Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes is the best-known fashion journalist in the world. After 25 years commenting on fashion for the International Herald Tribune (rebranded recently as The International New York Times), Suzy Menkes now writes exclusively for Vogue online, covering fashion worldwide.
Suzy Menkes: Pre-Fall Round-Up
Suzy Menkes reports from the pre-fall presentations in Paris
27 Января 2015
With her usual kooky wit, Inès de la Fressange showed off a range of Roger Vivier personal handbags, related to her travelling life. The ‘Miss V’ designs included ‘Mademoiselle de la Frange’, which even non-French speakers will understand to have a fringe effect, which matches Inès’s Seventies-style suede jacket.
“I hate the idea of a theme,” she said, as she showed me pretty patterns inspired by Japan’s cherry blossoms and by India’s Pondicherry district. Where can you find these bags? As private orders from Roger Vivier.
“Technology took over the world – they were the glamorous ones, but it is not all about technology,” said Alber Elbaz, as he put on a private view of his Lanvin pre-fall collection.
Dressing his studio as a cosy granny flat, and his models in chic Bohemian style, Alber made the most of fine fabrics, using rich brocades in a simple way – and with no hard-edged techno in sight.
In Bed With Miu Miu
Surely the wallpaper that covered the set of Miu Miu pre-fall was meant to suggest a bedroom? I would say a maid’s bedroom in a grand old house. The clothes were equally down to earth: cozy coats on mannequins sprawled on mattresses; patterned, knitted cardigans and cheeky caps.
I can never get my head around pre-fall landing in the shops in May, but that is the way the fashion world is going.