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REFERENCE LIBRARY: Cinzia Ruggeri and THE ARCHITECTURE OF JOY

The  "Homage to Lévi Strauss dress" , with its three-dimensional ziggurat-like motifs, was purchased by London’s V & A MuseumThe "Homage to Lévi Strauss dress" , with its three-dimensional ziggurat-like motifs, was purchased by London’s V & A Museum

"Fluxus' Gianni Emilio Simonetti - the director of my catwalk shows - used to say that if you're a chef and you don't feel like cooking, your food will be tasteless, but if you have genuine passion then your food will always be amazing. If you feel like communicating something to other people, your efforts will always produce something extraordinarily postive, but it's clear that this is not the aim of today's fashion that could be compared to a mirror that is reflecting itself."

Cinzia Ruggeri

When Searching For An Epitome Of Elegance, Look to Princess Galitzine

Roman couture and its heedless chic, except for the Valentino brand seems an extinct ideal….Alas.Roman couture and its heedless chic, except for the Valentino brand seems an extinct ideal….Alas.

Daughter of a princess whose family was one of the oldest aristocratic lines in Russia, Princess Irene Galitzine had quite a narrative line. The flight from Russia in the wake of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution with centuries-worth of family jewels into the lining of their clothes, the perilous trek through Constantinople before settling into the house in Rome overlooking the Spanish Steps…it's a

Reference Library: Galliano, Margiela and Les Incroyables.

Les Incroyables was  John Galliano's  legendary St. Martin's graduation collection (shown in July 1984).Les Incroyables was John Galliano's legendary St. Martin's graduation collection (shown in July 1984).

The talk around John Galliano's surprise appointment to Maison Martin Margiela has been how unlikely a choice it has been. John the opulent, the lover of grandeur, so baroque unto an almost costume extreme… at the brutally conceptualist and intellectual Margiela? The punters are mystified at how…inappropriate an aesthetic choice this appointment is. But is it?

Current Reading: YVES SAINT LAURENT : UNE PASSION MAROCAINE : Pierre Bergé

Yves Saint Laurent had always claimed that Morocco influenced his creations.Yves Saint Laurent had always claimed that Morocco influenced his creations.

À l’occasion de l’exposition « Yves Saint Laurent et le Maroc », présentée pour la première fois au jardin Majorelle à Marrakech, Pierre Bergé se souvient. Il tire les fils du passé et accompagne ses propos de photographies, dont beaucoup sont inédites, de dessins et d’aquarelles de Lawrence Mynott.

Pascale Ogier as High Pristess Of Branché

Ogier had started to imprinted herself on 80's cultural consciousness through her work in film.Ogier had started to imprinted herself on 80's cultural consciousness through her work in film.

That black cocktail dress with the zippers , the fitted little leather jacket perfected and the High-80s mega-headphones, clamped around her neck! French actress Pascale Ogier oozed that effortless style of which cool girl Parisienne legends are made.

Reference Library: The Beautiful People's Beauty Book: How To Achieve The Look And Manner...: Princess Luciana Pignatelli

"I understand," she writes wistfully, "there is a doctor in Paris who does eyelash implants...""I understand," she writes wistfully, "there is a doctor in Paris who does eyelash implants..."

Ok, that bit about the jhassoul soap ( or ghassoul as my jar proclaims)... works. As does the pointed advice about preferring Filipino cigars instead of skin-sallowing cigarettes. In any case, I was never going to argue with anyone who starts life as the normal enough Luciana Malgeri, before marrying up all the way to principessa level. And then that futuristic taste in eye-wear, (Run DMC would have spasmed in envy): that was bound to be a deal clincher.

Current Viewing: Agnes Varda's Lions Love

Viva in Varda's "Lion's Love" being effortlessly editorialViva in Varda's "Lion's Love" being effortlessly editorial

Lions Love makes you want to lose yourself to LA in all its vapid possibilities.

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