If you’re a fan of the Hermes Birkin (or simply not a fan of Lady Gaga), gird your loins for this one.
When her Monster Ball tour landed recently in Tokyo, La Gagita was seen in the airport carrying a white Hermes Birkin inscribed with a message that loosely translates to “I love small monster. Toyko love.”
In case you’re not familiar with the Gaga vernacular, “little monsters” is the name that she uses to refer to her fans, so her Birkin message was a shout-out to those that would be attending her Japanese shows. Using accessories and the paparazzi to communicate – clever, or not so much?
Actually I’m a huge Lady Gaga fangirl, so I think it’s fairly clever. It’s not the most interesting thing she’s ever done, but playing with fashion and blurring the lines of social acceptability are two things that are integral to her public image, and not only does a Sharpie’d Birkin combine those things effectively, but it has managed set tongues wagging all over the internet.
As designers across the board this season buckle down to readdressing daywear, Jean Paul Gaultier followed suit at Hermès–literally–by reappropriating masculine workwear for today’s woman. With Bond music playing in a venue blanketed by fog and designed to mimic a telescopic tunnel as Big Ben chimed, the models looked sharp and tailored in their leather suits with derby hats (think more M than Pussy Galore). According to Gaultier, the show centered on a feminine English hero–a Mrs. Bond or Emma Peel from the “Avengers” (who Lily Cole played in the show).
Gender-blending and masculine silhouettes tailored cast in a wintry palette funneled into turtle-neck T-shirts, sleeveless duffel coats, T-shirt dresses, three-piece suits, second-skin pants and zip-through shirts. Masculine dress, save for pops of a leopard print, came into play through wool Crombie coats, wide-leg pant suits, vests and formal shirt-and-tie combos, while the feminine touches arrived as leopard print silk dresses, pussy bow blouses and prim pencil skirts. There was a strong outerwear focus, with the classic trench, a leather parka, the camel duffel coat, a blanket fringed mohair coat and a luxurious white mink four-pocket jacket. For evening there were long jersey columns featuring a ruched centre panel with a strip of raw alligator leather.
Accessories were both whimsical and chic: bowlers and top hats, umbrellas, gloves, buckled wide leather belts, skinny multi-wrap belts, leather ties, pocket watches and of course the classic Kelly bag in regular and miniature sizes and refashioned in studs, sheepskin and strapped to umbrellas.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals appeals to French luxury brand Hermes stopping using foreign countries’ rare leather on April 6, 2010 in Jakarta, including snake skin, lizard skin and so on. According to report, these animals will be killed in Indonesia.
This American Humane Society which is famous for its opposition to wearing fur released a video to media. It is said that this video was shoot in more than ten leather manufacturing factories in 2009. And these leather mainly supply to Hermes. In the video, we see some lizards slowly died after cutting their throat. Some snakes and small crocodiles are pelt off skin when they are living.
Ashley Fruno, the Asia head of PETA, said: “We appeal to Hermes really show its leading position in luxury industry to ensure the dignity of animals. According to PETA, Indonesia is the main supplier of leather using to produce leather goods. Ashley Fruno pointed out: “The animal protection laws are very weak here, and it is difficult to enforce. In this vast archipelago country, it is quite easy to kill animal in rural areas.”
This action of PETA became effective immediately. Many famous brands, including Nike, Hermes have agreed not to produce leather products using foreign countries rare animal skin.