Sunday, 10 March 2013

Paris Collections 2013. Street Fashion. Chanel. Yves St Laurent. Tsumori Chisato. Ralph Lauren. Céline. Louis Vuitton. Jean-Charles Castelbajac. Giambattista Valli. Elena Perminova. Ulyana Sergeenko.

Paris Fashion 2013

Tsumori Chisato's stunning dress
Tsumori Chisato sunglasses

Born in Saitama, Japan, Tsumori Chisato from Saitama studied fashion at the Bunka Fashion School in Tokyo.She started off as the chief designer for Issey Miyake's Sportswear. She has been showing in Paris since 2003.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren was born Ralph Lifshitz in 1939 in New York to Jewish immigrants from Pinsk, in Poland.  He got teased at school over his surname: “My given name has the word shit in it,” and changed it to Lauren when he was 15. Even while he was at school he used to sell ties to his class. He studied business for two years and after two years in the army worked for Brooks Brothers as a salesman. Despite never having studied fashion he designed a wide tie bought by Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's; he opened his own store in 1967.  Forbes in 2012 estimated his wealth at $6.5 billion dollars, which makes him the 122nd richest in the world.This year Ralph Lauren's collection was influenced by Spain. He is married with three children and has a formidable collection of vintage cars.
 Phoebe Philo for Céline  
Phoebe Philo was born to English parents in 1973 in Paris. They gave her a sewing machine for her fourteenth birthday, which started her off.  She studied fashion at  Central Saint Martins and worked for Chloé, where she is remembered for her wooden wedge shoes and the Paddington bag. She was made the Creative Director of Céline in 2008 and has revitalised the brand. Philo is married with three children.
Romper Suit by Louis Vuitton

In 1854  in Paris, Louis Vuitton Malletier founded what is now the most valuable luxury brand in the world. His luggage and many other products are instantly recognisable from their inimitable style and famous LV monogram: unfortunately there are many fakes and the firm  is assiduous in tracking down imitators with a large team of investigators and lawyers. 
Jean-Charles Castelbajac showed his creations at the Oratoire du Louvre Church
Teddy Bear Coat
The Marquis de Castelbajac was born in 1949 in CasablancaMorocco. He designed a coat of teddy bears for Madonna. He is divorced, with two sons. The Victoria and Albert Museum held an exhibition of his work in 2006. He obviously likes featuring animals and is also inspired by Lego.
Fur outfit by Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli was born in Rome and studied fashion at the Istituto Europeo del Design, Rome, in 1986 and  Central St. Martin's School of Arts in London.  He worked for Emanuel Ungaro before starting up on his own in 2005, with his first show in Paris. He has made a name for his fur coats and jackets and has film stars Penélope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker and Halle Berry among his clients.
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta

Óscar Aristides de la Renta Fiallo was born in 1932 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,  his father was Puerto Rican . He studied fashion in Madrid and was trained by Balenciaga. He made his name by designing for Jacqueline Kennedy.  De La Renta is known for his philanthropy and has built orphanages and schools in his country. He is famous for his designs for the red carpet and evening wear.
Chanel by Karl Lagerfeldt
Karl Otto Lagerfeldt, designer for Chanel since 1983,  was born in the 1930s in Hamburg.His mother was Swedish.  He dropped the t at the end of his name saying "it sounds more commercial." Lagerfeld is vague about his age and no-one knows when exactly he was born . In 1958 he was apprenticed to Pierre Balmain. This year the bag pictured above was a sensation, he said it could be used on the beach. He favoured strapless and square prints for dresses this year.
Street Fashion with Yves St Laurent bag

Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, 1936-2008, was born in Oran, French Algeria, trained in Paris with Dior and became the brand designer in 1957 at the age of 21 when Dior died. He set up his own firm together with his partner  Pierre Bergé in 1961. Hedi Slimane is now the creative head of the brand.
Street Fashion. Chunky necklaces are in, and shorter skirts

Street Fashion in  Giovanna Battaglia by Phil Oh                             
Elena Perminova favours Chanel. 

Elena is the wife of Russian billionaire media mogul Alexander Lebedev,  former KGB spy and owner of the Independent and London Evening Standard. She is also a model.

Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko photographed by Phil Oh

Large Earrings were fashionable this year

Street fashion photographed by Phil Oh
Street fashion  by Phil Oh