fashion / 16.07.2021

Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli asked all invited guest to dress in white. The dramatics were reminiscent of Yves Saint Laurent’s stately couture presentations in the 1980s, and Christian Lacroix’s genius soirées. He brought fashion’s color wheel, setting flamingo pink, chartreuse, violet, cocoa, and mallard green ball gowns one after another, for this stunning show. Womenswear and menswear offerings merged effortlessly, so persuasive in form, it truly was a wonder....

fashion / 11.07.2021

  Pyer Moss. Couture. Unimaginable. Historic. The future. Kerby Jean-Raymond is the first Black American designer invited by France’s Chambre Syndicale to show on the Haute Couture Week. The excitement is similar to watching fashion videos with Stephen Burroes another black designer of his times showing at the Battle of Versailles (the historic fashion show held on November 28, 1973, in the Palace of Versailles to raise money for its restoration). It is eight years since Pyer Moss was...

fashion / 10.07.2021

The roaring ‘20’s. We knew when we emerged from this panic, fantasy and luxury would persist. Hand-loomed tweeds and the stitch-work carried out by embroiderers and silk manufacturers is the part haute couture will play this year and next. The delicate nymph dresses, semi-transparent, pleated, crimped, hand-braided strands of silk, basket weave corsetry lives up to the pure romanticism of our expectations. The designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri has weaved her views on feminist consciousness in every piece and we find it fitting for society. ...

fashion / 05.07.2021

At this stage we are all wishing we were at the Rue de Moussy to see the debut collection honoring the legacy of thee Azzedine Alaïa! Pieter Mulier is the Belgian creative director who has taken the reins to the Alaïa house since the passing of our beloved Azzedine in 2017. 40 years ago Alaïa explained the codes of body con which he invented. All those codes were embodied in the deviously, sexy and slithering dresses that hugged the body but was in the...

fashion / 21.03.2021

LAQUAN is not an overnight success. He’s deliberate and meticulously on a level that has now become familiar and mainstream. He’s worked and kept working smart; after all in fashion sex sells and intelligence keeps it going. Instead of reinventing the wheel, Smith sought to stick with in the popular pieces that best represent the celebrities he’s dressed, his culture and ultimately himself. “It’s a looking-good, feeling-good collection with the understanding and the ownership of the fact that we are a Black-owned luxury brand, the designer said. Smith’s reality is one of bold sexuality and huge female power. The woman he designs for...

fashion / 17.09.2020

Kate and Laura Mulleavy have the minds that create dramatic creations that certainly blur the line between art and a fashion business. Their dual imagination has given us 15 years of magic. Now with a twindemic (Covid-19 + the wildfires) in full force we see a raging floral bomb that is so beautiful I can’t tear my eyes away of this. It is all fantasy and dreams and we need this fanciful channel NOW. Pajama sets, slips, robes, trousers, dresses, silk floral wreaths that frame models’ faces, real life fairies, nymphs, or other magical woodland sprites, we want it all. One word: wonderment. ...

Africa, Diversity, Fashion, Trends / 01.08.2020

Change in the fashion industry is seldom, however reflecting the times we have seen an increase in racial diversity (however small) within the last year. The desire to discover African brands has never been so needed and is absolutely our biggest thrill. This is now an easy task particularly with social tools such as Instagram. Tongoro is from Senegal and was created by the talented beauty, Sarah Diouf. She is a Paris-born and Cote d'Ivoire-raised creative and she founded  her brand in 2016 in Dakar. She started Tongoro knowing that she wanted to empower local artisans while celebrating her African being through prints and...

Chanel, Fashion / 28.06.2020

I Owing to the world crisis, Chanel had no presentation this season. And just as well; the cruise 2021 collection was underwhelming, blasè and bland. The most exciting aspect is that Virginie Viard (Creative Director) literally found all of her inspiration in street style, but camouflaged it by describing the collection as “easy clothes” that “a sophisticated but also cool girl would want to travel with.” destination in mind  - summer in Capri or the South of France. It would’ve been more prudent for her to come clean and say she was inspired by everyday people in their everyday surroundings. The understated...

fashion / 17.02.2020

Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong are based in Toronto, not the obvious center of the fashion world but they’ve managed again to create the most wondrous presentation of color palette that kept our attention glued to every piece. The luxury. The palette. The textures. The ruffles. Monochromatic looks that again proved that their hearts still beat in their home island of Jamaica. I love frills and fancifulness and there was absolutely no where else better to be than gazing at this collection. . ...