Archives for December 2009
A list of my favourite fashion and film happenings this year...
1. A marriage made in heaven.....Chanel Couture for the English National Ballet
2.Vionnet Exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratives, Paris
3. Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy...Couture Fall 2009
4. Book: Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out
5. The restored version of The Red Shoes
6. Giambattista Valli Pre Fall 2009... very few times does a pre-season outstage Ready to Wear or Couture collections
7. Alexander McQueen SS2010 show in October ( probably not very objective as I was there..) But I think he deserves to be on this list first and foremost for pushing the bounderies in an industry where the unconventional borderlines the absurd (and yes his accessories are not for everyone but he is a master tailor and an incredibly gifted designer)..and secondly for trying to democratise the fashion world by broadcasting his show live via the internet ( even though Lady Gaga stole his thunder...)
8. Tim Ryan. Simply because he is one of the most talented current Irish designers.
9. The original English version of The Women (I had only seen it dubbed in Spanish) with Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard and Joan Fontaine
To be noticed (tagged) by The Errant Aesthete is an unbelievable honour. It has become my daily read and is a source of infinite inspiration....
In such a short time (my blogging life is barely 3 months) The Errant Aesthete has become very close to my heart and despite its mysterious author.... she seems strangely familiar
To attempt writing this post after she produced such a wonderful piece, has proven to be an extremely hard act to follow....
How tagging works.....when you are tagged by a fellow blogger you must write ten things about yourself and then to continue the tradition you must tag seven blogs.
So here it goes....
I've always thought that my life and existence have danced between the ordinary and extraordinary.
At an early age my parents were called into school because my teacher considered my imagination to be a worrying matter.
When stories and facts were compared.... the apparent exaggerated imagination was simply a glimpse of my reality.....
1. By the age of thirteen I had been to thirteen schools and lived in thirteen countries.
2. My nomadic upbringing always made me feel like a 'unique' outsider. I never felt I belonged anywhere until I moved to Ireland 9 years ago
3. You are most likely to find me at the beach in Winter.
4. At a Royal Palace, the 'Host' kindly gave me (under the table) her portion of chocolate truffles and whispered a secret about another Queen.
5. 2008 was an 'annus horribilis'. I'm still physically and mentally on my way to recovery.
6. Of all the countries that I have lived in, Japan has had the strongest inlfuence in my life
7. In the late 80's I danced all night with Prince...I never new why I was his dance partner of choice... but I suspect it was because I made him look towering tall ...
8.When I grow up... I want to be a photographer.
9. I have never let fear hold me back....I would rather try and fail, than not try at all...
10. My biggest complex is, and always has been, communication...this blog was meant to be a 'silent' photographic journal....I'm slowly confronting my biggest fear.......writing in English...
So now you are tagged
Inspired by my fellow blogger Jane Flanagan's section Where We Blog From....
In my quest, I discovered that my Aunt Patricia had a 30 year old knitting machine, which miraculously survived Kerry's seaside humid and salty air.
She kindly gave me the tattered machine and my other half patiently cleaned and repaired each tiny piece, making the machine work again....and has been, continuously, since...
This weekend I gave it it's last job for 2009
knitting and hand linking
the last accessories of the year
Erik Madigan Heck/Nomenus Quarterly
A few days ago I came across an online magazine which blew me away. It doesn't happen often as magazines are usually constrained by commercial obligations or trying to be edgy with shock factor.
I'm not interested in either so it leaves me usually in limbo when it comes to fashion and photography coverage.
When I started researching, what I thought was, my 'discovery' I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of it before...
Featured in The New York Times and many other publications, this magazine founded in 2007 by an incredibly young and gifted photographer Erik Madigan Heck is available quarterly online and a very limited edition goes to print (10 to 50 copies).
Many of my silent readers are fairly new to this blogging Universe..(including me)...and may not have experienced it..so if you have a few minutes to spare ... indulge yourself in this wonderful magazine...Nomenus Quarterly
There are treasures in the archive...including beautiful illustrations of Giambatista Valli's work by Catherine Stuart .. ( this is probably my favourite)
For a full interview with Erik Madigan Heck go to Coolhunting
Lacroix Autumn Winter 2009
For a long time I've wanted to raise the issue of the use and misuse of the word Couture.
Everything seems to be Couture today. High street t-shirts covered in glitter, fake snake skin shoes, and even oversized gaudy costume jewellery.
It's like a disease....it's added to describe anything and everything, making it's definition confusing and misleading
This is not Couture and definitely not Haute Couture
Haute couture refers to the creation of exclusive clothing, made to order for a specific customer, and is made from high-quality fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finish.
"In France, the term Haute Couture is protected by law.
To earn the right to call itself a couture house, members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture must follow these rules:
- Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
- Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.
- Each season (i.e., twice a year), present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear. "
Not everyone can work from Paris, nor have 15 employees. But this should set a standard for its definition and use.
Shouldn't the term Couture - Haute Couture be protected by law, worldwide?
I think it should......