On March 4th the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris held an opening party for their newest exhibit, running through July 17th, entitled La Révolution de la Mode. Unlike last year’s exhibition at the Petite Palais which highlighted Yves as a couturier, this current show spotlights his genius as a ready-to-wear designer in the 60s and 70s. The rich patterns and velvets were BEYOND, and I couldn’t get enough of the accessories – hats in particular – scattered about. Though the exhibit is fantastic regardless when you attend, opening night was extra special because of the YSL patrons who filled the room. Not only was Pierre Bergé in attendance, but so were countless staff members who have been with the company since the beginning – all decked out in vintage YSL, may I add. The night was certainly one to remember. Quick side note, a few days after visiting the exhibit I was vintage shopping with my mom and found an amazing YSL plaid sweater with black leather trim that would have fit perfectly in the show. It was to die for!

Here are a few pics from the night…

YSL Exhibit 2011

Hi Yves ;)

YSL Exhibit 2011

Further proving he does prints and velvet better than anyone else.

YSL Exhibit 2011

YSL Exhibit 2011

A few full looks…

YSL Exhibit 2011

YSL Exhibit 2011

YSL Exhibit 2011

This is the receptionist at the foundation. She said Yves gifted her this jumpsuit 40 years ago… And it still fits!

YSL Exhibit 2011

Jewelry Heaven… Jewelry Heaven…

YSL Exhibit 2011

The show is running from March 5th-July 17th at the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris, info below.

YSL Foundation
5 Avenue Marceau
75116 Paris, France
01 44 31 64 00

At the Gaultier show in Paris my mom and I had the pleasure of sitting next to a woman named Chantal Rousseau, who I soon learned is the Operating Vice President of Bloomingdales Europe. She shared so many interesting stories in the hour we were waiting together for the show to start. As is usual when taking fashion with my mom, the conversation soon turned to discussing Gaultier’s former employer, Hermés. Very few other brands have such incredible standards for their clothing and accessories. It never occurred to me how many bags, shoes, scarves, jewelry… never make it to retail on account of the pieces not reaching the appropriate level of excellence one would expect from the House. Chantal shared with us that Hermés recently unveiled a capsule collection at their store in Paris entitled ‘ h ‘ (Small H). This line is dedicated to reusing materials from items that never made it to stores to produce something new using fabric that would have otherwise been disposed of. While no ‘ h ‘ items remain in the boutique at this time, Chantal happened to have three necklaces in her purse that she had brought to show her colleagues. As seen below, they were fashioned from old scarves. While the line is a lesser price point, it is clear that Hermés didn’t neglect their renowned quality, shown by the craftsmanship and a small circular piece of imprinted caramel leather serving as the tag on each item.

Necklace 1

Necklace 2

Necklace 3

Here’s a quick piece from backstage at the Roland Mouret show in Paris. Not only do his dresses make women look how every dress should, but on top of being an amazing artist he is a great man. I always think the show in general, not just the clothing, is the best representation of the designer, and his was no exception. Roland showed at 10AM on Friday, March 4th, at the Grand Hotel. The crowd was relaxed and the first model stepped out only a few minutes after 10. It was refreshing to see people not take themselves so seriously and enjoy beautiful clothes. After the show, backstage was equally as stimulating. There was even a young French boy who brought sketches to show the designer. Unfortunately the camera didn’t clearly capture his work, but his design were very impressive. Roland was so sweet to say a few words about the collection. As you can tell, I was using a new camera to film and it made a odd box around his head, but in this case I think it frames his face quite well… no??

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I arrived home from Paris last night and I have so much amazing footage to share! I am just starting to edit everything so I can begin posting soon. In the meantime, here is a collection of photos from the Chanel x Colette pop-up store. The temporary boutique opened on March 1st and ran through the 10th. The space the two companies renovated, at 336-340 rue Saint-Honoré, was a former gas station/garage turned fashion mecca. Every square inch of the interior screamed Chanel and Colette, starting with the bright graffiti and countless mirrors. A Chanel Spring 2011 ready-to-wear display was accompanied by mannequins scattered about the store outfitted in the hottest younger designer clothes and accessories from Colette. Dozens of Chanel handbags were available for purchase, along with ballet flats, fingerless gloves, jewelry, nail polish, headpieces, chic Chanel dolls and even a Karl Lagerfeld pin. Colette stocked the store with must have books, DVDs, compilation CDs, cameras and fun inexpensive items. Everyday the space housed different events, such as a nail bar, performances, and graffiti artists to customize Chanel bags upon purchase. As if that wasn’t enough, a photo booth was set up alongside a Chanel cupcake cart.

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

Chanel Pop-Up Store

As you can see, I had a bit of a hard time editing down the photos. SO many good things to see! Much more to come from Paris!…

A quick hello to everyone! My mom and I arrived in Paris this morning. Although we’ve only been here for ten hours, today has already been incredible. There are few places in the world with the same energy and sophistication as this city, especially during Fashion Week. We start going to shows tomorrow and I can’t wait… It will be my first time attending Balmain and Rick Owens. I hope to get some great footage!

John Galliano

On a more serious note, as many of you may know, I was one of John Galliano’s biggest fans. To say I was, and still am, deeply saddened by his remarks over the past few days would be an understatement. Ever since my first time seeing him on style.com ten years ago, I idolized the man. Although I admired his genius as a designer, above all, I loved him as a person. I will never forget my first time meeting him backstage at his Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear show (pictured above). Through his ups and downs in the design world, my opinion of him never changed, however, his most recent escapades are inexcusable. While I no longer, and never will, feel the same connection towards him, I wish him the best in recovery. I sincerely hope he takes the appropriate steps needed to regain control of his life. I am saddened by the fact that his design career has undoubtably come to an end, but I wish him a healthy life and one that will not end tragically. 2011 does not need another loss similar to the great McQueen… Tomorrow is a new day though, and I can’t wait to see what the Fall 2011 collections have to offer.