Friday, January 30, 2009

Definitive Fashion: Spring '09 Haute Couture

haute couture - French : haute, feminine of haut, high, elegant + couture, sewing.

Christian Dior

Christian Lacroix

From Wikipedia: In France, the term haute couture is protected by law and is defined by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris based in Paris, France. Their rules state that only "those companies mentioned on the list drawn up each year by a commission domiciled at the Ministry for Industry are entitled to avail themselves" of the label haute couture. The criteria for haute couture were established in 1945 and updated in 1992.

To earn the right to call itself a couture house and to use the term haute couture in its advertising and any other way, members of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture must follow these rules:

  • Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
  • Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.
  • Each season (i.e., twice a year), present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear.


Elie Saab - Correspondent Member (foreign)

Jean Paul Gaultier

All photos via

Blog Personality

In case of budget cuts and lay-offs, it is good to know your skills, personality strengths and weaknesses, etc. So my blog took the Myers-Brigs.

Apparently this blog is a ESFP - "Performer"

"The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions."

Image via Flickr: Peter Forret

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Sad Day: RIP Domino Magazine

Conde Nast is closing up the pages of Domino Magazine. This is bad news.

It is the one magazine (other than Sunset) that my boyfriend and I both enjoyed.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Focus: Matthew Williamson

I would be perfectly happy wearing anything from the Pre-Fall 2009 Collection by Matthew Williamson.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Photo Monday: Day at the Zoo

Resting, resting.

Photos from a day at the San Francisco Zoo.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Fashion Friday: Bag Imitates Art

I love winks toward art via fashion.

Longchamp bag and Rene Magritte's painting, La Trahison des Images ("The Treachery of Images") 1929

Bag seen on In(side) The Loop.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Who is Michelle Obama Wearing? Isabel Toledo and Jason Wu

Today First Lady Michelle Obama wore an outstandingly graceful and gorgeous dress and coat by Isabel Toledo.  My favorite touch we the green gloves and pumps.   

And tonight she wore a ethereal gown by Jason Wu...

It's a New Dawn, It's a New Day!

Congratulations President Obama!
Congratulations America!

(200th post!)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Oscar Fashion: For Your Consideration

Here is my attempt at being proactive. If I want to see some excellent gowns at the Oscars, maybe I should just make some suggestions. Anne, Kate, Angelina, Frida, Penelope...for your consideration:

Let the Dress' Embellishments Speak for Themselves:

Gowns by Andrew Gn and Reem Acra...

and by Naaem Khan and Andrew Gn

Float in a Soft Color

Designs by Emanuel Ungaro and Dennis Basso...

and Badgley Mischka and Jason Wu

If You Must Wear Neutrals, Make Them Rock:

Gowns by Oscar de la Renta and Giambattista Valli...

and Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta

But Wouldn't it be Nice to Try a Little Blue on For Size:

Designs by Monique Lhullier and Reem Acra...

and Carolina Herrera and Monique Lhullier.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rest In Peace, Coosje van Bruggen

Cupid's Span , San Francisco, installed in 2002 and Free Stamp, Cleveland, Ohio, installed in 1991

Artist Coosje van Bruggen, wife and longtime collaborator of Claus Oldenberg, died of breast cancer at the age of 66. She will be missed, but not forgotten. For her work is unforgettable.

Thank you to fellow blogger at Coterie for sharing this news.