When you are sitting front and centre wedged between fashion luminaries like Suzy Menkes and Anna Winour – you can safely say you have arrived. Bryanboy knew that to be the case a few weeks ago in the front row at D&G. So much so that this pic is now immortalised on his masthead. If however you needed an analysis of the phenomenon- the FT’s Nicola Copping supplies a very thorough explanation of the power of the fashion blog.
In the Westcliff Hotel’s Polo Lounge loo is a photograph of some Maharajah and his closest mates posing atop their polo ponies in the 20′s. Gorgeous does not begin to describe these elegant fellows. So it is not without some bitterness ( since I am not about to fly to London) that I make this next observation. The V&A has just opened an exhibition dedicated to this rara avis- the Maharaja of India. Suzy Menkes’ review – The exquisite glory of the preening male peacock is a must.
Paris Haute Couture time again – have a look at our Times slide show compiled by the lovely Thato Mogotsi after the break and read a few pointed reviews whilst you are at it…. Cathy Horyn; Suzy Menkes; Guardian slide show and a very sad and telling review of the last ditch Lacroix effort - since they have been in administration since May, and adieu to couture…
Black Coffee showed yesterday at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring Summer 2010. Suzy Menkes interviewed them after the show – Yay!
Here is what they said about the thinking behind the collection
“This season Black Coffee embraces a different approach. Fabric becomes more than an interesting covering – it develops a history by its process. Silk is uniquely folded into patterns and shapes with hand-dyed and beaded techniques giving the garments depth and life. Cottons and linens are block printed. Read More…
: as in the name of the Commes des Garcon guerilla brand, created with a definite life cycle in mind- 18 months – to celebrate the label’s considerably longer life span – 40 years. Another great idea from Ms Kawakubo… Read Suzy Menkes’ take on 40 years of Comme, and Interview’s interview with Rei.
I have blogged about the fact that Africa was the overiding theme of Spring/Summer 2009 before, but now that Suzy Menkes has weighed in and tracked the phenomenon I felt I must just crow a little again. You got to love Africa.
Have a look at the brilliant slide show .
( BTW the pic shows the wonderful hair artistry Orlando Pita created for Christian Dior – they look like the famous Benin head sculptures)
“Recession is in the air – and on the runways, where it seems that men can dress for the winter 2009/10 season in any colors, as long as they are shades of gray, black and white” proclaimed Ms Suzy Menkes about the mood on the menswear catwalk in Milan this weekend. All I want is work and a steady salary was the witty riff in American Designer Thom Browne’s show ( pictured). Herecreated a 50′s work space populated by identikit men with a yen for Weberian order and a paycheck. Here’s a link to the IHT slideshow
What can I say “credit crunch is not a breakfast cereal” – to quote a merchant banker friend of mine
PS. I have also included another round up of the shows in the same vein after the break Read More…
On Saturday night at Palais Galliera in Paris fashion’s who’s -who ( Vivienne Westwood, Alber Elbaz, Miuccia Prada, Frida Gianini) gathered to celebrate Suzy Menkes’ 20 years at the International Herald Tribune. She has penned more than 1.7 million words in her two decades at the paper – talk about the power of the pen is mightier etc… John Galliano said “A glowing review from Suzy is the holy grail of fashion.” Read More…
I want one of these Planet of the Ape T-shirts please. I think its the perfect message to be sporting when parked at a robot – if this doesn’t ward off potential hijackers, I don’t know what will…. Oh yes indeed! Why don’t you bite me baby?
“Planet of the Apes” inspired Christopher Kane whilst Pac-man did it for Giles Deacon, for spring/summer 2009 Read More…