Written By , on October 24, 2010

This Season there is an incredibly high number of retrospective exhibitions, anniversaries and book launches celebrating careers and talent in fashion. As you saw I went to the Maison Martin Margiela exhibition celebrating 20 years, Cavalli is celebrating his 40th year in the industry in practically every city. (If you are going to celebrate, do it in style best describes that one) Yves Saint Laurent had an epic run at the Petit Palais, Paris from March to August, but then he deserves all the time you can give as one of the founders’ of modern style. It would be difficult to drink in the whole exhibit in one go, plenty of reason to go back to Paris in my view.

The biggie in Paris this season was masked ball for the marking of French Vogue’s 90th anniversary. Everyone pulled out all the stops to shine. None more so than Anna dello Russo, in a custom made Gareth Pugh headdress and gown from Pucci. Tyra Banks went for the drama but with a recession busting piece for her mask – an old pair, well maybe she splashed out for the occasion,  of fishnets stretched over her head.

source:wishtv.com photographer:AP/Laurent Cipriani

source:wishtv.com photographer:AP/Laurent Cipriani

No doubt there will be a book to accompany the celebrations. With this, a belated birthday to Matthew Williamson, who also has a book released. Long time friend and muse Sienna Miller wrote the forward and the main author is fashion historian Colin McDowell. Inside there are countless pages illustrating his work using trademark vivid colour, from mood boards to fashion shoots. Rather than just images, at the beginning of each chapter there is text from various fashion insiders and friends as well as the reflective words from Colin McDowell.

Later in the year we can expect books from Cavalli, Kenzo (another anniversary) and in the Spring, Hussein Chalayan’s offering. This will be a personal favourite having had the pleasure of working on one of his runway shows.

As well as the book, there is an exhibition of photographs from Williamson’s work at Somerset House until February 2011.  I have a habit of leaving these things until its too late. Margiela, last day, Chalayan I actually missed – lets see if I can actually get to that one before the last day.

Emily Jerman lives in London and is a freelance stylist/writer and contributor to Papierblog. For further details visit : www.emilyjerman.com

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Written By , on October 1, 2010

Paris Fashion Week may just be getting underway but Roberto Cavalli has already thrown the biggest fete. After all, when Kylie Minogue sings happy birthday to your empire and Heidi Klum helps cut the cake, you know this party will be hard to top. Dancers from the Crazy Horse cabaret performed for guests including Janet Jackson and billionaire boyfriend Wissam Al Mana, Tyra Banks, Bianca Jagger, Leona Lewis, Aishwarya Rai and Rachel Bilson. It also seems like every model ever showed up to celebrate the designer, as you can see below.

Eva Herzigova, Sasha Pivovarova, Natalia Vodianova, Anja Rubik, Karlie Kloss and Lily Donaldson at the Fine Arts School in Paris, where Roberto Cavalli celebrated his brand’s 40th anniversary.


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Written By , on May 15, 2008

Roberto Cavalli

You have to love the opulence of fashion at Cannes. You have to love the convergence of fashion, Hollywood, and money at Cannes. A quick example of this is Roberto Cavalli’s massive shark-yacht on the prowl at Cannes. Fashion has been good to the man and why not, with pieces from his fall collection looking like this, it’s not hard to see why.

Roberto Cavalli

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Written By , on April 17, 2008

Giorgio ArmaniYou will pry my company from my cold dead 90 year old hands was Giorgio Armani’s retort to a suggestion that he might go the way of Roberto Cavalli and sell his company to someone else. His main reasoning: he doesn’t need a partner who constantly focuses on numbers and the bottom line. He’s concerned about beauty. While there’s no doubt Armani has a legion of accountants to make sure he’s solvent, it’s pretty much certain that he calls the shots and no one can tell him what to do… ever.

Here’s the direct quote from WWD:

I am fine alone now, but not when I’ll be 90, [Funds] just want to make money and then leave. How could I talk to someone who only cares about the figures? I would rather consider a real partner, perhaps a group that already has a connection with us, that we know and that could complete the relationship with us.

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Written By , on April 2, 2008

Amy Winehouse

You have to wonder if deep down Cavalli is doing this to sort of tweak Karl Lagerfeld. The Times Online UK is reporting Roberto Cavalli and and Amy Winehouse may have been (or may be) collaborating on something. The ambiguity doesn’t end there. No, as a matter of fact it continues with her agent adding fire to the speculation basically stating that it’s not the first time she’s been approached by a variety of fashion companies and designers (Lagerfeld?) for some sort of pdiddy-like collabo. See the only thing is that Lagerfeld said months ago that his muse for a recent collection was Winehouse.

…recent speculation that Roberto Cavalli is about to loop Amy Winehouse into some kind of financial love-in. Nothing has been signed, you understand, but Cavalli’s spokesperson confirms that he “adores” the singer and that they have been in talks. Even more amazingly, Winehouse’s agent says this isn’t the first time that she has been approached by a fashion company.

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