The Le Corbusier Influence: Chanel Couture

The masterful vision of Le Corbusier takes many forms: sculpture, furniture, architecture, writing, and now, high fashion. Designer Karl Lagerfeld, a true master in his own right, borrowed heavily from the Architect of Modernity with his latest Chanel Couture collection in Paris. Fashion critic Suzy Menkes wrote: ‘It’s Baroque meets Le Corbusier,’ said Karl, explaining that his inspiration was images…

Black in Design

The color black will never go out of ‘style’, despite what others might say. An elemental base color suitable for both work and play, it supersedes ‘trend’ to hold its unwavering position as a classic. In interior design, when done right, black is moody, crisp, with a hint of the gothic. In fashion, black is both…

Festive Black Tie

What is festive black tie? At first, it sounds fairly straight forward. Dressy, heels, etc. But looking for more of a description? Try sequins, feathers, and sparkle. For a girl like me, who could live everyday in black pants and a blazer, those terms seem both a bit puzzling and out of character. But, with…

Vintage Chanel

The Chanel name may be ubiquitous with high fashion today, but delve a little deeper into its origins to reveal the brand’s true impact. Coco Chanel pioneered a look wholly original and groundbreaking. By introducing more casual silhouettes and fabrics into her collections, she liberated women from otherwise constraining fashions.  She was among the first…