Fall Winter 2014 201...

A Look Back at the Best Fall Winter 2014-2015 Paris Haute Couture Fashions     Whether they came to plan for Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, Monday’s Emmy Awards or any other high-style occasions soon-to-come, celebrities packed the front rows at last month’s...

Fall Winter 2013 Haute Couture Collections

Notes from the Paris Haute Couture Collections – Fall/Winter 2013     The June 30-July 4 haute couture offerings for fall winter 2013 proved to be well worth the trip to Paris. Aside from the beautiful collections from the established houses, some relative newcomers attracted some serious attention. Best of all, two of the great names – Christian Lacroix and Elsa Schiaparelli – returned in brilliant, innovative style. For extended party coverage, click here to find my Society News LA story about the Paris scene. To read my Los Angeles Times stories about the individual shows, click on these designer names...

Paris Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture

Five Days at the Paris Haute Couture:   Of All the Breathtaking Fashions, Which  Will Wind Up on Oscar’s Red Carpet?   Considering the ever-increasing importance of Oscar’s red carpet, and the scary-to-the-stars proliferation of best and worst-dressed lists, the haute couture shows surely offer the ultimate picking grounds for anyone else heading for this month’s Academy Awards. These made-in-Paris confections, designated haute couture, feature intricate handwork, the most elegant fabrics, precision tailoring for a perfect fit and unique – and often exotic – embellishments. This season, for example, On...

Alexis Mabille Sprin...

Sheer Beauty – Literally – at Alexis Mabille, plus a Couture Costume for Dita Von Teese    Not surprisingly, burlesque artist Dita Von Teese sat front row at the Alexis Mabille spring summer 2013 haute couture show in Paris. Coincidentally I originally met Von Teese and...

Fall Winter 2012 201...

More Fall Winter 2012 2013 Haute Couture Shows; More About All the Stars and the Classy Old-Fashioned Invitations   So Many Stars If there have been more Hollywood stars in Paris for any previous haute couture season, I can’t remember when that would have been – and I’ve been...

Alexis Mabille Haute...

Alexis Mabille: An Eye-Popping Parade for Spring/ Summer 2012 Haute Couture   Never mind that three weeks have passed since the Paris haute couture shows. The message that color is on the spring agenda has stayed with me, most vividly in my memories of the Jan. 23 Alexis Mabille show. On...