July 8, 2012
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
After two weeks of great shows, both the mens and Couture collections, and the intensity that comes with buying,
I finally have some peace to work with Claudio at the 10 Corso Como book.
Even though we have about a year to publication, and as an editor I have published many books in the past, since this one is about all 10 Corso Como, it seems a real challenge. Here, some pages on the floor of my office in Paris.
Closing today in Denver, a major retrospective of 40 years of the work
of Yves Saint Laurent organized by the Foundation Pierre Berge at the Denver Art Museum, an amazing show. From his first days at Dior in 1958 through to 2002,
it presents the breadth of Saint Laurent’s career. This week, Hedi Slemane, has just presented his first collections for both the men’s and women’s lines of Saint Laurent.
Nobody has seen the collection except buyers:this well kept secret will be unveiled in the next few months.
Here, two designs from the avant garde Belgian designer Raf Simons’ debut for Haute Couture at the Dior show in Paris. The tuxedo shaped after Dior’s
iconic Bar Jacket was a sharp distinctive silhouette, as were the large flower skirts.
A great statement.
Christian Dior loved flowers to an obsession.
Raf, in a surprising homage to this idea, translated that love into all the salons and filled them with flowers from floor to ceiling, roses, delphiniums, mimosas, orchids,
millions of flowers as the backdrop for his new Dior Couture collection.
Here, an extravaganza of fruits and vegetables on a fabric designed by Falconetto in the 1950’s. Falconetto was the brand name used by Ken Scott, an American who worked in both the Italian and American fashion scenes in the 1960’s and ‘70’s.
At first he was sponsored by Peggy Guggenhiem as an artist but soon moved in to fashion.He was called, “the gardener of fashion” because he loved to grow what he painted and brought that eye to his fabrics, accessories, clothing, hats.
This Franco Japanese restaurant holding one star from Michelin is my new destination in Paris. Chef Hiroki Yoshitake mixes the art of French cooking with Japanese traditions the best way to have fusion. Always fresh, and as beautiful in the mouth as to the eye, the daily set menu follows the market and Yoshitake-san’s inspiration.
Finally, the Schiapparelli Salon has re opened its doors.
The amazing salons follow along, each more filled with wonderful art discoveries, like this beautiful and rare Calder rug. Here, Farida Khelfa the spokesperson now for Schiapparelli is taking Azzedine Alaia and me through the rooms.
How many ways to talk about Jean Paul Goude a designer, an artist, a film director and photographer and a good friend. Here I am watching him direct Azzedine Alaia for a layout he is on assignment for that will be released this Fall.