Arise magazine took a few South African designers to Paris last weekend to exhibit at Paris Fashion Week. Team SA consisted of Clive Rundle, Karen Ter Morshuizen from Lunar, David Tlale and Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit from Kluk CGDT – and Jan Malan and Juanita Daniel who put the show together.
We’ve yet to get news of any major deals going down, but they were definitely hob-nobbing with the best.
Pictured above are (top) David Tlale, Jan Malan and Juanita Daniel with the godfather of French fashion Didier Grumbach and (bottom), Jan introduces him to Clive Rundle.
As head of the French Fashion Federation M. Grumbach can make or break your career in that town.
I hope to post some pictures of their fashion soon.
Ma tres Chere Aspasia
I went to this fabulous exhibit and I thought of you….. I think you and Madame Vionnet would have been great friends!
When I first arrived in the fashion capital earlier this year, Madame Channel was the talk at every Parisian rendezvous. Of course the movie Coco avant Chanel, presented a fabulous display of this determined lady, her novel designs inspiring her avante –garde creations and her triumphant establishment of her Maison de Couture despite her numerous life difficulties and dilemmas. It’s Paris in the roaring twenties, Chanel at the height of her creativity, it is style and sophistication – it’s another French Delicacy.
Just as we reach the end of the Chanel commemoration, with typical French finesse, they pull out an even older fashion muse and this time stage yet another breath taking spectacle, taking place at 107 rue de Rivoli, honoring and admiring puriste de la mode – Madeleine Vionnet. Chanel’s designs may have been considered as fresh, mature and uplifting, but it was this leading lady, avant Channel, who fashioned innovation, introduced the particularized procedure of structuring a garment and who tastefully presented and perfected Parisian refinement.
A small graphic homage to Miu Miu Spring 2010 from Sea of Shoes, a Dallas girl with a weakness for a good shoe. She is one of the new crop of celebrity fashion bloggers – so much so that Vogue is sending her to the Crillon Ball in Paris this month in Chanel Haute Couture. Quite the coming out ball for this 17 year old lass.
I am the friend of artistic endeavor – particularly when funded by a large multinational fashion brand – so this particular project by the Fondation Cartier works for me on many levels, not least because it seems to be a thorough history of graffiti. The image above was shot by Henri Chalfant in 1985 in Paris.
I have a jolie friend who has recently decamped to Paris, there to pursue her dreams. She sent me the most amusing e-mail, so amusing in fact that I have decided to post it here, I think I may regularly post her musings – this epistle deals with the inherent joy of a new pair of shoes and a baguette…
Chere Ms K,
This Miss petite E is now all alone in the big world,where dog eats dog,and Darwin’s theories are tested daily – I arrived in the la belle Paris and quickly learnt, if you want to go places in this city, best you get yourself a pair of sole destroying heels. I subsisted on yogurt for the week and worked double time baby sitting – I accepted it’s what a lady has to do in order to enjoy a few luxuries. At last I was able to purchase my Minelli, destructively high, olive green, gladiator beauties – I feel as if I have snakes of the malevolent Medusa wrapped around my feet – you get the picture – there are plenty of straps and me LOVES them!
Tick, got the shoes now need to bag a French bloke! One afternoon, I join my new French friends, for a little walk, courageously, I decide to take my new babies along for the stroll. Luck would have it we bump into Matteau the architect, un ami d’un les femmes. We make eyes, he smiles, I blush – blah blah. He gets my french digits and before I know it, we are drinking tea, strolling in parks, going to book readings and I have tripped and tumbled into French heaven!!!
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has it in for Signore Armani. Nice Pinocchio nose there! They were protesting this morning in Paris about his use of fur. Everyone is coming in for a little fur flack Lindsay Lohan met with a packet of flour earlier this week. My theory is that the only fur a girl can wear with equanimity is her own.
(AP Photo/Michel Euler)