2.14.2007

Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2007 'Runway Review'












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Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2007 'Runway Review'

German designer Karl Lagerfeld drew inspiration from '60s icon Edie Sedgwick for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2007 Haute Couture Collection in Paris on Tuesday.

As houses that produce haute couture continue to dwindle, Chanel is proving its commitment to preserving Haute Couture by buying up the embroiderers, featherers and shoemakers reports Reuters.

Among the featured artisans was Raymonde Pouzieux, who makes braids for Chanel's tweed suits on an ancient loom on her farm..

"My future is Chanel, the future of the other couture houses I don't really know," the German designer said after the show. "I only care what I'm doing. I'm not there to save the corporations. It's up to them to make an effort to save it

Glamorous, slim sequined gowns in metallic pink, burnished gold and gray , cloudlike skirts of see-through tulle , slim bodices made from tubes of organza that sprouted ostrich feathers at the sleeves and hem. Accessories included fingerless feather gloves and multiple rows of hoop earrings.

"This collection was ageless," said U.S. Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley. "It's for the 16-year-old girl, the woman who has a daughter who needs her first Chanel couture, and it's for the 60-year-old woman who is an executive who needs a beautiful tweed suit."

It will be interesting to see how Karl Lagerfeld's fascination with short , which serves girls like Sienna Miller & Lindsay Lohan , translate off the runway. An observation I have made with Chanel's Spring-Summer Pret-a-porter collection is that off the runway, even the it girls are wearing modified versions- where the major change is dress length.

At the end, a curtain drew back to reveal the massed Chanel workers: models, atelier staff, studio designers, and house ambassador Amanda Harlech, who all followed Lagerfeld out to share the applause reports Style.com.

Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2007 'Runway Slideshow'

2.13.2007

Derek Lam Fall-Winter 2007 . 2008 Womens 'Runway Review'

Freja Beha Erichsen

Derek Lam Fall-Winter 2007 . 2008 Womens 'Runway Slideshow'

For Fall-Winter 2007 . 2008, Derek Lam staples femininity and romanticism gave way to a sexy , chic and tougher Derek Lam Collection.

Inspired but the Frank Gehry building on the WestSide (NY), designer Derek Lam broke up the 80ish collection and mixed in asymmetrical pieces which echoed the Frank Gehry effect.

Lam searching for understanding in what a contemporary woman wants to reveal with her clothing, presented a strong silhouette with structured fabric. Lam says the structured fabric lends itself to revealing the body without being vulgar.

Derek Lam started things off with a pair of black leather-and-suede riding pants with a boxy, asymmetrical felt coat reports Style. com.

Lam also played with metallics

2.11.2007

Dior Homme Fall-Winter 2007 . 2008 Mens 'Runway Review'

Dior Homme Fall-Winter 2007 . 2008 Mens

Watch Dior Homme's Fall-Winter 2007 . 2008 Mens Paris 'Runway Video'

Dior Homme Fall-Winter 2007 . 2008 Mens Paris 'Runway Slideshow'

With designers in Milan and Paris cloning his super skinny silhouette , Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane said goodbye to skinny, for a new silhouette. For Fall 2007. Winter 2008 Hedi Slimane sees the Dior Homme boy in dropped- crotch pants, and three-button jackets for a thin silhouette

"I changed the silhouette - tight at the top, but the sarouel pants," Slimane said backstage.

What ever you do for Fall 2007. Winter 2008 please say NO to sarouel pants.

As CATHY HORYN for NYT points out, Hedi Slimane's collection for Dior Homme moved neither forward nor backward, with Slimane still negotiating with Dior's parent company LVMH Mo√ęt Hennessy Louis Vuitton for the renewal of his contract, this collection is an interesting side step, that should keep Dior Homme's new flock happy.

Hedi Slimane offered sleek and tailored coats ( there was geometric metallic stitching, and one with beads reports Style.com), paired with sweater sleeves covering wrist and hands.

Hedi Slimane refined his suit, shortening the leg and wearing them with Doc Martens styled shoes.


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