Monthly Archives: October 2012


Skulls inspired 3-D flowers in the Undercover Spring/Summer 2007 Show.

Other collections with skulls : Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2004 (« skull » scarf ; the « skull » scarf has become an emblem for Alexander McQueen, and has been reiterated in the following seasons ; the « skull » motif was also present on a sweater of the Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 Collection and used for the clasps of embellished clutches, especially in the Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 Collection ; moreover, Babette Pauthier has directed a short film spotlighting Alexander McQueen’s « skull » scarf Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 Collection), Betsey Johnson Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (« skulls » motifs on the dress of the look 14), Cheap Monday (the logo of this brand is a skull), Chloé by Stella McCartney (Stella McCartney has revisited the Playboy® bunny as a skull on T-shirts), Codognato (since the 19th century, Codognato has been known for its « skull » earrings, necklaces and rings), Comme des Garçons Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear (the skull, that Rei Kawakubo dubbed the « skull of life », was the theme of this collection), Concept Korea Spring/Summer 2013 (« skull » patterns on kilts), Converse Spring/Summer 2006 (« skull » prints on « All*Stars » sneakers), Dior Couture Spring/Summer 2006 (silver « skulls » motifs on a black oversize coat), Dior Fine Jewelry by Victoire de Castellane (many skulls, especially in the « Vampire’s Fiancee / La Fiancée du vampire » line, circa 2001-2002, and in the « Dior’s Charms / Charms de Dior » line, of the Dior Fine Jewelry by Victoire de Castellane Spring/Summer 2007 Collection), Dsquared² Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 (« skulls » motifs on some pieces), Ed Hardy Spring/Summer 2006 (« skulls » prints, inspired by Don Ed Hardy’s tattoos), Fendi Spring/Summer 2007 (« skulls » bone and silver necklaces, designed by Delfina Delettrez Fendi), Giambattista Valli (« skull » charm on the « Nokia 7373 » mobile phone, that Giambattista Valli designed for Spring/Summer 2007, in collaboration with Nokia), Giles Spring/Summer 2007 (« skull » print on a dress), Ice Cream 2005 (« ice cream-skull » print on a T-shirt, launched by Pharrell Williams), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (« skull Captain Rock » print on a T-shirt, in the capsule collection he designed for Les 3 Suisses’ Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 catalogue), Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn/Winter 1987-1988 Menswear (« skull » motif, on a sweater, in this rock’ n’ roll-influenced collection, called « Rock Stars » ; moreover, at the end of the ’90s, 2 tiny skulls were embroidered on the outside labels of his Gaultier Jean’s pieces), John Richmond Spring/Summer 2005 (« skull » motifs on metallic tops ; moreover, the skull is recurrent in his collections, for example, « skull » jewels in his Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 Collection, skull on shoes in his Spring/Summer 2007 Collection, and on caps in his Spring/Summer 2007 Childrenswear Collection), Jon Soemundur (in 2005, the artist printed skulls, heavy metal-style, on socks, sweaters and vests), Libertine Spring/Summer 2006 (glittering « skull » patterns on a biker jacket), Lord Richards Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 (skull on Lord Richards’ logo, instead of the « O » letter), Lucien Pellat-Finet (since 1998, Lucien Pellat-Finet has decorated sweaters and swimsuits with « friendly skulls », and has designed, in collaboration with Jacob & Co, 2 diamond and sapphire watches, with a « skull » motif, for Summer 2006), Manish Arora Spring/Summer 2007 (« skull » belts and « skull » necklaces), Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2010 (« skull » patterns on dresses), Maya Hansen Spring/Summer 2013 (« skull » necklace and « skull » prints in this Frida Kahlo-inspired collection), See by Chloé Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 (« skull » motif on a T-shirt), Sonia Rykiel Spring/Summer 2005 (glittered « skull » embroideries on minidresses), Swildens Spring/Summer 2006 (« skull » prints on scarves), Thomas Wylde Spring/Summer 2006 (for this collection, and for the following seasons, Paula Thomas has designed studded bags and scarves, decorated with « skull » motifs), Undercover (Jun Takahashi has created a coat, made of hundreds of skulls, cut out of black felt, circa 2000), Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2007 (« skull » necklace), Zadig & Voltaire Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 (« skull » motifs on cashmere sweaters and on the « My Watch » watch ; the skull has become a recurrent theme in Zadig & Voltaire’s collections, especially for Spring/Summer 2007), 0044 Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 (« skull » brooches and crosses, designed by Seiichiro Shimamura, who is obsessed with skulls).

Photo : Marcio Madeira




Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder’s mobiles inspired the « jigsaw puzzle » pieces of the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2003 Show, dubbed « Call for Air, Thank you Calder / Appel d’air, merci Calder », and presented with a trapeze performance of the Cyrk 13, choreographed by Philippe Decouflé, that echoed Alexander Calder’s miniature circus.

Other Alexander Calder-influenced collections : Alexis Mabille Couture Spring/Summer 2010 (before designing this collection, presented beneath huge Alexander Calder-style mobiles, Alexis Mabille looked at some Alexander Calder’s works), Behnaz Sarafpour Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (the show notes of this collection featured pictures of Alexander Calder’s mobiles), Brian Reyes Spring/Summer 2009 (the necklaces of this collection, which were created by Sonia Boyajian, were inspired by Alexander Calder), Donna Karan Spring/Summer 2006 (Alexander Calder was one of the artists who influenced this collection), Elise Øverland Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (to accessorize this collection, Alexander Calder’s grandson, Alexander Rower, lent Alexander Calder-designed gold necklaces and tiaras), Gattinoni Spring/Summer 2002 (influenced in part by Alexander Calder’s metal plate mobiles), Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2007 (bubble skirt with reprinted Alexander Calder’s mobile paintings, with the permission of the Calder Foundation), Olivia Rubin Spring/Summer 2011 (this collection was based on Alexander Calder’s mobiles and his use of irregular forms).

Furthermore, in 2008, Serge Cajfinger, Paule Ka’s creative director, said that Alexander Calder was one of his inspirations, and, for Christmas 2011, the Bonpoint store, on 6, rue Tournon, in Paris, presented the « Bonpoint Circus », in an Alexander Calder-inspired space.

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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Art


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Cupcakes inspired one of the theme of the Zahia Dehar Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 Lingerie Show, presented in July 2012, during Paris Couture Fashion Week.

Other cupcakes-inspired collections or pieces : Betsey Johnson Spring/Summer 2013 (this collection featured « Princess » dresses, based on cupcakes), Christopher Kane Resort 2012 (cupcake-wrapper-like skirt), Douglas Hannant Spring/Summer 2011 (this collection was inspired by cupcakes, Chantilly cream and sweets), House of Holland Spring/Summer 2011 (some leather kilts were reminiscent of cupcake-foil paper), Lisonia Spring/Summer 2012 (pink sapphire and pink gold « Gourmandise Cupcake » bracelet), M.A.C Spring/Summer 2009 (this makeup line, named « Sugarsweet », featured cupcake-like colors), Paco Rabanne by Manish Arora Spring/Summer 2012 (the dresses of the finale, in metallic paper, evoked cupcake wrappers), Rococo Nail Apparel Spring/Summer 2012 (this line featured a nail polish called « My Cupcake »), Thakoon Resort 2013 (this collection was inspired by cupcakes), Versus by Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (cupcake-wrapper-pleated skirt).

Some ad campaigns which showcased cupcakes : Berenice Autumn/Winter 2008-2009, Mouton Collet Spring/Summer 2009, Mulberry Autumn/Winter 2010-2011.

Furthermore, for Summer 2009, stylist Lisa Edsalv and photographer Therese Aldgard unveiled a series of photographs highlighting cupcakes inspired by fashion (breast-shaped cupcakes for Agent Provocateur, candy-cupcakes for Betsey Johnson, a black-and-white recipe for Chanel, a cherry-and-liquorice version for Christian Louboutin, and milk chocolate-flavored cupcakes for Louis Vuitton).

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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Food


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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The chess game in Chris Columbus’ « Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone » (also known as « Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ») inspired the giant chessboard of the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2005 Show, « It’s Only a Game ».

Other « Harry Potter »-influenced collections : agnès b. (in 2001, agnès b. launched a childrenswear collection inspired by J. K. Rowling’s « Harry Potter »), Paul Smith Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 Menswear (« British Vogue » wrote that the theme of this collection was « Harry Potter meets Prince Harry »), Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2008 (although the glasses worn by the models evoked Harry Potter’s specs, they were more specifically inspired by David Hockney’s).

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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Cinema


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James Jean

James Jean’s fairy murals inspired the prints of the Prada Spring/Summer 2008 Show.

Some James Jean’s collaborations : Gap (James Jean designed a T-shirt for the Gap (Product) Red Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 line), James Jean X Lane Crawford (on October 18, 2012, to celebrate the launch of James Jean’s handcrafted fine-jewelry collection, OVM, which features the « Bone », « Butterfly », « Drip » and « Strata » lines, Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford unveiled the « Velum » collaboration, featuring James Jean’s line of chiffon printed scarves, pouches and iPhone veils, created around the concept of transparency, and presented at Lane Crawford’s Blitz concept space, within a James Jean-designed installation), Phillip Lim (in 2010, James Jean was commissioned to paint portraits of Los Angeles-based actors, musicians and trendsetters), Prada (in the Summer of 2007, James Jean was commissioned to create a wallpaper for Prada’s New York Epicenter, which spotlighted the heroine, Mary, searching for her lost lamb in a landscape full of carnivorous flowers ; the fairy Mary was also present in the painting James Jean made for Prada’s Spring/Summer 2008 runway, which also inspired the prints of this collection, and the James Lima-directed « Trembled Blossoms » short film, based on James Jean’s illustrations, in collaboration with Michael Rock and Sung Kim, also known as the 2×4).

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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Art


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Axl Rose

Axl Rose influenced the Dior Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 Show.

Other Axl Rose or Guns N’ Roses-inspired collections : Henry Holland Spring/Summer 2008 (this collection, presented as part of Fashion East, which featured Guns N’ Roses’ « Welcome to the Jungle » on the soundtrack, was partly inspired by pictures of Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour in « Vogue »), House of Holland Spring/Summer 2010 (for this collection, Henry Holland took inspiration in Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour’s wedding in Guns N’ Roses’ « November Rain » video), Hudson by Georgia May Jagger Spring/Summer 2011 (collection partly inspired by Guns N’ Roses), Poltock & Walsh Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (collection influenced in part by Axl Rose, who was Katie Walsh’s crush when she was adolescent).

Photo : Marcio Madeira




Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Music


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James Bond

The Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 Menswear Show, « James Blond », was inspired by James Bond.

Other James Bond-influenced collections, items or shows : BCBG Max Azria Spring/Summer 2012 (the hairstyle, by Neil Moodie, was based on the scene of Lewis Gilbert’s « The Spy Who Loved Me », when Barbara Bach brushes her hair after coming out of the water), Comme des Garçons Spring/Summer 2008 (the theme of the « James Bond » movies was on the soundtrack of this show), Hermès by Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (the theme of Guy Hamilton’s « Goldfinger » was on the soundtrack), Issa Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (the theme of this collection, a Trans-Siberian trip from Moscow to Beijing, was « Russian doll meets James Bond »), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac 1984 (silk painted « James Bond » dress, with the portrait of Sean Connery), Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn/Winter 1979-1980 (collection dubbed « James Bond »), Kevan Hall (the themes of various « James Bond » films were on the soundtrack of his Los Angeles Fashion Week show, in March 2009), Neil Barrett Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (James Bond-style tuxedos), Omega Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (Daniel Craig, as James Bond, stars in this campaign, which highlights Sam Mendes’ « Skyfall », and the « SeaMasterPlanetOcean 600 M Skyfall » watch that Omega created for Sam Mendes’ movie, continuing the brand’s collaboration with the James Bond films, initiated in 1995, with Martin Campbell’s « GoldenEye »), O.P.I (to celebrate the release of Sam Mendes’ « Skyfall », O.P.I launches, for Autumn/Winter 2012-2013, a line of nail lacquers ; each of the 12 colors is named after a classic « James Bond » movie), Rag & Bone Spring/Summer 2008 (the starting point of this collection was late ’60s and early ’70s James Bond films), Roberto Coin Spring/Summer 2012 (« Octopus » ring, inspired by John Glen’s « Octopussy » film), Rodolphe Menudier (Rodolphe Menudier took inspiration from James Bond, for his footwear line, circa 1990-2000), Shipley & Halmos Spring/Summer 2009 (suits and tuxedos influenced by ’60s James Bond films), William Tempest Spring/Summer 2010 (named « A View to a Kill », after John Glen’s eponymous film, this collection was inspired by James Bond girls).

Moreover, the « Designing 007 : Fifty Years of Bond Style » exhibition, at the Barbican Centre, in London, from July 6 to September 5, 2012, highlighted the influence of Ian Fleming’s spy on fashion.

Photo : Yannis Vlamos /



Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Cinema


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Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes inspired the « American Villa / Villa Américaine » theme of the Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Spring/Summer 2008 Show, named « Stars ».

Other collections with Stars and Stripes-inspired pieces : Balmain by Christophe Decarnin Spring/Summer 2011 (« Stars and Stripes » print on a vest), Catherine Malandrino Autumn/Winter 2001-2002 (this collection, named « Flag », was dedicated to the Stars and Stripes), Catherine Malandrino Spring/Summer 2009 (« Stars and Stripes » printed dress), Comme des Garçons for Speedo (« Stars and Stripes » motif, mixed with ancient Japanese « kokoro » calligraphy, for the swimsuits of Team USA, for Beijing’s 2008 Olympics), De Beers Spring/Summer 2009 (« US Tag » pendant, reproducing the « Stars and Stripes » motif), Di Mauro (« The Big 4 / Les Quatre Grands » shoes, with « Stars and Stripes » motif, among other flags, in the collection that was launched in 1944), Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2002 (« Stars and Stripes » motif, with one « I Love NY » slogan, on a vest), Gant Spring/Summer 2010 (the American flag was the main inspiration of this collection), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 1982 (« American Flag Dress », designed for Robert Mapplethorpe, signed « Robert Mapplethorpe ’82’ »), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 1986 (silk « American Flag Dress », with a painted portrait of John Wayne), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 2008 (minidress, mixing white stars on blue, and red and white stripes, in this collection, dubbed « Sportacus »), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 2009 (« VOTE4 » belt, with the « V » letter decorated with white stars on blue, and the « O », « T », « E » and « 4 » embellished with red and white stripes), Jimmy Choo (the « Stars and Stripes » featured, among other prints, in the Project PEP line, launched for Autumn/Winter 2009-2010), Léonard Spring/Summer 1984 (this collection was partly dedicated to the American flag), Ralph Lauren (Ralph Lauren presented the « Polo Jeans Co.’s Art Stars » exhibition, in London, during Autumn 2010, which presented 50 artists’ 3-D and denim visions of the American Star, to celebrate Polo Jeans’ logo), Repetto (ballerinas with a « Stars and Stripes » motif, exclusively made for the « New York Loves Printemps » exhibition, presented at Paris’ Printemps Haussmann, from August 28 to October 10, 2010), Tommy Hilfiger Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (small « Stars and Stripes » motif on a cardigan ; moreover, the Stars and Stripes’ colors are part of Tommy Hilfiger’s DNA), ZouZou Shoez Spring/Summer 2009 (sneakers, handpainted by Marion Bartherotte, with a « Stars and Stripes » motif and Barack Obama’s portrait).

Photo : Alessandro Lucioni and Matteo Volta



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Posted by on October 22, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Tracey Emin

The Victoria Beckham Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 Collection takes inspiration from Tracey Emin.

Some Tracey Emin’s collaborations : Banjo & Matilda (2 cashmere cardigans, made in collaboration with Tracey Emin, which featured the « Peace of Mind » or « She Went Out Like a 40 Watt Bulb » slogan, referencing Tracey Emin’s artworks, were launched on July 6, 2012), Longchamp Autumn/Winter 2004-2005 (bags line, decorated by Tracey Emin, with cockades, embroideries and ribbons), Louis Vuitton (the Maison Louis Vuitton, on Bond Street, in London, showcased an exhibition dedicated to Tracey Emin, from May to late summer 2011, to launch its Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project, with some items specially created by Tracey Emin, including 50 hand-stitched and hand-rolled silk scarves, numbered and signed by the artist), Selfridges (Tracey Emin opened a pop-up shop in Selfridges, in London, from June to July 2011, which spotlighted her artwork, her selection of items from the store floor, and exclusive pieces she made, including prints ; moreover, Tracey Emin decorated some Selfridges’ windows with her giant pictures and some neon works), Vivienne Westwood (in 2008, Vivienne Westwood photographed Tracey Emin for her book, « Vivienne Westwood Opus », which compiled giant Polaroids).

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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Art


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Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden influenced 2 dresses in the Maya Hansen Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 Show.

Other Iron Maiden-inspired items : Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière Spring/Summer 2006 (the black and white striped pants evoked the ones that Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris was wearing in the ’80s), Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (the logo on the top with the « Join a Weird Trip » message, for look 22, evoked Iron Maiden’s logo).

Photo : Tomy Pelluz




Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Music


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