The Nazi occupation of Paris lasted from June 14, 1940 to August 25, 1944. The Nazi authorities initially planned to move the entire Paris fashion industry to the German Reich. Lucian Lelong, then head of the Chambre Syndicale, convinced them that the haute couture could only exist, “in Paris or . . . not at all.” Among those who could legally purchase Paris couture during the Occupation were some 20,000 French women (who had special couture ration cards) about 200 Germans, and citizens of neutral countries, such as Spain and Switzerland.
Jeanne-Marie Lanvin was a French haute couture fashion designer, who founded the Lanvin fashion house and the beauty and perfume company Lanvin Parfums. She designed this gray, black and gold Brocade Evening Coat in 1943.
Photographed as Part of The Exhibit, Paris, Capital of Fashion, On View at The Museum at FIT in Manhattan Through January 4th, 2020.
Exaggerated proportions and visual intricacy define this maximalist ensemble by Comme des Garçons. The elaborate coat and bodysuit, in various fabrics including cotton, wool, nylon, polyester and linen — and in assorted shades of pink, red and white, are part of the Spring 2018Multidimensional Graffiti collection, which appropriated the works 10 artists ranging from the 16th century to today.
Shown Here in Contrast to a Minimalist Design By Narciso Rodriguez (Left)
According to Women’s Wear Daily, the result was a mash-up of prints and textures that allied to “the possibilities inherent when wildly unlike visual perspective coexist.”
Photographed as Part of the Exhibit Minimalism / Maximalism at the Museum at FIT in Manhattan Through November 16, 2019.
For a couple of years now, I’ve had this great idea for a way to make the morning weather reports much more accurate and fun, which I call “The Coat Report.” Basically, in addition to telling the temperature, the news guy would suggest the most appropriate outerwear to have on when leaving the house, so that you would have the best chance of staying warm and dry in your local region. This is especially tricky on the east coast, where, you know, we have all kids of weird ass weather that you just don’t ever see in places like California.
I love this idea. You know, one day it would be “Today’s Coat Report says wear your leather jacket and take your gloves” or “Today it’s all about the winter coat with full on scarf and hat action.” Something like that would just rule. Today I heard about something that’s almost as good: Umbrella Today. All you have to do it make a quick visit to UmbrellaToday.Com, enter your zip code and in seconds you’ll find out if you need to take your umbrella with you. Awesome!