Though fashion is on the never ending quest for the new and the original, it always looks into the past for inspiration. And it is more than apparent as you walk through the exhibition currently on show at the MoMu fashion Museum in Antwerpen.
Featuring garments and accessories from the historic clothing collection of Jacoba de Jonge, a Dutch private collector, the exhibition presents clothing worn by the middle-class women between 1750 and 1950 on different occasions — lounging at home in the morning, travelling, horse-riding, going to a ball masque. There is an interesting section focusing on pregnancy wear.
In the company of the fashion heavy weights like Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani who designed for their respective country teams for the London Olympics 2012, the Dutch label Suit Supply is a novice.
But it is the Suit Supply that created official uniforms for the Dutch squad and judging by the styles we saw yesterday at the opening ceremony they got it right. The colour palette is patriotic but not overbearing; the lines are crisp and elegant, and the blue dresses under orange trenches for the female athletes looked chic and classy.
Shu Uemura a make up and cosmetics brand founded by Shu Uemura in the fifties in Hollywood is known for its extraordinary palette of artistic colours and textures. Very much an insiders’ brand it counts Karl the Magnificent and the Omnipresent among devoted fans. And when Karl is a fan, there is definitely a collaboration project.
A limited edition make up collection to be released soon is symbolised by the cutest cartoon character Shu girl, sketched by Monsieur Karl himself. Take a look and enjoy. It will certainly make you smile.
Feel good and positive emotions — great marketing strategy and another feather in the cap for Mr. Lagerfeld
Haute couture is known for exuberance and drama. And while this first Raf Simon’s collection for Dior was thoughtfully restrained paying homage to the legacy of Monsieur Dior, the set was a kaleiodoscopic feast of flowers.
Before the show even started the select public in attendance as well as the world wide audience poised before their computer screens (the show was lived-streamed) were simply awed by such impressive display.
As Dior official site reports: It was a Jardin Couturewith peonies, goldenrod, dahlias, carnations, delphiniums, orchids and all kinds of roses. Flowers from floor to ceiling — an event into itself. Well deserving a special film on the making of:
Today in Paris the Court of Accounts presented its annual report on state finances. Rigour and more will be required to address the rising deficit. But the worrying state of government coffers did not have an effect on the House of Dior and the highly anticipated couture show, the first by Raf Simons for the venerable house. And “budgetary rigour” was certainly not the word of the day.