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Haute Historian: How Franca Sozzani Transformed Vogue Italia

Haute Historian: How Franca Sozzani Transformed Vogue Italia

0 by / on March 31, 2014, 11:00 am / in Haute Historian, Magazine

Franca Sozzani’s star was bright from the beginning of her career, but had no idea where she would eventually end up. She studied philosophy and Germanic language and literature, married at 20 and thought she would spend her days raising a family. Not quite – three months into her marriage, she left her husband. She joined Vogue Bambini in 1976 […]

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Haute Historian: When Fashion And Art Collide

Haute Historian: When Fashion And Art Collide

0 by / on March 3, 2014, 11:00 am / in Haute Historian, Magazine

The spring 2014 runway shows were awash in artistic designs and patterns. Bright and imaginative, these collections made their mark. Miuccia Prada teamed up with street artists to create portraits on women’s faces that she applied to dresses and coats. Raf Simons used mixed media to send a message in his Dior collection. Bright streaks of color, in geometric or […]

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Haute Historian: Diane Von Furstenberg, Master Of Modern Dress

Haute Historian: Diane Von Furstenberg, Master Of Modern Dress

0 by / on January 21, 2014, 10:00 am / in Haute Historian, Magazine

Diane von Furstenberg once said, “I design for the woman who loves being a woman.” That mindset has been ingrained in her collections since she began designing in 1969. Furstenberg brought her pieces to Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland’s office in January 1970 and was promptly told she would be a big success. Her first fashion show was the following April. Forty […]

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Haute Historian: Tartan – The Forever Trend

Haute Historian: Tartan – The Forever Trend

0 by / on December 30, 2013, 11:00 am / in Haute Historian, Magazine

We can all recognize them – the checked pattern, the interlocking stripes which comes in a variety of colors. The most common combination is  bold red with black stripes and a thin stripe of yellow. They are tartans, and they never seem to go out of style. Tartans are a recurring fall and winter trend; in fact, they were all […]

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Haute Historian: Inside Babs Simpson’s Elegant Minimalism

Haute Historian: Inside Babs Simpson’s Elegant Minimalism

0 by / on November 11, 2013, 10:00 am / in Haute Historian, Magazine

When Dodie Kazanjian commented on Babs Simpson’s eye for style in an interview for the book Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, Simpson remarked, “It’s something one doesn’t think about. You just do it.” Simpson may be humble about her successes, but her work – beautiful, honest and reflective – can’t go unnoticed. Born in 1913 as Beatrice Crosby de Menocal, Simpson spent […]

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Haute Historian: Christian Dior And The New Look

Haute Historian: Christian Dior And The New Look

0 by / on October 7, 2013, 10:00 am / in Haute Historian, Magazine

Christian Dior created luxury at a time when society wanted it most – after a war. During World War II, daily life changed. People rationed everything from food to fabric for the war effort. Born January 21, 1905 in France, Dior didn’t always want to be a fashion designer. He originally went to the École de Sciences Politiques in Paris […]

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Haute Historian: Slip Dresses – From Undergarments to Delicate, Simplistic Dresses

Haute Historian: Slip Dresses – From Undergarments to Delicate, Simplistic Dresses

0 by / on September 16, 2013, 9:00 am / in Haute Historian, Second City Style Blog

When the slip was introduced in the 1920s, it was meant to be worn under a woman’s apparel as a way to smooth everything out. During World War I, women were discouraged to wear corsets – war rationing meant the metal that would help construct corsets went to the war cause instead. Slip dresses – in a way – replaced […]

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Haute Historian: The Steady Rise Of Cropped Hairdos

Haute Historian: The Steady Rise Of Cropped Hairdos

0 by / on August 19, 2013, 10:00 am / in Haute Historian, Magazine

Short hair on women has always made a statement. After receiving drastically shorter haircuts, some people might say, “It’s just hair – it’ll grow back.” But for others, hair is much more than that. The right cut can be a symbol of freedom and liberation, a confidence booster, or a way of expression. Someone can get a haircut simply to […]

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Haute Historian: Hamish Bowles – The Man Of Many Faces

Haute Historian: Hamish Bowles – The Man Of Many Faces

0 by / on July 29, 2013, 9:00 am / in Haute Historian, Magazine

Hamish Bowles is known for many things related to fashion. He is an editor for Vogue with a voice that’s smart, entertaining and conversational at the same time. His personal style is eccentric, reflecting the dandies of another era. He fills his free time curating museum exhibits, making appearances in fashion documentaries and appearing as a couturier in Sophia Coppola’s Marie […]

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Haute Historian: Jumpsuit Fashion And Where It Began

Haute Historian: Jumpsuit Fashion And Where It Began

0 by / on July 8, 2013, 9:00 am / in Haute Historian, Magazine

On the spring 2013 runways, jumpsuits were everywhere. They graced the catwalks at Balmain, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Charlotte Ronson, and more. Elegant, easy, and incredibly contemporary, jumpsuits became an instant favorite for eveningwear, dressed up simply with heels and some sparkle with bracelets, earrings or a clutch. They became an instant celebrity favorite, and have been seen on everyone from Jennifer Lopez […]

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