Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Lee Alexander McQueen

Lee Alexander McQueen SS 2001

Lee Alexander McQueen SS 2001

Lee Alexander McQueen SS 2010

Lee Alexander McQueen SS 2001

Alexander McQueen was one of the world's foremost fashion designers, renowned for his innovative pattern cutting, sharp tailoring and spectacular fashion shows until his death at the age of 40 in 2010. Born Lee Alexander McQueen in London in 1969, the youngest of six children, he left school at 16 and went straight into an apprenticeship at the traditional Savile Row tailors Anderson and Sheppard, followed by experience at neighbouring Gieves and Hawkes, both masters in the technical construction of clothing. From there he moved to the theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans where he mastered 6 methods of pattern cutting from the melodramatic 16th Century to the brutally sharp tailoring which became a McQueen signature. Aged 20 he was employed by the designer Koji Tatsuno who also had his roots in British tailoring, and a year later travelled to Milan to be Romeo Gigili's design assistant. He finally returned to London in 1994 where he completed a Masters degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art. His 1994 degree collection was famously bought in its entirety by influential fashion director and taste-maker Isabella Blow. He received considerable critical acclaim, quickly being dubbed an 'enfant terrible' by the international fashion press. He became one of the youngest designers to achieve the title 'British Designer of the Year' in 1996, 1997 and again in 2001. McQueen assumed the position of Chief Designer at the French Haute Couture House Givenchy from October 1996 to March 2001 - in December 2000 his own label underwent a partnership with Gucci, who acquired 51% of the company. McQueen's work combined an in-depth knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, French Haute Couture atelier workmanship and the impeccable finish of Italian manufacturing. Plans for expansion of the McQueen label included the opening of flagship stores in London, New York and Milan, and the launch of fragrances 'Kingdom' and 'My Queen'. In 2003, he was awarded a CBE and 'British Designer of the Year' for the fourth time. McQueen launched a diffusion line, McQ, in 2005. Following the death of Lee Alexander McQueen in 2010, Sarah Burton was named as creative director of the McQueen brand. 

To Lee, With Love, Nick
Video from Nick Knight,

Photo Credit by British Fashion Awards

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

The Sense of Wonder by Tom Ford

New Year's Eve Looks - 
     Tom Ford's comeback to womenswear after six years.

"The seventies is what I love. Soft touchable beauty is what I love," says Tom Ford.

From left: Leopard-print suit, plunge-neck blouse, shredded silk-organza ..., silk wrap dress, suede trench, fringed silk dress, leopard-print sheath, back-tied silk dress, tuxedo jacket, trousers, and all jewelry and hats by Tom Ford.

'New Fashion Moment'

Tom Ford's triumphant return to fashion communicates a simple message: Ironic women in ironic clothes. Julia Reston Roitfeld slips into Ford's high-glam Spring collection for a series of self-portraits and a conversation with the designer himself.

Source: V Magazine,

Tuesday, 21 December 2010


Little Fashionistas ... so lovely!

Photo Credit/Source: © VOGUE Paris, Décembre 2010
Photographe: Sharif Hamza
Realisation Fashion: Mélanie Huynh
Réalisation Jewellery: Brune de Margerie
Fashion Credit: 

Monday, 20 December 2010

My Christmas Likes - Miu Miu

!Love it  - Miu Miu

Miu Miu Swarovski stoned bangle combined with the suitable bag Swarovski brooch decorated - Wonderful pieces for my Christmas wish list ...

Miu Miu FW 2010/11 - window at Goethestrasse, Frankfurt
Photography Andrea Janke

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Dynamic Blooms Looks - Christian Dior

! Love it  - Dynamic Blooms 

The first highlight featuring Jac in Lanvin and Christian Dior a.o.

Today, for me it was a great day, following the Live-stream by nick Knight's Showstudio - Dynamic Blooms photo shooting for AnOther Magazine's 10th Anniversary.


Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Invitation by CHANEL 'Paris-Byzance' Métiers d'Art

CHANEL 'Paris-Byzance' Métiers d'Art 2010/11 Collection

CHANEL invitation in Blue Majorelle of Marrakech - inspirations of the Byzantium!

A snowy and rainy evening in Paris on December 7th 2010. After passing through the black wrought iron gate og the 31 rue Cambon, we climb the stairs to the Couture salon and go on through to a magic place that takes us back in time, 15 centuries into the past, to the banks of Bosporus, at the heart of the Byzantine Empire. We are transported to a time when Constantinopel was not yet called Istanbul, but the Subliem Porte between East and West! ...

... The walls are covered with bronze sequins, oriental lanterns cast a soft sensual glow and in this harem-like atmosphere one is tempted to lie down on the deep plush sofas, decorated with hand-painted cushions. Turkish Delight... Paris seems so far away ...

The accessories are extravagant in their refinement, - handbags embroidered by Lesage, drawstring purses like small Chinese teapots, decorated with gem stones, the opulence of the bodices is subtly offset by strict cut of the dresses they embellish.

... the models moved with an almost opium induced nonchalance ... noble fabrics, voile, lace, embroideries, offering a glimpse of the Empress of Constantinopel, Theodora, as Karl Lagerfeld experienced and adored her ...

CHANEL Paris-Byzance défilé, Rue Cambon

Photos: Courtesy of © CHANEL
Photo show fittings: © Benoit Peverelli for CHANEL

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