Jan 31, 2012

The cover of Vanity Fair's March 2012 Hollywood Issue

11 "fresh young stars of 2012" ; from left to right: Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, and Brit Marling. The actresses lounge in an art-deco-inspired set and are dressed in pastel gowns meant to invoke a "'20s and '30s boudoir feel."

Claudia Schiffer Talks Chic Mom Style and Her Latest Knitwear Collection

Clothing collections from bold-faced names are more the rule than the exception now, but true success is measured in the actual product. To that point, Claudia Schiffer's knitwear line is luxe, sophisticated and completely wearable — lessening the buzz about the model behind it, and focusing more on the covetable pieces. We spoke with the super/designer about her influential style, what she was thinking for the new collection — launching on Net-a-Porter tomorrow — and how to look effortlessly chic.

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New Bond Street store

"The brand started in England," said its chief executive Harry Slatkin in a weekend interview with the Independent. "When it was bought by Italians [in the 1990s], it started to lose its way and lose its language. We wanted to make a firm commitment that it is back in England and that we're proud to be an English brand." The fashion brand has also enlisted fashion guru Tommy Hilfiger as an investor and consultant.

British luxury brand Belstaff is paying a record £3m for a new store on Bond Street in London as the upmarket street cements its position as a shopping destination for wealthy tourists.

Michelle Obama spent $50,000 in Agent Provocateur

THE White House has denied claims that Michelle Obama spent $50,000 (£32,500) in Agent Provocateur, allegedly boosting its sales by 12 per cent. Reports have suggested that America's First Lady closed off a section of Madison Avenue to privately shop in one of the lingerie label's New York stores, but Kristina Schake - director of communications for Michelle Obama - has denounced the story as "100 per cent false".
"Recent claims regarding Michelle Obama and purchases made at an Agent Provocateur boutique are incorrect," a spokesperson for Agent Provocateur told the Daily Mail. "Agent Provocateur never discusses any of its clientele or their purchases."
Along with the First Lady, recent allegations have also claimed that The Queen of Qatar, Sheikha Mozah has raised sale profits for the brand, though this is yet to be confirmed.
Source: (Vogue)

A Scandalous Picture of Kristen Stewart and Karl Lagerfeld Emerges; Barbara Walters Won’t Pay for an Interview With Pippa Middleton

Did You See This?

Kristen Stewart was stalked by paparazzi when she left a photo shoot in Paris (rumored to be for Vanity Fair), where she found herself right behind Karl Lagerfeld. She was photographed giving either the back of his head or someone else (catering staff?) the finger. more here

Bianca Balti for Vogue Japan March 2012 Cover

Bianca Balti is sizzling hot in this editorial for the Vogue Nippon Beauty March 2012 issue. The gorgeous Italian supermodel, dressed in a pretty floral print frock and a printed bustier and shorts combo, models one of the season’s top beauty looks: glistening skin, bold red lips and dramatically lined eyes with long, swooping lashes.

Photographed by Giampaolo Sgura and styled by Anna Dello Russo, this Vogue Nippon Beauty March 2012 editorial is called ‘Power and Passion,’ which is an apt title seeing as how red is the color most associated with passion, and red is the primary hue used in this glamorous beauty story.

Lane Crawford's New Campaign

Lane Crawford is gearing up to unveil its spring advertising campaign dubbed “The Pinnacle of Style.”

Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the images feature actress Li Bingbing, “It” girl Chen Ran and model Sui He — each woman featuring in a collage of images of herself against an emerald background. The retailer noted the cast’s “sleek look of today’s Chinese modern woman.”

Jan 30, 2012

Marc Jacobs - Vogue TV Exclusives

“Her energy is endless,” says Marc Jacobs of artist Yayoi Kusama - with whom Louis Vuitton has collaborated to create what will be the most expansive fashion and accessories line the house has ever produced, launching in July.

“I think that’s what I admire and love and respond to about her,” he continues, explaining how the pair first met and what else it is he finds so inspiring about her.

The Jacobs Interview (video): here 

Karl Lagerfeld - “Me Doing Me”

"It's a graphic idea of what I like, what could be translated from me to girls," he explained. "It's very graphic; black and white, silver and grey. Chanel is me doing Chanel, Fendi is me doing Italy and this is me doing me, whatever that means. Don't ask me too many questions because it's very strange to see your face wherever you turn."

The Chanel legend also explained why he decided to enter the mid-range market, having worked at the luxury end of the industry as well as launching a collection for H&M in 2004.


Sienna Miller and her boyfriend Tom Sturridge in Paris
Savannah Miller has confirmed that her sister Sienna and boyfriend Tom Sturridge are expecting their first child - and the family couldn't be more happy.
"She is doing really well and we are all really happy about it, Tom is an amazing guy," she told us this morning. (Vogue UK)

"They just spent the holidays in Paris together after they announced the news in London," a source told US Weekly, before adding that the couple "don't have plans right away to marry, if at all".

Sienna's step mother, Kelly Hoppen, also confirmed the exciting news but denied that the couple are engaged. "Sienna is definitely not engaged or getting married... she is pregnant," she told the Evening Standard.

Fashion designer Alex Mattsson shows work at top store

Fashion designer Alex Mattsson said he felt "very privileged" to have won the opportunity to showcase his designs.

Alex, 27, from Sweden, graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester in 2007.
His collection is being showcased in the Oxford Street windows of Selfridges after he was named one of Selfridges Bright Young Things for 2012.
Donna Ives, Associate Dean of Fashion at the university, said millions of people would see his designs.

'Huge boost'
Mr Mattsson said he felt "very privileged" to have won such an "amazing talent project".

Adidas Originals Collection for Opening Ceremony - First Look

Adidas Originals Collection for Opening Ceremony - First Look

London 2012 Summer Olympic Games - Adidas Originals announced the new collaboration with the New York retailer Opening Ceremony. Opening Ceremony will reinterpret iconic adidas Originals silhouettes to create a premium capsule collection for multiple seasons.

A first Adidas collection for Fall-Winter 2012/2013 —which is expected to continue over several seasons—will draw inspiration from "the word of cycling and swimming associated with 1990s street wear.”
Adidas Originals is the authentic lifestyle brand, symbolized by the Trefoil bringing heritage styles of the Adidas history back to life in a way that is relevant to today’s stylish consumers. Opening Ceremony is comprised of multi-branded retail stores and has its own in-house collection. The philosophy and name behind Opening Ceremony are linked to the mission statement of the Olympic Games. Founded under the guise of creatively merging sports, business and global participation, Opening Ceremony takes from this foundation and applies these elements towards fashion.

Jan 29, 2012

Best Looks From Paris Couture Fashion Week

We've officially wrapped up Paris Couture Fashion Week, and there's certainly a lot to take in. From Chanel's quite literal flight of fancy to Jean Paul Gaultier's runway tribute to Amy Winehouse, we were pretty delighted with the high-end offerings. While some pieces will undoubtedly hit the red carpet on Hollywood's A-list, others are probably best suited for Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj — but either way, there was surely enough gorgeousness to put us in a bona fide couture coma. We've rounded up 35 of the best looks from the past week — click through to see them all now.

ELIE SAAB Haute Couture Spring Summer 2012 Fashion Show

An immaculate runway to highlight the mastered embroideries and the pastel colors of the princess dresses that only Elie Saab knows how to make.
Elegant gowns were dipped in soft sorbet shades and candilicious colors. Saab celebrated femininity with beautiful floral detailing, bow-cinched waists, sweet sheerness and his exquisite signature beading.Models floated down the runway in effervescent gowns and flirty frocks. Even with all the intrinsic detailing, the dresses seemed weightless and effortless. The spring palette consisted of delicate pinks, soft yellows, pretty peaches, baby blues and the must-have color of the season mint green. Adding an element of surprise, a beautiful botanical print was featured on a few key silhouettes.The grand finale showcased a magnificent wedding gown fit for any princess. Any Hollywood starlet will be a shimmering site on the red carpet in one of these pretty pastel delights.

Elie Saab Couture Paris  Autumn/Winter 2012-13
Elie Saab Autumn/Winter 2012-13 Ready-To-Wear

Armani Collezioni RTW Fall 2012

Autumn has arrived at Armani Collezioni, where Giorgio Armani focused on daywear with sophisticated, functional looks. Slim, elongated silhouettes - narrow wool pants worn with a belted cardigan ...

Designer Susan Sokol to receive Spirit of Life Award

"My personal experience of fighting and surviving breast cancer could not have happened without the extraordinary advances in scientific research and medical treatment at institutions like City of Hope," said Sokol. "I am honored to be recognized by an organization that embodies hope and provides compassionate care to patients and their families."

Fashion industry leader and philanthropist Susan Sokol will receive The Spirit of Life Award at City of Hope's Spring Luncheon on Monday, May 14, at The Plaza Hotel. City of Hope's East End Chapter/Jeanne Kaye League will present the fashion industry leader with its top philanthropic honor in recognition of her professional achievements, charitable contributions and personal commitment to the fight against women's cancers.

Amsterdam Fashion Week 2012

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Amsterdam Fashion Week has dropped the international from its name and will focus more on home-grown talent this edition.

The two opening acts of the sixteenth edition of Amsterdam Fashion Week could hardly be more different. First off was classic menswear designer Sjaak Hullekes, followed by the enfant terrible of Dutch fashion: Bas Kosters.

Jan 28, 2012

ME & MY BOY IN PARIS - Alice Dellal for Chanel's ''Boy'' campaign

Alice Dellal, the face of the upcoming Chanel Boy campaign, on her way to the Spring-Summer 2012 Haute Couture show.
''Boy'' Chanel handbags
A lot of folks were startled when Chanel selected the somewhat punky Alice Dellal - socialite, sometime model and tattooed drummer in the band Thrush Metal - as the new "face" of Boy Chanel handbags. Turns out she was startled too. "So weird...so unexpected," she says in the video above, in which she talks about being selected and shares her thoughts about the handbags. "Chanel means elegance, casual elegance," she says.


The Marni for H&M campaign going to be something special.The collection, which encompasses womenswear, menswear, jewelry, shoes, bags, and scarves, hits 260 H&M stores worldwide and online on March 8, 2012
Starring British actress Imogen Poots, the ads were shot in Marrakech and have a glamorous, bohemian feel to them.

'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 colors, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic adding sporty utilitarian elements,' she explained.

Jan 27, 2012

Dubai Fashion 2012 -January 26 – February 04

Enthralling fashion shows and performances gave a fantastic start to the 10-day Dubai Fashion 2012, being organized by Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE), in association with The Dubai Mall and Paris Gallery.
The highlight on the first day was a Flash Mob activity, in which nearly 50 dancers made quick appearance to perform a song-and-dance show, giving a wonderful welcome to fashion enthusiasts and visitors.
The opening day also saw display of creations by top women’s retailer ‘Bebe’, famous fashion designer Jameela Al Mansour, and prestigious brand ‘I Love Fashion’.
On the second day of the event, creations by Indian couturier Parul Grover, and collections of UAE-based ‘Arushi’ and ‘Dar Sara’ would be showcased.
Dubai-based Arushi is renowned for its graceful wedding dresses. Recently, it added a unique range of evening wear devoted to the Flowers of Paradise.
Dar Sara is a UAE haute couture house which uses only excellent materials from Italy and France to make gowns that add star value to any wardrobe. Each of Dar Sara’s creations involves dedication and creativity.
Indian designer Parul Grover, who first showcased her designs in 2007, will present creations under her Label 24. Gorver’s collections combine intricate craftsmanship with modern styles and bring out the inner beauty of the wearer. Her creations have feminine designs and soft colours.
(Fibre2fashion News Desk - India)

Karl Lagerfeld Talks to Hamish Bowles About the ‘Middle Class’

Several items from Karl Lagerfeld's new eponymous collection have already sold out on Net-a-Porter, and still more have popped up on eBay — a true indicator of popularity, if there ever was one. His new collection's inevitable success also merited a video interview with Vogue's Hamish Bowles, who asks Karl why he went after the bridge price point — that is to say, much cheaper than Chanel and Fendi, but pricier than his previous collaborations with Macy's and H&M.
"The middle has not enough class that I think about the middle class," Karl explains matter-of-factly. "Right," says Bowles, evidently understanding what he means by this.

So does Karl feel a new sense of duty to make the "middle" classier? Or is he still not thinking about them? (We're leaning toward the latter, since most middle-class folks would certainly never consider buying a $120 cotton T-shirt.) In related news, Karl — or, well, his PR team — started up a Twitter account.

AMY WINEHOUSE's father, Mitch, has spoken out against the Jean Paul Gaultier show

Winehouse’s father has spoken out against the designer’s use of her image and music, calling it “in bad taste” to portray the singer when she was “not at her best.” - from his personal account, @mitchwinehouse: 

"The family was upset to see those pictures, they were a total shock," he said. "We're still grieving for her loss, and we've had  a difficult week with the six-month anniversary of Amy's death. To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on. We're proud of her influence on fashion but find black veils on models, smoking cigarettes with a barbershop quartet singing her music in bad taste. It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best, and glamorises some of the more upsetting times in her life. That's upsetting for her family."

Although the couture clothes seen on the catwalk will not be retailed, rather created bespoke for just a handful of clients, Mitch maintained a donation should have been made in the late singer's name.
"No one asked us for permission or offered to make a donation to the foundation," he told the Sun. "This is purely about Gaultier making money, and that's wrong."

Vogue Wins the March Ad Page Race Again - Vogue still No. 1

The March fashion magazines grew at a healthy clip, raising hopes that the magazine industry has righted itself and could be headed for a rebound in 2012.
All the major fashion mags reported ad-page gains for the closely watched issues — where fashion designers typically advertise their spring and summer collections.
Condé Nast flagship Vogue retained its customary No. 1 spot. Vogue had 442.74 ad pages, up 3.7 percent, handily beating Time Inc.’s In Style, which came in No. 2 with 347 ad pages, or a 13 percent gain.
In third place, Elle, with 319 ad pages, was up 2 percent. Harper’s Bazaar, at No. 4, posted a 16 percent gain for a total of 271 ad pages. W rounded out the top five with 204 ad pages, or a gain of 25 percent.
Collectively, the top five fashion mags posted a 10 percent increase in March compared to a year ago. Most fashion mags posted similar strong showings.
Vogue Publisher Susan Plagemann said this year is very comparable to last year — a climate she called good — and is ahead of the title’s average ad page total of the past five years.
In the past, a good March by the fashion magazines generally presaged a good year in the glossy magazine world in general.
But that did not happen a year ago, when a hopeful March helped fuel a slight gain for most magazines in the first half — only to see economic unrest hurt the industry’s ad page tally in the second half.
At In Style, the increase resulted in the largest March ad-page haul in its 18 years of existence.
“March was in like a lion,” said Publisher Connie Anne Phillips, who has racked up double-digit growth for the past three years.

Japan's Oscar-winning designer Ishioka dies: reports

Oscar-winning Japanese costume designer Eiko Ishioka has died of pancreatic cancer in Tokyo, local media said Friday. She was 73.

Ishioka, who worked across print and screen, had been based in New York but returned to Tokyo last year because of her illness and died on January 21, Japanese public broadcaster NHK said, quoting her US-based manager.

Ishioka, born in Tokyo in 1938, began her career by working at Japanese cosmetic maker Shiseido's public relation division after graduating from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1966.Ishioka won a Grammy Award for the artwork for jazz legend Miles Davis' "Tutu" in 1987 and an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1993.Japan's leading art director also designed costumes for the Broadway musical "Spiderman". (AFP)

Rihanna to front new fashion TV show

Popstar Rihanna will co-produce and appear in a new TV show to find emerging British fashion talent, along with Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts.
 "I've always had a great love of fashion," said the star. "It's a constant source of inspiration in my life, and is a big reason why I've grown into the person and artist I am today. I have been very fortunate to work with some truly amazing designers and stylists throughout my career, and they have been instrumental in making sure my creative vision reaches the stage. I am excited to follow the journey of our aspiring contestants and see how their individuality influences their efforts during the course of the show."

The winner of the yet-to-be-titled show will get to design an outfit for Ri to wear when she performs at London’s Wireless Festival this July.

Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts, who’s hosting the series, said she was “so flattered” when Rihanna approached her for the role.

“I’m so excited for us to get started on finding a new up and coming British designer who just needs a chance, a little bit of help in getting their skills noticed,” Nicola shared.

Dragon Week Caters to China's Rich

“It was a learning experience for everyone,” said Christine Lu, a co-founder of Affinity China, the company that organized the trip, which began in New York on Sunday. “The story is not finished yet.”

A group of wealthy Chinese is receiving luxury treatment during Dragon Week NYC, complete with private fashion shows and designer mingling. The weeklong tour is organized by Affinity China, a private network that connects invited members with luxury lifestyle events and unique travel opportunities.

Jan 26, 2012

Louis Vuitton Rome Etoile Maison Opening

After a lot of hard work - Louis Vuitton Rome Etoile Maison Opening

With the opening of the first Louis Vuitton Maison in Italy on 29th January 2012, the world renowned trunk and luggage-maker marks a major achievement in its history, and firmly reaffirms its presence in Europe.

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In 1988, Louis Vuitton marked its first step on the road to Rome, and established its first store in the city at the famous San Lorenzo in Lucina Square.

Over twenty years later, “Roma Etoile” will open its doors to the public. Entirely reinterpreted by architect Peter Marino, this historical cinema, dear to Roman citizens, will offer visitors a comprehensive product range. Like a rite of passage, they will pass before the works of artist Georg Dokoupil before reaching the heart of the store, where an elliptical staircase pays tribute to the baroque architecture of the Italian capital and provides, thanks to its unusual shape, an open view of the three levels.

“In this historical venue, which has been dedicated to cinema for almost a century, we have taken up a cultural and architectural double challenge. Without taking anything away from the prestigious past of this symbol of the Eternal City, we are embarking on a distinctive project which combines exceptional craftsmanship, art and culture in time and space.” states Yves Carcelle, President of Louis Vuitton.

This exceptional renovation and architectural creation will welcome the most prestigious creations of the House. Luggage, exceptional leather goods, men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewellery and accessories will co-exist with a genuine screening room where short films, documentaries and original creations will be projected.

Handmade Cinema, a documentary produced by Luchino Visconti di Modrone, directed by Guido Torlonia and written by Laura delli Colli will mark the beginning of the project, showing the passion the Maison has for the “craftsmen of cinema”. Continuing this commitment, the partnership with the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, the oldest and most prestigious school for professions of the seventh art, will encourage the development of new talents, thus sealing Louis Vuitton’s attachment to values of passing on and maintaining excellence in all areas of expertise.

Jimmy Choo Moving to New London HQ

Jimmy Choo Designer Shoes - London’s Victoria area is fast becoming a Mecca for luxury labels’ headquarters. On Wednesday, Jimmy Choo said that it has pre-let 37,000-square-feet of offices at the 123 Victoria Street development, which lies between Chelsea, Mayfair and Green Park. The location is currently being refurbished and is due for completion in June, and Jimmy Choo plans to move into the new space from its current Kensington headquarters later this year. The label joins Burberry and Tom Ford in locating its headquarters in the area.

The Jimmy Choo brand was founded in 1996 when Tamara Melton, Accessories Editor of British Vogue, saw a gap in the market for high-end designer accessories. She approached Malaysian-born bespoke shoe maker Jimmy Choo with the idea of launching a ready-to-wear womenswear shoe collection. Melton secured funding from her father for the business and managed to source manufacturers in Italy. In the same year, the Jimmy Choo brand opened its first shoe store in London’s prestigious Knightsbridge.

H&M sees net profit slip in 2011, upbeat on 2012

Swedish cheap-and-chic fashion giant H&M on Thursday posted a 2011 net profit down 15 percent from a year earlier amid higher cotton prices, but expressed optimism for 2012 despite the difficult economic climate.
For the full-year 2011, H&M posted a net profit of 15.82 billion kronor (1.79 billion euros, $2.33 billion), down from 18.68 billion kronor in 2010, largely owing to soaring prices for materials, especially cotton, which significantly hiked its purchasing costs, the company said in its earnings statement.
Sales meanwhile swelled 1.5 percent to 128.8 billion kronor.
"H&M stands strong in a challenging market," chief executive Karl-Johan Persson insisted in the statement.
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The Row Taps François Kress as President, COO

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's luxury clothing label, The Row, is known for having triumphed over the stereotype of celebrity-turned-designer vanity projects.
Last night's announcement — that they'd tapped Prada's current president and CEO, François Kress, to be their new president and COO — only further confirms their status as a burgeoning major fashion house. This is also a clear signal of the label's plans to expand, which were already obvious (they recently added handbag and sunglasses lines).
Kress's start date has yet to be determined; prior to working at Prada, he was the CEO of Bulgari North America and also worked at LVMH. He'll report to the Olsens and to Jill Collage, president of Dualstar Entertainment Group, which owns The Row.(WWD)

Cameron Diaz in Valentino - Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2012 Fashion show Paris

Cameron Diaz attends the Valentino Haute Couture show on Wednesday (January 25) at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris.

Clad in a short-sleeved white laser-cut lace inset dress from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection, the “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” actress looked beautiful when she arrived at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild today for the Valentino fashion show as part of Paris Haute-Couture Fashion Week.

Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2012 Fashion show Paris

Models’ arms were sheathed in sheer fabric, their hands gently wrapped in lace gloves, both so fine as to be barely visible. Some gowns were intricately hand-embelished clocking up timesheets of hundreds of hours apiece.
On the notes to the show, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli described the spirit of their spring-summer collection as "intimate", "shy", "evanescent", "virginal".
Delicate, high embroidered collars flattered the face and neck, sleeves were long and fluid, waistlines gently cinched.

Jan 25, 2012

Michelle Obama Wears Barbara Tfank for State of the Union

First Lady Michelle Obama donned a sapphire blue dress by Los Angeles-based designer Barbara Tfank (2012 Resort collection, estimated to cost over $2k) for the State of the Union address. The designer described the sheath as a "criss cross bodice cap-sleeved slim dress in silk twill." Added sparkle included a tasteful pop of embellishment at the neckline.

The first lady’s press office, however is mum on dress, telling The Daily Caller that they will not offer comment “as of right now.”

Tfanks, a West Coast designer, recently described the dress as “a criss cross bodice cap-sleeved slim dress in silk twill,” to The Hollywood Reporter.

The first lady also wore a Tfanks in 2010 to meet Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace for a Medal of Honor ceremony.

Paris Fashion Week – Jean Paul Gaultier S/S’12 Couture

 (Reuters) - Jean Paul Gaultier delivered an ode to Amy Winehouse at his spring/summer 2012 haute couture show in Paris on Wednesday. The late pop singer's musical spirit and bad girl fashion sense were all over the runway.

"No, no, no," sang the four male Afro-American acapella singers who kicked off the show, using Winehouse's husky battle cry "Rehab" as a backdrop to 1950s and 60s-inspired looks.
Sporting pink, red, blonde and black beehives, the leggy models with thick cat-eye eyeliner sported lots of lace, sequins, peek-a-boo skin -- and even cigarettes.
A shocking canary-yellow sequined blouson was paired with an equally bright turquoise slim sequined skirt in a sexy look worthy of 50s pin-up girl Betty Page.
Another seemed tailor-made for a gal with a hangover who doesn't want to get out of bed: a satin peignoir in a printed marquetry fabric worn over a jewel-encrusted bustier.

Winehouse, who died in July from alcohol poisoning, was known for her rich voice, songs that recalled 1960s girl bands, her towering hairstyle and struggles with drugs and alcohol.
The singer's voice on her best-selling hit "Back to Black" filled the vast room at the end of the show as models with veils covering their faces filed past guests such as Catherine Deneuve and burlesque star Dita Von Teese.
At Givenchy, tough was also on the menu, but designer Riccardo Tisci used beading, heavy embroidery, and animal skins to create armor-like dresses and jackets.

The atelier showed 10 looks on Tuesday inspired by Fritz Lang's 1927 film "Metropolis." Hints of Art Deco design on collars and sleeves gave way to a hard-edged, futuristic sensibility.

A black jacket, like a suit of armor, was stitched from thousands of tiny black beads with a black crocodile overlay.

Stars adorned the back of the jacket, while swirls of flowers at the cuffs were sewn from individual scales. The overall effect was a Gothic armadillo meets Mad Max.

In another look, the skin of a crocodile was literally recreated, scale by scale, on a woman's body, held in place by invisible tulle. Wrapped around the waist, resembling a Japanese obi, was the animal's spine, with two tails creating the belt.

Even the design on a flowing white skirt resembled scales, sewn via tiny transparent sequins and set off with a bold, silver chain connecting the skirt to the shoulder.
For the top, Tisci played it simple, choosing a classic white t-shirt -- a look, in fact, that Winehouse may have approved of.

(Reporting By Alexandria Sage, editing by Paul Casciato)