Saturday, July 09, 2016
Empress Party Girl: Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016

The Dish: Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016. Think Empress Josephine for 2016 Millenial Debutantes. The themes were overtly Empire-and-Napoleon-like with lots of sequin-and -tulle Empire-waist dresses with mini-pouf sleeves, just right for the trust-fund gals who have $50,000-$100,000 to spare (from their daddy's account, probably) for a Holiday party. These dresses are perfect for those millennial empresses.
Rome and Juliet and...VALENTINO: Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016

The Dish: Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016 collection was inspired by Shakespeare and in particular, the English poet/playwright/actor's Italian Renaissance-themed plays like Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, etc. Very appropriate being that it is--after all--the 400th  anniversary of his death. Besides this important tidbit, there was one more: One of the Valentino Creative Directors--Maria Grazia Chiuri announced--immediately following this Valentino Haute Couture show--that she was hired as the new Creative Director for the famed House of Christian Dior.

Maria Grazia Chiuri (bottom photo, top right) will be the new Creative Director at Christian Dior--she is the first woman to hold that title in the fashion house's 69-year history
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016

The Dish: New York, New York/The Big Apple. That was the theme of the Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016 collection shown in Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Saab is opening a store next year so one assumes this is an appropriate theme. There were skylines hand-sewn onto silk organza and tulle, making a devore-like look...

 The details of a $100,000 gown: Close-up details of Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016
Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016

The Dish: Karl Lagerfeld brought the famed Chanel Haute Couture petites mains (Translation: little hands) to center stage at this past week's Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016 fashion show. The collection was a tribute to the Chanel couture atelier and all the seamstresses, patternmakers, drapers and sequin/embroidery magicians who make a $100,000 Haute Couture creation come to life. The collection showcased the unparalleled technical mastery of the tailleur (tailoring/suiting department) as well as the flou (flowy dresses, blouses) with structured shoulders, wider sleeves, cropped wide-leg pants and an instantly recognizable Chanel look.
Friday, July 08, 2016
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016

The Dish: Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016 collection. The collection was designed by the post-Raf Simons design duo of Lucie Meir and Serge Ruffieux. After Simons abruptly quit the famed French fashion house last October, they were given the task of taking on the design duties. Meir and Ruffieux were no strangers to designing at Dior since, in fact, they were Simons' chief designers for the line.

Dior designers Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meir, taking their final walk at the Chrsitian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016 show
Saturday, July 02, 2016
San Francisco 3 Days of Fashion Fun: Nick Verreos "Special Appearance" at FIDM San Francisco 3 Days of Fashion 2016

Rounding out my "Special Guest" appearances these past two weeks for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM's fabulous "3 Days of Fashion" Summer Program, the FIDM San Francisco campus was the last stop--and a SUPER WONDERFUL one to boot! Previously, I had the honor of making special visits at the FIDM San Diego, FIDM Los Angeles and FIDM Orange County campuses and so San Francisco was the last one to get to.

Many of you may know that I spent my teenage years in the Bay Area, after my family moved to San Bruno and subsequently, nearby Millbrae. To make a long story short, I always have a special affinity for San Francisco since, well, I kinda grew up there (or at least nearby!). So...back to my visit to FIDM San Francisco...
Friday, July 01, 2016
FIDM Orange County Fashion & Fun: Nick Verreos, model Amanda Fields Bennett and attendees at FIDM Orange County 3 days of Fashion 2016

If you've been keeping up with my BLOG here, you may know it is FIDM 3 Days of Fashion Summer Program time and I have had the honor as the college's Official Spokesperson, to make "Special Appearances" at all the four Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising/FIDM campuses, giving my "How I got to where I got" lecture, showing some of my designs and having fun meet & greets! I have already been to FIDM San Diego's 3 Days of Fashion (click HERE) as well as FIDM LA (HERE), so now it was time for FIDM Orange County.
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