* A new exhibit chronicles the life of April Ashley, who actually was photoed for Vogue before being outed and seeing her career suddenly ended. The Museum of Liverpool is running the exhibit that chronicles this remarkable woman's life for the next year. Seeing that we have seen transgender models on the catwalk and in editorials, in this case it seems that maybe we have come a long way baby.
* Pierre Cardin and poet & artist Jean Cocteau go way back, Cardin designed costumes for Cocteau's 1945 movie “Beauty and the Beast,” (bet you did not know that one huh?). Cardin is a sponsor of an exhibition of Cocteau's drawings, including self-portraits, showing at the town hall of Paris’ 16th arrondissement.
* You all know the house of Schiaparelli is back right? Well following in the recent footsteps of the Christian LaCroix special capsule collection, designer Marci Zanini has been named head of the house. Even more exciting is the confirmation that not only will the atelier be producing a ready-to-wear line but it will venture into the sacred halls of Haute Couture. We have our fingers crossed that this will be the exception to the rule and be a successful relaunch of the historical house. So many in recent years have been done poorly, we are hoping that the couture crown will make them step it uo and not do a shoddy job!
* He may be a newcomer on the scene in terms of the vintage world but we are die hard Giambattista Vali fans and cannot wait to get our hands on his new book. You know you have friends in high palces when the likes of "Lee Radziwill, Diane Kruger, Hamish Bowles and Pamela Golbin are just a few of the famous names who have picked up their pens to pay tribute Giambattista Valli's signature cuts and shapes in a luxe new book published by Rizzoli" It's a background look at his work and a must read!