Hubert de Givenchy was the most aristocratic of French designers, renowned for his own personal elegance and impeccable manners. He was born into a noble French family, and destined initially for the law. But at the end of World War Two, he persuaded his family to let him pursue his passion for clothes.
Fame came in the 1950s, and for three decades, he dressed some of the most beautiful women in the world to include the iconic, legendary fashion styles of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy.
He’s credited with introducing the notion of separates to give women greater freedom to choose, and with being one of the first clothes designers to create his own perfume.
In 1988, he sold his fashion house to the luxury brand LVMH, and a few years later he retired to a life of comfortable discretion. He came from a world of fashion which he acknowledged has now all but disappeared – an age of elegance, where clothes were created out of a unique personal relationship between client and couturier.
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The 72nd Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and American television of 2014, was broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on January 11, 2015, by NBC. The award show was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third consecutive and final time.
There were many films with multiple nominations, with the top films being Birdman with seven nominations. Boyhood and The Imitation Game were both nominated with five. Gone Girl, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Theory of Everything were each given four nominations as well. In the end it was Boyhood with three golden globes. Birdman and The Theory of Everything walking away with two of the globes each.
As we learned late in 2014, February’s New York Fashion Week will be the last to take place at Lincoln Center — the event’s home since it left Bryant Park in 2010 — and now we know a little more about where it’s going, as well as what other changes we can expect.
According to a source who declined to comment on the record, IMG, which owns Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, plans to move the event downtown. But the second, and perhaps bigger piece of news is that the media company plans to acquire Made Fashion Week, which stages shows in and around Milk Studios and is considered something of a competitor to the Mercedes-Benz event — which, in another bit of huge news, will no longer be a Mercedes-Benz event come February. The luxury car company has pulled out as title sponsor, meaning Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will no longer go by that name, which is almost difficult to fathom. A rep tells WWD it does not plan to end its relationship with fashion altogether, and will continue to support a number of other international fashion weeks. Going forward, IMG doesn’t plan to work with any sole sponsor.
Following the Made acquisition, which is expected to go into effect before Fashion Week in September, Made owners Jenné Lombardo, Mazdack Rassi and Keith Baptista will stay on as consultants.
In 1994, Sol Kerzner purchased a languishing Resorts International from entertainer/entrepreneur Merv Griffin. This once-popular jet-set playground on Paradise Island had seen better days, but from the start Kerzner saw its potential. Struck by the beauty of the location, on a lush tropical island with a pristine two-mile white sand beach, Kerzner vowed to build the most engaging and astounding resort the world had ever seen, a place where dreams would be made real and all who experienced it would fall under its mystical spell … whilst having a whole lot of fun in the process.
Once again, amfAR’s generationCURE Holiday Party NYC was a huge success. The evening’s event took place at the swank Standard Hotel, Top of The Standard during Giving Tuesday to kick off the holiday season with style. The event raised a grand total of $67,778.33 for HIV/AIDS research. Contributing to the night’s outstanding soirée were incredible performances by The Dolls and DJ Elle Dee. Microsoft added whimsy into the mix with their Winter Wonderland photo booth and a raffle that featured fabulous prizes such as a $2500 BVLGARIgift card. Event Chairs The Man Repeller Leandra Medine, Barry’s Bootcamp NYC Joey Gonzalez, Stripes & Sequins Grace Atwood, IMG Models Worldwide Emerson Barth, Andrew Jenks, Daniel Kelleghen, Christian Siriano and Natalie Suarez were all in attendance showing support for the night’s grand festivities. To learn more about amfAR, amfAR generationCURE or to donate to help further HIV/AIDS research visit their site at www.amfar.org.
Cynthia Rowley has been doing the modish-sportif thing for years. But this season she decided to break out her running pants and rash guards into a full-blown fitness category. At her Tuesday presentation the designer separated the activewear looks from the ready-to-wear, rather than mixing them together as she has in the past. “It’s about making fitness pretty instead of making pretty sporty,” she said of the line, which includes a fetching metallic bike helmet, black leggings with “Cynthia Rowley” scrolled up the side in gold, and a pair of scalloped running shorts. Big silhouette this season was cropped kick flares, which would work as well with a pair of athletic slides as they did with Rowley’s high-heel mules. Indeed, it was obvious that, although they may now be separate, the two lines go very much hand in hand.Continue reading Cynthia Rowley Spring Summer 2015→
What better way to say something nice than with flowers? For Spring/Summer 2015, Desigual and the recognized French fashion designer Christian Lacroix, have magnified this timeless tradition by giving bouquets to all the women in the world with their new “Happy Casual” Collection. Inspired by nature’s flora and fauna, this season presents a colorful, multicultural bouquet. A cool Mediterranean spirit combined with South African motifs; classic English garden blooms meet the Iberian Peninsula’s landscape; and a western countryside is influenced by sweeping European geometry. Continue reading Desigual “Say Something Nice” SS15 Collection→
In his debut for Perry Ellis, Michael Maccari excels the American icon with the brand’s main collection paired with sophisticated play of fabrics, color, pattern and layers. Inspired by his environment, New York City’s architectural grids, linear elements along with the work of artist Sean Scully and his repetitive stripe sequences and bold colors, Mr. Maccari invited a fresh view on timeless dressing and layering. Unexpected fabrics and bold, playful patterns cue a new “uniform” and introduce a new take on wear-to-work wear. Performance textiles dressed up and alternatively refined dress fabrics were shown in active silhouettes. In a nod to the brand’s namesake, refreshing patterns, black-and-white graphics, tonal checker-boards and bold striping will punctuate the collection. In this newest offering from Perry Ellis, Mr. Maccari introduces athletic layers, fresh details and a glazed, modern palette to create an honest approach to blending active and sportswear. Continue reading Perry Ellis Spring/Summer 2015 Collection→
Inspired by the elegant lines of French Art Deco’s Ruhlmann, Catherine Malandrino presented clean and graphic shapes for Fall 2013. A soft, yet graphic celebration of geometric shapes and craftsmanship manifested throughout this luxurious and elegant collection. Elongated silhouettes were illustrated by funnel-neck collared coats, mid-calf pencil skirts and glove sleeves in a blend of leather, cashmere knits, rubberized wool and double silk satin crepe. Elegant and sophisticated, these were classically beautiful pieces that have become the staple of the Malandrino brand.