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VAN HERPEN’S MERGE OF FASHION AND ART

Today, I watched an amazing short video about Iris Van Herpen. I have always been her fan. In the video about her work, you can see the core of her brand’s work: innovation in fashion, textiles and perception of fashion. She says: “I see my space of couture as a laboratory. It’s the place where art and fashion can really merge. I think the magic of technology is the invisibility of it.”

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SHOCKED BY THE SHOCKING PINK

Established in 1927, Maison Schiaparelli was led by the synonymous Elsa Schiaparelli, one of Coco Chanel’s most famous “fashion enemies”. It was on the address 4 Rue de la Paix, the street which still today carries famous names of Breguet, Buccellati, Mouboussin and many more. The company was founded under the name “Schiaparelli— Pour le sport ”.

The original product which kicked of the fame of Elsa Schiaparelli, was her hand knitted pullover with a geometric white bow around the neck, contrasting with black wool. It became an instant best-seller in the United States. Continue reading “SHOCKED BY THE SHOCKING PINK”

THE MAGIC WORLD OF HIGH JEWELRY

As I was reading through the new L’Officiel edition, I noticed that as I flipped through pages of diamond broaches by De Beers, Van Cleef and Arpels, Chaumet, Adler, Graff, Harry Winston and many others, I knew all these brands. In fact, I don’t only know them, I know their stories! I know the story behind Chanel’s signature lion which appeared  in the new high jewelry collection, in the shape of beautifully crafted earrings. I know Cartier’s panther, and it’s story inside out. I know Van Cleef& Arpels’s Alhambra. This is when I realized just how much this amazing woman taught me, once I noticed that I appreciated pieces of jewelry for their historical links and modern interpretations. Continue reading “THE MAGIC WORLD OF HIGH JEWELRY”

DARE TO NEVER GIVE UP!

There are all kinds of people: creative, artistic, scientific, business-oriented, family-oriented, positive, shy, talkative, quiet… We choose the people around us based on our personality and try to keep them close to learn and profit one from another. If I had to describe Agustina Cattaneo in a few words, I would stop and think for a long time before saying anything. Anyhow, two words come straight to my mind as I think about this professor who taught me a new dimension of fashion business and lifestyle: she is brave and daring. Continue reading “DARE TO NEVER GIVE UP!”

COCO CHANEL: “A GIRL SHOULD BE TWO THINGS CLASSY AND FABULOUS”

If I was to look up to one woman in fashion religiously, it would inevitably have to be Gabrielle Chanel. She was not only the designer who revolutionized fashion, famously gave women freedom through clothing as Pierre Bergé once said ‘’Chanel gave women freedom, Yves (Saint Laurent) gave them power’’, but she was above all such a strong personality. If we look at Coco Chanel as a woman, she is almost like a brand with such a strong identity that even mistakes are regarded as intentional abstractions. Continue reading “COCO CHANEL: “A GIRL SHOULD BE TWO THINGS CLASSY AND FABULOUS””