Thursday, June 17, 2010

Maison Michel

Laetitia Crahay by Karl Lagerfeld for Maison Michel

I'M LOVING Maison Michel's Bunny ears!

It seems head-wear is back in vogue, having gone through a resurgence in the late 80's & 90's with Isabella Blow's championing of Philip Treacy. The trend in head-wear seemed to go through a lull in the noughties with a trend in Von Dutch & trucker caps - but now has swung back to the Avant Garde with a vengeance, the likes of Steven Jones and Philip Treacy (below for Alexander McQueen, Spring/Summer 2008) having a Renaissance, and new talents such as Nasir Mazhar and Laetitia Crahay.
Lady Gaga in Nasir Mazhar Orbital hat, V magazine July/August 2009

Laetitia Crahay is the Artistic Director for Maison Michel & Accessories Designer at Chanel. Maison Michel was a tiny millinery firm that Chanel invested in in 2006 as part of an effort to preserve traditional craftsmanship in Paris. Laetitia appears in her ears in the beautiful images below and at the top of this article.

Laetitia Crahay by Karl Lagerfeld for Maison Michel

Heidi Mount by Karl Lagerfeld for Maison Michel

Madonna first drew my attention to the ears when she caused quite the furor with her questionable LV outfit at the Model as Muse exhibition opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year (which I was lucky enough to see in New York - utterly divine), as seen later in her Marc Jacobs LV campaign. Don't get me wrong, I love LV and did love the ears & the dress - just paired with PVC boots, it didn't quite gel for me pushing the look too close from edgy to exhibitionism on the tacky side.
I do love the ears though. Lady Gaga's cover is fab!

Ashley & MK jumped on the bunny-wagon too. Love this Lily Allen pic also.

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