Have you ever really stopped to think about the presentation of plants? Well, probably not, but not everyone thinks in the same fashion as the luxury designer of top design house Dior, Raf Simons. As Simons so shrewdly noted, there is a major difference between mere flora and manicured gardens. This distinction led the designer to allow artificial colors and nature-inspired shapes appear throughout the collection with a show premise that was said by Simons to be inspired by "the very idea of spring."
Couture at Paris Fashion Week is always considered one of the most— if not the most— prestigious events in the luxury fashion world. This year's Spring edition just concluded in the City of Light, and a number of impressive collections made their debuts on the catwalk. Here, I put together some of my favorite looks from this year's Haute Couture lines.
Burberry opened its autumn/ winter RTW show at Milan's fashion week to the awakening sound of cathedral church bells against a darkened city-scape background — London of course. Are they heralding something new and exciting? Most likely, because Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Director of Burberry since 2009, has been revamping the brand significantly during his tenure — modernizing the heritage classic, and ushering it into the technological age.
Classy and chic with quirky tendencies that make both men and women fall in love? It is truly no wonder that Ann Taylor has decided to make celebrity news and re-sign blonde beauty Kate Hudson as face of their retail chain. This time, Kate will also be broadening her role and trying her hand as guest fashion designer on a capsule collection for the summer. Alongside creative director at Ann Taylor, Lisa Axelson, Hudson helped to create looks inspired by red-hot red-carpet fashion but reinterpreted for day-to-day occasions.
Oscar Carvallo is one of those luxury designers that is capable of carrying the wearer to an entirely different world, and this is elegantly portrayed in his most recent Spring/Summer Couture collection. This mythical line transports onlookers to childhood fairy tales of delightful fantasy lands filled with whimsical characters— and we're all for it.
Legendary horologist and founder of luxury watch company Breguet, Abraham-Louis Breguet made timekeeping history in 1801 with the invention of a much-needed, but highly complex watch mechanism. Seeing the adverse effect gravity had on reliable timekeeping, he created the tourbillon— an escapement housed within a mobile carriage that performs a complete rotation every couple of minutes. Basically, the regular repetition of the tourbillon's variations offsets those made by gravity. It was a tough assignment for Bregeut to pull off, as it requires a certain durability while nonetheless maintaining its light weight.
If a company contacts us and says it sells premium luxury suits for less than $700, we are going to try to find out as much as possible before writing about it. The online clothier, 7 Regent Lane, is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based startup that opened its website in late January, 2012. Two business students from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, along with another partner, launched it when they found a gap in the market for impressive bespoke suits.
It's a piece of art. It's a coat. Its Iris van Herpen's Spring 2013 Haute Couture Collection! Commencing the runway show in proper Herpen fashion, an extravagant introduction which included an epic electric display hardly overshadowed the designs that luxury designer Iris Van Herpen had up her sleeve.
H&M has brought in French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis as the face of its newest campaign for its Conscious collection. The fashion brand's new line is apparently more eco-friendly than anything they've done in the past, made completely from sustainable materials (like organic cotton and recycled polyester) and is filled with ruffles and optimistic floral prints.
As we all know in luxury fashion, everything comes full circle; and this is certainly the case for fashion's current man on top: Hedi Slimane. After showcasing his designs for Saint Laurent this season, (his first men's show since 2007, when he exited Dior Homme) Slimane is definitely making waves in the world of men's fashion.
Breitling, the luxury watch brand founded in 1884 in St. Imier, Switzerland, is known for its elegantly masculine timepieces referencing the company's longstanding ties to navigation and aviation. Its newest models, however, are two versions of its classic Transocean Chronograph scaled for women who want the same sporty style in a more suitable size. The new Transocean Chronograph 38, named for its 38-mm case reduced from the 43-mm men's version, comes in either 18K red gold for $18,160 or stainless steel for $6,350.
When you think of the woman of today, what qualities come to mind? For us, it's a driven and motivated woman who is constantly multitasking between work and play. She may be married, she may have a family, and she probably stands on her own two feet thanks to all the hard work she puts into her career. So what does today's modern woman need to complete her look and conquer her day? A luxury fragrance that mimics her lifestyle, of course. You may not be surprised that Ivanka Trump is the very lady who aims to provide you with such a product.
As a self-proclaimed sucker for bold constructions that combine the use of classic stones and solid metals, Rachel Dooley of luxury jewelry brand Gemma Redux has honestly left me a bit weak in the knees. Through the use of gorgeous gems and casted metal stones, each piece has exciting personality— which gives me the feeling that this love affair is one that will certainly last.
Luxury designer Karl Lagerfeld made quite the statement today on the tails of a recent march in Paris that protested French president Francois Hollande's plan to legalize gay marriage. Such a statement was made at Lagerfeld's haute couture show for Chanel, during which the fashion maven sent two models hand-in-hand down the runway wearing couture bridal gowns. The pair of models, who walked with one of the designer's young nephews, closed out the long-awaited show that occurred as a part of Paris Fashion Week. To make himself clear, when asked by the Associated Press if the act was made in support of gay marriage in France, Lagerfeld replied, "Of course it was."
It may be the dead of winter, but those interested in luxury fashion can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Spring Couture is finally here, and none other than Atelier Versace helped kick off the season by presenting in Paris Fashion Week's opening slot on Sunday. In her Couture collection, Donatella Versace proves that all that glitter actually is gold— thanks to the designer's affinity with the particular material. But her collection truly transcends eras, as proven by a sudden pop of color in an initial sea of sophisticated black and gold.
Men, we know that there a lot of you out there that hear "men's boots" and immediately picture a pair of Timberlands or Doc Marten's, but trust us, there is more to winter boots than function alone. Winter boots can be a great alternative and fantastic middle ground to sneakers and dress shoes. Of course, we realize that spending time and energy on shopping for luxury brands is hugely unnecessary in many of your eyes, therefore we have created some easy steps you can take to make both your feet and your wives happy this winter.
Buying a luxury suit is often a difficult choice, but for women, knowing what kind of suit is appropriate for different occasions can be even harder. From the type to the style and the patterns or details, settling on a suit ensemble is no easy task. The good news is that you have options, and brands these days are providing several versions that keep your look up-to-date but also classic and, of course, professional. Here are a few of our top picks for your every need.
The inaugural events are certainly off to a stylish start, thanks to the First Family. At yesterday's official swearing-in ceremony in the White House's Blue Room, the always-stylish Michelle Obama wore a beautiful blue dress and cardigan by Reed Krakoff. She made more fashion news today when she arrived to church services and her husband's public swearing-in ceremony wearing a Thom Browne ensemble. The First Daughters proved that they take after their fashion-forward mother when they arrived to this morning's events wearing luxury labels. Malia, 14, wore a plum colored coat with a deep burgundy scarf, teal leather gloves, and a blue dress all by J. Crew; and 12-year-old Sasha wore a Kate Spade coat and dress.
Last week I wrote about luxury fashion shows that take place all over the world— and this week, Berlin was the latest to host the prestigious Mercedes-Benz sponsored event over in Germany. A number of talented designers— both established and up-and-coming— showed the collections that they've spent the last year pouring their hearts and souls into. And from what we can tell, Berlin Fashion Week is giving the Big Four a run for their money. Here, a few highlights that we've seen so far from the event, which started Tuesday and runs through Sunday.
The Fall/Winter 2013 men's collection by luxury brand InAisce, "Seeking Aether," is a true representation of clean and regal lines combined with details that have a definite twinge of vagabond lifestyle. This noble and unexpected balance of themes results in a line that truly stands out from the rest.
There are a number of reasons why people enjoy getting massages from time to time. For many, getting a professional massage means having the opportunity to completely relax in a soothing and meditative environment; but if you still aren't sold on the idea, you might be surprised to learn that there are several other benefits of massage that can help contribute to your overall health and wellness— both mentally and physically. So what can massage do for you? Read on to find out.
When a company has been in business for you nearly 100 years, you have to assume that they are doing something right. Dedicated to creating luxury eyewear that utilizes exquisite craftsmanship and styles that are timeless, Moscot has identified itself as a true leader in classic eyewear.
If you feel like your tummy isn't as tight as it used to be or that spring in your step is now accompanied by a generous jiggle, then you might be thinking that extreme diet and exercise is the only way to rid yourself unwanted pounds. Not necessarily— pedometers are a great way to get active, and most importantly, help improve your health and wellness
We're only two weeks into the new year, but the Red Carpet is already on fire. The stars are stepping onto Red Carpets all across the country in their finest luxury jewelry to attend awards shows, film screenings and parties— and their wardrobe choices are not disappointing. Here are some of our favorite jewelry choices from the first few weeks of 2013.
It's a New Year, and let's just tackle the one resolution that has been mercilessly shoved down nearly every American's throat: (not literally, of course, that would be too many calories) losing weight. A concept so simple in theory– just work out more and eat less– but it's so overwhelming when it comes to actually staying "on track." Group weight loss meetings can be very public and don't always work with your schedule— and more often than not, attempting to lose weight on your own leads to cheating (one sliver of cake won't hurt, right?) So why not embrace all that technology has to offer? You're on your phone half of the day anyway, so why not improve your health and wellness while you're at it?
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