Posts Tagged ‘Haute Couture’

Coco Chanel by Daniella Carrese

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Coco Chanel

By Daniella Carrese

Coco Chanel was one of the most influential designers in the fashion industry. She added so much to the world of design. Today her designs are warn by celebrities and aristocrats alike.

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Early Life

Gabrielle Chanel was born in Saumur, France in August of 1883 to unwed mother Jeanne Devolle, a laundrywoman and father, Albert Chanel a traveling street peddler.  Her mother died when she was 12. As a result she was shipped off to a convent, in Aubazine, for orphans by her father, along with her two other sisters.

Getting Started

When Chanel was 18 she was sent to a boarding house for Catholic girls, where she learned how to sew.  She was hired as a seamstress, as her first job. She acquired her nickname “Coco” from the French word cocotte meaning lady or darling because of her cabaret shows she had put on when she was not working. Coco became the mistress of a wealthy cavalry officer, who indulged her with luxuries. Later she began an affair with a wealthy English upper-class man, Captain Arthur Capel had financed her first shop and greatly influenced her view of the world. Her taste in everything was changed to only the best that would be received. Her famous, eau de toilette, Chanel No. 5 was greatly changed due to the views of her paramour. After he had died due to a car accident, she was greatly devastated. Later she became a licensed hat maker or modiste.  Her hats became famous because of actress Gabrielle Dorziat. In 1931, while in Monte Carlo, she was introduced to Samuel Goldwyn who had asked her to come to Hollywood twice a year to design costumes for MGM stars.

World War II

During WWII, Chanel closed her shop. She had expressed her suppression toward Jews because of her involvement with the aristocracy. Her eau de toilette Chanel No.5 was very profitable during the war. She became a paid Nazi spy for the chief of the SS intelligence. Later she was used for a mission, because she was acquainted with Winston Churchill, to relieve tension between the English and Germans.

Later Years

Chanel returned to Paris in 1954 and also became reestablished with the fashion world.  Her couture house was not considered popular among the Parisians because of her betrayal to the French people during the war. But her new British and American customers loved her work. In 1971 she died at the age of 87 at the Hotel Ritz.

Audrey Hepburn

Coco Chanel gave the world of fashion many famous attributes including the “Chanel Suit” which became the casual formal wear for the prosperous. Also, the famous “Little Black Dress” arranged with pearls, was and is an everyday evening formal look. The look was also made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.  Today Chanel’s shops are seen throughout the world but while you are staying in your Paris apartment rental you can easily walk to the most famous of stores.

Mode à Paris – Fashion Week

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Ready to Wear. That’s what we like to hear during fashion week. Currently, in Paris, fashion week is debuting the Ready to Wear (RTW) lines. Valentino, Stella, Chloe, Hermes, Louis Vuitton…the gangs all here. RTW means that the clothes are typically manufactured for sale in stores worldwide. They are made in a range of sizes and are accessible for the public to buy. This is very different from the  haute couture collections that normally won’t make it to stores in the same numbers.

Fashion houses that produce a women’s haute couture line, such as Chanel, Dior, and Lacroix also produce a ready-to-wear line, which returns a greater profit due to the higher volume turnover of garments and greater availability of the clothing. Relative to couture, ready-to-wear clothing is often more practical and informal, though this may not always be the case. The construction of ready-to-wear clothing is also held to different standard than that of haute couture due to its industrial nature. High-end ready-to-wear lines are sometimes based upon a famous gown or pattern that is then duplicated and advertised to raise the visibility of the designer. Bespoke is custom tailored clothing.

The RTW shows attract the most retail buyers. The buyers work closely with designers and attend trade shows and fashion week to determine what items will be stocked in a store, based on his or her predictions about what will be popular with shoppers. The buyers study the collections, trends, color schemes and price points to ensure that they are getting everything they need to adequately stock their store. Some are small boutique owners that are responsible for all types of merchandise or they might just be the woman’s dress buyer for Neiman’s.  The decisions they make can greatly affect the fashion business.

Whether you are in Paris for fashion week or just following the shows online, take a look {here} for all the details and show times. If fashion is your first love, then you may want to think about renting a luxury Paris apartment in February. The RTW shows are already scheduled for  Tuesday, February 28th until Wednesday, March 7th, 2012.

Shopping in Paris

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Shopping in Paris is definitely an activity you can’t miss, and it doesn’t necessarily have to pose a threat to your budget.  You could walk virtually anywhere in Paris and find good shopping with the hundreds of boutiques scattered around the city, but there are some specialized areas definitely worth a visit. In fact, there are likely going to be some fabulous boutiques a few doors down from your apartment rental in Paris.  Below are a few little tips on how to make the most of your shopping experience in Paris!

If you’re looking to combine a cultural atmosphere with your shopping, I’d suggest going to a flea or farmer’s market, where you can find fashion, souvenirs, antiques, perfumes & foods. You can also take a stroll down the river Seine and discover some more quaint little stores while seeing the many landmarks around the city.
For those of you in a place where money isn’t a problem, there are some high-end areas that offer première French fashion.  Streets like rue des Francs-Borgeios in the Marais district offer loads of high fashion like Coco Chanel, Christian Doir & Hermes . If you’re looking for art, just around the corner from the Orsay Museum in St. Germain des Pres is the rue de Seine, rue du Bac & rue Jacob.
For those of you who travel on a budget (like me), worry not! There are plenty of alternatives that offer great fashion at great deals, such as the various department stores and flea markets.  Champs Elysees offers a wide range of shopping, with both luxury and budget options.  If you’re staying in a Paris luxury apartment rental in the area, you could honestly spend days walking up and down the streets and still not see it all.
As you may have figured, Parisian fashion is a good reason to pack light when you arrive.  If you’re lucky enough to stay in furnished apartment rental in Paris, you’ll have a full closet to store all your fashionable purchases.  By the time you come back, you’ll be ready for the red carpet! Well…at the very least you’ll stand out at the next dinner party you attend.