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 […]

Amélie Pichard’s myth

Amélie Pichard is a woman whose portrait takes shape very slowly and gently. Its contours become more solid and accentuated with each one of her quirky remarks and occasional jokes; needless to say that her nonchalant manners put me at ease from the very first bonjour. To tell the truth, there’s no need to meet […]

Paris Fashion Week: visual diary

It’s been a while since the Paris Fashion Week ended (October seems to be so far away!) but only now I can reveal all the details, insights and emotions I’ve been weaving into this exhaustive visual diary. It was my second Paris Fashion Week and having this possibility to see the shows first hand has […]

Salut!

I have written many texts of different natures during past six years, but writing the very first blog post proves to be the most difficult one. I’m not one of those who could say they’ve been writing for as long as they can remember. There was one really distinct, memorable and unexplainable moment in my […]