Luscious greenery was the backdrop of Richard Gere's Old Bedford Post Inn. Here, on a July weekend France's oldest jeweller, House of Mauboussin, launched their new line. As guests, including discreet jewelers and indiscreet buyers, put on the jewels, each new style was introduced with a poem written by CEO, Alain Némarq (formerly of YSL.) He gave a description of the pieces and a description of the woman wearing it. The glimmer of one orange amethyst ring had me listening to what kind of woman he envisioned wearing this one (which I would) . . . "for the liberated woman with passion." What do you think?
Published with Blogger-droid v1.5.9

Model of the Year

A few months ago I had the pleasure to be part of a Tom Palmer production, included in the show was Sessilee Lopez. Noticeable, she was naturally personal and sincere with everyone she encountered.
In 2008, Sessilee was part of the industry that challenged racism. She was featured in the ALL BLACK ISSUE, the highest selling issue of Italian Vogue. Condé Nast for the first time in it's history reprinted an issue to satisfy demand (golf clap.)
Announced for 2010 as Model of the Year . . . Sessilee Lopez.

American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity

pictures provided by Washington Post
Whether it's a woman's social stature or sexual liberation, how it is reflected in fashion shows the identity of one's self. To take it a step further it shows the identity of a Nation, An American Woman. Inspired by the times and times inspired by ideas, the American Woman remains true to herself modern & strong.
The Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is showing now until August 15, 2010 if you're in New York and haven't caught it yet (Programs are free with Museum admission.)

Givenchy Fall Couture 2010

Riccardo Tisci's creativity

An Optimistic Future in the Business of Couture

-Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at Chanel, reported an increase "between 20 and 30 percent"

-Sidney Toledano, President and Chief Executive Officer at Christian Dior, said "The number of clients has increased"

-At Givenchy, C.E.O., Fabrizio Malverdi is forecasting an increase of 10 to 20 percent in couture this year"

-Executives said Europe and America remain the chief markets for couture, with growth coming from Russia, the Middle East, and Asia.

Now that you've got your economics in for the day . . . . these couture clients that account for the increase, prefer an intimate and private presentation, and oftentimes the house visits them. According to Gaultier, fittings with clients may take place "on a yacht, in the Greek islands or in the Caribbean" or a palace in the Persian Gulf.

Data from WWD

Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2010

Barely there but ever present, nude looks like it's going to be around for a while.