Monthly Archives: July 2012


Nirvana’s « Smells Like Teen Spirit » song inspired the slogan on a dress of the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 Show.

Other Kurt Cobain-inspired or Nirvana-inspired collections or items : Charles Anastase Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (collection influenced by Kurt Cobain’s spirit and Arthur Rimbaud), Converse (« Kurt Cobain » sneakers were launched, for Spring/Summer 2008, to celebrate Converse’s 100th anniversary), Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane Spring/Summer 2005 Menswear (grunge influences), Felder Felder Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (grunge-inspired collection), Freda Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (the cashmere sweaters were inspired by Kurt Cobain), Kristina Ti Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (this collection, more specifically inspired by Frances Bean Cobain, revisits grunge), Number (N)ine Spring/Summer 2007 Menswear (the starting point of this collection was a mix of Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash), Perry Ellis by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 1993 (grunge-inspired collection), Preen Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (Kurt Cobain’s grunge), Vladimir Karaleev Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (wool clothes influenced by Nirvana’s « Unplugged » album).

Moreover, the picture of Kurt Cobain with a tinsel was one of the inspirations of the Rachel Feinstein’s stage design for the Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 Show.

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Music


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Several dresses of the McQ from Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 Show sourced their inspiration from flowers.

Other collections with flowers : Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2007 (the silk dress of the finale of this « Sarabande » collection was covered with real flowers, such as hydrangeas, peonies and fresh roses), Cacharel (the Liberty print is Cacharel’ DNA and is present in numerous collections of the brand), Chanel (the camellia, which made its 1st official appearance in the Chanel collections in the 30s, was Coco Chanel’s fetish flower), Christian Dior (at the end of the 40s, Christian Dior, launched the « Lily of the Valley », his fetish flower, and « Tulip » lines, with floral prints ; Raf Simons paid tribute to Christian Dior’s love of flowers, a passion that he shares, by presenting the Dior Couture Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 Show in salons with walls covered with delphiniums, mimosas and orchids), Christian Lacroix (from 1987 to 2009, all his couture collections featured flowers), Gucci by Frida Giannini Autumn/Winter 2004-2005 (accessories line, re-issuing the « Flora » print, originally created in 1966 for Princess Grace of Monaco, after a Vittorio Accornero’s painting), Kenzo (since the 70s, flower-prints have been so essential for the brand’s designs that the 1st reviews of Kenzo Takada’s collections mentioned some « flower-dresses »), Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2011 (3-D floral prints), Léonard (since the 60s, Daniel Tribouillard has supervised the handmade floral prints that are present in all the brand’s collections), Viktor & Rolf Spring/Summer 2005 (this collection was dedicated to their « Flowerbomb » perfume, launched in 2005).

Photo : Yannis Vlamos /




Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Michelangelo’s Statue of David inspired 2 prints in the Frankie Morello Spring/Summer 2012 Show.

Other Michelangelo-influenced collections : Aquilano.Rimondi Spring/Summer 2012 (the works of artists such as Michelangelo were mixed with the colors of 60s Italian fashion), BVLGARI Spring/Summer 2012 (« B Zero 1 » collection, inspired by Michelangelo and Renaissance), Elie Saab Couture Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (inspired by Michelangelo’s painting for the Sistine Chapel ceiling), Elisabeth de Senneville (in the 80s, she made prints that were based on Michelangelo’s painting for the Sistine Chapel), Dior Couture Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 (the prints were inspired by painters, including Michelangelo).

Moreover, Missoni has dressed Michelangelo’s Statue of David with the artist Eladio de Mora (dEMMO) for the Barcelona Shopping Night, on December 2, 2010 (a « Missoni-dressed » David was also presented in New York in 2012).

Photo : Courtesy of Frankie Morello.




Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Art


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Apples inspired a printed T-shirt in the Z Spoke by Zac Posen Spring/Summer 2011 Show.

Other collections with apples : A.P.C. Spring/Summer 2009 (« apple » necklace), April Showers by Polder Spring/Summer 2011 (« apple » necklace), Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2011 (belt with an « apple » buckle), Missoni Spring/Summer 2005 (apple-shaped bag), Miu Miu Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (apples-printed outfits), Moschino Cheap and Chic Spring/Summer 2012 (looks 5, 7 and 9 : apple motifs and prints), See by Chloé Spring/Summer 2011 (T-shirt with a « My Sweet Apples » message and a small printed apple), Sonia Rykiel Spring/Summer 1971 (apple-print sweater), Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2009 (apple-embroidered panties), Temperley Spring/Summer 2009 (apple-shaped bag).

Some apple-shaped perfume bottles : DKNY’s « Be Delicious » (launched in 2004, its shape, chosen by Donna Karan, symbolizes the Big Apple), and its different versions, Lolita Lempicka’s « Lolita Lempicka » (launched in 1997, its shape symbolizes the Forbidden Fruit), and its different versions, Nina Ricci’s « Nina » (launched in 2006), and its different versions.

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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Food


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The Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2012 Show was a tribute to tattoos.

Other collections with tattoos : Celine by Ivana Omazic Spring/Summer 2009 (Polynesian-tattoo motifs), Costello Tagliapietra Spring/Summer 2009 (anchor tattoos), Dior Spring/Summer 2004 (tattoo motifs on leotards and stockings), Ed Hardy (since 2004, this brand designs accessories and clothes which are based on Don Ed Hardy’s tattoos), Elsa Schiaparelli (she was the first designer who created tattoo prints that were inspired by the sailors’ tattoos), Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Spring/Summer 2007 (tattoo prints influenced by tribal paintings), Gucci by Frida Giannini Resort 2009 (rose tattoo motifs), Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 1994 (« Les Tatouages / The Tattoos »), Julien Macdonald Spring/Summer 2012 (dragon tattoo motifs), Puma by Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 (the Maori tattoos inspired the sneakers of this line).

Photo : Yannis Vlamos /



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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí inspired the lip prints in the Moschino Spring/Summer 2004 Show.

Some Salvador Dalí-inspired collections and items or Salvador Dalí’s collaborations : Azzaro (the « ring » bottle of the « Azzaro Couture » perfume, launched in 1974, was inspired by a Salvador Dalí’s painting), Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2006 Menswear (« Salvador Dalí at the beach » was the theme of this collection), Emilio Pucci by Christian Lacroix Spring/Summer 2005 (Salvador Dalí’s voice was on the soundtrack), Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 (« The Surrealists », inspired in part by Salvador Dalí), Lancel (in the 70s, Lancel launched the « Dalígramme »-print « Dalí » bags, inspired by the « Dalígramas » love alphabet Salvador Dalí dedicated to Gala ; the « Dalígramme » Collection was re-released, in collaboration with the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dalí, for Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 and Spring/Summer 2012), Mary Katrantzou Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (some prints evoked Salvador Dalí), Schiaparelli (Salvador Dalí’s « lobster » telephone inspired the « lobster » print on a dress of the Schiaparelli 1937 Collection, and Salvador Dalí created accessories for Schiaparelli from 1936, especially a « shoe » hat, and, in 1945, the bottle of Schiaparelli’s « Roy Soleil » perfume), Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2012 (collection inspired by surrealism, including Salvador Dalí’s « Mae West Lips Sofa »).

Moreover, Salvador Dalí illustrated the cover of the June 1, 1939 issue of « Vogue », and Delfina Delettrez confessed in the July 2012 issue of « British Vogue » that, as a young girl, she was transfixed by Luis Buñuel’s short film, « Un Chien Andalou », co-written and directed with Salvador Dalí.

Photo : Marcio Madeira.




Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Art


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Catwoman inspired the feline ears of the Iceberg Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 Show.

Other Catwoman-influenced collections or items : Altuzarra Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (Catwoman-inspired outfit), Catherine Malandrino Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (the story of this show, a woman who turns into a cat, was more specifically inspired by Paul Schrader’s « Cat People »), Christian Louboutin (in December 2009, Christian Louboutin designed a Barbie doll dressed in a Catwoman-inspired bodysuit), Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (the feline inspiration of this collection was more specifically influenced by Roxy Music’s « For Your Pleasure » album sleeve), Katy Perry (the bottle of her fragrance, « Purr », launched in 2010, is inspired in part by Catwoman’s outfit), PPQ Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (hats with cat ears), Wolford Autumn/Winter 2004-2005 (« Wolford Look » line based on Pitof’s « Catwoman »).

Moreover, to celebrate the release of Pitof’s « Catwoman », Henri Bendel asked designers (C&C California, Constanca Basto, FAL Jeffrey Grubb, Isabella Fiore and Juicy Couture) to create Catwoman-inspired accessories and clothes, that were sold from July 5, 2004, at Henri Bendel, New York.

Photo : Marcio Madeira.




Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Comics


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Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby’s spray-painted canvases inspired the painted silks he made, in collaboration with Bucol, for some dresses of the Dior by Raf Simons Couture Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 Collection.

Another Sterling Ruby-inspired collection : Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2011.

Other designers who made painted dresses in collaboration with artists : Cacharel by Cédric Charlier (with Alberto Vejarano, for the Cacharel by Cédric Charlier Spring/Summer 2010 Collection), Dolce & Gabbana (with students from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, in Milan, for the Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2008 Show, which featured a video of action painting scenes shot during this collaboration), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (from 1982 to 1985, with Miquel Barcelo, Ben, Jean-Charles Blais, Rémy Blanchard, François Boisrond, Robert Combas, Hervé Di Rosa, Gérard Garouste, Keith Haring, Alain Jacquet, Denis Laget, Christian de Laubadère, Gilles Mahé, Annette Messager and Loulou Picasso).

Photo : Yannis Vlamos /




Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Art


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Minnie Mouse

The pom-pons hairstyle of the Zac Posen Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 Show evoked Minnie Mouse.

Some collections with Minnie Mouse : Ashish Spring/Summer 2005 (Minnie Mouse-printed T-shirts), Cher Michel Klein Autumn/Winter 2004-2005 (« Minnie Mouse » dress), Comme des Garçons Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 (« Minnie Mouse » hats), D&G Spring/Summer 2010 (Minnie Mouse-printed swimsuits and T-shirts), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (« Minnie Mouse’s ears »-shaped sleeves), Jeremy Scott Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (Minnie Mouse-printed blouses and dresses), Manish Arora Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (« oriental Minnie Mouse » dresses, in collaboration with Disney), Mawi for Disney Couture Jewellery Spring/Summer 2011 (« Minnie Mouse » line), O.P.I. (« Vintage Minnie Mouse » nail lacquers line, launched in June 2012), Vivienne Tam Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (« Minnie Mouse » shoes ; moreover, in January 2008, Vivienne Tam created a New Year’s outfit for Minnie Mouse, in collaboration with Hong Kong Disneyland, to celebrate the Year of the Rat).

Photo : Marcio Madeira




Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Comics


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Man Ray

Man Ray’s works, including « Le Violon d’Ingres » (« Ingres’s Violin »), inspired several outfits of the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 Show, « Woman / Ray ».

Other Man Ray-inspired collections : Badgley Mischka Pre-Fall 2008 (Man Ray’s pictures of Nancy Cunard were the starting point of this collection), Carolina Herrera Resort 2010, Catherine Malandrino Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (the hairstyle, by Odile Gilbert, and the makeup, by Tom Pecheux, were inspired by Man Ray), Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2010 (influenced by the artists of the early 20th century, including Man Ray), Gucci Spring/Summer 2012 (the makeup, by Pat McGrath, and the hairstyle, by Luigi Murenu, were inspired, in part, by Man Ray), Jil Sander by Raf Simons Spring/Summer 2009 (Man Ray’s « Noire et Blanche / Black and White » was projected on the backcloth of the runway), Lanvin by Elie Top Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (Man Ray-inspired belt with « lips » and « eye » brooches), Lewis Spring/Summer 2009 (some photographs by Man Ray were pinned on the inspiration board of this collection), Mandy Coon Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (in part), Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2012 (inspired by surrealism, including Man Ray’s photograph of Lee Miller’s mouth in « Observatory Time – The Lovers »).

Photo : Yannis Vlamos /




Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Art


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