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Spring Shopping Spree at Louis Vuitton

Want to update and spice up your spring wardrobe with some timeless, classic, yet up-to-date and modern accessories? Here is a look at the great classic and ultra luxury brand Louis Vuitton. The brand is known for its iconic travel luggage and signature LV leather goods. Nothing will spiff you up like a pair of über-glam sunglasses and a small piece of fashion jewelry or, of course, a new handbag.

Malle Fleurs - A romantic piece rooted in Louis Vuitton history, the Malle Fleurs is a reinterpretation of an iconic piece created in the 1910s for our very best clients: the flower trunk. The water-resistant metallic tray and Vuittonite lining mean that flowers, water, or soil can be put in the tray without damaging it.

Malle Fleurs- A romantic piece rooted in Louis Vuitton history, the Malle Fleurs is a reinterpretation of an iconic piece created in the 1910s for our very best clients: the flower trunk. The water-resistant metallic tray and Vuittonite lining mean that flowers, water, or soil can be put in the tray without damaging it.

I’m absolutely in love with this Louis à Paris silk scarf, which comes in two colors, and these My Fair Lady sunglasses, which will give you that classic Audrey Hepburn look. I was looking for some fresh spring colors and found these pink beauties for all different budgets (well, they’re clearly on the high end, after all, since it’s one of the premiere luxury brands, but you can find little things à la Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

Here we get into magenta and dark burgundy colors. I especially love this super chic color which Louis Vuitton calls 'amarente' and the iconic Alma bag which comes in four different sizes–PM, BB, Mini and Nano.

I also fell in love with these classic brown and black staple Louis Vuitton colors. Especially the Alma PM in smooth glossy mirror patent leather with iconic monogram canvas. The oversized LV signature that adorns its instantly recognizable shape is embossed. It is perfectly understated and elegant. The Capucines BB handbag in golden jacquard fabric is inspired by the ornate decorative elements of the Baroque style (you know how much I love the rococo and baroque styles). The precious jacquard is produced on a loom that weaves more than 3000 threads into a perfect fabric. Perfect for a night to shine!

 
Haute Couture Week Spring 2019 Paris

Rainbows, Mermaids and Marie-Antoinette

To my great delight, there was a plethora of rainbow colors as well as inspiration taken from my favorite period, the Rococo. Rainbows were seen in many collections, subtle-colored sparkling sequins in the case of Ralph & Russo - or more obvious in the collections of Schiaparelli, Georges Hobeika, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rami Kadi and Givenchy. Lagerfeld’s creations came in pastel rainbows. Alexis Mabille even named his show “Rainbow Splash.” Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab and Jean Paul Gaultier dove into the sea for inspiration, while Giorgio Armani and Stéphane Rolland looked to the Art Deco period.

Karl Lagerfeld invites us to the Mediterranean style “Villa Chanel,” a world he calls “lux, serene and calm, not like [the world] now.” Here we celebrate the joy of beauty and of nature.. Inspired by the exhibition “La Fabrique du luxe: Les marchands merciers parisiens au XVIIIe siècle,” Lagerfeld gives us a modern take on the 18th century world of King Louis XV and his mistress, Madame de Pompadour. Here we see sumptuous embroideries of resin-preserved flowers, sequins carefully painted by hand, and delicate lace, hand-painted or iced with silicone whorls, giving it the look of Meissen porcelain. Full skirts contrasted with small-bodices remind us of the days of Marie Antoinette.

Stéphane Rolland describes his collection as being “inspired by the 20s and art deco. I started with the era after the war of 1914/18 when there was freedom of expression. People wanted to live. When we see what is happening today, we want to rediscover this freedom. It's this that drove my collection and my way of thinking. I entered inside the Champs-Elysées theatre and voilà, here is the message. All the shapes flow, the body is free. It's not too sexy, its sensible, and very sensual, but at the same time super fragile and with an extreme sensibility and femininity. This is what I truly wanted. ”

Georges Chakra describes his collection as “a fairy-tale. it’s funny, its romantic, it’s poetic, it’s sensual, perfect to escape from everyday worries. The clothes have to have a very well done and excellent finish. There are dresses that use kilometers of tulle, there are frills and bows, so I think that everything that is romantic and sensual is seen throughout the show.”

“I don’t believe in modernist couture,” says Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino, “I love couture for what it is—the lightness, the uniqueness.” And that is what we see in Piccioli’s collection, the lightness and uniqueness of flowers. “I have asked the seamstresses of the Atelier to personally name each dress with a name of a flower,” says Piccioli, “or with the emotion brought by the flower itself. I was inspired by the Abécédaire de Flore.” Even many of the models’ eyes are framed in petals to transform them into flower fairies of the 19th-century French artist J. J. Grandville and the 1960s makeup artist Pablo Manzoni. The collection of 65 looks recalls all that we know of Valentino, from the voluminous ball gowns, to the ruffles, to the lace and wallpaper florals, all made relevant for today.

Schiaparelli Haute Couture

Bertrand Guyon of Schiaparelli describes his collection as “almost futuristic, even, because I wanted to work on totally different color combinations inspired by the porcelain of Sèvres, Chantilly and Meissen for the floral section. It’s also very humorous and optimistic.” His embroideries incorporate antique porcelain designs, as well as an astrological pattern from a 17th century star atlas. For futuristic, take a look at his “Meteroid Swarm Cape” or his gigantic, tiered, pink tulle gown.

Giambattista Valli’s trademark tulle explosions, extravagant trains, and fez hats mark his latest collection. Thousands of sparkling Swarovski crystals that crunch under your feet create a feeling of lightness and of Paris at night. Valli describes what led him to become a couturier by reflecting on a photo he’d seen by Helmut Newton, one of models lounging in the couture salon of Yves Saint Laurent. “He captured the atmosphere of the French maisons de la haute couture I was dreaming about when I decided to move to Paris to become a couturier. That attitude only exists here in Paris, a sort of posture of the mind, a nervous silhouette, décomplexée.”

Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2019

Pearls, pearls and more pearls mark the revival of the House of Balmain’s haute couture atelier. Giant orbs encircling wrists and carried by hand were emblazoned with the Balmain name, signifying the house’s return. “Here, it’s all about bringing back Balmain to the elegance of la France,” explains designer Olivier Rousteing. “Of course, the house is known for being edgy and sexy and glamorous. Everything you see will give the sense that it’s taken from the ideas of Mr. Balmain,” he continues, adding that the maison’s archives were essential.

“Every color has its own energy,” says designer Alexis Mabille, as he presents his spring collection, appropriately named “Rainbow Splash.” “It’s a rainbow in every sense — freedom of color and freedom of expression.” He completes his rainbow with the full spectrum of colors, from black to neon by way of turquoise, emerald, navy and gold.

Zuhair Murad Haute Couture


For its Spring-Summer 2019 Haute Couture collection, Maison Georges Hobeika evokes the timeless essence of the Château de Versailles and the passionate myth of the legendary Marie-Antoinette.

In his Armani Privé collection, “Laquer,” Giorgio Armani brings us the Art Deco aesthetic of the Jazz Age fused with the beautiful red lacquers that are a hallmark of Chinese art.

Zuhair Murad’s “Aquatic Serenade” makes the greatest splash at Haute Couture Week. “The inspiration was all about the sea, the world of the deep sea, the sea from the beaches, from inside and outside,” he explains, adding that his colors are meant to “evoke the feel of ripples on water.” Murad’s palette includes the whole range of ocean colors, from shades of blue dégradé to turquoise to mother-of-pearl.

“I wanted to celebrate the magic of femininity,” says Elie Saab “Oui, c’est le rêve! It’s a dream of luminous mermaids emerging from the waves and promenading along the sea.” Sequins of ocean-blue remind us of the shimmering surface of the sea.“ I wanted to express the brilliance and the glamour of women; I try to enhance their charm with my creations: I look at femininity with my utmost respect. I bring to French haute couture my Mediterranean sensibility, a vision of a woman almost regal in her demeanor.”

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring 2019

Dolce & Gabbana’s Midsummer Night’s Dream: Alta Moda Autumn/Winter 2015/16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015

Dolce and Gabbana chose Portofino as the location to launch their new haute couture ( alta moda in their mother tongue) on the world. Not just alta moda, but alta sartoria and alta gioellia: womenswear, menswear, and jewelry, a world of one-off splendors, essentially showcased in their own homes. Their sixteenth-century hilltop fortress Castello Brown was covered in twinkling fairy lights.

It is not every day that a couture show is staged by moonlight with the sound of the sea lapping against rocks and the lights of the clients’ mega-yachts twinkling in the near distance.

Guests converged from all over the world to participate in the designers’ weekend of “at home,” deliberately surreal entertainment‎s. By the time the music of Verdi’s Aida had filled the dusky sky, the show had already lived up to what Stefano described as an experience “between fantasy and reality”.

“The fashion system is more than just labels,” he said, to explain the significance of Alta Moda. “You have to offer a sensation and an emotion – you have to tell a story.”

The event was one of those moments of enchantment, transporting fashion into a magical world of suspended disbelief, while still resting on a firm art and craft foundation.

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16

Patchworked multicolored fox fur brocade Poiret coats and fur in offbeat colours from lichen green to dawn pink was worked into the clothing.

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015

“We don’t count how many hours it took to make an Alta Moda piece. We don’t say, ‘how much was the fabric? How long did we spend screen-printing the tulips onto that silk to make them look as though they were hand-painted, or how many thousands of hand-sewn sequins are on that dress?’” said Domenico Dolce. “We do this from love, and for love of couture.”

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16

Corseted ballgowns galore, black lace wicked widow see-through dresses, Maharaja bejwelled turbans and lushly sweeping silk kimonos.

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16

The show was rich in intensely decorated and magical patterns, but also included a wardrobe of body-conscious dresses and sleek black tailoring that fulfilled the reality requirements.

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16

There were the show-stopping ballgowns with their vast trains of painted feathers or tulle, studded with thousands of hand-stitched silk daisies, embroidered peacocks or printed with parrots and squirrels.

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16

In total the designers sent out 94 outfits – an array of fairy-like and magical garments with exceptional decorative handwork.

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall/Winter 2015-16

“I love Shakespeare!” proclaimed Stefano, to explain flowered hoops held by male servers in Tudor dress, while a woman with a harp played “Greensleeves”, and the melody drifted into the sunset.

Dolce & Gabbana Castle in Portofino

Dolce & Gabbana Castle in Portofino

Clients clinked champagne glasses from the rustic ground, while overhead two acrobats swung like Shakespearean sprite Puck from the trees.

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 Portofino Setting

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 Portofino Setting

A Roman centurion and Renaissance pages were holding flower-garlanded arches over the heads of arriving guests, trees sprouted ceramic Majolica apples, nymphs with filigree wings and Puck-like figures suspended from branches.

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015

Dante, Homer and Shakespeare coming together in the designers own version of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'. Lewis Carroll also played a part in the mise en scène that transformed Dolce’s garden into a hybrid paradise: grapes on a palm tree, watermelons on an olive tree, orange trees with chestnuts, and a massive upside-down oak, roots waving in the air. “What’s real, what’s fantasy, you won’t know,” Gabbana teased before the show.

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 High Jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 High Jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 High Jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 High Jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 High Jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 High Jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 High Jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 High Jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 High Jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 High Jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 High Jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015 High Jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2015

To produce almost one hundred pieces of such sartorial perfection made this Dolce & Gabbana collection seem out of this world.

Or, as William Shakespeare put it so poetically: “Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream.”

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