[Video] ‘Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs’ Exhibition – Commented Walktrough

If you don’t get the chance to visit Paris in the next couple of months, then enjoy this commentary walkthrough of the  ‘Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs’ exhibition, by Curator Pamela Golbin and fashion journalist Louise Roe .

The exhibition is opened to public from March 9th to September 16th, 2012.

You may also enjoy photos from the launch here.

[Photos] Kate Moss at the Ritz Paris | VOGUE

Checking Out: Kate Moss at the Ritz Paris |Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington, photographed by Tim Walker

Before The Ritz closes its door for renovations, Vogue takes us on a tour into the glory and glamour of the luxury Parisian hotel, featuring Kate Moss.

Life Imitates Art

Like the neoclassical crimson satin sofa, a dramatic tiered evening dress (Dior’s finale look) adds a jolt of brilliant color to the hushed palette of an Imperial Suite salon. Dior Haute

Cocktail Hour

“I drink the French 76: vodka, sugar, lemon juice topped up with champagne; it’s the best drink ever, but it only tastes like that in the Hemingway Bar,” says Moss, here in L’Espadon.

My Bleu Heaven

A cornflower-blue dress by Sarah Burton, reminiscent of 1950s couture, plays on proportion and contrast: nipped-in waist and voluminous skirt; flat jacquard against

Boxed Out

Karl Lagerfeld took over the first-floor-spanning Imperial Suite, seen here, for his 1996 couture collection. Chanel Haute Couture embroidered organza flower coat and pumps.

Light Show

“When I was with Johnny Depp, he always stayed there. I had an apartment in Paris at the time, but he said, ‘No, we’re staying at the Ritz,’ so he came by and swept me up to the Ritz

At First Blush

Moss, in the bathroom of the Coco Chanel Suite, wears a petal-like cocktail dress and cape, inspired by a 1960 design, from a pink-and-silver cloque lamé created by Cristóbal Balenciaga

Room Service

"Gianni’s Versace shows were amazing—and sooo convenient. Walk downstairs, go to work: Love that!” says Moss, with housekeepers Khadidja Fakri and Lollie Bacete (standing). Dior

Sleeping Beauty

For three decades, Coco Chanel called the hotel her home. Here, the bedroom of the suite named for her. Armani Privé sequined embroidered flared bustier dress.

View From the Top

Giambattista Valli sent out a cinched draped-shoulder goddess dress in “a color so deep, so intense, you can almost smell it—like bougainvillea on the Mediterranean coast.”

Life Imitates Art - Bellhop Nicolas Deschamps balances a Roger Vivier silk-and-feather pump on his cap.Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington, Photographed by Tim Walker

Special Delivery - In the Flower Room, a team of five florists overseen by floral designer Djordje Varda is charged with, among other things, selecting and arranging 10,000 blooms for the hotel eac

Culinaire Delight - The Ritz Paris kitchens, once headed by the legendary Escoffier when the hotel opened in 1898, house a team of 80 chefs and staff, who prepare meals for the two–Michelin star L’Espadon

Ladies-In-Waiting - Sprigged dresses in the Imperial Suite, inspired by Marie Antoinette frolicking at the bucolic Le Petit Trianon, took up to 1,200 hours to make by hand. On models Sigrid Agren, Patricia van

My favourite photo is the one of Kate Moss in the bathroom of the Coco Chanel Suite  – I am so jealous.

Coco Chanel lived in the Ritz for 30 years, even though she had an apartment nearby on the rue Cambon (where her first boutique was opened). Today the Ritz still maintains the Chanel suite; in the salon is a large lacquered Coromandel screen, incised with Chinese scenes and decorated with gold – exactly the way Chanel left it.

Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs | Les Arts Décortifs, Paris

Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs, an exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, a showcase of the influences the two men have had on the fashion industry and the brand during the different periods – beginning with industrialisation and ending with globalisation.

The retrospective exhibit of Vuitton-Jacobs will be featured on two levels.

The first floor dedicated to Mr. Vuitton, the man who created the fashionable signature trunks, focusing on his contemporary heritage of the savoir faire, the quality and the luxury of the brand – the times when the power of fashion was just growing and the fashion house was known for luggage.

The second floor will be from the point of view of the current creative director since 1997 – Mr Jacobs, focusing on his inspiration and his contribution of evolving the fashion house in the current times – one in which the internet and social media platforms have changed the way fashion is seen, interpreted and purchased.

Interview wilth Marc Jacobs in April 2012 issue of Vogue Japan

When Marc Jacobs was asked about what people should take away from the exhibition:

“The word “experience” keeps coming up in my mind, because whether you go to a show or whether you go shop for clothes or a bag, whether you wear a coat or a dress, it’s an experience”. – Marc Jacobs, Vogue Japan

The exhibition will be opened from March 9th to September 16th, 2012.

Diving for McQueen: A conversation with Sarah Burton and Cathy Horyn [short film]

A rare insight into the world of Alexander McQueen with present creative director Sarah Burton discussing the design and inspirations for the label’s S/S2012 collection – filmed at the McQueen atelier in Paris (17 Rue Commines, Ile-de-France).

Source: Diving for McQueen on Nowness.com.

Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn Enters the Folds of Sarah Burton’s Spring 2012 McQueen Collection

The New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn meets Alexander McQueen Creative Director Sarah Burton at the label’s Paris atelier to explore the house’s intricate, marine-inspired Spring/Summer 2012 collection in Dustin Lynn’s stunning portrait film. Displaying a love and knowledge of fashion far beyond the catwalk, Horyn’s notorious studio visits define her style as a journalist, producing lyrical portraits of designers truly dedicated to the rigor of cutting and creating clothes. Before becoming head of the fashion house, Burton worked as McQueen’s right hand for 14 years. “With Sarah, it has a lot to do with the training she has had at McQueen, and just knowing what the McQueen studio had been like under Lee,” says Horyn of Burton’s qualification for the job. “It was always a place where it was about the technique and craft.” After the turmoil following McQueen’s tragic suicide last year, the provocative label has returned stronger than ever with sumptuously beautiful collections, the record-breaking Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute attracting over 650,000 visitors, and Burton designing the Duchess of Cambridge’s much-lauded gown for the royal wedding

Fashionable Read: Parisian Chic a Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange

Parisian Chic A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange

Snippets of the Style Guide

My latest fashionable read is Parisian Chic a Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange. Inès is one of my favourite style icons. She may be in her 50’s but her ageless and effortless Parisian style is mirrored through her years in the fashion industry.

Inès was famous for becoming the first model to sign a modelling contract with Chanel in the 1980s and currently is the brand ambassador of Roger Viver.

Inès’s style guide walks through the do’s and don’ts of achieving the Parisian chic style. The must have’s in every girls closet, beauty tips and the hidden secrets of Paris that only locals would know.

In the book Inès says “You don’t need to be born in Paris to have Parisian style”. Her tip for a Parisian style is simple, all you need is The Magnificent Seven:

1. A Man’s Blazer

2. The Trench

3. The Navy (cashmere) Sweater

4. The Tank Top

5. The Little Black Dress

6. The Perfect Jeans

7. The Leather Jacket

The book is filled of adorable sketches all illustrated by Inès and also includes rare modelling shots of her daughter Nine.

The video below will give you a sneak peek of what to expect from the style guide, narrated by the stylish lady herself Inès :

I love this book and it will be placed on my bookshelf among my other travel guides and fashion bibles!

Be sure to also check out Inès Little Diaries – small video series of Inès little tips and treasures.

VOGUE Fashion’s Night Out promo video

Gearing up to the much anticipated third annual Vogue Fashion’s Night Out ? Cos I am!

The following promo video features Anna Wintour and small appearances of other Vogue editors from the various FNO cities hosting the 2011 event.

Of course the fashion capital city in the world (in my opinion) deserves a promo video of its own! The following video features French Vogue editor Emmanuelle Alt and shows snippets of the fashion mayhem from the 2010 FNO.

Mark your calendars 8 September 2011!