French Fashion

Meet Schiaparelli's new designer

Christian Lacroix. Photo: AFP

When PR hound and fashion victim Edina Monsoon, the character from British comedy and fashion-world parody Absolutely Fabulous, famously said - "It's Lacroix, sweetie, Lacroix!" - nobody knew it would ring so true 20 years on.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 9:58am

Shanghai Station

The gala marking the opening of Louis Vuitton's first maison in the mainland.  Photo: Chai Studio

As seen at the opening of Louis Vuitton's first maison in the mainland, the flamboyant Marc Jacobs certainly knows how to put on a show, writes Divia Harilela.

31 Aug 2012 - 7:40pm

Original spin

In a grand town house near the Arc de Triomphe last week, Raf Simons presented what's being hailed as the new 'New Look' for Dior. The autumn-winter 2012/13 collection at the Paris haute couture fashion week marks a fresh chapter in the story of the French fashion house in much the same way that Christian Dior did with his first show in 1947.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lens Crafter

Most people can only dream of an haute couture dress. The nearest many of us probably get is to buy the lipstick models wear on the catwalk.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Who started it? Judith Milgrom founded French label Maje in 2000, having inherited a love of fashion from her mother and grandmother, who taught her to design and make clothes. Today, there are 22 Maje stores in Paris and another 27 spread across the rest of France. A further 25 stores are scattered around the world and the label is stocked in many high-end department stores.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Forget shopping, this model's at work

Model-about-town Lisa Selesner has finally tied the knot with actor Daniel Wu Yin-cho but, as a modern couple, the pair are maintaining separate finances. Which may explain the wistful expression on Selesner's face as she showed off a diamond ring costing more than HK$1 million at Chanel's launch of its 18 Vendome jewellery collection.

27 May 2010 - 12:00am

Svelte defiance

Cristina Ortiz is on the catwalk, taking a bow at the end of Salvatore Ferragamo's 80th anniversary fashion show in Shanghai. Tall and svelte, she wears her designs as well as the models sashaying down the runway before her. So it's fitting that the Spaniard identifies with the women she designs for.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Style Bites

Three times lucky

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

The diverting Sonia Rykiel

The French designer Sonia Rykiel is not one of those fashion icons who goes in for the sloppy, unconstructed look. Nor is she the sort of woman who is likely to admire the shiny-faced, potato-picking images of models so dear to current American designers. As far as she is concerned, fashion is about seduction and art, and being seen to make an aesthetic effort.

20 May 1998 - 12:00am

nice work if you can get it

HAUTE couture season is usually also all about party season. John Galliano was spotted at chic Chinese restaurant Dave (pronounced Dah-Vay) immediately after the Givenchy show, entertaining American actress Teri Garr as well as groupies from Vogue and the people from Saks Fifth Avenue.

21 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

From the court of King Karl

LAST December, fashion history of the direst kind was made when Jean Louis Scherrer, a veteran of 38 years, was kicked out of the house that bears his name by financial backer, Seibu of Japan.

6 Feb 1993 - 12:00am