>> Yves Saint Laurent's chronic health problems simply won't let up: he's currently convalescing in a Paris hospital for the next few days, and Pierre Bergé says he's "not doing well." When Bergé will admit that, you know it's bad. Hopefully the doctors will be able to diagnose YSL soon. He's expected to be released in a few days time, when he will travel to Morocco, his home away from Paris. Get well soon, M. Saint Laurent!
Posts for July 12th 2007
>> Their new Archive collection, which stocks vintage from the sixties and seventies with a focus on British designers like Biba, Ossie Clark, Mary Quant, and Jean Varon -- is excellent, I'm very excited about frequenting it. (They're supposed to stock Lanvin, Chloe, and Dior in the future).
But I think I'll be a lurker more than a buyer -- those prices in British pounds are still too painful. Now if Topshop would only do a currency converter...
Hilary Alexander, the intrepid fashion correspondent for The Daily Telegraph in London, hurried up to Mr. Armani after the show for an explanation. “A quote, Mr. Armani,” she said. “Just three words!” Not getting his attention, she shouted, “Are you on acid?”
>> The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting article on the state of haute couture today - and it was not the stock "couture is dying/dead" article.
Well, I take it back, there was a little bit of that, but the writer, Christina Binkley, took an angle that hasn't been covered over and over before. She interviewed Didier Grumbach, the president of the Fédération Française de la Couture, who had some decidedly interesting things to say.
I, for one, was surprised at how readily M. Grumbach shrugged and admitted that at lot of what is shown during the couture shows is ready-to-wear - considering the strict rules of couture that his organization exists to enforce (all clothes are made by hand from a pattern customized to the buyer in a Parisian atelier employing at least 20 seamstresses).
But the best part of the article?
Today, designers Nicolas Ghesquière of Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, and Vanessa Seward of Azzaro all have the haute couture "savoir faire," Mr. Grumbach said, wishing they would apply to join the federation. "We are snobbish -- they must ask," he noted.
There's that French fashion hauteur I know and love. Too bad Azzaro's chief executive said she has no interest in doing couture and Nicolas recently echoed the same sentiment.