I found this picture of my father with his parents, brothers and sisters.

It must have been taken around 1910. Fashion has changed so much!

That was really before Jeanne Lanvin introduced the “Wartime Crinoline”

when World War I ended, a big change in fashion.

No more hooped underskirts!

Azzedine fixing one of his creations before putting them

on ” stage” at the NRW Forum in Dusseldorf.

Here, the set in Paris during the shooting for the Galliera’s upcoming

exhibition of Alaia’s major retrospective. With Peter Lindbergh

behind the camera, it was for me a double pleasure – to be working

with Peter again and to see after so long the famous iconic zip Alaia dress.

Manfred Heiting has for 15 years presented an intense program of exhibitions at the NRW Forum. An admirable body of work showing his heart and passions.  Exhibitions that engage the entire spectrum of our cultural history in photography, fashion, design and media have made this an important destination.  This year the Alaia exhibition follows right after the Bryan Adams “Exposed” and will be available for vieiwing until the end of August.

I find my eyes clear when I travel and I see details I perhaps miss

moving in the fashion world every day. Here in Dusseldorf walking in the park

with us, this serious group of people walking all together in black.

We are heading to the opening of the exhibition at the NRW Forum.

All of a sudden, I remember years ago back in the 80’s,

at the time I was working at Vogue,

a group of us went out for coffee in Paris, and the

very nice old cafè owner expressed to us his condolences!

These iconic clothes from Azzedine’s collections are all Couture pieces

that he has made in the 21st century, from 2000 to 2013,

here presented in this beautiful retrospective curated by Mark Wilson.

The Blue Klein walls were the best frame for the Alaia oevre.

This is Klein blue – a blue so blue that in 1960 the artist Yves Klein was granted a patent in France for this blue. There is no way to describe how blue it is.  He invented a color.  Or more importantly he invented the medium that carries the color. Always a question artists ask, what to mix color with to make it stick to the surface, and still be so amazingly blue. Something we very rarely think of when we look at art. Of all the artist-designed furniture this table is one of the most famous examples. Here a table for sale this week from the Yves Klein Estate. Created in 1961 with the Klein Blue pigment and in 1963 his wife made this limited  edition: pigment under glass, plexiglass, wood and steel. All signed and numbered by the Estate.

Perfect color and dimension… what a coffee table!

Jeanne Lanvin invented Blue too, the shade now known as Lanvin Blue.

Married to an Italian, Lanvin was once in Florence

and was inspired by  Fra Angelico fresco with a “Quattrocento” blue.

She created the color that has been the color signature of the brand ever

since. Here a drawing of 1937 by Christian Bérard.

This coming week is Bloomsday. Every year on June 16th in Dublin, they celebrate James Joyce’s first meeting with his wife and the start of Ulysses, his masterpiece about Leopold Bloom. This rare book bound in an amazing blue Moroccan leather and printed on handmade papers is a fitting tribute

to one of the most celebrated novels of the 20th century.

Posted on: Sunday, June 9th, 2013

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