Maison Margiela Artisanal 2015 runway show

Maison Margiela held their “Artisanal” 2015 runway show on Monday, January 12, 2015 in London featuring John Galliano’s debut with the design house. The collection is a fabulous fusion between Maison Margiela’s sleek-yet-edgy vibe and John Galliano’s avant-garde style. Here are a few photos from the runway show and notes from Maison Margiela. 

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Photos courtesy of Maison Margiela. Make Up: Pat McGrath, Hair: Eugene Souleiman, Music : Jeremy Healy, Lighting : Jan Kroeze

Notes from Maison Margiela

A process of discovery, returning to one’s roots. Piece by piece, deconstructing and constructing a new story for Margiela.

A deep commitment to the extraordinary possibilities of the Maison’s Atelier and the art of Haute Couture.

Approaching tailoring, techniques, craftsmanship like a new explorer, or painter. One who sees beauty in things that are often taken for granted, giving everything a newly enriched life.

A powerful and fierce yet refined mix of fabrics and materials. Stripped down, or reborn together in startling and unexpected ways.

New direction given with play on proportion and sartorial rules. Languid, sweeping. Precise tailoring. A new fuller, revealing silhouette.

Eyes wide open in wonderment to a veritable Cabinet de Curiosités. A jigsaw of lacquered shells reminiscent of Arcimboldo style figures. A miniature battalion charging across a black velvet shoulder. Pearls that bring teardrops of memories to the face.

Looking through the glass, discovering an elusive, rare even arrestingly strange new beauty, of muses who nonchalantly arouse your senses.

The Finale of Toiles. The Cabine marching in honest testimony of the process, the trials and errors, the time and emotion behind each cut, each line, each vision.

A world deep in its past but with promises of the future.

There you have it! What do you think of John Galliano’s debut with Maison Margiela with the “Artisanal” show in London? I have to admit, I am in love!


The First Parisian Haute Couture Show in San Francisco

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On October 25, 2014, at 7:30pm, just steps away from San Francisco’s iconic Tonga Room, another iconic event took place; The First Parisian Haute Couture Fashion Show in San Francisco. The Grand Ballroom of San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel played host to haute couture designers on aura tout vu (Paris) and Mimi Tran (Paris and San Francisco), as well as Los Angeles shoe designer Konstantina Tzovolou. 

In between runway segments, the crowd was dazzled by Parisian pop singer “French” who preformed for the first time in the United States! Oh la la! His music was amazing, his voice fabulous, and he was definitely eye candy. The crowd went wild!

Photo 1: Konstantina Tzovolou

Photos 2-4: on aura tout vu

Photo 5: Maclaren

Photo 6: on aura tout vu

Photos 7-11: Mimi Tran

Photos 12-14: on aura tout vu

The premiere haute couture show was generously sponsored by Replete Skincare, Maclaren and FSHN Magazine. A portion of ticket sales helped raise much-needed funds for local non-profit “Reason to Party.”

Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

Parisian Haute Couture Show in San Francisco


Join me in San Francisco on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:30pm for a fabulous evening of Parisian Haute Couture!

This amazing, once-in-a-lifetime event will be held at The Grand Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco located at  950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94108.

There are so many reasons to be excited about this fashion show! Here are the details, get ready to get excited!


Replete Seasonal Skincare is pleased to announce the largest international fashion event in San Francisco on October 25, 2014, Replete Skincare Presents Haute Couture in San Francisco. Featuring two of the top 10 couture brands in the world, Frank Sorbier Haute Couture Paris and on aura tout vu who will be showing on American soil for the very first time, this annual fashion event is set to be a fall calendar highlight.

For his San Francisco presentation, Sobier will show 20 of pieces compiled from his latest collection, and select items from his ‘Museum Collection.’ A living legend, Sorbier has a museum dedicated to his work in Lyon, and is one of ten elite members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.

Presenting for the first time outside of Europe, Frank Sorbier is revered in the couture circles of Europe as his shows are always full of dramatic special effects and for San Francisco he is bringing 20 looks from his current collection along with special pieces from his Museum Collection.

Following Sorbier, the up and coming pop singer French will perform for the very first time on American shores. Then a presentation entitled ‘The Ballad of Heels’ will showcase the most interesting shoes of the season from the Los Angeles based, luxury footwear designer, Konstantina Tzovolou.

The second part of the show will be a presentation of ‘High Gloss Haute Couture’ by the world’s premiere Haute Couture accessory label, on aura tout vu, the official wild-child of Haute Couture, is a collaboration of two Bulgarians who are true Parisian fashionistas, Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov, who will present 24 looks in their trademark unique and surprising way.

Replete Skincare is donating 10% of all ticket sales for the 2014 Haute Couture Fashion event to Reason to Party, an all-volunteer San Francisco 501(3)c non-profit that raises funds in fun ways for extraordinary local nonprofits. The funds are earmarked for Samasource, a nonprofit that helps connect poor women and youth to training and employment in the digital economy. 


How fabulous does that sound! I hope to see you at the event!

Tickets are available online here.