Via del Parione, Florence, 1921. Having worked as a porter at the Savoy Hotel, London, where he handled luxurious luggage items from across the globe, the young and inspired Guccio Gucci opened his own leather goods store. By 1938 the success and popularity of Gucci’s Florentine base allowed for the opening of two further boutiques in Via Condotti, Rome.
With such a unique approach to defining fashion, Cristóbal Balenciaga has inspired generations of designers and truly “shaped fashion”.
Unlike most other ateliers of his time, Balenciaga’s hats were never outsourced. The exceptional designer was a man of many talents, and one who preferred a personal touch.
Cudoni recently visited the V&A to explore the “Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion” exhibition. Open until February 2018, the exhibition marks 100 years since the opening of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian, and 80 years since the opening of his Parisian fashion house.
London’s very own Victoria Beckham has been impressing New York with her latest collection. New York Fashion Week may have drawn to a close, but fashionistas worldwide are still obsessing over the biggest trends showcased in the city this week.
One of the biggest fashion events of the year is upon us. New York Fashion Week.
In 1868 the 27 year old American watchmaker, Florentine Ariosto Jones, founded the International Watch Company (IWC) in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Since then, IWC have and continue to create internationally recognised masterpieces of haute horlogerie – from pocket watches to wrist watches – combining renowned Swiss craftsmanship with modern engineering technology and hydropower from the River Rhine.
In 1983, the husband of the English actress and singer, Jane Birkin, deliberately ran over her woven bag with his car. Tumultuous relationship aside, this began an encounter that would lead to a handbag revolution.
10.30am, February 12th, 1947. On this date Christian Dior presented his first collection at 30 Avenue Montaigne, Paris. The first of many to revolutionise fashion.
Pantone 18-1663 TPX. The rich rouge colour of Christian Louboutin’s sole is iconic. For three consecutive years the designer label won the “Most Prestigious Women’s Shoes” award, in 2007, 2008, and 2009.