate his relationship with the house of Balenciaga as of 30 November. No one saw this one coming. Ghesquiere has been design director at Balenciaga since 1997. An eternity in fashion relationship years. His collections have always been strong and prophetic. Ghesquiere always loved by the press and critically acclaimed. At retail, he and his team did a stupendous job balancing new ideas and salability.  With the jobs newly filled at YSL and Dior… what’s up Nicolas’ sleeve???

photos : dchen

11.02.2012

a new short film from Dior and Marion Cotillard – here

10.28.2012

photo : dchen

10.12.2012

Jean Paul Gaultier for Coca Cola Light

Fashion weeks have come and gone…. where are the photos? where are the words? where have I been?  Not to worry. I’ve been running through the shows and endless showroom writing appointments, in the thick of it all. I’ve seen plenty!  There has been just one  small wrinkle…..I’ve been completely void of words and inspiration to post. Just a mild case of writer’s block. It’s not the fault of the collections. There was plenty to see and love. A smart friend of mine told me just to post photos…. don’t let words get in the way. Just show us what you like….. it’s as good a start as any so hopefully this will get me on my way. I have a lot of catching up to do. Meanwhile…. Karl Lagerfeld isn’t the only one who’s tapped into the Coca Cola products design fun. Jean Paul Gaultier showed up on my table via a Coca Cola Light can during one of my writing appointments. I should do a count someday of how many espressos, cappuccinos and Coca Lights it takes to get through fashion week(s)?!?!?!?

photo : DChen

 

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