By Asma and Reem

Interview: Moynat Paris

-Why did Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, decide to revive the label?

Mr Arnault has always been fascinated by the French heritage and culture. He has always tried to nurture arts and craft in France.

When he saw what Moynat represented, he was automatically drawn towards it.

-What is Moynat’s design philosophy(beliefs/values towards design)? 

 Moynat’s design philosophy is all about simplicity, minimalism, and craftsmanship.

 -What makes Moynat different from other trunks and leather goods makers?

Moynat has always been different from the other trunk and leather goods makers because it was founded by a woman called Pauline Moynat. She was the only female trunk-maker. 

Moynat has also been different from its approach in design. Moynat curves lines in its trunks - to fit the lines of an automobile or to be perfectly ergonomic. 

 -Why has the brand recently decided to expand beyond France?

Moynat for a long time had just one store in the heart of Paris and its representatives would go around the world carrying samples and taking orders. With time, we decided to expand and present the Moynat collection in the form of trunk shows in certain capitals of the world.

 In Spring 2014, we opened our second boutique, our first boutique outside Paris. It is located in Mayfair, London, opposite the Connaught hotel.  This Fall, our trunk show travels to Seoul and Tokyo. 

  -Who is the Moynat customer?

 The Moynat customer is someone with refined taste and is independent with his /her choice and preferences. He/ she loves unique heritage brands, and appreciates craftsmanship.

   

-What can we expect in the near future?

We have a few surprises coming up. Expect new and interesting collaborations... 

NYFW S/S 2015 Round-Up

Fashion week's kicked off at The Big Apple, with an intense statement from designer's collections. The mood was all chic sportswear- which was the main trend we saw on most catwalks, from clothes to accessories. We have to admit, the designers did get a little crafty with their techniques. Even Anna Wintour cracked a smile at some of these shows. Which certainly makes us look forward to the S/S 2015 season! Here are the highlights:

-Monique Lhuiller mixed and matched lamé with tulle; in a colour palette of pastels.

-Cushnie et Ochs introduced swimwear in their collection(which was a smart move if you ask us!), while also sticking to their signature cut-out dresses.

-Jason Wu channeled silk tweed, delicate prints, and deluxe ornamentation. Before the show, Wu said: "It's about the idea of comfort."

-Although it wasn't to everyone's taste, Prabal Gurung made the excellent choice of adding a "little bit too much" to his cocktail dresses; in other words, perfecting it. The same as his last collection, Gurung again found inspiration in his native country Nepal, and Mount Everest.

-Black and white gingham found itself emerging on the Diane von Furstenberg runway, with the likes of Lily McDonaldson, and Naomi Campbell rocking statement S/S 2015 pieces.

-Donatella Versace collaborated with designer Anthony Vaccarello on the latest Versus Versace collection. The brand's signature motifs was paired with Vaccarello's smart silhouettes, evoking a punk-rock style while still maintaining elegance. "Working with Donatella was very organic," said Vaccarello.

-Jonah Hill and Spyke Jonze collaborated with Opening Ceremony duo Humberto Leon and Carol Lim to produce a one-act play, which was acted out backwards by the likes of Elle Fanning, Dree Hemingway and Catherine Keener. Now there's a first for everything, right? The designers channeled graphic sweaters and printed pieces. It had a casual air, leaving more space for spontaneity.  

-"New York Nation" kicked off as DKNY's newest collection, featuring sneakers(Donna Karen's in on the new craze!), bonded mesh, hoodies, crop tops, and bold prints. Of the inspiration Donna Karen said: "The whole thing is about the electricity of the city and of the street."

-If there was ever an award for "Most Voluminous" the winner would be Rosie Assoulin without a doubt. Not only were the colours a sight for sore eyes, but the styles were also on-point.

-Zac Posen's S/S 2015 collection oozed elegance and sensuality. With a limited colour palette of red, white and black, Posen utilised them to produce dresses that were laser-cut, double-faced or corseted. Suits also made an appearance on the runway, which was a new move for the designer.

-Us being avid fans of 3.1 Phillip Lim, were slightly disappointed when we saw the first look(printed beige swirl top), and it just went downhill from there. The colour palette was banal, and for a designer like Lim, he could have done better. On a higher note, the shoes were gorgeous.

-Earthy hues was this season's offering from The Row. The Olsen twins- who have established a minimalistic-luxe aesthetic, have yet again wowed the crowds with linens, silks, and those lovely cross-body bags.

-Sneakers were the main focus of Alexander Wang's collection for the next summer season. The trend was incorporated into bags, and heels(that were the epitome of chic). Looks like sports luxe isn't going anywhere. 

-Roses are red, violets are blue, Carolina Herrera designs the best gowns, and it's nothing new. Who could doubt an icon that has continued creating beautiful collections, one after the other for all these years? This one's no exception- show-goers were stunned by the fabrics and Herrera's exaggerated silhouettes. "It's an uncomplicated collection," she said, "very simple lines with important details. Very much for now."

-Thom Browne never fails to show a collection that would blow our minds. Known for his eccentricity, the designer intensified suits(pants and skirts alike), and added otherworldly accessories for maximum effect.

-Rodarte has a reputation of surprising audiences and fans with their seasonly submissions. And let us tell you, the modern mermaid was epic. That's the word that can only describe what Laura and Kate Mulleavy unveiled as their S/S 2015 collection. The underwater world of a set saw fabrics that resembled sea plants, ragged chiffon, and glitzy sequins. Army jackets were also featured, with other gowns like the nude ostrich-feathered gown. What we love about Rodarte is that it's not only about the clothes, but it's also about the themes. Screens did not stop us from being transformed to the world they were reenacting. "We wanted to recreate the textures of those underwater tide pools," said Kate, "to explore this idea of underwater worlds, with all the movement and fluidity." And recreate they did. 

Images via www.vogue.com

Pick of the Week: Chanel Sneakers

You know what's in right now? Sneakers. Enough said. But Chanel sneakers? It's like we have died and gone to heaven all thanks to Papa Karl! Definitely a must have in every woman's closet. 

These sneakers were spotted today in Paris, and they are definitely our choice of sneakers for this week. After all, what's a better way to scream Chanel than to use tweed?


Giorgia R: Made in Italy Exoticism

By Asma

This summer vacation, I spent 10 days in Rome, and let me tell you this, not a single day had passed in which I felt bored and uninterested to do anything. Rome has that vibe that keeps you on the go no matter what, and I thank Rome for that. Its vibes allowed me to explore every "via, strada, and piazza" as the Italians call it. 

So as I was casually walking along Via Bocca di Leone, this caught my eyes:

I am a big fan of exotic leather be it python, ostrich, or crocodile. So when I came across this boutique standing on Via Bocca di Leone, I had to check it out.

Inside, I was greeted by the sweetest Giorgia Angeli who happens to be the executive director of Giorgia R. I learned from Giorgia that she and her sister Claudia Angeli, Giorgia R's art director, both manage and run the family business. What's nice is that both sisters get to meet their customers face to face. 

When I asked Giorgia to tell me more about "Giorgia R" which was unknown to me back then, she said that her father had been in the leather goods business for over 60 years. According to Giorgia, he had created leather goods for international brands such as Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Chloe, Karl Lagerfeld, and Leonard. 

Now, the sisters have decided to continue the family business and to sell exotic leather items such as bags which can be customized to cater to their customer's needs. 

I took a few pictures when I was in their boutique in Rome

The Italian craftsmanship is apparent in every single design. Not only that, but the leather used is of top quality. For instance, when I was checking out the croco bags, I noticed that some had the   porosus crocodile leather (this is the one Hermes uses), while some had the niloticus (my favourite!). The colours used are also very eye catching (think bright orange and turquoise). Giorgia R doesn't stick to a single design. Giorgia told me that every few days, a new bag, with a new design, colour, and leather comes out. 

Other items Giorgia R produces include shoes, leather jackets, and wallets. 

Before leaving the boutique, Giorgia told me something very interesting. She said that the bags are named after their customers. She told me that if a customer purchases a bag and that bag does not have a name, the customer can ask Giorgia to name that bag after her. I found this to be very appealing and interesting! 

To check out more of Giorgio R's items, you can go to http://www.giorgiar.it

Tyler Alexandra: Chic Functionality

Emerging bag designer Tyler Ellis is already topping the F/W 2014 trends with her bag label, Tyler Alexandra. Ellis, who also happens to be the daughter of the late sportswear designer Perry Ellis, seems to be taking American fashion at a perfect pace. Like her late father, Ellis has a keen eye for detail and style. She initially planned on the bags with winged flaps to be the signature bag, but we have to disagree with that. We have to say, Tyler Alexandra's best-selling "Jamie" bag has earned a place beside the likes of Chanel's 2.55 and Gucci's bamboo handbags. And before you say "never", just think about it. What does Chanel and Gucci have that Tyler Alexandra doesn't? Time and history aside, Alexandra's bags are perfectly practical, spacious, and minimalistic.

Did we mention impeccable craftsmanship? The bags happen to be made in Italy and France, by the best of the best. In an interview with Dubai in a Frame, Ellis stated: "I travel all the time, and I'm about convenience and luxury so I wanted to do the two together." One element of her bags from the S/S 2012 and F/W 2011 collections is the pinecone, which is pretty individualistic if you ask us, not to mention a statement maker. Speaking of statement makers, the designer's latest collection includes lavish materials such as crocodile, python skin, pony hair. The colour-palette includes Air Force blue, pitch black, pale grey, pastel pink, and our favourite tanned brown. Ellis counts Queen Latifah, Adriana Lima, and Miroslava Duma as part of her avid following.

The bags emphasise a timelessness that more or less defies trends.

The logo, which was written by Perry himself, is a tribute that Ellis pays to her late father. True to word, Tyler Alexandra's bags will add modern and luxurious elements to any outfit, whether it was for the day or night.

Tyler Ellis

Tyler Ellis