Moncler Genius opens Milan Fashion Week

MonclerGenius opens Milan Fashion Week

Yesterday Milan Fashion Week opened with a mastrodont of a fashion presentation held by Moncler. Introducing the ‘Moncler Genius’ project for fall/winter 2018, in which eight (8!) designers, or fashion houses, collaborated with the brand. Our personal favorite are the designs by Pierpaolo Piccioli, the creative director at Valentino. He transformed the, now so very trendy, ‘puffa coat’ into a couture-like-cape silhouette, using beautiful color combinations. (see those below)

Graig Green and the Grenoble line

Also a personal favorite are the designs by Graig Green. Mr Green created Super Men, Transformers, Space Travelers, Polar Voyagers or whatever you want to name them: he took the concept of protective-wear to the max! Continue reading

Fashion Fairy Tale F/W 2014: Officially Licensed

Fashion Fairy Tale f/w 2014; Snow White at Red Valentino in Milan.

Walt Disney’s Snow White as a fashion theme at Red Valentino. Or should we call this small collection just Disney merchandise? Yes we will, because that’s what it is. While we’re at it let’s buy that funny I-phone decal by Disney as well! We’ll put our phone in the Moschino/McDonalds/Chanel purse, (designed by Jeremy Scott for his first collection for  Moschino.) It all will match wonderfully with the SpongeBob Squarepants coat (most likely officially licensed as well), also from Moschino.  We would if we were 20 years younger, maybe.
(image via decalator, fashion images via

Fashion Fairy Tale F/W 2014: Little Red Riding Hood

Jackson and Valentino reading a Newspaper

Jackson and Valentino reading a Newspaper, What more do they have in common? Themselves! These photograph’s are SO out of this world. Imagine sitting at the Luncheon table with your own picture larger than life in front of you. What does that to the person’s mind? How does one cope with being a brand. Looking at your own name and just being able not to recognize it as yours,  but as a brand, it probably is like signing your lease renewal with the name Pop Tart (for example just naming something)
Jackson and Valentino reading a Newspaper
Valentino, Venice 1980. (via oenespanol)

Jackson and Valentino reading a Newspaper
Michael Jackson reading about Prince on Newspaper 1984 (via bullit1987)

see michael jackson with his mini him here on mimi berlin’s blog

Rüpert von Rom Valentino: Master of Couture

Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, and Carla Bruni are just a few names of fabulous stars known to wear extraordinary Valentino haute couture. Their impeccable dresses are now on display.

 The 80 year old dinosaur of Italian haute couture opened his ‘catwalk’ last week in Somerset House in London. A 60 meter long runway demonstrates gowns and dresses throughout six decades, in a non-chronological order on 137 mannequins with skin tones matching the decades. Accompanied with a name tag of their wearer, the incredible dresses come to life in the romantic settings of Somerset House in London.

Followed by a room dedicated to the virtual Valentino Museum, opening up the ginormous archive, is a space with videoclips on a loop of artisans working on techniques exclusive to the Italian fashion house.

  The ‘catwalk’ exhibition showcases the skills of the fashion designer who resigned as creative director in september 2007. Taking over the reign at Valentino, the work of Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri is not present in the London exhibition. Their work, highly appreciated as it is, is no part of it.

Valentino: Master of Couture’ (through March 3, 2013) celebrates the fashion legacy and exquisite haute couture of the glorious Roman fashion house, putting Valentino Garavani up there with the couture Gods.

A must see? Ja, genau.

Yours truly,
Rüpert von Rom

All photo’s above by Peter Macdiarmid. (Courtesy of Sommerset House)

Valentino Garavani and Natalia Vodianova at Musee Nissim de Camodo in Paris 2011. Photo by Kevin Tachman©

Valentino with models 2007 Photo by Lorenzo Agius©