Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are harking back to their conceptual roots. Viktor & Rolf will return to the Paris haute couture calendar in July after a 13-year absence. The Chambre Syndicale, French fashion’s governing body, named the label a correspondent member of the couture calendar at a meeting of its management committee on Friday.
Dior is hosting the first Raf Simons Spring 2013 Haute Couture collection in Shanghai on March 30. The catwalk show will gather 300 of the elite Chinese and will be followed by an exclusive gala dinner. The event which will take place at No. 5 on the Bund is the first by a major fashion house this year. Unlike previous years when Prada, Armani and Chanel hosted catwalk shows in China, the slow down in sales seems to have prompted a change in marketing strategy. Chanel will be hosting its exclusive catwalk show of the Fall Winter 2013 collection in Singapore, in May.
The 21st edition of AltaRomAltaModa, curated by Silvia Venturini Fendi starts Saturday 26th of January in the magnificent Italian capital.
In addition to the big names of historic Maisons including Sarli Couture, Curiel Couture, Gattinoni and Renato Balestra, the new, well-established protagonists of Roman High Fashion such as Camillo Bona, Giada Curti, Nino Lettieri, Gianni Molaro, Jamal Taslaq and Tony Ward together with Antonella Rossi and Delfrance Ribeiro and one new entry: Libanese designer, Mireille Dagher.
Givenchy plans to take a pause from presenting its couture collection according to WWD. Riccardo Tisci won’t show a collection to the press during the next couture week in Paris scheduled from January 21 to 24. Nevertheless, the French fashion house will continue to making high fashion and welcome clients to its salons.
4 new guest members will present their spring – summer 2013 collection during the Haute Couture Paris calendar set for january 21 to 24. The french duo Lefranc Ferrant, Jordanian-born, Canada-based designer Rad Hourani, Hervé Leroux, the designer formerly known as Hervé Léger and Zuhair Murad, Lebanese designer. Those houses will be scheduled on the last day of couture week.
Christian Dior is set to present a collection of 100 haute couture dresses at the Chinese National Museum in Beijing the 10th December. “L’Esprit Dior” Exhibition will present the french fashion house first looks untill the first Raf Simons’ collection. 100 haute couture dresses will be presented to the public alongside a series of photos by Patrick Demarchelier and other Chinese works of art.
Everyone who is anyone has had their two pennies’ worth on Raf Simons‘ Dior couture debut, except the man himself. Until now.
Speaking in a video posted on Dior’s official YouTube page, Simons explains the concept behind his much-lauded collection and how it felt entering into a house with such rich history in his first interview since the July 2 show.
“We all know and we all perceive Christian Dior in a very specific way,” he says, referring particularly to the house’s first 10 years, the point at which the famous New Look was breaking fashion ground. “But I think it’s only because of that history and always going back and looking back that you recognise the shapes so well and take it as something very easy until you start looking at how it’s constructed, and how it’s made and how it’s shaped. Finding myself in the house, I’ve discovered much more things that I didn’t see before – like specific codes, gestures and attitudes.”
Simons says that his debut collection was about “readapting the attitude and reshaping the psychology” of the brand’s heritage so that it was “more linked to our world now and the way women live their lives these days”.
The sliced-to-the-hip and mini-length gowns with tailored trousers worn underneath were what Simons calls an “attitude gesture“, and aimed to add “a whole different dynamic and energy”, whilst removing the “don’t touch it, only look at it situation” that generally comes as part and parcel of couture.
“My desire is to have the history and future together, by making a more modern and historical dress and fusing them together.”
Poetic Clash is the story of an encounter. Jan Taminiau shares his interest for the tribal African silhouettes, patterns and scarifications as well as the magnetism of ikats from Uzbekistan in this collection, he combines these ethnic inspirations with his Couture savoir-faire and traditional clothing construction crafts.
The final wedding dress shows the amazing result of the collaboration between Maison Lesage and Jan Taminiau. A demi-couture collection will be derived from this collection.