A charming first for the spring/summer 2018 haute couture runway shows happened at Jean Paul Gaultier’s catwalk when Coco Rocha walked the runway with her two-year-old daughter, Ioni James Conran, beside her … in matching outfits. From the pale blue lamé gowns, elbow-length black gloves and white tights to the angular wig with spiral ponytail, the mother-daughter duo mirrored one another. Gaultier put his surrealism in full blast, but his muse, Coco Rocha, who has a history of memorable catwalk moments, took this show to a new level with her daughter – taking Paris by storm!
Yesterday, August 16th, was Madonna’s 57th birthday. To honor the day, Harper’s Bazaar highlighted her most iconic fashion moments. Of course there are many because Madonna is a fearless fashion risk-taker and the queen of reinvention. Certain images come to mind immediately: her 80’s bridal “Like a Virgin” look and her 90’s Blonde Ambition World Tour with the Jean Paul Gaultier-designed cone bra. But there is one look that I love more than any other: the red outfit she wore at the premier of her movie, Evita. When Madonna made the movie Evita she was pregnant with her first child, who was born in 1996 – as was my own son. I have heard that Madonna was truly happy making the movie and at that time in her life. I think it shows in this outfit. It is a reminder that clothing is so much more than our outer covering; it reveals the inner emotion, as well. Madonna. Still Style Star.
My podcast returns this week, and I am thrilled. I have been nervous to produce my own podcasts, since my engineer and my podcast-parter-in-crime, my son Eric, left for college. But I am a big girl, and I know that I can do it. Here are this week’s fashion stories that are on my mind. So glad to be back!
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Ingrid Steffenson, a guest contributor to TFIO, recently visited, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” at The Brooklyn Museum, which runs from October 25, 2013 – February 23, 2014. Here is Ingrid’s commentary …