Spring 2014 Chanel collection. Photography by Karl Lagerfeld
"With life-sized works of modern art scattered around the Grand Palais, German designer Karl Lagerfeld unveiled his latest vision for Chanel.
The Grand Palais was transformed into a gigantic white-walled hangar of paintings and sculpture all seventy-five of them made by Lagerfeld during his Summer of Prodigious Creativity. He didn't actually make them himself but he drew the pieces or made maquettes so his studio could realize the finished product. Just like Jeff Koons. And, as with Koons, Karl's reference points were identifiable, though he cleverly twisted them so they each included some element of Chanel: a camellia, a pearl, a bottle of No. 5. Some of them had red dots beside their titles, like they'd already been sold. Postshow, he wearily insisted he had no intention of doing any such thing; he'd already been asked a thousand times, just like he'd been asked to sign the whole lot.
British model Cara Delevingne starred in the show."
Originally from Vietnam, New York City Based designer Long Tran is on the brink of
something new, fresh, and innovative with amazing concepts and top-notch craftsmanship.
While designing on his own for nearly 7 years since high school, Long Tran did most of his
studies at Columbia College in Chicago for fashion & design, thereafter moving to NYC
and attending Wood Tobe Coburn College as a fashion Merchandise major, while not being
satisfied fully, Long quickly enrolled to FIT for accessories design to get his foot in the
After that Long said to himself, its time to branch out and do everything on his own and
create his fashion house and bring it to life! Fashion is not dead just yet, Long Tran is
keeping what is left of creativity alive and it is being unleashed through both his men’s &
women’s collections. Long single handedly captures an array of seamless Couture high
fashion art in his designs, every garment is specially designed from the finest materials, and
carefully fitted and it all starts from just a simple thought process to sketching and bringing
his art to life.
Texture, new age 3D concepts with just a bit of fantasy for the imagination to
And it doesn’t stop there, not only does Long Tran just design, he also does his own
photography and art direction. Just a second love of his which he can interpret a new breed
of art and emotion and draw from his designing. Its totally a win win situation for him, artand creativity just flows through his veins.
Dear iDEALS, just a few days before the Parisian fashion week took off, Un nouVeau iDEAL presented a few images featuring the SS14 collection by jewellery wear designer, Maria Francesca Pepe.
Her inspiration this time moves from Rousseau botanic paintings to a techno-deco interpretation of the Luxury Jungle.
It’s a post-modern trip into a wild world populated by tribal graphics, deconstructed animal prints, tropical flowers and blocks of colours.MFP’s experimentation develops from statement polished thick gold plated brass and sterling silver, to create true objects of desire.
It was on Thursday that I met with her at the TOTEM showroom where the designer walked me through her creations, piece by piece.
Dear iDEALS, I was invited at Herve Leroux's showroom this afternoon to see his creations for the summer of 2014. Given this opportunity I did some snapshots with the in-House model, focusing on the beachwear pieces.
Dear iDEALS, uN nouVeau iDEAL introduces Christian Profico, a Polimoda fashion graduate and the collection he presented during the second year at the Florentine school.
The inspiration came from Masonry. Triangle shapes as other
historical references are quite visible in the whole of the collection, all of them revisited with a modern view. His icon is Cagliostro, a massonic and alchimist of the XVIII century. A well-travelled elegant gentleman, a true extrovert icon in the contemporary age...
Photographer: Andy Eaton
Make up: Emma Williams
Hair: Joshua Night
Dear iDEALS, Silvina Maestro's collections always have a Couture approach. Earlier today, I met the designer at her showroom in Bastille, where she presented me her new creations. She is now working on a new project. Stay tuned for more.
Dear iDEALS, Rick Lee's SS14 collection, titled ‘oh mio dio’is based on the history and inspiration of ‘confliction of religions’ like the Catholic with Islamic. He was inspired by his travel in Italy where he found himself surrounded by Catholic religion as well as his visit to Istanbul's at Ayia Sophia’ which was a former orthodox patriarchal basilica (church), which later became a mosque.
His collection reflects the Islamic traditional patterns, colors and catholic fresco wall art mixing the two elements of each religion. ‘Love and Peace’ speaks in all religions.