Christian Lacroix for Elsa Schiaparelli – Haute Couture Fall 2013

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and he came in the form of Christian Lacroix this July 2013! I guess if there are marriages that can be made in heaven, this is the supreme match of all time. Diego Della Valle mined gold when he arranged this marriage and even if the couple gets divorced in a…

Armani Privé – Haute Couture Fall 2013

Just when you thought 90% of all reason and taste had flown out the window, in charges Giorgio Armani on his white horse! Yes, Raf, Mr. Armani is all about his DNA codes and the Armani vocabulary, which in your book would make his collection old and tired… NOT! Let’s just say that seemingly all 50 odd pieces…

Zuhair Murad – Haute Couture Fall 2013

Mr. Murad’s clothes are not for the shy and retiring types, but for those who demand attention… Some in a good way and well… Some not! The clothes demand a body that is close to perfection, but then again, being that they’re haute couture, these clothes can be made to fit any body type. However, the…

Hermès Men’s – Spring|Summer 2014

When one already possesses the world’s most discerning customers, a brand no longer must compete; all they need to do is evolve. And this would be the story of Hermès, who showed the world of men’s fashion that men can be wildly tasteful without any gimmicks, sight gags or screaming patterns or colors. Ms. Nichanian displayed a…

Dior Homme – Spring|Summer 2014

This is Dior Homme, which has already been reimagined by Hedi Slimane and now by its present carrier of the torch- Kris Van Assche. The process started by Hedi was at first revolutionary and by now, Mr. Van Assche’s collections are part of the new image and look that is more evolutionary than revolutionary. The clothes are skewed to…

Ermenegildo Zegna – Men’s Spring|Summer 2014

Bravo, Stefano! Okay, I will say it again… BRAVO! I guess all things happen for a reason and here you are with your first collection for Ermenegildo Zegna and what a statement you have made! My only reservation is that the palette looks a bit more somber and like fall, but the clothes are sublime… and prove…

Salvatore Ferragamo Men’s – Spring|Summer 2014

I just saw the collection and it was beautiful in so many ways. I know Massimiliano Giornetti has been exploring with many techno fabrics, skewing the collection a bit younger. I really do miss some of the elegance from previous collections, though. Anyways, I love the vivid colors and the ease of the clothes- everything sort…

Bottega Veneta – Men’s Spring|Summer 2014

I know I am not the most faithful of fans, but I always look and I am always happily surprised when Tomas Maier hits the mark and this season he hit it out of the park. I really love this collection; it sure does look chic and he sure found a way to show off…

We Bid Farewell to Legendary Hairdresser Mr. Kenneth Battelle

Today, I write these sentences with celebration in mind, to commemorate the life of someone who became far larger than life. The world lost legendary hairdresser Mr. Kenneth Battelle a few days ago, a gentleman whose life came with triumphant success and who rose to become a household name in the 1960s. If one thing…

Paris Fashion Week: Gareth Pugh – Autumn|Winter 2013

For Autumn|Winter 2013, Gareth Pugh abandoned his omnipresent black (as well as black leather), opting for shades of grey from charcoal to dove to a pewter-tinged beige. No sculptured silhouettes this season; instead, Pugh focused on texture: ribbons fluttered down the runway or were woven into fabrics. But the emphasis this season seemed to be…