Didit Hediprasetyo couture 2012

Coiffed with Philip Treacy custom designed vegetable fibre turbans and hats that hint at the essence of colonial India, the models paraded the India-inspired collection, awash with ostrich leather and elephant prints that are made in collaboration with designer Calla Haynes and illustrator Christophe Lopez-Huici, set to live back ground music of sithars and barrel hand drums.

Photos : © Didit Hediprasetyo

I was somwhat disappointed with the cargo shorts, and felt they were out of place in a couture show, but as outlined in the press release, “for Hediprasetyo, it is of the utmost importance to weave total expression of freedom created by Couture in to the rituals of daily life.” So I suppose this explains the cargo shorts. They appeared in ostrich leather as well, so I felt they were more justified. Full skirts, dresses and tops also appeared in ostrich like this one below all in white.

Photos : © Didit Hediprasetyo

Photo : Prête-Moi Paris

Photo : Prête-Moi Paris

Corseted tops and accentuated hip sillouhettes, that Hediprasetyo calls the ultra feminine silhouette, marked this collection’s line and cut. The India reverie marked it’s spirit.

Photos : © Didit Hediprasetyo




Please love me I am Mal-Aimée

Mal-Aimée is actually a fashion brand, and there’s plenty to love… clothing made in France, attention to detail, young designers, interesting cuts, and a style identity that expresses itself from one season to the next.

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This is not your mass-market brand, and thank goodness for that. It’s a youthful brand, and could use a little boosting from the fashion community in Paris for the designers are dedicated to a true search for quality, inspiration and style.

I was glad to see Jean Paul Cauvin at the presentation on March 8th 2011 at the palace hotel Le Crillon, as e was last season. I got up the nerve to approach him and ask him a few questions, and found and affirmation of my assumptions that he is a journalist who prefers to preoccupy himself with fashion designers who are more in the search of quality of design and product than with designers who are out to make a sensation for a few years for profit. He’s my kinda fashion journalist!!!

Concerning the collection, there’s similar cits from last season, but with a lot more “daring”, and a more seasonal approach to material. Although I do find though that the articles tend to be out-of-season (shorts); but this is not the first brand I have seen do this for Fall and Winter collections this year.

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Crépuscule – Sundown

The circus has been playing under the “tent” of the Crillon for the past week. But all things come to an end sooner or later. Tout passe, tout casse, as the French say. Well, I wouldn’t say anything was broken, except maybe a stiletto heel or two and a Lilo contract. I would say things were mostly created, new partnerships and fresh ideas.
But as Leslie Sukermann (director of public relations and press for L’Oréal/Lancôme) was heading towards closing time at the Lancôme beauty bar that she created for the occasion, I couldn’t help but feel a little wistful. The fabulous world of fashion-week is moving on to its next venue… So what better way to end it than with one last sprinkling of pixie dust (meaning lipstick and eyeshadow) and to head off into the sunset. And the lithium came, as if on cue, through the atmosphere tonight to splash a pink goodbye over Paris.

But for those who can’t let go so quickly the VogueParisLive bar will still be there to welcome you at the Crillon hotel ’til the 13th. Go bask on plush velvet couches, in the lingering remnants of the rushing models and magazine people and plan for the next time the fashion circus comes to town.