For the spring-summer 2022 collection, Area delved into its showgirl roots, touching on the Deco glamour, the exuberant costumes of Brazil’s Carnaval, and the slouchy glitz of an off-duty Vegas dancer. “We are all showgirls,” said designer Piotr Panszczyk. “And showgirls aren’t just about being pretty. It’s political; it’s about their bodies—and they are tough.”
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana presented their latest Alta Moda collection in a venue that has, until now, never hosted a fashion show: St Mark’s Square. They explained their choice of the location: “For us, Venice represents the perfect harmony of opposites that attract: it is romantic and sensual, melancholic and joyful, rational and visionary, luminous and nocturnal, sacred and profane, dark and golden. It is the city of Casanova, of the Carnival, of the historic regatta on the Grand Canal.”
The brand guests included Dame Helen Mirren, Jennifer Lopez, Sean Combs, Doja Cat, Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Ciara, Monica Bellucci, Christian Bale, and Kitty Spencer were all there, each dressed in Dolce & Gabbana. The label also cast children of some of the most well-known guests: Jessie James and D’Lila Star, the daughters Sean Combs, Monica Bellucci’s daughter Deva, Christian Bale’s daughter Emmeline and Heidi Klum’s daughter Leni.
There were over 100 different looks at the runway. The Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda show was a celebration of high craftsmanship, with all pieces rendered in luscious silks, brocades, velvets, glass and crystals, embroidery and special fabrics. Sequined dresses and sculptural gold elements were reminiscent of the Venice’s architecture, and some things were decorated with printed photos of views of te city.
The Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda collection, as well as the show in Venice with star guests, is quite in the spirit of the brand’s DNA – pretentious, but nothing new or interesting from the point of view of art of costume.
Oscar de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932. However, the country of Spain was his earliest style muse. At the age of 18, he moved to Madrid to attend the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. As a student, de la Renta immersed himself in the culture of Spain and, to make extra money, took up fashion sketching.
It was also in Madrid where he first became a fashion illustrator for the couture house of Cristobal Balenziaga in 1957.
Arriving in Manhattan in 1963, he worked for Elizabeth Arden and Jane Derby before going it alone, quickly became part of the fabric of the city’s fashion and social scenes.
De la Renta began his own signature ready-to-wear label in 1965. His designs were ladylike without being stiff, and he could whip up an airy summer dress with the same facility as he could a red carpet gown.
The label ” Oscar de la Renta” was an immediate hit thanks to De la Renta’s use of colour, his vibrant prints and romantic rendering of Spanish and Caribbean silhouettes. He said: “I fell madly for Spain, its people, its landscape and life in Madrid. The sights, sounds and drama of Spanish culture — bullfights, flamenco and the most festive celebrations such as the traditional ferias of Seville and fallas of Valencia — were burned forever in my imagination, defining my own aesthetic.”
Highly respected by his contemporaries, de la Renta served as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from 1973 to 1976, and from 1986 to 1988. In 1990 the CFDA gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award. He also won the CFDA Womanswear Designer of the Year Award in 2000.
Oscar de la Renta became the creative director of Balmain Haute Couture in 1992. Between 1993 and 2002 he designed the haute couture collections, becoming the first Dominican to design for a French couture house.
By the late ’90s and early 2000s, his work became the preferred wear of American first ladies. He dressed first lady Nancy Reagan in the 1980s, and then provided the gowns for inaugural events for both Hillary Clinton in 1997 and Laura Bush in 2005.
De la Renta had been diagnosed with cancer during the first decade of the 2000s. He died on October 20, 2014, at the age of 82. His brand continues to function, and his creations are displayed in the best museums in the world.
Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino haute couture show in Beijing’s was held at the Summer Palace.
Piccioli found dynamic synergies with images of the masters of the early Italian Renaissance that he loves—Piero della Francesca and Fra Angelico, photographs taken of the Summer Palace itself, and of portraits of the emperors and empresses who once ruled here. Designer revealing unexpected aesthetic dialogues between grandness of old cultures, between history and heritage.
Since the invention of paper in China in the 1st century BCE, paper cut-outs have been utilized by a long line of craftsmen, folk artists, and fine artists. In Ukraine artistic cut-outs calles “Vytynanka” (from the Ukrainian word “витинати” – “to cut out”). It is a kind of ancient, in particular Ukrainian and Polish (wycinanki), folk decorative art. Traditionally it includes ornamental decorations, silhouettes, scenes etc.
Vytynankas are made using scissors, special small knife cutters, passed from generation to generation, as well as knives, axes, and other implements. The most usual materiall for Vytynanka is paper (white or colored).
Usually Vytynankas are used to decorate the premises – walls, windows, as well as shelves, fireplaces, stoves in everyday life, as well as for the preparation of religious or secular holidays.
The Craig Green’s SPRING/SUMMER 2020 MENSWEAR collection had eight beautifull men’s costumes, made in cutting-out technique: white and seven rainbow colors .
KATERINA RUTMAN is young Ukrainian designer, who created her brand of women’s demi couture clothing in 2016. The mission of the brand is to reveal and emphasize the elegance of each girl. These things are created with love, from the finest exclusive materials, with a large amount of hand made.