In this week’s France 24 fashion segment I talk about Tunisia Fashion Week. It started four years ago under the rule of Ben Ali and has clung on throughout the Jasmin Revolution and under the transitional government. I also talk about the battle of the brands as Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane will go head to head as the new designers of the Dior and YSL fashion houses. Finally the future of shopping might just be “hotspotting” fashion films and music videos.
In this week’s France 24 fashion segment I talk about the spring summer 2012 trends in swimwear and lingerie, how Ferragamo is supporting Leonardo de Vinci and a pair of new books that each deal with a fashion icon (the Chanel jacket and Kate Moss).
It took me a while to understand the appeal of leather pants. Long associated with bikers, cowboys and aging rock stars, leather pants seemed like a style men could pull off easier and not look cheap doing it. Recently I was convinced by a friend to try on a pair of Stouls leather pants by the designer Aurélia Stouls. What got me hooked was that these leather pants were washable. I could throw them in my washing machine at home and never need to take them to the dry cleaners.
And, surprise surpise, once on the leather warms to your skin and is actually more comfortable to wear then jeans. Also advancements in fabric development have made leather stretchable, thus more forgiving and with designer given women leather pants in different cuts and colors their really is no excuse to not have at least one pair of leather pants in your wardrobe.
And who can deny the fact that there is something inherently sexy about leather pants. Silky smooth to the touch and butter soft, the skins have a primal attraction that makes it a clothing version of catnip.
In this France 24 fashion segment I talk about how companies harness their heritage to build desire for their luxury products. The Saut Heremes horse jumping event, Cartier and its new Odyessy film and the transformation of secondary lines into major fashion players illustrate how tapping into the DNA of a brand is key to its future.
In this video interview I talk with James Lima, the Hollywood director, about bringing a designer’s vision into the digital world. Mr. Lima has worked with fashion powerhouses like Prada, Versace and Zenga to create visual manifestations of their brand’s style, heritage and world outlook.