Category Archives: Paris

The Finale – Haute Couture Style

 The final collections have been shown…the season hobbled to a close on a more promising note but certainly not equal to its opening performance.

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

                           Jean Paul Gaultier showed, what I consider to be a less than fabulous collection, but still managed to be true to his DNA. 

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

                               The collection was short on his usual sense of humor and his normal theatrics, yet there were beautiful wearable clothes for the ladies, both young and old, to own, wear and adore. 

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Paris Fashion 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

Actually there were even a few one might lust for which, this season, seems to be a less likely occurrence than in past seasons.

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab

                           Elie Saab, while a relative newcomer to the haute couture, has certainly shown his ability to rival the best of them. 

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab

                          Mr. Saab was true to the brand DNA and thusly showed an extravagant collection for red carpet events as well as any formal event and even some wonderful short affairs with all the bells and whistles that have made him famous. 

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab

Elie Saab Paris Haute Couture 2010

Elie Saab Paris - Now this is my favorite

This was one of the strongest collections of the season and I am sure that the faithful as well as the angst ridden newcomers will be lined up for these show stopping confections.  

One can only hope the coming ready to wear collections will not follow the less than stellar showings of the couture.

Thanks one more time to the lovely Jeffrey B Felner for his insightful comments on the Paris Fall Haute Couture Show for 2010.

Fashion Frenzy? Chanel, Valentino, Lagerfeld – What to say…

Another fabulous commentary by Jeffrey B Felner on what is the highlight of the Fashion world’s calendar – the Paris Fashion Show.

Haute Couture is the creme de la creme of fashion, but this season we see that even the grandest master of the couture..KARL LAGERFELD…can produce a clunker of a collection and that hiring new designers is not always the answer to the rejeuvenation of a revered brand as in the case of VALENTINO

As a rule, by this time, I am in some rapturous state while taking in the Couture Collections.  Unfortunately, there is no rapture here but more disbelief as to how can these revered brands produce collections that are searching for new clientele rather than catering to their stalwart devotees.  Oh and, by the way, the collections left me slack jawed and wondering why and how did this happen.

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

 CHANEL/ KARL LAGERFELD produced the spectacle that one has come to expect but the collection did not exactly live up to the amazing stage set. 

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

Chanel

Mr. Lagerfeld can produce the most wildly exciting, awe inspiring collections for CHANEL but this season he produced a highly difficult, cumbersome and much more matronly collection which I do not believe will resonate with his fans. 

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

Chanel

The silhouettes, the lengths, the palette, the oddity of it all seemed to contradict what Lagerfeld has been building for years. 

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

Chanel

Season after season, whether it be Couture or RTW, one was always  amazed by the clothes, the inventiveness, the accessories(bags, shoes, jewelry) and none of that happened except for the fabulous bracelets.  I will admit to one exception………….the pearl dress.  How can one not marvel at that???

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

Chanel

Chanel Paris Fashion 2010

Chanel

Valentino Paris Fashion 2010

Valentino Paris Fashion 2010

Valentino Paris Fashion 2010

Valentino

Valentino Paris Fashion 2010

Valentino

Valentino Paris Fashion 2010

Valentino

 VALENTINO the brand, has been retooling since the departure of its beloved namesake, has once again provided us with a collection that begs the question…….”WHY?”

I get the impression that the new designers believe that if they use red fabric and toss a few bows around the garments that they have achieved a Valentino look ……….not!!!!!  These clothes are for some unknown client with some unknown occasion to attend and with an untold amount of money to spend on these truly unattractive clothes.  It seems that the house of Valentino is devolving while searching for the new couture client and they have flagrantly discarded the loyal ladies who made the house a staple of the Haute Couture.

It is always difficult for me to not rave about these collections which is why I urge you to review them at Style.com and keep up with me Jeffrey at  http://jeffybruce.blogspot.com/

Givenchy and Armani in Paris 2010

As promised yesterday, here’s more from the amazing Fashion extravaganza being held in Paris as I type. Today it is time for the ‘regulars’ such as Givenchy and Armani. Enjoy…  

Chapter 2 in Paris couture includes one more unlikely pair of designers, one the new sweetheart and one a hall of famer. The 2 are Giorgio Armani/ Prive and the other Ricardo Tisci/ Givenchy.                             

While the lady days of Le Grand Hubert are lost forever, the latest incarnation of the label is a polar opposite to its founding father’s genetic make up. In 2010 the Givenchy woman, if I can call her that as she cannot be much older than 30, must possess the rock star gene or at best the movie star gene because if she does not wish to be the center of attention, these clothes are not for her. The small collection is short on the number of styles but miles long on embellishment, materials, and overall silhouette. Mr. Tisci is hardly shy about promoting the extremes of what his ateliers are capable of and the limitless bounds of his imagination. The absolute end result is a collection of boundless expense and extremely limited audience. 

Armani Paris Fashion 2010

Armani - one of my favorites

 

Armani Paris Fashion 2010

Armani

 

Armani Paris Fashion 2010 - wonderful white

Armani wonderful in white

 

    

Armani Paris Fashion 2010

Armani Paris Fashion 2010

                                            Now, the polar opposite of this is GIORGIO ARMANI/PRIVE, which is long on the amount of styles and short on a color palette that forces the viewer to experience a déjà vu within a span of 20 minutes. The repetitive nature of the colors and of his design signatures will no doubt please his ladies but doesn’t make for a press worthy moment. The clothes will always be exquisitely crafted but as in his ready to wear, they can simply be a yawn on the runway which can work to his advantage here as this is all about one customer at a time. The Armani red carpet segment is so discreet that I might compare it to the bride and the bridesmaids……no star material here except for in the most discreet possible way. Bottom line is……..there was no noise here.

Please have a look for yourself at Style.com

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Givenchy Paris Fashion 2010
Givenchy Paris Fashion 2010

Givenchy

 

enchy Paris Fashion 2010

Givenchy

 

Givenchy Paris Fashion 2010

Givenchy

 

                                Once again, these beautiful images have been supplied by our Fashion writer – Jeffrey B Felner . You can always view more hot fashion tips at http://jeffybruce.blogspot.com

Fashion Rules again – Destination…Over the Top

If you’re wondering what’s going on in the Haute Couture world of Paris Fashion – you need look no further than this scintillating piece of news – and check out the outfits too…

Fashion by the Rules - Destination Over the TopIt is that twice Fashion by the Rules - Destination Over the Topa year ritual that can only be described as “the wet dream of the fashion world.” It is HAUTE COUTURE time in Paris where one can bring to life the dreams that only the real “createurs of this art” can dream…………….no expense need be spared and the ateliers show why they have bragging rights in the fantasy cum reality time we know as HAUTE COUTURE.

Fashion by the Rules - Destination Over the TopIn what can only be described as an exhibit, rather than show, with a cacophony of colors, John Galliano for Dior has once again opened the season with his own brand of brilliance. Even though one is able to discern the references from Monsieur Dior and from Charles James, one is so distracted by the laser vision of Mr. Galliano and his ability to bring that vision to the runway…….and that the references are obliterated by the spectacle of the clothes themselves. None of this acts to the detriment of what can only be described as over the top fashion, if one can even call it that. The point here is that Dior Couture is beyond just another garment, it is one of the quintessential Couture collections year after year. My biggest hope is that one client has been collecting these masterpieces so that generations to come can appreciate the workmanship and vision that enabled the creations to grace a runway.Fashion by the Rules - Destination Over the Top

ALEXIS MABILLE offers a concise collection that is driven only by one idea……….chic. Whether it is the full skirted lace or the divine slim column of a black gown with colorful “bow top,” there is a young but old world quality and esthetic to these clothes making them ageless

BOUCHRA JARRAR is another young designer who offered up what I consider to be the antithesis of the usual couture fare. What sets it apart is its apparent clean lines and extreme simplicity. It conjures thoughts of Geoffrey Beene whose name you rarely hear anymore but whose talent for razor sharp appearingly simple garments were anything but…………..

I urge everyone to see, for themselves, the wonders of HAUTE COUTURE at STYLE.COM

Fashion by the Rules - Destination Over the Top

As usual, this wonderful piece was written by Fashionista Jeffrey B Felner of Fashion by the Rules fame! Thank you Jeffrey.

And don’t forget to watch for Fashion updates over the next 3 days.

Travel Options for the GLBT Community

SHI Symbol features all sorts of travel opportunities in the Emag. We’ve been asked in particular for information relating to travel options for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities. Thanks to Sarah Harris for this informative post.


What do you want out of your travel experience?  Are you looking for all inclusive?  A cruise?  Alone or with others?  Are you specifically looking for a gay vacation?  Do you just want to know what some gay friendly options are?

Here are several sites that can get you started:
Check out “Camp” Camp, a summer camp for GLBT adults!  Operating since 1997, it’s that sleep-away camp experience from your childhood.  With sports, outdoor activities, arts and crafts, and evening social events, this camp in Maine is a great alternative vacation option.  With cabins like you remember, but food you don’t (there are chefs not lunch ladies) you’ll find all kinds of things to do, friends to make, and fun to be had.  Truly, this is a community and friend making experience.

·   Purple Roofs is a great travel planning tool.  A GLBT travel directory, it can clue you into destinations all over the world.  The listings are either gay-owned or gay friendly.  Did you ever want to see a particular country?  This is your chance to know you’re going to have a gay friendly experience when you do.

Bike the Nile Alyson Adventures gay lesbian  communities

Bike the Nile Alyson Adventures gay lesbian

·      Alyson Adventures is a leading the way in creating adventure travel and active vacations for the gay community.  In business since 1995, they create unique adventure tours for the GLBT community as well as their friends and family.  They have destinations wide flung over the world such as France, Australia, Vietnam – even Antarctica.   Their philosophy: “to enhance travel for gay men, lesbians and friends with an emphasis on activities, small groups and expanding the experience by getting closer to the environment.”

·     Lesbians can enjoy great cruise, resort, and luxury vacations at Olivia. Olivia Companies originally started as a women’s record label back in 1973.  The company has evolved into a leader in lesbian travel.  The San Francisco based company offers cruise, resort, ecotour, and luxury vacations.  They charter whole ships, resorts, and tours – from small gatherings to cruises of 2000 women.  With a strong online presence, they have created a great community of women around the world.

· RSVP Vacations, the originator of the gay and lesbian cruise concept, has been around since 1985.  The new idea at that time was to provide a safe, tailor-made vacation for gays and lesbians.  With cruises to international locations, over 35,000 travelers have enjoyed their destinations.

It doesn’t matter where you want to go; you can probably find fantastic GLBT friendly destination, tour, cruise, adventure, vacation… You name it and you’re on your way.  Check these sites out, do a little research, and you’ll have the best vacation you’ve ever had.  Bon Voyage!

Sarah Harris is the Marketing Manager for Adiamor, a diamond jewelry website. Adiamor offers a large selection of engagement rings, loose diamonds, and other fine diamond jewelry at affordable prices.

And please, if you have a favorite GLBT travel company, do please let us know where it is, what they specialise in eg adventure travel, romantic interludes etc and why it is your favorite. SHI Symbol would love to pass the word on for everyone’s sake.

Top 5 Romantic Places to Propose

Most people dream of falling in love, having a romantic courtship and an idyllic wedding. Here SHI Symbol shares Kevin Phelps’ opinion on some of the most sought after and romantic places in the world to enjoy your love, courtship and place to be proposed to. And I’m sure Kevin is the right man to know – he’s a sought after wedding photographer!

If you are in love and want to marry someone then you must propose to her. But, how and where can you propose your beloved? There are many places like the theaters, restaurants and sea beaches where you can ask for her hand and present her the ring. People go for innovative ways of proposing their girl. But, what matters is the time and location. To make your proposal one of the memorable events of your and your lover’s life you must select a perfect place and time to propose your partner. Here are the top 5 romantic places to propose:

1. Paris has been one of the most romantic destinations for lovers. You can take your partner to the Eiffel Tower at sunset and ask her to take the most important decision of her life. The beauty of the place with golden riverside buildings would be a perfect setting for asking her to marry you.

Find romance in Paris with SHI Symbol

Find romance in Paris with SHI Symbol

2. Venice: This city is one of the romantic proposal spots on earth. You can take your lover to a vacation to this city and propose to her in front of the beautiful canals, architectural splendors or at the picturesque landscapes of the city.

Venice - fall in love all over again

Venice - fall in love all over again

3. Hawaii: The long black sand beach and the green landscape bordering lotus ponds of the city would definitely make your lover romantic. You can start a new chapter of your life amidst the mesmerizing beauty of the streams, waterfalls and cliffs.

Heavenly Hawaii for happy occasions

Heavenly Hawaii for happy occasions

4. Las Vegas: Take your partner to the Bellagio in Las Vegas and propose to her in front of the fountains. You can also get some musicians play the best romantic music in the background. This would be an ideal setting for your partner to say YES.

Lovin' in Las Vegas

Lovin' in Las Vegas

5. Rome: The Vatican City offers a wide variety of choices to make your proposal. You can either take a walk along the Tiber River or visit the Colosseum with your lover. Look for the right moment and propose to her. The place would definitely make her feel special and add grandeur to the proposal.

Romantic interludes in Rome

Romantic interludes in Rome

Apart from the above mentioned top 5 destinations on earth, you can consider New York or go to Seville in Spain with your beloved. You can also try other places like Switzerland and Taj Mahal in India to make your lady feel special. It would surely make her dream come true! So, what are you waiting for? Just take her on a trip to one of the top romantic destinations in the world and spill out the proposal!

This guest blog post was written by the wedding and marriage experts at WeddingPhotographyinUtah who are an excellent resource to finding great Utah wedding photography at an affordable price.