THE SUPERMODEL WE’RE OBSESSING OVER

BECAUSE WELL, IT WAS INEVITABLE

KAIA GERBER – HIGHLIGHT OF SPRING SUMMER 2018

For those who love to play in the fashion sandbox (and Social Gals and Gents do!),  we’re acutely aware of the many shiny sparkly “toys” in this magical box, from the stars of the style world (the amazing clothes themselves) to the gifted designers who create them, to the mindblowingly creative glam shows, genius fashion photographers, lush fashion mags and yes, those extraordinary creatures who glide down the runways and grace the magazine covers and pages as if they were born with the singular purpose of showcasing the sartorial mastery.

Inevitably these creatures, aka models, become stars themselves, or rather, superstars, ahem SUPERMODELS, a spot-on label for their brand of fabulous coined in the eighties when a certain gaggle of genetically spectacular gals (with sass to match) captured the imagination of  a generation. Who could forget Linda’s now legendary proclamation that getting out of bed for less than an outrageous multi-zeroed sum was simply out of the question. I did say sass!

One of the most famous members of that supermodel squad was the hottest ever girl next door (with a mole that would have its own Instagram account in 2017): CINDY CRAWFORD.

The name became synonymous with supermodel, and no one could get enough of Cindy. We still can’t. The gift that keeps on giving.

And so, it comes as no surprise that her mini-me, precious  teen daughter KAIA GERBER (product of her long and happy marriage to restaurateur Randy Gerber) is now emerging as a catwalk phenomenon in her one right, dazzling live and via every possible platform at many of the SS18 Paris, Milan, New York and London Shows for the giant likes of Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs,Versace, Moschino, Fendi, Chanel, Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent Paris, and more.

While one couldn’t help but marvel at the similarities between mother and daughter, the trademark tawny beauty, the confidence, the fashitude, the obvious inheritance of the superM superCindy gene, it was clear that Kaia possessed a radiance and style all her own.

Looks like the exclusive club is welcoming another prestigious member, making the club a family affair. 😉

 

 

Special thanks to Diarysto Jessy Colucci for his research for this piece. 

 

3 PARIS FASHION WEEK BAGS WE WANT

FOR THE ENTRANCES THAT MATTER

The deal is as follows: Not all bags are created equal. Some are just more fabulous than others, and help take the all-important entrance, and / OR red carpet stroll, to the next level.

Take for example, the following three insanely hot statement-makers from Paris Fashion Week.

I mean really, these three accessory-babies, masterminded by some of the globe’s most major fashion design talent, just werrkkk.

Slung over a plain not-so-much, they take it from drab to fab in milliseconds.

So Social Gals, do drool over the bagfab below, but then get bizzzzy doing whatever is necessary to make sure that at least one, two if possible, or heck, all three make cameos into your spring wardrobes. You deserve it, ahem them!

 

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LOUIS VUITTON NOIR SCENESTEALER.

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CELINE SHOWSTOPPER.

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CHANEL BLINGMASTER.

 

PROFILE: HERVÉ L. LEROUX

Bucket list check I did upon putting the following four at four p.m. to iconic fashion designer HERVÉ L. LEROUX when he popped into our fair city this summer for a sold out appearance at the prestigious Festival Mode & Design. Enjoy the Diary Vol. 6 exclusive:

As one of the globe’s most respected and gifted designers, you’ve dressed legions of stars and acclaimed figures like Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Selma Hayek, Dita Von Teese and Monica Bellucci. Who stands out to you and why? Any other dream clients or muses?

Monica Bellucci stands out because the first bandage dress I ever made was photographed on her. In fact, she wore my clothes in the first ever shoot for an American ad. Dita also stands out because when she comes in, we have the best time. It’s really more of a collaboration. That said, I’ve had the chance to dress many celebrities and women throughout my career as Hervé Léger and Hervé L. Leroux, so I cannot complain. It’s much easier for me to say who I didn’t dress! But when it comes down to it, I don’t have or want a muse. I don’t want to be obsessed with one woman I dress because I find it very unfair for all the other women I have dressed, and for the women who want to wear my clothes. It’s too straight and limited.

Here’s the scene: It’s almost 5 p.m. on a Thursday after work and a stylish girl boss is en route to a swish 5 à 7. What’s her best go-to ensemble for an unforgettable entrance?

To make a memorable impression at a 5 à 7, a woman needs to have the best skirt; a tight black skirt that goes to just the end of the knee. She also needs a fabulous pair of shoes, the right shoes. In fact, it’s better to save money on the whole outfit and splurge on the perfect pair of shoes and bag.

Throughout your career, you’ve used myriad media to express your creativity and design prowess and are well acquainted with the power and pop of accessories. What are your best recommendations on that front for party attire?

That’s very difficult for me. I know accessories very well, having worked at Chanel and Lagerfeld. But, as noted earlier, it would have to be the shoes; for the shoes and bag are the most important components of any look or outfit. Also, it’s very important to simplify and remove things that are unnecessary. Fashion today is very overdone. It’s always important to take off, rather than to add on, with respect to all items of clothing, including accessories.

So then Mies van der Roh was right, I presume? Less is indeed more! 😉 Hervé, for each edition of the magazine, we embrace a unifying theme. This edition boasts a technology theme. How has the rapid-fire world of innovation and science affected your métier?

 The bandage dress is still my creation. The effect of the bandage dress on the body is still my story. I’ve been doing the same thing for years, but it is always different. It’s an obsession. Very recently Vera Wang came into my shop. She bought three of my dresses. When she tried them on she said, “there’s something happening here that I have never experienced before.” I’m not a typical designer — I’m not a rack designer. The technology manifests in the way I create.

For more magic and inspiration from the legendary frock master, go to hervelleroux.com. 

Photography ALI MAHDAVI

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FESTIVAL MODE & DESIGN (FMD) LAUNCH 17

A PERFECT FLASHBACK ON FASH FRIDAY

Every August a fashionable celebration of Montreal’s gifted visionaries on the style front takes the city by storm, wowing throughout with fashion shows, previews, pop-ups, conferences and more. This year’s better-than-ever special anniversary edition continued the magic-making, kicking off in signature style with a see-and be-scene by-invitation only cocktail. Of course, we have the Diary Exclusive! Enjoy:

 

FASH INFLUENCERS X 3: NATHALIE DESHAIES. FMD secretary ISABELLE DURIVAGE, ROSELINE GUEVREMONT.

FASH INFLUENCERS X 3: NATHALIE DESHAIES. FMD secretary ISABELLE DURIVAGE, ROSELINE GUEVREMONT.

KOOLKIDS: GABRIEL DROLET MAGUIRE  in SORRY MOM BY GABRIEL,  and  MARIE SAINT PIERRE, MOTKA MOTKA in THRIFT.

KOOKIDS: GABRIEL DROLET MAGUIRE in SORRY MOM BY GABRIEL, and MARIE SAINT PIERRE, MOTKA MOTKA in THRIFT.

AS FAB AS EVER: Fashion designer YVES JEAN LACASSE,

AS FAB AS EVER: Fashion designer YVES JEAN LACASSE.

WOWING IN WHITE: ISABELLE ETHIER.

WOWING IN WHITE: ISABELLE ETHIER.

STYLISH SNUGGLERS; CHRIS FUSARO, SAVANNAH SCOTT.

STYLISH SNUGGLERS; CHRIS FUSARO, SAVANNAH SCOTT.

COCKTAIL TIME: KATHEINE BOIVIN.

COCKTAIL TIME: KATHERINE BOIVIN.

STYLESETTER: ?

STYLESETTER: YOU KNOW WHO HE IS.

ARDENE GALS: LIZ COUTURE, JIHAD SKIMAOUI.

ARDENE GALS: LIZ COUTURE, JIHAD SKIMAOUI.

EVER DAZZLING: DENIS GSGNON.

EVER DAZZLING: DENIS GAGNON.

BROMANCING IN STYLIE: Designer JEAN-CLAUDE POITRAS,  influencer ALESSANDRO BERGA.

BROMANCING IN STYLIE: Legendary designer JEAN-CLAUDE POITRAS, influencer ALESSANDRO BERGA.

SITTING SEXY: Influencer ALESSANDRO BERGA in CANALI, TOD'S.

SITTING SEXY: Influencer ALESSANDRO BERGA in CANALI, TOD’S.

SELFIE NATION: FREDE RIOUX, FLORENCE-ELYSE OUELETTE.

SELFIE NATION: FREDE RIOUX, FLORENCE-ELYSE OUELETTE.

ROUND TWO WITH THESE 2: FREDE RIOUX, FLORENCE-ELYSE OUELETTE.

ROUND TWO WITH THESE 2: FREDE RIOUX, FLORENCE-ELYSE OUELETTE.

EDLEMAN'S BEST: Montreal GM EVE LAURIER.

EDLEMAN’S BEST: Montreal GM EVE LAURIER.

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GOOD FRIENDS DRESS UP: STEPHANIE-LYLE BOUDREAULT in MICHAEL KORS, SIMONE LUSSIER in MARIE SAINT PIERRE.

POSE PERFECTION: STEPHANIE -LYLE BOUDREAULT in MICHAEL KORS,

POSE PERFECTION: STEPHANIE-LYLE BOUDREAULT in MICHAEL KORS.

ARM IN ARM: MAXIM PAYANT-CHARTIER, SOPHIE-ANNE VACHON, Dulcedo's ANNIE BERNARD.

ARM IN ARM: MAXIM PAYANT-CHARTIER, SOPHIE-ANNE VACHON, Dulcedo’s ANNIE BERNARD.

DENIQUE.

RAISING THE BAR, LOWERING THE SKIRT: Singer DENIQUE.

THE INIMITABLE: DEBBIE ZAKAIB.

CHAMPION OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND REAL: DEBBIE ZAKAIB.

FMD PRINTCESS: SARA OKAFOR.

FMD PRINTCESS: SARA OKAFOR.

NEXT GEN CREATIVES: Diary's  JESSY COLUCCI,

NEXT GEN CREATIVES: Designer and Diary’s own JESSY COLUCCI, singer ANNIE PIGEON.

FASHION ELITE / POWER PAIR: Superstylist AZAMIT in VINTAGE, visionary FRANCIS RUDMAN.

FASHION ELITE / POWER PAIR: Superstylist AZAMIT in VINTAGE, love FRANCIS RUDMAN.

DUY ON SCENE: Epic designer DUY, TIFFANY LEE.

DUY ON SCENE: Epic designer DUY, TIFFANY LEE.

GENTASTIC: Actress / host JULIE DU PAGE with daughter BILLIE  and son AUGUSTIN.

GENTASTIC: Actress / host JULIE DU PAGE with daughter BILLIE and son AUGUSTIN.

SNAPPED:  Deigner EVA GARCIA in KIT AND ACE  and  DIEPPA RESTREPPO, stylist AUDREY FEBVRE in VINTAGE.

SNAPPED: Deigner EVA GARCIA in KIT AND ACE and DIEPPA RESTREPPO, stylist AUDREY FEBVRE in VINTAGE.

LUCKY UGO! Kartell's UGO VACHON with CAROLINE CODSI  (left) and NATHALIES DESHAIES. (right).

LUCKY UGO! Kartell’s UGO VACHON with CAROLINE CODSI (left) and NATHALIES DESHAIES. (right).

MIMINALISM ROX: Designer REMI VAN BOCHOVE,  stylist GABRIELA HEBERT.

MIMINALISM ROX: Designer REMI VAN BOCHOVE, stylist GABRIELA HEBERT.

KING HAIR; DENIS BINET.

KING HAIR; DENIS BINET.

SOCIAL GALS  GO SUMMER: ROSELINE GUEVREMONT IN YSL and LE BON MARCHE, NATHALIE DESHAIES in TED BAKER.

SOCIAL GALS GO SUMMER: ROSELINE GUEVREMONT IN YSL and LE BON MARCHE, NATHALIE DESHAIES in TED BAKER.

SNEAK PEEK INTO THE LATEST PEDRAM KARIMI CAMPAIGN

A DIARY EXCLUSIVE

Yes, you’ve seen his mastery grace the pages of Diary Volume 6 (so fab). And now, we have the Diary exclusive sneak peek of visionary designer Pedram Karimi’s  most recent campaign, ONE UNDONE. Talk about the perfect start to a FASH FRIDAY. Enjoy stylish Social Gals and Gents!

 

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CREDITS

Creative direction and photography PEDRAM KARIMI.

Makeup CHLOE SIMIONI.

Assistants MAIA FADDOUL, STEPHANIE HABR, FELIX AYOLA.

Models CHARLIE SHULZ, CATHERINE (Montage), CATHERINE (Bookmanagment).