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This is my idea of couture

Couture has sort of lost it’s panache and style these last decades or so, but it’s coming back with a vengeance lately, and some from Paris, but amazingly enough a lot from London.  Alexander McQueen was a master at the artful dress, Stella McCartney is making her […]

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OK Back to my obsession du season!

I’m not forgetting where we are here on this Chanel obsession….next I wanted to talk a little about fabric. The big deep secret  about the Chanel jacket and what makes it so coveted is that from the second you put it on, it feels like a great […]

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Can I brag?

I have the best clients, but what gets to be so fun is when I have great clients AND a really great job. That’s what this was and was so much fun!!! This was a gown first worn by the bride’s maternal grandmother and with a veil […]

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When we last left Claire…

…she was still swooning over the Fall Chanel 2012 Couture show – it was sooooo classic (or as Karl like to say: “The vintage of tomorrow!”). And although there are some funky parts to this (we can’t have it too classic) the main body of the garment […]

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Chanel, Couture 2012

Couture means seam literally in French, and Haute Couture means high seam, or very high-end clothing that is exclusively made for the client.  The shows are in Paris, and there are only a handful of designers who still show Haute Couture, as most show in Ready-to-Wear, but […]

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Fashion in Museum Art Shows

Have you noticed the recent trend toward more fashion designers in museums?  Ever since the hugely successful Alexander McQueen show, museums have discovered a new market and for the first time the rest of us get a gander at these garments that were once only the purview […]

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Bond, James Bond!

For almost everyone, that brings up visions of style to the nth degree.  This year celebrates Bond’s 50 anniversary as the ultimate British secret agent with license to kill!!!  This has been such a fabulous extravaganza of male tailoring it’s fun to peruse through it and look […]

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The V & A as a resource

While researching the previous blog on the LBD (part gazillion an a half), I stopped on the Victoria and Albert Museum site and it was so full of resources, I couldn’t resist.  The museum was set up as a resource for designers and artisans.  Now talk about […]

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The Little Black Dress – part MMXII….and on

Actually it’s not that many parts, it just seems like it cause you can NEVER get enough of the LBD – NEVER!!! A while ago the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum in London) had a wonderful exhibit on the LBD, and they have a great slideshow of […]

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Green Schmeen.  Who cares, and particularly when you hear the Earth may be warming, it may not.  Who knows?  I’m not a scientist and I don’t have a dog in that hunt.  But the truth is that I don’t know, so it doesn’t hurt to be a […]

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