Posts by TheStyleFibula

Commodification of Counterculture in Fashion Advertising

The year was 1976, when the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen went to number one and despite that fact, the band was refused air time by the BBC. Meanwhile, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, who were dressing the band, reopened their famous shop Let it Rock at 430 King Road offering transformed straps and zips…

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“Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams.”

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In 1898, when the Ritz Hotel in Paris first opened its doors to a “glittering reception”, caviar with champagne came very soon to be one of the signatures of the bar menu. Indeed, caviar is associated with something luxury, exquisite and extravagant at the same time. What is caviar? The term caviar (sometimes called Russian…

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Experience Economy Creates A New Fashion Leader – The Consumer

Experience economy gives rise to a new consumer, who does not only acquire a product but, as a part of shopping experience, adds a personal touch to the latter, taking a leading role in the trend-setting process and removing the borders between luxury and fast fashion. Such scenario creates a contradictory relationship between consumption and…

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From “Minister of Fashion” to Stylist

Fashion today has turned into a vivid carnival of colours, cuts and styles, where individuals are supposed to find their own personal voice. For some of us identifying personal “style” is an amusement but for others it is quite a challenge. According to Oxford English Dictionary the word style inter alia means a distinctive appearance,…

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Hidden and Visible

What do a child’s brain and fashion have in common? In my view, both are looking for newness by letting creativity and curiosity swinging around in a valse. According to Paul Klee children have artistic ability, and the more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us. Children see the hidden…

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Thoughts & Cuts

Do we really know what we want, especially today when all the rules and dress codes seem to be more or less mixed up or abandoned? Fashion today requires certain knowledge to navigate within its borders, doesn’t it?

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Vintage Time of Luxury

Vintage luxury watches are becoming a knowledge-based upward trend. Rolex, Patek Philippe, Richard Mille and Audemars Piguet are the luxury watch brands selling for record-setting prices at auctions. Expertise and condition followed by provenance are of high importance for potential buyers. The production quantity is the decisive factor for the purchase price. Philippe Dufour are…

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Style by Modigliani

July 12 is the birth date of Italian Jewish artist and sculptor Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (Livorno, 12 July 1884 – Paris, 24 January 1920), whose life was unforgivably short but enriched with magic of art and dignity of style. His modern portraits and nudes with elongated faces and figures did not get a fair reception during…

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Iconoclasm of The Oldest Paris Fashion House

The sun has sunk below a cloud, after I saw the headline in Business of Fashion, “Olivier Lapidus Joins Lanvin Amid Plans to Make Brand ‘A French Michael Kors’”. WHAT? My mind immediately flashed back to the interview with the former fashion director of British Vogue for 25 years Lucinda Chambers, which was courageously published…

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The Dictator of Paris Fashion Meets “Parachuting” Stalinism

We know Elsa Schiaparelli by her surrealistic absurdity, which after a few collaboration with Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali and Alberto Giacometti resulted in “chocking pink”, “le chapeau-chaussure”, the gloves with nails and many other easily recognisable creations. A few of those were created at Elsa’s atelier in Paris called “Schiap Shop”. What we might not know…

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Sustainability of Living Heritage

In the heart of Valetta, the city which once was found by the Knights of the St John’s Order of Jerusalem, there is a beautiful 16th Century palace called Casa Rocca Piccola owned by a Maltese Noble family. The head of the family is the 9th Marquis de Piro, who lives in the palace with…

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