Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NYC: Monique Lhuillier – Spring|Summer 2014

Every season, one can only wonder what Ms. Monique Lhuillier will conjure for her dedicated followers, her cult of ladies that yearn for looks that flirt between elegance and relevance. The Spring|Summer 2014 collection debuted with pieces in colorful guipure lace, something reminiscent of and most notably incorporated in fairly recent Valentino collections. Splashed with color, it…

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…

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…