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Creativity, commerce, and choking tradition: Dior Homme, Hermes, Loewe, Thom Browne in Paris, Fashion

Creativity, commerce, and choking tradition: Dior Homme, Hermes, Loewe, Thom Browne in Paris

If you ascend Paris’ Eiffel tower – say, during a free moment during the spring/summer 2015 menswear shows – you can look out on a vista relatively unchanged from the first day the tower was opened in 1889, of Baron Haussmann’s neoclassical façades and wide avenues. French law ensures that: Second Empire plans are in many cases more or less followed, with “alignement” law still in place to regulates a building’s height according to the width of the streets it borders. It’s fabulous for a sight-seer who gets to step back in time, almost. But many argue it’s choking the development of the city as a whole. Personally, I see a parallel with much of Paris fashion, where tradition can often choke creativity.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 30 June 2014 at 1:32 am

Noble aims, fun and games, and Donatella’s Game of Thrones. Umit Benan, Saint Laurent and Atelier Versace, in Paris., Fashion

Noble aims, fun and games, and Donatella’s Game of Thrones. Umit Benan, Saint Laurent and Atelier Versace, in Paris.

Umit Benan’s ode to Jackie Robinson and Hedi Slimane’s streetwise Saint Laurent close the autumn/winter 2014 menswear season, while Donatella Versace opens the spring couture. Fashion waits for no man, woman, nor Lady Gaga, in Paris.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 20 January 2014 at 12:05 pm

In Paris, Chanel goes arty-farty while tricky Saint Laurent trickles up, Fashion

In Paris, Chanel goes arty-farty while tricky Saint Laurent trickles up

Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent shows the trickiness of trickle up rather than trickle down, as well as being referential but not reverential. Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel, by contrast, was a masterpiece of really, really great clothes. Simple.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 1 October 2013 at 12:09 pm

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