Video Collaging-Valentina Poletti collaborated with Carolina Amoretti to make a very interesting Graduation project!!

Graduation project

Valentina Poletti based in Berlin, recent graduate of Fashion and Textile Design at NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti of Milano, . Besides the conceptual garments and photos she has collaborated with Carolina Amoretti to make a very interesting video collaging together different environments that reflect the concepts of each look.

François Lesage Dies At 82 -Master embroiderer collaborated with designers from Chanel to Balenciaga .

I took photos of Mr Lesage in Shanghai during an interview at the Chanel  Paris -Shanghai collection Jan 2010 , he was so friendly with us and sharing  his vision and art of embroidery.Although he is no longer with us  but his art and passion will be still remain at the House of Lesage !

Pls See below for more story and videos about  the House of Lasage

The house of Lesage was founded in 1924, when Albert Lesage bought the Michonet embroidery workshop. In 1949, his son François took over from him as head of the business. This tireless octogenarian still occupies this place today, to the delight of haute couture designers.

In 2002, Chanel acquired the Lesage workshop. This takeover meant that the embroidery business could develop while preserving its independence.  François Lesage’s list of customers includes Dior as well as Yves Saint-Laurent and Dolce & Gabanna. And to ensure the commercial growth of his business, the master embroiderer has succeeded in combining luxury ready-to-wear with haute couture.

Hundreds of hours of work are needed for each outfit… This irreplaceable expertise resides in the magic fingers of a handful of women: the designers, who reproduce the model on the garment, and the embroiderers.

Creating, but also sharing knowledge: this is the other face of the house of Lesage. The embroidery school, founded in 1992, welcomes students from all over the world. Novices who want to learn how to embroider in a few hours can also attend the prestigious school.

Photo by Kary Kwok 2010 shanghai

Bottega Veneta fashion show music mixed by the music designer Michel Gaubert

Bottega Veneta Adds Music to its Offerings

The special-edition album, consisting of two disks of music selected from past Bottega Veneta runway shows and store playlists, is the fruit of Creative Director Tomas Maier’s collaboration with long-time friend Michel Gaubert. Maier has designed the disks and the jewel case, which feature artwork by photographer Robert Longo.

The album, titled “Intreccio Uno,” is eclectic and open-minded, ranging across genres and sampling different sensibilities while inviting a wide spectrum of personal responses. It includes such artists as French pianist Maxence Cyrin, English indie stars The Heavy, and Norwegian producer Lindstrom, all of whom have captured the imagination of Tomas Maier over the years. “I wanted to mix different kinds of music because that way you’re sure to hear something unfamiliar,” says Maier of the varied mix. “So you dig a little deeper and perhaps you discover a new favorite.”

For Maier, who has often discussed his love of music, the album is a chance to express another facet of Bottega Veneta’s identity. “The music we choose for the shows and the stores is an important piece of Bottega Veneta’s character. It creates a mood, opening a door into a particular collection. When I work with Michel Gaubert before a show, I always fall in love with something I’ve never heard before. I wanted to share that experience.”

“Intreccio Uno” will be available in November. It will be sold in Bottega Veneta stores worldwide and on  HK$330 great for the Xmas gift !!

**But now , you can get a taste of the actual mix  below here , enjoy !!


Latest tracks by bottegaveneta

H&M Designer Collaboration with Marni – Spring 2012 collection.

H&M is proud to announce a spring designer collaboration with the Italian brand Marni. Famed for its original prints and inventive spirit, Marni is one of fashion’s most-loved labels, and its Founder and Creative Director Consuelo Castiglioni has created for H&M a spring collection for both women and men which capture the essence of Marni. Available from March 8, 2012 in around 260 stores worldwide and online, the collection features both clothing and accessories all at H&M’s prices, meaning everyone will have the chance to enter Marni’s world.

“I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favorite pieces in signature fabrics and prints. As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colours, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic adding sporty utilitarian elements”. Consuelo Castiglioni, Founder and Creative Director.

Dont miss the video below


The amazing Jean-Paul Goude opening @ Les Arts Décoratifs


Best known as the man behind Grace Jones‘ iconic image in the early 1980s,Over the past 40 yearsJean-Paul Goude‘ has worked as an illustrator, art editor, photographer and filmmaker.  His unique contribution to the visual arts landscape is being celebrated with a retrospective at Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris.  Goudemalion: A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Jean-Paul Goude, the exhibition brings together drawings, objects, music, photographs and advertising films that capture the essence of the Parisian artist’s distinctive vision.


Goude began his career in the 1960s as an illustrator, first in Paris and then New York, where he was an art director at US Esquire from 1970 to 1976, before joiningNew York Magazine. It was there that he first met and photographed Grace Jones, going on to become her lover

Goude was instrumental in honing Jones’ public image, exaggerating her stylised androgyny with a series of striking looks, like the panther-like ‘Cry Now Laugh Later’, the surreal ‘Contructivist Maternity Dress‘ and the famous photograph used on the cover of her 1985 compilationIsland Life, which sees the singer twisted into an impossibly sinuous pose.

First published in New York Magazine in 1978, this image is in fact a montage of several photographs spliced together. In the days before Photoshop, this was Goude’s trademark: using scissors to chop up photographs and then reassemble them, elongating limbs and exaggerating lines and curves. He called this technique ‘French Correction’.

His creative vision in demand from the advertising industry. His first campaign was for Lee Cooper jeans, swiftly followed by CitroënKodak andPerrier, as well as legendary TV adverts for Chanel: ‘L’égoiste’, featuring hundreds of women throwing open the shutters of a chateau, and ‘Coco’, in which Vanessa Paradis was encased in a birdcage.

when Goude was commissioned to design a huge parade down the Champs Elysées to commemorate the bicentennial of the French Revolution. This project which made him a household name in France took place in 1989,

The exhibition will also be accompanied by a 432-page French catalogue containing 600 illustrations. Looking through the images, one thing becomes clear: certain elements of Jean-Paul Goude’s iconography – his fascination with multiculturalism, the flamboyant  and the theatricality  !!

Event dates
11 November 2011 to 18 March 2012

My “out of print ” book Jungle Fever by Jean-Paul Goude published in 1981 ,  price around US$300

Or This one SO FAR SO GOUDE published by Thames & Hudson 2005 , with a DVD Official documentary video and career highlight as included with the book.This release is a hidden gem few people know about. If you like it, buy it!

Pls see my pick of the Grace Jones video here , I think she should be the face for Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci !!



The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent devoted its 16th exhibition to the photographer, Gisèle Freund

The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent  devoted its 16th exhibition to the photographer, Gisèle Freund (1908 – 2000), whose work will be presented through a hundred prints and numerous archival documents.

Following her last retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in 1991, photographer Gisèle Freund has been credited with pioneering colour portraiture and projection photography, as well as with adapting a sociological approach to the image and to the history of photography.

Since the Fonds Mémoire de la Création Contemporaine has entrusted its recent acquisition, the archives of Gisèle Freund, to the Institut Mémoires de l’édition contemporaine (IMEC), it seems to us an opportune moment to join them in introducing Gisèle Freund to an entire generation which has had few opportunities to view her work.

A Privileged Relationship with Writers

Freund circulated at the heart of the rich Parisian literary scene, developing her reputation as a photographic portraitist for many generations of writers. Thanks to her relationships with Jean Paulhan and André Malraux and especially to her frequentation of Adrienne Monnier and Sylvia Beach’s bookstores on the rue de l’Odéon, Gisèle Freund met some of the greatest literary figures of the pre-war generation. She understood how to win the trust of writers unaccustomed to lending their image to photographic portraiture. Freund was well versed in contemporary literature and she initially used an intellectual approach to connect with her subjects. Because prints were extremely expensive, she presented her work to them using a projector and convinced them to sit for her.


1933 – 1940: A Critical Period

During the short, but fruitful period Freund spent in pre-war Paris, she completed her most important work:

• She translated and published her thesis, Photography in France in the XIXth Century;

• She undertook her first photojournalistic works, namely her documentation of the first International Congress of Writers for the Defense of Culture (1935), Depressed Areas of England (1936) and James Joyce in Paris (1938);

• She realized her first black and white portraits of writers such as André Malraux and Walter Benjamin; • She began to experiment with colour film, a new and experimental technique at the time.

Exhibition catalogue jointly published by RMN Grand Palais-IMEC, 50€ 250 pages; 60-80 documents and illustrations

Texts by Gisèle Freund, Christian Caujolle, Catherine Thieck and Olivier Corpet, Lorraine Audric

Illustrated biography of Gisèle Freund by Elisabeth Perolini



Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent 5 avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris

Tel. +33 (0)1 44 31 64 00

Exhibition space

3 rue Léonce Reynaud, 75116 Paris Open from Tuesday to Sunday, except public holidays from 11 am to 6 pm (last entry at 5.30 P.M.) Tel. +33 1 44 31 64 31

Accessible for people with disabilities

Full price 7€ Reduced price 5€ for students, people under 25 and seniors upon presentation of a valid card less than a year old

Free for children under 10 and job-seekers upon presentation of a valid card less than a year old

Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent



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