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Isabel Marant for H&M

13 Jun

In case you didn’t hear, Parisian designer Isabel Marant is partnering up with H&M to release a Isabel Marant for H&M collection in November:

 

Photo: Alessandro Lucioni

Photo: Alessandro Lucioni

Not familiar with Isabel Marant? Take a peek at her Fall 2013 collection available on New York Magazine‘s The Cut.

Hermes, Gay Marriage Protests, and a Super Suit: Paris in the News

25 Mar

One of my favorite things about Sunday (le dimanche) is that it’s the one day I really sit down and read the news. Mon père has subscribed to the New York Times for as long as I can remember. Needless to say, my favorite sections of the New York Times are the Styles sections published on Thursdays and Sundays.

This Sunday, the “Travel Spring” T Styles Magazine came in the Sunday paper. There’s a cool article–The Californication of Biarritz–that talks about how Biarritz is the new, hip place to be as St. Tropez is becoming too “bling-bling”.

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After France, the next place I want to go is California. Any other person would aim to go to California first–no need for a passport, visa, language courses, or currency change–but France is my priority. Maybe I can kill two birds with one stone and just head to Biarritz, if it’s really considered “the California of France”…

Here are some other French culture and news articles to read, if you haven’t read them already:

Protesters Clash with Police at Last-Ditch Demonstration Against French Gay Marriage Law (Washington Post)

Hermès Reports Record Profitability as Revenue Surges in Asia (Bloomberg) via Business of Fashion

Dress Like the French: A Guide to Vintage Shopping in Paris (Conde Nast Traveler)

French Fashion Firm Makes Suit to Block Electromagnetic Waves (AFP Relax News) via Times Live

Saint Laurent Show Stirs Controversy at Paris Fashion Week

7 Mar

Saint Laurent’s Fall 2013 collection, shown Monday night during Paris Fashion Week , has received mixed reviews.

It is clear that creative director Hedi Slimane still faces hurdles against the fashion critics since arriving at the renowned French fashion house last March.

Charlotte Cowles of New York Magazine reports how  “critics don’t know what to make of it, particularly considering its departure from anything remotely resembling Yves Saint Laurent.” Cowles writes “no one seems to know what exactly Slimane was getting at besides a very expensive redux of nineties grunge, which a certain kind of girl will probably buy no matter how much it costs.”

Cathy Horyn of The New York Times made her opinion of Slimane’s work very clear last season–which is why she did not receive an invitation to the Saint Laurent’s show this season.

Horyn acknowledges the power of the Saint Laurent brand in her Paris Fashion Week review,but reasserts her opinion of Slimane’s collection: “Without the label attached to them, Mr. Slimane’s grunge dresses wouldn’t attract interest — because they’re not special. But a box of labels is worth a million.”

WWD.com gave a review of Saint Laurent in a similar vein: “Is playing a cutesy, disaffected-youth hand enough to propel the house of Saint Laurent into today’s luxury stratosphere – especially if the targeted air space is that in which Chanel and Dior reside?”

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