What Chanel bag factory looks like from within

Earlier this year, I found myself in one of the best-kept secrets of the Chanel universe: its handbag factory located outside of Paris. Here are created supremely sophisticated designs which a strong cultural impact: style trophies, in a way. The process behind their fabrication is intriguing and mesmerizing. The place is as mystical and fascinating […]

How Peter Knapp liberated women

When we look at fashion editorials today, rarely we tend to ponder how much they reflect the times we live in.  The photographs often seem (especially for those not initiated) as innocent, spontaneous outbursts of creativity, which have more to do with aesthetic whims than stark everyday life and its realities. And yet, after several […]

In the magical fields of Chanel

A gentle breeze is caressing my face and my hair. It’s the last day of spring but the weather, with its enveloping warmth and dizzying intensity, is casting its summerish charm all around. Delicate jasmine petals are dancing gently under the sun, accompanied by flirtatious tuberoses, shy May roses (Rose de Mai), modest geraniums and […]

Valentin Yudashkin F/W 2018: Moscow winter

For his new collection, Valentin Yudashkin had one specific image in mind: Moscow winter. But what exactly does it convey? The first references and associations are obvious: snow-covered streets; beauty of a historical city wrapped in thick white layers, just like a warm, puffy coat. However,  philosophy underpinning the sartorial exquisiteness the designer wanted to […]

John Galliano F/W 2018: melancholy in America

Here I am in Hotel le Marois again. The last guests are searching inactively for their seats, wandering with invitations in hands, because, actually, there’s no need to find one’s place and sit down too soon – fashion weeks are splendid spectacles, not only because of the clothes, but locations as well. How beautiful is […]

Les Parisiennes formidables: Fantine Reucha

The interview series “Les Parisiennes formidables” is dedicated for inspiring women I have met in this city. Despite the fact that the “Parisian woman” myth has become a prevalent cliché whose real existence can be questioned, these passionate and inspiring women have proved me countless times that a certain Parisian sensibility and approach to life […]

Chanel beauté S/S ’18: all about Naples

The sun is rising over Naples: a multicultural, historical, vibrant hub of hedonism, an undiscovered Italian jewel. Look at its pastel-colored peeled walls, grandiose buildings, fragments of greenery and bewitching views over the slopes of Vesuvius, little boats in the Naples Bay and the famous Amalfi coast itself… Everything comes to life and blossoms in […]

Haute Couture in Paris: a lesson of sophistication

My very first Haute Couture week, dedicated for the upcoming Spring/Summer season, was quite stormy. I’m talking in a literal sense – the incessant, merciless rain provided an uncomfortable backdrop to glorious fantasies of the fashion week. Watching the hemlines of gauzy Dior dresses drowning in powerful water streaks was a little bit painful; and […]

Once upon a time in Rennes

Eight minutes past 10 o’clock in the morning. As I prepare to leave the SNCF train, the first thing I check is that I haven’t forgotten my umbrella. A persistent and elegant drizzle is washing the train’s windows and I wonder if the rest of the day is going to look the same. I take […]

Japanese diamond in New York

It wasn’t such a long time ago when the online luxury fashion retailer Net-A-Porter decided to include Japanese designer’s Hanako Maeda’s brand Adeam on their website. Without a single doubt, this was quite an impressive omen of a wider recognition, but it certainly wasn’t the first time the fashion world became aware of this name. […]

2017: Time to shine!

On the threshold of the New Year, everybody is full of resolutions and hopes, which are not necessarily new. What about me? Personally, I promised myself to stress less, read more fiction (that’s why I have a copy of Emma Cline’s The Girls on my nightstand and the reading is going pretty well) and travel […]

Coco Chanel: a woman who reads

Coco Gabrielle Chanel. One couldn’t doubt the significance that this name holds not only for the fashion world, but also for the whole landscape of the XXth century. A myriad of different books, films, exhibitions have been devoted to her. Her life has been discussed an analyzed through different angles: childhood’s struggles, intriguing (and sad) […]

Entering the epoch of excess

There’s a conviction that fashion is a mirror, reflecting the reality of the times. Peaceful periods usually see the development of minimalistic, easily defined styles. On the other hand, in the times of vulnerability and anxiety, the society develops an exotic taste: we have a tendency to favor opulent, extravagant, even ostentatious styles, dive into […]

Love letter to Venice

Last week, I had a little getaway from Paris to my beloved Italy, or more precisely, to a little gem in its North, Venice. Just before the voyage, I was studying about Giovanni Bellini (a well-known artist who’s often considered to be the father of the Renaissance in Venice) for my Art history presentation.  It’s […]