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Zadig & Voltaire Brings a Streetwise French Twist to New York Fashion Week

Le 25 February 2018, 05:10 dans Humeurs 0

Backstage at Cedar Lake, an event space in Chelsea, a crowd was bustling around with purpose. Models, dressers, hair and makeup stylists, photographers and publicists were prepping for Zadig & Voltaire’s runway show for Fall 2018, which was to start in a little less than an hour. But unlike most presentations at New York Fashion Week, an occasion that usually encapsulates bedlam, this one appeared a little less harried.

Along with being moderately organized, there was also something different in the atmosphere—something grittier, more laidback, something French.

Zadig & Volatiare is, after all, a French company who prides itself on offering styles that are tinged with a streetwise edge and rough-and-tumble easiness; looks that befit frequenters of the Bowery Ballroom and The Troubadour.

Indeed, tulle skirts and satin ball gowns had no place in the collection’s lineup. There was a leather jumpsuit with studded piping; a short tiger print dress in sunshine yellow; a distressed, oversized cashmere sweater in fire-engine red, which was paired with color-blocked parachute pants; bulky coats made of tweed or leather; and enough buckles on pointed leather boots to count. Aside from the weird feather hair accessories, every look was cool, cheeky and very much in line with the brand’s DNA.

This year, Zadig & Voltaire is celebrating its 20th anniversary, a benchmark that is seldom achieved, especially in luxury. With the state of fashion in flux now that spending habits have shifted toward Instagram-worthy experiences, many are left scrambling to find their footing in markets across the globe. The brand has stayed above the fray, relatively speaking, because it doesn’t deviate from its original message. Even when the trend of the moment is something radically different from it’s core aesthetic, it stays true to itself—something that the Zadig & Voltaire’s founder, Thierry Gillier, 58, learned early on.

Stella McCartney: Fashion with a conscience

Le 27 November 2017, 08:40 dans Humeurs 0

FASHION FORWARD is a phrase synonymous with "cutting edge" -- and it's a term that definitely describes the celebrity designer Alina Cho has been watching: 


Buckingham Palace, 2013: Stella McCartney, the daughter of music royalty (yes, her father is Sir Paul) was recognized as fashion royalty, when Queen Elizabeth II honored Stella with an OBE, an officer of the Order of the British Empire.

"So I go up and she goes -- and I'd just done the 2012 Olympic Games, drop the mic on that -- and the Queen looks at me and she says, 'So, you seem very busy.' And I was like, Oh my God, I was not expecting the Queen of England to say that I was busy. And I said, 'Well, not quite as busy as you, ma'am.'"

Hard to believe, if you saw McCartney in the final moments before her most recent runway show. The venue couldn't have been more glamorous: the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris. For fashion, this event is the Super Bowl and World Series combined.

Still, amidst the chaos, McCartney wanted her team to remember: All you need is love.

International fashion critics were shoulder-to-shoulder with the world's most important retailers, and McCartney's celebrity friends, including actress Salma Hayek Pinault and singer Kylie Minogue, and Stella's husband, Alasdhair Willis, who's also in fashion.

Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld were in the crowd, too, though the comedian wasn't there for the clothes. "I like the walking, yeah," he said.

A little more than just walking, of course -- the runway represents months and months of work for a show that lasted minutes.

Stella's mom, Linda Eastman, was an American photographer and musician. She and Paul, both vegetarian, raised their family in London and on an organic farm in the English countryside.

She was also raised on the road, where her parents toured, post-Beatles, in the band Wings.

McCartney was also inspired by her father's classic, tailored look -- and the unconventional life her parents led.

The Fashion Awards 2017 nominations are here

Le 26 October 2017, 07:57 dans Humeurs 0

Listen up Sydney-siders, Bulgari have descended upon the CBD’s Westfield Sydney, unveiling their latest Serpenti pop-up store. Open from October 16 to November 12, the store will be offering pieces from Bulgari’s Serpenti accessories collection – think quilted and embellished bags, chic eyewear and opulent jewels and timepieces. A ruby-wine hued edition of the star-studded forever bag will be available exclusively at the pop-up, alongside the traditional black and white. Head on over to marvel at the interior of the store, with elements referencing the Italian fashion house’s flagship store in Rome, the Via Condotti, designed by internationally renowned architect, Peter Marino. 

In fashion news today: Bulgari launches Serpenti pop-up in Westfield Sydney; the Fashion Awards 2017 nominations are here

The British Fashion Council has released the nominations for The Fashion Awards 2017, which will see designers, models and business leaders alike, complete for a chance to win in categories ranging from Designer of the Year and British Emerging Talent to Business Leader and Model of the Year. The award ceremony, a fundraising initiative conducted to support the education of emerging talent within Britain, is scheduled to be held in London’s Royal Albert Hall on December 4, in partnership with Swarovski. Notably, the British Fashion Council has welcomed the nomination of Supreme and Fenty Puma by Rihanna, the first street wear labels to be up for an award; model sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid will compete against each other, along with three others, for the converted spot of Model of the Year; and Jonathan Anderson has taken out the most nominated position, in the running to win across four categories. 

In an effort to encourage the youth of today to seek out a career in the aviation industry, Qantas have launched a range of miniature pilot and cabin crew outfits designed by Qantas creative director of fashion, Martin Grant, for children between the ages of three and eight. “We hope the new dress-up range will allow children to let their imagination fly and embrace the magic of travel,” explains the company’s chief customer officer, Olivia Wirth. Introduced as part of their Joey Club program, Qantas will also be making a large investment in inflight entertainment for children, along with further perks for Frequent Flyers. With Christmas delivery on the books, pre-order an outfit for your little ones now.

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