About Lady Sybilia

Fashion Editor/.Art lover "your style keeps talking even when you're out of things to say"

The mind revisits Alexander Mc Queen’s world.

”There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do – but that part is for me. It’s my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There’s a sadness to it, but there’s romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person.”
~Alexander McQueen~

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”..leaving the page of the book carelessly open,
something unsaid, the phone off the hook
and the love, whatever it was, an infection.”
~Anne Sexton~

It’s Only a Game, October 2004 Paris La Dame Bleue, October 2007 Paris Pantheon Ad Lucem, March 2004 Paris Sarabande, October 2006 Paris Scanners, March 2003 Paris The Girl Who Lived in The Tree, March 2008 Paris Untitled, March 2010 Paris Voss, September 2000 London2


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To mark the 10th anniversary of “Who Is On Next?” the fashion scouting project organized by Altaroma in collaboration with Vogue Italia, targeted at the search for and the promotion of young, creative talents of Made in Italy fashion, an exclusive exhibition, designed to trace its history and honour the creative talents who have participated, will be presented in Rome.
Since 2005 to-date, more than 100 designers have emerged from this scouting and selection process. Italians and foreigners have chosen our country not only to develop their creations but also to make their dreams come true. In fact, here they have found master saddlers, textile districts and premium footwear manufacturers, leather goods makers and companies which, thanks to their expertise and professionalism, give life to signature collections designed for the luxury market.

“WHO IS ON NEXT?, defined by the international press as one of the ten most important competitions in the world, has seen the emergence of designers, by now well-established names on the international fashion scene who, in addition to their own individual collections, are also engaged in prestigious collaborations with leading brands in the fashion system.
The aim of the exhibition is to celebrate ALTAROMA and VOGUE ITALIA but, above all, those who now represent excellence, the new generation of Made in Italy fashion.

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the new fashion generation
Exhibition opening
By invitation
The exhibition will run through the 11th of September 2014

MONDAY 7/14/2014 – 19.00-21.00

Yiquing Yin/Serkan Cura/ Augustine Temboul: My One’s to watch.

With  all ”Official” Fashion& Couture Week heading to an end end,i felt i should enjoy it a bit more and dedicate a post to the designers that made me personally think; “Whow,there’s talent out there!’‘ .Sometimes media-related fashion critics pay way too much attention to Hedi just because he has to prove he’s the ”Hedi Slimane” they envisioned. This can be dangerous and,naturally,not favorable to creativity.Still,in the  designers to follow,the only thing that’s not absent is creativity itself!

-Yiqing Yin for Leonard

French designer Yiqing Yin has long ago proved that her personal aesthetics and her meticulous attention to detail when it comes to craftsmanship can create magic,no wonder why she is now strategically placed as creative director of the French fashion house Leonard. Her first collection for the House took place in Paris Fashion Week F/W 2014 with the reviews being triumphant for a debut collection.Still,the is no exaggeration to say that she carefully study the House’s archives ,then used all those traditional house prints remixed and recoloured!She also admitted that she dived into the house’s dna only to find more inspiration: ”I really drew on the (Leonard) archives, especially the 1960s and 1970s which I found more interesting (and) modern than what has been done recently. There was more energy, it was more international.” Her long,fluid silhouettes present a world of rebellious glamour,where re-designed basics (such as the LBD) go along/complement dreamy yet impressive outfits.


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Serkan Cura Couture Fall 2014

For me Serkan Cura is already a true Couturier that just didn’t want to give up the idea of clothes made for the beauty of it,not necessarily to be worn.Using fluidity where necessary and experimenting with 3D,its not surprising that she caught the attention of Iris Van Herpen.The designer also claims he has a patent-all the upper part of his ‘wedding” dress, sculpted from feathers that were painted with exactly this secret patent,to acquire volume. “You coat it, it pops like popcorn, and then it becomes very strong,” he explained backstage.At last,some fashion fun!!

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 Augustine Temboul S/S 2015

The designer duo’s Augustine Temboul presentation of their S/S 2015 “SHINY VOID  collection made the idea of a ”Shiny Void” way too metaphorical in a semiotic form as most of the outfits’ colors ranged from black to pitch black.Still, there was anything but a tedious parade of black LBD. Augustine Temboul tend to make each presentation into a performance and so they successfully did once more! See,it is the way the fabrics are cut,the solid pattern forms and the exploration of femininity within a dark canvas that uplifted the whole collection.Regarding fabrics,let us not forget that they have been nominated for the International Woolmark Prize 2014/15 (Europe).And that says a lot!

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As for my favorite of all,Olivier Theyskens, ,i feel i should make a whole new post now that Theyskens’ Theory no longer exists.Because he’s worth it.





Fred Sathal Haute Couture FW 14/15- ‘COULEUR LUMIERE’- Couture Beyond The Stars

« The thread, does not unwind but stars itself. It connects the cardinal points, the constellations, the stories. The yarn is a logbook. It braids and ties. It is the stitch that travels and it is this tiny unity that will cover and expand. »



Photos : Olivier Claisse

Fred Sathal is a real artist that incorporates various inspirations in the creative process of a unique collection This time the thems was: ‘COULEUR LUMIERE’ or, to say,a playful combination of color and the light that enhances it.The result?The ‘Fred Sathal Haute Couture Fall Winter 14 15′ , one of the most intriguing collections i came across this season Designed with pure inspiration and brought to life with serious handcrafted work,each piece seamed to claim the stage for its own,so shiny and enchanting the designs and fabrics used were.An excellent work,indeed!Plus i will definitely try and stay tuned.After all,the ‘moonlight lit’ exceptional dress could add some serious..  unique style points to my overall wardrobe!




Fred Sathal Haute Couture Automne Hiver 14 15
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The truth lies the details.The beauty also.Enjoy some exclusive detail close ups.

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(with special thanks to William Amor for all the information,and of course to Fred Sathal)

~Show Room Fred Sathal~
13 rue de Passy 75016 Paris
+33(0)1 77 17 30 57 – +33(0)6 78 21 84 88

Contact presse / Press contact
William Amor communication E.
T. +33 (0)6 64 98 51 11

Megalomaniac Tom Ford’s Fall Winter 2014 Campaign, by Johnny Dufort


“The concept is individual style, which was the idea behind my first women’s show in N.Y.,” said Ford about the campaign:“The campaign is focused on the personal, individual style of different types of women.”  

Lensed by Johnny Dufort in London, the campaign features no less than 10 models, Gigi Hadid, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sabrina Ioffreda, Ella Richards, Valentijn de Hingh, Yaya DaCosta, Lida Fox, Ashleigh Good, Natalie Westling and Ian Mellencamp. As for the outfits advertised..allow me not to comment.Should you like it,buy it at such a gross price megalomaniac Ford gives credit to his work..



Willy Vanderperre lenses the Dior Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Campaign-in full color!


Fei Fei Sun, Helena Severin, Julia Nobis and Kasia Jujeczka starring in Willy Vanderperre’s vision for the Dior Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Campaign.

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“New Florals” by Damian Foxe for ‘How To Spend It’, 3 July 2014


Anushka Stupakoff, Mariah Morrison and Lucy Gascoyne in “New Florals” by Damian Foxe for How To Spend It, 3 July 2014


‘Virginia Woolf: A Woman of Fashion? ‘ Exploring the issue as part of ‘Virginia Woolf. Art Life and Vision’, a National Portrait Gallery exhibition

“Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.”
~ Virginia Woolf, Orlando~

Virginia Woolf photographed by Man Ray on the cover of Time (12 April 1937)

Virginia Woolf photographed by Man Ray on the cover of Time (12 April 1937)

‘My love of clothes interests me profoundly: only it is not love; and what it is I must discover.’
~Virginia Woolf(Diary vol.3).~

The National Portrait Gallery is the place to visit for artistic along with biographical research on personalities that made their mark in modern culture and society.The institution’s new exhibition is based on the ambiguous yet alluring personality of writer Virginia Woolf and,as the title indicates,to both her Life and artistic Vision.According to the exhibition introduction: ‘‘Virginia Woolf was one of the most important and celebrated writers of the twentieth century. This extensive exhibition of portraits and rare archival material will explore her life and achievements as a novelist, intellectual, campaigner and public figure.” 

What is interesting though is that the exhibition explores one of Woolf’s least known but not less influential characteristic,her relationship with fashion and apparel.Was she a woman in fashion? Dr. Claire Nicholson, who has extensively worked on the field (having published articles on various aspects of Woolf’s connections with clothing and fashion) is about to explore just that connection,showcasing Virginia Woolf’s perception of apparel both as a means of expression and a source of awkwardness in a lecture that will take place in Ondaatje Wing Theatre .As Dr Nicholson clearly states: ”Virginia Woolf made extensive use of clothing imagery in her fiction to express character and to evoke modernist tensions of appearance and reality, but her own relationship to dress is usually described as one of awkwardness, anxiety and even despair. Some of her contemporaries thought her unkempt and slovenly; her diary records how she often resorted to pinning together her underwear with a brooch. However, this lecture will explore how Woolf can be seen as a sophisticated observer of fashion, familiar with the pleasures of sartorial elegance and sometimes happy to indulge in them.”

So,Virginia Woolf,an aesthete,a fashion pioneer or a compulsive dresser?Or,perhaps, all three?After all,we are talking about the woman who wrote the novel ”Orlando”..

Virginia Woolf: detail from her final session with a professional photographer, Gisèle Freund Photo: Gisèle Freund/IMEC/Fonds MCC

Virginia Woolf: detail from her final session with a professional photographer, Gisèle Freund Photo: Gisèle Freund/IMEC/Fonds MCC

(The sitting for the session above with Gisele Freund was nothing but easy,with Woolf describing it later in her diary as: ”‘No getting out of it, with Okampo [sic] on the sofa, & Freund there in the flesh. So my afternoon is gone in the way to me most detestable and upsetting of all.’)

Virginia Woolf and Roger Fry in Greece.

Virginia Woolf and Roger Fry in Greece.

photo by George Charles Beresford in 1902

photo by George Charles Beresford in 1902



Benjamin Lennox presents ”Magnétique”editorial for Numéro August 2014


Model Catherine McNeil stars in ”Magnétique”, a stunning editorial lensed by Benjamin Lennox and styled by Fashion Editor  Charles Varenne for  Numéro magazine,issue 155- August 2014.Hair styled by Tomi Kono and make up by Benjamin Puckey.

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”Garry Winogrand” exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens June 27




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”There is nothing as mysterious as a fact clearly described I like to think of photographing as a two way act of respect. Respect for the medium, by letting it do what it does best, describe. And respect for the subject, by describing it as it is. A photograph must be responsible to both.”

~Garry Winogrand~

Centennial Ball, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Centennial Ball, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 ”I have a burning desire to see what things look like photographed by me.”
   ~Garry Winogrand~

The first retrospective in twenty-five years of work by Garry Winogrand (1928–1984)—the renowned photographer of New York City and of American life from the 1950s through the early 1980s—this exhibition brings together more than 175 of the artist’s most iconic images, a trove of unseen prints, and even Winogrand’s famed series of photos made at the Metropolitan Museum in 1969 when the Museum celebrated its centennial. It offers a rigorous overview of Winogrand’s complete working life and reveals for the first time the full sweep of his career.

Born in the Bronx, Winogrand did much of his best-known work in Manhattan during the 1960s, and in both the content of his photographs and his artistic style he became one of the principal voices of that eruptive decade. Known primarily as a street photographer, Winogrand, who is often associated with famed contemporaries Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander, photographed with dazzling energy and incessant appetite, exposing some twenty thousand rolls of film in his short lifetime. He photographed business moguls, everyday women on the street, famous actors and athletes, hippies, politicians, soldiers, animals in zoos, rodeos, car culture, airports, and antiwar demonstrators and the construction workers who beat them bloody in view of the unmoved police. Daily life in postwar America—rich with new possibility and yet equally anxious, threatening to spin out of control—seemed to unfold for him in a continuous stream.

While Winogrand is widely considered one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, his overall body of work and influence on the field remain incompletely explored. He was enormously prolific but largely postponed the editing and printing of his work. The act of taking pictures was far more fulfilling to Winogrand than making prints or editing for books and exhibitions; he often allowed others to perform these tasks for him. Dying suddenly at the age of 56, he left behind proof sheets from his earlier years that he had marked but never printed, as well as approximately 6,600 rolls of film (some 250,000 images) that he had never seen, more than one-third of which he had never developed at all; these rolls of film were developed after his death.


Fort Worth

Fort Worth

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Metropolitan Museum of Art Centennial Ball, New York City

Metropolitan Museum of Art Centennial Ball, New York City

New York

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New York

San Francisco

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(MET press release)

~June 27–September 21, 2014, Galleries 691–693 & 852~