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    Latest Fashion News: Schiaperelli & Prada’s Impossible Conversation

    Juni 25th, 2012

    As I already mentioned in October, I saw yesterday the Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) vs Miuccia Prada (born 1949) exhibition “Impossible Conversation” at the MET in New York City.

    The exhibit explores the similarities between the two powerful Italian women fashion designers. Both were born in Italy, Schiaparelli in Rome in 1890, Prada in Milan in 1949. Both were from conservative families and both came late to fashion almost by accident. Schiaparelli started making her own clothes after living in Paris and not finding the clothing that suited her very own tastes. Her focus was designing hats and jackets. Ms. Prada on the other hand inherited a family luggage business, began to design bags, then shoes, then clothes eventually.

    Based on Vanity Fair’s “Impossible Interviews” from the 1930′s, the exhibit shows a video conversation between actress Judy Davis, playing Ms. Schiaperelli and Ms. Prada herself. Created by Costume Institute curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton with the help of filmmaker Baz Luhrman, Bolton taped interviews with Ms. Prada and separately with Judy Davis whose script comes directly from Schiaparelli’s autobiography “Shocking Life”. He then cut the films together that you see the two powerful women having an “Impossible Conversation” across a long dinner table at the beginning of the show, and several times throughout.


    Intro Baz Luhrmann Met Video

    The exhibition also displays several designs from both designers with the main topic: waist up vs waist down. Schiaparelli tells us that back in her time, society women were often encountered seated at tables in cafes or restaurants. She, as a fashion designer was therefore most interested in designing clothing items that were most visible in such situations: everything from the waist up. Ms. Prada, who had experienced hippie back-to-the-earthness along with the sexual revolution was more focused on the lower part of the body: everything from the waist down. The show gives us therefore an interesting selection of Schiaparelli’s jackets and hats, while Prada shows us her skirts and shoes.

    I think this exhibit was excellent performed even though I don’t think it will be such a success as McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” drama from last year. Prada and Schiaparelli’s “Impossible Conversation” is an inspiring, intellectual piece of history that delivers some of the main answers to the never outdated question: what makes a woman desirable to herself? Surely the most important issue for independent and emancipated women back then and now.

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    2_Elsa Schiaparelli in speakfashion’s fashion dictionary
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    Latest Fashion News: Fashion Review 2011

    Januar 2nd, 2012

    Hey fashion speaker!

    I hope you had an unforgettable New Year’s Eve and are ready for the upcoming fashion year 2012. As you know, it’s always interesting to have a sneak peek at the past year to be open for an increadible start into the next year. Here are the 10 best and worse fashion moments in 2011:

    1_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: John Galliano’s eviction

    In February 2011 John Galliano went on an anti-Semitic rant at a bar in Paris. He was immediately suspended and subsequently fired from his 14-year post as the creative mind at Christian Dior. He also got layed off from his eponymous label a few weeks later.

    This was the greatest fashion scandal of the year.

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    Photo: The Hollywood Gossip

    2_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Fashion muse Lady Gaga

    One thing is def. save to say: Ms. Gaga was the most influential figure in fashion this year. In March, she walked the runway for her stylist Nicola Formichetti’s first womenswear show for Thierry Mugler after that she was seen on several magazine covers as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and got her own holiday workshop at Barneys New York. Lucky her!

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    Photo: Fashionwe.com

    3_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Christophe Decarnin leaving Balmain

    Due to the absence at Christophe Decarnin’s Fashion Show for Balmain in Paris, the fashion world got a bit confused whether the rumors of having a nervous breakdown might be really true. The fact of the matter was that Decarnin had been absent from the label for months due to creative differences with the brand’s management. Since then Balmain womenswear designer Olivier Rousteing took over the reans of Decarnin’s position.

    Unfortunately this is no good news.

    Latest Fashion News, Fashion News, Fashion Backstage, Fashion behind the scene, New York, Balmain, Christopher Decarnin, Decarnin

    Photo: Squa.re – the-sophisticated-distress-of-balmain-homme-spring summer-2010


    4_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Elizabeth Taylor’s death

    The most shocking news: Elizabeth Taylor’s death in March 2011.

    Latest Fashion News, Fashion News, Fashion Backstage, Fashion behind the scene, New York, Elizabeth Taylor

    Photo: http://alphanerdz.com


    5_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Kate Middleton’s stunning McQueen wedding dress

    April, 29th 2011: Kate and William’s Royal wedding!
    It was no surprise when it was announced that Sarah Burton for McQueen was going to create Kate Middlton’s one-of-a-kind wedding gown and the streamlined dress of her sister Pippa. Now, Burton is one of the most famous fashion designers in the world. Kate’s choice to wear Alexander McQueen was not only a triumph for British fashion, but also an incredible tribute to the late designer who had passed away the previous year.

    One of the best fashion moments of 2011!

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    Photo: Vogue Daily

    6_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Alexander McQueen’s MET Exhibition

    Fashion legend Alexander McQueen who committed suicide in February 2010 is even now two years after his death, one of the important fashion figure of this world. The genius of the late grate McQueen was honored and celebrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York on May 2nd, 2011. Savage Beauty, the title of McQueens exhibit at the MET went on through May until the end of July 2011.

    The exhibit was the most success the MET ever had.

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    Photo: 34th Street Magazine

    7_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Christian Louboutin vs. Yves Saint Laurent

    In September 2011, Christian Louboutin sued Yves Saint Laurent over red-soled shoes due to consumer confusion and the use of the color “red” as a design element on an article of fashion. Eventually, the court ruled that the color “red” on the soles of shoes could not be granted as a trademark protection.

    This story takes the boring cake.

    Latest Fashion News, Fashion News, Fashion Backstage, Fashion behind the scene, New York, Loubou, YSL, red soles, red sole, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin
    Photo: speakfashion

    8_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Elie Tahari & Levine invest in Catherine Malandrino

    As of October 2011, Fashion has a new trio: Elie Tahari, Levine and Catherine Malandrino. The plan was to help Malandrino to grow her brand in Asia and Europe both at retail and wholesale. She will benefit from Tahari and Levine’s international resources.

    Some good news!

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    Photo: Catherine Malandrino’s Facebook Fanpage, 10/12/11


    9_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Emmanuell Alt takes over Vogue Paris

    After Carine Roitfeld quit her job at Vogue Paris late last year, it was long uncertain who’s going to take over her post. She’d been an increadable chief-editor and who ever wanted to replace her had large shoes to fill. After months of speculation, the magazine’s former fashion director Emmanuelle Alt was named her successor.

    Latest Fashion News, Fashion News, Fashion Backstage, Fashion behind the scene, New York, Vogue, Vogue Paris, Emmanuelle Alt

    Photo: christopherlovesclothes.blogspot.com


    10_The 10 most fashionable moments of 2011: Best red carpet dress

    And the oscar goes to — Giovanna Battaglia! This woman in her vintage Stephen Sprouse gown was beyond every imagination. What a woman, what a dress. Could you have dressed better than her at the Cannes Film Festival? I doubt it!

    Latest Fashion News, Fashion News, Fashion Backstage, Fashion behind the scene, New York, Giovanna Battaglia, Best red carpet dress of 2011, red carpet dress battaglia

    Source + Photo: The New York Times, Fashion & Style – Cathy Horyn
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    Latest Fashion News: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada to meet at the MET

    Oktober 12th, 2011

    Next spring, the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute (MET) will showcase about 80 designs of two Italian fashion designer – a combination of pieces by Schiaparelli from the late twenties to the early fifties and by Prada from the late eighties through today. Scheduled for May 10th to August 19th 2012, the exhibition will be the next one at the MET after breaking records with Alexander McQueensSavage Beauty“.

    Elsa Schiaparelli in 1936 wearing her designs (left) & Miuccia Prada (right)  Photo: The Cut, New York Magazine.

    “We wanted to do something that was completely different but consistent with our strategy, which is to look at things in the present to lead us into the past”, explained Harold Koda, curator in charge of the Costume Institute to WWD Magazine today.

    So, we can’t wait to see the next exhibit at the MET – sounds very promising! We’ll keep you posted!

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    Latest Fashion News: Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty Exhibition 2011 at the MET

    Mai 5th, 2011

    Who didn’t know Lee Alexander McQueen, a British Fashion Designer known for his unusual, dramatic and unconventional designs with shock tactics. The emotional power and raw energy of his provocative fashion shows wrote history until he committed suicide in February 2010. And even now a year after his death McQueen still is one of the important fashion figure of this world.

    Photo: 34th Street Magazine

    The genius of the late grate Alexander McQueen was honored and celebrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York on May 2nd, 2011. Savage Beauty, the title of McQueens exhibit at the MET started yesterday May 4th and will run through July 31st, 2011.

    “Alexander McQueen’s iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion,” Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, said in a statement. “This landmark exhibition continues the Museum’s tradition of celebrating designers who changed the course of history and culture by creating new possibilities.”

    The dark and romantic qualities of McQueen’s work is the focus of the exhibit which features around 100 pieces from all of McQueen’s collections, from 1994 to 2010 and will be showcased in 5 different sections named “The Savage Mind,” “Romantic Gothic,” “Romantic Nationalism,” “Romantic Exoticism” and “Romantic Primitivism.” For more details about the different areas please click here.

    Watch the video above to see more of the McQueen’s astonishing, creative and conceptual designs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET).

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