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CULTURE, NEWS / April 13 2012 8:03 AM

Cristóbal Balenciaga’s Personal Archives on Display for First Time

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Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel praised Cristóbal Balenciaga as ”the only true couturier among us” and Christian Dior referred to him as “the master of us all.” Now 40 years after his death, the master’s personal archives will go on public display for the first time at Paris’ Musée Galliera, featuring documents, costumes, fabric fragments and even doll’s clothes that were bequeathed to the museum in 1979.

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CULTURE / March 16 2012 10:00 AM

INDIE REWIND: How to Wear Green on St. Patrick’s Day (without Looking Like a D-Bag)

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St. Patty’s Day is tomorrow which means three things: 1.) Dave & Buster’s is going to have their busiest day of the year 2.) My own all-day drunkeness will be masked if not completely eclipsed by everyone else’s and 3.) There will be a sea of green flooding the streets…followed by a sea of vomit. Sure, the Irish have only so much to be proud of* — a potato famine and Bono, I mean, I get it — so they want to show off their pride the only way they know how: by wearing head-to-toe green and getting sloshed beyond comprehension. I’m all for that. But there are ways to wear green — even in a head to toe fashion, which, not gonna lie to ya is tricky and best left to the masters. How many ways, you ask? Let’s say 5…and discuss.

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CULTURE, FASHION / February 17 2012 9:34 AM

LIFE Opens the Vaults to Christian Dior’s Revolutionary New Look

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To commemorate the passing of yet another New York Fashion Week, LIFE opened up its impressive vaults and dug up their original coverage of Christian Dior‘s iconic “New Look,” along with previously unpublished images taken from a Dior show in Paris in 1948. Included is a terrific article by Jeanne Perkins in which she refers to the diminutive designer as “a timid, middle-aged, insignificant-looking little Frenchman.” Still, Perkins was well-aware of the impact that Dior’s collection would have on fashion:

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CULTURE, FASHION / January 25 2012 1:02 PM

The Simpsons Love Our Fashion Industry Favorites

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aleXsandro Palombo never fails to tickle us with his creative, tongue-in-cheek illustrations of fashion industry heavyweights, but we are particularly excited about his latest works of art. When we saw these Simpsons caricatures of people like Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington and Coco Chanel, we couldn’t help but laugh out loud and reminisce about America’s favorite animated family. Click to see all the brilliant works.

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FASHION / December 16 2011 2:39 PM

Lilogi Spends Some Quality Time in Maison Chanel

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Lilogi‘s among the privileged few to have access to the illustrious house of Chanel and they’re flaunting it in our face with a ton of exclusive content. Go backstage at the stunning Paris-Bombay metier d’arts collection and watch an interview with noted shrinking violet Karl Lagerfeld; explore the history of the house’s jewelry, makeup, and handbags; and learn a bit about the woman herself, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. It’s a master class in all things Chanel and will no doubt further fuel your couture crush.

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INTERVIEWS / November 18 2011 4:33 PM

Alice Ritter Tells Tales and Recommends Some Fashionable Reading

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Jessica paid a visit to designer Alice Ritter as part of LOOKBOOKS.com‘s new feature, “Tales of the Atelier”:

Through the concrete and brick columned hall of the CFDA Incubator, past glass doors with names like Bibhu Mohapatra, House of Waris and Prabal Gurung etched upon them, sits a room on the end that houses the studio of a French expat with a beautiful concept. Alice Ritter works seemingly solitary in a tidy, brightly lit room with a towering cubic bookshelf, a sewing machine and inspiration all around. Her style rings from the authenticity of growing up in the late 70s in France, where Yves Saint Laurent was god and high power glossies were sacred. Having studied economics, she created a fashion lab within her home with her Brooklynite husband to pursue her true art of design. Poring over books and dissecting vintage clothing lead to her creating an aesthetic that is uniquely hers. 

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CULTURE / November 12 2011 8:52 AM

INDIE REWIND: Backhanded: Karl Lagerfeld’s 13 Greatest Compliments

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Karl Lagerfeld is a genius. And like most genii, he’s also completely bat-shit crazy. Over the years he’s offered his usually unsolicited opinions about people and — never really known for his cheery disposition — his comments have usually fallen in the spectrum of bitchy and, well, super bitchy. Below are 13 of the Kaiser’s greatest backhanded compliments.

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CULTURE, FASHION / September 29 2011 12:10 PM

QUEL SCANDALE! Presents Fashion Fascists: Louis Vuitton Moët-Nazi

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In this, the final installment of Quel Scandale!‘s “Fashion Fascists” series (see also: Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and Daphne Guinness), we explore the wartime activities of Louis Vuitton and its role in aiding the Vichy regime, also know as the French puppet government that openly collaborated with the German occupying forces. The details of Vuitton’s involvement came out seven years ago with the publication of Louis Vuitton: A French Saga, which LVMH pretty much tried to ignore. But unlike a crying child, a secret Nazi past isn’t something you can lock in a closet until it passes out from exhaustion.

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