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Notre-Dame de Paris

Schiaparelli Couture AW1415 Notre-Dame

The motif « Les Pigeons de Notre-Dame / The Pigeons of Notre-Dame » of the final look of the Schiaparelli by Marco Zanini Couture Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 Collection references the gathering of pigeons in front of Paris’ Catholic cathedral, Notre-Dame de Paris.

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Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


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City of Love

Andrés Sardá SS15

Paris, the City of Love, influenced the 19th look of the Andrés Sardá Spring/Summer 2015 Show, titled « First Class », which was inspired by an image of an airplane « taking off for beauty ».

To read about other Paris-influenced collections, search for the « Paris » and « Paname » posts that I have published on March 1, 2013, and on July 25, 2014, respectively.

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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Places


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Miss France

JPG SS15 Miss France

Jean Paul Gaultier’s final women’s ready-to-wear collection, for Spring/Summer 2015, titled « Miss Jean Paul Gaultier », was a tribute to the Miss France beauty pageant.

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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Dior Couture SS6A research trip in the south of France, which included a visit to Arles, was the starting point of the Dior by John Galliano Couture Spring/Summer 2006 Show.

Other Arles-influenced collections : Christian Lacroix Couture Autumn/Winter 1987-1988 and Christian Lacroix Couture Autumn/Winter 2001-2002 (among various shows which highlighted the Franco-Spanish traditions of Christian Lacroix’s native Arles ; moreover, Christian Lacroix has often drawn inspiration from Antoine Raspal’s paintings of Arles’ seamstresses).

Photo : Courtesy of Dior




Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Places


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Chanel Couture AW1415

The theme of the Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Couture Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 Show, which mixed modernity with baroque elements, was « Le Corbusier goes to Versailles ».

Other Versailles-inspired collections : Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Resort 2013 (Karl Lagerfeld said that the theme of this collection, presented at Versailles, was « Versailles in a Socialist France »), LaQuan Smith Spring/Summer 2011 (this collection was influenced by Marie Antoinette and Versailles), Maxime Simoëns Couture Spring/Summer 2011 (this show, titled « This, Madame, is Versailles », was inspired by Sofia Coppola’s « Marie Antoinette »), Thakoon Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (this collection was based on the similarities between the costumes worn at Versailles and the Masai outfits).

To read about other Le Corbusier-influenced collections, search for the « Le Corbusier » post that I have published on June 22, 2014.

Photo : Giovanni Giannoni


Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Places


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Le Corbusier

Chloé Resort 15

Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, in Poissy, was the starting point of the Chloé by Clare Waight Keller Resort 2015 Collection.

Other Le Corbusier-influenced collections : Anndra Neen (for the designs of their jewelry line, Annette and Phoebe Stephens sometimes draw inspiration from Le Corbusier), Christian Lacroix by Sacha Walckhoff Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Menswear (Le Corbusier was one of the references of this collection), Davidelfin Spring/Summer 2010 (the palette of this collection, highlighting blues, greens and whites, was based on Le Corbusier’s polychromy), Giambattista Valli Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 (bell and trapeze volumes, geometric motifs, and some reds and yellows were inspired by Le Corbusier), Girard-Perregaux (in 2012, the brand launched 3 watches which paid tribute to Le Corbusier), Noel Stewart Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 (one hat had the shape of one « Le Corbusier cube »), Roksanda Ilincic Spring/Summer 2007 (partly), United Bamboo Spring/Summer 2006 (Le Corbusier’s drawings inspired T-shirts ; when they unveiled this collection, United Bamboo’s designers, Miho Aoki and Thuy Pham, said that they were obsessed with Le Corbusier’s master plan for the city of Chandigarh).

Photo : Courtesy of Chloé


Posted by on June 22, 2014 in Architecture


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French Riviera

JCDC Resort 15

The Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Resort 2015 Collection is a tribute to the lifestyle on the French Riviera.

Other French Riviera-influenced collections : Badgley Mischka Spring/Summer 2014 (this show was based on Jacques Henri Lartigue’s ’20s pictures of women relaxing on the French Riviera), Bibhu Mohapatra Resort 2012 (this collection drew inspiration from vintage postcards from the French Riviera in the ’50s), Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Resort 2011 (this show was an homage to Saint-Tropez), Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Resort 2012 (presented in Antibes, this collection highlighted the differences between 2 cities from the French Riviera, Saint-Tropez and Antibes), D&G by Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2009 and D&G by Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2009 Menswear (these shows were influenced by the French Riviera), Jill Stuart Resort 2012 (the theme of this collection was « Lolita on the French Riviera »), L’Wren Scott Spring/Summer 2012 (titled « Beau Monde », this show was influenced by the beautiful people on the French Riviera in the Glamour Era), Missoni Resort 2014 (this collection was a tribute to French actresses exposing themselves to the sun in the Côte d’Azur), Peter Som Spring/Summer 2003 (this show took its cues from Jacques Henri Lartigue’s photographs of the French Riviera in the interwar period).

Photo : Courtesy of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac


Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Places


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Saint Barthélemy

Peter Som for DesigNation™ SS14

Saint Barthélemy’s beaches and laid-back luxury have influenced the Peter Som for DesigNation™ Collection, for Spring/Summer 2014, exclusively available at Kohl’s®.

Photo : Courtesy of DesigNation™




Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Places


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The Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2006 Show, dubbed « Belles des Champs », paid homage to Brittany.

Other Brittany-inspired collections : Christian Le Drezen (from 1998 to 2002, all his collections have paid tribute to the history and the folklore of his native Brittany), Kitsuné for Le Bon Marché (this « Bretagne » capsule collection, exclusively available at Le Bon Marché, from March 27 to April 24, 2010, as part of the « Esprit Factory » exhibition, was a modern homage to the native land of Kitsuné’s Gildas Loaëc), 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring/Summer 2012 (the windswept hairstyle of this show, by Odile Gilbert, referenced a girl from nature, upstate in Montauk, or in Brittany, where the French hairstylist grew up).

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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Places


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Paule Ka SS14

The ceramics of Vallauris influenced the Paule Ka Spring/Summer 2014 Collection.

Other Vallauris-inspired collections : Jil Sander by Raf Simons Spring/Summer 2012 (the motifs of the intarsia-knitted sweaters were based on the ceramics that Pablo Picasso made in Vallauris), Malandrino Spring/Summer 2011 (this collection paid homage to Vallauris’ unique pottery).

Photo : Courtesy of Paule Ka




Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Places


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