Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rock and Fashion

Image courtesy of Vogue
Emanuelle Alt has taken the reigns as the editor in chief of French Vogue.  As usual, the most talked about decisions she makes is who graces the glossy cover each month.  Her first issue donned Giselle and the second, Kate Moss.  Clearly, she is playing it safe, even stylistically, and searching to revive the supermodel era of the 80's and 90's.  And though I believe models go hand-in-hand with magazines, time marches on, as do stylistic references in modern day culture.  

Lately, fashion has moved beyond the supermodels and celebrities (a.k.a. actresses) to its latest fascination with rock stars.  Albeit rockers have always had their place in fashion, influencing the public and designers from grunge to punk, now they have never seemed more glamorous.  The press is fascinated with Lady Gaga and Rihanna (left), both of whom have been the recent cover girls of US Vogue.  Elle Magazine released the Music Issue in April, featuring Gwen Stefani, Willow Smith, Robyn and Nicki Minaj, among many others.

Although actresses and supermodels are beautiful, they don't express the creative individuality like that of musicians.   These artists give us direction and inspiration in our daily lives, allowing us the freedom to express ourselves.  

Though, if I were at the head of French Vogue my first model choice would be someone new to covers, original, and an up-and-comer:  Andrej Pejic


Monday, April 11, 2011

The Whispered Directory of Craftsmanship

What does Made In Italy mean today?  For those with a taste for luxury, understanding the exceptional and rigorous culture of Italian craftsmanship is essential.  The House of Fendi explains the a-b-c's of modern luxury in:

The Whispered Directory of Craftsmanship; A Contemporary Guide to the Italian Hand Making Ability


Monday, April 4, 2011

Haider Ackermann, Designer of the Moment

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Everybody has Columbian Fashion Designer Haider Ackermann on the tip of their tongues lately.  Here is a little more information about the confirmed designer:

Born in Santa Fé Bogotá, Columbia
French Heritage
Graduated from Antwerp Fashion Academy of Fine Arts
03/2001 - Presented first collection in Paris
2001 - Launched Eponymous Label Haider Ackermann
2003 - Awarded prestigious "Swiss Textiles Award"
Resides in Antwerp, Belgium
Was offered the position of creative director for Martin Margiela, but turned it down
Sells online at and

"Ackermann, 37, who is based in Antwerp, has been variously tipped as a front-runner to take up the 'golden scissors' at a number of major French 'maisons' including Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Givenchy." [Hilary Alexander for, 04/05/2011]

Looking forward to his next episode.....