Glamorama in Paris

Karen Mulder ©Rindof-Bellak / Agence Angeli

Vincent Darré, Eva Herzigova, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Arielle Dombasle © Rindoff-Bellak / Agence Angeli

Major glamorama in Paris! Join Karen Mulder, Natalia Vodianova, Ellen von Unwerth, Arielle Dombasle, Lou Doillon, Ali Mahdavi, Béatrice Dalle, Aure Atika and friends as they celebrate the launch of the Eva Herzigova collection for 1.2.3. at a private party in Paris.

Click HERE FOR ALL THE PARTY PICTURES!

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Jean Paul Gaultier shows in Paris!

Jean Paul Gaultier

Spring has sprung! Wondering what Jean Paul Gaultier is up to?

For all the details and a chance to meet him in Paris get THE FULL STORY HERE

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The Kelly, The Birkin, and now The Yohji!

First glimpse at the Yohji Hermès bags

Meet the newest namesake bag from Hermès, a besace designed for Yohji Yamamoto, and first featured during the recent Paris Fashion Week. Initially offered in Barénia leather, the runway edition featured a super-luxe crocodile version, and is sure to heat up the custom orders at the Hermès atelier!

Available by special order from Hermès.

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First glimpse at Chanel FW 2008/2009!

Hello Mrs. Robinson

John Galliano’s show at Dior yesterday afternoon was a swinging sixties trip to the Valley of the Dolls! Big-haired super-groomed Barbies walked the catwalk, oozing with high-octane glamour! Colours were bright magentas, turquoises, lemons, and limes; prints were psychedelic; and the exotic skins were totally drool-worthy! 

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Welcome back for Fashion Week!

Last night Cacharel founder Jean Bousquet invited fashion press to a cocktail to view the upcoming collection under new artistic directors Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto of Eley Kishimoto fame. I can’t think of a better partnership and I love the quirky universe they’ve already created!

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PFW Sweet Peek

Notes from Ungaro

Esteban Cortazar might be the new kid at Emanuel Ungaro, he’s amazingly only 24 years old, and he definitely has some large shoes to fill, but he’s obviously taking the attention in stride. Boxes of Jadis et Gourmande chocolates were dispatched yesterday morning to fashion editors worldwide with a note attached “Pressure? What pressure!!…” A sweet peek to his first show at Paris Fashion Week for Ungaro on February 27th!

www.estebancortazar.com

The Fabulous Coco Girls

Mad Vicky’s Tea Gallery - Paris

The cat’s out the bag: American sisters and local Parisian expats Bianca and Sierra Casady (AKA CocoRosie) will be the hot-band-to-watch performing at Prada‘s New York fashion week party tomorrow night. It’s not a Prada first for the girls, who were also featured on the Spring 2006 runway soundtrack created by Frédéric Sanchez. Those of us in Paris shouldn’t feel left out however, on February 14th Bianca Casady will be celebrating the opening of her art-meets-fashion-meets-everything-else tea room called Mad Vicky’s Tea Gallery! Mariage Frères beware!

Mad Vicky’s Tea Gallery, 3 rue Nicolet, 75018 Paris, M° Château Rouge

www.madvickysteagallery.com

Welcome back for 2008!

Camile Miceli & Pharrell Williams

Welcome back in 2008! First of all I’m convinced this year is going to be amazing – remember how lucky 8 is in Chinese? Yesterday I was chatting with a friend about how sad it was that January was going to be so slow and then of course I remembered – duh! that both Men’s Fashion Week and Haute Couture will soon be upon us! One of the most hotly anticipated events coming is going to be the launch of the new Blason line of fine jewellery at Louis Vuitton! Designed by Camile Miceli and rapper Pharrell Williams, this event, which is being held at a private mansion on the avenue Foch on January 21st, is sure to bring a super bling-bling beginning to 2008!

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Behind the Scenes with Marc Jacobs and Richard Prince

A fun behind the scenes look at the Richard Prince collaboration at Louis Vuitton for Spring/Summer 2008. Enjoy! x

Introducing Richard Prince

Richard Prince for Louis Vuitton

Above, Richard Prince logo handbag with Henny Youngman jokes.

Normally I’m not that interested in Louis Vuitton handbags, even the past artistic collaborations, but I really like the look of next season’s Richard Prince bags unveiled recently during Paris Fashion Week. Prince is a mega-star in the world of contemporary art, and has never failed to skirt controversy with his rephotographed images, some say bordering on copyright infringement and certainly questioning the hallowed concept of artistic originality and authorship (normally a major concern at luxury houses worldwide, especially Louis Vuitton). While Marc Jacobs is obviously very clued into the art scene, I think a Richard Prince collaboration at Vuitton is certainly a very cheeky and entertaining concept deserving notice, comment, and probably even a little welcomed criticism.  

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Acquiring Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa

You’ve no doubt dreamed of acquiring a little of your own Alaïa! Hot after buying his company back from Prada Spa, Azzedine Alaïa has entered into a financial agreement with the Compagnie Financière Richemont. While it is considered a small investment, the cornerstone will be the creation of a new Alaïa Foundation in Paris, a plan which includes the construction of a 5-story building next to his current headquarters, in order to house more than three decades of the designers archives.

Far from the hoopla of Paris Fashion Week, Alaïa will be presenting his 2008 Spring/Summer collection today, to selected buyers and press.  

No one loves a late-comer

Courtney Love at the Rick Owens défilé Sunday

Not many people may have noticed Courtney Love’s attendance at the Rick Owens défilé on Sunday evening. That’s because it was already over by the time she arrived! And this on top of most shows starting notorious late! Let’s hope she can get it straight for the Rick Owens vernissage at Galerie Philippe Jousse ce soir. Owens tries his hand in furniture design, no doubt, to incredible results!

Jousse Entreprise, 18 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, 01 53 82 13 60,  M° Mabillon or Odéon

www.jousse-entreprise.com

A New Muse

Loulou de la Falaise front row at Oscar de la Renta Resort 2008

Zac Posen has said she is the type of woman he designs for, “imaginative, individual, and forever chic.” While Hubert de Givenchy calls her style “personal, elegant and refined.” After working for over 30 years as a muse for Yves Saint Laurent, Loulou de la Falaise is now rumoured to be partnering with Oscar de la Renta, for a line of jewellery to be presented at his Fall/Winter presentation in New York next February. Pictured above at the Oscar de la Renta Resort 2008 show, it’s obvious this is the beginning of a beautiful partnership.

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The Trials and Tribulations of Fashion Week

Fashion Show Pandemonium

A few times a year the fashion pack is known to descend on Paris. This involves a lot of work, from a lot of very talented people; and for a freelance journalist (comme moi) a huge headache! It’s in times like this that I thank God I only cover Paris, because I’m not certain how I could get anything done (without an assistant) if I was also in New York, London, and Milan.

I sent out my first requests over three weeks ago, but had only a few responses. Being polite, I waited until this week to follow up on my initial requests (which really means waiting for the press offices to devise a clear pecking order). Some people might inexplicably say no the first time, which means emailing back attaching tantalising stories I have already written, which they might miss out on if they don’t allow me access!

Aside from the official fashion week, there is also an “off” calendar; and if that weren’t hectic enough, many designers will choose to show only in a private showroom presentation (like this season at Ungaro, who currently have no Creative Director). This means creating a complicated schedule of appointments and shows, for all of which you are likely to be at least 45-60 minutes late!

The other headache involved in fashion week is planning your fashion week wardrobe. Anything really goes if you wear it with style, however it’s not one of those times that I just let myself wake up in the morning and put on whatever I feel like. Outfits (yes, real outfits – especially in the Fall) must be meticulously thought out in the finest detail.

Despite all of this effort, there is nothing more fun than attending a full calender of shows! My survival tips include champagne, hors d’oeuvres, taxis, and a good fashion week buddy. Let the games begin!

Paris Fashion Week, September 29th-October 7th

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