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…

Paris Fashion Week: Elie Saab – Autumn|Winter 2013

Breathtaking, elegant, and sensual are all words that clearly express the glamorous gowns of Lebanese designer Elie Saab. Known for his beading and shimmering lace creations, it’s no wonder why they have become staples on red carpets year after year and why theming his collection “strictly decorative” was spot on. Each season there is a…

Paris Fashion Week: Alexander McQueen – Autumn|Winter 2013

Exquisite. The Alexander McQueen Autumn|Winter 2013 ready-to-wear presentation in Paris literally took one’s breath away. There were just ten looks (Sarah Burton’s pregnancy dictated an abbreviated collection), but what looks! Richly embroidered bodices, dresses encrusted with pearls, even ruffs (oh-so-fashionable during the seventeenth century!). The finale was a white-and-gold-embroidered confection that Queen Elizabeth I would…

Paris Fashion Week: Maxime Simoëns – Autumn|Winter 2013

Here’s a novelty… a one man think tank! I have been watching Mr. Simoëns since his momentary collaboration at Leonard and now that LVMH has bought a stake in his small company, my interest has been piqued. I would say that the purchase was a prescient one by Monsieur Arnault as this is a young man with ideas…

Paris Fashion Week: John Galliano – Autumn|Winter 2013

Okay here’s a concept for the great minds of fashion to ponder… A collection that is minimal, seductive, chic, and doesn’t look like Jil Sander as it seems that she is the sine qua non of what is minimal and what all others copy to achieve- the minimalist Nirvana they aspire to! No need to think…