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FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR: Peter Yap E-MAIL: peteryap@thesundaily.com




London stages first high
street fashion week
ONE of the world’s busiest
shopping miles will see retailers
                                     lebrity will be involved in events
                                     during the high street fashion
                                                                              Madame Carven, petite women’s
showcase their fall collections at
a public fashion week, running
Sept 7-11.
   Organisers New West End
Company, a company that
promotes London’s West End as
                                     week. Retailers have announced
                                     fashion and beauty advice work-
                                     shops, late-night shopping, and
                                     discounts as part of the fashion
                                     week.
                                        Earlier this year, fashion
                                                                              favourite designer, turns 100
a global shopping destination,       magazine Vogue announced




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                                                                                              “COUTURE brought me happi-                                                                      1964,” he admitted, getting a round
has already won over Oxford          Fashion’s Night Out, a retail push                       ness, they were the best years of my                                                            of applause from guests, who
Street retailers Debenhams,          very similar to this in several in-                      life,” Madame Carven recalls with                                                               included designers Jean-Charles
John Lewis, Uniqlo and Topman        ternational cities (Sept 10). Both                       a smile at a celebration to mark her                                                            de Castelbajac and Claude Mon-
to participate in the event, and     events will take place in the run-                       approaching 100th birthday. Only a                                                              tana, the chief executive of Louis
the Telegraph reports that talks     up to London Fashion Week.                               diminutive 1.55m (five foot one) in                                                              Vuitton Yves Carcelle as well
are underway with other brands          New West End’s spokesman                              her stockinged feet, for half a cen-                                                            as many personal friends of
such as Selfridges and Topshop.      Jace Tyrell said: “During London                         tury she was the favourite designer                                                             Carven.
   The UK newspaper also             Fashion Week, the West End                               of petite women.                                                                                   In the immediate post-war
revealed that there will be a        sees a big increase in sales. This                           In recognition of her contribution                                                          years, marked by the return to
survey of 100,000 Oxford Street      way we can commercialise it                              to fashion and imminent birthday                                                                prominence of male designers like
shoppers in August asking them       and show everyone we have                                on Aug 31, the French Federation                                                                Christian Dior and Jacques Fath,
which celebrity is their “High       the best high street and the best                        of Couture threw a party for her in                                                             Madame Carven “was something
Street Queen.” The elected ce-       designers.” – AFP Relaxnews                              the gardens of the Musee Galliera                                                               of an exception,” according to
                                                                                              at the end of the haute couture                                                                 Florence Miller, who teaches at the
                                                                                              shows for next winter.                                                                          French Fashion Institute.
                                                                                                  “I know this place very well.                                                                  “She had the intuition to appeal
                                                                                              This is where I always showed my                                                                to young girls at a time when the
                                                                                              collections,” she told AFP.                  The founder of the couture house                   couturiers mostly dressed older
                                                                                                  Frustrated by the lack of clothes        Carven, Carmen de Tommaso,                         women.”
                                                                                              suitable for small women like                known as Madame Carven.                               Her style was practical, flatter-
                                                                                              herself, Carmen de Tommaso                                                                      ing, very feminine, very close to
                                                                                              dropped plans to become an                                                                      what women actually wanted, she
                                                                                              architect or interior designer and           rything is very expensive, very                    explained. “She wasn’t into build-
                                                                                              took the remedy into her own                 difficult.”                                         ing a spectacular image for her
                                                                                              hands. In 1945 she opened her own               Culture Minister Frederic                       label, like Dior, for example.”
                                                                                              house under the name Carven.                 Mitterrand, nephew of the late                        “When I was a little girl, there
                                                                                                  Her fresh and carefree style was         Socialist president, paid tribute to               were two names which entranced
                                                                                              an immediate hit with actresses              her as “one of the most eminent                    me: Carven and Paris,” remem-
                                                                                              like Leslie Caron and Martine                creative forces in French and in-                  bered Lady Nancy Chopard-Sain,
                                                                                              Carol and young girls around                 ternational fashion.”                              a vibrant old lady wearing a tur-
                                                                                              the world, including the future                 On a more personal note, he re-                 quoise coat with matching flower
                                                                                              wife of president Valery Giscard             called that his mother “was always                 in her hair, who said she had been
                                                                                              d’Estaing, whose wedding dress               dressed by Madame Carven” and                      a personal friend for “a very, very
                                                                                              she designed.                                that for him she felt like “part of the            long time.”
                                                                                                  “Couture brought me great                family.”                                              Madame Carven only finally
                                                                                              happiness, the joy of creating. I did           “She was the first to dare to do                 gave up designing in 1993, in her
                                                                                              everything I could to make women             ready-to-wear, she was revolution-                 84th year, to concentrate on her
                                                                                              beautiful,” she says, still immacu-          ary,” acknowledged Federation                      passion for old furniture and
Shoppers throng Oxford Street in central London.                                              late herself in an elegant green suit,       president Didier Grumbach, who                     antiques. Today her house is
                                                                                              her favourite colour, with a pearl           once actually worked for Carven.                   owned by the Paris group SCM
                                                                                              necklace.                                       “I sold Carven Junior dresses                   and has abandoned haute couture
                                                                                                  “I started out without anyone.           and took the Carven Junior col-                    to focus on ready-to-wear. – AFP
Yves Saint Laurent                                                                            Now you need a sponsor, eve-                 lection to the United States in                    Relaxnews

retrospective for spring
2010 in Paris
THE eagerly awaited retrospec- his drawings, personal objects,
                                                                                                         Heidi Klum accepted into
tive of late French designer Yves

Paris’s Petit Palais Museum from
                                       films, photographs and sketches,
Saint Laurent will take place in according to Elle.
                                          Yves Saint Laurent passed
                                                                                                         Barbie hall of fame
March 11 through Aug 29, 2010, away on June 1, 2008 at the                                               AS part of the Blonde Ambi-         for adults – speaking from
according to French fashion age of 71. He bid farewell to                                                tion series that previously         my own experience.”
website Elle, and confirmed by          Haute Couture in 2002 and was                                     included dolls of the Hol-             Klum’s Barbie wears a
the organisers.                        replaced by Tom Ford as creative                                  lywood actresses Marilyn            dress inspired by an outfit
    The Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint        director of his eponymous fash-                                   Monroe and Goldie Hawn,             from a Victoria’s Secret
Laurent Foundation organising ion house. – AFP Relaxnews                                                 German supermodel Heidi             showcase – the lingerie label
the exhibition                                                                                           Klum’s mini-me will hit stores      that made Heidi Klum famous
confirmed                                                                                                in September.                       – and a few personal acces-
the location         For more, log on:                                                                       The doll took eight             sories such as the model’s
                     www.fondation-pb-ysl.net                                                            months to produce with              engagement ring and golden
and        the
dates, precis-                                                                                           Klum actively participating         high heels and earrings.
ing that they                                                                                            in the design process of               Heidi Klum turning up at
were still susceptible to change                                                                         her Barbie’s clothes and            the Barbie fashion show in
between now and the end of the                                                                           accessories but also facial         New York in February and
summer.                                                                                                  features as well as eye and         her presence at the birthday
    The public will discover 40                                                                          hair color.                         party in Malibu – Barbie
years of the work of the designer                                                                            “It’s great to collect Bar-     turned 50 earlier this year
who changed the face of French                                                                           bies, to play with them and         – had already prompted
and international fashion during                                             Heidi Klum                  dress them over and over            speculation of a potential
the 20th century. The collection                                             Barbie.                     again,” Klum said in a press        collaboration between the
will display 250 pieces that                                                                             release. “I believe that’s fun      two pop culture icons. – AFP
belonged to Saint Laurent like                                                                           not only for children but also      Relaxnews                        Heidi Klum




   Escada may cease trading
   THE German high-end women’s            come to that, but the group was in      approved by 80% of them by a July
   clothes label Escada, which is         a very difficult situation. He said it   31 deadline.
   threatened with bankruptcy, may        had enough liquidity to last until         Failing that, Saelzer said it
   cease trading, the chairman of         August but not beyond.                  would be “inevitable” that Escada
   the board Bruno Saelzer said in a         A spokesman told AFP a               would cease trading, as “98 of the
   newspaper interview recently.          few days ago that Escada could          99 possible measures” to save
      “Talks have already taken           “theoretically” seek financial aid      the company had already been
   place with insolvency experts,”        from the state within weeks if it       taken.
   he told the newspaper Welt am          managed to restructure its debts.          Escada parted company in May
   Sonntag.                                  It has put a debt restructuring      with its mid-market subsidiary
      He said he hoped it would not       plan to its creditors which must be     Primera. – AFP Relaxnews              Escada flagship store in Duesseldorf.

				
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