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Chatelles | News

Chatelles began as a love story,” François du Chastel, the brand’s founder and owner, explained. “I fell in love with a girl and offered her a pair of slippers I designed with a verse by Victor Hugo embossed in the inner sole of each flat: “Je ne puis demeurer… loin de toi plus longtemps. [I cannot remain… far away from you any longer]”. It worked. She fell in love with the shoes, broke up with me, and left with the slippers. From here, I launched my own line of slippers. I believe girls can shine and look easy, comfy and effortless – all that is very Parisian – in slippers which are a seductive alternative to heels and ballerinas for any occasion.

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Designed by Central Saint Martins graduate Tiphaine de Bodman – a former shoe creative for Alexander McQueen, Kenzo, Hermès and Paul Smith – the shoes are handmade in Portugal, using the finest Italian leather.

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Kate Moss | McQueen | Klein

Kate Moss is the new face of Alexander McQueen. The images and campaign film were shot in East London by long-time McQueen collaborator Steven Klein. Moss was a good friend of the brand’s late eponymous founder and appeared as a ghostly hologram at the end of the designer’s a/w 2006 show.

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Fashion Designers | Vivienne Westwood

(In honour of ellesaintdeveil – an excellent, well written blog – and her punk post Ripped-Up)

Vivienne Westwood outfitted the very first English punks and then gave birth to successive waves of music fuelled, street-influenced trends. In “Portrait of a Former Punk,” Marion Hume writes in Vogue (1994) that she “is probably England’s greatest fashion designer of this century.” 

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She’s the Coco Chanel of our day,Alexander McQueen told Vogue in 2006. “Vivienne Westwood is an unbelievable influence,Anna Wintour, Vogue’s Editor in Chief, told The New York Times in 1987. “Designer for the nineties” is how Vogue contributor Joan Juliet Buck describes her in an article on British style.


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Fashion Photographers | David Sims

British photographer, a regular contributor to Vogue, creating images for famous fashion labels such as Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, Vuitton. But it was a 1995 campaign for the Japanese avant-garde designer Yohji Yamamoto that was the real turning point pushing Sims to the crest of a wave of punkish nineties realism.

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His first major assignment for Vogue – a 2004 accessories portfolio of platform and column heels, titled “The Anti-Stiletto” – set a new standard, showing the model of the moment, Daria Werbovy, in motion as she leaped across the page and kicked up her heels in flowing party frocks.

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Fashion Designers | Alexander McQueen

His runway collections developed his reputation for controversy and shock tactics, earning the title l’enfant terrible and the hooligan of English fashion, with collections titled Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims (his master’s-degree collection), Highland Rape, or Widows of Culloden. 

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