RIP Oscar de la Renta Oct21

RIP Oscar de la Rent...

Remembering Oscar de la Renta     The first time I met Oscar de la Renta was in Paris in July, 2000, just after he presented his fall/ winter haute couture collection for Balmain. Few Americans in the history of French haute couture have ever created fashions for a major Parisian...

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...

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...

Valentino Spring Sum...

Sophie Tweed Simmons, Nick Simmons, the Great Valentino Himself – and Adele’s Grammy Dress – at the Valentino Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture Show      Much as I love seeing Valentino haute couture shows under any circumstances, Jan. 23 marked the first time...

Carousel Ball Honori...

Neil Diamond and George Clooney Close the Star-Studded Carousel of Hope Gala on a Perfect Note   George Clooney took home the Brass Ring Award at the Carousel of Hope, but not before singing a duet with Neil Diamond. The headliner for the Oct. 20 gala benefiting  the Barbara Davis Center...

Teatro alla Moda Extended in Beverly Hills Feb09

Teatro alla Moda Ext...

Good News: Teatro alla Moda Extended in Beverly Hills   No wonder “Teatro alla Moda” has been extended once again. As I wrote back in October, the exhibition in Beverly Hills of 80 theater costumes, sketches and drawings by Italy’s top high fashion designers is...