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IFA Paris’ Undergraduate Annual Fashion Show ‘East Meets West’

5 Jul

Last Wednesday, June 27th  IFA Paris’ fashion design students in Paris presented their final collections on the theme ‘East Meets West.’ in front of 200 fashion media and VIP guests.  A selected group of students presented their graduate and evening gown collections, while a few assemble pieces, created by shanghai bachelor graduates, made its way to Paris to be presented as well.

Check out a few photos of fashion show below.

To read more about about IFA Paris’ 2012 Fashion Show in Paris , please read our press release : http://www.ifa-edu.fr/media/events/2012/ifa-paris%E2%80%99-undergraduate-annual-fashion-show-%E2%80%98east-meets-west%E2%80%99

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Photos: © David Tergemina / TRG prod / www.myfashionreel.com

Balenciaga/Comme des Garcons at Cité de la Mode et du Design

3 Jul

IFA Paris’ MBA Fashion Business students visited Cité de la Mode et du Design’s parallel exhibitions, Comme des Garçons/Balenciaga, curated by Olivier Saillard as a re-launch of Cite de la Mode’s architectural renovation.  The students really had a great chance to see fashion transcend through several exhibitions, from Kawakubo’s contemporary collection to Balenciaga’s historical prespective.

For more details about the students’ visit click here:http://www.ifa-edu.fr/media/events/2012/balenciagacomme-des-garcons-cit%C3%A9-de-la-mode-et-du-design

Enjoy the photos from the day below.

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Fashion Runway: Frida Misthou

25 Jun

Frida Misthou used her Greek origins to inspire a collection for IFA Paris 2012 Fashion Show theme East Meets West.  Through an exquisite array of elegant pleats, her cross-cultural examination of Greece and Turkeygives Classical Greek mythology a rippled effect of modern couture.  We caught up with Frida to catch a glimpse of her sketches before next week’s show!

Efstratia (Frida)  Misthou

Age: 26

Place of Birth: Athens, Greece

What does this year’s theme East Meets West mean to you?

This year’s theme for me was an opportunity to combine different and maybe controversial aspects of eastern and western civilizations or cultures into garments, through a very creative process.

What inspired your collection?

The Western part of my collection was inspired by the Greek pleats,which are depicted in the ancient statues, such as Nike of Samothrace. For the Easterninfluence,I took my inspiration from the Dervichestourneurs’ garments of Turkey.

Can you tell us a little bit about it?

When the theme of the collection was given to us, I instantly knew what I wanted to do. Because of my Greek origin, pleats in Classical Greek statues have always fascinated me and I wanted to use them in more modern way. As for my eastern inspiration, my country is next to Turkey, so it is logical tohave a lot of things in common, regarding for example our music, cuisine and some of our traditions. It is true that we have more things in common that these two countries dare to admit. My Turkish inspiration was theDervichesTourneurs, or in English Whirling Dervishes. They are a religious group of men, who are dressed in white jackets andwhite long skirts. They believe that they can come closer to God, through a ritual in which the accompaniment of music helps them reach ecstasy. They start to turn around themselves and gradually they speed up the turning. The visual effect created by this spinning is something uniquely sentimental and captivating.That was the feeling that I wanted to convey throughout my collection. I chose to design something that communicates a feeling of lightness and flow. I wanted to depict the image of an ethereal woman, like a goddess.Furthermore, I thought it was a good idea to unite these to countries, who are known to be enemies, into beautiful garments, in peace!

What has been the most difficult part of the design process?

The design process was interesting and creative! My main problem was not the creation of the designs,but the technical aspects of it. Specifically, in my former school in Athens we didn’t use Illustrator and Photoshop, so the most difficult part for me was to learn how to use them. Finally, through a lot of practice all became clear to me.

What has surprised you the most?

What has surprised me was that I managed to depict my thoughts and inspirations in a precise, clear and beautiful way into something not only artistic, but also functional and wearable such as a garment! Also I am happy that I managed to overcome all the difficulties of this year and rise to the occasion. This entire year was a big challenge!

How have your instructors helped you throughout?

My professors were the greatest help for me! My design teacher, Lise, guide me through the whole procedurewithout being judgmental, but with patience and respect. My computer design teacher, Tove, was also very kind and patient with me. Last, my sowing, draping and pattern making teacher, Tanjia, was there for me all the way, since my clothes had very complicated patterns and the sewing had to be extremely delicate. Furthermore I learned a lot from my Marketing teachers!

Can you describe your collection in five words?

Ethereal, fragile, intricate, sophisticated, delicate.

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Frida’s sketches

IFA PARIS HOSTS CONTEST ‘I LOVE PARIS’ IN TIME FOR ITS 2012 ANNUAL FASHION SHOW ON JUNE 27TH

8 Jun

Paris, 8 of June 2012 – A creative opportunity to promote Paris’ beauty and win tickets to our annual fashion show – IFA Paris has launched a photo contest entitled ‘I LOVE PARIS’ in collaboration with the blog L’Express styles: Le Boulevardier (http://blogs.lexpress.fr/le-boulevardier/) where participants are challenged to capture why they love Paris through photography.

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Two selected winners will receive an invitation to IFA Paris’ fashion show on June 27th, with a plus one each.   Located in the heart of the fashion capital, our annual fashion spectacle showcases budding talent, attended by a host of fashion and luxury representatives and alumni.  One prize will be awarded by the number of ‘Likes’received on Facebook, while the second will be awarded by the jury represented by IFA Paris and the Blog L’Express Styles: Le Boulevardier committee.

Founded in March 2011, in Lyon by Vu Quan and Laurent, L’Express Styles: Le Boulevardier presents a hub for digital creativity and fashion activism.  An observatory think goblet, the blog’s initiative conducts a perfect platform to share fashion and beauty from the streets, and with 350 k unique visitors in 12 months, why wouldn’t you want to showcase your photography skills there?

What does it take to enter? Applicants must take a beautiful photograph of Paris (original work only) and send it to ifapariscontest@inspire-ifa.comaccompanied by a short description of the photo and their name.  All applicants must be 18 years or older, with a maximum of two photo submissions per individual.  Photo submissions will be posted on IFA Paris’ Facebook Page contest album where anyone with an active Facebook profile can vote on an applicant’s entry once, with no limit to how many different photos they ‘Like.’

So what are you waiting for?  Let your friends know today to garner maximum exposure for a chance to win tickets to IFA Paris’ annual fashion show and a potential feature on both of L’Express style blogs, Le Boulevardier and hit bag (English version). Show us why you LOVE Paris and let the public and our jury members decide how much they ‘Like’ it too.

The contest begins June 8th at 7:30 am CET and closes June 20th at 11:59 pm,. Winners will be announced on June 22nd, 2012.

Contest rules: http://www.facebook.com/IfaParisFashionSchool/app_6009294086

Colette Carnaval: Celebrating Colette’s 15th Anniversary in Paris

14 Mar

Trailing the end of Fashion Week, Paris’ elite multi-concept department store Colette celebrated its 15-year anniversary over the weekend of March 10th and 11th in the Jardin de Tuileries.  The highly anticipated Carnaval, a first public event for the Tuileries forum outside of Fashion Week, attracted hefty crowds – many visitors never even got inside the 43,000-square-foot tent, and it’s no surprise.  

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For their 15th anniversary Colette’s founder, Sarah Andelman took the initiative to involve the public in a larger than life celebration.  After fashion week, this was an exciting opportunity for adults and children alike to engage in an inaugural cultural epicenter launched in the heart of the city’s first arrondissement. The festival fair, held a stone’s throw away from the boutique’s Saint-Honoré location, boasted a versatile array of interactive fun from the best brands indesign, beauty, technology and food &drink.  Repetto, Kitsuné, Nike, Carven, and Comme des Garcons were among the leadingsartorial rosterthat participatedin the post-fashion week festivities over the two-day celebration, cementing innovative ideas geared towards the multi-concept store.

With many brands debuting new collections, capsule collections and collaborations over Paris Fashion Week, this was a great opportunity to reinforce their launch to a wider audience.  A.P.C., whose recently launched collaboration with Vanessa Seward, first presented in a Paris showroomlast week, secured a space at the Carnaval, as did Nike who celebrated its NIKE Night Track, a modern interpretation of the ‘70s style shoe, in cherry red.  Nike even assembled a basketball court for adults and children alike to practice their skills, as well as a dance workshop in collaboration with I COULD NEVER BE A DANCER.  Shoe brands Solemart and Repetto also used the Carnaval as an interactive marketing opportunity with Repetto’s kid-friendly dance classes, hosted early Sunday afternoon, as a major success withfamily crowds.

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For those whose physical forte isn’t basketball or dance, there were many other options tailored to every cultural taste: Le Cooklette offered cooking lessons, Lomography showcased the latestin photography, Edith A. Miller opened a Kissing Booth, andScott Campbell conducted a blind tattoo session. Other highlights includedsome of the gourmet food stalls amidst the 50 plus booths, such as Ladurée’s miniature antique style cart that whipped up cotton candy flavored macarons especially for the event.

Of course, this public milestone had to maintain some sort of exclusivity, so the store celebrated with a private party on Saturday evening for press and VIP guests.   Partygoersdropped beats to a live performance from Kid Cudi(who cancelled his earlier public showscheduled to take place that day at 5:00pm), and noshed on old-fashioned popcorn and cotton candy, while perusing the goods and mingling with designers.  Most popular, was the photobooth situated conveniently next to Laetitia Crahay’s milliner stand, allowing guests to snap a photo clad in the designer’s fancy hats.

Colette’s iconic success continues throughout March, with an illustration exhibit by Australian artist Craig Redman, whose emblematic Darcel Cyclops has been featured on the store’s various decorations and merchandise including everything from balloons and pins, to Haribo gummy bears or iPhone cases designed especially for the event.  In this latest exhibit, entitled ‘150/15,’ Redman’s illustrations will feature fashion’s famous faces such as Bill Cunningham, Lady Gaga, and Coco Chanel – a solid wrap to finalize four weeks of fashion worldwide.

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                                                         Article by Ali Leier

Paris Fashion Week AW12 – The Crystal Method

13 Mar

Paris Fashion Week AW12 was a celebration of sorts – anniversaries, departures and inaugural performances, for many designers. Alber Elbaz celebrated his ten-year anniversary at Lanvin, Stefano Pilati solemnly departed YSL after a eight year tenure, Marc Jacobs celebrated his first exposition with Louis Vuitton at Musée Arts Decoratifs, and Manish Aroraand Kanye West both launched second collections for respective lines PacoRabanne and Kanye West.

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 Chanel’s AW12 Fashion show

So where did that take the aesthetic direction for fall? Well, one strong theme amongst this season’s chaos culminatedin a fascination with precious stones. While many houses, particularly Chanel, PacoRabanne and Stella McCartneyriffed on prismatic hues and patterns in a literal sense, others, like Balmain, Viktor & Rolf and Givenchy explored a deeper foundation of jeweled metamorphosis. From baroque, opulently embellished garments, or modernist, plasticized evolutions, to subversive rock and roll post-punk glamour, to provocatively dark and fetishistic sexiness, precious stones inspired a diverse array of looks for AW12, a strong departure from spring’s pastel trend.

Arguably the leader of the fashion industry, Karl Lagerfeld turned his biannual bravura performance at the Grand Palais into a crystal concubine this Tuesday, March 6, rendering life-sized plastic manifestations of sapphire and amethyst stones.  His jewel-toned collection echoed the setting with sheer metallic maxi-skirts and pants in gold, sapphire or ruby over skinny black pants, creating a mille feuille of texturized excavation.  Karl didn’t miss a detail – embroidered braid edged suits captured micro-crystals while cold cuffs and necklaces boasted large amethyst stones.  Of course, the iconic quilted Chanel purses in rich purple leather were adorned with crystals too.  And the superlative designer didn’t stop there.  Models’ eyebrows were exaggerated through crystal appliques, and his much anticipated nail polish colors, this season in Blue Satin, Pearl Drop and Vendetta, were distributed to excited guests.

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Chanel’s AW12 Fashion show

Lanvin’s show, carried the theme of opulence in a lavish display of goodies for AlberElbaz’ 10th year anniversary at the house.  Sculpted cocktail dresses in solid hues of emerald, sapphire and ruby opened the show, which quickly morphed silky frocks elevated by crystal clustered embellishments or glamorous jeweled bib necklaces.   The overall aesthetic was feminine, fun and audacious – like the sultry, yet lighthearted Lanvin romantic woman.  Even Stella McCartney focused her ordinarily nude color palette around azure.  Elegant sportswear and classic eveningwear found solice through a balance between stark cobalt and soft variations of peach, ecru and nude. Formally closing fashion week at ten am as always, Marc Jacobs exceeded his SS12 carrousel performance with an in-house built steam engine roaring through the Louvre Carrée.  His prohibition exploration focused on metallic jewel embellishments on A-line wool dresses.  Jacobs’ detailed opulence, most notably on the highly lauded accessories, elevated his use of a primarily singular silhouette.   An ornate display, even for a house like Vuitton, which reminded its audience of the evening’s red carpet event at Musée Arts Decoratifs.

Other housesalso took a more subversive approach to the obvious theme of jewel-toned riches through an exposition of curious textures, such as Olivier Roustang’s reworked Balmain blazer embellished with couturier caliber clusters of pearls juxtaposed byvelvetflared trousers in chrysocolla.  The heavily saturated compilations lent a baroque edge to Balmain’s rocker look. Similarly, Manish Arora focused his second collection at PacoRabanne around a shade of azure, offset by micro-chainlink embellished cuffs and dropped embellished waistlines on shifts in place of a belt.  His designs felt fresh and wearable, in the way that Christophe Decarnin reinvented Balmain some five or six years ago.  Riccardo Tisci honed his dark, fetishistic aesthetic that has earnedGivenchythe title of one of the hottest shows in town through rich combinations of black leather and astrakhan.  Bright bursts of ruby and topaz lit up the otherwise anthracite aesthete, bringing a fiery elegance to his models. Viktor & Rolf approached the riches of gemstones from a more abstract perspective.  Their intricate collection, composed primarily of fur, incorporated couturier practices into a RTW collection.  After showing a modest palette of neutral earth tones, the gentleman duo finalized their collection with an artistic backdrop that morphed from black and white into a fiery blazon yellow, exposing the sentiment ‘everything turns to gold.’

After spring’s reigning romance – Karl’s minty sea creatures, Marc’s candy carrousel confections, and Valentino’s lacey feminine frocks, designers looked to a bold direction for fall.  Rocker and fetishistic undertones elevated opulent baroquecollections, with garments undergoing a crystal metamorphosis. Amidst many new departures and directions for designers this season, they needed to look towards something constant to find value.  What better place to go than the core of the earth?

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  Chanel’s AW12 Fashion show

                                                      Article by Ali Leier

“Goudemalion: Jean-Paul Goude, a Retrospective”

28 Feb

On Friday February 3rd, our 2011 MBA Fashion Business students were given the opportunity to visit Jean Paul Goude’s first Paris exhibition. Jean-Paul Goude, 71 years old, has worked as an illustrator, graphic designer, photographer and advertising film director and forover 40 years, he’s produced enough intelligent art to earn an exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. Our students were very fascinated and inspired by Goude’s work.

To have a more in-depth read about the exhibition please visit our press release here: http://ifa-edu.cn/ifaen/zldongtaiController/viewNews/741

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Press release and photos by Ali Leier

Here are some ads done by Goude that you must have seen in magazines, on billboards in the metro, and in the streets of Paris as well as famous brands such as: Galleries Lafayette and Chanel.

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Galleries Lafayette, Model: Laetitia Casta

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Chanel, Model: Estella Warren

 “So Goude!”