Arift in a sea of digital apps for every imaginable function, we often feel our needs are met better today than in any previous era. But consider the chatelaine, a device popularized in the 18th century that attached to the waist of a woman’s dress, bearing tiny useful accessories, from notebooks to knives.
Then again, during the entirety of the three-day affair, sandwiched between Christmas and New Year's, white and black tie were the easiest dictates of a quartet of dress codes that included Gaucho and Tango Smart.
The arrival of the bride, meanwhile, who emerged on the bow of the wooden speedboat like a living figurehead, veil whipping in the wind, was mirage-like, for even the most jaded fashion folk in attendance. Her Valentino couture dress, which required 1,800 hours' worth of bas-relief pearl and crystal embroider, forsook the traditional bridal white for pale chalcedony tulle that blended seamlessly into the soft gray of the beach and the murky green [...]
Collectors Weekly: Why did Marie Antoinette embrace fashion while prior queens had not? Campbell: It was partly personal and partly cultural. Previously, royal mistresses had been the leaders of fashion. They had the money and the position but no accountability. They could spend as much money as they liked and wear anything they wanted. In contrast, French queens had always dressed magnificently but within the confines of very rigid court etiquette, and they were also answerable to the royal treasury. So in general they followed fashion rather than leading—they didn’t want to rock the boat.
But then Marie Antoinette comes along. Louis XVI didn’t actually have a mistress, so [...]
In 1936, Meret Oppenheim, the Swiss Surrealist artist, had tea with Pablo Picasso at the Café de Flore, in Paris. Oppenheim was wearing a bracelet, of her own design, that was clad in ocelot fur. Picasso admired it, noting that one could cover anything with fur. Soon afterward, Oppenheim produced her most famous work: [...]
Aymeline Valade is a 30-year-old, arrestingly epicene Frenchwoman whose cheekbones could draw blood and whose modeling mystique has attracted everyone from Nicolas Ghesquière to Alexander Wang—and, now, director Bertrand Bonello, whose new film Saint Laurent, out May 8, features her as Yves's muse Betty Catroux. Just don't call Valade an actress.
There are few occasions for which one feels more pressure to find the perfect dress than the Metropolitan Museum's annual Costume Institute Gala.
Dreaming of Orientalism, I found myself in desperate need of guidance, and as good fortune would have it, whom did I find myself seated next to at a dinner for Delfina Delettrez?
But when [...]
Benedict might not have won the Oscar—but he certainly won the absolutely perfect girl.
[Ansel] Elgort has swiftly proved to be multifariously talented as both an EDM DJ (last month, he played Ultra Music Festival in Miami under the sobriquet Ansolo) and, particularly, as a social-media sensation.
Turns out there is such a thing as an ambitious bohemian.
I’m never one to shy away from a challenge, especially when it comes to dressing etiquette: a big gown worn with messy hair, a red lip with a pair of beat-up jeans, a twinset paired with leather pants.
I really liked Nathalie Atkinson's thorough deconstruction of the makeover montage. "The important step forward in happily ever after begins—and ends—with the right shoe," Atkinson says. True in films, true in life. (I think!?!?! Seems legit.)
I particularly enjoyed this part:
Hollywood loves a fashion film almost as much as a makeover story and has a glossy tradition of cinematic fairy tales à la mode, with a side of Cinderella. Give or take a totemic ball gown and glass slipper. The latest is the Canadian film After the Ball, set in the garment industry of Montreal.
Change your clothes, change your fate. This is [...]