Flat Shoes, Funnel Necks and Fanny Packs? A Look At Chanel’s 2014 Haute Couture Collection.

Chanel 2014 collection

It was a bold move by Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL to put all their runway models in flat tennis shoes for their 2014 Spring Summer Haute Couture show, but it was a bad move. Read more

The Winner and Visionary Award Finalists from London’s 2012 Alternative Hair Show.

Winner alternative-hair-show-2012 IIHIH
above: This year’s winner of the Alternative Hair Visionary Award

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of Alternative Hair, during which time many of the world’s greatest hairdressers and hairdressing teams have appeared across the globe at Alternative Hair events in the UK, USA, Austria, Korea, Italy and Russia. Read more

Chanel’s Mane Event. The Winter 2010-2011 Haute Couture Show.

Chanel Lion

The newest haute couture collection from CHANEL premiered July 6 at the Grand Palais in Paris. The collection was filled with rich brocades, luxurious sequins, ruched boots, new longer length dresses, some seriously puffy sleeves, tousled hair and lions. Yes, Lions. Read more

Tattoo Artist Scott Campbell Designs Bags & Inks Models For Louis Vuitton

Scott Campbell for Louis Vuitton

Gucci has already introduced a Tattoo-inspired collection of handbags and Chanel introduced their temporary tattoos, so it’s no surprise that yet another luxury brand has jumped on the tattwagon by hiring Scott Campbell for Louis Vuitton. Read more

Photographer Steven Klein Brings Out Madonna’s Best For 2010 Dolce & Gabbana Ad Campaign

Madonna in 2010 Dolce & Gabbana Ad Campaign

We’ve seen the buffed bicepped cougar shilling for everything from Pepsi to Louis Vuitton. But to see The Material Girl in the latest Dolce & Gabbana ads shot by well known fashion and editorial photographer Steven Klein is to see her in her most appropriate element yet. Read more

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Isn’t Just Sexy Anymore. It’s Actually Fashionable.

The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will air on CBS on December 1st, has gone beyond simply sexy. This year, it’s moved far from a cheesy Vegas Revue or a slutty Ziegfeld Follies. Along with showcasing the usual; lace g-strings, merry widows, satin teddies, push up bras and lots of lovely skin, the show is fast becoming an true fashion show. All without losing its sex appeal.

This year’s styling deserves kudos for breaking away from more traditional angel wings as props, replacing them with far more edgy and imaginative versions. Wings made of balloons, wire, fabric, plexiglass and more are combined with the lingerie, making it feel as though we’re at Fashion Week watching a futuristic and irreverent fashion designer instead of just the leggy nubile nymphs most husbands ogle while on the john.

The set designs and lighting are more akin to a theater production than a lingerie show:


The show is bound to widen its audience appeal by treating the runway, sets and styling like it’s a JCDC or Gilles Deacon show instead of just voyeurism for a lascivious audience. But don’t fret, there’s still plenty of cleavage, thigh-high boots and butt cheek-baring couture for those of you who want it.

The unusual styling:









The host, supermodel Heidi Klum:

The show is hosted by the incredibly stunning Heidi Klum, who I am now convinced is actually an alien being, haven given birth to four children (the most recent just 6 weeks prior to hosting this show!!) only to have her rockin’ bod snap right back into shape without so much as a stretch mark.

Since her VS catwalk debut in 1997, Heidi has been a showstopper—wearing the tallest wings ever in 2003 and singing a duet with her husband Seal in 2007.

The Supermodels
Ths year’s supermodel line-up, straight from your mail order catalog: Adrian Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Marisa Miller, Behati Prinsloo, Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr.


The Entertainment
In addition to the far out costuming, there was plenty of wild set decor and entertainment. Black Eyed Peas performed and Fergie, looking just as sexy as the supermodels, rocked the house:

The $3 million 2009 Diamond Harlequin Fantasy Bra:

Each year, they have a ‘fantasy bra’ made with real diamonds and gemstones. This year, it’s the 2009 Harlequin Fantasy Bra set with over 2,350 brilliant cut white, champagne and cognac colored diamonds accented with a rare 16 carat heart-shaped cognac diamond pendant. Total carat weight =150. Price = $3 million:

More from the show:











all images courtesy of Getty and Victoria’s Secret

You can see backstage photos, learn about the Miami model search, see the girls in Times Square and much more at the Victoria’s Secret All Access website.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air on CBS, December 1st.

The CHANEL Fall 2009/2010 Haute Couture Collection Debut At the Grand Palais

CHANEL Fall 2009/2010 Haute Couture

Karl Lagerfeld’s Fall 2009/2010 Haute Couture Collection for CHANEL, all the pieces of which are shown in this post, made its debut July 7th, at dusk in the Grand Palais. The stage was set with giant white opaque N° 5 bottles, creating a wonderfully minimalistic background for the ornate collection to be shown. Read more

Folk Gets Funky & Peasants Are Pretty In John Galliano’s Latest Collection

Fashion designer John Galliano has just shown his Fall/Winter 2009 RTW collection and, in typical Galliano fashion, it’s quite fantastical. The line has a distinctively Baltic bent to it as it mixes brocades, embroidery, cashmere, coins and wild shoes to culminate in a Russian folkloric (and I swear I see a little Flemish in there), but fashionable style. Although it’s a “ready to wear” line, as opposed to haute couture, I don’t think you’ll see many people sporting these in your local grocery store. Read more