The luxury French outerwear brand returns to its roots in a grand opening scheduled for September 26th, aptly timed in the midst of Paris Fashion Week. Founded in 1952 near Grenoble, France - situated by the scenic French Alps - by René Ramillon, the Moncler brand committed itself to providing impeccable quality paired with technological innovation. Aimed at offering mountaineers and other adventurers reliable and functional protection from the elements, the brand introduced its trademark quilted design - rife with patents and other exclusive rights - and shortly thereafter became an icon in its own right.
Here at Glam Damn It, we're always caught up on the latest trends. However, did you ever wonder when and where this global interest in high fashion, our monthly subscriptions to Vogue and Cosmo, and frivolous shopping sprees at Bloomingdale's and Bergdorf Goodman, among many other luxurious pleasures, all began? Over the years, fashion has become so accessible, and rarely do we stop and think about its progression. Of course, we like to think that New York City is the fashion capital of the world (don't worry, it is...now), but fashion as we know it started in the mid-1860s in a beautiful city called Paris. Ever heard of it?
Yesterday, we here at Joonbug premiered part one of our favorite Spring 2013 Fashion Trends fresh from the Paris rumways. Today, we resume our style love affair with round two.
A lot of goddess inspired looks a la flowy layers of princess worthy fabrics filled the Paris runways. Always a Springtime favorable style, designers took this fairytale inspired trend up a knotch with added bits of applique such as sequin, paillette and gemstone details.
Wedges are pretty much considered a seasonable stable. Next Spring, expect to see wedges take a turn from wood or cork and enter into uncharted territories with boxy heels made of lucite, rubber and various other, lighter alternatives.
Kim Kardashian wore a very fashion forward dress and had to confim Tuesday she was not wearing spanx. The dress had curiously placed sheer panels on the side, revealing what many assumed to be shapewear.
To dispell rumors, Kim took to her site to explain: "I wore this gorgeous polka dot Stella McCartney dress out yesterday and I've seen some publications saying I'm flashing my Spanx or control underwear underneath the dress...but that's exactly how I bought it with those nude panels inside. So no Spanx here! Stella made a full collection with these sheer panels on the side, and this is how my dress came!"
Picking up on Wednesday’s theme of awesome and inventive new street art is Mademoiselle Maurice. The French artist creates work that’s bursting with color and life all over the streets of Paris. Unlike a lot of other street artists, however, Mademoiselle Maurice doesn’t work with paint. She hasn’t touched a spray paint can, but her notoriety is spreading like some of the greats. Instead, Mademoiselle Maurice creates beautiful shapes and patterns for the public using just origami paper.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian stepped out at the the Wednesday premiere of Cruel Summer, West's art installation/art film in Paris. The couple were reported to be inseparable and stealing kisses every chance they had. The film is one of the first projects of the rappers' Donda creative firm and as we all know Kanye does not shy away from creative projects, he also has clothing designer on his resume.
Kim wore a Balmain dress with a very sexy short hem paired with booties and Kanye kept it simple in a blazer and jeans. The couple were also accompanied by the rappers best friend Jay-Z sans Beyonce.
Anytime we’re having a bad day or the weather is too cold or we’re daydreaming at work…the first place we long to go to is the beach. Frozen mango margarita in hand, waves crashing at our feet, white sand beneath our toes, a perfect breeze under sunny skies, and a figure-flattering bikini, hugging us in all the right places. Ugh, someone fly us somewhere tropical ASAP! In honor of the bikini's 65 year anniversary (not to mention the countdown to summertime!) here's a look at the short history of our favorite swim style.
In 2010, Paris Jackson made an announcement in a video chat to friends stating the MJ album released in the wake of the singer's death didn't contain MJ's actual voice ... it was an impersonator!
Back in 2007, a song called "Mamacita" made the rounds with people thinking it was a new MJ track. Turned out it was done by a guy named Jason Malachi, who is well-known for sounding just like the King of Pop. In 2011, Jason Malachi was quoted saying "It was me. It was me who sang Breaking News, Keep Your Head Up, Monster, and Stay. I had a agreement with the record company, but now the cat is out of the bag. Sorry to all my fans, and fellow Michael Jackson fans." Since then, rumors have swirled about it actually being Jason not MJ on the album 'Michael."
That's right, you heard it here first!
Master of footwear, Christian Louboutin, is gearing up to collaborate with famed Parisian cabaret Le Crazy Horse, to not only outfit the dancers in his signature red-soled shoes to mark the line’s 20th anniversary, but also serve as “Guest Creator”’ for a brand new show for the review!
And this seemingly unlikely duo actually makes quite a bit of sense.
Louboutin's creations have reached cult status in the 20 years of their existence, and are arguably one of the most recognized footwear brands to date. Further, he's mastered the art of the high heel's power of sexuality, in both the obvious and the subtle. One wears his shoes to seduce and be seduced. With some creations boasting 6+ inches in height, towering platforms, and a bevy of rather scandalous embellishments from spikes, to chains and straps, to fur, one could certainly consider Mr. Louboutin's designs fetish couture.
Le Baron, the much anticipated club from French nightlife mogul, Andre Saraiva, has jumped the final hurdle with the approval of a liquor license. Finally! After 22 months of speculation, Le Baron, located at 22 Mulberry will become a reality in 2012. This is the 3rd installment of the club which already has three ultra exclusive sister locations in Paris, London, and Tokyo. The project has been in the works since March 2010, and eager New Yorker's have been following all its rumors, trials and tribulations.
After a false alarm that the club would open in October 2010, updates on the status of the venue have been few and far between, leaving patrons wondering if it would ever open.
With Mr. Saraiva reportedly spending time relaxing in France with his lady friends, some presumed the project was dead in the water. Until today. Eater reported:
"The liquor license for Andre Saraiva’s nightclub has finally been approved by the State Liquor Authority, clearing the final hurdle for the club to open. No word on the exact opening date, but the hipsterati are already clamoring for it to open as soon as possible. It took almost 22 months from the time the project was announced for the place to clear all of the necessary hurdles, and from what we hear, expect the new three story Le Baron to offer the tightest door since the Beatrice in its heyday."
Now, the question is, when will it really open?