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This weekend Cathy Horyn of the New York Times took a breather from the menswear shows and chatted with Olivier Saillard, the director of the Paris museum of fashion, Galliera. Here are three things that she learned from him/what's on her mind:
1. Tilda Swinton will lend a hand, literally, to Saillard's museum, performing an installment which consists of her holding up pieces that span the 18th Century to the last ten years. Horyn explains that the dress Swinton used to rehearse the piece, once owned by the Duchess of Windsor, was "separated by time but not our memory of the duchess’s style, the dress assumes a strange victory over its famous client. Fashion may be ephemeral [...] but it’s the dress, not the client, that survives."
2. Ready-to-wear doesn't take into account how the "very wealthy" wish to spend. Horyn writes that high-end clothes are targeting the "boutique class, as in boutique hotel. It looks cool, but the quality and sensibility are not especially elevated." A return to haute couture, she believes, would tap into that market and give the fashion scene a shock of excitement it hasn't seen in some time.
3. Louis Vuitton sold 10 crocodile coats for about $100,000 each last season. The "degree of thought, combined with a streamlined fit" was the same as the latest mobile device, Horyn determines. And dudes love their mobile devices.