If Louis XIV has taught us anything, it is that lavish amounts of luscious silks, big dresses and red-soled shoes equal wealth and power. This is as true today as it was in the 17th-century French court: all three will be much in evidence on the red carpet at the forthcoming Oscars – and they will indeed represent wealth and power. But power structures have changed somewhat in the past 400 years: what they will not represent are the wardrobes of the actors wearing them.
Happy New Year! No, not a typo – Monday marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey, according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar. You might be wondering how style comes into play when it comes to celebrating our hairy primate friends – bar appealing to the lucrative Chinese market? Regardless of the bottom line, they have history.
The notion of a fashion special themed around Paris began to gestate long before the terror attacks of 13 November 2015. Those, however, formed a potent and poignant backdrop to a celebration of France – specifically of Paris – and the fundamental role played by fashion in its cultural identity.