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  • Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s PUNK: Chaos to Couture at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Left: Sid Vicious, 1977. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Dennis Morris - all rights reserved Right: Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), 2011. Vogue, March 2011. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by David Sims.

    Every once in a while f-a-s-h-i-o-n takes itself way too seriously and fails to remember the heart + soul that is the inspiration for its being. There, I have said it. I wanted to love PUNK: Chaos to Couture at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. But when you take the grit out of a movement and distance it from its authenticity, what’s left are derivative pieces which, when standing alone, are lost in the vapor that is a hot flash of…

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  • Do you want to see the history of lace making? Virtually visit the Lace Museum in Calais, France

    Lace Museum in Calais

    How they make lace… from then to now with an inspiring road-trip uncovering the history of lace With wedding, prom and formal season about to commence, we bring you our very own Parisian ex-pat who set about to uncover the rich history of lace. From styles evocative of the Victorian era to the modern day romance of Kate Middleton’s spectacular lace wedding dress, there’s plenty to take inspiration from for the season ahead. >>MORE: Make lace modern along with these…

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  • Dresses to Dream About: The Paris Haute Couture Exhibition

    The Paris Haute Couture Exhibition presented by Swarovski

    We’ve got the inside scoop on Paris Haute Couture show…. Our Paris insider Richard Nahem, got up close & personal with his iPhone to take these exclusive pics for you. The stunning retrospective spans 150 years of haute couture with over 100 outfits selected from the 20,000 plus Musée Galliera collection. The Paris Haute Couture Exhibition presented by Swarovski at the Hotel de Ville/City Hall spans the history of haute couture in Paris from the late 1800s to the present time and designers…

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  • Would you wear this wacky fashion? SEE ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion in Paris

    ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion

    Ya know I love a good freaky outfit from time to time. Wacky fashion and its wearer, when done right– as a fashion performance piece– is pretty incredible. It puts a smile on your face and let’s you appreciate people who live their life as their art. But, then you get those wackadoodle show ponies who have the chutzpah to put on anything odd and outlandish for some extra attention.  Really, there are a few kinds of out there: the wacky…

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  • Costumes: Fashioning Fashion, Deux Siècles de Mode Européenne in Paris

    Perhaps, you’ve noticed how opulence and embellishment have been on trend lately? You even may be adding some luxe to your wardrobe now. But nothing beats the elaborate and ornate fabrications of centuries gone by. >> RELATED:  Paris Street Style Fashioning Fashion. Deux Siècles de Mode Européenne at Les Arts Decoratifs  in Paris an exhibition in tandem with LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum) showing the extensive collection of Martin Kamer and Wolfgang Ruf, two antique and costume dealers.  Shown in chronological order, you get a clear sense of how fashion evolved from century to…

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  • Looks like showgirl costumes to me- Musée des Arts Forains, Paris fantasy costume museum

    Ohh la la, the French really have a reason to stay too long at the fair! Forget Las Vegas, when there are fantastic and feathery costumes in Paris at the Musée des Arts Forains (the Museum of Fairground Art). Richard Nahem takes us there, cancan costumes included. —S.H. The Musée des Arts Forains, the Museum of Fairground Art, is only open to the public once a year for a two-week period between Christmas and New Years.  Luckily, this year I had…

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  • The Right Attitudes: Chloe Exhibit in Paris Explores the History of the Fashion House

    Chloe Attitudes

    Paris In Style: Chloe Attitudes Exhibit at Palais de Tokyo There hasn’t been a fashion exhibit that has wowed me since I wrote about the Madame Grés exhibit last spring. The Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton show earlier this year was a letdown for me and far too much a promotion for the brand.  I just went to the Chloe Attitudes show and it was a delightful surprise, as I didn’t know much about it before I saw it. The show is a tribute to Gaby Aghion,…

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  • Have Yourself a Renoir Moment- Impressionism and Fashion in Paris

    Impressionism and Fashion

    Art in Paris: We know you love fashion. But, if you also love Impressionism as much as I do, you’ll be captivated by Richard Nahem‘s report on the Impressionism and Fashion exhibition that melds art and clothing.   The Impressionism and Fashion show at Museé d’Orsay in Paris explores the link Impressionist artists had with fashion and clothing. Renoir, Monet, Manet, and Degas capture the fashion of the day between 1860 and 1880 with over 80 portraits, much like many current day fashion bloggers…

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  • Shoezam! Christian Louboutin Exhibition London Record Breaker

    Christian Louboutin Exhibition London Design Museum

     Girls just wanna look at shoes… The Christian Louboutin exhibition has broken all previous visitor records at the London Design Museum with an average daily attendance of 910 visitors. Humm, I think there were more Loub fanatics desperately trying to get into the Christian Louboutin New York sample sale! >> MORE: Christian Louboutin ‘It’s been a real pleasure to see a lot of my ‘babies’ featured all together for the first time. It’s not only an entire collection of shoes that I…

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  • MDNA: Madonna’s Cone Bra 2.0, The Costumes, The Show…The Material Girl Still Has It Going On!

    Madonna "MDNA" World Tour Opener

    Feeling sorry for yourself? Need a little boost? What the heck is age-appropriate anyway?  We’ve got the elixir to charge you up! Over 700 costume elements. Six costume changes for the Material Girl  herself.  A costume change for the dancers with each song. Yup, Madonna is back! And, along with comes the iconic cone bra 2.0.  Madonna’s MDNA World Tour opened in Tel Aviv last week and it’s pointing up. First making waves in 1992 with Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour,…

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  • When In Rome- Cinecittà Shows Off Classic Italian Cinema At Its Best

    La Dolce Vita (1960) Federico Fellini follows a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome played by Marcello Mastroianni

     I’ve always been fascinated by classic Italian cinema and the genius of Federico Fellini. Who knows how that infatuation plays through the tapestry of my life but through the years, I have visited Rome so many times yet never had the opportunity to tour Cinecittà Studios until this trip. What an enthralling opportunity it is! Particularly since Cinecittà Shows Off! Just standing in the extraordinary Fellini soundstage at Cinecittà, Teatro 5, makes you want to draw on eyeliner, find a black bustier and purr “Marceeeeello,” in…

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  • Met Museum Live Stream Costume Institute Benefit From The Red Carpet Today


    It’s almost like be right there at the Met Museum Costume Gala but you can be in your pj’s… we wont tell! Good news, this year’s Met Museum Gala for the Costume institute Benefit will be shared via live stream for those looking for high-fashion inspiration… For the first time ever, arrivals on the red carpet for today’s gala to open and celebrate the museum’s latest show, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, will be shared live. If last year’s Alexander…

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