The Triumphant Rebirth of Balenciaga Couture

PARIS — The ivory carpet was back. So were the ivory walls, with scroll bas-reliefs framing each curtained door; the marble staircase; the strict, anticipatory, hush in the air. Ssshhh. Take your seats. Respect the artist. Fifty-three years after Cristóbal Balenciaga closed the doors of his couture salon for the last time, Demna Gvasalia was … Read more

‘Bridgerton’ Has Nothing on the Couture

The death of the haute couture — those wildly expensive, wildly extravagant clothes, made by hand for the very, very few — has been often predicted. It was predicted during the Great Recession, for obvious reasons. It was predicted during the rise of streetwear, thanks to social evolution. It was predicted as more and more … Read more

Overlooked No More: Jay Jaxon, Pioneering Black Designer of French Couture

“No one knew that his real name was Eugene,” Hardy added. Eugene Jackson was born on Aug. 30, 1941. His father, Sidney Jackson, worked for the Long Island Railroad as a track driver, and his mother, Ethel Rena-Jackson, was a housekeeper. The household was traditional and strict, though Eugene was more outspoken than his three … Read more

Valentino Fall 2020 Couture Collection

Cinematic is the best way to describe Valentino’s haute couture collection for the Fall 2020 season. This morning, via livestream, the Italian label’s creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, took full advantage of the video format that has become part and parcel in the fashion industry to bring viewers into a realm of fantasy. The mini film, … Read more

At Dior, Kim Jones Is Busy Inventing Couture for Men

All the big institutional excitement around menswear—blockbuster designers like Kim Jones at Dior and Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton, plus the general favorite-child status that men’s fashion has held for the past several seasons—has meant that the very methods of making men’s clothing are in a moment of pretty wild experimentation. It’s not simply the … Read more

Paris Couture Autumn-Winter 2021 – What Paris Couture Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2021 Looks Like

Courtesy Like most creative minds dealing with tragedy, storied fashion houses are getting innovative in reaction to COVID-19’s impact on the industry. The suspension of IRL fashion presentations means that this season’s couture week doesn’t look anything like the extravagance we’re used to. Some designers tested out the video format, Balmain staged a boat show … Read more

Dior Made Tiny Haute Couture Gowns for Autumn-Winter 2021

From miniature horses to baby Air Jordans to tiny burritos YouTubers make for their pet hamsters, it is universally known that tiny versions of things are inexplicably cuter than their normal-sized counterparts. (The only exception to this rule is cupcakes, which are not nearly as adorable as full-sized cakes.) Dior took note and delivered its … Read more

All the Digital Fall 2020 Shows from Haute Couture Fashion Week

Photograph courtesy of DiorSee the latest designs from some of the world’s top houses in a new digital format. By Maddison Glendinning Date July 6, 2020 icon-facebook icon-twitter Haute Couture Fashion Week is officially underway for the Fall 2020 season in Paris – though, not as we usually know it. With travel and gatherings still … Read more