Durham’s Bowes Museum extends Yves Saint Laurent exhibition

Vimla HUNT - 14-oct.-2015 11:29:11
The first exhibition in the UK on Yves Saint Laurent’s work and life, sponsored by Foundation Pierre Bergé, has been extended at the Bowes Museum in Durham following a massive attendance. The show, which according to local media has welcomed more than 55,000 visitors since it launched on July 11, will be open until November 8. The museum expects to reach 70,000 visitors by the time the exhibition closes, and merchandise sales have tripled in that time, informed the newspaper Chronicle Live. The exhibition is the first in the United Kingdom to present a comprehensive display of the French designer’s work. It features fifty iconic pieces designed by Saint Laurent, including garments from the Russian collection, the Mondrian Dress and the Tuxedo.  When “Yves Saint Laurent: Style Is Eternal” opened, Pierre Bergé, president of the Foundation Pierre Bergé: said “The Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent is committed to the promotion of the work of Yves Saint Laurent internationally, and as such it is extremely exciting to work on this first exhibition in the UK. The Bowes Museum is a natural destination given its exceptional work with fashion and textiles; the museum and its location also clearly reflects Yves Saint Laurent’s and my own passion for inspiring, timeless places. It is the perfect setting for us – a museum built as a French Chateau, in the age of the Second Empire”.  

Keep a close eye on the new designer label: Still Good

Consumer Goods & Life Sciences Department - 29-juil.-2013 13:35:27
The young and talented French designer Clément Taverniti has a strong resume that includes top labels like Kitsuné and Dries Van Noten. He followed his father steps launching his menswear collection and is not afraid to blaze his own path when it comes to apparel design. Created in 2010, his brand, Still Good, is gaining an international fame after winning the Who’s Next competition with its funky t-shirts. French baroque architecture is the inspiration for the fall/winter 2013 season, with Le Louvres as well as the Versailles castle as references. The looks, which are shot against an artistic series of backgrounds in their own right, are marked by striped shirts, a range of prints, plenty of button-ups to go with their well-known set of pants and the eye-catching camo-print wool shirt. Clément Taverniti uses Japanese and Italian fabrics to create a strong line between streetwear and elegant menswear. The brand has already seduced more than 50 retail outlets worldwide such as Bearms in Tokyo, Odin in New York, Collecting in Brussels and the eshop HypeBeast. Without any doubt, Still Good is the “must have” brand for the next seasons. Freshnessmag &  

Louboutin opens a concept store in London

Consumer Goods and Life Sciences Department - 03-déc.-2012 17:26:42
Louboutin recently opened its first store dedicated exclusively to men in London, not far from the brand’s flagship store in Mayfair.   The 167 square meter store, designed by New York architects 212box, will display a wide array of shoes, runners, bags and accessories. Located on 35 Dover Street, Louboutin will be in competition with famous neighbouring brands like A.P.C, Vanessa Bruno, McQ, Acne and Dover Marker Street.     The first men store opened in Paris in 2011. An increase in demand for Louboutin shoes saw new stores opening in New York and soon in Los Angeles. The French shoe creator is getting stronger in his conquest of the world.     Source Fashion Mag (by  Florent Gilles )

Paris fashion hub welcomes couture, menswear shows

Consumer Goods and Healthcare Department - 23-janv.-2012 10:56:06
PARIS - Paris once more turns fashion capital of the world for a week starting Wednesday, playing host to menswear shows before haute couture’s heady mix of craft and luxury casts its spell over the city. Models, buyers and fashion writers are to converge on Paris for a week of trend-spotting -- and hobnobbing -- as Italy’s Versace fetes its return to the couture club, in a glamorous buzz at odds with the ambient economic gloom. But first, on the heels of the past week’s Milan shows, 51 designers will send out their menswear looks for autumn/winter, with newcomers including the first clothing line by the LVMH-owned luxury boot maker Berluti. The fashion pack is keenly awaiting the first men’s line by Kenzo’s young new designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the New York duo who took over at the LVMH brand last summer. Also from New York the Cambodian-American designer Phillip Lim -- whose "3.1" brand is pitched as elegant streetwear -- makes his debut in Paris, as will the laid-back Japanese label Kolor. And the Londoner Kim Jones will be showing his second collection for Louis Vuitton, after a well-received debut last June. On Monday, men’s fashion makes way for haute couture, with two dozen houses sending out one-off creations -- whose dizzying artistry is matched only by their astronomical price tags -- over three days of exclusive shows. -- A wedding dress can go for 100,000 euros -- After an eight-year hiatus, the Italian brand Versace and its line "Versace Atelier" make a much-awaited return to the couture calendar on Monday. Also from Italy, the 45-year-old Giambattista Valli who showed a first couture collection as a guest label last season, graduates to the status of full member of the family. Monday evening also promises a visual treat with the show by the young Dutch creator Iris Van Herpen, who stunned Paris last season with bold, otherworldly creations fusing computer-drawn futurism with painstaking workshop craft. But day one of the couture shows will otherwise be dominated by Dior, which remains in the spotlight since John Galliano’s chaotic departure last March in the wake of a drunken, racist outburst. All eyes will be watching to see if the house, steered for the past 10 months by Galliano’s right-hand man Bill Gaytten, chooses this week to name a successor, with the Belgian Raf Simons currently tipped for the job. Tuesday comes the turn of two great French houses -- Chanel and Givenchy -- sharing the spotlight with small French designers Alexandre Vauthier (a favourite of R’n’B star Rihanna) or Julien Fournie. Jean Paul Gaultier grabs the limelight on Wednesday, alongside the French-Chinese designer Yiqing Yin, known for her sophisticated drapes, who was invited to show a guest collection this season. Haute couture is a protected appellation in France, awarded based on strict criteria like the amount of work carried out by hand and in-house, and the share of pieces made-to-measure. Chanel, Dior, Gaultier and Givenchy are the only major French houses that show couture, joined by a number of smaller French houses, as well as Italians Valentino and Armani, and now Valli and Versace, and the Lebanese designer Elie Saab. Haute couture caters to a core client base of no more than 100 women worldwide. They are joined each year by another 100 who will treat themselves -- or be treated -- to a once-in-a-lifetime dress, for a ball or a wedding. A unique creation from a young designer is never less than 15,000 euros (20,000 dollars); double that figure for something from a big-name house. Wedding dresses can go for 100,000 euros or more.   by Gersende Rambourg ( )  
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