'Christian Louboutin: The World's Most Luxurious Shoes' Documentary Airs in UK

annel 4 aired 'Christian Louboutin: The World's Most Luxurious Shoes' documentary last evening, with a look into the shoe designer's world, following him for a year as he makes his travails to the East to expand his business empire. Along the way, 51-year-old Louboutin shares his thoughts on style, shoes and sex appeal. 

"You are going to see a documentary about someone who’s been loving what he’s doing, but he’s doing something totally useless," the self-deprecating designer explains, "If you have no problem with that, hello!"

A Guide to Museums Dedicated to Fashion Designers by M Schneier

Inside the Fondation Pierre Bergé/Yves Saint Laurent. CreditKasia Wandycz/Paris Match, via Getty Images



At the former house of Yves Saint Laurent, the foundation, named for the late couturier and his personal and professional partner, exhibitions cover an unusually wide range of subjects, from the rock ’n’ roll photography of Saint Laurent’s current designer, Hedi Slimane, to a historical look at Saint Laurent’s scandalous and historic spring 1971 haute couture collection. Though the foundation is responsible for the conservation of thousands of garments, accessories and sketches from the Saint Laurent archives, larger retrospectives tend to be put on outside the foundation at larger spaces, like the 2010 show at the Petit Palais.

From the Museo Ferragamo. CreditVittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
Florence, Italy

The museum is dedicated to the life and work of Salvatore Ferragamo, and the history of the company he founded. Housed in the Palazzo Spini Feroni, former site of the Florentine City Council, it has hosted exhibitions of Ferragamo’s archives and shows on famous Ferragamo clients including Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo. Its current exhibition focuses on the palazzo itself, which is also the company’s headquarters.

During the opening of the Gucci Museo. CreditVenturelli/Getty Images for Gucci
Florence, Italy

The museum, which occupies three floors of the Palazzo della Mercanzia in Florence’s tourist favorite Piazza della Signoria, looks back at the history of the brand while also making room for art exhibitions borrowed from the collection of Gucci’s owner, François Pinault of Kering. They often have some tangential connection to Gucci, as does the current show, “The Language of Flowers,” featuring work by Marlene Dumas and Irving Penn, which plays off Gucci’s famous “Flora” motif.

Valentino's virtual museum.
Online only

After an initial (and partial) showing at the Somerset House in London in 2011, the Valentino Garavani Museum went fully virtual, an online (and desktop-downloadable) clearinghouse of hundreds of pieces (and thousands of images) by Mr. Garavani, the founder and namesake of Valentino. (The label continues after his retirement in the hands of Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri.)

Inside the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa. CreditJuan Herrero/European Pressphoto Agency, via Newscom
Getaria, Spain

This museum is in Cristóbal Balenciaga’s hometown. It has a permanent collection of about 1,600 Balenciaga pieces and temporary exhibitions on aspects of the couturier’s world, including one, running until 2016, on the furnishings and experience of the haute couture salon.

Inside the Musée Christian Dior. CreditCharly Triballeau/AFP, via GettyImages
Granville, France

At Dior’s childhood home, Villa Les Rhumbs, in Normandy, the museum keeps a collection of Dior’s oeuvre and stages exhibitions on specific aspects of his work. In the past, they have touched on Dior’s relationship to flora and fauna, to the stars, to art and artists. The current show, on view until November, focuses on his iconic New Look collection of 1947.


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Fabric retailer Clegs closes as Woolies takes over by S Johanson

Clegs in Elizabeth Street is closing down with Woolworths to take over the site. Photo: Supplied

Veteran Melbourne fabric store Clegs will close its doors after 90 years of city trading and its Elizabeth Street shop will be taken over by Woolworth's as the retail giant pursues its relentless "convenience store" battle with arch-rival Coles.

The high-quality fabric retailer, founded by Cleg Jones in 1925, will shut up shop in the CBD with a closing down sale after several years of poor business, owner Ken Maxwell said.

Another Clegs outlet at 396 Lygon Street will stay open.

"The city's changed so much. We're not getting the volume of people buying from us, rents are going up, wages are going up," he said.

Mr Maxwell, 77, began his working life at Clegs aged 14 before buying the business and running it for more than 45 years.

Clegs traded from several city locations during it's long-running tenure, first opening in Swanston Street before settling at Elizabeth between Collins and Flinders Lane.

A liquor licensing sign on the store's window lists Woolworths as the licensee. Another banner lists CBRE's Zelman Ainsworth as leasing agent although he would not comment.

Woolworths has been quietly expanding its city footprint, opening small-format stores modelled on an outlet in Crown Street, Woolloomooloo, in Sydney, the original template for the "Woolworths Small Format" branded corner-store push.

So far it has opened stores at 260 Flinders, 157 Swanston and 600 Bourke streets.

The scaled-down outlets from Coles, Woolies and other smaller retailers like EzyMart have been prompted by a wave of new apartment and office-block conversions, which have brought more people to live in the central city.

EzyMart opened five Melbourne CBD stores last year.

Woolies' Elizabeth Street shop will compete with a similar-sized Coles store less than half a block away on the same street.

Coles has opened at 211 Latrobe Street and has a larger-format store in Spencer Street.

Clegs is not the only old-style fabric business to recently leave the city.

Haberdashery retailer Lincraft​ was forced out of its Australia on Collins shop by a luxury revamp of the centre but will return to the city after a 10-month hiatus, having signed a 10-year sublease in the basement of the Pavilion Retail Centre at 360 Bourke Street.

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Jones And Galliano: Meeting Of The Minds, by A Russel

John Galliano closing the Dior spring/summer 2008 show

Picture credit: PA Photos

MILLINER Stephen Jones has worked with the fashion industry's most talented creatives but it's his relationship

"Working with John Galliano was extraordinary because he pushed me to create my best work. He's a brilliant stylist and knows all about hats," Jones told us at the launch of his collection for Debenhams. "I remember asking him why he loved them so much and he replied, 'That's a funny question coming from you. It's above the neck on the body that things become really interesting so why would a fashion designer want to stop at the neck?'. He said, 'If you end things at the neck you're curtailing your expression'. That's exactly why he believes in hair, makeup and an overall look and why he created such extraordinary images that people still love today even though they might be 10 or 15 years old."



That said, Jones asserted that it's the milliner's role to find a way to interpret the designer's work.

"The fashion designer is god," he told us. "Sometimes you don't agree with their vision, but you just have to move forward because aesthetically you're being taken to a place that you don't know about yet. Then when you see it come down the runway it all makes sense, but it's a language you didn't know beforehand."

Although Jones has decorated the heads of an array of stylish women including Beyoncé and Diana, Princess of Wales, there are two notable names who he'd love to fit for a hat.

"There are two women who are famously not hat wearers," he smiled. "One is Samantha Cameron and the other is Michelle Obama. I actually did make a hat for Samantha Cameron. It was a small beret worn on the back of the head and was one of the first hats that she wore in public, but she's generally not a hat wearer. Apart from a baseball cap on the White House lawn, Michelle Obama has not worn a hat publicly and I think she'd look great in one. She's got the height, stature and presence to pull most things off."

Don't miss your chance to see John Galliano in conversation with Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman at the Vogue Festival this month. Buy your tickets here.

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