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Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Couture Declaration

With the Donna Summer track Bad Girls playing, Jean-Paul Gaultier’s women seemed to celebrate elegance, fun, and style on the ski slopes. Jean-Paul Gaultier himself is playing with the  entire category: “Even skiing, perched on feather boots, you can be glamorous and dignified.” His Fall/Winter 2017 couture collection celebrates winter sports and everything to do with a...

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Schiaparelli Trompe-l’oeil in Haute Couture

A Paris, la maison Schiaparelli nouvellement ressuscitée grâce à l’entreprise de Diego Della Valle, offrait un spectacle si digne de la mode que plus d’une de ses pièces entreront assurément dans le Panthéon des icônes de la profession. A la tête de la direction artistique, Bertrand Guyon s’applique en effet à actualiser avec tous les...

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A New Version of the Dior Bar Jacket

At the Invalides, artist Pietro Ruffo imagined a decor based on the African savannah. Within the Cour Vauban in the Hôtel des Invalides, a luxuriant garden was recreated after a 1957 engraving by Albert Decaris that was found in the brand’s archives. This engraving was the starting point for Maria Grazia Chiuri to compose her...

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Tweed Revered at the Chanel Haute Couture Runway

Beneath the glass and steel dome of the Grand Palais, an emblematic location for Chanel’s runways, Karl Lagerfeld dared to build a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower. 38 meters high, the ‘Dame de Fer’ rose up to the third floor before disappearing beneath a white cloud. Renamed the Chanel Tower just for the occasion,...

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The Beyond Wilderness Collection by Iris Van Herpen

After using 3D printing technology to create her last collection Voltage, the Dutch designer is again using her couture as a laboratory. By collaborating with architect Isaie Bloch, she’s put a technology made for human organ prototypes at her art’s disposition. Indeed, her creations come out as veritable sculptures. The garment becomes a mere pretext...